Some mornings just don’t go as planned. I had intended to spend my day researching and writing and editing, but when I woke up, my mormor said, “we need to take a trip to Bryne (the next town) to find a pattern for that sweater you asked me to knit.” I hesitated, but it didn’t take me long before I decided I should put my plans on hold.
Off we went through quaint farmland on our little excursion to the knitting store. Surrounded by yarn of all colors and binders full of patterns, we flipped through pages and pages until we found the one that I had envisioned. “We’re already out of the house, why don’t we walk around” mormor said as we left the store. We meandered through the old street, stopping at some of our favorite boutiques. A little black skirt caught my eye and I had to see it on. I stood behind the heavy red curtain trying on the skirt as Mormor and the boutique clerk chatted. One of them said “isn’t it nice when you find something you like and don’t have the pressure of finding something for a specific event?” “Yes, it is” I said walking out of the fitting room with the skirt on my arm and my wallet in hand. Her comment brought back memories of the time I spent more than 50 exhausting hours searching for the right dress for a dance performance.
“Wow, you’re a dancer” said the clerk intrigued. “Did you dance ballet?”
“Yes, some, but I actually dance mostly ballroom and Latin. I taught some Salsa at my university in the United States.”
“So, are you going to teach here?”
I chuckled. “For now, I think I’m content with dancing Argentine Tango with a group in the city.”
“So you’re back from the States. Are you working here or just visiting?”
“I’m here for a couple months while while I write my cookbook” I said.
She looked at me with her eyes wide, her expression conveying enthusiastic surprise. “You’re definitely not an A4 person” she said. She then looked at my grandma and said “we have one creative girl in front of us.”
So there it is, the answer to the number one FAQ: What are you up to these days, that is, other than blogging?
Answer: I’m writing a cookbook! I'm up to a lot of things, but that is the biggest of my current projects.
Those of you who have known me since my senior year of high school might remember my senior research project — that project was the precursor to my current project.
It all started four years ago. February 2011, the spring trimester of my senior year of high school, I moved to Norway with two projects ahead of me — a dental internship and an independent study of Norwegian culinary anthropology. Three months later, I traveled back to the United States to present my completed research. However, the project was not fully complete after the presentation. A loose end remained — creating, completing and publishing a physical copy of my cookbook, a book about Norwegian culture, history, and culinary tradition. Except for occasional dabbling, I put the project on hold while I worked toward my undergraduate degrees. Those degrees have been completed. I graduated. And, I've decided to take some time to finish the freelance project for which I laid the groundwork several years ago.
I’m very excited to share with you that I plan to publish the book Spring 2016!