Monthly Archives: May 2012

23: Old treasures

I came across some of my old stuff in the attic earlier, and thought I’d post a couple of them. I’ve always loved drawing and painting, so I took art classes in high school. The result is that the whole house is full of old sketches, paintings and bizarre sculptures. I seldom find time to do art now, but it’s a treasured hobby I hope to keep doing in the future. I just need to get an art room! Haha!

Anyways, these were made a long time ago. Probably in 1997 or 1998. Wow. Time flies.

22: Hiking

View from Aurenakken, in Sykkylven

 

21: Teen blogging gone too far?

It’s with horror I register the growing number of “tween blogs” that consist of make-up, fashion and teenage pregnancy. I can partly see the need for young people to express themselves, but what I find repulsive is the business that make money by exploiting young, naive girls who suddenly find themselves on the rise to online fame based on a rating system relying on their looks and popularity. It’s a phenomenon I wasn’t quite aware of until I moved back to Norway. If you look at the blog platform, blogg.no, there is a “top list” that bloggers apparently strive to be on. What’s interesting is that the majority of these blogs don’t contain timely commenting on news articles, society or culture, but instead a creepy obsession with achieving a certain “look”. The tanner, taller, thinner, prettier and richer you are, the more readers you’ll gain and the more attention you’ll get from companies that will shower you in products and money if you write about or pose with their product on your blog; – be it make-up, teeth whitening, hair extensions and whatnot. Most of these bloggers aren’t yet 18, so why on earth are their parents allowing them to get their lips pumped full of restylane, getting boob jobs or letting them post pictures of themselves in sexy poses?

Take a look at one of the current teen-queen bloggers, Sophie Elise, whose parents apparently have given her the permission to undergo a seemingly extreme makeover…

 

I mean, geesh, what is the world (wide web) coming to?

20: The dark sides of giving in to indulgence

OK, I admit it. I love to lounge around in my PJs and my robe… all day if I could. In a perfect world I’d sit on a velvet couch sipping wine, listening to ambient music and vanish into my own mind. Or paint, or socialize. Whatever my mood tells me. And I am a spoiled woman. Trust me. I can get people to do favors for me without even blinking. But I won’t reveal how… 😉

Anyways, it’s time to grow up, and become a less self-centered creature, although that’s easier said than done. I’ll always be ME, I’ll always be true to myself.

What’s funny is when I flipped through my Jack Vettriano calendar, I came across a painting that reminded me so much of myself. Not literally, but metaphorically. It’s mesmerizing. And I love it.

“Man of Mystery” via http://www.jackvettriano.com

19: “Have ya heard the news?”

Working in news is crazy. For some reason a lot of people think that what appears on the screen in broadcast news just happens magically and don’t think about the process and all the people help make it happen. To point out the obvious, bad writing can really ruin the whole story, but sometimes what’s going on out in the world is so incomprehensible it blows everyone’s mind. I could go on forever, but usually what happens in the newsroom stays in the newsroom 🙂

Anyways. I am off track here. What I really wanted to post was a little snippet from a newspaper in Iowa, dated in 1957. It honestly made my day.

EAST HAMPTON, CONN. (AP) – A search of Lake Pocotopaug for a reported drowning victim was called off here Tuesday when it was realized that one of the volunteers helping the search, Robert Hausmann, 23, of East Hampton, was the person being sought.

– Des Moines Register, 20 September 1957

18: Star shaped food!

Does it get any cuter than this? I think not! Ideas for your next theme party, or just when you feel like looking at stars… before eating them!

image via sheknows.com

image via diamantespace.com

image via superstock.com

image via sarahlidbom.blogspot.com

image via geekologie.com

17: The perfect pick-me-up song

If you need to kick yourself out of a funk…. I love this song. Filled with hope and enthusiasm 🙂