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Kreative FM Episode 13 – CA to AZ Road Trip and SMMW14 Recap

by Lindy
My cameo appearance on the SMMW14 video

My cameo appearance on the SMMW14 video; 2:45

This is the first episode recorded in the Rock n Roll Daddy Wagon on our Griswold Family Road Trip spring break!

Show notes:

  • Recorded in the middle of the desert en route from CA to AZ, Grand Canyon bound!
  • Song of the day: Willie Nelson, On the Road Again
  • Drink of the day: water with super food powder (Lindy) and Lipton iced tea (Jonathan)
  • T-21 days until Lindy’s Nautical 40th birthday – #LindysNautical40th #TikiBoatNB
  • Recap: Social Media Marketing World 2014 in San Diego
  • Accompanied by colleagues Ann Ashmon, @AnnAshmon and Kylie Swope, @KylieHype. We were the Brady Sisters; I was the middle sister, Jan and they were Marsha and Cindy.
  • Shout out to our new social media friends IRL: Krista Sweeney, @LeadingImage; Ania Nadybyska, @AniaNadybyska; Mandy Manley, @MandyManley; Melissa Jane, @BeeAnimated; Nicole Bullock, @CuteCultureChic; ‘Hashtag Hero’, Andrew Ford, @SirFord; Laura Mansfield, @Pagatim and more.
  • Best dinner in San Diego: Puestas in Seaport Village
  • Best karaoke moment: Baby Got Back
  • Funny takeaways: #cockinasock to raise awareness for testicular cancer (thanks Nicole!)
  • Puck Yeah hockey song (thanks @RyeMcKenzie, Canuck)
  • Check out the SMMW14 recap video and look for me and my peeps at around 2:15.

In other exciting news, we’re now on Stitcher Radio! Download the Stitcher App to your smart phone or tablet and listen to Kreative FM morning, noon and night!

Tweet your feedback, insights and ideas to us: @kreativehaus@nbhaus#KreativeFM.

Don’t forget to subscribe to Kreative FM so you don’t miss a minute with us!

We’ll aim to have a new episode up in two weeks!

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– Lindy and Jonathan

 


Kreative FM Episode 5 – Oktoberfest and Other Fun

by Lindy
HB Old World Oktoberfest

HB Old World Oktoberfest | Tammy, Shannon, Lindy

Heidi the 90 Year Old Contortionist at HB Old World Oktoberfest

Heidi the 90 Year Old Contortionist at HB Old World Oktoberfest

    Kreative FM Episode 5 Show notes:

Thank you for listening to Kreative FM! If you have any feedback, questions or ideas for future episodes, email us at kreativefm@kreativehaus.com. You can even email us an audio file or suggested media we can play on the show. Also interact with us on our social media sites: @kreativehaus / @nbhaus.

We’ll aim to have a new episode in two weeks!

Shout out to our sponsor! Good Times 2 oz red party cups – perfect for sipping or shooting!

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– Lindy and Jonathan


Kreative FM Podcast Episode 3: Beware of Wild Animals

by Lindy

Listen to the latest episode of Kreative FM by clicking on the image link at the very bottom of the page.

Episode 3 Show notes:

Thank you for listening to Kreative FM! If you have any feedback, questions or ideas for future episodes, email us at kreativefm@kreativehaus.com. You can even email us an audio file or suggested media we can play on the show. Also interact with us on our social media sites: @kreativehaus / @nbhaus.

We’ll aim to have a new episode in two weeks! Topic: TBD

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Kreative FM Podcast: Episode 2

by Lindy

Show notes:

  • The internet rabbit hole
  • Signature cocktail: “Subdued Excitement” – inspired by Bellingham, Washington
  • Thanks to our sponsor Good Times – 2 oz. red party cups
  • Ten year wedding anniversary (tin)
  • Circle Barb B Ranch in Goleta/Santa Barbara, California
  • Horseback riding
  • Games
  • Scandinavian town of Solvang
  • Firestone Vineyards winetasting
  • Chobani yogurt crisis
  • Survival of the fittest
  • Buttercup, Saint Bernard snoring
  • Portlandia
  • Stan Rogers’ Northwest Passage
  • Harp Twins’ Stairway to Heaven
  • Audible.com audio book: The Boys in the Boat
  • Conversation starter: question for the listeners

Thank you for listening to Kreative FM! If you have any feedback, questions or ideas for future episodes, email us at kreativefm@kreativehaus.com. You can even email us an audio file or suggested media we can play on the show. Also interact with us on our social media sites: @kreativehaus / @nbhaus.

We’ll aim to have a new episode in two weeks! Topic: Technology Rejecters.

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– Lindy and Jonathan


Norwegian Vacation Part 3 – Lillehammer

by Lindy

“Norwegian Vacation – Party of Five”
Lillehammer, Norway
April 8 – 12, 2013

Lillehammer was the last leg of our epic journey to Norway and it was beautiful! Rugged, mountainous, peaceful, outdoorsy and quaint. The weather was chilly with snow still on the ground, but it was just what we wanted. Every native Norwegian was tired of the prolonged winter, but we relished it! (Since it was only four days until we were going back to the predictable (boring) sunshine in Southern California.)

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Spring Weather Report for Lillehammer, Norway

Our Air BnB host Mari rented out her quaint, artistic condo overlooking the valley and snow-capped mountains and it was breathtaking. Our temporary home on the hilltop was very relaxing and family-oriented. The girls enjoyed playing video games and sleeping on bunk beds, just like home. Highlights included: visiting the Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum), exploring downtown Lillehammer, eating at Nikkers Restaurant, touring the Norwegian Olympic Museum and going sledding at Sjusjoen Ski Resort. Since we were there in between the official Winter and Summer tourist seasons, many things we were interested in doing were closed, which was a bummer; I really wanted to go on a dog sleigh ride through the wilderness. Regardless, we had a nice, relaxing time interspersed with adventure.

Lillyhammer, Steven Van Zandt Photo Credit: Rubicon/NRK

When we had been in Larvik, many people told us about a popular TV series called Lillyhammer, featuring the town of Lillehammer. They all recounted how funny the show was; a NYC mobster played by actor Steven Van Zandt gets put in the FBI’s witness protection program and he chooses to go to ‘Lillyhammer’ because he saw it in the Olympics and there were a lot of hot chicks there. It showcases the culture shock he experiences and his attempts at adapting his mobster lifestyle to the town. Ironically, when we ate at Nikkers restaurant in downtown Lillehammer, we talked to the waitress who said that Steven frequently ate there when they’re filming and that he’d just been there. Now that we’ve been to Lillehammer in person as well as seen the show, we’re hooked on watching all the episodes!

 

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Driving from Larvik to Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Driving from Larvik to Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Driving from Larvik to Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Norwegian Tunnel; Driving to Lillehammer from Larvik, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Frozen Lake; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Three Sleeping Sardines; Driving from Larvik to Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Icy Rock Wall; Driving to Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Roadside Chapel; Driving to Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Fresh Snowfall in Lillehammer, Norway

Our visit to the Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum)

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Art Sculpture; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Norwegian Unicycle; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Attempting to Walk a Straight Line with a Simulated Sobriety Test; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Bicycles Galore; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Vintage Bicycle Bells; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Wooden Bike; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Taxi! Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Pink Polka Dotted Moose Antlers; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Biker Dude; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Tire Swings; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Nature Walk; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Massive Machinery; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Gigantic Tunnel; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Lindy Neubauer

“Nature Calls!” Norwegian Outhouse; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Acclimating to the Snow; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Camp Fire Hut; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Annika’s Car; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Kiersten’s Car; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Brendan’s Car; Norsk Vegmuseum (Road Museum); Lillehammer, Norway

Norwegian Olympic Museum

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Norwegian Olympic Museum; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Norwegian Olympic Museum; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Neubauer Kids Take Gold, Silver and Bronze! Norwegian Olympic Museum; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Brendan’s First Gold Medal! Norwegian Olympic Museum; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Norwegian Olympic Museum; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Norwegian Olympic Museum; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Norwegian Olympic Museum; Lillehammer, Norway

Making Ourselves at Home in Lillehammer

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Undaunted by the Snow; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

You Can’t Separate Her from the Internet or Her New Norwegian Hat; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

International Dance Competition With Mari’s Daughters; Lillhammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

The American vs. The Norwegian in the Michael Jackson Dance Competition

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Feeling at Home; Lillehammer, Norway

Walking around Downtown Lillehammer

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Quiet Streets of Downtown Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Kiersten Camoflauged with ‘Moods of Norway’ Shop Tractor; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Moose Sighting; Nikkers Restaurant; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Moose Sighting; Nikkers Restaurant; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Norwegian Movie Stars; Nikkers Restaurant; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Traveling Troll; Nikkers Restaurant; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Party of Five; Nikkers Restaurant; Lillehammer, Norway

Sledding at Sjusjoen Ski Resort

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

No American Flag in Sight; Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Ultimate Cross Country Skiing Destination; Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Map of Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Traveling Troll and Kids Sledding at Sjusjoen Ski Resort, Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Neubauer Boys; Sledding at Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Tandem Sledding; Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Pushing the Kids Over the Cliff. Sledding at Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Sledding at Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

The Race is On! Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Sjusjoen Ski Resort’s Lodge Buffet; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Sjusjoen Ski Resort’s Lodge Buffet; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Sjusjoen Ski Resort’s Lodge Buffet; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Sjusjoen Ski Resort’s Lodge Buffet; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Nordic Explorers; Sjusjoen Ski Center; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Nordic Explorers; Sjusjoen Ski Center; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Pipe Sliding, Crash Landing at Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Pipe Sliding, Crash Landing at Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Pipe Sliding at Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

“That’s All Folks!” Pipe Sliding at Sjusjoen Ski Resort; Lillehammer, Norway

It’s now been a month since we were in Lillehammer and it’s almost like a dream that we were even there. It seems like such an idyllic place to live and I loved being in the homeland of my ancestors; the culture, landscape and values of Norway seems so suited to me.

This completes my travel series on our ‘Norwegian Vacation – Party of Five’. We had a memorable two week spring break vacation in Norway and look back on all the photos and adventures fondly. I hope to see Norway’s beauty again in another five – ten years and suspect we will be even more adventurous then, as the kids will be a little older. I’m glad we went with our kids at their current ages though as they were able to soak it in with open minds and have the experience shape their young lives in a positive way. I would highly recommend a Norwegian adventure for other families as well. (Just save your money!)


Tainted Souls Live in Sandefjord, Norway

by Lindy
Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sandefjord, Norway

When we were in Larvik, Norway, we were able to go see Tainted Souls in concert. They were playing live at Murphy’s in Sandefjord and had taken their fans from Oslo to/from the concert in a big party bus. I’m psyched my cousin Heidi was able to come with us and we could share some beers and good conversation. It was also cool to meet so many fun and interesting new people!

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Tainted Souls’ Party Bus; Sandefjord, Norway.

Photo Credit: Geirr Cranner

Tainted Souls in front of their Party Bus. Live in Sandefjord, Norway.

Tainted Souls’ band members:

Morten Duesund – Vocals
Bjørn Skallerud – Guitars
Rune Kristensen – Bass
Tor Arne Berg – Drums

Photo Credit: Jonathan NeubauerTainted Souls Concert; Sandefjord, Norway.

We got there well before the concert began, so we were able to hang out and meet the band and their friends, family and fans. Everyone was extremely cool and we had a great time, first having tapas at Da Vinci’s across the street and then at Murphy’s Irish Pub for drinks. Murphy’s was a cool pub with a lot of space to mingle and hang out. At the same time the band was setting up, there was an awesome birthday party going on for a girl named Pia, and everyone was dressed from in 1920s flapper era attire. They were all extremely attractive and having a blast. Sorry I didn’t get a picture of it; you’ll have to trust me that it was a sight.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Lindy and Heidi, Tainted Souls Concert; Sandefjord, Norway.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Morten, Lindy and Her New Tainted Souls T-Shirt.

Photo Credit: Lindy Neubauer

What’s This Gringo Doing in Norway?

Photo Credit: Lindy Neubauer

Pre-Concert Drinks. What? Jonathan drinking an unleaded Coke?!

As a side note, you will never see Jonathan go to a bar and drink an unleaded Coke; there would usually be Jack Daniels in there with just a splash of Coke. However, in Norway, the DUI laws are very serious (.2% BAL) and he adhered to the law that evening. I was happy that I wasn’t the D.D. and that Heidi was with us too, because she was familiar with the area and there was a lot of road construction and closures. I would have gotten us lost and mangled if I were driving with only the assistance of Google Maps.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Norwegian Beer – Hansa; Tainted Souls Concert.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Morten Representing Surfrider Foundation on Stage

I had given Morten, the lead singer, a Surfrider Foundation Newport Beach Chapter t-shirt as his wife’s a surfer and I want to bring Surfrider to Norway. It was cool that he wore the shirt on stage! During set up, there was an issue with the sound system, so there was some band angst in calling in some back up help, but the crew got it worked out and the band sounded great. It was a very interactive and engaging concert! Morten chatted it up with the crowd between songs and the fans sang along and took lots of photos and videos throughout. He’d even brought Pia, the birthday girl, up on stage to sing Happy Birthday to her! I’d listened to their CD Mercury Mind several times before the trip, so I was familiar with the catchy songs and they did several cool cover songs as well. My favorite was Chris Isaac’s “Wicked Game” – it’s a classic and they performed it well.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Pia’s Friend Calling Her Up on Stage for “Happy Birthday”.

Photo Credit: Lindy Neubauer

Tainted Souls Performing Cover Song, “Wicked Game”

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Tainted Souls Concert. Sandefjord, Norway.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Tainted Souls Fans. Sandefjord, Norway.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Tainted Souls Concert. Sandefjord, Norway.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Neubauer

Tor Arne (drums) and Rune (bass). Tainted Souls Concert; Sandefjord, Norway.

See more photos from Murphy’s Irish Pub and other concerts in their website’s concert gallery. You should also keep up with them on their Facebook and Twitter. They’ll be playing in Southern California early September 2013, so make sure to save the date if you’re on the west coast.

In my next and final post in my Norwegian travel writing series, I’ll cover our last four days in Norway, which we spent in the beautiful mountain town of Lillehammer, Norway’s Olympic city. Read about it here.


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