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Friday, October 31, 2003
Today is mid term in the elementary schools here in Reykjavík.... So Ragnar, my seven year old, came to school with me ;-)
It´s actually not the first time he attends a university lesson. The first time he was only a couple of months old and my professor, Jón Hnefill Aðalsteinsson, a lovely professor fast approaching his emeritus status of the archetypal old school quality, insisted that I bring him with me rather than to miss the lesson..
The funny thing that Ragnar didn´t disrupt the lesson per se, he was as happy and jolly as ever ;-) But as soon as we came in Jón took over the baby, waved an absent minded hand at us and told us to write something on the sunworshipping theory and duly began to play with Ragnar :-D I was really lucky to experience those lessons with Jón Hnefill. A scholar of the old school he knew everything of by heart, was never ever in a hurry (too much so actually) and by smiling and playing up his age, can make any student take on any number of responsibilities for him ;-P
Anyways, Ragnar was exemplary today, read, played with his pokemon cards and his bionicle man and generally just charmed everyone with his politeness and patience... Ok so Iam a proud mum, I´m allowed to brag ;-)
What a life I´m subjecting my kids to.....Ragnar was first thrown out of a pub at age 6 months, in Britain ;-) Elena brags about having been to Japan whilst still in my tummy, ..
It just always amazes me how well they seem to be turning out in spite of me ;-) Self reliant, sel assured happy singing little individuals...
This is amazing... A man who has lived in an airport for years!! Talk about living in a no mans land..
Here´s a thought provoking blog on the importance of names, how a ceos are called Mark or James but other, less conventional names, are very rarely to be found in the top places....
I love these guys ;-) Bud Spencer and Terrence Hill Spaghetti vesterns in lousy italian...
This is unbelievably funny !!! People are the strangest beings...The truest stories are always the funniest !!!!unbelievable...
Apparently I am......
Mad magazine rocks
Thursday, October 30, 2003
This Angel episode looks mighty innneeeressssssting ;-) The recipy seems to be, take one halloween party, plenty of alchoholic beverages, one naked angel, loads of sexual tension, a kiss, one see through Spike , a handful of demons and a vendetta. Mix it all at a steadily increasing pace and wait for the results to become apparent.....
Screencaps for Life of the Party!
Cool behind the scenes pics .... from Buffy what else !!! Indignant humph..
A mathematician named Klein
Thought the Möbius Loop was divine
Said he, "If you glue
The edges of two
You get a weird bottle like mine."
I'm very happy to say
My Klein bottle got here today.
It's really quite fine,
This bottle by Klein
In an odd topological way.
To add to dimensions one more,
You just square what you had before.
So if I've got it straight
That the strip's figure-eight,
Is Klein's figure then sixty-four?
Mathematicians try hard to floor us
With a non-orientable torus
The bottle of Klein
They say is divine
But it is so exceedingly porus.
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Yikes.. :-( after my car rant I actually got ever so slightly sidetracked browsing through car sale web sites...calculating just exactly I can not afford any of them and wondering what´s wrong with the ones that I can ;-p ..it´s now four a clock, school tomorrow as well as nervousness seeing as Bjarni is picking the kids up for a day...Yup that´s right folks .. the third time this autumn, once he took them for the sheep herding weekend, then for four hours to show to them to his newest fling and now he´s planning to take them for 24 hours..... Amazing !!!
Note; All sarcasm is fully intentional !!
By the way.. I´m cool.... and heres the proof ;-)
One word: COOL - You rock. Listening to all music is cool, and that's what makes you cool (with a few other factors).
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(by the way how un-cool is that ;-)
You belong to the classical period, about 1700-1800. This is the age of reason, a time of the enlightenment and scientific revolution. This period is a mixture of old and new, just like yourself. You question the world around you and its functions. You are inquisitve, intelligent, and well-rounded. You are well-cultured and can be reserved.
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So life here goes it´s merry way ... and I try to hang on for the ride as usual... don´t have a clue as to where the bus is going but am looking forward to the trip, enjoying the ride and ignoring the destination issue.
For the past two days I have lain in bed, feeling utterly sorry for myself (I´m getting quite adept at that ;-) with high fever and a runny nose, before that i returned home from a week long escape to Edinburgh.... both events leave me with rather little to say seeing as when started this blog vowed to not whine online nor to reveal intimate information as to my love life... ;-) Hence I am left without any news at all..... ;Þ
Fido Dido read my thoughts ??? Can he read yours as well?
Icelanders just can´t seem to stay out of the news, if it isn´t Björk or whaling then it´s the way in which we hunt sharks...go figure ... The English newspapers even ponder upon the Gs decline in health after taking over the management of the Stoke city soccer team .....
So tourist flock here and Icelanders flock away....funnily enough they always seem to come back..and that goes for both groups..? There are quite a number of things that seem odd to the typical tourist once in Iceland.. ;-) The signs being in Icelandic doesn´t help, but going by the pictures normally helps ;-)
As one car rental exclaims;
"Icelanders have a cavalier attitude to driving in conditions that most other people would baulk at – they have to, or would probably never get behind the wheel – and take dirt tracks and frozen twisting mountain roads very much in their stride, barely slowing for any hazards.
Native drivers also tend to gravitate towards the road's centre and don't slow down much or move over for oncoming traffic, which can be very disconcerting at first. Two roadsigns you'll soon become familiar with out in the country – even if you stick to the Ringroad – are "Einbreið bru", indicating a single-lane bridge sometimes also marked by flashing yellow beacons; and "Malbik endar", marking the end of a surfaced road.
Funny what is "normal" and "safe" to different countries.... When I lived up north I frequently had to drive through snowstorms, in my little old skoda, charging through where the snow had gathered into bulks of up to 50 cm high, being vary though of the ice collected on the gravel underneath the snow, whilst making sure the kids (one 3 year old, and one new born) were warm enough.... and that was just me getting to work :-D
I must admit to having been frightened on two occasions, once when the hospital wanted me to take Elena (then two years old) to the emergency ward up in Akureyri in a hurry.
There was a snowstorm warning out, the roads were very icy, I was in my even worse daihatsu ´88 that had no central heating and summer tires on the front and Akureyri was over two hours drive away over a mountain and a half...and she sick enough to warrant such desperate measures......
The other time was when I´d just left my kids with their grandmother (thank God) and was about to enter the main circle road. As I began to break the tires couldn´t grab, there was just this layer of ice and sleet on the road and I had absolutely no control over the cars forward momentum.
A truck coming down the main road managed to stop but I just went on, accross the main road and started the descent down an extremely steep hill on the other side that lead to one of Icelands more powerful glacier rivers.......
o.k. I was scared... luckily for me (you can imagine all the promices I´d made to God and all deceased familymembers by that time ;-) I managed to stop the car on the steep hill and (this was back when I had the skoda) very slowly the car actually managed to back up the steep slope and up unto the road......
Skodas...they always start, no matter what the weather is like, they have a mean reverse gear and they have a plate underneath so that when skidding on gravel or snow the engine is not damaged ;-)
Scary as this may sound things are actually quite good, no traffic jams except for perhas ten minute ones in Reykjavík, no car jacking or road rage. My 25 kilometer drive to work up north was not impeded by any traffic lights or actually any traffic come to think of it ;-) so.... if you checks the weather forecast and the road service before leaving the house, have warm clothes, boots and stuff in the car then your o.k. :-D
Enough said.. I am going to bed!
p.s. clicking here will let you see what the road situation is up north right now, with traffic information and stuff ;-)
A very nicely done alphabet poster. All the letters are made in one way or another from the patterns on butterfly wings of varying type :-)
Then ... a playstation game console for only one hand.... humm ..? ;-) Apart from the obvious use by one handed people the other single use I can see is that if your other hand was otherwise occupied....? hummm ;-Þ
And finally wanna see how you match up with other when it comes to playing with yourself?
Sunday, October 26, 2003
Art is such an intresting term...... what do you think ??? ;-) (warning it´s nnnaughty .. ;Þ )
Have you already picked out your halloween costume?? I haven´t .. or are you mayhaps too old/mature for such foolishness ;-P well quite a few here caught my eye.. Chaci...the biker guy from Village people...rubricks cube or .... Jaws ;-) Just what you always wanted to dress up as..
Those of you who know me in person will grin over this one ;-) Apparently Snapple is set to release a new "applepie flavored drink soon :-P
Pathetic as it sounds ;-) yup that´s me for ya... I can actually smell the cinnamony apple pie aroma right now, and my thoughts are drawn to the lovely apple pie Icecrem I had at the Italian village in wales (The prisoner anyone) last summer :-D
Pictures of homes from the seventies :-) I just Love the carpet... ! But the bathroom??? imagine walking in there in the middle of the night...!
$100 million* Amy Irving's settlement from Steven Spielberg after their 34-month marriage ended. Still the gold standard for showbiz divorce.
$60 million Kenny Rogers to fourth wife Marianne
$45 million Michael Douglas to wife Diandra
$40 million Kevin Costner to Cindy, his wife of 16 years
$30 million Ted Danson to wife Casey. He left her for Whoopi Goldberg
So where did I go wrong... even though I didn´t marry a celebrity I could have used a couple of those millions of dollars ;-P
Friday, October 24, 2003
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Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Wanna follow up on this guys penis enhancements??
Monday, October 13, 2003
So..I´m off to Edinburgh tomorrow...plenty to be done before then, tidying up, shopping and washing tons of clothes for both me and the kids... hence my quizilla rampage ;-P You never expected me to be sensible did you ??
You are Neo, from "The Matrix." You
display a perfect fusion of heroism and compassion.
What Matrix Persona Are You?
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A GAME-BOY. Youre like a tomboy without the love of sports. Reality sucks, but as long as you have your electronics you feel you can cope. Time goes unnoticed when youre locked in your room hooked up to your Nintendo, rocking to your favourite collection of guitar-driven albums.
Your virtues: Intelligence, sense-of-humour, individuality.
Your flaws: Inability to cope with real life, action-freak spirit, reclusive nature.
What kind of girl are you?
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Maki - "Truly Rare"
What would your Japanese name be?
What would your Japanese name be? (female)
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STAND UP: You are a natural stand-up comedian. You watch the news with people, and when you give your opinions, people start laughing. They are
not laughing at you, they are laughing because what you say is so TRUE. The world is a very funny place, full of natural comedy. All you do is repeat various humorous things that you notice from everyday life. Your unique perspective on the world is what makes you so funny. Of all the various comedy types, you may be the funniest of them all!
PREMIUM COMEDY OF YOUR TYPE IS WELCOMED AT:
How funny are you?
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Hey .. Imagine that !?! ;-) .............. I´m funny !
Halloween draws nearer..
Everyone decide upon a costume yet???
if not and you want to look amazingly tacky then by all means browse the link here ;-) Reminds me of tha Japanese trend for matching couples... I don´t know why but the image of a couple at the giant Buddah statue comes to mind ;-) Hey Ari?
Hi´yall sorry for the noshow on here today ;-) Been busy playing with the latest toy...Friendster...! Wanna be my friend??? I´d love to invite you ;-)
Saturday, October 11, 2003
Lessen you libido the liquorice way, might explain why the Japanese absolitely abhore the stuff ;-) or what...
Anyone feel like joining me? Am watching various movies on tv (might actually settle on one for the right company ;-) Have beer, wouldn´t mind company ...... no?..
I´m back to right and wrong again.... age old questions made even more complicated by the different views being bombarded at one from all sorts of different directions.. Family values, customs, Icelandic culture, movie “norm”, religion, other relgions, British culture, Japanese culture, Italian culture, tv values...bleh
Let me repeat..bleh.... Can´t even remember why this started
.... cheeky half grin....
Just out of curiosity.. Have you gone through this process of having to define your own right and wrong based on the different social cultures you inhabit, and the different expectations made on you? Or am I just one to over ponder.. ;-)
Friday, October 10, 2003
Ymmy yummy loads fun here right now... Just sitting back waiting for scarlet fever to hit me and Ragnar.. right you guessed it ;-) Elena has the fever :-/ had a long night last night and will probably have a long night again tonight.
She´s a right little trooper (hope I got the quote right ;-) though, awake there are nearly no complaints and she has taken the (horribly disgusting) medicine without any complaints!! So that merely leaves the nights and that I can cope with :-)
It´s so strange seeing her sick, normally she´s so full of energy and willpower (yes shés stubborn as hell ;-) yet now she´s all docile and tired... :-/ Just wants to hold on tight in her sleep...
Me being the awful mum that I am must admit to a very selfish thought last night .. :-( As she lay beside me, arms encircling my face breathing directly into my face I thought.."shoot there goes my trip to Edinburgh next week ;-)" Why do they fo that anyway? They both do this when they are feeling sick or down and I can´t for the life of me imagine why... Breathing in all my foul carbon monoxide (or whatever never was good at chemistry/bilogy) must be as uncomfortable for them as it is for me...?
Anyways, so here´s my rant for the night ;-) For those of you who also love Buffy/spike have you checked out Slayerverse? Loads of fun downloads !!
And guys... If you´re having problems with apparent "risings" ;-P then here are specifically designed jeans for you.. Aptly called Viagra pants from Levi Strauss....
Thursday, October 09, 2003
Wednesday, October 08, 2003
My inner child is ten years old!
The adult world is pretty irrelevant to me. Whether
I'm off on my bicycle (or pony) exploring, lost
in a good book, or giggling with my best
friend, I live in a world apart, one full of
adventure and wonder and other stuff adults
How Old is Your Inner Child?
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Tuesday, October 07, 2003
Here´s a piece of news my friend Beta won´t like although I´m not overly displeaed at the prospect of another whole film of Ben Affleck prancing about in tight red leather ;-)
Fox and Marvel are reportedly bringing Ben Affleck and director Mark Steven Johnson back for another installment of Daredevil. There hasn't been a whole lot of buzz around the project but it is on our radar screen. Filmmaker and comic book author Kevin Smith told Wizard magazine, "Both Ben and Mark have asked me about writing the next one. I don't know. It'd be one thing if I only had to please Ben and Mark, but you have to deal with Marvel, Regency and Fox. I'd rather just kick back and watch somebody else try to make sense of my stuff." The second film is rumored to be based on Smith's own Daredevil comic arc.
Today the first snow of the winter fell in Reykjavík. Winter is upon us. One could sense the arrival of winter last night, there was that crisp feeling in the air. All sounds crisp yet subdued, the sky clear, stars out and this expectant feeling, almost like Christmas night.
My week in focus....
Surfaces deal with outward appearances. Like icebergs, there's always more to explore. We always have more to express. While you need personal space, you also need to set aside time to spend with your significant other, GUNNELLA. You need to express the passion a Scorpio Venus will stir. You need to talk together, courtesy of a Libra Mercury. Both efforts are rewarding. If single, you sincerely seek a soul mate, or someone attuned to you. Not only that, it's about their being genuine. Enough superficial people already! That's not to say there won't be a "strictly physical" attraction, but you won't be completely happy until you find more in a new relationship. You are quite popular, professionally. Your company wants to see your face, [and the rest of your body] personally toiling away. Or, they want to see results of your efforts. That leaves you little time for the others in your life who also demand quality time. And then, there is "You". You could get tense, unless you put "I" up in your priority scale. Financially, the vibrations are right to alter buying habits. It may take self-control, especially when others try to tempt you during shopping trips, but you can do it.
Sunday, October 05, 2003
Got "memed" (is that the appropriate term) a while back :-/ and am finally now posting the answers ;-) enjoy ;Þ
Ok here's some questions for my favorite Icelandic hottie ;-)
1)Describe in detail what an absolutely perfect day would be like in your life.
Waking up to my kids snuggling up to me having sneaked into my bed, the sun shining outside and my lover bringing in freshly baked goods from the bakery.
2)What do you love the most about Iceland? What do you hate or dislike the most? If you had to leave, where would you like to move to?
I love the summers ! The bright nights when returning home from a night out, one feels full of energy and sleeps seems a waste of time.The bright summer days and the freedom that comes with living in a sparsely populated country, just a busride and I´m walking by myself in a mossy lava field. Winter stills, when you have one of those rare days when there is no wind nor rain, just the stars and the northern lights above you being reflected in the cristal white snow… the crunchy sound of you footsteps echoing in the frost.
I dislike the winters :-/ the constant darkness, getting to school and it´s dark, leaving school and it´s dark… Admittingly those are great times if one has somone to snuggle up to ;-) and doesn´t have to leave the house too much.
3)How, when and why did you start blogging? And what does 'Langavitleysa' mean? :-)
I started blogging in january, I´d literally never heard of this form before then but after observing two bloggers getting to know each other and eventually getting together I decided to have a go at it, I however promiced myself that matters of the heart I´d leave out seeing as I sincerely doubt the couple in question knew just how obvious and blatant they were being…:-D
Langavitleysa, comes from the old Icelandic folktales (remember folklorist!) but merely means a long sillyness....
4)My two biggest phobias are spiders and large teeming crowds of people. What are your 2 biggest phobias and how do you deal with them?
My two biggest phobias are overcrowded shopping malls (slight claustrophobia) and my feet. Sound weird ;-) ? Well, when swimming in the sea I prefer to wear flipflops or something, the thought of not seeing what is brushing against my feet and then those spiky fish !! ewww.. Can you imagine how hard it was for me to plant rice inJapan.. Bare foot stepping into the slimy mud, feeling something brush against my leg, feeling something more solid underfeet. Having just taken biology 101 where one learnt all about worms and things that can hatch and wriggle inside of you ..
5)What is the story of your interest in Japanese things? Have you ever been to Japan or do you think you were a samurai in a past life? And what do you think is the absolute most amazing thing about Japan
Well… I´ve always been a Japanophile.. weird in retrospect seeing as back 20-25 years ago Japan was not obvious here in Iceland Once I went to the city library and had the whole place upside down because noone could believe there were no books on japan there…finally theu found me one …… on origami .. I loved the ninja movies and when the tv show Shogun (Richard Chamberlain) was shown, I literally took notes .I went to Japan as an exchange student some thirteen years ago.Regarding the previous life thing, seeing as you brought it up.. Just before I left a friend was reading my pastlife with cards. She was unaware that I was leaving for Japan! The gist of the reading was that the life that most influenced me at that time was hen I had been a zen buddhist monk in Japan….sounds far fetched but felt right ;-)
We were the first Icelandic students to go there from Iceland and the system was not yet fully functional. I Lived in a small town up north called Honjo and went to a lowclass agricultural school in a nearby village. It was an amazing experience, not easily condenced into a short text.So for the extremely condenced versioun .. My family is great and I´ve visited them since, I was at a sex segregated school, I wore a school uniform ;-P, I was chief of police for a day, I learnt some japanese, I sewed myself a yukata, I competed in Kyudo, I was on tv thrice and many times in the newspapers, The police complained to my parents for my behaviour (bicycling too fast, being outside at nine..;-P
The most amazing thing about Japan are the sharp contrasts and how well they function together. I also miss dango
Saturday, October 04, 2003
Oh Bloom Oh Bloom... but a penny for your bloomin....
o.k. ;-P Mayhaps I´d better leave the poetry to the professionals ;-)
See my lovely silky shirt,
With cuffs a meter wide!
And notice how my socks reflect
The pillow by my side!
My legs are crossed to emphasize
The shortness of my slacks!
My mouth's agape to catch the flies
My fashion sense attracts!
Oh yes, I seem to dress as though
I'm loaded up on Scotch,
When all that's normal on me
Is my basic brown wristwatch...
But while it's true I'm often
The most offbeat in the room,
What else can you expect from one
Whose name's "Orlando Bloom"?
But there again.. :-/ I find nothing at all wrong with his attire.. he´s neat, smart, and he´s got a nice shirt on.. hummm...and I have a pair of socks just like his...makes one ponder, wonder and ........ and whatever else it is one is supposed to do..
by Judy Gerber
Hiya ... I just recieved this in my mailbox....must admit to a shortperiod of disbelieve when I read that it was sent by one said James Marsters.....Not kidding....
To everyone who watched the premiere episode of “Angel”,
I just wanted to thank everyone who tuned in to watch the first episode of “Angel”. I know that the first episode was a bit of a tease, with Spike not arriving until the very last second, but I can promise you that in future episodes you’ll be seeing a lot more of him. I’m having a great time continuing to bring Spike to life (no puns intended!) and just wanted to thank everyone for their loyalty and support. Watch the boards for future updates from me.
Thursday, October 02, 2003
o.k. take one little Icelandic person, three beers, loads of tv and a lap top and mix it all together, do the hoky poky and turn around .. and this is what you´ll get ;-) Rambling ramblings...
mmm I love these digital photos.. .being able to see what my kids are up to on a day to day basis.... I of course see them every evening but I wish I could be with them whilst their at their best, at their most energetic...
I´ve been longing for a digital camera for years :-( being able to take pictures at ease.. no excess processing costs .. I´ve always been a photo nut.. my first camera had a flash cube..four flashes and then it was up ;-) The contrast is stunning, digital cameras with space for hundreds of pictures and no film cost versus 12 or 24 picture film and flash cubes with only four flashes on them....
Back to the pros of digital cameras at Ragnars after school activity centre.....
Being able to peek into their life at school is precious... makes one feel like on is a part of their day to day life..... o.k. I´m going back to the article I posted on the jap site... ;-) the one about the microchip tracking thingy ... sf? never mind :-)
Wonder why Ragnar is always so serious on the school pics.. humm three beers (or is it bears.... at least theres three of everything ;-P and this kind of contemplating is not a good mixture.. I wonder if his seriousness ..might it perhaps be a type of "cool"? (wouldn´t know much about that myself ;-) Is the serious demeanor a front? ..he´s all smiles and hugs at home..
Wednesday, October 01, 2003
Just put together a front page for my various pages... (not half of which are listed thereon ;-) imbued with a theme very close to my heart .. Please browse by and tell me what you think....
I did contemplate making a "once more with feeling" theme ,;-) ala Sunnefas pointer but decided against it... at least for the time being....
Nightmare Before Christmas!
What movie Do you Belong in?(many different outcomes!)
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