Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Gorillas at the gym!

Actually, this is not just a headline, it's a fact! Well, sort of.
Yesterday when I was at the mall where my gym is, the background music suddenly stopped and an alarm came on. I noticed that nobody gave it any thought really and just continued with their business. As the natural paranoid person that I am, I had to ask the people working at my gym when I went there, but they didn't know what it was either, it was probably a fault in the radio or something. Ah well.
But when I was on the treadmill consumed in my rhytm and music, I saw in the mirror some weird figures approaching from the far end of the gym. I got really startled, because it was two gorillas! Not the type of gorillas on steroids, but the type that is on the outside of a human being.
It seemed to me that the packed gym kind of went into slowmotion as the sweaty and exhausted people tried to focus and understand what was going on. Had they been working so hard that the other people in the place ahs started growing fur?!
Ah well, I guess the Gainomaz Recovery drinks that they got from the gorillas helped them get back to normal.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Christmas is here!

Yep, you heard me.
I have already seen christmas decoration magazines, christmas sewing magazines and even commercial for christmas gifts.
It's not even october yet. It really DOES seem like it comes earlier and earlier every year.
I wonder when the Coca-Cola christmas commercial will hit the TV screen.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Sembalot troop!

This weekend I've been busy trooping and hosting guests. And getting sick.
√ėyvind came to our place on friday and stayed until monday for this weekend troop called "Sembalot". It was at a huge mall a bit outside Helsinki, and Sembalot is basically a crazy sale weekend. We were there trooping for Unicef, and we even got troopers from Norway and Sweden to join us!
It was a lot of fun!

The best part of the whole troop was probably that Cubic at fixed so we got everything for free! Dinner at a really good restaurant, cinema visits if we wanted to and snacks and drinks!

During saturday I started feeling sick. Theres been sickness going on at work for a while and I've already had it, but I guess it never really broke out fully. On sunday though I felt so bad that I wasn't even able to troop until the end. My throat was hurting so bad and I had a splitting headache.

Otherwise I had a really good time! It was fun to troop at a shoppingmall and eventhough most of the children were pretty shy, we got lots of attention when we happened to have the two people who constantly announced the days events over their microphones right next to us.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

HIAA exhibition 2011!

So the yearly art exhibition with my art club Helsinki International Artist Association is over.
I've been painting like crazy for this, and I've actually been quite stressed. The vernissage was yesterday, and today I've been SO tired at work I've felt like a walking zombie in what have felt like a endless sea of children.

So yesterday I had the day off, and I went REALLY early to the gym to release some tension and stress. Then I got home and got everything ready before I was picked up by Susan and we drove to Sanomatalo where the exhibition is. We got really good spaces for our art, and I was really happy to see that, after we've had some locations before that haven't been great.
When I had hung my art I met my granparents who came from Norway to see the exhibition and we went to eat lunch and shop a little.

The vernissage started at 18.00 and I was exhited and a littlebit nervous, but it went really great and so many people came! It was fun that so many of my friends that I had invited came to see my art.

FINALLY the new painting is finished.

It's been finished last weekend, but now it's official and on display at an art exhibition. I have been working on this painting since 2007 when I started on it. I planned it and scetched it, but then I took a brake from it. In 2009 I started in it again and I have been working on it on and off since then.
It's huge, I don't have the dimentions right now, but it must be 100 cm X 150 cm.
It's called Michael and Dancer's Victory and is inspired by the trial in 2005.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

9/11 - where was I? In New York.

Today is 10 years since the attack on the World Trade Center in New York, the story we all have heard so many times. The clip on TV that we've seen over and over again with one airplane after another crashing into the towers.

I saw it it with my own eyes. I was there. This is MY story.

I went there with a bunch of people, to see two tribute concerts celebrating the 30th anniversary of Michael Jackson's career. There was no question in my mind why I shouldnt' have gone - after all, he was gonna perform as well, and not only that, but with his brothers THE JACKSON 5! It was a historic event that I just couldn't miss. Little did we know that we were gonna be part of a less joyful historic event also...

So most of the time before that date had gone to do some sightseeing and hang outside Michael Jackson's hotel. Fans? Naaah.

It's probably hard for many to understand, but it's a lot of fun, and it brings people together. You see a LOT of crazy people and you get also lots of new friends. Michael lived at The Palace Hotel, and the rest of his family lived at The Plaza. One of the days we met his brother Randy outside The Plaza, and I was the only one to recognize him at first. We were on the other side of the street, and I ran towards him. He wasn't entirely prepared for the gang of fans jumping out from the bushes like some hungry hyenas, but he was polite and took pictures with us.

The concert was GREAT, and probably the best one I've ever been to. The atmosphere was special. Completely wild and you could notice that the public were amazed by seeing the Jacksons together again for the first time since the 80's!
Here's a video:

Or course we sat kinda far in the back...but we enjoyed it none the less!

We got some time to see New York also. Not just hotels and concert halls, and we all knew that we had to go to Ellis Island and see the Statue of Liberty. So on the 9th of september we went there among other places, and Carl Philip and I posed for a photo:

The second concert was on the 10th of september, and we had the day after free for whatever we wanted, before we would fly home on the 12th.
We had already planned that we were gonna go up in the World Trade Center to get THE view over New York on our last day, but after a long concert and lots of good time we overslept. I woke up by a loud sound and realized that the time was already almost 9 in the morning. I tried to call my family in Norway for a quick chat about our events so far, but couldn't get through. I decided to get dressed and go outside to get some connection on my phone. As I stood on the treet, trying to call, I realized that something was different. Why were people running? I could hear the sound of sirens everywhere, but after all, that was pretty normal in New York. With my phone by my ear I turned around and saw World Trade Center Tower 1 on fire.
How I sort of remember it was that I didn't really realize what it was. There was so many fires all around the city so I just though "Hm, another one". But as I watched, I saw a plane coming at full speed and a huge explosion in the second tower. I thought that the plane flew past the tower and that the explosion was connected to the first one.
I went back inside and we all started the day and headed towards the World Trade Center. We took it easy and wanted to shop along the way. Inside a Virgin Megastore we saw what was really going on on big TV screens all around the store.
Police told us to go back to the hotel right away and we did so. But when we arrived there we were evacuated and had to take all our luggage with us, and headed for the only place we could think of: the Norwegian Embassy.

When we arrived there it was closed, and a person who happened to see us in there told us to go to the Norwegian Seamen's Church.
On our way there we saw a different New York from what we'd seen, people throwing clothes and items down from their appartment windows, TV's placed in the middle of roads with people surrounding them, people dressed in the US flag, and a new helpfulness that I hadn't noticed before. A random guy helped me a really long way with my suitcase that was broken when he saw how much trouble I had carrying it.
When we arrived at the church we were taken in right away and got food and the penthouse appartment there. We could stay there for as long as we needed. We finally got to call our family that we hadn't been able to reach, 8 hours after the attacks! Man, were they glad to hear from us! They knew that we were planning to go to the WTC that day and were terrified.
The way we coped with all this on the first evening was that we went to a film rental place and rented 3 Disney films and watched them one after the other.

It was a trip that I will never forget, in more ways that just one.


You're NOT gonna see my painting before tomorrow!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

A day well deserved.

Today Simo and I went to Linnanmaki, which is Helsinki's amusement park. We had gotten a free entry ticket from my work, which included all rides for free. It's usually free to get in, but inside it cost for each ride, or you can buy different types of wristbands with numbers of rides included. I have always thought it's very expensive there.

It was nice though, we went there after my work and the first thing we took is a ride I call "Mini Space Mountain". It's sort of like Space Mountain from Disneyland, but much less action basically.
After taking the stuff we wanted and discovering that it was far too long lines for the ride we "kinda wanted", we left. It was a very nice evening, it's been a long time since I was there.

But I have to say that I'm spoiled. By Disneyland. After you've been there as many times as I have, and love it like I do, nothing else really goes. Simple as that. Every other amusement park becomes mediocre. Americans are the best at creating theme parks, no doubts about it.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Remember me?

Not that I have this idea that if I don't update this blog all my wonderful readers have NOTHING TO DO, and sit infront of their computer with my blog open on the screen, crying from the bottom of their souls that are starving for the ever so smallest news of my never ending eventful life.
But I still have to update from time to time so that you remember that I'm still alive and kickin'. Sort of.
However, today I've been sick and home from work. Clearly something is going on there, a kindergarden always gets some sort of disease running around.
Events are coming up this month though, that I'm very exhited about, so keep stopping by!