Back Online!

Good morning and happy weekend!

I have been gone from the blog from a long time now, but now I have a huge desire to get back at it and join the online world again! I feel that I suddenly dropped of the radar – not only of the blog but also from social media.
However I did not drop of the face of the earth!

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A LOT has changed since my last blog post. I have finished my degree in Politics and International Relations at University of East London and I have now started my masters in Psychology at Middlesex University. And through that change not only have my field of study changed but my future career road is looking completely different than what it did before. I could not be happier though and I feel that I found a field and a road that is more suited to me, my experience and my interests.

I have yet to manage my diet completely and living healthily, HOWEVER I have quit smoking! Yaaay! I have since may been smoke free and I feel very confident that I will remain smoke free. I wish I was reporting that I am currently living this super health lifestyle that I strive to live by but food-wise I am not really quite there. I am working on it though, because I have such a wish and need to feel healthy and manage to stay away from unhealthy foods. But as one thing at the time.

During the summer Greg and I went to Greece and Prague and the rest of the summer we both worked. A lot. I think I averaged 57 hours a week at the restaurant. In other words, other than our trips I had absolutely no life.

I am at the moment still working at the restaurant but because I am a full time student only 20 hours a week during term time. So I have a life again.

And I am still living at the same place with Greg. This week we have one extra person in the house, because my mum is visiting from  Norway. She came over for my graduation and stayed for a week. It is great not only because I get to see her, but also because she likes to cook for us, clean for us and help with everything around the house. Basically we have had a vacation this week – from all duties in the home.

That was a little update from me to say, hi, hello I am back and update you on my life!

Have an amazing day and weekend!

– Camilla

 

 

 

New Years in Pictures

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Happy New Year!

Greg and I are spending the begining of the new year on the bus to Stavanger, where he is flying from.

In the meantime I wanted to stop by here and wish you all a Happy New Year!

Here are some pictures from our New Years Eve with the family last night.

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Markens gate – The main street in my home town Kristiansand
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Fire work shopping
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Risgrøt for lunch

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The King’s speech on TV

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Have a great day everyone!

– Camilla

Date Night in Soho

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Good evening!

After a day of some studying and some TV watching, I met Greg after he finished work for a date night in the city.

Because I dont have any lectures on Fridays and this is the first week back at uni, I allowed myself to a bit of a relaxed day. After a couple hours of light studying, I spent the day with some day time TV watching whilst I made a slightly unhealthy but delicious lunch.

A few days ago Greg suggested that we should go to Soho after work today and eat dinner out. It has been a while since I have gone out on a date with Greg, as I said in my previous post I have been in a mode lately where I have wanted to stay in an just relax most days. But as I am changing that now, we went out and I had such a nice time!
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We met up in Piccadilly Circus and walked to this Greg restaurant that makes pizza and pasta. You simply order by the counter and chooses your choice, which they heat up and you bring to your seat.
It is like a canteen theme, only the food was so good and it looks like a restaurant with really nice interior.
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After dinner we walked down Oxford Street and looked in a few shops before heading to Trafalgar Square for a look around.
When Greg first moved to London Trafalgar Square was one of the first places I took him to and it is one of his favorite places in London.
It is quite nice, it is lively yet it has far fewer people than busy places like Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus.
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Now I super full after dinner and then snacks that we had after coming home. Greg is sound asleep but I am still wide awake – snoozing half the morning today was probably not the greatest idea.

I am so excited for the weekend now. I haven’t made any plans yet, because I thought I was going to work this weekend but it turns out that I have this weekend of!
I probably will do a bit of exercise, a bit of study and the rest just do what I want. Unless we decide to go out and see something.

I wish you all a great weekend and hope you will enjoy it!

Talk to you tomorrow!

– Camilla

Packing for Greece!

Good evening!

Tomorrow is Friday and I will finally be of for my holiday!
After work I am going straight to Gatwick airport to fly to Norway where our plane to Greece leaves the next morning.

I am now home trying to pack, while taking breaks to watch The Big Bang Theory.

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I was on a really good roll, until when I emptied out my suitcase and found a big spider in there. I have a huge phobia for spiders and there is no way I can continue getting the suitcase ready after seeing that beast in there! So the packing will go on after Greg has come home and got rid of the spider. Hope he wont be too late..

I am so ready for a holiday!
My bad neck that started almost two weeks ago has continued until now and spread to my back and shoulders.
I have not been able to sleep well either as laying my head down hurts my neck and I have kept waking up because my neck tuggs in the middle of the night.
To make it even worse I tripped and fell over on the way to work on Tuesday, something that only I could manage to do. Guess at 26 years old I am STILL tripping over on my own feet.
So now my knees and arms are all scratched up and achy, not to mention that the fall did not exactly do wonders for my neck!

Because I have been so busy I havent got a chance to collect myself and given my body the rest to heal, I think that is why it still has not gotten better. Work has been so busy, that even on the worst day, calling in sick or taking it easy at work has not been an option.

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I do belive though that two weeks with relaxation, warmth and swimming will fix my body right up.
I am hoping to be fine within the first few days, and if I take it easy and listen to my body I think that is reasonable to believe that I will be.

Well, I better wash up a little bit before Greg gets home and then finish packing.

Talk to you later!

– Camilla

July – hopes and goals

July is here!

I cant believe we are in the 7th month of the year already!

After having reflected on June last night, I am now thinking forward to July.
On my walk to work this morning I started planning the coming month. I think that thinking back to what went right and what went wrong last month, I got in a space where I want to keep improving month by month.

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This is a big month for myself and Greg too. I have to sort out everything for the next year of uni, I have a lot of training to pass for work and most importantly, Greg and I have to find our apartment this month, sooner rather than later as we must have moved in somewhere by the 5th of August. So pressure is ON!
That of course also means that we both have to save most of our income, as getting a place becomes very expensive with rent in advance, agency fees and deposits.

Here are my 5 goals and hopes for July:

Finding an apartment:
This is the number one priority. Most of what I do this month will be in order to work towards getting a place, we are in a bit of a time crunch, BUT we will do it! And of course keep you updated on our way there!

Saving money and reducing spending.. ..Like a lot!
As I said above, finding a place is expensive and this month we will need to pay rent where we live, pay rent where we will be going and put down a deposit. So a lot of budget dinners, less Costa coffees and I will be trying to use less public transport and walk where I can. On the positive side, you might have fun watching me trying to live of more or less nothing.. Good budget tips coming up this month!

Eating healthy and cutting down on sugar:
I terrible when it comes to watching what I eat and I defiantly eat far too much sugar. This last month when I watched it more and was living on better food I could absolutely tell how much better I felt. Last night after writing about how good I have been on watching the sugar and what food and drinks I have, I broke my diet and had so much chocolate and sweets (and right after I said I have been so good arg) and I started feeling really sick and tired. That in it self should be enough motivation to keep me on the good path this month. If not that, the fact that I am saving and probably cannot afford to buy too much sugar and fast food should do the trick. There is an upside to everything right?

Staying active:
I have a goal in my head that I will run everyday and walk and run both ways to work on days that I am working. I dont know yet if it is doable, especially since each way to work is a two hour walk and we do 12 hour shifts where we are basically on our feet constantly, but I will try and see. If that is not doable, I will want to t least run 4 days a week and walk at least one way to work. And again, it saves money too right?

Avoid complaining and do what I can for others:
Lately I become such a negative Nelly and I complain to Greg about all my worries and always tell him whatever negative has happened to me that day. And on so many days I focus on the negative. I dont want to be like that! I used to be very positive but lately I have not really been. So I will focus on what is good instead. And both at work and in any encounter I have with people in my personal life, I will do my best to be a positive contribution and not bother to go out of my way to help people. We should all do that, but sometimes I get so caught up in my own things that I forget all the stuff I could do for others, even without too much effort sometimes. We are nothing without each other so we really must treat each other as best as we can.

Now my break at work is nearly over and I better get back.

I would love to hear some of your goals for July, I do need the inspiration.

Have a great day!

– Camilla

 

June Come and Gone

As we are in the last few hours of this day, we are leaving June behind and welcoming July. It is so strange to think that the first summer month is already over. Time really goes by so quickly, it feels as if we just started the year and here we are, already half way through it! Where does the time go? I guess it is a good sign though, it is said that time flies by when we have fun, so I am thinking that I must have a lot of fun. Or perhaps I am just too busy. I would say that it is probably a bit of both.

Now that June has come and gone I want to take the last hours of it to reflect back on the month and how it has been for me. I always enjoy reading these summaries on other blogs, so now I will make one here, of my own highlights of the month.

Best thing about this month: 
The best thing about June for me must have been that I have finally started (although slowly) to get in a healthy routine of exercise and eating. I have cut down a lot on sugar and started running in the park on my days of from work. On the days I have work I have walked at least one way to or from which is about two hours.
I can defiantly tell the difference just by having started, maybe not so much in the mirror, but I feel much happier and I have much more energy than before. I dont feel sick as much and in general I just feel much better than in the months before.

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Worst thing that happened this month:
The real downer about this month for me personally was the result of the EU referendum. I have written a post about this a few days ago. Of course we dont know what exactly what will happen in the time coming with this, and what the future will look like, but for me who is here as a Norwegian it has caused a bit of stress and worrying about my future and it has of course been on my mind a lot since Friday.

Surprise of the month:
I PASSED MY EXAMS!!!! You really should have seen my face when I found out I had passed. As a serious student I probably should not reveal that it came as a surprise but I had in planted in my head that I would fail and had prepared myself for re-sits for about a month when I found out, phhhht thank god!

Book of the month:
“The Blue Between Sky and Water”
This book made my week a little while ago and really got me excited for adventure and wishing to be able to make a difference. It is written by Susan Abulhawa, the autor of “Mornings in Jenin”. I will write a review on it with more detail soon, but if you are looking for a good book to read, buy this one!

With work and no social life this month that was all of my summary. But although it has not been a month with much to say, it has been a great month, spent between work and with my wonderful man. I could not ask for much more.

Now it is time to look forward and make the most out of July. I hope everyone has had a wonderful June and wishing you all the best for July.

– Camilla