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I got some pretty uncool news today. I found out from my friend Ani (Chris’ coworker’s wife) that if I have my work permit I could get into Norwegian language classes for free! Normally tuition is around 4,000 NOK (over $700) so that would be amazing! I applied for my work permit back in February so I called the permit office today to see how much longer it will take to process and guess what I found out! The processing time for my permit is 11 months! 11 MONTHS! That’s almost a year!

Totally uncool.

The lady at the permit office said I could keep checking back and hopefully it’ll be ready a month or two sooner, but for now it’s looking like I will be jobless for much longer than we were expecting.

Although it’s a major bummer that I’m now currently an indefinitely unemployed university graduate, I figure this is probably a once in a lifetime opportunity where I have no job, no kids, and lots of free time so I should definitely make the most of it.

So I sat down to ponder about what I’m going to do with myself for the next 11 months and came up with these goals:

Explore my world (even if it’s cold)

Collect recipes and cook lots of awesome food, learning
as many professional techniques as I can along the way.
Stay fit and healthy & get a rockin' bod :)

Become a better blogger

Learn Norwegian as best I can on my own.

Be more dedicated to reading my scriptures and growing spiritually.

Build my cake business.

Figure out all the tips, tricks, and secrets for how to
travel everywhere in Europe.
Continue building lifelong friendships.

Ride my bike everywhere.

Make our apartment a SUPER APARTMENT
(i.e. very organized and beautifully decorated)

Get really good at coupons. Especially since everything here is so expensive!

Learn to build my own furniture (a la Ana White of Knock Off Wood)

Find service opportunities, especially among friends and in the church.

Begin a digital scrapbook starting with our wedding.
Learn to sew more than just pajamas.
Practice the piano.
Learn HTML, Dreamweaver, and After Effects.



I think I’m going to be pretty busy for the next 11 months, what do you think? :)

Spring has sprung in Stavanger!

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Our household goods are on their way!!

Best news ever?? I think so!
We initially packed with the expectation that we’d get all our junk near the beginning of March….but we’ve had quite a few issues with the moving company. Namely, they significantly underestimated the weight and volume of our goods when they came to do the walk-through consultation and the final quote came in at almost a thousand pounds over the quote we initially gave to NATO. So we’ve spent the past little while  going between the moving company and NATO trying to work our a solution.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our move overseas it’s that things are never as simple as they seem.

But our stuff has officially left the storage unit as of yesterday and is hopefully speeding its way (safe and sound) across the US and then across the Atlantic.
If all goes well our goods will get here at the beginning of May. We’re  both very excited to get our clothes! We’ve been wearing the same ones over and over it seems (Apologies to all our new friends :) ) and my shoes are on their last legs from walking so much in the same pair everyday. Good times :)

This is yet another reason I’m super stoked for summer!

In other news, I wrote this on the bus from my phone :) Chris dubbed it “phlogging.”

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Meatless Monday

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