Wednesday, February 22, 2012

pancakes and boots,

Dear Tamsin,
You sounded very busy, so I knew you'd get back to me,
Your February sounds insane! I love that you guys went out to celebrate your engagement anniversary!
Things have felt pretty busy round here too, art mostly, a birthday a week, an 18th every and every other weekend, it's fun, expensive and busy!

{I'm also running out of clothes to wear!}

I keep bringing up my birthday with my parents, but since Oli didn't do anything for her 18th (she was in the hospital) I sense that they're not really into it.

By the way every other line I am putting a heated roller into my hair since I'm going to set it in pin curls overnight,

Right, on my list of things to say;
What do you think of these?- my school shoes are falling apart, and I'd prefer to wear leggings under my skirt because tights are literally driving me crazy at the moment, so I need some ankle boots?

I went with my oldest friend Hannah to get her tongue pierced on Monday, sort of loved it, have let my mum know that odds are, I might want my nose pierced, got to think about that one, Anyway, might get my rook done for my birthday, decisions, decisions,

Espen is so utterly gorgeous! He looks so well behaved too!- I love his tent, would happily have a bigger one in my room!-, he is the spit of Nick I think!

Did you guys do pancake day? or is that not a world wide thing?
Some of our tossing,


That's it really, Other than I applied to art college for next year so fingers crossed I get a place.
Have a lovely week!
Maddy xoxo

Friday, February 17, 2012

Birthdays, valentine's day, holidays... you name it.

Dear Maddy,

Oh my! I am such a slacker. I thought I was a few days behind on writing back to you, and now I see it has been more than two weeks! I blame the month: In February I either seem to be a) rushing from one event to the next, or b) curled up in a ball wishing for warmer weather. This week is always a busy one for us with two birthdays (Espen's and my dad's), Norwegian Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, a three-day weekend and the anniversary of our engagement. I honestly don't know anyone else who really celebrates that day, but it gives us a good excuse to beat the Valentine's Day crowds and celebrate early. And then of course we celebrate Valentine's Day as well, so it's basically a annual week long party around here.

We went to the symphony for our engageversary, and heard Simone Lamsma perform Mendelssohn's violin concerto (this, only imagine it being played by a pretty blonde in a floor length evening gown). She was crazy good! We also discovered that she was playing a Stradivarius violin, which was pretty awesome. Neither of us have ever seen or heard one in person before, so that definitely added to the experience.

Valentine's Day was spent at home with a takeout feast from the Bombay House. We ate before Espen's bedtime, so we bribed with a showing of "Cars" and snacks in the living room while we had our candlelit dinner in the kitchen. You do what you have to!

Espen's Valentine's Day (he just likes hats!)
Our Valentine's Day - before the curries showed up. 
We put Espen to bed after dinner, and decided to curl up with a raspberry turnovers and a romantic movie. Things did not turn out as planned! First I broke the oven by trying to bake in it - the new part arrives this weekend. Then the "romantic" movie we picked out turned out to be very good, but not at all romantic or warm and fuzzy. We saw People Will Talk. And here I was thinking that Cary Grant made everything romantic! So we ended up with Ben & Jerry's ice cream and an episode of Hustle instead. Not a bad tradeoff :)

Telling me that you miss seeing Espen on my blog is a dangerous thing, because now you will have to indulge me with a few photos from his birthday yesterday:

Opening presents in his new tent.

A birthday bath with his new boat. (His face just cracks me up!)

A little skeptical (and poorly lit) at dinner. 

Enjoying the toddler playground. 

Everyone needs ice cream on their birthday!

And this one just makes me laugh. 
Today is the first day in a week that we haven't had any plans or commitments to take care of. Espen and I have spent a lot of it relaxing at home, but now I really need to spring into action in a minute. We are headed south to see Nick's parents for the weekend as soon as my art class is over (did I tell you I'm taking an art class? Beginning water colors?). This means that I need to do laundry, dishes and generally wrestle the house into a state of decency before we leave. I hate coming home to a messy house. But, oh, thank goodness for a long weekend!

I am completely jealous that you can just hop on a train and be at the National Gallery, PS. Or anywhere in London. I love the National Gallery, although it is a bit overwhelming. I went there once with a friend and we spent about six hours walking through it. It seriously took that long to just walk past all the paintings. And even after that I left with the feeling that I had just looked at a bazillion Madonnas with Child(ren), and everything else was a bit of a blur. It's nice to be able to go back and visit my favorites though, like the Arnolfini wedding or Holbein's Ambassadors that just blows me away with its crazy anamorphic ways. You just have to see it in person to really make sense of it.

Oh, and having my own car is lovely. It's a Mazda 5, so definitely a bit mumsy, but very comfortable and easy to drive. And it gives me a place to blast 80's music and sing along without shame. Well, at least until Espen gets old enough to be embarrassed.

Have a lovely weekend!

Tamsin


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Waiting for the weekend.

Dear Tamsin,
I am in the whiniest mood, I am tired, I am so tired, and I'm cold.
Glad I got that out there.
I've been so busy, too busy, I like relaxing you know?
I've been to the national gallery today, I hate don't like the national gallery as much as some other galleries, I prefer the architecture to the paintings most days, I mean, they're amazing, but they're not really my style you know?
Anyways, I had a massive hoo-ha with the train people at charring cross, who were so unbelievably rude, even though the situation was 100% their fault, needless to say, I've written a very long email of complaint.

To address a few things;
#1- I totally get it, the shoes, I totally agree, are a matter of personal taste {of which mine can be a bit magpie-  what can I say, I definitely get it from my mother}
#2- The bed with the monster like object under it is in fact, Eve's, mine isn't as gross- and I believe it was a mix of a reindeer teddy and a big teddy bear.
#3- I think I liked dress number one the most too- definitely the style I'm looking for.
#4- Your shoe choices are not killing me softly, not even close, I promise, whilst I am the girl who, generally, would rather wear ballet flats to the woods than trainers- I'm learning, and I think as sensible shoes go, they're pretty nice- In fact, they remind me a lot of these brogues I am coveting {which sadly look like they'll sell out}

Your weekend sounded brilliant!- much better than mine, it was a quiet one {well, medium}
I've got an 18th tomorrow, lessons finish for the day at half ten, then I've got a haircut at half 11- so that'll be a race from town to town, I'm not sure what I'm doing- I pretty much cut most of the length off my hair the week after we met last year, and I've been growing it back since then, It hits my elbows now, I'm having at least an inch off, but honestly, not sure what else, I don't think it'll be very exciting, I think I want really long hippie hair for summer.

{you can see most of my hair here, and alex's monster "basketball hoop" next to me}

Also- I somehow managed to get my dad to surrender me his debit card by just making him a cup of tea a few days back, but the dress I ordered for the party was horrible, so I ordered two more options tonight, with delivery between 6 and 9pm tomorrow, party's at eight, say a little prayer please!

Dad's birthday was good- his parents were visiting for a few days from Bournemouth so it made it more special for him I think- A couple pictures from dinner, all taken by Eve because she's obsessed with my new camera- I'm going to give her my old one once I've taken it on my girls holiday (no way am I taking the new one!).
( I asked  for a kopparbarg cider- they bought me an Aspall in what can only be described as a bowl, it was filled to the brim, my mum even asked Olivia to drink some for me!)



I'll agree that March is springy and lovely because I hope it is, I'll be turning 18 on the 27th! {ridiculously excited, sort of want my parents to thrown me a surprise party, but I don't think they will or that it counts if I have to mention it}

How's your weekend looking?
I miss seeing Espen pictures.
How's it having YOUR OWN CAR!?

Maddy xoxo
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