Friday, 22 March 2013

Random 5 Friday

 

1. The teachers and other colleques gathered together today at work around 1. pm to enjoy a "Laksemad"  /  Salmon Sandwich and to wish one another Happy Easter. I find this habit of eating together before going for the holidays as a charming and a cozy way of cherishing the fellowship. Before Winter Break there's warm soup and bread, before Sommer Holidays there's a barbeque, and before Christmas Holidays there's Smørrebrød with Christmas specialities.
I'm happy of being included to the fellowship as an interdiciplinary colleague - I guess when the relations are good and spirit among the permanent staff is open and warm, it is easy to welcome and embrace new colleagues.

2. In the beginning of holidays I sometimes get this weird confusion - Now that there's time and opportunity to do all the nice things you don't get to do so much in the everyday life, I get paralyzed and find it difficult to "seize the moment"...
My mind is occupied with all the open possibilities: Should I start with reading the books I've been waiting to open, should we invite friends over, what about just taking an afternoon walk in the forest, actually I should go to the gym, or craft some cards ...
And I end up cleaning. Rubbing the kitchen is a concrete action, that gives immediate results. When your hands are at work, your mind can relax ... This week I've been organizing our bookshelf - maybe as an act of anticipating the confusion ... I wonder if that's the reason I don't experience this "Holiday stress / confusion", now that the holidays has begun?

3. I found a lovely recipe - A blackberry cheese cake. I've decided to enchange the pie crust, substituting the all purpose flour with almond and coconut flour ... Let's see how it goes!

4. Debbie's post on free online courses at 62 different universities around the globe was is really inspiring reading! I ended up signing up to Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques and to
Søren Kierkegaard - Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity!  The courses last for about 6-9 weeks, you get all the information online, and the home work is varying from course to course.

5. As I drove home from work I heard Carpenter's Yesterday Once More. This song brought back many happy summer memories from my childhood, and I'd like to share it with you!




 ... Here in Scandinavia we're waiting for the spring,
as the friends in Australia are saying farewell to summer.
 
... Even though the seasons change, there's something that fits to every season:
 
“As with most fine things, chocolate has its season.
There is a simple memory aid that you can use to determine
whether it is the correct time to order chocolate dishes:
any month whose name contains the letter A, E, or U
is the proper time for chocolate.”
 
Sandra Boynton

Chocolate: The Consuming Passion

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Enjoy the weekend!
- And a warm welcome to my new blog friends
Jill and Natalia!
 
Nina
 
 

I'm linking to Nancy's / Rural Journal's Random 5 Friday:

 

30 comments:

  1. Oh Nina, I am so glad you signed up for some classes! I am loving them although they do take up a lot of my free time. Please let me know how you like them. I think I am going to have to try that cheesecake too! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Hi Debbie, I have taken the first lecture with the video & quizzes, it's working well! I need to read the texts as well, look forward to that in the afternoon:)

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  2. Blackberry cheesecake sounds scrumptious. I enjoyed reading these five facts. :)

    And you're right, it's important for co-workers to have fun together when they're not working once in awhile. It reduces stress, and people find they have more in common.

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    1. Yes, getting to know one another a bit more, makes it easier to relate in the everyday life - these small get-together's serve many good purposes

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  3. Have a nice break.I love your picture, it reminds me of spring.

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    1. Thank you Dawn! The spring sun is bright, the weather has been a bit cold but not windy ... So I'm enjoying the fresh air every day.

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  4. I love chocolate, and that simple memory aid sure made me smile!!
    Very beautiful photo, too. I like your texture effects. Those are something I haven't had the opportunity to play with yet.
    We just returned from our travels to Texas.. I had planned on being able to blog while I was away, but was unable to where we were.
    Much to catch up on now that we're home!

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    1. Hi Amanda, You'll enjoy playing with textures... The one in this picture is from a free editing program: Pixrl Express. I chose "overlay", the "canvas", and picked up a texture called "Carbon". It must be god to return home ~ it's lovely to travel, and so good to return home :)

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  5. A salmon sandwich sounds great and I love that you signed up for an online course!

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    1. Hi Lisa, I agree, salmon sandwich is always a Winner :)

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  6. I agree that sharing a meal with your co-workers is a great way to bond and feel connected.

    Lovely post and thank you for joining in at R5F this week. xo

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    1. Thank you for hosting these lovely blog hops, Nancy - and the beautiful textures you make and share!!!

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  7. I love the first tidbit about sharing the meal. So important to break bread with those you love and respect. As for number two...I too get paralyzed with too much free time. I get so used to the routine that an expanse of open time freezes me...too many choices!

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    1. Hi Tracey, I just left a thank you note on your latest post . . . I've just discovered your beautiful textures - such a creative lady you are - Thank you for sharing them!

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  8. Love the power of music and how it can instantly transport you to another time and place.

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    1. Yes, it's a magical way of getting back to special memories...

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  9. need to check out that recipe. i love the Carpenters. great tunes. ( :

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    1. Hi Beth, Her voice is so special... I like their Christmas Album as well :)

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  10. I often feel that confusion, too. It's as though I'm afraid of wasting a moment of free time. I need to check out those courses. And - as usual - I love your photo!

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    1. Hi Karen,I was greatly inspired by your 5-post ... resulting in that I'm checking the Kindle App for iPad - Thanks to You! I love biking as well ... Just a day tour to some place and back :)

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  11. #2 -- that's me too -- Oh my - wink! Have a wonderful weekend too!
    Hugs..

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    1. Hi Kristeen, HAppy to hear I'm not the only one getting stress every now and then before holidays!?! I'm greatly inspired by your poster-like self portrait - You did great job! I Wonder how you did edit the Photo?

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  12. Your picture is just dreamy! It says the warm weather is on our doorstep and yours too...I hope!...:)JP

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    1. We need to feel sun rays on our cheeks now - The sun will smelt the snpw away as well :)

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  13. Love that pic of the orchid - glorious shades! We have had a long hot and dry summer here in New Zealand so it is almost a welcome relief for the autumn to be bringing cooler mornings (but still hot days). Happy Easter

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    1. Thank you Carole, You must welcome the cool breeze of autumn after such a warm sommer ... I hope we get a hot summer too!

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  14. An interesting mix of thoughts. The holiday stress one I can relate to, maybe a little different to you dilemma. It's a chance for creative activities which I've not had time to pursue yet the deep cleaning and organising always seems to require my attention so I end up with less time etc.

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    1. Hi Karen, It's true that the Deep cleaning, reorganizing and painting etc. is often on Holidays, and then there's not so much time for the other creative activities. We're also painting a bit inside now ... just one room - nice to have it done though :)

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