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14 Best Moments of 2014!

Right before the new year rolls around, I like to take a look back at the year that has passed. Did I achieve what I wanted to achieve? What were my favorite highs? Any teachable lows? And with that, I try to determine what are some of my hopes, dreams and goals for the upcoming year.

At first when I started to think about 2014, I figured that it wasn’t that big of a year. Everything was just same old, same old. That was until I started to really think through it. I take it back. This was a pretty eventful year! Here are my top 14 moments from 2014. Hope you like it!

1. I had so much fun with my favorite sidekick!14 best of 2014: favorite sidekick2. I ran the color run again and realized how far I have come with my running! 14 best of 2014: Color Run 20143. I Graduated with my Masters of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications!14 best of 2014: I GraduatedStarting this masters program is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has given me so much! An American Graduation Ceremony is very different from what I am used to, but I liked it. Walking across that stage made me think back on the two years I have spent earning my degree and how much it has changed my perspective.

4. My Mom Came to Visit!14 best of 2014: Drive through tree LeggetIn April my mom and Magnar came to visit me for a couple of weeks. We travelled all around Northern California and I had a great time! They have visited me before and we have previously taken the Highway 1 tour down to Southern California so this time around, we wanted to focus north. We went to see the giant Sequoia trees up in Legget and even drove through one!

5. I Got a New Job! 14 best of 2014: new job#Ilovemyjob

6. I went to Norway for 17th of May! 14 best of 2014: 17th of may in Norway17th of May in Norway is like 4th of July in the US. People celebrate with parades, music, food, parties and not to mention the national costumes. This might be totally bonkers to you, but its actually pretty fun!

7. Work Travels!14 best of 2014: MinneapolisI know most people don’t like to travel for work, but I do! Even if I only get an hour to see the city, it’s more than I would otherwise! :)

8. BlogHer 14!14 best of 2014: Blogher 14In July I went to my first blog conference, BlogHer 14. It was a lot of fun and I met some incredible people! It actually inspired me to pick up blogging again and I am so glad I did!

9. I Ran My First Half Marathon!14 best of 2014: San Francisco Half MarathonThe day after I came back from BlogHer, I ran my first half marathon! This was a pretty big deal for me, and I wrote a blogpost about the race here

10. Featured on Huffington Post!14 best of 2014: Featured on Huffington PostAfter reflecting on my half marathon race and writing this blog post, I was super excited to see it featured on Huffington Post!

11. New York!14 best of 2014: Weekend in New YorkIn September I went to New York to meet up with some friends and I had the best time! And I finally got to go to Mood! Read all about it here

12. Chocolate Creme Brûlée14 best of 2014: chocolate creme bruleeThis might seem funny, that a dessert made it to my top 2014 list, but this one was probably the best I have ever tasted!

13. Best Blog Posts of 2014!Norwegian Recipes: Warm Apple Cake!It’s pretty interesting that its one fitness and one dessert post, but the posts I wrote about my half marathon and this one featuring a Norwegian Apple Cake recipe was the most read blogposts on Repolished in 2014

14. Montreal14 best of 2014Ø MontrealMontreal was one of the best trips I have been on! The city is amazing with so much history, great food and felt so peaceful! It was a perfect romantic christmas getaway!

How was your 2014?

Until Next Time, Hadet på Badet!

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Class of 2013: Graduation

I am not graduating until next year, but because I was part of Student Government, I was a volunteer helper at this years graduation. The ceremony was held at Craneway Pavilion in Richmond this year, because the regular place in Nob Hill is under construction. I have to admit, I was skeptical at first because it´s so far, but it turned out to be a really nice place with an amazing view of the city.

With around 3000 family and friends and 500-600 students, there was more than enough to do!:)  I was in charge of keeping parents off stage when they really, really wanted to climb up for a picture of their student. We had yellow tape on the floor and I held out my arms with a glow stick in each hand, and for some reason someone still though they could cross the line? I almost felt like I was a bodyguard at a Justin Bieber concert and not at a commencement:)

The ceremony went pretty smoothly and it turned out to be a great day! Julia held a really good student speech, as she was the president of Student Government. Usually these speeches are very general and not really inspiring, but she really nailed it with a personal touch!

It was great too be able to see my friends graduate, but I also realized that almost all of my friends graduated and will no longer be in school:( so I guess I need to make some new ones when I go back for fall:) I am really excited for next year, when I’ll be up there with my cap&gown and hopefully my honors bands:)

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Julia’s student speech

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Class of 2013 has graduated!

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Julia and Johanna, Honors and all!:)

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Class of 2013!

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Julia and Professor Michal

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Julia and Rana, Honors and all!:)

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Julia and Navret, Honors and all:)

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A preview of next year? Class of 2014:)

Oh my god it´s raining!

For about a week now I have been listening to the weather report warning me about the rain. “The rain is coming by the end of the week”, “There is a 20% chance of rain this week”, ” Latest report in, it will for sure rain” and so on. Today it rained for 1 hour and I could walk outside in the “rain” without an umbrella and still not get noticeably wet. It is clear to me that rain to a San Francisco, California resident is a whole other matter than rain to a girl from Bergen, Norway.

I am born and raised in Bergen, Norway and for people who dont know where that is, look here: Bergen map

Bryggen Bergen

Beautiful, I know! The only downside? It rains, A LOT! According to Wikipedia it rains on average 2,250 mm per year, or 88.58 inches! In San Francisco the average is 600.2 mm or 23.63 inches, and usually its always at night. So when its about to rain here in San Francisco, everybody goes crazy! OMG its gonna rain! “Did you hear it´s gonna rain?”

FIY, this is not rain guys: (Notice the people being able to stand outside in the “rain” and not really care)

Rain outside of school, GGU in San Francisco

THIS is rain:

Rain in Bergen driving

 

And THIS is rain! (Torgallmenningen aka Union Square in Bergen on a saturday! Not a single person can walk in this rain!)

Rain in Bergen walking, in my California shoes! #Ruined…

After I came back from my trip to Norway on the 26th of August, it has not rained a single day, not once! That is 46 days with no rain.  To be honest it was kind of nice to have a little drizzle today, but maybe thats just the Bergen in me talking:)

 

How many of those 46 days has it rained in Bergen? According to my mom, around 42… or what do you guys say my fellow “Bergensere” ?

French weekend!

First of all, I have decided to write in english only. Doing the translation thing was just to much;) and this way everybody can understand. This weekend we have had a proper French weekend! The weather has been so good and I almost feel like I have been on vacation for a few days! On friday night Kris and I went to Café de Bastille for dinner!;) The place is French and hidden away in a back alley together with a few other really kozy restaurants. You can sit outside! (Which in SF is almost impossible) or enjoy the inside like we did;)They had lots of delicious real french food and even Cassolet which is the traditional dish of Toulouse, France where I used to live! We had a lovely dinner with good food and great wine! Afterwards we went to Local edition, a kind of new bar in the city. It used to be the old print area for the SF cronichle and it still smells like fresh newspapers in there! The place was really cool and had a real 1920’s era to it.

On saturday we went back to our old neighborhood to pick up Kris’s shirts from the tailor. Kind of nice to see the old neighborhood, but at the same time I am really glad we moved! The new area is so much better;) Later that day I decided to pamper myself so I went to the hairdresser, got a manicure and did some secondhand shopping! I got this really good deal on living social a few weeks ago and no better time than now to use it! I went to John Brody Salon in the Castro, which is really good! I have been there once before and they are always so nice and understand how i want my hair. My hairdresser Anneleice had just come back from a roundtrip around Europe and the first thing she asked me was: Are you scandinavian Hege? Hahaha!;) I had a good time talking to her and got a deep conditioning treatment and a nice haircut at the same time;)

After my workout on Sunday Kris and I continued our french weekend with a lovely lounch at Café de la Presse. The sun was shining, the food was amazing and again I truly felt like I was on vacation in my own city!

The next few weeks is going to be crazy with finals, presentations and projects so I might not be as active, but i´ll try to give you small updates:)

And to all the Norwegians: only 11 days and I am back in Bergen for a few weeks!

Cafe de Bastille! 

Local edition!
A weekend on vacation in my new San Francisco neighborhood