Friday, April 22, 2011

Gleðilegt Sumar!

Happy Summer, kids! Yesterday was the first day of summer here in Iceland, and with that you wish everyone a happy summer and thank them for the winter you guys just shared. Nice.

I went to church last night with Amma and Guja, because there was this singer songwriter guy playing guitar and ukelele - his name is Svavar Knutur, and I went to see him last year at this little festival here in the fjord. The ad kind of made it sound like he was going to play old Icelandic songs, so Amma and Guja decided to go, and I got brought along as driver.
Turns out he just played his own songs, so I think I might have enjoyed it more than they did... Win? It was a totally bizarre night, because at the end of the day, he was playing a show in a church on Easter Thursday - so during the interval, the priest came up and did a communiony type thing, and we all ate bread and grapes during the second half.

Also, apparently this dude has done some pretty extensive touring in Australia of all places, and he was chatting to a girl in the pew behind me about it for ages. She had gone there on holiday once, so they were talking about all the stuff they knew about Australia - how hot weather is unpleasant, how the Nullarbor is really big, how the wet season up north is unpleasant, etc. Lots of weather talk.

And then the girl mentioned that there was some family from Sauðárkrókur that she knew of that had moved to Australia in the sixties, and I almost wanted to turn around and tell her it was my grandma, but I'd been eavesdropping for way too long by that point. Anyway, it all felt a bit odd.


What else? We started painting Henry's room white - well, Ross painted and Nina and I got in the way... It's going to take a while, the walls are the original wood panels, and they're, well, old. It'll all have to be painted with brushes, and it'll probably take a few coats, but I think it'll look amazing. 

Plus we have five days off for painting, so I think with Ross' work ethic we can definitely get it done. If it were up to me, it would probably be one coat now, maybe one on Monday, and then three the week Henry is due.  Or I'd just squint every time I went in there.

Anyway, I'll post photos later, but for now I should just put this on here before I procrastinate some more!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

House photos! Lots of them!

Ross just moved his drum kit into the cellar and is playing, Nina seems confused, but not terrified. Good.

So here are some photos of the house that Ross took earlier, when the weather was nice - it is now still sunny, but snowing at the same time. What, that doesn't happen where you are? Weird.

Anyway, the house:

 Lounge room, and our really comfy sofa.

 Lounge room again, and that little semi circle thingy goes through to...

 ... the kitchen! 

 Kitchen window to backyard - there's a deck out there, then grass that goes halfway up the hill, I'm assuming it's all ours!

Our bedroom, slightly dark in this one, but pretty roomy.

Henry's room...

... and a better photo of the view out his window.

 Garden on the left hand side of the house - it's full of birches, which people keep asking us when we're going to cut down. Turns out trees make some Icelanders uncomfortable...

 From the top of our garden down - someone started painting the back of the house red, then got bored and walked away. As you do. 

There's another couple of bedrooms upstairs, and I also left out the cellar and the dining room, but they shall all just have to wait for another day...

So yeah, we are still pretty excited and happy about the house. We went to the hardware store today, and Ross has been replacing screws in door handles and light switches and things, just little bits and bobs that need doing. 

We also got paintbrushes and sandpaper for Henry's room; there were a couple of buckets of white paint that came with the house, and we also bought some in Akureyri! Not sure if we'll start painting tomorrow or next week during the Easter holidays - we get five whole days off, I am very much looking forward to it!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dogs are the best people...

So it has already been a week since we moved into our house, and it already feels like home.

Because nothing makes a house a home like...


She is the best ever, I'm fairly sure she is the most adorable puppy anyone has ever seen... I could be slightly biased, I guess, but never mind. Neither of us have ever had a puppy before, we've always had second hand dogs, so we're a bit new to this training thing - thank goodness for the internet is all I can say.
Nina is three quarters labrador and one quarter border collie, so she's really eager to learn, which makes life easier. She really seems to want to be good, so it's just a matter of communicating to her what 'good' is. Such a sweetheart.


I really need to get around to taking better photos of the house, although we haven't really done much so far apart from moving suitcases into their various rooms... Well, I say 'we', but Ross has lugged furniture up and down the stairs on his own, I am pretty much banned from lifting anything.

I'm not used to feeling so weak and sissy like, I didn't realise that my sense of independence was so important to me. Today at work, for example, for some reason the factory line where I usually work got turned off, so I went and did other work - sewing cod heads, woo!

Anyway, I then got asked to cover some breaks arranging fish for the freezer (remember fish origami tetris? Of course you do. No one forgets fish origami tetris.) I know that working at the freezer hurts my back these days, and I should have said no, but I didn't. Then one of the old ladies gave me a severe talking to about working too hard, which was sweet. I promise I'll say no next time.


What else? We had another sonar last week, and all is well. Henry is slightly below the average size for his age, but still well within the normal range, so I am happy with that - would much prefer to have a slightly small baby than the biggest one they've ever seen!

And that's about it. We're pretty much just working, and then spending our free time alternating between pottering about doing things to the house, and snuggling with the puppy. So life is good.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

So close!


Ross and I just had a lovely weekend in Akureyri, did lots and lots of shopping and ate nice foods and enjoyed just the company of ourselves... We bought heaps of baby and house stuff - a cot, cloth nappies, blankets, sheets and storage, and then we also did a bulk food shop. Unfortunately we didn't find any anchovies, but such is life. We may have to start experimenting with some sort of homemade substitute...

Anyway, we got home before lunch (as neither of us are sleeper-innerers these days), and I called Ingólfur to see if he's planning to be out this weekend. AND HOLY CRAP HE IS! He said he reckoned he could drop the keys around by the 'later part' of today, so Ross and I have been impatiently trying to distract ourselves all afternoon. He went to play the drums and I watched TV on the internet and darned socks - satisfying, but gosh it takes me ages to darn a sock.

We've decided that no matter what time the 'later part' of the day is, we will be moving stuff over and staying tonight - for one thing, the car is full of all the awesome things we bought, and we'd rather not unload it all twice. Also, there's some Icelandic superstition that you shouldn't move into a new house on a Monday, and I'll be damned if I'm waiting two more nights until Tuesday!