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torsdag 13. desember 2012

My revision bubble

I am sure most of you have experienced it. The revision bubble. I have had 8 exams, and only two left before I can enjoy xmas. I am leaving for Norway one day after my last exam - giving me one day to go ice skating at Sommerset and do the random xmas shopping. Yes. Looking forward. A lot. 

When you are in the bubble, very little fun is happening. However, when you do go out and meet friends, go to the shop or go for a walk you seem to appreciate it even more. I am a strong believer in balance, and try to balance my study hours with healthy meals, walks and a bit of social life. Although, studying, of course, is the main thing. It fills most of my bubble, most of my days, and most of my life at the moment. 

However, speaking of balance. Yesterday I made these mean chocolate muffins. They are made without sugar and white flour, so are not as bad for your blood sugar level as normal muffins. I made them with eggs, a tad of the skin of an organic orange, 90% dark chocolate, coco butter, coconut butter, walnuts, hazel nuts, almond flour, agave sirup and some other secret ingredients. I tried the first fresh out-of-the-oven, and it was a super lush experience. The middle was sort of soft, and the chocolate was all melted. Yum. Really. Really. Good. Then I had one or two throughout the day, and then a couple more today. Keeping revision energy levels high :p However, I put the last two in the freezer as I want to save them for my last exam day. I am having two exams in one day (yet again) and it would be great to have a muffin to look forward to in the one hour break between the exams. 

My revision bubble

fredag 30. november 2012

Sommerset House

I have started my running routine again. Hooray! 5k yesterday. I am using nike plus - and it is a really good way to keep track of your runs. It tells you everything you need to know and also has nice graphs which tells you how fast you run so you can compare to previous runs, but also see where you normally dip in speed. 

Tomorrow I have planned for a 3k run. I am going to keep it very light and easy until my exams are over.. I need my energy for my revision time and my exams. 

I went to see Tim Walker's photo exhibition at Sommerset House today. As a nice break between reading. It was a very interesting exhibit. Tim is one of today's most famous fashion photographers, and his pictures are balancing between fairy tale beautiful and scary-movie disruption. I had hoped, however, to be even more swooned than I was. I don't know, but I had very high expectations, and somehow they weren't really met. I think the exhibition could have been halved without loosing out too much, leaving more space for the really good pieces. That said, it is absolutely worth your time. If you are in London; go, go, go. 

Also - Sommerset House has an ice rink, and is very beautiful in itself. I am planning on going skating with some friends when I am finished with my exams. So that is another thing you could do if you are going to London during winter.. 

Sommerset House ice rink


torsdag 22. november 2012

The green pitch

It is no secret that I am green. Nature is close to my heart and has always been one of my passions. I have always wanted to take part in making the world a greener place. 

When I was young and had little power to actually do anything about the 'grown ups world', I did the few things that I thought would help. My childhood friends and I raised money by selling waffels, cakes and what not to the neighbours to raise money for Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Red Cross and so on. I can also remember endless of times where we picked garbage from the streets around where I lived, and the secret promises we made that we would never ever in the world buy a car. For this promise we actually made a 'cliss hands' promise - which is basically what it sounds like; spitting in ones hand and then shake it afterwords. It is the slightly lesser dangerous promise than the blood promise. Somehow I feel that I still must honour this promise, and I have not yet bought a car. If I buy one it will definitely be one that is really (!) green. One doesn't really know the consequences of breaching a cliss hands promise. 

Later in life I pursued my passion by studying international environmental law, and now I am one of those lucky few who are actually working 100% green in renewable energy law. Although I have come across a disgruntled property owner or two in practice who are not too content about the prospect of getting a wind mill park next to their peaceful swamp, I feel that the work I do is generally decent. It is a great feeling. 

Although it is a great feeling working green - in today's world - with the imminent and horrific threat of global warming, ocean acidification, depletion of wild life and so on and so on - it is not enough.  Awareness and action are invaluable. However, despite all my knowledge and despite all my efforts I find myself knowing too little and forgetting too much. Sometimes on the brink of giving up. 

Yes. I have been buying organic for the past few years. But what about the organic food that has been flown in by plane or tanked in by ships. Is it better to go local? 

Yes. I have been buying local when the opportunity arises. Especially in England, where this is affordable. However, in Norway, local food is insanely expensive and has put me off.

Yes. I have been boycotting H&M since the documentary from Sweden came about. I have been happy with the thought that Zara was given a higher score for giving its workers a fairer salary. However, in Greenpeace's latest report  it reveals that Zara has an unacceptable level of toxins in its clothes - potentially cancerous. 

Yes. I have been buying shampoo and conditioner from the Body Shop and soap from Lush as that have not been tested on animals. However, the shampoo made my very hair dry and I am longing for my Kerestase products. 

Yes. I have been recycling. Although all the recycled material is not separated and weirdly goes into one container. 

Yes. I was a vegetarian for a couple of years. But I loved fish and meat too much to give it up. Is this an unacceptable selfish position to take in today's society although I make sure I buy free range and organic, and I never eat red meat?

And then. Things that are simply NO. Flights to see my loved ones more times than absolutely necessary. My long, hot showers. I know. They are the worst. Not environmentally friendly at all. But oh-so-good. 

Enough said. I have decided that my actions should be louder and clearer. It is not enough to speak about change. And it is not a good enough reason to say I forget or am confused. 

My childhood self knew instinctively that no matter how small you are or how little your effort is, it is valuable. So I will continue to strive to be a better person for the environment. No matter how confusing and saddening it is that I cannot be simply good, or purely green. I just got to do my best. 

Avatar - for inspiration and courage to do what it takes for our planet

tirsdag 20. november 2012

5 things to do before Xmas

Not that I have any time. Exams are coming up soon - next Monday I have two! However, these 5 things have been on my wish list for months now.. I have my fingers crossed I will be able to go at some point before Xmas - perhaps after my exams before I return home. If you are going to London/are in London then here is my wish list for you to enjoy:

  1. Tate Modern - Klein + Moriyama photo exhibition
  2. Saatchi gallery - Chanel's black jacket exhibition
  3. National Gallery - My favourite gallery
  4. Trafalgar Square Xmas tree lighting (I think this is the first Thursday of December) 
  5. Tim Walker's exhibition at Sommerset House

Picture from Tim Walker's exhibit taken by cocosteaparty

Xmas tree lighting at Trafalgar Square


søndag 18. november 2012

Movember

It is Movember. I realised this fairly soon into November as my Facebook account was bombarded with pictures of my male friends and their mustache.  As I currently don't have a boyfriend, I am not suffering under this good cause except for the random shock of seeing all my childhood male friends with a varying degree of Mo under their nose.

That said, I take this as a golden opportunity to introduce to you my current favourite cartoon, Tegnhanne. She has not made a story on the phenomenon Movember, but she has made a story about advice she would give her little brother upon becoming an adult. I thought I would share with you the accompanying picture to her advice: "you should not always grow a mustache even though you can!"

In courtesy of Tegnhanne
For more laughs - (although it is in Norwegian) - check out her blog here

fredag 16. november 2012

Frozen Friday


Two exams done in less than a day. I celebrate by watching my birthday present - 'Frozen Planet -  a world beyond imagination' - a BBC series on the frozen parts of the world. Spectacular scenes capture the realities of the Arctic and the Antarctic - reminding me of the beauty and power of nature. Coming from the North, I find it entirely captivating. I keep nature very close to my heart. 

Only half of the baby penguins will survive their first months

The owl - an incredible creature

Killer whales being interested in the camera crew - perhaps making friends?

The wolfs were struggling trying to find prey for their cubs

Penguins love to surf. I am sure I heard some of them laugh :o





The film is absolutely breath taking and definitely worth your time. Both inspirational and enjoyable. 

tirsdag 13. november 2012

Back to reality

Just finished doing my property mock exam and will prepare for criminal law SGS. Tomorrow I hope to do my Wills & Administration of Estate exam and finish off and hand in my practical legal research exam. My exam on Friday went really well, but I have my fingers crossed in any event. You never know..

The coming weekend will be a full on revision weekend, as last weekend was not as studious as I had hoped. I celebrated my birthday on Saturday (it was such a great night), and on Sunday I went for a 10k run in Battersea (which is really autumn-y and picturesque). Thus, most of the weekend went by without any proper studying.

I can't believe it is just a month till Christmas and holiday. I think I will leave the xmas shopping till after my exams.
Celebrating my birthday - it was a masquerade themed party.

tirsdag 6. november 2012

Balancing


OMG. Time flies. I have my second exam this Friday, and then I have two more exams the coming week before I have an exam marathon with six exams before xmas. Sometimes I wish I had a time turner.. It is not easy being a geek. Especially if you are a perfectionist. And want to keep a balance in your life. I have not been for a run for three weeks. Partly because of the weather, partly because I have been feeling a little out of sorts, and partly because I simply do not have time. Now, however, with a back that aces (a lot) and forces me to curl into the corner of the sofa reading law, I realise that health must come first. If not, I will not be able to be the geek I aim to be..

So tomorrow morning I will go for a run. I can imagine Battersea Park being really pretty dressed in the colours of the fall.
Balancing cat


torsdag 25. oktober 2012

Time for tea

I forgot to post some pictures of my tea collection.. I have now tried all of them, and my favourite is Rooibush and Vanilla although the Camomile and Lavender is exquisite as well. It really is tea time. Autumn has arrived, and I have not seen the sun in two weeks. It has been raining and foggy, and I have managed to get a little cold. Luckily (or hard-workingly), I have been able to keep on top of my reading nevertheless, but it has kept me from my running routine and I am getting a bit annoyed with my constant coughing and sniffing. Fingers crossed it is soon over.


søndag 21. oktober 2012

The Parisian Party

What is the one thing you must do when in London? Go to a proper Parisian party. Mais oui.

Last night (Saturday) was a blast. It was oh-so-French and oh-so-cool in the way only Parisians know. I was originally just going to pop by with my friend, Hodo, and some of her friends, after having met for a glass of Chablis at a local pub. However, I ended up staying till the wee hours, and left only when the hosts turned on the lights (as in the Parisian way of politely saying - we had fun - now fuck off). 

The flat was located just behind Marble Arch and was really big, filled with Louis the XIV chairs and mirrors, with black and white pictures on the walls, and a wide screen with Stanley Kubrick films and Film Noir films running silently in the background. Of course, the whole flat was filled with lit candles, and in the ladies' there were hotel-style-handkerchieves rolled with silk ribbons neatly in a basket. Of course, there were French food - although I did not eat any as I arrived from a bar and had had my load of French fries (not sure the French would have approved. Tsk tsk). And there were French people, Italian people, and the random Norwegian. All dancing, talking, smoking, randomly chatting up or intensely conversing. It is hard to pinpoint exactly what it was that made it so great. It certainly had the touch of "je ne sais quoi". Already looking forward till my next Paris event.

Today, I have been reading Business law and Criminal procedure law and done the random grocery shopping. I haven't managed to go for a run since Monday last week as the weather has been really bad those times I had a run planned. This week I will just have to be a bit more flexible and go for a run when the sky is clear/it's not raining. 

Hodo and I at the Parisian Party

lørdag 20. oktober 2012

Chia rolls and goodness

Today, finally, was my parcel with nuts, seeds, cocoa, vanilla pods, coconut milk and lots of other yummyness delivered at the door. Door delivery of food is such a lux feeling, and I really wish you had that in Norway too. Really something of a business idea! Anyways, after having had goats cheese and tomatoes for breakfast I got really hungry and decided to make some chia bread rolls after a recipe I have found here. I made a double recipe, so 6 big rolls are now in the owen and I cannot wait to taste them. I changed the recipe a bit as I didn't have oatmeal, but I used almond flour instead, so fingers crossed.

I also bought some really nice teas yesterday, and I will try them out with the rolls for late lunch. I am soon finished with PCR, and have one session in Business law to prepare before I can take the day off. Fingers crossed I will be finished so I can go for a run before dinner/sunset.

Pictures will follow shortly :) Picture posted.. Have a great Saturday!


fredag 19. oktober 2012

Good morning

Good morning :) 

Do you sometimes wake up with a feeling that you can do anything? It is the best feeling in the world. Especially after a couple of days where you have woken up and just wanted to go back to sleep.. 

Today is such a day, and I have my fingers crossed I will be able to finish off my PCR workbook, go to my criminal procedural law session, and have time for a run. 

Autumn has clearly arrived here in London. I haven't been able to take any pics yet, so I am sharing with you a photo from my favourite fashion blogger Bryanboy. I love it because of its fragility and beauty. Don't you agree?


onsdag 17. oktober 2012

How hair clips can be used

Haha. I just had to share with you my newest use of my glittery hair clips. Perhaps the final proof that I am a proper geek/student. I seriously need to buy some proper clips soon, though, but in the mean time, this is a great way of keeping my system :)

Today is all about Professional Legal Conduct, btw. Not the most exciting, but very important if you want to keep your legal job :p

I am also waiting for my online shopping of nuts, seeds, cocoa and oils. I am contemplating making muesli and chocolate sometime soon. And carrot cake - if I can get my mum or my sister to send the recipe to me.. Craving for carrot cake nowadays. Not just any carrot cake, but the world's best carrot cake. Seriously.



tirsdag 16. oktober 2012

Property and Piano

Getting up today was painful. Somehow I did not manage to go to sleep last night until quite late, and ended up having a rapture of artsiness in the middle of the night. Who would not find their window and water glass in the dark fascinating? Or even beautiful - in a dark and mysterious way?

After my 9am Business Law class today I went home, made some pancakes while listening to Badura-Scoda and Demus playing Schubert. Breathtakingly beautiful. The two old, pianists are playing with such feeling it touches my heart.. Magical. I just had to share it :)

Now, it is time to continue with my property reading for Thursday's class - while listening to the two magicians. Enjoy your Tuesday!

søndag 14. oktober 2012

Sunny Sunday

This weekend has passed by so quickly. I have been super focused on studying - finishing off preparing for 5 sessions coming week. I had to turn down a very tempting offer of going for a glass of wine Saturday, but I do not regret it at all as I feel very much prepared to do what is next on my list; to finish the Wills and Administration of Estates workbook and reading (which apparently is a lot) and finish the Professional Conduct and Regulation Workbook by next weekend. I might not be able to do it, but at least I can try..

I have also managed to go for two runs in Battersea Park. One on Friday after class, and one today (Sunday). My Friday run was 9km and my Sunday run was 7,5km. I am so glad I bought a new wind proof running jacket and head band as it was quite cold under the heavy crowned trees in the park. However, running with the sun on my face along the Thames made me realise it is not yet proper autumn. The sun was warm, and I am sure I got a real vitamin D boost. Me love.

What else is there to update? Not much. I have my advocacy mock exam tomorrow. Fingers crossed for that. I will act for the claimant in a case where the defendant has not paid the purchase price for delivery of silk fabric. The defendant has applied to court for an extension of time for submitting its defence. I am resisting the application on behalf of the claimant.It is all good fun, but nerve wracking. I am having the actual exam in two weeks time.

For a Sunday smile I am sharing a pic I find hilarious:


onsdag 10. oktober 2012

Cash swoosh

Sometimes I can be a bit reckless when it comes to spending. Normally, I only buy things I need, or do things I have been thinking of for a while, but when I do it all in one go it feels like my bank account suffers more... Today, I went and had a hair cut at Number 10. And yes. As the name suggests, this is not cheap. It is my closest hair dresser, and I did not ask about the price (stupidly enough) as I was going to just have a trim. 30 minutes and 10 cm later, I was confronted with having to pay almost 100 pounds. I tried not to look bothered, and paid by card. Swoosh. I guess that is the down side living in Chelsea.. Then, as if I hadn't already spent enough, I went shopping for running gear. New trainers from Asics, Skins (running trousers) and Gore wind proof jacket. It was all so expensive I was given socks for free... Swoosh. Then I thought I would better finish off all the other shopping I had planned, and went and bought vitamins, shampoo, conditioner and other "necessary stuff". Swoosh. Swoosh. Swoosh.

Me and my Number 10 hair plus the results from my shopping spree

tirsdag 9. oktober 2012

Just another day

Today is grey and chill, with autumn leaves on the ground. I slept in today - and woke up at 10.30am. Eeeks. I know. Very late. It is something I rarely do, but I have been feeling tired and out of sorts lately, so I figured I needed to catch up with some sleep. And that was indeed a good idea. I have been very effective today, and the day is not yet over. I have been doing a lot of Business Law, and I just got back from a run in Battersea Park - two laps - and my longest run to date. And I felt fine the whole way. Now I am going shopping at Sainsbury's. I am in desperate need for some food as my fridge has been suffering from my studiousness lately, and all that is left is ryevita, butter, French mustard and quinoa.

Also - in a moment of boredom the other day I was surfing the Net, and I found the most amazing trousers from Cameo.. Dark blue with black details. Me loves! I do not think it is possible to send it to London, but I might as well send it to my parents house in Norway for collection when I get back at xmas.. I can imagine wearing them with some black pumps and a lush wool sweater. What do you think?


søndag 7. oktober 2012

Sunday catch up

This weekend has just passed by so quickly.. I am finally finished with Solicitors Accounts - both the work book and the hand in exercise. It took ages, as it is almost hundred pages, but I quite enjoyed it. I used to love maths at school, but doing law you never really get to calculate anything (except for damages in certain cases). So I think my brain appreciates a bit of numbers and calculations.. Tonight is all about civil litigation.

Yesterday, I went for a late run (after spending the whole day with Solicitors Accounts), but I was not feeling it, and my leg started acting up. So I ended up having to walk a bit, and only did one lap. Thus, it was my slowest 'run' to date, and I was home way after sun set. The bridges over Thames are so beautiful lit up - I will have to show you some time.

Today has also been a Solicitors Accounts day, but I had a break where I cleaned the flat. It feels so nice to be rid off the dust and not see the random 'dust rabbit' (No: "hybelkanin") :)

Also - Pegs and I went out last night for a glass of wine and ended up cycling around in Chelsea. I cannot describe the feeling of freedom you get from cycling in London after dark. It is just great. We ended up at our local pub/bar - The Orange - which is really nice.

Pegs & Cat

lørdag 6. oktober 2012

The Tea Party Experience


Ok. "Hold på hatten" as we say in Norway.. I have found the most exciting tea party experience to date. I have not yet tried it myself, but it is definitely on my list of things to do before I leave London.


The Sanderson's, which is located at 50 Berners Street, has something they call "Mad Hatters Tea". As you can see from the description under, this is a fanciful take on Alice in Wonderland's tea experience. What is not to love? Definitely a must for a London visit, no?

The menu includes ´Eat Me’ Queen of Hearts contains a strawberry and cream mousse and ‘Drink Me’, an enticing looking bottle containing a wonderful potion of Passion fruit Jelly, Coconut Panna cotta and Exotic Foam, this bizarre concoction will send taste buds hatter crazy with each sip delivering a totally different and contrasting taste experience as you drink through the layers with a straw. Guests will be grinning like Cheshire Cats after blueberry lollipops turn their tongues from hot to cold and hazelnut praline ice cream lollipops explode with a single bite, and will be further indulged with a chocolate and coffee layered sponge cake and a chocolate rabbit’s clock that melts in ones mouth.

Finger sandwiches are served in a rainbow of colours, including ham and English mustard on yellow saffron bread and smoked salmon with cream cheese on green spinach bread. Traditional scones with clotted cream and jam will bring guests back to the real world during their fairytale tea.


For more info, please check out: http://www.sandersonlondon.com/en-us/#/explore/?id=/sanderson-london-mad-hatters-tea/ 

torsdag 4. oktober 2012

Morning run



I never managed to go for a run yesterday as my Business Accounts took all day and most of the night, so I ended up going for a run this morning instead. It was crisp and cold, and with a stunning sun rise. Walking across Chelsea bridge with the sun reflecting in the Thames is such a luxurious feeling. And, I must admit, seeing all the workers in their suits run to work makes me appreciate this even more. I ended up doing two laps around Battersea Park - almost 8km. Now it is all about unregistered land for my practical legal property class tomorrow. 

P.s the picture is not taken this morning - it is the sunset from the day I went on a photo-exhibition to the park after my exam and arrived after sun set. But I want to share it with you as you can get an idea of how my morning started.. 

onsdag 3. oktober 2012

Contemplating a run


Not motivated today. The sun is shining outside, and I am sitting inside reading about business accounts.. Perhaps I should go for a run after all. It has been raining for the last couple of weeks, and it might be good to get some sun on my face. Also - Battersea Park is so beautiful in the sun.

I think I will finish my business accounts and then go for a run before I start my solicitors accounts. I'll let you know how many rounds in Battersea I'll take. One or two. I have my fingers crossed for two today :)

xx

mandag 1. oktober 2012

Late night study

Late night study
A snap shot of my desk. Trying to ease the pressure by making small lists, time tables, and study plans. I love organisation, but sometimes you just have to do it. Just. do. it. 

torsdag 27. september 2012

A glimpse of my running route

Battersea Park
Can you believe this is in central London? It's actually a part of my running route in Battersea Park. A quite extraordinary view, right? I haven't been running for the past two weeks as I came down with the flu and have been taken a while to recover, but I am contemplating starting my running routine again this weekend. With a view like this - there is really no excuse not to...  

tirsdag 25. september 2012

London by night

Londre, fleures et nuit
So, I went to Battersea park today after my Interviewing and Advising exam - wanted to share with you the amazingness of this place. Brought my camera, but ended up missing the sunset and having to take pictures in the dark. Soo.. Not so much Battersa, but ended up being a bit more creative.. Love how the blurriness makes it more dreamy. Took some sharper ones too, but this is by far my favourite.

Do you like or does it make you dizzy?

søndag 23. september 2012

My 20s passing by

Another week(end) has passed by with my head in the books. Today was all about injunctions. Will I regret my studiousness when my 20s has passed by while reading the judgments of Lord Denning or Lord Wilberforce? Will the heaps of invitations to parties I have turned down and the endless of Fridays and Saturdays I have spent in my room reading law books haunt me once I am too old to get away with dancing on tables. Am I not too old to dance on tables already? Are you ever young enough to dance on tables? I don't know. You tell me. 

In this slightly premature mid life crisis, or should I say severely late teen rebellion, I have realised my way out is not a fancy car or dancing on tables, but to take one day off a week where I am not studying.  Or one day a month. Or just half a day. Like next Sunday. So I can have my hair cut. 

At least I tried. 

Catx

torsdag 20. september 2012

Cat in London

Here I go again. Living in London. Not Camden this time, but Chelsea. Two different worlds. Yes. Really. Where Camden is crowded, Chelsea is empty. Where Camden got cheap bargains, Chelsea got expensive bargains. Where Camden got scones with clotted cream, Chelsea got organic melt-on-your tongue brownies. Where Camden got dirt and whores, Chelsea got clean streets and high class escorts. Where Camden got the big, get-lost-and-mesmorised-in touristy market, Chelsea got the farmer's market. Where Camden got police sirens every night, Chelsea got the silence which comes in suburbia. And Battersea Park - a Chelsea treat. Whilst I enjoy Camden, I must admit Chelsea is much more my cup of tea. Although I sometimes think I belong somewhere in between of these world's. 


And as you can imagine, I have been super busy with studying, so I haven't had time to take any photos.. But I promise that I will post some soon!



Catx