Posts in Umbrella (catchall)

Brown cheese and carryon

Today has been a day spent at airports and airplanes, flying the friendly skies with United and hundreds of others carrying their tons of carryon luggage. Right now I am waiting for my flight while drinking a cup of coffee and observing the people walk past. And my first thought... Read More

September 20, 2011 2 Comments

What made yesterday so spooky?

Here are some really weird things that happened yesterday: Steve was in bed waiting for me to finish his pancakes and a bird flew into our room. Steve and I were sharing at an outdoors meeting by a lake and a three-year-old boy came running behind our friend Egil with... Read More

June 6, 2011 1 Comment

Lessons learned from ducks

As I am writing this I am looking at the ocean. It has been a sunny afternoon and now the wind is picking up and the clouds are slowly covering the sun. Ducks are swimming, riding on the small waves, making the most of the wind. Not fighting it. If... Read More

May 30, 2011 3 Comments

These are some of my favoritest times

These are my favoritest times (Yes, I know Favoritest is not actually a word). Disclaimer: Obviously, like any mother and wife, my favorite thing is when my kids say they love me and Steve kisses me (yeah, I like it), but these are my favoritest things beside the obvious ones:... Read More

March 31, 2011 2 Comments

These are a few of my annoying things

These are some of the most annoying things I know: -The garbage that fills up so fast and has to be taken outside and put into different bins depending on what it’s made of. And that we have to wash and dry all the plastic garbage before throwing it away.... Read More

March 30, 2011 4 Comments

Smell of tatami and thoughts of sorrow

Once I lived in Japan. I love that country. I love the people, the smell of tatami, the delicate way green tea is served, and the women who laugh with their hands covering their mouths. I love sitting on the floors in the tiny houses for hours, eating small portions... Read More

March 13, 2011 1 Comment

Drink sky terrace and other fancy places

Today I was waiting in line for the light to turn green. An old moped carrying a lady dressed in polyester pants, socks, flip-flops and a bright red, made-in-China, bought at-the-local-market-for-5-dollars was in front of me. Beside the moped a steel wagon was attached, carrying a stainless steel container. This... Read More

March 1, 2011 2 Comments

The truth about lead and feathers

It was always such fun to ask this question: What is heavier? 1 kg lead or 1 kg feathers? We would laugh out loud when the person we asked said: 1 kg lead. Ha, ha, ha, dumb, dumb, it weighs the same! This is one of my useless childhood memories.... Read More

February 28, 2011 5 Comments