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Get Inspired: Blog Ideas for 2014

So many great ideas here. I will definitely come here for inspiration.

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Write more. Paint more. Photograph more. 

Do something amazing. Go down a different path.

Challenge myself. 

New year’s resolutions — you might make ’em, or you may think they’re trite and a waste of time. Whatever the case, you’re here, aren’t you? Exploring WordPress.com, contemplating your next blog post, and scheming up 2014. We closed out 2013 with a showcase of year-long, daily, and weekly projects, so let’s brainstorm ways, big and small, to get your work out into the world in 2014.

Think big

the wanderers

Photographer and writer Stephanie Dandan at Infinite Satorisets off for Asia soon to work on a photo storybook called The Wanderers. Traveling solo, Stephanie will meet other explorers on her journey and tell their stories. She lays out her project on Kickstarter, and its design aesthetic — and her nomadic and adventurous spirit — echo the work she publishes on her blog.

But thinking…

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It’s a New Year!

Well, duh, you might wanna say. I wanna say HAPPY NEW YEAR and may 2014 be the best so far! I’m back in Portland now after a wonderful, but yet too short visit with my family and friends in Norway. I miss them incredibly much.

December went by so fast. Thanksgiving swept by like a breeze, then all of a sudden everything was decorated for Good Ole Yule – lit trees, stars everywhere, and huge sparkly Christmas trees. When I walked the streets of the city I looked around and just couldn’t believe that I’ve lived here for nearly 9 months already. I love my job, but of course – when there is a vacay scheduled, that’s about all you can think of.

So how did we ring in the New Year? With lots of champagne, paper crowns, role play and singing. We’re a silly crew, but I love my friends. They are amazing! We had a little party up in the attic at my folk’s house. The fireworks were incredible. To be honest, we have the best view in the entire town (village…) of Sykkylven. We hugged, took lots of pics, mom and dad were there as well, the cats had escaped to the woods and by dawn – all the girls had teared up stockings, runny makeup (I did for sure) and already faded memories of 2013.

I don’t have any resolutions.. well, I do, but I don’t want to write them down. I will tell you when (or if) I succeed 🙂

Some pics from NYE (bad quality ahead):

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While Waiting for Mad Men

I can’t wait for the next season! But I’m also a bit sad because the show is (obviously..?) drawing near its end. What will happen to Don? Will Sally blackmail him? Oh, the agony. Until new episodes become available, I’ll just rewatch it. That’s what Netflix is for 🙂

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The ultimate, however dysfunctional, power couple

 

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2013 – A look back

This year has gone by so fast! But I can’t say I’ve been a very active blogger. I aim to change that come next year. But first – let’s take a look back. A very random month-by-month recap.

JANUARY

Still living in Oakridge, capital of nowhere Oregon. Going through the final steps of my application to once again become a permanent resident of these glorious states.

Callie - a pure delight!

Callie – a pure delight!

We were still fostering Callie from Greenhill. That included lots of training, walks (I think I became known as the crazy dog lady around town.. who knows. It was a weird place). I love and miss her. Last I heard she got adopted in Portland. Yay!

FEBRUARY

I was anxiously checking the mail every day because I needed a document to travel aboard while my I-405 application was pending. It’s called advance parole. Yep. Felt like a criminal. I’m not gonna bore you with government stuff (trust me, you don’t want to know) – but there IS a federal website you can knock yourself out with if you want to read.. say.. about all the different kinds of immigration applications. But I digress. I finally got my permission to leave the US and take a trip back to Norway. Oh joy! I celebrated my mom’s birthday, ate tons of food, hung out with friends and had a grand ole time.

We visited Kristiansund and ate ball!

We visited Kristiansund and ate ball!

My lovely view

My lovely view

Hung out with my bestie!

Hung out with my bestie!

And had a grand old time!

And had a grand old time!

MARCH

Got back to the States and the job hunt began. ‘Twas time to get back into the carousel! Because, ta da, my PAROLE also doubled as a work permit. Wohoo!

So I spent some days at Starbucks updating my resume, sending out e-mails and even joined Linked In. I also became a PERMANENT RESIDENT (meaning I got a Green Card!) Victory! Justice!

Yes, it's green. No, this is not me.

Yes, it’s green. No, this is not me.

APRIL

Got a job! Woot! And we packed up our belongings and hauled it all the 150 miles to Portland. And I’ve been great at keeping it weird. During my first week, I got a spider bite on my eye. Yep. So I was “the new girl with the eye”.

It became a LOT worse. But I am saving your eyes. No pun intended.

It became a LOT worse. But I am saving your eyes. No pun intended.

Where I work!

Where I work!

MAY

Worked a lot.. slept… worked. Tried to find my way around the city. I was completely turned around the first few weeks, even though I literally live 10 blocks away from work. Made new friends, kept keeping Portland weird (you know it) and tried not to melt away during the heat wave.

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The hood. There's a market every Saturday.

The hood. There’s a market every Saturday.

JUNE

Worked more.. tried to stay cool. It was really hot, you guys. Realllllllly hot. Good thing we have a roof top with a pretty nice view!

Rooftop view!

Rooftop view!

My attempt to be a domestic goddess.

My attempt to be a domestic goddess.

JULY

Got a promotion! New hours at work, meaning I didn’t have to do the graveyard shift  anymore. I got to see daylight! Take walks! Be a normal (…) human being! I got to socialize! Yay!

Summer BBQ

Summer BBQ

Hawthorne residents got it right!

Hawthorne residents got it right!

Beer fest, baby!

Beer fest, baby!

AUGUST

Ally came for a visit! She says it was to see me, but I think her REAL mission was to promote her business, Wish Dogs.. hehehe. Still love you, though!

She found her twin!

She found her twin!

And we walked... A LOT!

And we walked… A LOT!

Sporting my immigrant pride!

Sporting my immigrant pride!

SEPTEMBER

Hmm.. what did we do in September? This year has just really flown by so fast. And if you’re wondering why there are so few pics of Jamie, it’s because he’s back and forth all the time. Still looking for a job in Portland, but he’s still got job down in Eugene and Oakridge. Spread the word, peeps! He’s a real handyman that does excellent work!

He's also a rocker!

He’s also a rocker!

OCTOBER

Halloween, picking apples, visiting Sauvie Island. Good times.

Meow!

Meow!

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NOVEMBER

Supporting “Movember” of course!

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DECEMBER

Whoa! Already? This year has, like I previously stated, flown away. Been so busy with work that I’ve barely noticed the season change. I hope next year will be even better, and that I get to see my friends and my family more, and that we will all stay healthy and happy. Right now I’m so lucky to be in Norway for Christmas, and I will post some pictures later. It’s really stormy here, so not much snow (boo!) but nonetheless – it’s great that both Jamie and I get to be here. I get a much-anticipated visit from my BFF tomorrow! Bring on the wine and the snacks, and get ready for a LOUD time! Haha! 😀

A great find!

A great find!

Company Christmas party - this is one of the decent pics!

Company Christmas party – this is one of the decent pics!

The obligatory selfie

The obligatory selfie

Puppy snuggles at work! A definitive highlight!

Puppy snuggles at work! A definitive highlight!

Some instapics

KOIN tower

KOIN tower

Southeast Portland

Southeast Portland

Ah yeah, the selfie

Ah yeah, the selfie

So – follow me on Instagram! @webangel81

 

 

 

I resisted…but…

I finally gave in. I’ve joined the masses. I’m on INSTAGRAM! I even took a selfie. It looks horrible. But trust me – it’s the first and last I’ll ever take. No outfits pics or duckface portrait. I PROMISE!

In my defense, it was Halloween and I wanted to get a snap of my cat make-up. It looks better in real life. I don’t have sharp enough fangs to make a believable ferocious feline.

But I love Halloween and it was a good time indeed! What did you do? And more importantly, are you on Instagram? Do you take selfies?

RAWR!

RAWR!

 

Purr...?

Purr…?

 

Californication

 

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