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Kreative FM Podcast Episode 4 – Tribute to Leif Erikson

by Lindy

As a tribute to Leif Erikson, the Norse explorer and discoverer of America, take a listen to episode four of Kreative FM Podcast.

Show notes:

  • Happy Leif Erikson Day!
  • Girls’ trip to Boulder/Denver, Colorado and liver training (Norwegian vs. Irish – who drinks better)
  • Tune In Radio – KUNC (Northern Colorado)
  • Rain, lightning and thunder in Southern California and a skiddish Saint Bernard
  • Strange children’s birthday parties
  • Real estate exploration with Zillow
  • City Data Forum for city exploration via discussion
  • Interior decorating ideas with Houzz
  • AirBnB for economical lodging exploration
  • Waterfront property on the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
  • Soundbytes: Kimya Dawson – “Looking Out the Windshield”, Flight of the Conchords – “Business Time” and Epic Rap Battles of History – “Adam vs. Eve”

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.

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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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– Lindy and Jonathan


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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Down the Rabbit Hole – From Portlandia to the Northwest Passage

by Lindy

I went down another virtual rabbit hole this week. This is how it went.

I was working in my home office doing tasks on one monitor while watching Netlix on the other monitor, as usual. Yes, two monitors are better than one! I selected Portlandia to watch as it prompted me that there were new episodes. Instead of recognizing which episode I’d watched last, it played episode one. I loved it! It reminded me again how funny and clever the comedy was – I was hooked immediately again by the intro song, “The Dream of the 90s is Alive in Portland.”

“Portland is a city where young people go to retire!”

“In Portland you can just put a bird on something and call it art!”

Then I saw in the song credits that it was from an album called ‘Songs of the Northwest’. So after watching several episodes of Portlandia, I went to YouTube to search for more Songs of the Northwest. Imagine my glee when I stumbled on some awesome historical videos on the development of the Pacific Northwest with all the lumberjack footage!

Then I saw a song recommendation pop up: Stan Rogers’ Northwest Passage; I had a sneaking suspicion that that was the musician I was trying to remember from when I first listened to it in the 90s!! I had purchased an old cassette tape at a garage sale in Bellingham and went through a phase of listening to this awesome Canadian folk music; although friends may have found it a little odd when Sir Mix A Lot’s Baby Got Back was also one of my faves of the time. But to find it on YouTube with actual video of the song and learn a little bit more about the history was awesome!

I stayed up a little longer than I should have that night! The Canadians are very proud of this song apparently and think it should replace the existing Canadian Anthem; no joke. I tend to agree – it’s hard not to be moved by the lyrics and the music. It makes you honor those adventurous explorers who risked it all to journey into the unknown. I like how the video poster said, “This video is dedicated to all who have journeyed north and west (and south and east) ‘to find there but the road back home again'”.

I love these final lyrics:

How then am I so different from the first men through this way?
Like them, I left a settled life, I threw it all away.
To seek a Northwest Passage at the call of many men
To find there but the road back home again.

The rabbit hole didn’t end there; I ended up watching videos on ‘Occupy Cascadia’ – the Northwest Region of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. I found that very interesting, but I’ll save that for another day. There is more for me to explore in that regard.

    


No Hood Rat Left Behind! (Or Dehydrated)

by Lindy

Our fun neighbor friends, self-proclaimed ‘hood rats’, decided to do the Gladiator Rock ‘n Run last Saturday; all because of a too-good-to-be-true Groupon deal that we couldn’t possibly pass up.

I was a little nervous to run the 6k + obstacle course and mud run, but we ended up kicking ass and taking names! And we looked good doing it! (Well, not really, but kind of.) We all finished strong and only bypassed one obstacle – walking over staggered, upright 2x4s (due to being ‘vertically-challenged’.) Plus, we told each other, the line was too long anyway, and we didn’t want to delay our times any more than we had to.  My results: 1:27:40.9 | 23:31 | overall 1333 | females 526 | age division 103. It may not seem impressive, but I amazed myself! I was even able to climb to the top of the rope and ring the bell – which some Army Rangers can’t even do (unverified).

We have so many excellent photos from race day, not to mention crazy-funny memories, but I’ll share just a few here. For the ‘cherry on the sundae’, here is an awesome video I posted on YouTube showing how I trained for the Gladiator Rock ‘n Run – with the magic of PRANCERCISE!

Warming Up for the Gladiator Rock 'n Run

Warming Up for the Gladiator Rock ‘n Run

Neon Gladiators

Neon Gladiators

Hood Rats United

Hood Rats United

Pre-Race Confidence

Pre-Race Confidence

Starting Line

Starting Line

Super Hood Rat - Able to Leap Cargo Net in a Single Bound

Super Hood Rat – Able to Leap Cargo Nets in a Single Bound

Flashbacks from the Air Force

Flashbacks from the Air Force

My cape is soiled!

My cape is soiled!

Slippery Wall of Doom

Slippery Wall of Doom

How NOT to Climb the Slippery Wall of Doom

Hood Rat Cynthia Showing How NOT to Climb the Slippery Wall of Doom

Hood Rats United Leaping Over Flames

Hood Rats United Leaping Over Flames

No Hood Rat Left Behind!

No Hood Rat Left Behind!

The Hood Rat Chicks

The Hood Rat Chicks

Post-Race Shower Courtesy of Dr. Bronner's Magic Foam Experience

Post-Race Shower Courtesy of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Foam Experience

No Hood Rat Left Dehydrated!

No Hood Rat Left Dehydrated!

Hydrating at Wahoo's Da Bar, Irvine Spectrum

Hydrating at Wahoo’s Da Bar, Irvine Spectrum

We’re definitely going to do this race again in 2014! But this time I’ll train a bit harder. See you there?


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

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Frozen Lake; Lillehammer, Norway

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!)


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