Monday, October 30, 2006

Now you know what I did last weekend

In case, anyone was doubting my word ;)


Those in the know are forecasting snow this coming Wednesday!
When I first heard it a few days ago, I just could not fathom that the weather would be able to change that quickly. Spring lasted a fortnight at most, it seems autumn will not last much longer. There is a definite chill in the air, and whether or not we shall see actual snow as early as Wednesday time will tell, but I should be less surprised after witnessing the weather today.

This was at just after 1pm

Dark and cloudy is one thing, but it was absolutely freezing too. Near enough. Certainly near enough for it to be time to break out the winter coats (luckily they aren't packed too far away!).

There were visible breaks in the clouds however, bursts of sun that peaked through and lit up the land here and there along the way.

As windy as it was, we were a little apprehensive about crossing Storebæltsbroen, the bridge that links two of the main islands of Denmark, thankfully the wind though very strong was head-on and so I did not have to shut my eyes (the driver, my brother, neither - phew!), and I was able to take some photographs.

That was the drive home, not quite as exciting as the reason for the actual trip, which was first and foremost to attend a Silver Wedding Anniversary. This occasion is celebrated in style in this country and has a host of traditions that must be followed.

But before any of that got underway, I was able to spend some quality time with my two very special guys (twins).




Very early on Friday morning, in the pitch black, jumping over cowpats and the like, about 100 of us crept up to my aunt and uncles home and awoke them with singing - well, that's what is supposed to happen, but since it always does on such occasions, not suprisingly the happy couple were dressed and waiting. During the night, the doorway had been decorated with pine branches, silver bows, fairylights and flowers and after we had stood in the pouring rain for a respectable amount of time serenading them as they stood beautifully framed, we allowed ourselves to be invited (all 100+ of us) in for a traditional Danish breakfast.

In the evening, it was a proper Danish party with a capitol P, which means in short a lorra lorra eating and drinking (was enjoying both, not realizing precisely how much until everyone else shouted Hurray and I followed suit solo about 10 seconds later), speeches galore and songs-a-plenty. Songs that family and friends write themselves and present, and which we all sing.

After 5-6 hours of that, the dancing commences with the couple taking the floor first to the special Silver Wedding waltz
(with the rest of us slowly moving closer and closer, which is what can be seen here).

The night was danced away by all (some more than others - let's just say, it's possible to both twist, river dance and 'pulp fiction' amongst others to traditional Danish songs) and everyone had such a wonderful time, especially my aunt and uncle, who I know will cherish the memories of Friday along with the other very many happy ones that they have collected over the last 25 years.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Beer good!

- that is the direct translation of where I am headed for the next few days. Sounds silly even in Danish, and it's by no means the only strange place-name that we have here.
Middlefart is another (which I shall be passing on route;), but worse than that is our penchant for naming towns after various bodyparts.

We have, amongst others,

  • Bladder
  • Elbow
  • Buttock
  • Widebuttocks
  • Instep
  • Throat
  • Nosetown
  • and two that I don't dare even mention! (used to live in one of them, no less)

Have a wonderful rest of the week. :-)

Monday, October 23, 2006

Thank you, Kyra, for an easy way to move me down. More me. :-D

What Your Soul Really Looks Like


You are a warm hearted and open minded person. It's easy for you to forgive and forget.

You are a grounded person, but you also leave room for imagination and dreams. You feet may be on the ground, but you're head is in the clouds.

You see yourself with pretty objective eyes. How you view yourself is almost exactly how other people view you.

Your near future is calm, relaxing, and pretty much what you want. And it's something you've been anticipating for a while now.

For you, falling in love is all about the adventure and uncertainty. You can only fall in love with someone who keeps you guessing.


~~~
I did this interesting experiment a few months ago, thanks to Terry, whereby one requests to be defined in just one word by the people that know us. The person in the real world that perhaps knows me best had this one word for me: Forgiving. At the time, I recall being somewhat surprised. Anyone who knows me, knows I had a hard time letting go of a certain period of my past, but the more I thought about it, the more sense it made to me. Truth was, I gained great understanding as to the whys of other people at the time, my problem in regard to letting the past be past was not so much a question of forgiving actions, but of forgiving the loss of what was, and moreso what never was. So, I'd have to agree based on every situation I can think of, that yes, I find it pretty easy to forgive and forget.
That second part is perfectly me, as I read it. I have indulgent dreams, but I know that there is a journey to be travelled from here to there, that the part where I am at is life and that if I make this part good, then wherever my rocking chair may be come the final season, I shall cherish sitting in it.
Objective eyes, truth be told, I probably do. That's what I see, when I look with everything. If everyone else sees me that way, then that's fine by me.
The future as it looks from here seems fated and as such I feel mostly calm about it. I wouldn't be me, if I didn't let worry have it's say once in a while, but generally, as always, I'm excited about what the future may bring me of wonders and lessons.
As for that last part, its only lack is in not being more comprehensive. :-)

Friday, October 20, 2006

Regular shots


until I get to Hollywood :-)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Thank you

I could use a dozen adjectives, write pages on what the friendships I have made here have meant to me, how truly and wholly blessed I feel to have met so many beautiful hearts and souls and how much my own have been enriched from knowing them. I could write a thousand words, but they'd all mean the same. Thank you and I love you.

A most treasured gift, the gift of touching, of letting your souls come out to meet mine. I could show a thousand and more examples of the moments here that touched my heart, scattered in posts and comments for all to see. For now just ONE.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Reward

I'm looking for someone to come help me pack
and/or massage my aching back!
Offering all you can eat and drink in exchange.
(Terry, you are excused - still welcome to join me for beer and pizza though:)

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

"If I'm not back in 5 minutes...wait longer."

A world unlocked

I’m inclined to believe that souls can touch. That they reach out to each other when both parties are in a state of complete openness and that 'we' are only aware of the repercussions of this process. And, that understanding, the only kind that matters, is obtained there and then through this touch. That it is fundamental and it is unshakable, and any action or word cannot dent it or deny it. That though logical conclusions may seep in from time to time asking for consideration, things that make perfect sense, they are subjective, capable in themselves of being explained by each of us in a different way, and that none of it matters, if there is real understanding. When there is that, not everything need be understood.

The Soundtrack

Tagged by Sweet K.

IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?

Here's how it works:

  1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
  2. Put it on shuffle
  3. Press play
  4. For every question, type the song that's playing
  5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
Opening Credits: Secret -> Maroon 5
(admittedly still a few of those left to tell)
Waking Up: Will you love me tomorrow -> the Shirelles

First Day Of School: Mmm Mmm Mmm -> Crash Test Dummies

Falling In Love: Rock you like a hurricane -> Scorpions

Fight Song: Apache -> the Shadows

Breaking Up: Crush -> Jennifer Page

Prom: Push it -> Salt 'n' Pepper

Life's OK: C'est la vie -> Bewitched

Mental Breakdown: In and Out of Love -> Bon Jovi

Driving: Get the F*** out -> Skid Row

Flashback: Born to be Wild -> Steppenwolf
(yeah, baby!)

Getting Back Together: Nights on Broadway -> the Bee Gees

Wedding: House of the Rising Sun -> the Animals

Birth of Child: Everybody's making it big but me -> Dr. Hook
(couldn't tell by looking)

Final Battle: Funky Nassau -> Blues Brothers Band

Death Scene: Libertango -> Bond

Funeral Song: Stayin' Alive -> the Bee Gees
(that'd be the only time, I could stay still to that song)

~ Tagging those wearing something blue.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Chitchat (while I finish my real post:)

I live in what can only be described as a community within a suburb of the city.
There are 258 houses all occupied by families, where one or both parents are students. There is (to mention a few) a shop, a gym, a ballroom, several playgrounds, large green areas surrounding, a drinking establishment, barbeque pits and Open Doors.
And someone has always got a pot of coffee brewing.

Moreover, there is always something going on. Today, a protest. Or at least, signatures, a smorgasbord and a general show of support. Yesterday, a theatre production (of the Danish classic Frøken Nitouche), which I must say, though I’ve seen some spectacular productions in my time (love, love, LOVE the theatre), this was without doubt the most fun.
It's been fun.
Good memories.

Something that's been true of my life up until now is that I never stay in one place for long, though I do always plan to, I still always end up making the decision to move on, sooner or later, for one reason or another.
Just a tumbleweed blowing in the wind. :-)
And it's that time again, time to roll.

I'm not materialistic, at all, yet we seem to accumulate an awful lot of 'stuff' (read: I think, I may be spoiling my daughter) and it's only when it comes time to having to fit it all into boxes, that I notice just how much 'stuff' there is.
I'm drowning in them, and I've only just started!

And that's after a great big, cruel and calculated clear out. I figured, since I was not only shifting out of my house, but the country too, now was the time to prove just how much of this 'stuff', we did not really use or need. That was a revelation in itself.

So, if things go according to the current plan, I will be writing November 1st in London town.
(I may even be sitting in Harrods - more on that later, if it works out.)
In any case, there are plenty of changes ahead and, as always, unlimited possibilities.
The future's bright.
The future's London. Well, ours anyway. :-)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Monday, October 02, 2006

Lynne


Debra Lynne Johnson,
full of strength, optimism and a genuine sweetheart
recently lost her battle against ovarian cancer.
Dearly missed in life by friends and family
Dearly missed by friends in blogland

Wherever you go, go with all your heart!

That's good advice.
After all, there seems to be little or no point in doing anything, if one is not going to do it completely. Heart, mind and body. Anything else would amount to never being in one place at any one time.
Whatever it is, something doing, somewhere going, up the rollercoaster or down, the clear path or off the beaten track, the left fork or the right, one thing seems certain,
whatever you do, don't look back!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Free Hugs

For those who haven't had the pleasure yet,
you simply must watch this heartwarming video