My Favorite Yuri Gagarin Story

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

In honor of Yuri’s Night and the 50th anniversary of manned space flight, I thought I would share the story that I think of whenever Yuri Gagarin comes up.  Then I thought I should preface that story by explaining how on earth I even have a “favorite Yuri Gagarin story.”  And then I started thinking […]

An Ex-Pat Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

As an ex-pat, I usually find Thanksgiving sneaking up on me with no fanfare and little notice. This year, I knew the holiday was coming, not because of any grand plans but because we were trying to schedule meetings with the office in Houston and were forced to work around the holiday. So the holiday […]

A Very Norwegian Weekend

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

This weekend, we went with Tara and Tor to Tor’s family cabin in the mountains.  Even though we’ve been in Norway for three years, we’ve never experienced a traditional cabin trip.  Even more embarrassingly, we’ve never been cross country skiing. We drove up on Friday night, and our first cross-country experience was quite an adventure […]

Back Home from “Back Home”

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Today was our first full day back in Oslo.  It’s a relief to be home after our crazy trip, and the cats are certainly glad to see us.  Even Maia, the reclusive cat, seemed a little more social than usual. Being away for two weeks isn’t usually so exhausting, but this time it was essentially […]

Picture Page

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

I just wanted to post a few photos that didn’t really fit with any other posts. Here are a few shots from the May 17 festivities: And here is a beautiful rainbow that appeared outside our window after a rain storm last week.  It was actually a double rainbow, but the inner one was so […]

They’re Right on Time, I’m Long Overdue

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

I’ve been way too busy lately, and the queue of things I think I should post on my blog just keeps growing.  I will start chiseling away at the backlog by posting two long overdue birth announcements. Meet Gabriel Friedman! Born two weeks ago on Wednesday 6 May (at 8:25 pm), the adorable little son […]

I’m So Proud! Yay Rick!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

This is extremely late, but I want to post it anyway… While we were in Turkey, Rick’s episode of Criminal Minds aired!  We watched it when we got back, and I was so excited to see his name in the credits! The episode was very cool!  Rick, I’m so proud of you!  That’s awesome!!! And […]

Have I Ever!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

I’m not often one to pass on “blog forwards,” but this one from Courtney today did spark my interest.  Basically, it’s just a big list, and you mark the things you’ve done in bold.  Then add one to the end of the list if you’d like.  Looking back, it reminded me of lots of experiences […]

International Zombie News

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Because my friend Shane may or may not believe in zombies, I thought I’d offer him a tribute post with a few relevant international news items… First, since Sundance opened yesterday, I thought it right to mention Norway’s own offering, of which I’m eager to find a subtitled screening: According to a film poster I’ve […]

As American as Fortune Cookies

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

We’ve been back from San Francisco for two weeks, and I’ve finally gotten the chance to post something!  A technical glitch with my blog, followed by a poor attempt to fix the problem by upgrading the software meant that I haven’t even been able to post for a while.  (And I was stuck with that […]