Identifying my superpower


A recurring question for the various awards that I have encountered in my blogging experience is “If you could choose one Superpower to master – what would it be?” To which I always answer atomic manipulation. Don’t you see? That is the perfect superpower! With atomic manipulation, you can change anything into anything, including yourself! There is no superpower that can beat that, how tempting isn’t that?! X-ray vision ain’t gonna cut it! Flying? Strength? Heck no! They can’t hold a candle to atomic manipulation.

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Unfortunately, atomic manipulation is not my superpower, but I am curious of what my superpower might be. As we have started a new year, I guess the thing to do is to go over last year’s statistics and try to make sense of it. Perhaps my superpower is buried in statistics. There will be two lists, as I am a bilingual blogger. I would like to call myself a polyglot, but I’m not quite there. I guess that would be a nice superpower, when I can’t have atomic manipulation, I mean…

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Well, let’s consider my stats then. The top 15 are Norwegian recipes, which is not surprising as I only do food blogging in Norwegian. Also, not surprising that the Norwegian recipes are on top, as I have a couple of venues to promote my recipe-posts. Thus, I can’t draw the conclusion that recipes in Norwegian is my superpower. Here they are with their English versions listed below in case any of my English-speaking readers would like to check out my top 5 posts:

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# 1, my potato salad

This was a result of perfect timing, yanno a great BBQ-side at the start of summer and BBQ-season. You just can’t go wrong with that one!

Norwegian: Verdens beste potetsalat

English: The world’s best potato salad!

last-ned-1# 2 The oyster sauce

I am not sure why this one made such high numbers. I guess the recipe intrigued and resonated with the Norwegians – like it did me! This is one of my fav recipes!

Norwegian: Svinemørbrad i Østerssaus

English: Pork Tenderloin in Oyster sauce

# 3 Cream Puffs

This is a very, very long rant on how I failed making cream puffs first time I tried it. It’s quite a witty text, and I think the reason it did so well was because I posted it in the Facebook group where it happened, so to say.

Norwegian: Verdens Lengste Vannbakkelsoppskrift

English: The world’s Longest Cream Puffs Recipe

# 4 Sandwich cake

This is the recipe I get the most hits on from search monitors, months after the initial marketing of the post.

Norwegian: Smørgåstårta (smørbrødkake)

English: Sandwich-cake (Smørgåstårta)

# 5 Autumn food

Again, timing plays a role. Promoting recipes for comforting autumn-food at the beginning of autumn, seriously, it can’t fail!

Norwegian: Beef and Guinness Stew (Norsk)

English: Beef and Guinness Stew (English)

The top 5 (well, top 15, really) has everything to do with marketing and timing. It has nothing to do with any superpowers. You see, if I find similar venues to promote my English posts, I am sure I will match the numbers for the English posts. Lets look into them anyways:

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# 1: My hometown

This was shared on Facebook by the storeowner I write about in this post. Her friends got curious and clicked the link. Again, how the post is promoted plays a huge role.

Stavanger, forever in my heart

# 2: Surprising current event

I don’t think this one needs any explanation, it is timing all over again.

Brexit Tea

images# 3: Funny recurring post (coffeeshare)

I had built a reader-base for my coffee shares over 3 months, and this post got lots of extra shares because the regular coffee crew liked it.

The Nerve!

# 4: Personal recurring post (coffeeshare)

This one baffles me. It’s not really funny, although there is a feeble attempt at a joke at the end, but it’s a personal post, in which I don’t really say anything. It wasn’t promoted in any special way. I don’t get it. Is this really what you guys like to read?

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# 5: Travel post with fab pics

I think this reached such high ranking because I have entered several Weekly Photo Challenges on the Daily Post. It has sort of accumulated the views over time.

Geiranger, Norway

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I think it is safe images-1to draw the conclusion that the stats won’t reveal my superpower. This trip into stats did reveal a big problem though; I have no idea how to promote my English posts. I have the content, I have loads of it. I have loads of it coming as well, that’s not the problem. The problem is promoting the blog, especially the English posts. If any of you marketing
mavericks and those whose superpower is blog-promotion, feel inclined to drop a few links of venues where I can promote my blog, I’ll be most grateful.

Oh, after all this bopping around in stats, NOW it hits me! I finally understand my superpower:

I make wine disappear! What is your superpower?

Halloween-smiles


14917267_10154344610811622_2277339575043380159_oThis past week there has been alot of smiles. Of course, Halloween being the reason for many of the smiles in my household. Halloween is not really a Norwegian or Danish thing, but it is getting more and more common. Of course there are valid arguments on both sides of whether or not we should import traditions from abroad. I guess I have landed on the pro-Halloween side, because I do not think it hurts anyone to dress up and have a little fun. To hand out some lollipops while complementing the fantastic costumes is not what I consider a nuance – but rather fun. It’s not like you are being bludgeoned to hand out candy. Unfortunately, they had terrible weather this year for trick or treat. Of course, Old Mamasan made Pumpkin pie, and the Karate Kid did a fantastic job decorating, don’t you think?

Tivoli in Copenhagen takes it all out for Halloween, and it is so much fun! This year, we went twice! Actually, the Kid went three times, as he went with the people from church on Sunday, in addition to the two times with us. We all just love seeing the decorations and the lights. I hope the pics convey some of the ambiance and god times this time of year in Tivoli. Of course it is pure chaos in Tivoli in the weekends, so do yourself a favor and visit on the weekdays.

(Those of you who notice that Sir Nerdalot is looking a tad less fuzzy in some of the pics, yes, he shaved for Movember and is now growing a stache :-))

Oh, another reason for me to smile is that I have finally got an idea for my NaNoWriMo-book. It might not be a great idea – but it is an idea, no matter how crappy 🙂

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I am joining the #WeeklySmile bunch, as I wholeheartedly agree with the host, Trent, that we need some positive posts in between all the serious stuff in the news and on the web. Give someone a smile today, and see what happens!

Care to join us at the #WeeklySmile ? Then go to Trent’s World  and join the LINK UP!

Older entries in the #WeeklySmile:

Spanish Smiles

Bliss

Chaotic

Light


“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” ― Francis of Assisi

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I would like to thank Michelle Mac (Southern by design) for thinking of me as a prospective participant in the «3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge». Michelle not only masters the art of poetry, but also writes really good thought provoking personal pieces. She has also been known to snap some really good photos! So don’t hang around here – go check her out!

Let me talk you through the rules of the challenge:

  1. Three quotes for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

Day 3 Nominees:

I urge you all to check them out, you will not be disappointed!

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Cabin fever?


“If you’re going to have a cabin fever, have a big cabin, you know.” – Joe Cocker

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The Karate Kid on his way to the cabin

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Looks small underneath the mountain

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Glorious view

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Just a little hike

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Please excuse the clutter behind the outhouse, it was the maid’s day off…

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I miss this place!

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Not fancy, but comfortable

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Not my fav color on the furniture, but they worked just fine

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What is better than being IN the cabin? Playing outside of it!

Yes, we are still on Svalbard, and still in September 2006. We sold the cabin before we moved to the mainland, and I miss both Longyearbyen and the cabin immensly. I am not going to pretend that this is a huge, fancy cabin, but it was perfect for us. Also not a huge quest to get there, just perfect for a five-year-old to hike to.

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I would like to thank Michelle Mac (Southern by design) for thinking of me as a prospective participant in the «3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge». Michelle not only masters the art of poetry, but also writes really good thought provoking personal pieces. She has also been known to snap some really good photos! So don’t hang around here – go check her out!

Let me talk you through the rules of the challenge:

  1. Three quotes for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

Day 2 Nominees:

I urge you all to check them out, you will not be disappointed!

Ooh, Shiny!

Nordenskiold Glacier


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Above the yellow building, you and Lenin see the Nordenskiold glacier

In my post a couple of days ago, I presented the world’s northernmost Lenin statue (see this post: Lenin’s Arctic View), and more importantly – his views. Now what exactly is he looking at? Yes, a glacier. This glacier, Nordenskiöldbreen, is located at Svalbard at the bottom of Billefjorden. It is named after a Finnish and Swedish baron, geologist, mineralogist and Arctic Explorer; Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (1832 – 1901). He led the Vega expedition along the northern coast of Eurasia in 1878-1879 – which was the first complete crossing of the Northeast Passage.

Now, there are far more impressive glaciers on Svalbard than this one, but this is one of the more frequently visited ones. I have crossed it several times on snowmobile and sailed close to it on ships. Whenever I see a glacier I can’t help but think about the great Arctic explorers of the past, and the words of Roald Amundsen (first to reach the South Pole) comes to mind:

“Adventure is just bad planning.”

I am way too safety conscious to go on a quest the South Pole, but I do agree with Amundsen. In my travels I do find that not planning everything to the tiniest detail, does allow me to experience my own adventures, however small they might be.


I would like to submit one of my photos of the Nordenskiold Glacier for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Two different things or the number two.  Being a smart chick here (Please do not argue, let me just pretend to be a smart cookie – it’s just easier and less painful that way) – I would like to point out that my picture contains two references to the number 2: It is water in two forms (solid and fluid)and the chemical formula contains the number 2. Yanno, H2O! So I am giving you two diffrent forms of the same substance –  H2O! See? Can you say “Nerd Much?”

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I would like to thank Michelle Mac (Southern by design) for thinking of me as a prospective participant in the “3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge”. Michelle not only masters the art of poetry, but also writes really good thought provoking personal pieces. She has also been known to snap some really good photos! So don’t hang around here – go check her out!

Let me talk you through the rules of the challenge:

  1. Three quotes for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

3-days-3-quotes1Day 1 Nominees:

I urge you all to check them out, you will not be disappointed!

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Want to see more pictures from Svalbard? Then check out the category above under English posts: Svalbard
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Ooh, Shiny!

Fall Folly


Good morning and welcome to this week’s #WeekendCoffeeShare!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we had a great weekend in Dublin last weekend, and that we are definitely going back – for a longer time. We definitely need to see more of that country. The Irish are very friendly and welcoming people. There will be a post or two later on – I did snap some really great pictures!

14188246_10154187209661622_2272277503708969089_oIf we were having coffee, I would like to point out that this summer went by way too fast. There must be some mistake? Well, in all fairness – every summer goes by fast. This summer we have explored a little bit of Denmark, and that has been great. Maybe that is why I feel summer goes by way faster than the other seasons? I am out and about more, and do fun and interesting things? (OK, now it sounds like I’m bored to death he rest of the year – which I certainly am not) But – summer does fly by!

If we were having coffee, we might touch into the topic of the season we just entered into, at least according to the calendar… I do like the fall with evenings getting darker, and the foliage and the excuse to burn candles. I also like harvest season, wearing boots, and sitting indoors with my book while the storm is raging outside my window. Hunting and slaughter season also gives some really good yummies in my tummy.  What’s not to love about that?

If we were having coffee, I would make sure I get in some really bad autumn-jokes:

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  • Q: What did the tree say to autumn?
  • A: leaf me alone.

 

  • Q: What did one autumn leaf say to another?
  • A: I’m falling for you.

 

  • Q: Why do the Boston Red Sox fans love autumn?
  • A: Because watching the leaves fall reminds them of the Yankees.

 

  • Q: How do you fix a broken pumpkin?
  • A: With a pumpkin patch

 

  • Q: What is the cutest season?
  • A: Awwtumn.

 

  • Q: What’s the ratio of a pumpkin’s circumference to its diameter?
  • A: Pumpkin Pi

 

  • Q: What do you give to a pumpkin who is trying to quit smoking?
  • A: A pumpkin patch!

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  • Q: How do fall leaves get from place to place?
  • A: With autumn-mobiles.

 

  • Q: How does an Elephant get out of a tree?
  • A: Sits on a leaf and waits till Autumn!

 

  • Q: What did a tree fighting with autumn say?
  • A: That’s it, i’m leaving.

 

  • Q: What is a tree’s least favorite month?
  • A: Sep-timber!

Do you have any other really bad autumn-jokes to share with me? The cornier, the better!

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An Irishman goes into a bar…

Once in a lifetime

Sausage much?

Brexit explained

The Nerve!

Brexit Tea

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Trouble is my middle name

We should not sleep away the summer night

Diet much?

Wolf Whistle much?

An eggy conundrum

Happy Mother’s Day!

#WeekendCoffeeShare

Nice to meet you

Coffee and taxes

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An Irishman goes into a bar…


Good morning and welcome to this week’s #WeekendCoffeeShare!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have had a limited online presence lately, and I surely hope y’all have missed me immensely! (If not – then what is the point of this whole blog endeavor?) 

If we were having coffee, I would tell you about the birthday gift Sir Nerdalot and I gave each other (we both turn a year older and greyer in the summer) this year: a romantic weekend in Dublin, Ireland.

1-14068308_10154165791501622_6611740860291124240_nIf we were having coffee, we wouldn’t! Because we are strolling the sidewalks of Dublin this weekend, so we would be having Guinness and Uisce Beatha (the Gaelic term for whiskey, translates to “water of life”). If you must have coffee, then it would have to be an Irish Coffee, after all – only Irish Coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: Alcohol, Caffeine, Sugar and Fat. Also, it would leave a twinkle in your eyes.

 

If we were having coffee Guinness, I would promise to take lots of pictures, and put them on my blog. And I will. I just want to finish the Roskilde Cathedral-series before I put up posts from our visit to Dublin.

If we were having coffee Guinness, I would tell you a “An Irishman goes into a bar”joke:

An Irishman goes into a bar in America and orders three whiskeys. The barman asks: “Would it be better for if I put all three shots in one glass?”

The Irishman replies: “No! I have two other brothers back at home, so every time I come into a pub, I order a shot for them both.”

The following week, the Irishman orders just two whiskeys.

The barman asks: “Did something happen one of your brothers?” “Oh no,” replies the Irishman. “I just decided to quit drinking!”

 

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Sausage much?

Brexit explained

The Nerve!

Brexit Tea

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Trouble is my middle name

We should not sleep away the summer night

Diet much?

Wolf Whistle much?

An eggy conundrum

Happy Mother’s Day!

#WeekendCoffeeShare

Nice to meet you

Coffee and taxes

read my blog

 

Once in a lifetime


Good morning and welcome to this week’s #WeekendCoffeeShare!

FB_IMG_1468858471973I think I missed last week – oops! Don’t you just hate it when real life interferes with your online time? Truth is, I have been busy doing a whole lotta nothin’! With temperatures close to 30 degrees, the last thing I have wanted to do is blog and write on my ‘puter. Now that the temp has sunk just enough to get back into things, let us not waste another minute:

If we were having coffee, I’d start by talking about how we all, at least once in a lifetime, encounter a person so wonderful, so beautiful inside and out, so smart and so witty that he/she makes our heart sing in pure admiration. This person makes us feel important, loved and cared for. This person makes us laugh with his/her fabulous storytelling and jokes, and has this way of letting us feel truly alive. Talking to this person is like sticking a straw straight into the fountain of wisdom, and we learn so much from them. We cling to every word this person utters, and we are perplexed that such a wonderful being will grace us with their precence, and we realize that this is The Greatest Person in the World! Just being near this person is like sitting on a pink cloud where everything is beautiful, true and good.hest

And to those of you that still haven’t met me;

– there is still hope!


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Sausage much?

Brexit explained

The Nerve!

Brexit Tea

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Trouble is my middle name

We should not sleep away the summer night

Diet much?

Wolf Whistle much?

An eggy conundrum

Happy Mother’s Day!

#WeekendCoffeeShare

Nice to meet you

Coffee and taxes

read my blog

Sausage much?


Good morning and welcome to this week’s #WeekendCoffeeShare!

We are back from the summerhouse, and will be Glamping from home this week. Friends from Norway are vacationing not far from here, so we are hoping to get to hang out with them quite a bit this week.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that living the ex-pat life can be challenging, especially if you do not master the language in the country where you have chosen to reside. Being a Norwegian in Denmark is not that big a deal – we do understand each other just fine, thus my motivation to learn Danish is rock bottom. I am not proud of the fact that I have absolutely no desire to learn Danish, but at least I am honest about it.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about my Danish neighbor and his Thai wife. The wife is struggling with the Danish language. She takes classes, but it is taught in English – a language she also is not all that great at. Also learning a third language by using your second language is not ideal, to put it gently. She seems to communicate with her husband, but the real problem arises whenever she has to shop for groceries.

The other day, she went to the butcher and wanted to buy pork legs.   She didn’t know how to put forward her request,   and in desperation,   lifted up her skirt to show her thighs.   The butcher got the message and the lady went home with pork legs.

The next day,   she needed to get chicken breasts.   Again,   she didn’t know how to say it in danish,   so she unbuttoned her blouse to show the butcher her breast. The lady got what she wanted.

The 3rd day,   the poor lady needed to buy sausages.   Unable to find a way to communicate this,   she brought her husband to the store…

What were you thinking?

Helloooooooooo,   her husband speaks Danish!!! Your mind went straight to the gutter, didn’t it? *giggles*

(Shared Journeys)


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Brexit explained

The Nerve!

Brexit Tea

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Trouble is my middle name

We should not sleep away the summer night

Diet much?

Wolf Whistle much?

An eggy conundrum

Happy Mother’s Day!

#WeekendCoffeeShare

Nice to meet you

Coffee and taxes

read my blog