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The Calendar

2006-12-01 23:45:47 - 1 comments    |     Archives

In the advents calendar today: Three pieces of lemon Fox

It was not too many days before Christmas. It had been snowing heavily, so the dog was having a field day basking around on the ground. I was in good yuletide spirits. All the preparations were finished and I was looking forward to a nice holiday. That's when I saw it.

I love to peek in to people's houses when I walk past them. Being outside on a cold and snowy winter's night I think it's nice to see how cozy people have made their own homes, especially around Christmas. Maybe they've put up an advent's star, some lights or maybe they've put their tree close to the living room window, so that you get a full view of it. But that's not what had caught my eye this evening.

There, through the kitchen window of the green house opposite of the house Kristin, a colleague of mine, lives in, was my advents calendar. It looked just the same. It was made of felt and across the brown background was a big green pine made of the same fabric. Spread across the tree were decorations looking exactly as the ones I have on my home made calendar. I just stood there on the road, staring across the lawn covered with sparkling snow and in to this kitchen. How could this be?

Now, I'm not stupid. My brain had already fathomed that my mother must have found a pattern somewhere way back in 1975 when my calendar was made in our kitchen in Tromsdalen. But where? And had these people made it from the same pattern? And when? At that very moment I wanted nothing more than to go over to their house and ring the bell and ask them. But I lost my nerve.

The rest of that Christmas I walked past that house to stare in to it. When Christmas approached the following year I was actually looking forward to walk by the house to look at the calendar through the window again. And this year I would ring the bell. Alas, they didn't put their calendar up and haven't done so in the years since. But I'll check this year as well, just to be safe.

Two Day Lenses

2006-12-02 23:50:11 - 1 comments    |     Archives

In the advents calendar today: A Kinder Maxi Bar

When I woke up this morning I was a bit puzzled that my eyes were drier than usually are in the morning. The next thing I found strange was that after blinking moisture back in to my eyes, I saw everything in the monitor pretty clearly when I sat down to check my email. I didn't have to squint or put my eyes 3 inches from the screen.

In my slightly fever hazed state I didn't think much of it. Then I sat down in front of the tv, and suddenly I realised that I saw everything clearly. I touched my forehead and realised that I wasn't wearing glasses. And then, over 30 minutes after I got out of bed, I understood what was going on: I hadn't removed my contact lenses before going to sleep last night! And I'm still wearing them.

The Calendar Part Two

2006-12-03 23:44:44 - 3 comments    |     Archives

In the advents calendar today: A Melkesjokolade cone

1992. I'm doing my military service at an office in Harstad, even farther north than where I come from, and it's the week end before 1st of December. I've got my week end pass and I'm sitting on the bus going south to Fauske. I do this almost every week end. Five hours by bus, including one hour on the ferry, is nothing compared to having to hang around in Harstad. At least I've got friends in Fauske.

On the bus I'm thinking of the calendar. I'm going to fill it with candy and take it back with me to Harstad. Of course I'll have to hang it on the inside of my cupboard in the house where we live so that none of the other boys will empty it, but it doesn't matter. I've got to bring it with me. No calendar means there'll be no Xmas. I'm thinking of the usual ridicule my mother will give me. "20 years old and he needs an advents calendar!" In the past few years whilst in high school I had to make it myself, so I saw no reason why I wouldn't have to do so whilst in the army.

I arrive at the train station and I do the five minute walk back home. After throwing the dirty laundry down the stairs I enter the kitchen. And there, on the wall, is the calendar. Filled with candy in all 24 stockings that are hanging on one ring each. My mother had taken pity on her poor son, slaving away in an office in the army, and made it for him this year. I'm filled with warmth to this day when I think of it. It became a very nice Xmas indeed.

Elfworld V3.0

2006-12-04 23:59:18 - 9 comments    |     Archives

In the advents calendar today: Six Fox Lemon

Finally I've done a complete redesign of my web-site. So welcome to elfworld.org V3.0.
Please let me know if there's anything that's not working or if there's anything you really don't like. You are of course also welcome to leave a message if you do like the design.
There might be a few design hiccups, but that can most likely be attributed to the fact that my older blog postings were done for a table-controlled environment. Now I'm 100% css!

Big thanks must go out to the ultra fantastic css-hero, Lasse Dahl, whose help has been invaluable.

Now, I'm off to bed. Got an MRI tomorrow.

In My Bed

2006-12-05 23:22:15 - 6 comments    |     Archives

In the advents calendar today: A Smash chocolate bar

Taken from annetten:

If you woke up and I was in bed with you, what would be your first thougt?

If you reply, post this in your own blog, if you've got one.

Top 5 Christmas Songs

2006-12-06 23:41:44 - 3 comments    |     Archives

In the advents calendar today: A Kinder Maxi bar

Several bloggers are posting their top 5 favourite Christmas songs, so I will follow suit:

1. Walking in the air – Howard Blake
This is taken from the ultra fantastical amazingly beautiful extraordinary wonderful animated movie the Snowman. I tear up even without watching the movie, something I do traditionally every Xmas eve.

2. Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
Hearing Noddy Holder cry out "It's Chriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiistmaaaaaaaaaaas" just feels right. No better Christmas rock song has ever been made.

3. Day of Days – Jon Anderson
An original song made by Jon Anderson for his Xmas album 3 Ships. I just love this track. It ‘s a mixture between pop, latino and gypsy music. The violin towards the end is just the perfect icing on the cake.

4. A Fairy Tale of New York – Pogues featuring Kirsty McColl
"You scumbag, you maggot/You cheap lousy faggot/Happy Christmas your ass/I Pray God it's our Last." Puts me in a good mood. Everytime.

5. Oh Holy Night – Traditional
Beautiful amazing composition, despite it's Christian lyrics

Happy

2006-12-07 23:50:09 - 2 comments    |     Archives

In the advents calendar today: A Twix candy bar

I'm just soooooo content, happy and excited right now. I'll just sit here and savor the moment while finishing off some articles for the local paper, ok?

Lisa-Mari Moen Jünge

2006-12-10 23:18:22 - 0 comments    |     Archives

In the advents calendar 2 days ago: Five Lemon Fox
In the advents calendar yesterday: A Melkesjokolade Santa
In the advents calendar today A red Stratos bar

I did my first photo shoot of an aspiring young model on Friday. Her name is Lisa-Mari Moen Jünge, and she's working hard to be one of 40 girls from a pool of 245 to be chosen to compete on tv towards the final in Frøken Norge next spring. These pictures will be in her profile and she needs as many hits as possible as that is one of the criteria to chosen by a jury to go further in the contest.

Regardless about what one might feel about such contests, I enjoyed the shoot and the interview I did with her. It was fascinating to hear why a bright young girl with A-level grades volunteers for something like this: Boredom and the need to try something different before moving on with her education.

Enjoy the photos and don't forget my online Xmas calendar.

Ready For the Exam?

2006-12-12 23:08:59 - 0 comments    |     Archives

In the advents calendar yesterday: A Kinder Maxi Bar
In the advents calendar today Five lemon Fox

I just handed in my final mandatory assignment in the Java course I'm taking this autumn. Which means I'm ready for the exam Friday 22nd. Right? RIGHT?

Anyway, a huge load of my shoulders has just been lifted.

Rock Star Cliches

2006-12-14 23:42:09 - 0 comments    |     Archives

In the advents calendar yesterday: A Snickers bar
In the advents calendar today: A Kinder Maxi bar

AOL has posted a list of the 89 biggest rock clichés. It's a really fun read, even though I don't quite agree with the one that's listed as number one.

And if that isn't enough entertainment for you, then you can visit my online advents calendar.

Getting There

2006-12-15 23:53:28 - 0 comments    |     Archives

In the advents calendar today: Four lemon Fox

The Christmas mood is gathering up inside of me. Last night in Bergen I went to see the ginger bread city and today I arranged my annual mulled claret party for the fifth year in a row at our head office.

So I decided to spread the mood and serve you some Xmas spirited pictures. To navigate through the rest of them press the picture of the red and lit up Santa. Just continue on from there.

And I'll leave you tonight with this, taken from the movie which soundtrack I'm listening to right now:

Yes!

2006-12-17 23:53:34 - 0 comments    |     Archives

In the advents calendar yesterday: A Melkesjokolade cone
In the advents calendar today: A Kinder Maxi bar

It's snowing outside. And it actually stays on the ground! Hope to snap pictures tomorrow!

Elf's Virtual Xmas Card / Hognes virtuelle julekort

2006-12-19 22:23:10 - 2 comments    |     Archives

In the advents calendar yesterday: A Melkesjokolade marble
In the advents calendar today: Five lemon Fox

You can read my season greetings in English here.

Du kan lese min julehilsen på norsk here.

Christmas Holiday

2006-12-22 20:37:00 - 5 comments    |     Archives

In the advents calendar two days ago: A Melkesjokolade cone
In the advents calendar yesterday: Five lemon Fox
In the advents calendar today: A red Stratos bar

Finally Christmas Holiday is a fact for me as well. Håkon and I arrived at my parents' place two days ago but I've been spending them doing revisions before the Java exam I had today in Bodø (I managed to get it moved from Bergen to Bodø). The exam went ok, but I was very unhappy when I left the examination room. I'll pass but I won't get another A, as I did last spring.

But right now I don't care. The rest of this evening will be spent in the company of good friends and my mother made lutefisk today, so Christmas spirits are running high right now. And tomorrow we will decorate my parents' tree. It will be the first time in ten years. Can't wait.

There and Back Again

2006-12-27 23:21:21 - 2 comments    |     Archives

In the advents calendar on the 23rd: Three Lemon Fox
In the advents calendar on Xmas Eve: A HUGE Melkesjokolade Santa

I returned from my old home town of Fauske last night and I've had the best Xmas Eve in ten years. It's also coincidently ten years since the last time I spent Xmas eve with my parents. My mother and father came through and everything was very, very nice. The food, the mood, the decorations (I helped with the tree) and the hospitality. One always talks about trying to recreate your childhood Christmases and maybe in a way that was almost what I experienced this year. And with at least little bit of snow on the ground I had a real Xmas feeling that I've managed to bring back with me to Molde, even if it's completely green and black outside.

Dinner Party

2006-12-30 01:54:32 - 2 comments    |     Archives

Last night I had friends over for my annual Xmas dinner where I serve a three course meal that I've lovingly prepared all by myself in the hours before my guests arrive. The only thing they know is that they won't be served anything remotely Christmas related, as most people are pretty fed up with that kind of food. Hereby follows the recipes for each course, but in Norwegian only: More -->

The Calendar Part Three

2006-12-30 23:02:47 - 1 comments    |     Archives

- So you're sure you will send my advents so that it will be here by the first?

- Yes, no problem. By the way, which dates where your finals on?

- Programming is on the sixth, Organisational Theory is on the tenth and Economics on the twentieth.

- Good to know. I'll send the calendar, filled with candy, but at 21 you're really getting too old for this.

- Great. Thanks mom!

The calendar arrived the day before the first and I hung it on the wall in the room I rented. It was my first year at college and as the year before, my mother took pity on me and made me the calendar. The best part is that on the sixth it was also a note inside the stocking saying: "Good luck on your programming exam today!" She did that the following year as well.

My mom's the best.

You Are Spider-Man

2006-12-31 00:24:07 - 1 comments    |     Archives

Spiderman
Spider-Man:80% 80%

Superman:65% 65%

Supergirl:60% 60%

Green Lantern:55% 55%

The Flash:55% 55%

Robin:45% 45%

Wonder Woman:45% 45%

Catwoman:45% 45%

Iron Man:40% 40%

Batman:35% 35%

Hulk:30% 30%

"You are intelligent, witty, a bit geeky and have great power and responsibility."

Take the Superhero Personality Test

That Was Yet Another Year That Was

2006-12-31 23:12:37 - 1 comments    |     Archives

1. What did you do in 2006 that you've never done before?
I learned myself Java and took two exams to prove it. I also had my first paid jobs as a photographer. So I've turned in to a writer, composer and photographer now. Sheesh.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Sort of. I'm still drinking Pepsi Max by the truck load, but I've managed to work less in my day job and I've not invaded any countries. For 2007 I won't make any resolutions, as they are for losers and smokers (same thing really)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, on January 1st. And one of them had an abortion.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes, a good friend of mine died of cancer not that long ago. More -->

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