Tuesday, December 20, 2011

life is a bit nuts!

I had every intention of getting a "Christmas letter" up on the blog, for those who are doing a season check-in. I can't believe nearly a month has gone by since a real update--butter shortage post not withstanding.

But, we have been a little busy. We successfully moved out of our apartment on the 10th of December and into the yet unfinished house. The whole family is sleeping on mattresses in the downstairs office/guest room, and our kitchen consists of a refrigerator and microwave. There are no doors in the house yet, and I find myself turning OFF lights to go the bathroom, because if you're on the toilet, and lean a leeeeeeetle to the right. . . I have a great view of our neighbor's front door. 

But, it's coming along. The upstairs is nearly completely painted, lighting is nearly completely done and I think we have move into our bedrooms upstairs after Christmas. Erik is working steadily on the kitchen cabinets, and we should have our counter in place today. Now that we are all in the same house, my nights are much more house-focused than they have been for the past, oh, 7 months. For the first time in 7 months, once Greta is asleep, I get right to work on house projects (namely painting). My Norwegian homework is suffering, my blog is ignored, and Greta's doll's Christmas dress is not getting knitted. 

May 20th:
Peering into the kitchen
On top of it all, there's this whole Christmas season approaching us. Greta is enjoying a chocolate advent calendar, and getting very excited about the Nisse Far visiting on Christmas. We're kind of having a hard time keeping our stories straight, or rather, combining them together. She seems to "understand" that Santa brings presents, as does the Nisse Far, so they really are the same people. But while Santa lives in the North Pole, the Nisse Far really doesn't. Santa comes down the chimney, but the Nisse Far doesn't seem to need to do that. The combination of English and Norwegian books and movies, stories and theater performances she's seen is confusing. It's probably best to just let her lead the story, and put together whatever combination she prefers. 

Dec 20th:
Peering into the kitchen
There is so much more like I'd to write about: the house progress, progress on the nursing/midwife license, the Christmas letter, Norway's butter shortage, my Norwegian class, a email correspondence with a American midwife in France, and things I referred to many posts back and promised to write about but never did. Alas. . . only 24 hours in the day.


  1. Hi Emily! I'm sorry I've been absent from your blog for the last couple of months but how exciting to return and see that you guys are in your house! Woohoo! That's awesome! Not awesome to live in a building site without any doors, I know (I remember so well!) but super awesome that you're in and making progress. Your kitchen is going to be fabulous! I love the floor. Ian and I regret to this day our choice of dark wood for the first floor of our house, but that's only one of many mistakes we made. Building a house is hard work, especially when you're feeling rushed and trying to make too many decisions. I'm so happy for you that you'll have Christmas in your own house. Kjempekoselig! Looks like there's enough room for both Santa AND Nisse Far. :-)

  2. I'm an American married to a Norwegian and we also haven't figured out how to combine the Santa/Nisse Far stories in a logical way. I think for now, Santa comes if we're in the US for Christmas, and Nisse Far comes if we're there...either way, my kids receive a gift, so they're happy!

    The butter shortage is cracking us up...did you see the clip from Colbert? Hysterical.

    Happy Holidays!

  3. Thanks Michele!
    I'm finding--already--there are things I would do "differently" next time around. As if there will be a "next time". NEVER!

  4. Leah, My limited internet has only allowed me to see HALF of the Colbert clip on the butter shortage, but what I did see was hysterical! Erik and I are considering boycotting Tine products (they make the butter) but they really are our only options when it comes to many many dairy products!