søndag den 22. april 2018

The first weekend of real-feel spring


I have to admit that I almost lost hope. We have been rocking winter coats and wollen socks almost to the end of April and everyone lost hope that it would ever be warm again. This was the weather a week ago:
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All the spring flowers glazed in ice and followed by snow and wind Tuesday to an extent where even the city bus had a hard time staying on the road......
But it is over now. I sit on our diminutive patio with a nice glass of iced coffee and enjoy the crazy temperatures of 15C. Uuuuuuuh.
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The warm weather started Friday and my entity body screamed to please please please be outside. Instead I got to sit here:
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Sigh. On a positive note is that I finally got to watch Luca play volleyball and he was surprisingly good considering that both his parents have absolutely NO talent whatsoever when it comes to any kind of sport involving balls. And I got to be outside Saturday morning where Kristian and Teresa has signed up for an earth day run on campus. I went along with them together with Bailey, Luca, and a volleyball, so we all had a good time:
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Bailey even got himself a T-shirt:
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Later in the day we got to visit an art exhibit at Neutral Zone (a hangout place downtown run by teens). Art teachers from all the local high schools display the art made by the students on websites. A jury then picked the best pieces (including one of Ulrik’s ceramic sculptures) which got to be on display. Here he is with his sculpture:
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I was very impressed with the art on display and in addition I have such a soft spot for those teens who don’t feel like they fit in anywhere and try so hard to stand out to fit in. I remember it very vividly from my own teen hood and it is not a time of my life that I would want to go back to ever....... There were so many of them there and I really would have loved to give them a hug and tell them that life will be OK.
In complete contrast to this I got to spend Sunday morning hanging out with a bunch of very motivated athletic ladies:
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Who were going to the State meet in synchronized swimming in Livonia and needed to get their hair and makeup ready early.
And if I think back this is the first time we have had all 3 kids compete in something the same weekend. Kind of crazy.
Well, I should be making pizza dough and I have finally learned to remember to activate the dry yeast. I added it to lukewarm water 10 minutes ago and it should be ready to go by now. So I’d better run
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lørdag den 14. april 2018

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

It is Saturday and despite a bit (well, oneday to be exact) of sunshine and warmth this past week I am lying here listening to endless rain outside. And I am thinking about all of those things that I really like - my favorite things!
Above all are my shoes! What shoes? Luca’s worn out wrestling shoes that I snatched because he had outgrown them. My expectations were nothing but I thought it was a shame to give them away since they are exactly my size. They are AMAZING!!!!!!! And all I wear to work these days as they go well with riding to work on my bike:
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And fulfill all the criteria for appropriate workwear:
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And in NYC where we walked like crazy everyday (on average 30.000 steps for several days)
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I was the one with the least sore feet. I seriously consider getting another pair once these are worn out. The names crack me up. On amazon you can buy “stingray”, “aggressor”, and “vaporspeed” shoes
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Or perhaps 41 year old me should settle for some boring black ones again.......
Another tidbit of awesome things I want to share with you is Motawi Tileworks. I have seen the tiles in Ann Arbor art center. I just didn’t know that there was a whole production site here. These tiles makes me want to live with tile in the kitchen, bathroom, around the fireplace and anywhere else you could possibly put tile.
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That red cardinal tile! 😍 I think I should persuade Kristian to go pay them a visit. I am sure Ulrik wouldn’t mind going too.
Happy weekend everyone. For those of you not in Michigan right now I hope the weather treats you a little better

fredag den 6. april 2018

Campus day

The last stretches to fill up colleges have begun. Once you are accepted into a school it is time to go to “campus day” where they will do everything in their might to convince the admitted students that they should certainly chose this particular school. And how to do that in at university of Michigan? Well you gather all the students and their parents in an impressive auditorium in an impressive building, greet them with an army of super duper friendly undergrads wearing blue shirts and Colgate smiles, and........ you play marching band music nonstop🙄
Here we are. Ulrik and I. Being - ehm - very impressed with the setup:
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And then the speeches begin.With a surprising number of students telling stories about how they never ever considered going to umich, until they visited and ended up turning down a bunch of other schools. In the middle of all this I had to leave to go to a work seminar, and Ulrik got to stay and sing “Hail the victors” and tour buildings on central campus.
We did manage to find each other prior to lunch (after a bunch of dorky “I am here” screenshots followed by “where are you” texts)
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We had lunch at one of the dining halls and I was quite surprised with the variety of the food (including healthy options) and the speed at which they were able to dish them out to serve the crowd of hungry students.
Last but not least we went for a tour with Stamps school of art and design (where Ulrik has been admitted to). And we learned that this year they have had more than 1000 applicants to fill in 150 spots. This means that Ulrik has been in the top 15% of the students applying! A piece of information that fit him quite well. And we toured the big roomy but messy classrooms that very obviously had onepurpose: to be used! We also met a few of the professors showing the curriculum for the first year. And there can be no doubt that he will be drilled with a bunch of techniques in drawing and painting on to of wood work, metal work, weaving, print making etc etc.
And once more we were beyond impressed with what this school has to offer. Most importantly Ulrik can’t wait to get started.

lørdag den 31. marts 2018

The last days in NYC

After having had some action packed days since Saturday we all kind of deflated Thursday. We didn’t leave our house until right before noon and our feet hurt badly. In addition none of us really had any items left undone on the NYC bucket list. So what to do?
Christine suggested the Tenement Museum and off we went. To a super crowded museum where all tours and admissions were sold out for the day. Hmmmmm. But in the gift shop they had a little book about NYC museums and apparently there was a chocolate museum nearby. And even better - we would pass a bubble tea place to get there:
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The chocolate museum was tiny but SO good for 4 worn out tired people with tired feet. We had Mexican chocolate prepared exactly as the Aztecs would have done it (well, except for the electric kettle I assume.....):
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And there were samples and a store at the end with deep soft couches and coffee. Just what we needed.
By the time we were done there were not many hours left over to spend before we needed to catch Aladdin at Broadway. Which we spent..... drum roll please...... walking and eating!!!!! What a surprise. Thanks to Teresa we had awesome vegan sushi:
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The broadway show really needs no explanation. It was a musical as good as they get and we were all highly entertained by Genie in particular.
And suddenly the trip was over. And Friday was spent walking to the subway, walking underground on Penn station, sitting in crowded trains, waiting in crowded lines, and changing terminal (not gate!) last minute. But we made it home, stepped in the door, threw all our luggage on the floor and rushed right back out to pick up our beloved Bailey❤️
And later that night Kristian and Ulrik returned from their Japan adventures. So all is good. I am sitting here drinking fancy Japanese coffee from my NYC mug with a sleeping dog at my feet
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Our table is overflowing with wasabi KitKats and other Japanese - ehm - delicacies, Danish candy from my sister, and bike accessories from Flying Tiger Copenhagen in NYC:
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Ulrik is building special edition gundam figures in his room, Kristian is sleeping and Luca is hanging out with the love of his life. The iPad........
Over and out

onsdag den 28. marts 2018

Ramen noodles, a naked squirrel, and all the walking in between

Today we started the day with stay-in breakfast from the local grocery store after a somewhat - ehm - interesting visit at a (too) cheap pancake place close to Chinatown yesterday.Teresa ordered a Belgian waffle with strawberries and got a cold waffle with strawberry jam from a bucket. Yum🤢. On a positive note we didn’t have to wait long to pay the bill and leave as the Chinese lady bossed us around and out.
Teresa and I went by ourselves yesterday as we had a day planned for the classic discipline of “daughter shops, mom pays”. 3 hours later Teresa had spent 30$ on one and only one pair of jeans and we were hungry. With a little help from google we found an awesome ramen noodle place where we had some of the best ramen soup ever:
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And then we shopped some more. Aka Teresa found one and only one t-shirt she also liked. Well, maybe that pre-shopping trip last week really did do it’s job✌🏻
Today we headed for some culture. On our way to the metropolitan we passed Carlo’s bakeshop from the tv show cakeboss. Teresa used to watch it a lot and was really excited to go. The excitement kind of vaporized as soon as we got into the store:
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We were not impressed but Christine insisted on buying some cake to eat in Central Park:
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And it was decent and OK, but not a place we would go again.
We chose to go to the Met as Luca has a bigger assignment on the old Egypt coming up, and they have rebuilt a few temples in there:
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It was quite impressive and they had a large section of everything from the different dynasties. By the time we finished the Egypt section we felt quite full of museum for the day and headed back into the park, where we met this little guy:
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It really puzzles me how this poor naked rodent made it through the winter.
The last stop of the day (after Times Square, the M&M store, a Starbucks, knitty City, and the flying tiger of Copenhagen) was the flower show at Macy’s. Wow. That was truly impressive:
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So here we are. With absurdly sore feet and one day left in the big apple. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.
Over and out (ouch)
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