Yesterday it rained all day, as predicted. So I slept late, stayed in, and did lots of yoga. (Yes, I did bring my travel yoga mat to Norway.) And then we made White Bean and Arborio Rice Soup for supper, absolutely one of the best and easiest soup recipes I have. I’ll share it with you sometime when I make it in a kitchen more suited to taking pictures.
Today was surprisingly beautiful and sunny, so I went running in the park around the palace (about a half mile from our apartment). And speaking of the apartment, here it is!
the coat rack just as you step in the door
I’m sure Matt would like you note my exciting color choices in shoes: grey and white or blue and green. If you want to know, he got me the Toms for my birthday. And the Merrells (to the right of the Converses) are my new hiking shoes! Because we are going hiking.
It was still nice and sunny when Matt got home so we went out to get a few more things that we needed, primarily a hair dryer and some fuses. Nobody told me that it was a bad idea to bring your own hair dyer to Norway (it worked fine in Germany!) and I succeeded in blowing the fuses on both our power converters our second day here. Seeing as my hair takes HOURS to air dry, we bit the bullet and bought a European hair dryer. It was actually cheaper than we thought we’d be able to find one for, and very similar to my normal one. And now I’ll have a hair dryer for international travel and no more blown fuses! And we found it at the first store we went to – a miracle.
After that, we went grocery shopping to stock up on some basics. It’s waaay too expensive to eat out very much over here, but luckily I have plenty of time to cook. I wish the apartment had come with any measuring devices save one pitcher that has deciliter markings. Happily, I’m pretty good at estimating measurements. We were going to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but we couldn’t find any chocolate chips. Or any oatmeal. We did find steel cut oats and oat groats, which Matt didn’t understand would not be suitable for cookies. Apparently he thought that oats just grew rolled. We ended up getting a box of Betty Crocker cookie mix (how could you go wrong with Betty Crocker?). But it seems that you can. I just baked these cookies, but they taste like store-bought cookies. You know, the kind that seem more like sugar cookies that just happen to have chocolate chips in them? So Matt’s going to take them to the office and everyone will love him. And I will bake real cookies and we will love them.