Chris Duffin Steroids

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OUTLINE:
Here’s the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time.
(00:00) – Introduction
(07:10) – Performing feats of strength
(13:52) – What does it take to lift 1000 lbs for reps?
(16:43) – From 500 to 1000lb
(17:15) – The mechanics of heavy lifting
(28:32) – What did it feel like to do 1000lbs for reps?
(30:26) – Achieving peak performance
(35:16) – Importance of singular focus
(37:48) – Chris’s childhood
(50:37) – The Eagle and the Dragon: A Story of Strength and Reinvention
(58:21) – Lex on business
(1:04:52) – The Disciplines of Strength
(1:09:33) – Powerlifting
(1:22:37) – Role of strength in MMA, BJJ… and baseball
(1:32:38) – What is Kabuki Strength?
(1:38:55) – Equipment
(1:50:09) – The importance of strong feet
(1:59:15) – Chris’s diet
(2:05:37) – Lex on moderation in food
(2:06:11) – Steroids and PED’s
(2:24:14) – Whiskey and deadlifts
(2:33:03) – Is it better to work hard or smart?
(2:41:52) – Advice for young people
(2:45:02) – Fear of death

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Easter Decorations Two Thousand and Fifteen

Easter is not so far away, and thus the Easter decorations are in place here at home! Easter decorations are some of the nicest I know, because I love yellow, cute chickens and rabbits, and all that is often part of the Easter decorations. In the office I have put Easter flowers in a jug of water, and an Easter hen in the window sill.

The kitchen table has been given yellow candles, a yellow tablecloth, a green and dotted chicken bowl, as well as vintage Easter decorations. Skatollet has also received a visit from a cute chicken, and the brass candlestick has received a yellow candle and Easter candle cuff. And the living room table has been given Easter eggs and a yellow tablecloth for decoration.

 

 

 

Wasn’t it cozy? Are you decorating for Easter? And; Are there more than us who are out early with the Easter decorations this year?

Drop by to Make a Few Announcements

Hi guys, long time ago ?!
I hope everything is fine with you? No, I probably will not “back” in here, but I still thought I would make a little sound from me. Those of you who follow me on Snapchat (where I am very inactive, * creamy *), have probably most likely gotten this with you already, but you others, you should also be informed. Because yes, there are many of you who have followed me and mine for many years now, and thus also followed my plans, dreams, wishes, ups and downs.

Two (for me at least) exciting things I want to tell you. Are you ready?!

Åsmund and I will be living in Oslo, indefinitely. Iiik!
Risør and the café dream are far from gravel, but it has been put on ice until further notice. After we moved to Kampen (almost a year ago! As time flies!), I have for the first time since we moved to Oslo in the summer of 2009, really enjoyed myself. It took me almost a whole year to realize that, and I was probably mentally further down than I had thought, but at last it was like a revelation; The match feels at home. Oslo feels good, and I thrive. Nothing is better than that ?! When I admitted to Åsmund that I had come to the conclusion that Kampen basically felt at home, and that I might be able to wait a bit to move back to Risør, he was both moved and happy, because he has after all thrived in the capital since day one. Fortunately, family and friends (after all, my network is almost exclusively based in Oslo!) Took it in more or less the same positive way as Åsmund, and it was all a great relief for me. Lovely! I’m not even thirty years old, there’s no hurry to move back and “settle down”, right? Nope! So we stay in Oslo, indefinitely. Hurray!

The other thing I want to tell you? Yes:

I’m going to be a piercer!
Yep, I, who should never start piercing, will start as an apprentice in April. Woho! Why? Yes, because now we live in Oslo, I enjoy my job at Pinpoint so much, and would like to continue working there. As a receptionist and general manager (hehe!), I feel that I have wanted new challenges, want to grow, learn new things .. And then it feels natural to become a piercer. For it has enticed more and more to stick needles in people (giggles), and the more I pondered on it, the more confident I became in my case; I’m going to be a piercer! I’m so excited to get started, a wonderful mix of joy and nervousness. This is going to be great, and it’s going to be so much fun to learn, grow, and develop in something I’m passionate about! Hurray!

So yes, that’s what I had in mind, that I wanted to share with you. If you want to follow my journey further, it is on Instagram (where my name is of course Mewkid) that I am most active, so feel free to hang out! See you here or there! 🙂

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Hei folkens, lenge siden sist?!
Jeg håper alt står bra til med dere? Nei, jeg nok ikke “tilbake” her inne, men jeg tenkte allikevel jeg skulle gi en liten lyd fra meg. Dere som følger meg på Snapchat (hvor jeg er svært lite aktiv, *kremt*), har nok mest sannsynlig fått med dere dette allerede, men dere andre, dere skal også bli informert. For ja, det er jo mange av dere som har fulgt meg og mitt i veldig mange år nå, og dermed også fulgt med på mine planer, drømmer, ønsker, oppturer og nedturer.

To (for meg i alle fall) spennende ting vil jeg fortelle dere. Er dere klare?!:

Jeg og Åsmund blir boende i Oslo, på ubestemt tid. Iiik!
Risør og kafédrømmen er langtifra gruset, men den er lagt på is inntil videre. Etter at vi flytta til Kampen (for snart et år siden! Som tida flyr!), har jeg for første gang siden vi flytta til Oslo sommeren 2009, trivdes skikkelig. Det tok meg et nesten et helt år å innse det, og jeg var nok kanskje psykisk lengre nede enn jeg hadde trodd, men omsider var det som en åpenbaring; Kampen føles hjemme. Oslo føles bra, og jeg trives. Ingenting er vel bedre enn det?! Da jeg innrømmet for Åsmund at jeg hadde kommet fram til at Kampen i grunn føltes som hjemme, og at jeg kanskje kunne vente litt med å flytte tilbake til Risør, ble han både rørt og glad, for han har tross alt trivdes i hovedstaden siden dag én. Heldigvis tok familie og venner (nettverket mitt er tross alt nesten utelukkende basert i Oslo!) det på mer eller mindre samme positive måten som Åsmund, og det hele var en stor lettelse for meg. Herlig! Jeg er ikke engang tretti år, det er ikke noe hast med å flytte tilbake og “settle down”, vel? Nope! Så i Oslo blir vi, på ubestemt tid. Hurra!

Den andre tingen jeg vil fortelle dere? Jo:

Jeg skal bli piercer!
Jepp, jeg, som aldri skulle begynne å pierce, skal starte som lærling i april. Woho! Hvorfor? Jo, fordi nå blir vi boende i Oslo, jeg trives så godt i jobben på Pinpoint, og vil gjerne fortsette å jobbe der. Som resepsjonist og daglig leder (hehe!), kjenner jeg at jeg har hatt lyst på nye utfordringer, lyst til å vokse, lære nye ting.. Og da føles det naturlig å bli piercer. For det har lokket mer og mer å stikke nåler i folk (knis), og jo mer jeg grunnet på det, jo sikrere ble jeg i min sak; jeg skal bli piercer! Jeg er så spent på å sette i gang, en herlig blanding av glede og nervøsitet. Dette blir knall, og det blir så moro å lære, vokse, og utvikle meg innen noe jeg brenner for! Hurra!

Så ja, det var det jeg hadde på hjertet, som jeg ville dele med dere. Hvis dere vil følge ferden min videre, er det på Instagram (der heter jeg naturligvis Mewkid) jeg er mest aktiv, så heng dere gjerne på! Vi sees her eller der! 🙂

How Do I Tie The Scarf!

Hi, now I’m going to tell you how I tie my scarf, to make it look the way it does, because some of you asked me that.

 

What I do is that I use a long scarf, like this one and then I fold it out like this, placing it around my neck like this, so a part of it hangs down like this (this is a quite long scarf, so the “long part” on it is a bit longer than on my other scarfs) and then I take this part and wrap it pretty loosely one turn round my neck, making sure that the back side is covering the collar of my coat, so that I’m not getting cold, then I take this part here, and attach it in the back like this.. like this!

 

The part hanging here can either just be left as it is, or you can hide it underneath the scarf, attached to the collar, like this I don’t have a mirror here, so I can’t check if it looks correct, but usually I’m standing in front of a mirror when I do put on my scarf. The result is something like this.

It’s warm and cozy inside, big, loose and baggy, just like I prefer it!

And that’s it!

Not so difficult!
Bye!

The Lifestyle Change

As most of you have noticed, over the last (almost) two years I have lost a lot of weight. Up to several times a week, I get questions from you readers about how I have managed to lose so much weight, and other related questions. Therefore, I am posting this post, which has already been posted several times before, again, so you can get answers to many questions. This time I thought of making a separate link to this post, next to “About ina”, “photo equipment” and “contact info” at the top of the menu under the header, so that it is super easy to find exactly this post! So, here we go again:

In February 2009, I completely changed my lifestyle. It has not been made very clear in the blog, and there are two main reasons for this. One is that we are exposed to slimming pressure about wherever we turn, and I therefore did not want to turn my blog into a “slimming blog” / “exercise blog”. The other reason is that I feel so bragging when I post about how much I have lost weight. Although I’m very proud of what I have achieved, it does not feel quite ok to post about it anyway. That said, there are many out there who are struggling with obesity, and who need someone to look up to; inspiration and tips. That’s why I’m writing this, and I hope you guys appreciate it.

I must emphasize that there has never been talk of a diet, but a lifestyle change. I am naturally tall and slim, but started gaining weight at the age of 15. Since then, I put on well over 30 kilos, as a result of poor diet and extremely little exercise. I indulged in a chocolate milk here, a piece of cake there. Pushed in me large portions of dinner food, ate even though I was really full, and always found an opportunity to eat candy. Not a day went by without excesses! I could not bear to go anywhere, and tagged myself to be driven the times I had to move outside the door. Gym at school was something I easily slipped away from! In other words, I was not healthy, by any means. The weight crept up, and my clothes became too small. It all happened so gradually that I honestly do not think it was a problem. I insisted that I was normal weight, even the waist measurement and weight said something completely different.

My health was not at its peak either! I struggled a lot with migraines / headaches, heartburn, very poor condition, lethargy and fatigue. I also got my first small stretch marks already in 4th grade in primary school, which to put it mildly did not get better with the weight gain. I, who have always loved clothes, clothes shopping and not least H&M, became very sad when I discovered that I no longer got into the favorite clothes from H&M Divided. In the end, I was simply dissatisfied with most of my body.

How I found out I had to stop this and change my shaky lifestyle is really a pretty funny story. I remember it so well too, because until exactly that moment I had not thought about changing my lifestyle, but everything was changed in an instant. I sat and looked at pictures from when I was in Turkey with my family in 2004, and discovered pictures of myself. My God, I was slim! What had I done with my body? At that moment, I decided, stubborn as I am, that I should go back (almost, of course. That an 18-19 year old should have the body of a 13 year old is of course nothing to aspire to!) Where I was. I was going to change it all!

And I did. After seeing the pictures, I told Mom and Dad that I wanted to change my lifestyle, and they supported me one hundred percent from day one. All my friends got to know about it too, and the sweetness was huge! It has helped a lot! That, and my extreme stubbornness and willpower, which I have been so fortunate and inherited from Dad. The day after I saw the pictures, I went free swimming and swam for hard life. I started swimming twice a week, I did strength training / pilates once a week, and dance aerobics once a week. Besides, I made a real effort in the gym classes at school, went and cycled where I was going. Hard training was needed to start the process, and to build muscles that had become slack and dull.

I also changed my diet. I stopped eating unhealthy things, and cut out sweets and junk food. The unhealthy was replaced with a lot of fruit and vegetables, coarse grain products and lean meat / dairy products. Calorie counting has never been my thing! I was tough the first 15 kilos; I did not treat myself to anything, except Saturday which was, and still is, my day off. Then I devour unhealthy foods and unhealthy drinks from morning to night. No borders! I call it food drunkenness, because the next day I have a stomach ache, and my body is completely exhausted, hihi. It also means that I do not feel like unhealthy things until next Saturday.

The benefits of weight reduction have not been long in coming; I got my fitness back! The stretch marks have faded considerably, I no longer have migraines and heartburn. I’m not relaxed and tired either. My body has really appreciated the good treatment, and I feel I have a lot more energy, joy of life and positivity in me now than almost two years ago. Now I have so much energy that it almost bubbles over sometimes! Of course, not everything has been positive; I struggle with sagging skin on my arms and thighs that are hard to get rid of, and even though the stretch marks are pale, they will always be there as a reminder of how I was. I’ll never go back there.

I still eat healthily, and exercise (go for walks, exercise strength at home and try to get trained once a week), and after I moved to Oslo I have lost a few more kilos, even though I am no longer bone-hard. I tend to say that now that I live a normal healthy life, and still lose weight, it is obviously my intention to lose a few more kilos, even though I have already lost 23 kilos. I have never starved myself, never gone on any insane diets, nor ever stuck my finger in my throat. Everything has happened thanks to healthy food and exercise! Being slim does not necessarily mean being healthy, and being big does not always mean being unhealthy. However, when 30 kilos sneak in thanks to inactivity and unhealthy food, the alarm bells should ring. We are all built differently, and being fanatical is not something to aspire to. However, living healthy in itself provides health benefits, and weight loss if you have a few kilos too much. Body and mind benefit so much from the good treatment! I can really vouch for that.

If you had to wonder about something more; ask questions via email! I absolutely like to get such questions by email, when the questions often require long and personal answers, so please drop questions in the comments field and on the form jump. Email address is ijah1971@gmail.com

About Still Standing by the Choice of a Child-free Life

Do you remember the post I wrote About choosing a child-free life, in July 2013? Well, this is going to be a kind of sequel to that.

For things have become a little different since then. We have married, and have thus promised each other to stay together, the two of us forever, until death do us part. As proof of that, we each wear our thick gold ring on the ring finger, and know that nothing has really changed inside us. We are still Åsmund and Ina, still have the same opinions about the important aspects of life, and we basically do not feel much more connected now than we were before we got married. Still, it feels so right to get married, after so many years as boyfriends, followed by several years as cohabitants. The benefits of marriage, the symbolism and the knowledge that we are bound together by a contract and two rings, are wonderful to feel! And then this comes with children then, like a stone in the shoe.

Because some of you have asked about this from time to time. That when I could go from not wanting to get married, to wanting to get married, is it then entirely possible to do the same thing when it comes to having children? Yes, in principle it is exactly the same, because it is about changing your mind, evolving and changing. We all do that through life. But, as mentioned above, with the wedding strictly speaking, it has not really changed anything for us, and we were also fully aware that it was not going to do either. That it was not going to do anything to us as individuals, and us as a couple. We just got a little older, a little more serious (to the extent we could?), And a little more real. Marriage. One child, or more, on the other hand, had changed so much more.

Yes, changing opinions about things works well, but the way I see it, it is to opt out of children, a bit like opting out of, for example, settling on a permanent basis in Stockholm. It would probably have been great, opened many doors, given me experiences and pleasures galore. The disadvantages are certainly there as well, like pearls on a string, but that’s the way it is with most things in life. Still, I can say with certainty that I will never want to settle in Stockholm on a permanent basis. Stockholm is a city I want to visit, experience and follow, a bit like with children. Other people’s children, not their own. Was that a good picture? That opting out of children can be an easy choice, a choice that feels right and of course at the same time, for some of us?

That’s how I feel that changing my mind about something, but not about anything else, works very well. I’m sure that most people manage to make similar images in their heads, to get acquainted with the way of thinking I try to convey. That there is nothing wrong with changing your mind, but that some things are just nailed down, so well one can nail anything in this life.

Thumbs up to make the choice that feels right for YOU, in other words, whether it’s child freedom, a jog with kids, or something in between. Hurray!

Do you have thoughts, suggestions, feedback or anything else?
Feel free to leave them in the comments field!

Common Decency? Yes, Please!

Mom and Dad gave me a wonderful upbringing, and among the things I have with me in my backpack from it, is one thing I value sky high: Folk customs. Having grown up, moved away from home and started an adult life, I have realized that far from all people have folk customs with them in their luggage, and this is simply a post devoted to just that. Folk customs, that is!

“Always say thank you if you get something, and always say hello and hate to those who work in stores”
I then practice this to the degree in my everyday life. A smile, a “Hey! Thank you, hate!” costs so innmari little, but means so much. I myself have emphatically experienced this after working in a shop for several years. How many turn away as you greet them, how many do not thank for help / answer or say goodbye. Even in the queue at the grocery store, I react strongly as those who shop do not answer the staff, and who do not care to thank if someone behind them in the queue makes sure that they get me the apple that was left on the conveyor belt. When I open doors for people who are going in / out as I am going in / out myself, and not even get a small smile in return (despite I have started to smile broadly and say “just nice!” In what I realize that I will not receive any thanks in return. My silent protest!). By ALWAYS greeting, smiling, thanking and saying the hatred of those I meet on a shopping trip, I hope to spread some joy. For how boring is it not to sit in a box at the grocery store, for example, and not get a single thank you, or a single hello during a working day? That’s how it was, of course.

“Do not sit with your legs in the seat of the bus, and do not wear such loud music in the headphones that those around you are shy”
Oh, this. This makes me feel 80 years old, but you world as it provokes! With about one hour on public transport every day, I see and hear a lot of this. People, of all ages and with different backgrounds, who sit with their feet firmly planted in the seat someone after them should use. Maybe they have dirty shoes, and the next person to put on a beautiful party dress? On the ear music, which is played so loud that they are lucky if the hearing has not thanked them before the year is over. Sitting three seats in front of someone playing music on the ear, and still hearing well and clearly what song they are listening to and can sing along to the lyrics, is not good. Not good for their hearing, first and foremost, but far from something better for us who sit around, and are concerned that it is normal manners to pay attention to those around them in the public space. Those who play music or mobile games on public transport without headsets are in a separate class of their own.

“Pay attention if you are talked to”
How many times have I not had to say “it’s nice if you can put your mobile away now” at work, when I try to convey important information to the person, who is with his nose far down facebook, snapchat or who knows what. Yes, I am, like most others, hooked on my mobile, and use it diligently in everyday life while I surf around. BUT! If I am talked to, I associate with other people, then the phone is also put away! Trying to have a conversation with someone, not least an important conversation in a work context, for example, and having to wait 10 seconds for an answer to each question, because the person does not get half of what you have said? Oh, so tiring. And so rude!

“Be attentive and helpful”
Of you who live in larger cities, and use public transport: reach out to those of you who have never been annoyed by people who, in death and life, have to squeeze in the doors of the means of transport, before other passengers have gotten off? I bet there are few hands in the air now, so to speak. Here in Oslo, I have actually noticed a slight improvement at this point, after campaigns have been run on just this with getting rid of, before going on. Still, there are still plenty of those who are blind to children and the elderly who try to get off at their own pace, and who in full panic push past them onto the bus / train / tram, without noticing those around them. Fy, so! Not okay! Furthermore; this with occupying so much seating space with bags and sacks? Not okay either. If you are on a means of transport and the seats are filled up, you move the bag / backpack down to the floor by your legs, so that someone can get the seat. Your luggage has not paid for the seat, has it? Regards ina, 80 years.

Things that can spread a little positivity and everyday joy:
– Take a second to pick up the newspaper for the one in front of you in the kiosk queue, who lost it on the floor. Quite insignificant, but both nice and attentive, and so absolutely appreciated by the person you are helping!
– Avoid long, private conversations on the phone in the public space, as best you can. If you sit on the bus, it is not certain that the rest of the passengers are so eager to hear about your extravagant love life. Rather wait until you get home with conversations like that, right?
– The same applies in stores. Shops are the workplace of those who work there (naturally enough!), And not everyone thinks it’s cool to witness very private phone calls at work. As a store employee, one can not just leave the area either
– Speak to strangers as fellow human beings, not as a prop. If you get a smile, give it back. A “thank you”, a “please” or “just nice!” are short and straightforward phrases that cost very little to say, but that make up so much, whether it concerns one or the other
– Use rubbish bins for rubbish, not the surroundings around you (this just had to happen, because spring is the time when all the rubbish peeks out from under the snow, and makes us extra aware of it. Think about the environment!)
– Give a compliment! I have said this before, but it does not hurt to repeat: If you see someone with a nice hat, for example, then give a compliment! Really little Norwegian to do something like that, but oh so nice! The times I get compliments from total strangers, it lights up my whole day. Of course I want to do that to others too!

And finally: No, I’m by no means perfect, and I certainly have my stuff that’s nothing to brag about. But, I’m trying anyway! Trying to practice folk customs in an everyday life where I often feel that it is lacking, spread some joy and positivity, and treat fellow human beings in a polite way.

Do you have any input?
More things that irritate, or tips for everyday joy one can spread around with?

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Mamma og pappa ga meg en fantastisk fin oppvekst, og blant de tingene jeg har med meg i ryggsekken fra den, er en ting jeg verdsetter skyhøyt: Folkeskikk. Etter å ha blitt voksen, flyttet hjemmefra og startet et voksenliv, har jeg innsett at langt ifra alle mennesker har folkeskikk med seg i sin bagasje, og dette er rett og slett et innlegg viet til nettopp det. Folkeskikk, altså!

“Si alltid takk om du får noe, og si alltid hei og hadet til de som jobber i butikk”
Dette praktiserer jeg så til de grader i min hverdag. Et smil, et “Hei!, takk, hadet!” koster så innmari lite, men betyr så mye. Det har jeg selv ettertrykkelig fått erfare etter å ha jobbet i butikk i flere år. Hvor mange som snur seg vekk idet man hilser på dem, hvor mange som ikke takker for hjelp/svar eller sier adjø. Selv i køen på matbutikken reagerer jeg sterkt da de som handler ikke svarer betjeningen, og som ikke bryr seg med å takke om noen bak dem i køen passer på at de får meg seg eplet som ble liggende igjen på rullebåndet. Når jeg holder opp dører for folk som skal inn/ut idet jeg skal inn/ut selv, og ikke en gang får et lite smil i retur (på trass har jeg begynt å smile bredt og si “bare hyggelig!” i det jeg innser at jeg ikke får noe takk i retur. Min stille protest!). Ved å selv ALLTID hilse, smile, takke og si hadet til de jeg møter på en handlerunde, håper jeg på å spre litt glede. For hvor kjedelig er det vel ikke å f.eks sitte i en kasse på matbutikken, og ikke få et eneste takk, eller et eneste hei i løpet av en arbeidsdag? Sånn satt på spissen, naturligvis.

“Sitt ikke med beina i setet i bussen, og ikke ha på så høy musikk i hodetelefonene at de rundt deg blir sjenert”
Åh, dette. Dette får meg til å føle meg 80 år gammel, men du verden som det provoserer! Med omlag én time på kollektivtransport hver dag, ser og hører jeg mye av dette. Mennesker, i alle aldre og med forskjellig bakgrunn, som sitter med føttene godt plantet i setet noen etter dem skal bruke. Kanskje har de møkkete sko, og nestemann som skal sette seg en nydelig selskapskjole? På øret musikk, som spilles så høyt at de er heldige om hørselen ikke har takket for seg innen året er omme. Å sitte tre seter foran noen som spiller musikk på øret, og allikevel høre godt og tydelig hvilken sang de hører på og kan synge med på teksten, er ikke bra. Ikke bra for hørselen deres, først og fremst, men langt ifra noe bedre for oss som sitter rundt, og er opptatt av at det er normal folkeskikk å ta hensyn til de rundt seg i det offentlige rom. De som spiller musikk eller mobilspill på kollektivtransporten uten headset er i en egen klasse for seg.

“Vær oppmerksom om du blir snakket til”
Hvor mange ganger har jeg ikke måttet si “det er fint om du kan legge bort mobilen nå” på jobb, når jeg prøver å formidle viktig informasjon til vedkommende, som står med nesa langt nedi facebook, snapchat eller hvem vet hva. Joda, jeg er, som de aller fleste andre, hekta på mobilen, og bruker den flittig i hverdagen mens jeg surfer rundt. MEN! Blir jeg snakket til, omgås jeg andre mennesker, så legges også telefonen bort! Å prøve å føre en samtale med noen, ikke minst en viktig samtale i f.eks jobbsammenheng, og måtte vente 10 sekunder på svar ved hvert spørsmål, fordi vedkommende ikke får med seg halvparten av det du har sagt? Åh, så slitsomt. Og så uhøflig!

“Vær oppmerksom og hjelpsom”
Av dere som bor i større byer, og benytter dere av kollektivtransport: rekk opp handa dere som aldri har irritert dere over mennesker som på død og liv skal presse seg inn transportmiddelets dører, før andre passasjerene har fått kommet seg av? Jeg tør vedde på at det er få hender i været nå, for å si det sånn. Her i Oslo har jeg faktisk merket en liten bedring på dette punktet, etter at det har blitt kjørt kampanjer på akkurat dette med å slippe av, før man går på. Allikevel er det fortsatt nok av de som er blinde for barn og gamle som prøver å komme seg av i sitt eget tempo, og som i full panikk presser seg forbi dem inn på bussen/toget/trikken, uten å ense de rundt seg. Fy, altså! Ikke greit! Dessuten; dette med å okkupere så mye seteplass med vesker og sekker? Ikke greit det heller. Er du på et transportmiddel og plassene fylles opp, flytter du veska/sekken ned på golvet ved beina dine, så noen kan få sitteplassen. Bagasjen din har vel ikke betalt for setet? Hilsen ina, 80 år.

Ting som kan spre litt positivitet og hverdagsglede:
– Ta deg ett sekund til å plukke opp avisa til den foran deg i kioskkøen, som mistet den på gulvet. Ganske så ubetydelig, men både hyggelig og oppmerksomt, og så absolutt verdsatt av den du hjelper!
– Unngå lange, private samtaler i telefonen i det offentlige rom, så godt det lar seg gjøre. Sitter du på bussen, er det ikke sikkert at resten av passasjerene er så veldig gira på å høre om ditt utsvevende kjærlighetsliv. Vent heller til du kommer hjem med samtaler som det, vel?
– Det samme gjelder i butikker. Butikker er arbeidsplassen til de som jobber der (naturlig nok!), og det er ikke alle som synes det er like stas å være vitne til veldig private telefonsamtaler på jobben sin. Som ansatt i butikk, kan en ikke bare forlate området heller
– Snakk til fremmede som medmennesker, ikke som en rekvisitt. Får du et smil, gi et tilbake. En “takk”, et “vær så snill” eller “bare hyggelig!” er korte og greie fraser som koster svært lite å si, men som utgjør så mye, enten det gjelder det ene eller det andre
– Bruk søppelbøtter til søppel, ikke omgivelsene rundt deg (dette måtte bare med, for våren er tiden hvor all søpla titter fram fra under snøen, og gjør oss ekstra oppmerksomme på den. Tenk miljø!)
– Gi et kompliment! Dette har jeg sagt før, men det skader ikke å gjenta: Ser du noen med f.eks en fin hatt, så gi et kompliment da vel! Skikkelig lite norsk å gjøre noe sånt, men åh så hyggelig! De gangene jeg får kompliment av totalt fremmede, lyser det opp hele dagen min. Naturligvis vil jeg gjøre det mot andre også!

Og til slutt: Neida, jeg er på ingen måte perfekt, og har så absolutt mine greier som ikke er noe å skryte av. Men, jeg prøver i alle fall! Prøver å utøve folkeskikk i en hverdag hvor jeg ofte føler at den mangler, spre litt glede og positivitet, og behandle medmennesker på en høflig måte.

Har dere innspill?
Flere ting som irriterer, eller tips til hverdagsglede en kan spre rundt seg med?

Recipe for the World’s Best Orange Cake

This orange cake was served to my mother at a birthday party by a friend as a little girl. Mom liked the cake so much that she got Grandma to get the recipe, and since then the cake has been a hit in our family. I remember it very well from growing up, and it is definitely one of my favorites, because it is so fresh and sweet (and I am a cake-loving girl!). Here is the recipe, and if any of you make it, it’s very nice with feedback!

You need:
The cake itself:
– 100 g margarine
– 200g sugar
– 3 eggs
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 150 g wheat flour
– 1/2 dl freshly squeezed orange juice (approx. 1-2 oranges)
– Grated peel of 1 orange (wash the orange well first!)

Glaze:
– 2 dl sugar
– Orange juice for stirring
– Grated orange peel for garnish

Here’s how to do it:
Stir butter and white sugar into a baking dish. 2. Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring well in between. 3. Add the orange juice and orange peel, flour and baking powder sifted together. 4. Line a round cake tin about 24 cm in diameter with baking paper, and then grease this with margarine, and sprinkle with flour. Put the dough in the mold, and let the cake bake on the middle rack in the oven at 180 degrees, for about 45 minutes. 5. Cool the cake before applying the icing, and decorate the cake with grated orange peel. Fantastic!

Pause Indefinitely, a Difficult Decision

It has probably been in the cards for a long time.

I somehow never got back to blogging after the summer, and the desire to blog has flashed with his absence for months. Blogging, which for so many years has given me so much joy, has become a chore, something I procrastinate and no longer feel fun. It has been tough to realize that it has come to this point, because blogging has been such an important and big part of my life for many, many years.

I have thought and thought, pondered and pondered, walked in myself and felt for; is it right to continue, or should I simply take a break indefinitely (I do not like to say I quit, because I’m not sure I will) ?. Reaching the decision has been surprisingly difficult, perhaps mostly because I struggle with a guilty conscience over you, who have been here for so many years, who have supported, commented, engaged and participated. I really feel like I’m failing you, and that makes me inwardly sad. At the same time, I feel that I have nothing to contribute here at the moment, and that it is stupid to “stay on the torture bench” by coming up with such sporadic updates, without a proper explanation of how the situation is.

But, here it is, in black and white; I take a break, indefinitely. Maybe there will be some posts now and then soon, maybe it will be quiet here for months. I do not know. What I do know, however, is that it is me and not you (cliché!), And that I am incredibly grateful that you have followed me and my life in here! Thank you so much, thank you so much !!!

Of course, the blog will not be deleted, and with an archive full of posts over several years, I hope you can enjoy browsing it a bit on gray weather days. The comment field is open, and I will of course read and answer any questions and messages you may have left.

I can be found on Instagram under the name @mewkid, and there I am quite active these days, so if you want to keep up with my life, just click the follow button in there.

Again, thank you so much for everything! We talk :-)!

(The Ps. Board game giveaway will be posted tomorrow, as a small farewell gift for you, so stay tuned!)

 

Original article:

 

Det har nok lagt i kortene lenge. 

Jeg kom meg liksom aldri tilbake til blogginga etter sommeren, og blogglysten har glimtet med sitt fravær i måndesvis. Blogging, som i så mange år har gitt meg mye glede, har blitt et ork, noe jeg utsetter og som ikke føles moro lengre. Det har vært beintøft å innse at det har kommet til dette punktet, fordi blogging har vært en så viktig og stor del av livet mitt i mange, mange år.

Jeg har tenkt og tenkt, grublet og fundert, gått i meg selv og kjent etter; er det riktig å fortsette, eller skal jeg rett og slett ta en pause på ubestemt tid (jeg liker ikke å skulle si at jeg slutter, for det er jeg ikke sikker på at jeg vil)?. Å komme fram til avgjørelsen har vært overraskende vanskelig, kanskje mest fordi jeg sliter med dårlig samvittighet ovenfor dere, som har hengt med her i så mange år, som har støttet, kommentert, engasjert og deltatt. Jeg føler virkelig på at jeg svikter dere, og det gjør meg innmari trist. Samtidig føler jeg at jeg ikke har noe å bidra med her inne for tida, og at det er dumt å “holde dere på pinebenken” ved å komme med såpass sporadiske oppdateringer, uten en skikkelig forklaring på hvordan situasjonen ligger an.

Men, her altså den, svart på hvitt; jeg tar en pause, på ubestemt tid. Kanskje kommer det noen poster i ny og ne om ikke lenge, kanskje blir det stille her inne i månedsvis. Ikke vet jeg. Det jeg derimot vet er at det er meg og ikke dere (klisjé!), og at jeg er utrolig takknemlig for at dere har fulgt meg og mitt liv her inne! Tusen, tusen, tusen millioner hjertelig takk til dere alle!!!

Bloggen slettes naturligvis ikke, og med et arkiv proppfullt av innlegg over flere år, håper jeg dere kan kose dere litt med å bla tilbake i det på gråværsdager. Kommentarfeltet er åpent, og jeg kommer såklart til å lese og svare på det dere måtte legge igjen av spørsmål og beskjeder.

Jeg er å finne på Instagram under navnet @mewkid, og der er jeg derimot ganske så aktiv i disse dager, så har dere lyst til å henge med videre på livet mitt, er det bare å klikke på følg-knappen der inne.

Igjen, tusen takk for alt! Vi snakkes :-)!

(Ps. Brettspill-giveaway’en blir lagt ut i morgen, som en liten avskjedspresang til dere, så følg med!)

Om ina

Brief introduction:
Rice girl living at Kampen in Oslo with my husband Åsmund. Enjoying high-level life, catlady, collecting mummy cups and fond memories. Colorful, positive and genuine.

 

A little basic:
Name: ina
Age: 25 years
Born: January 3, 1991
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
Married and girlfriend with: Åsmund
Height: 174 cm on the plinth
School: No.

 

A little about work:

General manager, sterilization manager and photographer at Pinpoint Piercing. Have worked there since January 2010. Read a post about a typical working day at Pinpoint that I wrote a few years ago here. Previously, I combined the job at Pinpoint, with a part-time job at Lush at Byporten (from October / November 2010, to August 2014). I also take on photo assignments, and make sponsored blog posts sometimes, and have registered sole proprietorships.

 

About Åsmund and love and stuff

Åsmund and I became lovers on April 26, 2004, and in other words have been lovers for more than eleven years. It’s been a wonderful year! You can read about how we got to know each other and became lovers here. Åsmund was born in the sign of the bull in 1989, studied game programming at NITH, and worked for four years as a software developer at CGM Norway after graduating. He is now employed as a consultant in KnowIt Norway, and is currently working for the Tax Administration. In the summer of 2009, we moved away from home, and together. He is the handsomest and nicest I know of, is patient, kind, funny, incredibly smart, honest, open, loving and very good logical. My dream man! On July 1, 2013, he went down on his knees and proposed to me! Of course I said yes, and on July 26, 2014 we got married in Risør 🙂 The wedding you will find lots of information about in the blog category weddings.

 

About me, like this otherwise:

I grew up in Risør, and really love Risør! My family lives in Risør, and I travel there as often as I can, and dream of moving back there one fine day. Colorful, positive, honest, open, generous, outgoing, stubborn, weird, impatient, kind and funny are words that describe me well. I am abstinent when it comes to alcohol, tobacco and drugs, and eat fish, but no other forms of meat. I cut it out in August 2009. I am very fond of my family and friends, animals, colorful dresses, nature, photography, the band Mew, body art, environmental protection, flowers, cooking, shopping, butterflies in the stomach, music, movies / TV , walks, art, blogging, the archipelago, feeling free, Lush, laughter spasms, soft kisses, exciting people and living healthy.

If you have questions, you can always send me an email (ijah1971@gmail.com) or leave a comment 🙂

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Kort introduksjon:
Risørjente bosatt på Kampen i Oslo med min ektemann Åsmund. Livsnyter på høyt nivå, catlady, samler på Mummikopper og fine minner. Fargeglad, positiv og ekte.

Litt basic:
Navn: ina
Alder: 25 år
Født: 3. januar 1991
Stjernetegn: Steinbukken
Gift og kjæreste med: Åsmund
Høyde: 174 cm på sokkelesten
Skole: Nei

Litt om jobb:
Daglig leder, steriliseringsansvarlig og fotograf på Pinpoint Piercing. Har jobbet der siden januar 2010. Les et innlegg om en typisk arbeidsdag på Pinpoint som jeg skrev for noen år siden her. Tidligere kombinerte jeg jobben på Pinpoint, med deltidsjobb hos Lush på Byporten (fra oktober/november 2010, til august 2014). Jeg tar også på meg fotooppdrag, og gjør sponsede blogginnlegg i blant, og har registrert enkeltpersonforetak.

Om Åsmund og kjærlighet og sånt
Åsmund og jeg ble kjærester 26. april 2004, og har med andre ord vært kjærester i overkant av elleve år. Det har værtnoen fantastiske år! Hvordan vi ble kjent med hverandre, og ble kjærester, kan dere lese om her. Åsmund er født i tyrens tegn i 1989, gikk spillprogrammering på NITH, og jobbet fire år som programvareutvikler hos CGM Norge etter endt utdanning. Nå er han ansatt som konsulent i KnowIt Norge, og for øyeblikket jobber han for Skatteetaten. Sommeren 2009 flyttet vi hjemmefra, og sammen. Han er den kjekkeste og fineste jeg vet om, er tålmodig, snill, morsom, utrolig smart, ærlig, åpen, kjærlig og veldig flink logisk. Min drømmemann! 1. juli 2013 gikk han ned på kne og fridde til meg! Såklart sa jeg ja, og 26. juli 2014 giftet vi oss i Risør 🙂 Bryllupet finner dere masse informasjon om i bloggkategorien bryllup.

Om meg, sånn ellers:
Jeg er oppvokst i Risør, og elsker virkelig Risør! Familien min bor i Risør, og jeg reiser dit så ofte jeg kan, og drømmer om å få flytte tilbake dit en vakker dag. Fargeglad, positiv, ærlig, åpen, generøs, utadvendt, sta, rar, utålmodig, snill og morsom er ord som beskriver meg godt. Jeg er avholds når det gjelder alkohol, tobakk og narkotika, og spiser fisk, men ingen andre former for kjøtt. Det kutta jeg ut i august 2009. Jeg er veldig glad i familien min og vennene mine, dyr, fargerike kjoler, naturen, fotografering, bandet Mew, kroppskunst, miljøvern, blomster, matlagning, sjåpping, sommerfugler i magen, musikk, film/TV, turer, kunst, blogging, skjærgården, å føle seg fri, Lush, latterkrampe, myke kyss, spennende mennesker og å leve sunt.

Har du spørsmål kan du alltids sende meg en mail (mewkidblogg@live.no) eller legge igjen en kommentar 🙂