Monday, November 03, 2008

Making ends meet

Last Wednesday - October 29th - was, considering that I live in Oslo, a very unusual day. Going to work in the morning, I noticed that the morning misty-rain was, in fact, of a more solid material then usual (it's been misty-rainy in the mornings for the past couple of weeks). Now, this first picture is taken with my mobile, and it's really hard to see, but there, against the streetlight (no, not the moon..) there's actually tiny, tiny snowflakes!

Now, this is kinda unusual in Oslo, at least in October. But there's more! Taking the bus out to work, the snowflakes started to get bigger, and Bigger, and even BIGGER! Now, the snow kept falling, and after about three hours' time, the picture below was taken - the view from my desk wasn't really much to brag about (except, I like snow, so it was all good to me).

Right after this picture was taken, a coworker of mine and myself went out on the office terrace and measured with a ruler. There was approximetly 8.5 cm of snow out there! (That's somewhere around 3-3.5 inches.)

Going to the guild meeting at Lørenskog wasn't quite as much fun. Well, the meeting was ok, kinda interesting, but getting home was like an adventure in it self. Quiltoholic and I left the meeting about fifteen minutes before it was scheduled to end, so that we'd be sure to cach the bus back to Oslo. We stood out there, in the cold and the snow, for quite some time, without a bus, before we figured that the previous bus must have been early. Okay, so we waited some more.. and some more.. and even more.. The next bus didn't show up.. Now, things started to get a litte (very) cold and wet.. After standing there for about an hour, a girl came walking up from the centrum of Lørenskog. She asked us if we were waiting for the bus back to Oslo. "Yea" we answered, increasingly suspicious. "Well, the bus from town just let a bunch of us off near the mall, and the driver said that they wouldn't be driving up the hill tonight due to the conditions." Not much to do, then, except walk down to the mall and see if the next bus came soon. Well, ofcourse we missed the first bus, but after waiting for close to two hours (since leaving the guild meeting) we finally reached home. Cold, hungry, and a little surpriced. I mean, this is Norway, it tends to snow here.. Coming from a family where the winter tires are put on the cars around the middle of or early October, it never stops to puzzle me when people in Oslo are "taken by surprice" of the "sudden" and "unexpected" changes in the weather..

In other news, I decided to test the shipping of goods from Japan to Norway, and ordered the four fabrics from the lovely shop called Nuno-Plus. Now, these little goodies arrived so quickly, I cannot wait to order more. I've fallen in love with the retro prints and cute little critters. :) And I do have plans for a few of them..

Now, work has been so busy and stressful and all that for so long, I sometimes just wish I could go back to this summer - two relaxing weeks in France with my dear BF. But, unfortunelty, I won't have the opertunity to take much needed time off for a while. Hopefully getting two more coworkers will ease the days a little for the rest of us..

In other news, my UFO's are coming along ok. I've finished both "Annie's Calendar Quilt" (as shown in a previous post) and the needlebook (not shown yet). I've also finished another UFO of mine - a white whole cloth quilt (or whatever one should call them) - will post a picture of that soon. And for the last two UFO's needed to be finished in time for Christmas, my mom has helped me with the quilting on "Winter Wonderland", so there's not much left to do there (well, I need to decide if I want to add some details or not), and the last one, the Christmas Mail Holder, is getting closer to completed (finished the beads, decided to drop some of the fancy beady-stuff on it - annoyed me to bits it did).

Oh well, back to work I go..


Laila said...

Hello. Beautifull snow photos,and I agree -people in Norway must know it will be snow in fall.
I'm looking forward to see your new items.
Hugs from me ;-)

Lynn E said...

I live in Manitoba Canada. The residents here also forget how to drive in Winter conditions as well as being surprised at snow. Silly actually. Nice blog
Hugs Lynn