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Finally free!!

FINALLY

For some reason my exams fell unnaturally late this year, so while watching everyone else going on trips to the south or going off on music festival, I was still sweating over philosophy of science. But now I’m free!! What will I do with that freedom?

I will…

  1. Sleep ‘till I wake up
  2. Eat strawberries shamelessly
  3. Read books by my own choice
  4. Forget everything I learned about philosophy of science
  5. Listen to music loudly
  6. Go to bed too late
  7. Start watching Game of Thrones
  8. Empty wine bottles with friends
  9. Have BBQ’s
  10. Go to the beach and try to catch up on my friends’ tans
  11. Travel
  12. Complain about the heat
  13. Complain about the cold
  14. Maybe go for a run or two
  15. Discover new cafés
  16. Also, work (but I won’t think too much about that)
  17. Say goodbye to good friends
  18. Meet new friends
  19. Prepare for my bachelor’s degree
  20. Visit my parents
  21. Get fat eating ice cream
  22. Regret getting fat eating ice cream
  23. Slim down again
  24. Witness friends getting married both in Denmark and England
  25. Play my guitar
  26. Walk barefoot whenever I can
  27. Try not to plan too much
  28. Keep an open mind and see what every new day brings

What will you be doing this summer?

(Oh, and look at that beautiful plant I found at NoaNoa today! I just had to snap a photo of it)

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What are you reading this summer?

Last year I finished about 20 books – this year? 1! What the heck?

I’ve been so bad at finding the time to read even though I really love it. I’ve even started on several ones, but haven’t been able to finish them because so many things happened around me. But this summer, that will change. There’s nothing better than lying in the sun with a book, or bringing it to the beach. So here’s what I’ll be reading, and a few suggestions for you as well.

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1. All the light we cannot see

Anthony Doerr

This is one of the ones that I have been trying to read for what feels like forever. I really like the way it’s telling the story of WW2 from a completely new perspective. I haven’t gotten far enough into it to know if I love it though. Can’t wait to find out.

 

 

25522. On the road

Jack Kerouac

I bought this book a while back because I was following a rating challenge. One of the books I had to read should be by an author with the same initials as me. Surprisingly few authors begin with the letter K. But then I remembered Jack Kerouac and he’s even a well respected author, so there was o doubt in my mind. I have no idea what the book is about though.

 

 

768653. Good to great

Jim Collins

Sometimes I like to read something completely different. Though I study Danish language and literature business really interest me as well. So this book, about the difference between so-so businesses and amazing businesses, will be a good learning read for me.

 

 

 

26574. To kill a mockingbird

Harper Lee

Last year, the sequel to this classic was released and created a massive stir about the glorification of the characters. Atticus Finch suddenly didn’t seem like the role model that he had always been. What people had failed to understand was, that the sequel was actually written before the first book, and thus the characters weren’t fully developed yet. Anyways, To kill a mockingbird will forever be one of my favourite books, so even if you’ve read it before, give it a re-read this summer and remember why we love it so much.

 

68675. Atonement

Ian McEwan

This too, is one of my favourites! It even made me cry when I read it. McEwan tells a beautiful and tragic love story in such a compelling way and with intelligent techniques that you can’t put the book down once you’ve started. Maybe I should read this one again…

 

 

 

7651546. Strengthen yourself in the Lord

Bill Johnson

Like Good to great this is a non-fiction. Written by Pastor Bill Johnson it has been one of my favourite books to read. With great insights, he teaches you how to find your strength in God, and no where else. It has been a massive help for me in different seasons, and may even deserve a re-read this summer.

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juni 27, 2016 · 11:30

Should we be worried or am I just getting too old?

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Today, I was filling in for a teacher in cooking class. I was teaching the 7th grade how to cook red curry, make their own ice cream AND baked bananas. It was delicious, and thankfully I had a recipe to follow… I’m the worst with cooking.

Without anyone getting hurt, we managed to successfully cook the entire meal, and it was delicious! As the students sat around their tables waiting for the curry to cook, I sat back and observed them. I let my eyes fall on each one of them and I noticed how they interacted with each other; and suddenly something started worrying me. I saw how 10 kids at the beginning of their teenage years all pulled out their phones as soon as they weren’t entertained anymore. They sat around their tables next to each other, but few had eye contact and if they cared to talk to each other it was about something that went on on their phones.

I remember when I was 13 and took that same class. I went to a small school, so we had to commute to the bigger one and borrow their facilities. We spent the entire bus ride making jokes and laughing with each other. While cooking we would make pranks and we would spend the time connecting and growing closer as friends. At the end of class we would sit down and share the meal while looking into each others’ eyes knowing that we accomplished this together.

This is not what I saw today. In stead, I saw kids who nearly only interacted with each other when needed, because the virtual world was far more interesting.

What worried me even more was when I saw what was on the screens they were all looking at. One of the girls who had, like every one else, pulled out her phone was showing her friends who she had matched with on Tinder. From a distance I took a sneak peak on her screen, and it wasn’t few matches that appeared. And the list of ongoing conversations with the guys was no shorter. At the age of 13 she was already more interested in guys she doesn’t even know but from an app used by grown ups to find hook ups, than the friends right next to her. It was disturbing to me to see how the dynamics have shifted since I was that age. I am no saint myself in the whole online/offline debate at all, but has this come too far?

I sometimes wonder what would happen if we decided to go offline for an entire week. Or less controversial, banned all phones from school premises and forces the kids to talk to one another. I wonder if they experience the same sense of community that I did with my class mates. I wonder if they develop the same social skills and will they be able to interact with other people and show genuine interest in them? Will they be able to stay focused on one task for a longer period of time or even hold conversation with one person and really listen to what they are saying? Do I have a reason to be worried or am I just getting old?

Let me know what you think.

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Big News

I have som big news to share with you! My good friend, Andreas, and I have decided to open our very own webshop with beautiful posters and cards designed by ourselves. We have spent all weekend in Oslo – which I realised that I love! Everyone should come here!! – creating our website and making new products.

Who knew that you could spend an entire day figuring out exactly how mailchimp works? My eyes are sore from looking at my screen and my head is spinning from learning so many new things, but it’s all worth it when you see what’s coming for you. I’m so excited!

For now, here’s a sneak peak for some of the things we’re working on.

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I can’t wait to show you the finished product!

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Bottoms up

Okay, so this week I splurged on a bag, but the only reason I can do so is that I also love making things myself – both for the joy of creating, but also because of all the money I save!! And the end product is always just as good as if I spent a million bucks on it + it won’t matter as much if I get tired of it quickly since I didn’t spend too much on it.

So recently I created this bar cart for myself. It is not only a perfect way to host a party, but it’s also highly decorative and give you so many options for styling it over and over again. The possibilities are endless. And when I grow tired of showcasing all the booze, I just turn it into a, office cart, a coffee cart, an accessory cart or whatever I feel like.

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Also, I love this gin. You can literally drink it straight up that’s how good it is.

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All I did to make this bar cart was spray paint a, Ikea cart with gold spray paint and stock it up with the basic liquor and accessories. More on that later.

Love, Karoline

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book love

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I’m a sucker for books. No wonder I study Danish, where I get to read a LOT! I just wish book were cheaper. If they were, I would own a whole library. But since that’s not the case I take every opportunity I can to get my hands on them at a cheaper price. And that is why I hereby present to you my new addition to my collection all brought home form America where everything is cheaper. This was bound to happen, so fortunately I had left plenty of room in my suitcase on my way there.

I like to keep an open mind and read many different genres, both educational and entertaining so here’s what I got:

1. The Bible 2. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami 3. Me before you by Jojo Moyes 4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 5. The Seer by Jim W. Goll 6. Victorious Eschatology by Harold R. Eberle & Martin Trench 7. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway 8. Worship by Anthony Skinner 9. The Kinfolk Table by Kinfolk

(all found at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com)

I really had to limit myself to not leave with a whole suitcase full.

I think I’ll hibernate and bury myself in these and coffee for the next while.

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New Office

I wish this title was 100% true, but as every other student money is short so I don’t actually have an office, but rather a corner of my room reserved for my workspace. Determined to make the best of it, a while ago, I started researching different finance friendly solutions and I came up with this – I am VERY happy with my result and for some reason doing homework suddenly isn’t as horrible anymore.

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Here’s what I spent on it:

Legs: $18

Tabletop: $25

Chair: $136

World Map: $9

Total: 188 (so cheap!)

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I am in love with this view to my desk! I love the simplicity (I guess I can’t run from the fact that I’m Scandinavian…), I’m in love with my little American flag reminding me of the two amazing years I spent there, I’m in love with the map that makes me dream about traveling to even more places and even let’s me keep track of where I go at the same time. And then (!) I’m on love with my gold flower! “What?”, you might say, and yes, I did say gold flower!

DSC_0885+tekstDon’t worry, I was as shocked as you probably are when I saw it. And I can assure you, that it’s not just a yellow flower – it is indeed gold and it even shimmers. I had to have it. End.of.story!

So, that’s my new workspace. Be inspired and have a good day.

Oh, one last thing… If you like the screensaver, here’s the link: http://fliqlo.en.softonic.com

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DIY Wardrobe

DIY wardrobe

I’ve been thinking about this project for 7 months now. I know… waaay too long to get on with a project, but I’ve had so many different ideas along the way and had to scratch some of them because of my walls being too weak to carry too much weight. Anyways, I’ve always been very practical, but now I decided to do something less practical, more aesthetic.

1. I bought a clothing rack at Ikea for almost no money and then spray painted it copper. I love all the pipe racks, but decided that it was just too expensive, so this is my cheaper alternative. And I love it.

2. Having way too many shoes I put together little shoe shelves. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the process – pre blog era – but it’s basically a few boards nailed together and then just laid across the rack. Pretty simple.

3. I then got myself two raw shelves at a hardware store and stained them dark. After letting them dry I gave them a coat to make the color not come off on the clothes. Slightly important detail. Who wants wood stained on their white shirt…

before after4. Then to the hard part – putting them on the wall. Enter DAD. I have to admit that I ALWAYS call my dad when something goes on the wall. Unless I can to it with nail and hammer. I just know that he will do a great job, so that’s the safer choice.

5. Lastly I just had to fill the rack and shelves with all of my clothes and voila.

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Hylder closeup

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Officespace

You might have read my post about my 1st DIY project (if not, you can read it here). It turns out the wall I wanted the shelves on is not strong enough to carry the weight. Boo!! But since I love decorating I just had to find something else to get myself into. I figured that my new studies at college is the perfect excuse to create a work space area and 1, 2, 3 I’m all over my favorite websites to get inspired. Here are some of the things I found. I LOVE the rustic look mixed with the minimalistic black and gold metal. A perfect combination in my opinion. (I apologize if some of the items aren’t available in your country, but let yourself be inspired.)

1. Design Letter Pencils – Rosendahl, $15 for 5 pencils (http://www.bahne.dk/design-letters-pencils-5-stk.html)

2. Hexagon Pot Large – Ferm Living, $54 (http://www.bahne.dk/bolig/kontor/opbevaring/ferm-living-hexagon-pot-stor.html)

3. Job lamp – Ilva, $125 (http://shop.ilva.dk/produkt/66100718/job?maingroupurl=lamper&webgroupid=)

4. Scissors, House Doctor

5. Arne Jacobsen table clock Roman – Rosendahl, $125 (http://www.bahne.dk/rosendahl-nyheder-arne-jacobsen-bord-ur-med-alarm-flere-modeller-roman-roman.html)

6. Tacker chair – Hause Doctor, $260 (http://www.livingshop.dk/house-doctor-tacker-stol/)

7. Modern table – House Doctor, $772 (http://www.livingshop.dk/house-doctor-modern-konsolbord/)

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