Happy birthday, Norway!

Today, on the 17th of May, it’s Norway’s constitution day! In 1814 we finally got our independence, not only from Sweden, but also Denmark. The two had taken turns in ruling over our country. The day is celebrated with parades, fair grounds and when we were kids, as many ice creams as you could possibly eat in a day. People who are graduating college/uni also dress up to celebrate since they’re close to their final exams and hand ins of their thesis. I personally wont celebrate this year since I’m recovering from a surgery I had on the 15th, but I will wave my little flag from my home.

Happy birthday to my fellow Norwegians, hope you have a good one.

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Building a shelf

For ages, I’ve been wanting one of those gorgeous triangular shelves that are all over pinterest, so I decided that I was going to build one myself. I had some leftover planks from my old bed, and some dark wood stain so I thought like why not make it out of that? If you’ve read my “What I do on a rainy day” post, you’ve seen these planks already. I stained them, let them dry for a few days before cutting them into equally long pieces. To make that work as a triangle, the corners need to be 30 degrees.

I got my dad to help me cut and measure, because I am super clumsy and would probably have cut my fingers off if I tried to do it myself. Originally I wanted clean corners, but the planks were too thin so they would have split in half when nailing them together. Luckily dad is experienced with building things so he made separate angles to attack the planks to. I really like how it looks. I might have to stain the corners too, but it’s not the worst look in the world with some natural wood in there. I’m just happy the shelf is functional. It’s probably a bit wonky but I love it. Most of my furniture is old anyways so it fits right in.

 

Have you built anything before?

The this or that tag

 

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The Rules

  1. Thank and tag the person that has tagged you
  2. Attach the tag photo
  3. Answers the This or That questions
  4. Tag 10-20 friends

 

Thank you to Karalee for nominating me for this tag! You can check out her own post on this by clicking this link.

 

The Questions

  • Dog or Cat? I’m like 90% a cat person and 10% a dog person.
  • Netflix or YouTube? I prefer YouTube. I rarely have time or the focus to sit down and watch longer episodes of something, so like the 10 minute-ish videos on YouTube is great.
  • Phone Call or Text? Text, I hate talking on the phone.
  • Toast or Eggs? Toast. I don’t like the smell of eggs.
  • Cardio or Weights? A good mix of both. I like building my endurance too.
  • Facebook or Twitter? Twitter, I don’t use Facebook often.
  • Ice Cream Cone or Snow Cone? Is snow cone the same as shaved ice? If so then that.
  • Mobile Games or Console Games? Console. I rarely have newer phones that run games well.
  • While walking: Music or Podcasts? Music, because I never focus on anything when I walk.
  • iOS or Android? Android. Never used iOS.
  • Cake or Pie? I’m not really a cake or pie person honestly. I like muffins because they’re smaller.
  • Swimming or Sunbathing? I can’t swim and my skin is too sensitive to be in the sun so neither.
  • Big Party or Small Gathering? Small gathering.
  • New Clothes or New Phone? I always buy rather old phones so maybe a new one would be fun?
  • Rich Friend or Loyal Friend? Loyal friend. Just because your friend’s rich doesn’t mean it will benefit you more than a loyal friend.
  • Football or Basketball? Neither. A basketball broke my right pinky once too.
  • Nice Car or Nice Home Interior? My car is already nice enough for me so nice home interior.
  • What’s worse: Laundry or Dishes? I don’t think either is bad honestly.
  • Jogging or Hiking? I can’t jog because of my leg injury so hiking I guess?
  • Bath or Shower? I would looooooove to have a bath tub.
  • Sneakers or sandals? Depends on the weather!
  • Glasses or Contacts? Glasses. My eyes don’t like contacts.
  • Hamburger or Taco? Hamburgers.
  • Couch or Recliner? I think recliners are pretty neat if they have a foot stool.
  • Online Shopping or Shopping in a Store? Online shopping.
  • Receive: Email or Letter? Emails are usually just important info so I like them a lot. But receiving letters is nice too.
  • Passenger or Driver? Driver. I rarely feel safe as a passenger unless my dad is driving.
  • Tablet or Computer? Computer. I hate how limiting tablets can be. Unless it’s like a Microsoft surface.
  • Most important in a partner: Intelligent or Funny? A good mix of both? They need to be a little bit smart, but also need some kind of sense of humor.
  • Car or Truck? I’ve never driven a truck before so car?
  • Blue or Red? Aaah I don’t know, maybe fiery red.
  • Money or Free Time? Money. But like a surplus, not just enough to get by.
  • Amusement Park or Day at the Beach? Neither, I don’t like either.
  • At a movie: Candy or Popcorn? Popcorn, I always prefer salty to sweet.
  • Pen or Pencil? Black pens.
  • Toilet paper: Over or Under? Over. If it’s under it’s easier for my cats to reach it.
  • Cups in the cupboard: Right Side Up or Up Side Down? Upside down, or else they just collect dust inside of them.
  • Pancake or Waffle? Waffles.
  • Coke or Pepsi? Coke Zero.
  • Coffee Cup or Thermos? I like teacups.
  • Blinds or Curtain? Curtains
  • Train or Plane? Depends on where I would go.
  • Phone or Tablet? Phone.
  • Iced Coffee or Hot Coffee? Neither.
  • Meat or Vegetables? A little bit of both, or mostly veggies.
  • International Vacation or a New TV? I never watch TV so I wouldn’t care much about that.
  • Save or Spend? Depends on what I need.
  • Honesty or Other’s Feelings? Honesty, I guess?
  • Coffee or Tea? Tea
  • TV or Book? Books.
  • Movie at Home or Movie at the Theater? I don’t really watch movies.
  • Ocean or Mountains? Mountains.
  • Horror Movie or Comedy Movie? Depends on how gory it is.
  • City or Countryside? Countryside. City life isn’t for me.
  • Winter or Summer? Neither, I like autumn.
  • Mac or PC? PC.
  • Console Gaming or PC Gaming? Both, I use my PC and my XBOX ONE equally.
  • Soup or Sandwich? Sandwich.
  • Card Game or Board Game? Board game.
  • Camping or Binge Watching Shows at Home? Camping.
  • Working Alone or Working in a Team? Working alone.
  • Dine In or Delivery? Delivery.
  • Sweater or Hoodie? Hoodie
  • Motorcycle or Bicycle? Motorcycle. My dad’s a motorcycle mechanic so I feel I have to choose that.
  • Book or eBook? I like both just as much.
  • When sleeping: Fan or No Fan? No fan.
  • TV Shows or Movies? TV shows i guess?

 

I nominate anyone who wants to do this, because Karalee already nominated pretty much everyone I usually nominate hehe.

Sometimes happiness comes in a small box

So this week my sister got herself a kitten! She has been wanting one ever since she moved to the city. She has one living with us but driving back and forth to visit was tedious, and she was feeling lonely out there.. So the solution was for her to adopt one herself! Luckily the “landlord” or whatever it’s called let her have one in her condo. (The reason she can’t bring her own is that our three cats have been living together for over a decade so it would be cruel to break them apart). It’s so cute and fluffy. We thought initially it would have rather short fur, but she’s growing up to be such a ball of fluff. I don’t really know what else to say about her because she’s just absolutely adorable. Say hello to baby Luna.

What I do on a rainy day

Lately it has been raining a lot, like it always does here in Norway when it’s spring and “summer”. I prefer to spend time outside in the little garden when I can but when it rains I have to resort to doing things inside, or in the garage. Here’s a few things I usually do when it rains and I can’t think of anything else to do.

DIY projects

I’ve been in love with all of these triangular shelves that I have seen on pinterest, and after throwing out my old bed, I was left with a lot of narrow planks from that thing holding up my mattress.. So I thought, why not stain them and build a shelf instead of buying one? So the boards are currently being stained, it could take a few days before that is done and I can build it. I could have just painted it but I love the look of those dark brown stained planks.

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Organize

I always try to declutter as much as I can, I mostly want to have like a minimalist lifestyle but it’s difficult to get there.. Especially when you always see this one cute thing and it just can’t hurt to add it to your home. I’ve tried to reorganize my vanity and it’s drawers and I found a basket to add in one of them to organize cotton pads and other kind of pads and it’s working really well.

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Read something

I have been in a reading slump over the past two months, but after finding a really neat site where I can find thousands of free PDF’s, I’ve gotten back into it. I first read through Ash Princess, and I’m currently reading one called Withered + Sere. It’s a post apocalyptic book reminding me of the Fallout series.

Make an elaborate lunch

When it rains it always makes me feel like I should spend some extra time on lunch to make it cozy and nice. I always seem to live a lot slower when it’s gloomy outside, I guess I enjoy it too much. Lately I’ve been loving keto salad bowls, packed with protein and fiber. This one contains zucchini, kale, cherry tomatoes, an egg and some bacon.. And it’s topped with a garlic dressing.

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Do laundry

Laundry is such a boring task so just throwing something in the washer or changing my sheets is an easy task when the day is already kinda boring since I’m stuck inside in the rain. At least I get to feel like I’m doing something useful while I’m waiting for it to finish.

Play video games

I haven’t been too into gaming recently, but I did play through and finish the Bioshock series. It was an emotional roller coaster and I love the games to bits. After I finished them, I haven’t really found a game that I’m too interested in, that’s probably why I have been wanting to read.

So yeah, that’s mostly what I would do on a rainy day. what do you usually do when the weather isn’t as great?