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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Big push today donating things and having our car hauled away. I also returned library books and am a little stressed because there is one still outstanding. Possibly it got packed!?!

Our things ship out on Friday. we will have to wait almost two months for our boxes to arrive so this evening I will be having to do some savvy packing...making sure I bring the most important things with on the airplane. I suppose it is like packing for an extra long vacation. Fortunately, Christmas is coming so the kids will get toys, book and games then. Having January birthdays will help as well.

They are putting us up for two months in a furnished apartment while we settle in and find our own place. It looks really nice..almost resort like with pools, tennis court, play area for kids and such. We will arrive there on Sat night very late.

I have been able to stay on track with my plan for eating right with the exception of one night when we celebrated with friends. Basically it has been a kind of a cleansing diet, high in vegetables, healthy grains and some fish and lean protein. Lots and slots of water and a spirulina green algae drink every day. I have been very even tempered through this whole thing and sleeping very well at night. I think it is all of the healthy food. This week we have increased our exercise by walking when the bus is not available and of course all of the packing and such. Lost two pounds! Who would have thought I would manage to get healthy during this time!

Now I must go and get to my packing...Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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ARCHIMEDESII 12/21/2014 3:13PM

    Ronna !

I've been wondering how you've been. I'm sure you've been running around like a crazy woman trying to get everything packed up for the BIG move !!! I'm so excited for your new opportunity. It will be amazing, I'm sure.

Looking forward to hearing from you from your new job/home.

Happy holidays, Merry Christmas !

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PS - No more Mr Crappy Pants !!! LOL

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WINE4GIRL 12/7/2014 7:15PM

    How did I miss your blog? I have been too busy, but was so happy to read that you guys are there safe. It will take some getting used to. Two months! Wow! You will so enjoy Dubai. Just remember your sunscreen!

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NEWLEAF16 12/7/2014 2:56AM

    I am impressed with how well you are doing with your food during such a stressful time! And it is probably giving you the nourishment you need to keep your energy levels up to get so much done. What an adventure! I wish you and your family all the best in your big exciting for all of you. Can't wait to hear how the new place is once you are settled in emoticon

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KAYOTIC 12/3/2014 9:09PM

    Hope you locate the library book!

Sounds like you are doing well, the healthy eating is really having a good effect! emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 12/3/2014 6:55PM

    Fantastic that they are putting you in a furnished apartment. It seems like the best scenario under the circumstances. Outstanding about your eating and sleeping. I must say, I agree, getting healthy diring this time. Leave it to you. You have a plan and are moving forward. WooHoo!!! You got this!

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SEDGEY 12/3/2014 2:42PM

    So much new excitement! :)

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MKMMARTY 12/3/2014 1:02PM

    New toys and new educational learning tools what excitement awaits after all the kids won't use the pool or anything g fun will they..... It sounds amazing..
You can always ship the book back or just buy it out and have it as a memory of a Interesting time inyour lives..
Good adventures

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CHEFSOPHIE 12/3/2014 11:33AM

    Good luck with the move.

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REXTINE1 12/3/2014 10:27AM

    It sounds like a really, really big adventure. I'm glad you're coping well, and wish you all the best transition. emoticon

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FITMARY 12/3/2014 8:26AM

    Wow, cool and calm under such stress! That's impressive!!!
Safe travels!

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Really quick blog

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hello to my Spark friends! I thought I would write a super quick blog today before I get on to my packing and tutoring. Packing because we are moving in two weeks to Dubai and tutoring because the kids need to take entrance exams for school and Norway is a bit behind scholastically. (Truly...Quin's teacher even admitted it.)

We have been doing a bit of "brushing up" for Quin in English and Math. It turns out that at this point with her reading and spelling she is kind of an "English as a second language" student. We had had to teach Liam to read in the past few weeks as he will be entering first grade if all goes well and here he is still in the barnehage system (daycare). It takes a lot of time, all of it. This is why I have not been here on Spark.

Sadly we have had some struggles with our stupid car an probably have to junk it as it decided this past week to fall apart! This whole driving thing in Norway has been a real trial! The good news is I have a drivers licence at least because I will surely need it in Dubai.

I have really been struggling with eating right and hit rock bottom this past Thursday with a day of eating so badly that I was literally ill in bed that night. Friday, Patrick and I decided to do a cleanse of sorts. Nothing drastic, just full of super healthy foods and lots of water. I am feeling a lot more in control now that we have a plan.

OK...gotta go...Patrick needs the computer for Skyoe. (getting some things finalised)

I miss you all and will be back soon!

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REXTINE1 12/1/2014 11:46AM

    No matter how much you wanted it, moving is always a lot of hard work and a few traumatic experiences. I can understand having the occasional melt-down, but I'm also sure you will get out of Dodge eventually. Good luck. emoticon

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CREPEDCRUSADER 11/29/2014 2:30PM

    Wow! That's a lot to do.
Good Luck with the move.
Blog when you get settled. Will enjoy hearing about Dubai.

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JANISMKW 11/23/2014 11:30PM

    Good to hear from you! Best wishes on your move!!!

Take care of yourself and try to manage the stress... have some quiet time to breathe, drink water (isn't VOSS from Norway? The best water I've ever had!), rest, take 2 chocolates and call me in the morning. LOL

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LADYIRISH317 11/23/2014 10:50PM

    Moving is horrible for anybody, and I can't even imagine moving to another country. Be gentle with yourself about the eating. I suspect you're going to be getting in more than enough physical activity to compensate.

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SEDGEY 11/23/2014 7:25PM

    Every time some unknown feeling draws me to SP, I find that there is yet another exciting adventure happening in your life! So exciting to follow along on this new chapter. Hope it turns out to be all you want and more. :)

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KAYOTIC 11/23/2014 1:28PM

    Just hang in there Ronna, so much stress with the move, and getting everything ready, so don't be too hard on yourself!

Super healthy food and water is a good idea, especially if you are doing it together!

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FITMARY 11/23/2014 1:22PM

    Sending you good vibes for the move and adaptation.

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MKMMARTY 11/23/2014 9:20AM

    You got your hands full.. But this too shall pass.
I think you are a great mom doing all this you must be so exhausted

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REMEMBER2BME 11/23/2014 6:56AM

    Yikes, Packing AND tutoring.
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emoticon Sorry to hear about the car. I agree though, having your license was huge, well worth your effort. I know it wasn't easy.
I very much know what you mean about the binge and feeling sick, no fun at all. I think sometimes we need to 'hit bottom' in order to reset. Balance is what I am looking for. I seem to go from extreme to extreme. Look for the middle of the road my friend. You have load going one and do not need to add more stress on yourself.

Don't worry about us either. We love you! Take it all one step, task, chore, glass of water at a time.

HUG, hugs and more hugs. Thanks so much for the blog.

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That is that then...

Friday, September 26, 2014

OK...well...the notice has been given and it is official. We are moving. It is no longer a secret so I can tell you now...we are moving to Dubai. Yup. In December.

Does the idea make me more that a little nervous? Yes. Is it because it is so darn foreign and ...sandy? Yes. But it is safe there and there is a wonderful opportunity for our future there and I will preserve some privacy about it all but I will tell you that we feel strongly about this move and have given it a lot of thought...and researched it a lot.

The job is truly great and they have done their best to take away our concerns so we feel comfortable with it all. Actually, one of my biggest concerns at this point is that my darling children are not as strong in English as one would think! They both speak it beautifully and knowing we would probably be making a move in the next year we have gotten Quintessa more than up to speed reading it but as far as spelling goes...well...we have a little work to do! Liam's situation also gives me pause because Norway take their time with children's education and he has not been taught to read yet. if we enrol him in either an American or English school there I think that the kids would already be reading. The good thing is that they would be in school with children like themselves who's parents are from different countries and who probably move a fair amount as we will be sending them to a private school.

Am I overwhelmed? Yes. So much to think about and so many details. So little sleep lately! Lists. We will make lists though and just take it one step at a time. Like my health...I am starting from step one. Getting enough water! (Being a desert person I will need it anyway huh?) I have let so much go this past month and water has been one of them. So back to water. Then I will worry about calories and exercise. Baby steps! Again!

In the short term, we have decided to go away next week for a trip to Sweden. We have really only been there to shop as it is cheaper there but never to SEE it. Quin is on fall break and we plan on surprising the kids with the trip. It will be good to have some quiet family time at a cabin before the chaos of moving starts. I think it will help to get my head on straight a bit too as I have felt as if I am in a bit of a daze lately!

Well I will sign off now. Laundry awaits.

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MKMMARTY 11/9/2014 9:54PM

    Wow - life changes and I am so out dated with everything. I have only heard good things about that place and don't worry children learn fast when place in the right environment.
I am happy for you

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TERRYT55 11/7/2014 12:05PM

    Holy Cow.......Dubai! What an adventure. I can't imagine how you must be feeling. I can't wait to read about your life.

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ERIN4771 10/28/2014 11:59AM

    Wow...what an awesome adventure awaits you guys!!! Dubai?!?! A little different from MN, but hey ;)...congrats!!

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WINE4GIRL 10/17/2014 8:59PM

    Well, alrighty then. You have been on my mind a lot today so I figr I'd better slow down and check in on you! WowM Dubai is certainly a change from Norway! The kids will be fine. They adapt so well the younger they are because they don't know to be afraid. I think we can learn from them, eh? Keep us posted and know that you are thought of and prayed for!
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SOCCERWOW 10/6/2014 11:23AM

  Congratulations! It sounds like an opportunity for the entire family. I'm looking forward to hearing all about it!

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/30/2014 11:42AM

    WOW !! How exciting !! Working in Dubai is going to be an absolutely amazing experience. Let Mr Crappy Pants try to follow you there. LOL... sorry, couldn't resist a joke.

I know you can't go into detail, but did your hubby get an opportunity to work in one of the restaurants of the Burge ? Even if he isn't going to be in one of the tallest buildings on Earth, Dubai is still pretty cool.

I can not be more thrilled for you and your family.



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LADYIRISH317 9/28/2014 10:26PM

    Congratulations! On the other hand, the winters will be a LOT nicer!

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JANISMKW 9/27/2014 10:11PM

    Wow, wasn't expecting that. Sounds pretty exotic... that's where they have the island shaped like a palm tree. My son build a Lego Architecture series Burg Khalifa.

It will be warmer than Norway, which I would think would be good for the RA.

I wish you all well... God bless. You'll have great pictures and stories in the future, no doubt.

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LISALGB 9/27/2014 10:29AM

    Wow!! Dubai!! That is quite a big step. I wish you all the best for an easy move and transition. Enjoy your time in Sweden. A little family time will do you good before all the moving begins. Get yourself some rest. You will be refreshed and ready to go.
Thinking about you, my dear friend!

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REMEMBER2BME 9/27/2014 6:15AM

    An exciting and scary new adventure. You are doing the right thing. I say that because you have thought through it and researched it and you decided to go for it. As for the kids, yours are dynamite and they have strong supportive parents. They will learn. It may not all be easy but it will be a great experience.

GREAT plan with starting with water. You hit the nail on the head. One baby step at a time. It is a process right. I am so excited you are going on the Sweden trip. Again, GREAT plan. HUGS to you!!! Take pictures please. :)

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KAYOTIC 9/26/2014 9:34PM

    Wow! Exciting for certain, lots of changes, you'll make it through, I'm sure. Just take it one step and one day at a time, and try to enjoy what you can!

I'm guessing the kids will adjust well, it sounds like they will have a good school, and lots of kids in their same situation.

It's great that you can have some family down time together before the chaos begins! emoticon

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FITMARY 9/26/2014 9:31PM

    Oh, my goodness! What a huge change. No wonder you are reeling a bit. But you are strong and your kids have been marvelously adaptable, it seems, so they'll probably do fine. Cabin getaway in Sweden sounds just about perfect!!

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/26/2014 6:05PM

    It sounds great. I think the schools will be great. If Liam has problems, you can always get a tudor to help get him up to speed. It should be quite an adventure. I am sure you will be able to get all things you couldn't get in Norway. Enjoy Sweden! I have been to Goteberg, Fallun, and Stockholm. The people were all so nice.

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GETHNOW 9/26/2014 7:32AM

  God Bless and enjoy your adventure!

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All righty then...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hi...I want to write to you all to say that I am Ok...a little fatter for sure for not Sparking lately but OK. I want to blog...but I don't know how to explain all that has happened lately actually. Patrick and I are fine, the kids are fine...don't worry...I just have started writing this and have to delete it all because I don't know how much to share.

Can I say this....really good things are happening. Change is in the air for us. As you probably know, I am married to someone very special in many ways but in particular in the culinary world. These last few years have not been easy though and we have been fighting to build and maintain a specific career path. Somehow since the spring here has been some sort of energy around him that has drawn 3 international companies to ask him to consider throwing his chef hat in the ring for rather amazing projects (one was even for a chef that you might know of with the initials GR who is known for being a bit of a yeller ;-)

Anyway, one of these positions turned out to be just perfect (not the one for GR) and yesterday he accepted it. I will share more details as things progress for sure as it is in a but of an unusual location and although we have had months to get used to the idea I am still getting my head wrapped around the fact that it is actually going to happen.

So...because I have a tendency to know..."talk" a bit much, I decided it was best for me to just go through this all privately with Patrick. This is really one of the main reasons for my silence. (I don't trust my own self to keep my mouth shut! emoticon ) Speaking of me a favour...a couple of you are friends with Patrick on spark....just don't offer congratulations at this point, if you don't mind...I can't explain why...but it would be more appropriate later on once we have a few things settled. Thanks.

I am gong to go now...I want to write more now that things have been I have truly gained a bit of weight during all of this and need to get back on track. My best laid plans were laid aside I am afraid! So I will try to be back...I will make some goals and I will get myself back on track.

Thank you to my friends for being here for me even though I have been quite absent lately. I hope you understand.

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JANISMKW 9/24/2014 10:46PM

    Hi Ronna,

Good to hear from you. I can identify with much. I'm up several lbs. after being sick all summer and giving time to my Mom who had heart surgery.

My hubby has been in crisis... 7 completely different jobs (in different fields) in 7 years. Now he's at a prestigious university, supposedly a great place to work, but he hates it. Well, yesterday he applied for a job, interviewed today and got the job offer tonight. Hope this will be the right fit and he'll be happy.

Glad Patrick didn't go with GR... yelling and rage don't promote peace of mind. I think of you guys often. My Marty is turning 17, still feels he was "born to bake", threw together an apple crisp today with apples we picked.

Are you still blogging professionally? Glad you are all well.
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CHEFSOPHIE 9/24/2014 6:46PM

    It is just good to hear from you. It is also wonderful to hear you you are embarking on a new and exciting adventure.

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LISALGB 9/24/2014 12:10PM

    Ronna, how exciting!!! I am wishing all the best for you guys. You deserve so much, you have worked so hard. I am keeping you in my prayers!!

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FITMARY 9/24/2014 8:16AM

    Okay, then, we'll keep our woo hoos all lower-case. woo hoo. But sounds absolutely awesome!

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REMEMBER2BME 9/24/2014 6:26AM

    Of course we understand. We love you. I am so happy to hear that you are on the right track. You have such a strong and amazing family. I can see you writing a book one day. You all have definitely had some hard times and continue to come through as the shining stars that you are.

You do whatever you are comfortable with when it comes to blogging and sharing. We are here for you. Regarding the weight, you know what to do and you also know that sometimes life comes first. You will get back to where you want to be in time, no doubt about it. It is a process right? HUGS!

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Packing and swim suits

Monday, June 30, 2014

Phase one on my packing is complete! I have sorted through all of the possibilities when it comes to my clothes and the kids clothes. Phase two comes tomorrow when I weed it all down to a reasonable amount. This I have learned since becoming a traveller...we all need MUCH less than we think we do!

The first big trip I took to France I took all that was possibly allowed by the airline...packed to the gills for a trip of 12 days I think. We traveled to three locations and it was CRAZY dragging all of that luggage around. The next year we figured out how to go much lighter but I was still packing for every possible scenario and packing anything I thought I might need. That is still a little is not like we were going to places where there was no civilisation. There is always the possibility to buy things that come up as you need them on it is kind of fun! The next year we were were traveling to two climates (Switzerland and Italy) and by planning down to the very last detail we were able to fit all of our things into TWO suitcases for the 4 of us and plus a back pack each. Before leaving Switzerland we mailed our cool weather things back to Norway and lightened our load even further.

This year again, we are going with two small suitcases for all 4 of us and a carry on each. Not as much planning is needed since we only need warm weather clothes but we are restricted by Ryan Air's limits for luggage. I am kind of like a pro at this these days but we will see how it all shakes out when it comes to the final day of packing!

Now...swim suits. Not my favourite thing to do but I did it. If you know me, you have heard me complained of this gut I have. This is my problem with swim suits. We there is that thing about one of my boobs being smaller than the other one. I blame Liam. When he was a baby he had a favourite and he some how sucked the life out of it! So rude.

So anyway...I am going to just not care about it all. How about that? Last time I didn't bring bikinis but this year I am. I know that here in Norway people don't worry about such things and I have seen other women in other countries so much more comfortable with their bodies so I am just not going to worry about a gut and a double of boobs that don't match. I will not let my body define me! I have worked too long all year and gone through too much to let myself be held back on my one big splurge all year. I know I can be in better shape that is for sure but this year will all that we had going on I was never able to pull it off. What's done is need to lament it. When I get back I can revamp my exercise routine and I will.

Ok...I gotta go now and get down to doing some work before I lose the day. I hope all of you are having a sunny summer. Perhaps we can all head into this wonderful season without letting our feelings about our bodies define us. Deal?

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REMEMBER2BME 7/7/2014 9:22AM

    Great job with the packing. It is a talent :)
Great attitude on the swim suit. By the way, I think we are all uneven. But who cares? I agree.

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    Deal!! Enjoy yourself!!

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LADYIRISH317 6/30/2014 9:58PM

    I want to go along!

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KAYOTIC 6/30/2014 9:38PM

    Wear that bikini with pride my friend! You deserve it! emoticon

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FITMARY 6/30/2014 6:00PM

    EVERY body is beautiful! You are so right to enjoy yours!

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LISALGB 6/30/2014 10:31AM

    I always pack much more than any of us ever need - or use!! We are going to the beach in a couple of weeks so I have to try to do better!
I wish USA would take a lesson from Europe and not be as obsessed with our looks.
I love your attitude!! I hope you all have a fabulous holiday!! Don't forget to take lots of pictures!!

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JENNIK2 6/30/2014 8:48AM

    Great attitude!

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WINE4GIRL 6/30/2014 7:50AM

    What an amazing attitude!~ You go girl! Smart move on the packing. For our trip, I hadn't packed much till hubs said "is that ALL you are taking?". Then I felt bad and added stuff I didn't end up needing! I need to read back to find out more about your trip, etc. I'm drowning in squash here....

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PICKIE98 6/30/2014 5:31AM

    Why should you care what total strangers think? You are never going to see them again, you paid for this trip and God gave you this body. HE makes no mistakes. Go for it, enjoy getting your Vitamin D!

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