Today I let Sarah skip the one hour of school she had and come with me to Gjøvik. I had an appointment to get a CT scan for multiple bladder infections I’ve been having. I’ve never taken a CT scan before, so that was certainly an interesting experience. Not painful thankfully but I never like getting stuck with a needle and that was the worst really that happened. Otherwise I was lying on a table that moved back and forth through a giant circle thingy which made a lot of noise. I closed my eyes, even though I wasn’t completely enclosed in there, I didn’t like feeling like I was IN something….it was all over rather quickly and the perky radiologist didn’t see anything unusual but my doctor will have to come with the final conclusion as to the condition of my kidneys…so I wait.
In the meantime I had not had any breakfast so we went to the CCMart in Gjøvik and grabbed a baguette at La Baguette..YUM…I figured a chicken tandoori baguette was ok as a substitute for the breakfast I missed and the lunch I hadn’t had yet….so we ordered two and sat down to enjoy them. I love watching people. Call me weird but shopping centers and airports are fascinating places for me. I am always wondering about the people I see, where are they going, what are they buying, who are they buying for, etc etc. I could spend hours watching people and never get bored!
I’ve been working out now 4-5 times a week for over 6 weeks now and I’m starting to slowly see some results. I messed things up for awhile there thinking that if I burned off 500 calories I could eat 500 calories and still lose weight…yeah, I know- DUH! Well, I think I’m understanding things a little better. My original thinking is fine if one is wanting to maintain weight, which is what I’ve been doing, going either up one kilo or down one kilo but nothing more, despite all my impressive efforts at the gym. However, if you want to lose weight you have to cut back more then your daily calorie allowance. My friend from The Biggest Loser Scandinavia suggested eating 500 calories less then my allowed daily calories in order to lose 500 grams or half a kilo a week. Which is within the norm. One kilo is 2.2lbs if you care to do the math! Well, feeling like I’m startng to get some results and feeling like the jeans I’ve been wearing are so baggy that it makes me look 3 times bigger then I really am, I decided to get some new jeans…and I found something really cool….MAGIC JEANS!!!
They claim to tighten your stomach and lift your bum for a size smaller look!!! I just love stuff like that!! Three pairs of these wonder babies made it home with me…and when we stopped in at Sarah’s new workplace I told her to pick out a few tops for me to try on and one of those also came home with me….I also got a new bra, but I’ll spare you from having to see that baby….but she’s pretty…rusty pink colored with lace, very nice and sturdy! My girls need all the help they can get to stay up where they are suppose to be!! HAHAHA!!!
I’m no fashion queen so it’s all pretty basic but the important point is, it all fits like it’s suppose too!!!
Sarah also got some new clothes that she can wear to work…here is one of her new outfits…lovely girl…I’d buy clothing from her!!
Next I found a few things for the ol’ homestead…I love buying stuff for my home…there is no sizes, just lots of beautiful patterns and styles to choose from! Right now I’m in a pink/purple phase in my home. As you all remember I just got some new curtains in purple and grey, so I found this lovely new wax tablecloth that works so nicely with the grey curtains in the kitchen…
Fresh flowers always brighten my day and when I saw these little sweethearts there was no doubt that these muscari would come home with me.
Isn’t that pot adorable? Love that it looks like a giant tea cup!! As I walked around the flower shop I couldn’t help but fall for some beautiful tulips I saw, so I bought a couple bouquets…lovely eh??
While we were out and wandering around we went into a grocery store here called Spar. They had several free taste samples around the store, mostly fruit but there was also a man dressed in his fancy cook clothing who asked if we’d like to try some of his salmon….YES PLEASE!!! It was an extremely simple recipe but it worked sooooo well! We immediately knew what we wanted for dinner and went ahead and got ourselves a salmon filet and some cream fraiche…dinner went like this…
Lightly oil a baking dish and put your salmon filet in there (however much you need for however many you are serving, tonight we served 4 and had about 850grams of salmon to which we had about 100 grams left over when we were done)
Don’t you love that color??
Next the three ingredients…(I’d later be reminded I left out one of the ingredients the cook at the store used, which was lime, but this worked regardless of that fact!)
Here I used less salt soy sauce (you can use whichever soy sauce you want), I also chose the light version of cream fraiche, and then my number one spice- garlic pepper. I use this stuff on almost everything!
I mixed about three tablespoons of soy sauce in with the entire box of cream fraiche and then spread it over the fish, topping the whole thing with garlic pepper (after taste). Bake in the oven at about 200C (400F) for about 15 minutes or until the fish is not bright pink but light pink- don’t overcook!! Fish should be moist and tender, not dry!!
We served ours with fresh brocolli and small french potatoes..
And since it’s Friday, this is only my second meal of the day, AND because it’s pure delight to have a glass with a fish dinner, we had some white wine. We bought our usual Black Tower bottle but wanted to try a new wine also and ended up going with a German riesling called Deinhard Green Label and we were definitely not disappointed….my Captain, if you are reading this then I say this- GLED DEG til å smake!
I recently saw the King’s Speech
This was a fabulous film and I loved that it was a true story. That always wins points for me when watching a film! I have to say, I am extremely happy I wasn’t born into royalty. As many priviliges as they seem to have, the price they pay for these priviliges is not something I’d be willing to give…they have no life of their own, everything they do, say, think is for their people, there is little to no true emotion in their lives…one scene that got me was when King George died and Prince David was suddenly King, his mother says, “Long Live The King” and he breaks down and cries and grabs his mother in an emotional embrace and she stood there unable to wrap her arms around him like a mother should at such a time! What a horrid life!!!
Tonight I’ll be watching Blue Valentine
It’s supposedly a love story but with an unsual twist? I’ll let you know about the twist and what I thought of the movie next time…
In the meantime my friends, thanks for stopping by and have a super weekend!
Until next time……