For a while I´ve been thinking that I really can`t live up to the whole budget-financial-money aspect that I was hoping for this blog, so I`ve decided to try another name, with a more relaxed “theme” if you understand. I`ll still be writing about budget friendly this and that, don´t worry, but I just felt like it was time to try something else for a while. I`ve moved all the contents from this blog to the new one, so there won´t be too big of a change. But if I do change my mind, this blog will still be up and running, just in case!
Please join me on my new blog Memoirs of The Norwegian Girl http://www.memoirsofthenorwegiangirl.wordpress.com
During cold winter days I love to get home from Uni and snuggle under a blanket while enjoying a hot cup of tea. One of my favourites is Peach Passion by London Fruit and Herb Company. It`s the only brand I`ve ever come across that actually manages to produce excellent fruit tea, with both good taste and smell. And I wouldn`t refuse something nice to nibble on as well, such as homemade sweet buns split in half with swiss cheese. Yums!
Sometimes things just get in the way of what you thought you`d be doing. I realised the other day that I hadn`t posted anything on my blog for over a month, which made me wonder where did all the time go, and last but not least, how I spent all that time. I figured that there were at least three time consuming things that had been taking up my time more than usual.
- University. A new semester, which included 4 different courses: Victorian literature; Language Acquisition; Morphology and Syntax and Bachelor thesis in Literature. So far I`ve been doing just fine on all the reading, and I can assure you, there`s a lot of pages to be read. Taking an extra course can feel a bit heavy on the workload sometimes, but I managed to do it last semester with good results, so I`m just trying to focus on how close I am to finish my BA. Just 4 months to go! Though I have to admit that it`s difficult to get time to read one novel a week. Especially when it´s written in the 19th century. Brontë and Dickens are wonderful writers, but very time-consuming.
- Fibromyalgia. Four years ago I got this time consuming, energy draining chronic illness. I guess it had been lying underneath the surface for a while, as several of the symptoms were well known from my childhood, but a case of Mononucleosis caused it to appear and make life very difficult for a long time. One of the things making this condition worse is weather change, and January and February so far has been a difficult time period so far. One day it`s really, really cold outside, the next it`s raining outside. Not only is it difficult to dress to this kind of weather, but it also makes my body ache and really drains all the energy out of me. So having to combine this with extensive studies with mandatory attendance has been difficult. And a bit depressing at times. But I decided not to let it get to me. Because it`s going to get better. I know it will. In the meantime;
- TV-Shows. I`ve just recently discovered some new TV shows that doesn’t air on Norwegian TV, so I`ve been watching several seasons online. My latest discovery is Switched at Birth. Loving the whole deaf-angle. I mean this in a very positive way, because I really love linguistics and would love to learn sign language one day! The other show is an American “classic”; Sopranos. My BF got the entire season collection for Christmas, and we`re currently on the last season. Mafioso!
What are your time-thieves?
When my mom asked what I wanted for christmas, I told her the only thing I really wanted and needed was a contribution for saving up for a new computer, as my old one was dying a slow and annoying death by deleting my files and constantly showing me its blue screens of death. She knew I`d always wanted a Macbook, but I didn`t mention it because it had never been something that I could afford. I was thinking about one of those cheap computers that lasts 2 years, tops. But one day she had one of those funny smiles on her face, when she has some good news she wants to share. And that`s when she told me she wanted to give me a Macbook, seeing I needed something more solid for my schoolwork.
Only downside was that I had to keep it a secret from my siblings. My brother would probably have been happy for me, but my sister. Oh my. If she had known that I got something as expensive as that, all hell would break loose. I guess you`re all probably imagining my sister being younger than me, but that`s where you`re wrong. She`s 37 years. But acts as an immature and selfish 14 year old spoiled brat sometimes.
But enough about family. I`m just so happy for this incredible gift, and I`m definetely going to make the most of it, and it`ll hopefully last for many years! Have to say it`s a relief not having to worry if mandatory essays suddenly goes missing, or losing some research because the computer says adieu. I`m already feeling much more inspired to write my bachelor thesis. Though ask me again about that in a couple of months when I`m all swamped with schoolworks and obligatory essays.
That`s right, been watching some Downton Abbey. Ever seen it? It`s superb!
Whenever I`m visiting my parents in the Canary Islands, I always make sure that I`ve got an extra suitcase to bring back home. Living in Norway is very, very expensive, especially when you`re living on student loans and grants. Which is why I usually stock up on things when I`m in the Canary Islands, as there are practically no taxes there, with the price level being generally very low. Take the cans of sweet condensed milk for instance. In Norway, these would cost me 9$ per can. When I bought them on the Spanish Island it cost me 1$/can. That`s a 8 dollar difference! The amount of money I save each year just by buying some products with me is rediculously huge!
This time I stocked up on sweet condensed milk, honey, my favourite chocolate, a jar of peach jam, two boxes of sprinkles, some luxurious goat cheese, Serrano ham (Spanish version of the Italian Parma ham), and some bio-degradable garbage bags.
I love being able to stock up on things that I use, but only to a fraction of what it`d cost in Norway. This is one of the ways I save a lot of money each year, as everytime I visit I always make sure to buy certain food items with me.
What do you like to stock up on when you got the chance?