Monthly Archives: March 2012

What I’m up to

Yeah, not much blogging going on lately. Don’t give up on me yet. I will be back.

In the meantime I am fighting a war against my own government. Yup, you read it right. I officially hate my own country. As much as I sometimes dislike the people here, the arrogant attitudes, the high prices, ridiculous alcohol laws, fucked up roads and bland food, I used to at least think of my home country fondly – even patriotically at times. Not so anymore.

I’m sure you know what this is about. Google UDI and their stupid rules or incompetent case workers and you get the point. This ain’t over.

(insert angry face here)

Trust me – we *will* win this time, and I am currently building up my arsenal. Be prepared, this won’t be pretty.

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The sad state of TV these days

You know the song, Johnny Cash’s “Sunday morning coming down”. Should be the theme song of my life…. at least for the weekends. Kidding. It’s not that bad. But it’s on days like those and days when I am just sick and feeling sorry for myself that I spend hours curled up on the couch flipping through channels because I am just too lazy to stretch out and watch a show on my laptop instead. Truth be told, I rarely watch TV. I work at odd hours, mainly evenings and weekends, so when the regular families gather with popcorn and soda to watch Glee, or in Norway – making tacos and watching The Voice and Skavlan, I am usually at work. Or, if I am not, catching up with friends or studying. Don’t get me wrong, there are shows I am addicted to, but I choose the illegal route and download them. There you go, sue me. But once in a blue moon there I am, under a blanket, remote in hand and glaring at the screen. And what appears in front of my weary eyes is probably more pathetic than my condition. OK, so we have The Talk  (the title says it all, a group of women with Julie Chen in charge chatters about everything from their orgasms to their waxing routines or ongoing trials, where they all hope the outcome is “guilty”. Case in point: The Casey Anthony trial). And then we have Dr. Oz! The miracle doctor who will tell uneducated or just oblivious women what the G-spot is and how they can find it. Oh, the sensation! Applause og cheers to that. I mean, if you need a TV-show to educate you about your sex life then perhaps somebody needs to evaluate the whole “abstinence only-ed”. I keep imagining a newly wed couple in bed, clothes off, looking at each other…. ummm… what now? (Sorry, I just can’t help myself). Then there’s The King of Queens – the worst comedy show of all times, MASH reruns, Oprah, some kind of lame wannabe-interactive show where a really annoying person with bad styling tries to recruit brain dead viewers to call in and enter a contest. To be honest, I don’t get the concept, because I can’t get myself to watch more than five seconds. The state of TV has gone downhill.

To sum it up:

THE WORST:

King of Queens

Brothers & Sisters

The Bold and the Beautiful

The Talk

Dr. Oz

The Bachelor

The Real Housewives of whatever trashville they can find

Dr. Phil

Sports! Skiing, soccer, skating….kill me now.

The Drew Carey Show

Judge Judy

SHOWS THAT ARE OK IF I AM TOO SICK TO MOVE

Anything bizarre on TLC, like Little Miss America (what’s wrong with you parents?)

Extreme Couponing (amazes me to the point I have no words left)

SHOWS I KIND OF LIKE

Documentaries

Travel shows

1000 Ways to Die

Anything on Animal Planet that involves baby animals! ❤

CSI late at night, because it helps me fall asleep

Trinny & Susannah – because they are so forward

SHOWS I ABSOLUTELY LOVE, BUT  DOWNLOAD

Mad Men

The Mentalist

Californication

X-files

Revenge (guilty pleasure here)

Gossip Girl

Breaking Bad

It’s not over yet!

In honor of March 8 – International Women’s Day – I want to think a moment of all the great achievements women have accomplished today. Without the negative loaded word “feminism” we’d still be decades behind – even centuries as just so happens with so many less fortunate females today. Think we (as a collective woman) are safe?

TODAY

– Women are still being paid considerably less than men

– Women do two-thirds of the world’s work,  yet receive 10 % of the world’s income and own 1 %  of the means production (4)

– In many cases, women – regardless of their experience or education – are perceived as having the potential to bear children (also known as being a female) and that prevents them from getting hired.

– At least 100,000 women are raped each year in the UK and the rape conviction rate is 6,5 %

– Using words/adjectives associated with anything female are constantly used in a derogatory matter to insult the opposite. “Don’t be a girl/pussy/chick” vs. “Be a man!”

– Woman are still being reduced to objects, where their talents can only bring further exposure to their exteriors. “Wow, …. is really good at this! Who knew, she seems so obsessed with her/looks/shoes.. bla bla bla”. Maria Sharapova may be more famous for her looks than tennis abilities. Pick any scene, and you will see the old gender ideology play out. Why is it ok for, say, an old, unattractive man to feel the freedom to comment on how sexy or cute young female (especially coworkers, business customers, etc) are? I bet we’d raise eyebrows going the opposite way. And what about the ridiculous abstinence-only education? For one, it provides no knowledge. At all! It is the epitome of the old patriarchal ideology of male/active vs female/passive being played out.

– A majority of women/girls are being killed by their families to protect their honors. Even if a girl is held captured and raped – she is the one who has to take the punishment.

– Women in Saudi-Arabia can’t legally drive, or leave their house without a male companion.

THE OLDEST INJUSTICE IN HUMAN HISTORY IS THE WAY WE TREAT WOMEN – a link to a video I strongly urge you to see.

Nobel Peace Prize Winners 2011

From left: Tawakkol Karman, Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

I want to give a shout out to women who made themselves heard and made a difference: Mary Wollstonecraft, Germaine Greer, Ariel Levy, Mother Theresa, Rosa Parks, Clara Barton, Anne Frank, Lucy Stone, Dorothea Dix, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony

Now talk to me… is there anyone missing on this list? What are your hopes for the future?

Curves on the cover!

If you, like me, are as tired of seeing the same cloned stick figure on every woman’s magazine – here’ something to break the pattern. Mind you, I have nothing against skinny/thin people, especially the fit ones (I aspire to be lean and mean one day!!), but I am annoyed by how the fashion industry only uses samples that are double 0. Recently Karl Lagerfeld was in the media for apparently saying derogatory remarks against Adele. The thing is, if Adele had been a succesful “fat” MALE singer, nobody would rise an eyebrow. Such double standards. He later apologized, of course, but seriously Karl, have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror? You look like you could use the help of Trinny and Susannah…. or possibly some medication or other forms of therapy.

But I was delighted to see the fabulous Christina Hendricks (Joan in Mad Men) oh this issue’s cover. Can you say stunning? No fake bake, tattooed eye- or lipliner to be spotted there. Give me more of supergirls like her!

My point is…. we are all born in different shapes and sizes. Nobody looks good or feel good about themselves by being obese. But there sure are plenty of those who’d rather starve themselves than the be a size 4. I am not blaming the media here, but I am blaming the fashion industry’s creating of an ideal that is so far out of reach for a great percent of the population. So instead of going back to the 90s heroin chick look or using plain obese models, let’s find a middle ground and praise those people who have talents, a voice, a message or something they want to do to contribute to make a world a better place. But alas… this is fashion… so who are we kidding.

Music Monday: Hayley Taylor

A radio-friendly and catchy tune about looking back… aw.

 

Mighty March!

February is the shortest month of the year, but it sure feels like the longest sometimes. Dark days, cold winds, snow and rain… ick. I want spring to come already! I want to see the trees in their new leaves, feel the sunshine on my pale skin, hear the birds chatter outside and go to bed knowing it will not get dark.

We’re one step closer, though, March has arrived! Soon the streets will be bombarded with the noise of Bergen’s drummer boys marching down the narrow alleys – a joy for old patriots, a nuisance for students and vampires.

But until that cheerful time I have to finish some lofty tasks. That’s why Jamie and I took a quick getaway to Sykkylven, to relax and breathe the fresh mountain air and, of course, to celebrate my mom’s birthday. It’s always nice to be home in the big house – it’s quiet, cosy, has a spectacular view, and it has two snuggly cats. 😀

Other than that… things are pretty much the same. We completed our second application for Jamie’s immigrant visa, so cross your fingers folks. UDI has been heavily criticized in media these days – there are so many families our there that are having just as much difficulty as us trying to fulfill all the requirements. The new law was enforced in January 2010, and because of endless waiting times we are finally NOW seeing all the people who are falling between, the messy results of a useless immigration policy. Hey government, you’re targeting the wrong people! OK, I will stop now before I start venting about Krekar and Bhatti and all the other clowns that have no right to be in this country while children are being separated from their families and shipped away to unknown continents. Ah yes, bureaucracy at its finest.

Alas there is nothing I can do but to protest and vent here on my own blog. However, it’s a beautiful day and I choose to put on my happy face and go out to greet the world. Have a fabulous Saturday!

Fancy Friday!

Or: What do you fancy this Friday? This song by St. Vincent. CRANK IT UP!