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Bikkjekaldt!

Hund i snøFyttikatta det er bikkjekaldt. Alle skolene i Milwaukee er stengt idag. I dag tidlig var det -37 grader (målt som i følt temperatur) – som er nokså pussig tatt i betraktning at det var varmegrader i går. Burde være unødvendig å nevne at dette er den kaldeste temperaturen jeg har opplevd til tross for at jeg har tilbrakt en hel vinter i Lillehammer og omegn.

Kim og jeg kjører til Minneapolis-St Paul i dag, så nå er det bare å håpe intenst at bilen takler oppgaven. Hvis ikke; takk for alt! Kim har et jobbintervju på torsdag og vi skal også se på et par leiligheter. Alle er enige om at det er på tide vi flytter ut fra svigersenes kjeller (faktisk har vi gort det allerede – det er for kaldt for en gravid dame å sove der nede). Vi gleder oss, og regner med å flytte i løpet av noen uker.

Tilbake til været: Hvor kaldt må det være før det kan karakteriseres som bikkjekaldt? Har lurt mye på dette, håper noen kan gi meg et godt svar (selv om jeg har min egen teori). Uansett, her skal hundedagene var lenge ennå.

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Just do it!

A new take on the all-American slogan. Sometimes a photo is so striking that it just has to be shared.

Just do it

By sharadhaksar

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So what is the big deal? A Norwegian moving to the American Mid-West is hardly going to suffer from culture shock when so many things are similar:

  1. It is freezing! As I write this the thermometer shows -16C/3F. Ha – don’t make me laugh. I’ve slept in tent and been posted as a guard outside at a temperature of -26C /-15F…
  2. LefseThe food is exactly the same… People can’t stop talking about how much the enjoy lutefisk (jelly-like foul-smelling fish), and somebody I hardly know gave me a batch of homemade lefse (pictured right) before Christmas. People my age seem to know as much about krumkake, kransekake and smultringer as my granny does!
  3. People drink at home before going out on the town to save money.
  4. When people hear something really funny they smile as loud as they can.
  5. Slice of cakeNobody would ever, ever – even if absolutely starving – take the last piece of cake on the table.
  6. People expect all social gatherings and meetings to start precisely on time, if not before.
  7. People think butter is a spice.
  8. People feel guilty about not feeling guilty.
  9. They day hasn’t begun until you’ve had at least two cups of coffee. And coffee is coffee. It’s all about volume, not about quality.
  10. People don’t fall when walking on ice.
  11. People live in (huge) houses, not in (35m2) apartments…

You can also read the first post about culture shock.

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    Here’s another videoclip of the youngest Lyngstad (also known as LilleLyngstad). In this one the little one one seems to suffering a bit of hiccups and the hand is also visible.

    By the way, we decided not to find out about the sex, so we clearly haven’t picked a name yet either. We have come up with a few girls’ names but are very short of boys’ names… Got any suggestions? Please add it in the Comment field! 😉

    The first ultrasound clip is here.

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    Staying warm – the natural way

    IsbjørnKim and Bjørn just went for a run and got reminded of why the climate in Africa by now seems like distant dream… Going for a run in temperatures of -11C/12F is freezing cold (even when wearing four layers)! It’s been between -10 and -20C for about a week now…

    I (Bjørn) have experienced not feeling my toes on numerous occasions and I’ve also had my eyelashes freeze, but having a beard adds another dimension to the feeling of unblighted cold. By the time we got back I had little ice balls dotted all over my face! Reminds me of manouvres in the mountains while I was in the army (when I definitely had very little facial hair), when we were told in no uncertain terms not to shave in the morning because it greatly increases the risk of frostbite.

    Think I’ll keep the beard – at least until March!

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    Family photos…

    Lille_frontFirst off, for those of you that are visiting this site: thanks for your interest in our lives! I guess this is where we can tell our friends and families about the new and “interesting” things going on with us…… don’t know about you, but having gel smeared on and sound waves shot through my belly was definitely a new experience for me!

    Bjørn and I had our first ultrasound last evening! Maybe I should back up and say: ‘we’re pregnant!’ first, for those of you who might not have known. Just another one of those keep-you-on-your-toes-surprises God like to throw into one’s life every once in a while. 🙂

    ANYWAY, turns out ultrasounds are really cool and you can see loads of stuff! The little guy put on a show for us and jumped around all over the place. He/she’s almost 1/2 pound and only 12 cm long, but was kicking and jumping around with the energy of… well, more energy than I have right now.

    The video clip shows the baby rubbing his/her feet against each other.

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    JM JennyOur extended weekend Washington DC turned out to be nice walk down Memory Lane both for Kim and Bjørn. On Saturday night JohnMark (the frontman of rock band Rocket City Riot) and his wife Jennifer picked us up at our hotel in Falls Church and took us into town. JohnMark and Bjørn were running mates in Ashgabat in 2007. He returned to the DC area (Alexandria) from his job as a teacher trainer in Turkmenistan last summer and is now only months away from becoming a dad for the first time!

    After having experienced some of the heavy DC traffic we made it to the pretty Georgetown district and ended up at a Mexican restaurant. After dinner Jenny (pictured right) joined us for a couple of drinks. Jenny and Bjørn were both studying in Amsterdam in 2001/2 and also travelled together in Egypt in April 2002. Jenny has worked in DC for a couple of years since returning from Europe.

    MelodieBjørn in DCOn Sunday morning, Kim made another presentation about her work in Malawi for a congregation in Falls Church. In the afternoon, we met up with Kim’s friend from her high-school days in Sleepy Eye, Melodie Ohm (left), and we headed downtown. We visited a number of the Mall memorials such as World War II, Vietnam and Abraham Lincoln. Bjørn in front of Capitol right.

    After Kim had made another presentation on Monday morning we went back to the Mall to visit the Natural History Museum. We had a really good time there and ended up spending more than four hours there.

    Kim and sealHighlights:

    • The mammal exhibition
    • A rastafari exhibition
    • An exhibition of the best nature photography
    • One of the most famous diamonds in the world, the Hope Diamond, that once belonged to French King Louis XIV
    • The origins of Western civilisations exhibit

    In the evening we had some drinks with Jenny and her boyfriend, Trevor.

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