Fall Goal #1 - Take a yoga class

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I'm not sure why this goal took me as long as it did but I'm finally signed up for a membership and now I can drop in to yoga classes whenever I want. This can be both a good and a bad thing for me so I'm hoping now that my schedule is so open I can make more time for yoga. I always feel so much better after being at a class. I also have a friend to go with which also helps. I might also try to start running? That's a definite might but with Mark training for a marathon and loving it, it makes me want to try running too. I'd love to get to the point where I actually enjoy it. I am however really loving my bike lately, I've been out everyday. I've come down with a fall cold though, so for now I'm snuggled up drinking tea and watching documentaries. Also, why is it so hard to find a yoga related picture that isn't terrible?

This weekend...

Monday, September 27, 2010

...I didn't take any photos again. It seems like the busier I am, the less photos I take. I really need to get into the habit of bringing my camera around with me and get over the feeling of looking silly taking pictures. I also want to start using film again and relearning how to use my camera manually. More fall goals! Anyway, this weekend has been busy but also pretty relaxing. We didn't do exactly what we had planned but we had lots of good food and wine, took a nice bike ride around the lakes and a long walk through a park with autumn leaves, red squirrels and chestnuts. Apparently Mark had a good weekend of beer, pretzels and oompapa music at Oktoberfest too.

{Image via Hilda Grahnat}

Friends & Family

Friday, September 24, 2010

The last few days I've been busy biking around town meeting friends and family for tea, lunches and ciders in the late fall sun. Even though it is supposed to start again raining soon, this weekend and our home will be full with Mark's dad and my friend Alex visiting. We are planning dinners, a trip to the farmer's market and to a park to gather the last berries and rose hips to make jam. In other news, I've organized our spices, am knitting a hat {thanks to Nanna!}, and making cards to send home and I watched a really good movie. Oh, and The Office is back. Life is good!

Fall Goal #5 - Bake an apple pie from scratch

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Here it is - an apple pie made from scratch! I have no idea why I was so intimated about making pie, it was so easy. It was all done and in the oven before I could finish the last episode of Mad Men. I got a little overwhelmed by all the steps on this recipe Robin sent me and went for this one instead with an all butter crust. You can't really do wrong with that much butter and grinding the whole spices helped too. Our apartment smelled like Christmas all day! I think I'll try Robin's recipe next time though, now that I know how easy pies are. Please ignore the broken handled casserole dish, it was all I had. I also didn't have a measuring cup or a rolling pin so I'm pretty happy that it turned out at all! Happy fall, friends.

This weekend...

Monday, September 20, 2010

...was a pretty quiet one, since we were both a little under the weather. Mark is off to Oktoberfest next week and his dad is coming to visit so we wanted to rest up a bit too. I was missing the beach so we took a trip out to Amager Strand, me on my bike and Mark running since he is crazy and is training for a marathon. Even though it's so close to the city it feels like it's far away and it was so pretty, all grey and windy. I had to keep up with Mark so most of the pictures were taken while I was riding my bike but I kind of like the way they turned out. I also made these cookies this weekend, which didn't last long at all. Now that I'm not starting Danish lessons today like I was expecting, I'm struggling a bit to make myself a schedule that feels productive. It's so easy for the day to be taken up with daily tasks like cooking and cleaning but then I feel like I'm not really getting anything done. I was happy to have a break for while but I think I'll have to figure out something else now. I have a long list of things I should be doing (hello, grad school applications!) so I just have to get to it.


Friday, September 17, 2010

Mark might not eat as much cereal as Aidan does but I think this is still a pretty serious breakfast. How good is the milk packaging here, by the way? I really like it. I haven't been taking many photos lately, as it's been raining and I've been biking everywhere. With the cooler weather I'm starting to miss the fog and stormy beaches at home, I even dreamt about Tofino last night. However I've settled into a pretty nice routine of cooking, knitting, drinking tea and reading over here. Today I think I'll make some borscht to go along with The Brother's Karamazov {so good so far!}. I also really need some new fall clothes, especially a cape.

Fall Goals #4: Volunteer

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Now that I'm a bit more settled in and most of the practical aspects of moving to a new country are out of the way, I'm starting to really enjoy my housewife days. A lot of my fall goals are in progress and I've been cooking up a storm, making all sorts of things from scratch that I've never tried before. I thought getting a volunteer position would be one of the harder goals to accomplish, especially since I wanted something related to my degree. During my first week here I remembered a little non-profit culture cafe that I always went to on my previous visits here. Turns out they were looking for people to work on their art team, setting up art shows and events. We just had our second meeting last night and I'm so excited about getting our first exhibition up and running. After working in galleries and with the university, this is such a nice change from all the restrictions and it's a great way to become more involved in the arts community here. I might also volunteer as a barista there, because it's such a cosy/cute place. Oh, and I'm also getting better at biking around without getting so scared already!

{I felt like a nerd taking pictures inside, so image via AOK}

This weekend...

Monday, September 13, 2010

...I was really bad at taking photos. On Friday night Mark and I had plans to go out to a party and an art festival but ended up staying at home, cooking dinner together and talking. I guess it goes without saying how nice it is to be able to just hang out together after years of living in different countries. Saturday night was Mark and his friend Rune's joint housewarming party for all their med school buddies. Of course I forgot my camera at home but maybe it was better that way so I actually talked to people instead of hiding behind my lens. Sunday was spent sleeping in and eating breakfast in the afternoon, cleaning up the apartment and a dinner with some of my lovely lady friends. This is my last week before (hopefully) starting Danish lessons so I'm going to enjoy being lazy for the last little while.


Friday, September 10, 2010

The last couple of days have really felt like fall. Rainy days I have spent cooking from Danish recipes, learning knitting stitches, listening to TED talks to satisfy my school cravings, meeting friends new and old and taking long walks around the lake near our apartment. Now that it's here, I remember that I really love fall.

Fall Goal #3: Learn How to Actually Bike

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

This one is more of a necessity than an option, it's kind of impossible to live in Copenhagen without biking everywhere. And, of course, bikes are great. The problem is that I'm a terrible biker and I get irrationally scared in the busy city traffic here. When I biked at home it was mostly just slow summer trips down quiet streets. My first step was to get a bike here (obvs) so I found a Raleigh bike with a nicely worn in Brooks seat. It's been pretty well loved so it's a bit rusty but it works and I could afford it. Dr. Mark insisted on proper safety gear (again, obvs) so I also ordered a Bern helmet and a little bell from Cycle Chic. I've been going out on "training rides" with Mark and reading up on bike safety and I'm hoping with practice I'll eventually be able to bike around in a dress and heels! Any other suggestions for learning to bike well?

This weekend...

Monday, September 6, 2010

...was: flea markets, wool/yarn shopping, amazing pizza on our rooftop (thanks Kala for the recommendation!), Mad Men, more flea markets, a walk around the canals and a housewarming/family dinner Sunday night where we used pretty much all of our dishes.

Oh, and Happy Labour Day North Americans!

A little note on the name...

Friday, September 3, 2010

For those of you wondering what fint og dejlig means, I think it translates roughly from Danish to nice and lovely. I had originally wanted to use the Norwegian spelling (deilig) because I thought it looked nicer and was easier to say but Mark convinced me that having a blog about Copenhagen with a Norwegian name was kind of silly. So, Fint & Dejlig it is. I guess I'm learning.

Fall Goals

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Happy September! I can't believe it's fall already. I'm feeling like I could use a couple more weeks of summer which is strange for me as I usually can't wait to pull out my scarves and school supplies. I guess with being in here Copenhagen and not going back to school, this year is a bit different. I wrote a list of things I'd like to do this fall to keep myself busy and take advantage of my time off. I tend to be a procrastinator/a little lazy so I hope this will help get me going. I'll update on my progress.

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