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Church Hookie and a Day Trip to Bergen

One Saturday while Chris was off working around the world, Jenn called me at 9 o’clock at night to ask if I wanted to go on a day trip to Bergen with her the next morning while she drove her kid to a basketball tournament up there.

Naturally I said, “OF COURSE!”

Actually…much to my dismay I didn’t actually say, “of course!” right away, nor with so much gusto. I sat there and stressed about all the things I needed to do the next day in order to be productive and I almost told her no.

Then I had to smack myself right upside the head. What happened to the girl who would drop everything to drive 3 hours to the Grand Canyon just to watch the sunset? I realized I’d become so tied up in trying to do a million different things that I’d lost her somewhere along the way :(  I patted my sore noggin and called Jenn back right away to tell her I was in and didn’t give it a second thought.

And I was SO glad I did! Not only was it beautiful and tons of fun with Jenn, it was also a trip of self re-discovery. It was wonderous.

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Naturally, we ate at the most Norwegian restaurant we could find ;)

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Creepy troll head forest.

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We almost talked/flirted our way onto this submarine. Apparently it was Navy Day in Bergen Harbor, but we had missed the time allotted for tours. We were crushed, but right as we were bemoaning our lack of knowledge a group of sailors climbed out of the submarine. We started chatting it up with them and one of them was about to let us on for a super quick personal tour, but his fellow sailor talked him out of it. Apparently their captain was a few buildings away eating lunch at McDonalds. Drat! So close!

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The UNESCO -acclaimed Bergen Brygge.

These buildings have been around since the 1700s, and the foundations have been there since the Hanseatic era (the original buildings were destroyed in a fire in the 1700s).

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Bergen from the top of the Fløibanen funicular.

I’m pleased to say my spontaneous self is back and ready for action! That was a close one!

James Taylor

Our friends, the Glenns, invited us to see James Taylor with them on his concert tour through Stavanger.

I had to brush up on my James Taylor anthology and he was kinda old, but he could still sing, play guitar, shuffle around the stage, and make a fun evening out!

I didn’t get great photos, but you get the idea :)

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James Taylor, in the flesh!

 

 

Månafossen

Aaaaaaaalmost Spring = grilled hotdogs by a waterfall. We’re so ready for summer!

 

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Yay J-Dawgs special sauce!

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21 Days

When Chris went to Grafenwoer, Germany for 3 weeks, life around the house got super boring. I can’t really complain too much, since we’re around so much military stuff and 3 weeks pales in comparison to the average deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan that a lot of wives have to deal with, but when you find yourself having full one-sided conversations with a parrot you know it’s time for your husband to come home.

At least I got to be home and do stuff though. Poor Chris was stuck on the army base out in the middle of nowhere with one single day off in 3 weeks (including weekends!) His only consolation was a Pizza Hut and a Taco Bell on the base. Yummm :)

To make the separation a bit easier (and to remind myself that I did have contact with humans), I decided to email Chris a self-portrait once a day. I didn’t think of it until the 3rd day, so there are only 19 photos out of 21 days, but here it is… our 3 week separation summed up in photos.

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The best part about Chris finally coming home? Getting to hug and kiss him again, duh.

The second best part? He brought me chicken chalupas from Taco Bell! They were a bit mushed from the trip on the plane…but OH were they amazing :D

Chris in Action

Chris has been a bit of a crazy person at work these past few months!

In March, the whole JWC media team went to Grafenwoer, Germany for three whole weeks for a combined training exercise between the US Armed Forces and NATO. They were pretty much stuck on the base and only had one day off the entire 21 days including weekends. They came home for five days, then left again for a week and a half to attend the National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB) in Las Vegas. He extended his trip for a few days to hang out with my family and see his bffs but then he was right back at the grindstone. Barely a week after he got home from the States, the JWC began another one of it’s 2 week training sessions. Luckily, it was in town this time, but Chris was working from 7 in the morning to 8 at night every day for the entire 2 weeks. Again, no weekends.

He’s had a bit of an easier schedule these last 2 weeks (during which his crew moved from their old studio into their brand spankin’ new high tech studio) and he’ll have a bit of a break for another two…and then he’s off to Poland to film a promo and then back to Oberammergau, Germany again before we finally head home to the States for a nice relaxing month of home leave.

Crazy man!

Here are some sweet photos of Chris and the WNT news crew in action!

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