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Kreative FM Podcast Episode 16 – Polar Vortex vs. El Niño

by Lindy
Veterans Day 2014

Veterans Day 2014 – Airman Thompson

Show notes:

  • Thanks for all the great feedback! Question from Atari of New Brunswick from The Twitter: “Is the Polar Vortex affecting your El Niño much?”
  • Drinking: vodka, Squirt, grapefruit juice
  • Turpentine by Brandi Carlile
  • Whole Foods dining
  • Washington visit
  • The Inclinator
  • Renaissance Club Sport gym
  • Buttercup ailing
  • Veterans Day 2014
  • Vines
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit, Muppets
  • Harp Twins
  • He-man, She-ra, Castle Grayskull

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

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– Lindy and Jonathan

 


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.

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

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– Lindy and Jonathan


New Signature Cocktail: Subdued Excitement

by Lindy

I’ve invented a new signature cocktail inspired by Bellingham, Washington’s (my hometown) unofficial nickname, “The City of Subdued Excitement”. I’m almost, nearly, completely excited by my new concoction!

The Subdued Excitement cocktail is comprised of:

  • Kirkland Signature vodka from Costco (Seattle company)
  • Organic grapefruit juice
  • Frozen rainwater (preferably from the Great Northwest) in the form of ice cubes

The Subdued Excitement cocktail is simple, natural, outdoorsy and a little tart – just like Bellingham-sters like me!

Feel free to substitute organic apple juice for the grapefruit juice if it’s too exciting for you.

It’s perfect served in these 2 oz. red party cups because it wouldn’t be prudent to over-indulge. (Unless of course you’re not driving and you don’t have work in the morning.)

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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


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.

    


Norwegian Vacation Part 2 – Family Reunion

by Lindy

It’s been over 100 years since Lauritz Anton Kjønnerud (Kenrud is the Americanized surname) and Elise Marie Hagan left their homes in Larvik, Norway – the southern coastal region. (Home of Thor Heyerdahl, Kon-Tiki adventurer.) They left Norway (independently) in the early 1900s for better lives; times were tough in Norway and America promised a land of opportunities. Lauritz and Elise are my maternal great-grandpa and great-grandma. They were married in Couer d’Alene, Idaho on August 30, 1913 (exactly 90 years before my wedding anniversary on the same date!)

I am fortunate that my grandpa Andy (Lauritz’s son) and uncle Kern (Lauritz’s grandson) maintained contact with some of our family in Norway and that I’ve had the chance to get to know them throughout the past 10 years; especially with the ease of email and Facebook. The Sons of Norway in Seattle helped to reconnect my grandpa with his Norwegian relatives after Lauritz and Elise died, leaving him and his brother orphans. Kern has also passed on the letters between the families in Norwegian and old photos of their first homestead in Bellingham, Washington. Having the opportunity to see these has left a lasting impression on me and I’m honored to have this legacy to share with my children.

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Lauritz, Ralph and Andy Kenrud, Bellingham, WA

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Elise on the farm, Bellingham, WA

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Ralph and Andy (great uncle and grandpa) cutting wood, Bellingham, WA

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Lauritz, Ralph and Andy Kenrud, Bellingham, WA

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Fishing in Bellingham, WA

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Lauritz, Ralph and Andy Kenrud

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Ralph and Andy Kenrud, my grandpa and great uncle

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Elise, Andy and Ralph Kenrud | Bellingham, WA

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Lauritz and Elise in Bellingham, Washington

My husband and I visited my family in Larvik first in 2004 and then in 2011, some came to visit our family in Seattle and now we’ve just returned from our big family trip to Norway where we were able to spend quality time with most of the cousins and great uncles/aunts. It was an incredible experience for me and impactful for my children as well. Kiersten (5) is now smitten with her cousin Jakob and claims to want to marry him and Brendan (2) perpetually stuck by Jana’s side. They all played so well together despite the language barrier.

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Driving from Oslo to Larvik

We had five days of spending time with all the family, rotating visits to everyone’s houses. Highlights were having late night conversations with our accommodating hosts Kristian (cousin) and Heike, as well as tasting various new liquors with them, having a fun cookout at the beach in Stavern with waffles, sausages and lefse, spending a day with Kjell (great uncle) and Inger eating and reviewing ancestry documents, meeting a new cousin from my great-grandma’s lineage, Heidi, and hearing all the creative things she’s involved with at her job, seeing and learning about Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Rat Virgin’ sculpture in Skien on the Telemark canal, meeting younger Kristian and Ingrid’s new baby girl, Line, and Kristian taking the kids on a tour of his police station in Skien. It was wonderful seeing Beate (cousin) and Espen’s home and tasting a traditional Norwegian soup with flatbread and lots of butter. We also had a great time seeing Håkon (cousin) and Reidun’s home and getting to know them more. We also got to meet another cousin of Kristian, Espen and his wife Pham and their two lovely daughters. They had lived in the U.S. before, so there was a lot to talk about. Of course, there never is enough time and I’m sad we didn’t get more time with everyone. I’m certain we will visit them again someday though.

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Brendan and Inger, great aunt, Larvik, Norway

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Norwegian dinner; Larvik, Norway.

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Brendan, Jana and Heike; Larvik, Norway.

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Beate and Brendan + me; Larvik, Norway.

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Beate, Inger, Kjell and Kiersten; Larvik., Norway.

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Delicious Norwegian Jello Dessert

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Delicious Norwegian Meatballs, courtesy of Inger.

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Lindy and Kjell reviewing ancestry documents; Larvik., Norway.

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Inger, Annika and Kiersten; Larvik., Norway.

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Kjell and his grand nieces; Larvik., Norway.

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Lindy and Heidi; Larvik, Norway.
Creative cousins.

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Lindy, Heidi and Annika, Larvik, Norway.

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Frozen row boat in Larvik, Norway

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Hungry swan. Larvik, Norway.

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Playing on the beach; Larvik, Norway

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Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Rat Virgin’ Sculpture. Skien, Norway.

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Climbing up the ‘Rat Virgen’; Skien, Norway

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Kids taking over the computers. Skien, Norway.

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Welcoming Kristian’s new baby girl, Line.

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Ane reading to Kiersten. Skien, Norway

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Skien family. Beate, Reidun, Ane, Espen, Jakob, Oscar + me, Annika, Kiersten, Brendan.

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Traditional Norwegian soup, courtesy of Beate. Skien, Norway.

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Legos are universal. Jakob, Oscar and Brendan; Skien, Norway.

Brendan and Jakob at the police station in Skien, Norway.

Brendan and Jakob at the police station in Skien, Norway.

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Annika, Kiersten, Baby Line and Ingrid.

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Dressed for the weather. Stavern, Norway.

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Staying warm at the beach. Stavern, Norway

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Beach cookout, Stavern, Norway

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The girls: Jana, Annika, Kiersten. Stavern, Norway

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Jana locked up in Stavern, Norway

The Guys' Jonathan, Brendan, Kristian. Stavern, Norway.

The Guys’ Jonathan, Brendan, Kristian. Stavern, Norway.

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Stavern, Norway

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Beautiful Norwegian girls, Ane and Julie. Larvik, Norway.

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Kids’ table for celebration dinner. Larvik, Norway

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Bear hug. Kristian and Brendan. Larvik, Norway.

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Family photo with Håkon taking the photo. Larvik, Norway.

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Strong liquor.

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Stronger
liquor.

Some of the things I loved about Larvik and Skien was the stunning, natural beauty, the crisp fresh air and the kind, authentic people. I enjoyed the traditional Norwegian meals with lots of bread, cheese, meat, fish and spreads on open-faced sandwiches and especially the meatballs and potatoes. I loved how everyone is active outside despite the cold weather; you can see bicyclers, runners, hikers and soccer players everywhere. There is a Norwegian saying we’ve learned, “There’s no such thing as bad weather; just bad clothing.” So true! I became adept at dressing in layers and was quite warm and comfortable. I really like the cold-weather, Nordic fashion with a blend of rugged function and beauty. I also love Norwegian design and decor in their homes; it’s so natural, rustic and quaint with a lot of personal touches.

Now that I’m back in the U.S., I reflect a lot on my ancestry and the people who came before me, their journey, as well as what aspects of me are distinctly Norwegian (stubbornness, determination, outdoorsy, down to earth.) I like to think I’m Norwegian even if just 75% of me is and I can’t speak the language well and I’m the 3rd generation in America (on both my parent’s sides).

I’m happy to report that to honor my Norwegian great-grandparents, my uncle Kern has arranged for Lauritz and Elise’s names, where they immigrated from and their dates of arrival to the U.S. are going to be added to the last available rune stone at the Leif Erikson sculpture, a tribute to Scandinavian immigrants, at Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle. The final stone will be added to the 13 existing runic-like stones arranged around the statue in the ancient tradition of a Viking ship. The stones display authentic Viking designs, and each stone holds plaques with the names of Scandinavian immigrants to honor their history.

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Leif Erikson statue at Shilshole Bay Marina, Seattle, Washington Photo Credit: LeifErikson.org

Leif Erikson International Foundation (LEIF) commissioned a new base for the existing statue and a display of some 850 immigrants’ names. (More names were added in July 2010, for a total of 1,767.) The statue base is a large granite stone approximately six feet high, in the middle of a plaza. It is encircled with upright, runic-like stones, featuring authentic Viking carvings and plaques with the names of immigrants, along with their home towns and years of immigration.

The base and tribute display were designed by internationally known artist Jay Haavik, grandson of the former pastor of Ballard First Lutheran Church, the Rev. O. L. Haavik.

The Norseman Leif Erikson symbolizes the courage to venture to a new land.- leiferikson.org

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Lauritz and Elise will be honored on a rune stone like this.
Rune stone, Leif Erikson Statue at Shilshole Bay Marina, Seattle, Washington
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My next post will be about the concert we went to in Sandefjord, Norway to see Norwegian rock band Tainted Souls perform live. It was awesome!


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