Christmas past

December 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

Nearing the midpoint of cramming for my anatomy semi-final on the 7th and I think the last time I left the apartment was…Christmas. And sadly, no plans of leaving it any time soon! We had groceries delivered on Friday, so I prepped chicken, veggies, protein bars and protein balls to keep us going for a few days. The couple of hours it takes to prep everything feels miserable in the moment, but it is so worth it to have to ready later.

I was hoping that I would have time to write more of a detailed post about how we spent our Christmas, but considering how exhausted I am, this will have to do!

We took the three days after our physio exam off from studying – and it was amazing! It wasn’t really on purpose, we were just too tired to do anything else and felt like Christmas was a good enough excuse to rest a little. On Christmas eve day, Jannie came over and we watched movies all day on the couch. We took a break to head to the market and get food for a dinner party we were going to later that night. The original plan was that everyone would bring a dish, but with our poor planning, we weren’t left with many options. Every single shop in the neighborhood was closed, everything except…the Christmas market! So, we decided on a ham and cheese platter and plenty of wine. Everyone we met that day was so friendly and helpful that it really put me in the Christmas spirit. Once we got home, we found out that we didn’t need to bring our goodies to the dinner, so into the fridge it went!

Market Meatman SJMarket Skjalg

Christmas dinner was held by Victoria and Eline, two girls in our class. They did such an amazing job! The apartment was done up in full Christmas glamour and the girls were busy cooking a full Christmas meal in the kitchen. Being Norwegian, they prepared a traditional Christmas dinner: pinnekjøtt med kålrabistappe. Despite the Christmases we spent in Norway while I was growing up, this was my first time trying it. My thoughts: fantastic! I am so, so grateful that we were able to have a real Christmas experience in the midst of all this exam chaos. (Tusen, tusen takk Victoria og Eline!) By the way, I only managed one shot of the dinner before the first toast…and Skjalg decided his forearm should be in the picture too. Try to imagine it without 😉

Christmas dinner...and Skjalgs forearm Xmas dinner 2 Xmas dinner

And finally a group pic, courtesy of facebook:

Christmas dinner

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