Monday, 29 April 2013

Battles in the clouds

It seems to be the same story each time, the wide range of excuses that appear when I haven't been running in a while and want to start. With the weather getting sunnier and warmer though, I decided I'd have to give it a go on Saturday. It wasn't too bad, given the three month gap. But there's a fair way to go before I quit feeling like a beached whale after running for a half hour :(.

The other thing I need to start is reading. But somehow, there never seems to be enough time in the day to do all the things that I want to do. Old story I suppose. Oh well, at least I've started taking photos of random things again, at least partly thanks to Instagram :).

I recently read someone describing how the most stunning thing they have ever seen is a sunrise or sunset at sea. Instantly brought back a ton of memories and images. That's one of the things I really will miss. Kinda like I missed weekends while I was at sea :). I guess I'll get over it.

Currently: sleepy
Listening to: The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Maria

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Images of twilight

It moves quietly, for an unimaginably large, seething, constantly boiling ball of fire. It spreads slow fingers of light between the most unexpected shadows. I'm beginning to realize that I'll have to re-learn keeping time in the evenings of the Norwegian summer.

There's a price to be paid for the chance to go 'why not' too many times in a row I suppose. Sooner or later.

I should play music more often in my office. It does have a door, after all. There's also this sweet set of speakers with proper heart-stopping bass the last guy left in there!

It's rather like a grandmothers' tale, but every now and then I look at some shadows and this irresistible feeling takes root in my mind. That one must keep a close eye, or the shadow will come alive. It probably means no harm. Just wants to stretch its limbs a little.

They are usually long, the shadows around here :).

Currently: keep hearing this in my head, over and over, "Hvorfor ikke?"
Listening to: BT (ft. M. Doughty) - Never gonna come back down

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Hva heter du?

It's been two decades since the last time, but I've seriously taken up learning a new language :). How successful the endeavour will be remains to be seen. In the mean time, I'm inching closer to getting together the bits and pieces needed to settle into a life here. At the same time, the mercury is clawing up towards a belated spring.

It's been a fairly quiet week. With frequent showers that seemed to wash off the last remaining bits of snow from the footpaths. Now there are only the dirty heaps of melting ice here and there, remnants of months of snow piled up by the snow ploughs. It's almost good enough weather to be out running.

Almost but not quite :). So in the mean time I've been spending my free evenings trying to get the hang of a new 'smart'-phone and my first post-paid phone connection since Orange :D. Damn, now I'm wondering if I still have that SIM card sitting around somewhere. Knowing me, it's probably still stuck in the now completely defunct Nokia 3315!

I feel terrible about ditching my Nokia C3 so unceremoniously barely after a couple of years of use, but it was never going to survive being a work phone. I do feel partly redeemed, having managed to refrain from an iPhone. Got this instead, it's the S-III mini's bullet-proof cousin :D. Should survive the inevitable close acquaintance with snow and stuff. Without me having to bother with any of those pesky covers :).

Somehow, I can't quite shake this vague feeling that I'm still waiting for a sign that I'm actually here. For real. Something that is the opposite of a transient sort of existence. Hmm, I suppose the temporary housing might have something to do with that...

Currently: looking forward to no alarm for two full days! wheee!
Listening to: Dave Matthews Band -Dodo

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Of Doors and memories

On balance, I haven't really been doing a whole lot of reading lately. With the move and everything, I suppose I might be forgiven this lapse. At least part of the trouble is that I was just a little tired of the implacable turning of the Wheel!

On the trip over from India I was too stressed out with things to actually be able to focus on anything new. So I decided to pick up the Neverwhere re-read I'd been putting off for months. I must say, it was a very good choice :). Immersed in the world of London under, the imminent troubles faded away. Despite the gap of a few years since I'd first read the book, I wasn't particularly surprised (as I often am, with re-reads) by the flow of events. However, I'd forgotten much of the details, which rather greatly improved my enjoyment of the adventure :). The thing with it though. like a few other books by Gaiman, this one just begs for a sequel to be born. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Since then, I've decided to join the local book club. More as an excuse to hang out and talk books with some people once a month than anything else really. But the first book I came across has been quite the revelation. Kitchen by the curiously named Banana Yoshimoto. I can probably confidently say that this isn't something I'm likely to have ever come across in the usual run of things. But there you have it, I was completely taken by the unusual method of the story-teller.
They have been taught, ..., not to exceed the boundaries of their happiness... What I mean by "their happiness" is living a life untouched as much as possible by the knowledge that we are really, all of us, alone.
I mean, seriously? Who puts that in the middle of an otherwise outstandingly soft-spoken and quietly reserved narrative punctuated by the most beautiful imagery? There's lots of moments like that, when I was left wondering what would make anyone in their early twenties think that way. And at the same time thinking that it was true, in a way. Some stories have that quality, of stripping off the mask from that game of hide-and-seek people often play, hiding from things we know to be true but don't want to be, behind things that we know aren't true but wish otherwise.

On a rather different note, winter seems to be having a hard time leaving this year. After several days of bright sunshine, it suddenly started snowing again late in the week! I didn't particularly mind, since that meant that the slopes at Kongsberg actually extended their season by a week! This time quite a few of us managed a trip. The slow, wet snow made things somewhat more eventful than some of us would have liked, as did the absence of the chair-lifts. 

On the other hand, the virtually empty slopes and the slo-mo nature of my tumbles gave me the perfect opportunity to improve my control while turning :). It's like suddenly your reflexes have become so much faster and that confounding blur of activity that sent you sprawling ten feet down the slope becomes oh so very obvious! So yeah, I was quite glad we went yesterday.

Since then, the snow's turned into a particularly cold drizzle and I suppose the white will soon turn into something a little less pristine.

Currently: sleepy
Listening to: Dido / Kendrick Lamar - Let us move on

Sunday, 7 April 2013


It was a pretty uneventful trip, all things considered. Well, it wasn't really. But minor annoyances relating to excess baggage and faulty card swiping machines aside, it went quite all right. Didn't miss any flights, didn't get delayed, and rather importantly, none of the positively huge amount of baggage I checked in went missing :).

When I did land up in Norway, as I'd been told, winter was still very much in evidence! I must say, showing up for work on a Friday afternoon has its perks, the weekend that immediately follows provides some of that much needed settling in to happen. Or in my case, a quick day trip to the slopes of Kongsberg with a snowboard!

As it turns out, today was the last day of this ski season, so I'd made it just in time :). I had an absolute blast, once I got over the initial wobbles one might expect after an absence of two and a half years from the slopes. I dare say, it is a little like learning how to ride a bike. You can't really forget how :). It even snowed a little! Barely enough for us to miss the sunny skies though, so all in all it was really quite perfect :).

I suppose now we'll have to see how the work part of it pans out. But with such a start, it's hard not to feel at least a little upbeat :).

Currently: excited
Listening to: Lifehouse - Always somewhere close

Thursday, 4 April 2013


They say, you never really know what you'll miss about a place till you leave, about people till they leave and about a life till it's left you, or you've left it, well and truly behind. I don't know if it matters which way for that last one...

I have learnt the truth of some of this over the years. And I use this as my primary excuse now, as I actively avoid thinking of all that I'll miss about... well, everything. Right, so that's it. The bags have been packed, weighed, unpacked and then packed and weighed again. I guess that was the easy part.

Currently: hmm
Listening to: Danny Elfman - Silver Linings titles