Something big part 3

I shall never, ever complain about Norwegian weather again!

We had the photo shoot for Hjemmet (Norwegian Women’s magazine) at my house on Friday and the weather was a little nippy (sorry, old habits) beautiful!

After a whole month of work, not to mention all the stress that went into this day, it went off without a hitch. Two very lovely ladies showed up at nine o’clock in the morning, one took pictures while the other interviewed my husband and I. She asked him questions about the house and me questions about the book. The book is after all the whole reason I decided to do this, anything for publicity. Right?

They were finished by one, and then stayed for coffee and cake before leaving. I must say, they made the whole experience fun… Thank you, ladies.

However, the weeks leading up to this day were anything but fun, Something Big part 1 and part 2, and my husband now has the Harry Potter scar on his forehead to prove it.

In all fairness, the house did need to be painted, just not at the speed of light. He fell because he was rushing to get the job done and now, every time I see the scar on his face I’ll be reminded again, of all he does for me. Another point for him.

The women from Hjemmet were hardly in their car before my husband was fast asleep on the sofa. I put away the food we used as props and started packing all the stuff I’d loaned for the pictures. I then woke my husband and asked if he could help me return all the heavy, potted plants I’d borrowed. To my surprise he said, “No!” He needed a trip out in the boat… Alone.

It didn’t take long for me to realize he was right, enough is enough. So at four o’clock in the afternoon I put on my pajamas, went to bed and watched one episode of Mad Men (I have a secret crush on Don Draper) before falling asleep. (Darn, I forgot to tell Hjemmet we were probably one of the first homes in Norway to put television in the bedroom).

My son woke me at seven and asked if I could drive him to a friends house, I did (in my pajamas), came home watched another episode of my chain smoking, hard drinking ad man and went back to sleep. I slept until 9:30 the next morning! I can’t remember the last time I slept that long…

The first thing I noticed while drinking my tea and looking out the window the next morning, was all the potted plants were gone… Somebody had returned them while I was asleep.

Thank you, honey!” He wouldn’t let me put a picture of his scar here, so I’m posting a picture of Don Draper instead.

I’d also like to thank Anja for her help and advice, and for lending me all her magnificent treasures.

Marita, for the pretty cupcakes.

Diana, for the excellent cake.

Oasen, for the beautiful flowers.

Espeland Senteret, for building our spectacular new lookout.

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About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on June 17, 2012, in all things Norsk, Family stuff, silly stuff, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. What wonderful friends, Maggie! The photos of their contributions are beautiful. Congrats on making it through the shoot. Your hubby sounds like an absolute keeper!

  2. He is, scar and all 🙂

  3. Aahhh! I can breathe again now, and uncross everything! So glad it all went off without a hitch…

  4. haha… I’m glad its over! Thanks 🙂

  5. I cannot imagine the stress of this venture! I’m sure it will be a beautiful spread. Now I can’t wait to see it! (and what good friends AND a goodman you have, my dear ♥) Glad you got some rest! ♥

  6. When will the magazine come out?

  7. Wonderful, Maggie – I’m so pleased that it went well in the end! And I know how you feel, sometimes we do take our men for granted, eh? Tony keeps asking me why I want a dog so badly. I tell him because we’ll be apart for the best part of a year. He asks me, but what do you need retrieving? And I reiterate, we’ll be apart for almost a year – you retrieve stuff for me all the time… he he. 🙂

    What lovely friends you have as well! I’ve been really tempted to start watching ‘Mad Men’ – so, your crush aside, would you recommend it? 🙂

  8. So thats why you want a dog!
    I can see that.
    The dogs sleep with me whenever Harry is away and then I don’t feel so lonely..

    I do have great friends…like you, Kate.

    Yes, start watching Mad Men. At first its like watching theTwilight Zone because its the 50’s. Everyone drinks and smokes at work, no one wears seat belts and kids are mixing drinks for their parents… Its a crazy blast from the past, with plenty of drama. Plus, Mr. Don Draper!

  9. It all looks lovely, I’m sure it will be a beautiful magazine piece! Congrats!

  10. Congrats! Glad it all went well, those cupcakes look very tasty!!

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