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28Dec/120

To write a kind of Christmas card

Så var jula over for denne gang, og all familie har reist hjem igjen. Det var ekstra koselig å ha storesøsteren min her, det er ikke så ofte vi sees og få ha henne nesten helt for meg selv er egentlig litt luksus. Det merkes godt at jeg sakte, men sikkert har tredd inn i de voksnes rekker, for det er ikke lenger noe problem å oppholde seg i samme rom som henne uten å fly i flint innen tre usle minutter, sånn som det var før. Sammen pyntet vi årets juletre - ja, for vi bestemte oss jo for å kjøpe juletre i år - stekte krumkaker, spilte spill, hadde dype samtaler og var søstre. Gode søstre.

Vi hadde også besøk av Øyvinds foreldre og lillesøster, og akkurat som sist var det også kjempekos. Det blir liksom ekstra stas nå som vi faktisk har plass til å ta imot besøk, til å lage skikkelig middag på det fine kjøkkenet vårt, og å kunne sitte samlet rundt et bord og bare være sosiale.

Denne gangen var det vår tur å være vertskap for jula, selv om vi jo egentlig ikke feirer jul. For meg har det nærmest blitt en prinsippsak, for jeg syns det er mye koseligere å gi og motta gaver på et helt tilfeldig tidspunkt, bare fordi man har lyst til å glede andre, enn det er å styre med jul, julegaver og alt det som forventes. Denne jula gav jeg fra meg én julegave: et par heklede pulsvanter til mamma. Likevel har jeg feiret mer jul i 2012 enn jeg har gjort siden jeg var lita jente. Jeg har fått daglige adventspakker av Øyvind, som forøvrig har vært den aller fineste adventskalenderen jeg noen gang har hatt, vi har et nydelig juletre i stua, vi har lagd julegodt som brente mandler, knekk og marsipankuler med både nougat, cognac, hjemmelagd krokan og sjokolade - for ikke å glemme krumkakene, og vi har hatt julebesøk. Ja, og Øyvind har briljert på kjøkkenet med både gløgg og Bailey's, begge deler lagd fra bunnen av. Julemat som pinnekjøtt og ribbe er selvsagt middag i disse tider, uavhengig av om man feirer eller ikke, for det er altfor godt til å velge bort. Det eneste som manglet for min del, var mamma og pappa, og jeg skulle ønske at de kunne vært her sammen med oss (istedet for å sitte alene oppe i nord uten vann).

The Christmas Tree of 2012

Ha en fortsatt fin romjul, alle sammen!

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah 2012

24Dec/110

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!

Even though I don't really celebrate Christmas myself I know most of my friends do, which is why I wanna take the opportunity to wish all of you a very merry Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah or whatever it is you choose to celebrate this time of year. Thank you all so much for every single comment, and all your support during 2011. It means a lot to me and I appreciate every one of you, I really wish I could just reach out and hug you. I hope you'll continue to follow me into 2012, and once again: thank you a million times!

Nataliana // weheartit.com

17Dec/110

Moods of Norway Eau de Cocktail POUR FEMME

Even though we're not really into celebrating Christmas around our house, or should I say 'apartment', we always seem to end up buying a little thing for one another. Usually something for the apartment, or something we know the other one would appreciate. This year we already exchanged our presents, and my sweet fiancé gave me the brand new fragrance Moods of Norway Eau de Cocktail Pour Femme, launched on December 1st.

I might have cheated a little as I stopped by Parfymelle Solsiden the other day to have a little whiff of this new fragrance, and when I instantly fell in love with this pink, girly, sweet and fruity scent, it went straight to the top of my imaginary Christmas wish list. Imaginary because I don't keep such a list. Wearing this fragrance somehow brings me back to Paris, and I feel like it's somehow a combination of the best notes of several other fragrances I love to wear. Oh, and the attached little charm shaped as a waffle heart is just too damn cute!

Moods of Norway Eau de Cocktail POUR FEMME

It's supposed to be quite nationalistic with its top notes of fruit and berries, the Norwegian wild strawberries and black currant, peach and bergamot. When the exciting top notes have calmed down, you'll notice the heart of this fragrance: rose, orange flower and jasmine. The base notes are from the deep Norwegian woods, cedar and moss. While the top notes of this scent puts a smile on my face, I'm deeply in love with its mysterious base notes, and it's definitely one of my favorite fragrances so far.

It's an Eau de Toilette, available in two sizes: 30 ml (395,- NOK) and 50 ml (545,- NOK). And both POUR FEMME and POUR HOMME are exclusive to Parfymelle and Moods of Norway themselves.

Photo: Parfymelle

26Dec/100

A belated Happy Holidays

Another Christmas is over, and silence is upon us once again. Please excuse my absence the last few days, but I haven't had the time to sit down in front of my Mac. Christmas Eve and Day was absolutely wonderful, shared with Øyvind's parents, sister and her boyfriend, even though I kinda missed having my own parents here. We made dinner both days as we have this tradition of eating pork ribs on Christmas Eve in Norway, and since I hail from up north I wanted to have Pinnekjøtt as well. I'm not a very big fan of pork ribs, or even pork in general, but Øyvind's dad makes a killer pork rib which I just can't say no to. So this year we made one ourselves from his instructions (and with a little help from the master himself), and it was just perfect.

We didn't have a Christmas tree for several reasons. 1.) We don't really have the space for a tree. 2.) We've got two small devilish dogs, and I suspect that the youngest one would try to eat.. the tree, with the decorations and all. 3.) I absolutely hate the idea of having a living room full of previously hibernating insects and arachnids - yes, I have actually experienced the scenario with a room full of disgusting and very much alive creepy-crawlies. So, we decided to use our glass cupboard as an.. art deco tree, and it worked out very well. As usual I didn't think there would be anything labeled with my name 'under the tree', but somehow I ended up with several presents from near and far. Thank you so much for thinking of me, I love you all.

Amazon Kindle Leather CoverI have my own little tradition of buying myself a Christmas present, even though I don't really celebrate this holiday, and this year was no exception. After having fondled Kari's gorgeous Kindle, I knew I had to stop pondering and get one for myself. You might remember that I was fantasizing about one not so long ago?

So late last night I decided to log into Amazon and order me a spanking new Kindle 6" Wi-Fi and a nice brown leather cover to keep it safe from any harm. Unfortunately it was out of stock, but expected delivery was set to January 20th. I'm really excited, and I hope this will rekindle (no pun intended) my joy of reading.

Photo © Amazon