Thursday, June 30, 2011

Midnight in Paris

So. I went to the movies the other night, and - what a treat! 
If you love Paris, if you have ever been in that beautiful city, or, if you want to go there some day, then this is the must-see movie. 
Midnight in Paris, written and directed by Woody Allen, is nothing less than a love letter to Paris, and even I, who has lived there for years, who know very well that the city isn't all about easy life and wonderful feelings (no place on earth is, I just want to make that clear!), I fell in love with the city over again when I watched this movie. 
Beautiful pictures, beautiful music, and a good story, which is sweet and a little bit fantasy-like, but also funny and smile-creating.  Yes, even if you never went to Paris, or really don't think about going there, just go and see this film anyway.  If you can stand those non-realistic elements, that is...  And, even though I'm not that much into fantasy-stuff, well, in this story, I accept it all, and it's lovely!
As usual, I don't want to spill too much, spoilers are definitively not my thing, but the story is this: Young American couple in Paris, Gil and Inez, together with her parents, who are there on business.  Gil is a writer, working on a novel, and when he starts wandering the streets all alone at night, he finds himself back in the 20s, with Hemingway, Picasso, Cole Porter, the Fitzgerald's, Gertrude Stein among others...
I love Midnight in Paris.  No, I'm in love with it.  Childishly in love.  And I want to move back to Paris one day!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Book Review: Committed

On terminal 1 of the Charles-de-Gaulles Airport, waiting for my plane back home from Paris, my eyes caught this book.  And I was very happy when I realized this was the paperback version of Committed, Elizabeth Gilbert's new book.
This is a must-read for all of you who read Eat, Pray, Love, her bestselling and extremely auto-biographical novel about her year spent in Italy, India and Indonesia.  This one is sort of a follow-up, a book that tells us what happens when the other one ends.
But, this is also a must-read for those of you who are thinking about getting married, for those of you who are already married, and for those of you having children or friends thinking about getting married.
Why? Because it's a wonderful book about marriage, about love and commitment.  It's not a novel, at least not a typical one.  We follow the author's own life story, that's right, but in addition to that this is a book who digs into the very core of what a marriage is.  There is history, and there are lots of different anecdotes, depicting what marriage is, and what is has been, and not been. 
For instance, she talks about when intra-racial marriages was illegal, and how ridiculous we see that today, and she predicts that when same-sex marriages are finally globally accepted, we'll look back on today's legal situation and laugh...
The author starts up the book with a strong anti-marriage attitude, and in a way, this is strongly apparent throughout the book.  Being actually forced to marry, or accept the deportation of the love of her life, she is for months travelling and studying, resarching the world of matrimony.
A delightful and instructive read.
If the author changes her view on marriage or not, well, you'll see when you get through the book.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Looking back: Norway's Constitution Day

May 17th is Norway's Constitution Day, the National Day, where everybody is outside in the streets, parading, playing music, singing, eating ice cream.  Here comes a series of pictures of May 17th this year:

All four kids, before heading out to the parades.

Parading with Jonatan, in the preschool parade.

With my friend Snehal.

Alma comes by in the parade, with the 2nd graders.

Samuel with the 6th graders.

And Pauline with the 9th graders.

 Samuel with the boy scouts, early in the morning.

Pauline and her friend, - spontanous dancing while waiting for the speech.

 Jonatan fishing for a treasure!

  Alma and her friend preparing for the potatoe race, and Samuel blowing bubbles. (The prize!)

Jonatan's turn in the potatoe race!

Relaxing and hanging out with friends!

Visiting my youngest niece

A few weeks ago, we visited my sister and her family.  We have 7 kids between us now, and this was the first time we got to meet Olivia, my youngest niece, only 6 days old.  Here are pictures of her and of the other six kids.

Jonatan (3) holding Olivia

Newborn Sleeping Beauty!

The boys! (Samuel 11 and Viktor 8)

The girls! (Alma 7 and Aurora 5)

Pauline (14) and Olivia

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mother and Daughter at Mother India

Photo: Jørn H. Moen (Dagbladet)

A few weeks ago, my eldest daughter and I took the train to Oslo, where we attended a ballet performance (upcoming post!) Before the show, we took the tram to our favorite restaurant in Oslo: Mother India, where we enjoyed a long, delicious meal.  We ordered different dishes to share, and of course we had each a mango lassi, the yummiest drink you can have in an Indian restaurant!  When we left the restaurant, we took the tram down to the Karl Johan street, and walked from there to the Opera house.  A nice mother- and -  daughter - day!
(The rest of the  pictures are all taken with my mobile phone)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Picture of the day: Waiting Camel

Another picture from my India trip in December last year.  This is close to the town of Panchgani, on the top of a mountain plateau.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Picture of the day: My Children

This picture was taken in March, while we spent a month in France. It's Spring.  Sunny and warm.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Alabama? is the name of a book I just bought.  A poetry collection, poems written by Norwegian Helge Torvund.
And for all those who don't read Norwegian, well, this might be the reason you should learn some of my mother tongue!  It's written in a beautiful nynorsk language, a language made of words and sentences I just want to eat, to keep.
I'm not a literary critic, nor do I know all the appropriate words and expressions which should be used when one is talking about poetry.  So, I let those who know all this take care of  the analyzing and dissecting, and I'll just talk about my experience reading these poems.
To me, this is mostly about Light, Love, Illness and Death.  And music.  These are poems who deal with the big questions, the ones we too rarely get close to, in fear of something, ourselves, probably... 
The poems are very all very different from each other, but you can still hear the same voice, the same mind behind them all.  There is something about the way Torvund writes that just hits right into my Being. 
Personally, I was most touched by the poem about the father who is no longer here. ("Far reist"), the one about life passing by so fast, and children growing up. ("Brått framme"), a poem about goodbyes ("Farveldikt I") and one of the poems about illness and hospital stay. ("Nokturne IV") Then again, every time I pick up the book again, and read another poem once more, this changes, and I see something different, read something different, probably because everything is shifting, me included.
This is a book I will keep close, so that I can regularly go back to it.  As I said, Torvund picks up those big themes which way too often are let be on the ground, hushed down, not talked about, and I need them.  We all do, don't we?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt

Yes I know, Easter is almost two months ago, but I never got around to look at the pictures until recently, so here goes: Pictures of this year's egg hunt, early in the morning!