Wednesday, March 8, 2017

City Forest

Magical, beautiful forest.
Wilderness in the middle of the city.
Evergreens, reds and browns.
Filtered light and soothing silence.
I love this place, and I walk here almost every day.
The picture was taken with my mobile phone on one of my walks this winter,
in Ravenna Park, Seattle.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Good Night, Seattle!

Picture taken from the car window, on Interstate 5, just south of downtown Seattle, January 15th. We arrived only a few days earlier, embarking on a 7-month adventure in the Emerald City.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

More Movies

I haven't been seeing that many movies in theaters these last years (Blame Netflix...) but recently I've been back there again, several times actually, and I realized I'd almost forgotten the thrill of the real cinema experience. The darkness. The big screen. The smell of popcorn. And, yes, even the commercials and movie previews. Since I moved back to Seattle in mid-January, I've been back in a movie theater all of four times.

First, there was "Manchester by the Sea", with my husband. Sundance Cinema in the University District, one of the theaters we can walk to, something I truly appreciate.

What can I say? A movie I will not easily forget. Terrible and terrific. Love the tuned-down action. The pictures. Even the hurt.

Then, I went to see La La Land. This time with my friend, her daughter, my son and daughter. And, this was downtown Seattle, at AMC Pacific Place.

Now of course you all know about this movie, from all the awards and nominations, etc.
I didn't know that much before I saw it, but what delightful two hours. The acting, the colors, the music. The words. Beautiful, dreamy.

The next movie was Lego Batman Movie. At Regal Meridian 16, Downtown Seattle.

I'll admit, this one wouldn't exactly be my first pick, but it made for a nice winter break Friday afternoon, with my husband and two youngest kids. And, yes, I did have a good time. And popcorn too. 

Last week I went back to (walked back to) Sundance, to see Moonlight with my husband.

To me, being a European in America, this was to me a very non-American movie.
In many ways I felt like we were peeking through a window and getting a glimpse of a young man's life. 
Not a strong storyline. Not lots of suspense. Just life. And that's anything but nothing. 
I will not forget Moonlight either, even though I didn't catch all the words in all the conversations.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I went to the movies with my two middle kids yesterday, (13 and 17) and I really recommend this film! For us who have "lived" in Rowling's magical universe for years, it is A pure joy to watch, but I'm certain it's a great movie also for you who haven't.
I was pleasantly surprised with how good it was!
Beautifully written, filmed, acted, directed, cut etc. I simply enjoyed every minute of it! And, the political message was exactly what we need right now...
J. K. Rowling wrote the script (and the book this film is based on), David Yates is direkctor, the main character Newt is played perfectly by Eddie Redmayne, with Catherine Waterston doing a wonderful job as Tina.
(In Norway the film has 12 years age limit, which I find justified. It's not a movie for young children.)
Var på kino med mine to midterste barn i går. Denne anbefales! For oss som har "bodd" i Rowlings magiske univers i årevis, men også for alle andre. Den står finfint på egne bein, og jeg ble positivt overrasket over hvor bra den var! Nydelig skrevet, filmet, spilt, iscenesatt, klippet osv. Jeg nøt hvert øyeblikk av den. Og det politiske budskapet er nøyaktig hva vi trenger akkurat nå. J. K. Rowling har skrevet manuset (og boken manuset er bygd på), David Yates har regien, og hovedrollen Newt spilles perfekt av Eddie Redmayne, med Catherine Waterston som er svært god i rollen som Tina.
(Filmen har 12 års aldersgrense, og det er riktig, synes jeg. Det er ikke en film for småbarn.)

Monday, August 29, 2016

To be moved by fish. (Finding Dory)


Great cinema experience yesterday, for the 8-year-old, the 12-year-old, the 17-year-old and the two 45-year-olds. 
One thing is that you laugh out loud many times, but when you also end up getting moved, touched, by fish! Touched by cartoon fish, to be more specific, well, then the movie makers have done a pretty good job. I recommend this movie to everybody. It's about being different. It's about overcoming personal problems. About thinking outside the box, finding solutions. And it's about not judging people by their appearance. And then, with "Unforgettable" during the end credits, one can relax and enjoy thinking about the movie. (And the few of us who actually sat through all the credits, got the bonus: An extra scene at the end.😄)


Flott kinoopplevelse i går, for 8-åringen, 12-åringen, 17-åringen og de to 45-åringene! 
En ting er at man gapskratter mange ganger mens man sitter der i salen, men når man i tillegg blir rørt... av fisk! Blir rørt av tegnefilm-fisk faktisk, da tenker jeg at filmskaperne har gjort en ganske god jobb. 

Anbefaler alle å se "Finding Dory". Det handler om annerledeshet. Om å overkomme personlige problemer. Om tilhørighet og vennskap. Om å ikke dømme folk etter førsteinntrykket. Og med "Unforgettable" mens rulletekstene gikk, satt jeg og koste meg og fordøyde det jeg nettopp så. (Og vi få som satt gjennom absolutt alle rulletekstene fikk bonus: En herlig ekstra scene helt til slutt! 

Official trailer:

Sunday, August 14, 2016


Ok, so it was yesterday, but after posting this picture to Facebbok, I didn't get around to posting it here, as was the original plan, so here goes:

We've been married for 22 years, been hanging out a couple of years more than that, and we have four kids born in three countries. 

Life is an adventure, I'm lucky to be traveling trough it with this man, and it's really true that the road is made by walking..
Looking forward to the next chapter of our story!