She’s only 28, but has been around the music block for 12 years already.
I re-discovered her (known some of her songs, but not payd much attention kind of thing) when she was having a concert in my town a couple of weeks ago and, man, I should do concerts more often ’cause is was such a high and I was left buzz’n for days after :)
Anyway, here’s Maria Mena with ‘Always Liked That’ – enjoy!
And, as (almost) always, thank you for checking in :)
From time to time we cross the boarder to hoard some cheap alcohol in Sweden (they’re part of the EU, we’re not) and last week it was obvious that our choice of bottles reflected our passion for New Zealand and its alcohol: Three Hobbit wines came with us home :)
This bottle of white called ‘Flight’ is a Sauvignon Blanc from Brancott Estate; a beautiful vineyard situated in the Marlborough region on New Zealand’s south island (we’ve been there, remember?) and with only 9% alcohol it’s a great one for those ‘one-glass-after-work’ occasions.
Brancott Estate in its green glory!
Some might find it too sweet and too fruity, but all it did to my tastebuds was bring them right back to the land of the lush, to sun and blue skies, stunning landscapes, great memories, Hobbits and lots and lots of wonderful wine!
Today it’s been exactly two months since I wrote my last blog post, which is definitively the longest blog break I’ve had since I started blogging in 2009.
I wasn’t out of ideas or anything, I’m still not, but I felt like a helium ballon all out of helium. I wasn’t so much questioning my passion for blogging and I was questions just about everything else. I felt washed-up, drained and I was bored. Real bored.
Moving bak to Norway after 10 + years abroad has been good and very, very bad, and yes, I’m still without a job, a concept, which, at this point, is beyond wearing me down.
Then I spotted this competition. ‘Norske reiseblogger’was looking for Norwegian travel bloggers to go to Morocco, I so I applied and, guess what, I GOT IT!!!
I’m over the moon! I never win anything and to think that finally my dear blog will, quite literarily take me somewhere is nothing but exhiting! So from the 22nd – 23rd of March I’ll be enjoying this North Arifcan monarchy together with 13 other bloggers and one photographer. I can’t freakin’ wait!
So here I am, back blogging! Still not sure where I’d like to this blog thing to go, except, obviously, to Morocco ;) But, who knows, maybe it’s the start of something new, and something good, for coffee in a cup?!
Thank you for checking in, perhaps for the first time in weeks :)
I’m beginning to see a pattern develop: One blog post per week and always on a Friday. ‘Cause that’s when I normally write film. And maybe that’s all I care about these days; to escape reality and get lost in a world of fantasy and fiction. At least it seems that movies is all I care to share these days…
I’ve got no inspiration left in me, which results in some pretty poor blog tendencies. And it’s not like I don’t do stuff, because I do. I cook, I read, I see friends and I’m generally quite social (besides, I still have plenty to tell about our round the world adventure and other travels), so I should feel inspired, but I don’t, I feel completely empty.
And the reasons for my current (and rather depressing) state of mind could be several: The winter darkness that never seems to wanna leave (when’t the sun coming back?!), some super unfriendly weather (rain, rain, rain, rain), my unemployed situation, reverted cultural shock (it’s a bitch!) and last, but not least, missing everything and anything about my life abroad. I haven’t enjoyed blogging for a good while now and I’m regularly considering if I shouldn’t completely cut my ties to the blog world.
I started writing this thinking it was gonna be another ‘Film Friday’ post, but then I end up rambling like there’s no tomorrow (so sorry!). I mean, maybe all I needed was to ‘let it out’, maybe I’m just a little confused, or, maybe a blog break isn’t enough, maybe I simply have to break up?
What I do know, is that I have to think… About this, that and the other, which could, quite easily, take a while, so in the meantime: Peace out and thank you for checking in :)
There’s been very little Christmas action on the blog this year. In fact, there’s been none. But, fortunately, my blog does not always reflect reality and I can assure you I’ve had a lovely Christmas; with heaps of food, red wine, friends, family and plenty of lazying on the couch. And if you’d like a wee peek at my jolly holiday, head on over to my fan page where you’ll find Christmas songs, Christmas movies, Christmas beer and more (there’s even a snowy video to be had)!
But now, this week’s Film Friday, and, as it happens, it’s of the Christmassy kind. Actually, ‘The Holiday’ is my favourite Chritmas movie and I’ve completely lost count on how many times I’ve seen it.
Iris (Kate Winslet), who lives in a small English village, and Amanda (Cameron Diaz), with an address in Hollywood, decide on a wimp to switch houses in an effort to escapee their current lives and their love life failures. What they want is a holiday and one without any kind of romance in it. But what one wants is not always what one gets, now, is it? And sometime’s that’s for the best.
It’s oh, so romantic and cheesy (as hell!), but, come on, it has Jude Law in it (will someone please give me some of that?!), so who really cares how cheesy it is (I certainly don’t!). Also, I love Kate Winslet and Jack Black is, for once, not portraying some dumb ass (and non.-funny) character. Cameron Diaz, on the other hand, can be a little annoying, at least in the beginning, but, well, she’s hot, so I forgive her ;)
If it’s not in your DVD collection already, get it on Amazon – you’ll definitively want to see it again and again and again. That is, if you’re a romantic like me :)