Nov 28, 2005

When dreams want to make a point

I rarely have lucid dreams, i.e. the kind you know you are dreaming, because you remember you had them when you wake up. I don't have those on any regular basis. But I did yesterday morning, and this morning, quite powerfully.

Yesterday morning I had two different dreams: In the first, I was changing departments at work. I was asked to come work for a different department, and only at the end did I ask myself why I was leaving a good department and work I enjoyed? But the tone of the dream was energized and happy. Same for the second dream, only more so: I was visiting my mother, in her apartment, an airy apartment with a large living room and two small bedrooms, and big glass doors on both sides (i.e. both a front yard and a back one). She had been painting, in bold, clear colors, and we were inspired to use them as patterns for new curtains. As we worked together, my mother suggested I move in with her. My last thought before waking up was, "Then we need a bigger place."

Two dreams, back to back (or so it seemed), both about changing places, about moving on to something or somewhere else. (BTW, I wonder if that apartment exists, because it would be perfect for my mom; she'd get a separate room for her art.)

This morning's dream was more typical of my dreams: It didn't make sense but was fun, anyway. My grandma was out on my balcony and she was holding a huge net and inside were dozens of Golden Retriever puppies (!). We were all happy, both humans and dogs. I tried taking pictures with my iPod (who knew it could do that?) but the viewfinder kept pointing the wrong way. Just as I was trying to see if that meant I could take a self-portrait, I woke up.

There are many ways to interpret these things. The symbolism of dreams do not always follow what you read in dream interpretation books. My way of figuring these things out, is to simply ask myself how these dreams made me feel during and upon waking up, and that usually tells me what they were about.

I felt happy in and about these dreams. I enjoyed the company I was in, and I was laughing a lot. I feel like they are telling me the pain is over and in my future is joy, and happy changes.

I'm also highly amused that my subconscious apparantly thinks that Golden Retriever puppies are the perfect symbol for fun and joy. I think that my subsconscious has a point.

Nov 24, 2005


Nothing like giving your brain something to go "Wow!" about.

  • I came across pykrete. I would love to see something the size of a skyscraper made out of that stuff.
  • I have learned what a snood is. Jokes are a fun way to learn (it's also how I came across pykrete).
  • My upstairs neighbor's first name. Like many Norwegians, he has two.
  • I have been reminded that those around us, reflect us ("birds of a feather flock together"). I am surrounded by some really cool and integral people. Which means that in some way, I fit in. It's Thanksgiving in the US, so I'm giving thanks for my life being filled with such great people.
  • Finally - and this one is worth the 11 pages of reading - colored soap bubbles.


For your viewing pleasure

Near where I live is a large pond called Ortuvann. This is one of the streams that feeds it. (Click on the picture if you want to enjoy the details.)

Nov 21, 2005

Losing my virginity

No, not that one. Rather, my eBay-virginity.

There are so many places on the web for an innocent to lose any number of virginities. This past weekend, I finally made a foray into the world of internet auctions, rekindling my PayPal account and registering with eBay (as keeraann2005). I managed to lean on the chord of the power adapter to my tangerine (clamshell) iBook and caused a short. I needed a new power adapter.

Those aren't easily obtained in Norway, so I decided to give eBay a whirl, while I erased the hard drive on my iBook (using the fully charged battery) - just in case.

After all the rigamarole of signing up and signing in, I found what I was looking for (cutely called a "yo-yo"), and lay in what I thought was a reasonable top bid and then let eBay do the rest. I was eagerly refreshing my My eBay-page; it's a bit of a kick to bid at auctions. In real life, I tend to get carried away. :-) Since I had never done this before, I didn't think to check my e-mail, but eBay mails you if you're outbid and mails you if you win the bidding. So I didn't catch right away that I'd been outbid.

I had thought about how much I wanted to pay, or if I should just scuttle my iBook and sell it for parts or something if all else failed. I considered the situation, the importance of the item, and upped my max limit. I considered the price still within reason. eBay promptly e-mailed me to tell me I was at the top again.

Then eBay e-mailed me to tell me I was outbid. Now I decided to check who'd been bidding against me, only to discover it was one person just bidding and bidding, probably to hike the price up. I fell for the it the first time (my first dollar-limit) but didn't fall for it the second time. Let the sucker pay himself. He's probably the seller, anyway.

Anyway, it's possible to just outright buy stuff on eBay, so I found another "yo-yo" power supply, and have now sent money to a complete stranger. As of this writing, the only confirmation I've received is from PayPal.

When you lose your virginity, you have no idea before you start if the experience is going to be great, OK, or deeply regretted. But it will be an experience. And most likely a memory for life.

I doubt eBay will replace sex as far as great memories, though. ;-)

Nov 4, 2005

Wet, picture of

A year ago we started on what was to be one of the wettest late autumns/early winters in Bergen's history. This picture was taken then, while sitting on the bus. And now I've also tested Blogger's picture-uploading-thingy.