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American gal in Norway

Posted on March 26, 2015 with 0 comments
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February Fever

Posted on February 8, 2015 with 0 comments
This is a blog, whatever that may be.  I haven't even looked up the word.  I did look up trog, and that means socially inferior person, but I didn't want my blog to have any seriously, negative connotations.  I also looked up troggle, which was the name of a small troll who liked eating vegetables, not people (a book by Random House Publishing) and then there was something about troggle math, but I never really liked math either.  I was trying to think of something clever as a title for my blog, so that's why I was thinking of words that rhyme with 'blog'.  I could call it the 'frog blog', the 'hog blog', the 'fog blog', or even the 'blog-blog', but none of those seem quite right.

I live in Norway, and I do like trolls.  Trolls are the official mascot of Norway.  I have bought several small trolls that sit upon the shelves in my living room, and some are upstairs hiding on a guest bedroom shelf.  Norwegian trolls look really different than [...]
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Join Me on A Winter's Eve in Norway..

Posted on January 20, 2015 with 0 comments
hmmm, what's happening this winter?  Today I did an interview with Oppland Arbeider at Cafe Kaffka (my favorite cafe in Gjøvik) over a double vanilla latte and a slice of Fyrste Kake (first cake) which were absolutely delicious (or 'deilig" as the Norwegians say).  The interviewer asked me if the U.S. had anything that compared to Fyrste Kake, and I have to say I've never tasted anything in the States like this.  It was oh so good.  It reminded me of a snickerdoodle and spice cake combined.
The interview was not about cake however, it was about my gig at Eina Grendehus for my band, Kicking Stars, on Saturday, January 24th.  The festivities start around 9pm (doors open at 7pm).  It might be a raucous night of partying, and blues and soul music, or perhaps we will have a tamer crowd, sipping wine and partaking of hors d'ovres (is that how you spell it?)  
Anyway, it was darn cold today here in the tropics of Norway.  Snow and wind blowing every [...]
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Autumn in Norway

Posted on September 11, 2013 with 0 comments
The weather has been amazing here in Eina, Norway!  The twins are beautiful and so much fun, still a lot of work, but being a mommy with twins, enough said I guess.  J.P. and I have a few shows coming up so please check the Calendar.  I'm looking forward to a visit to the States to see family and friends and celebrate the twins first birthday!  I've also been painting furniture lately, kind of an artsy-shabby-chic look with decoupage, it's turned out fabulous, I'm having so much fun doing it!  Also working on a fairy tale, a work in progress and a wonderful way to keep my brain, intellect, and creative mind working.  Sometimes I get bored of course; it's quite different living here and the conveniences I'm used to in the States are not available here, but you learn to adapt and the view I wake up to every day is incredible!  I went to a meeting for the American Women's Club last night, it's really wonderful meeting new people and connecting.  So strange [...]
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the BIG questions

Posted on February 10, 2012 with 0 comments first big question for the day is..when did people start making babies so they could start a baby clothing and accessories line? ie...Blue Ivy (Beyonce and J.Z) it me, or is there something fundamentally narcissistic and 'over the top' capitalistic about this?  I am always fighting with myself about not promoting myself, music, etc. enough, because to tell you the truth, it just gets tiring, after all, I am trying to convince everyone, including myself, that I am worthy of this non-stop promotion and devotion, even though I'd really just like to relax and write a song or read a book, watch a movie, or eat a piece of chocolate.  I beat myself up constantly over this nonsense.  Then I hear this crazy story on the radio about the new Blue Ivy baby line of crap, and my jaw dropped.  I almost stopped driving my car, just so I could let the full impact of this statement settle into my brain because my brain did not want to accept it...I thought 'no, it's not true, [...]
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