I wonder what Debbie Gibson is up to these days..

June 29th, 2008 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

Or Tiffany for that matter… Obviously, i could just google it, but i just thought that would make a neat title for a blog entry..

Does anyone even know who Debbie Gibson and Tiffany are? Maybe if you were a girl between the ages of 8-12 and living in the States around 1988-89, you’ll remember them.. They were singers. Tiffany had this big hit , which was a remake of the old Beatles song “i saw her standing there”. Her version was predictably called “I saw him standing there”. It was awful, and my friends and I probably sang it into hairbrush microphones when we had sleepovers (the song “circle in the sand” with Belinda Carlisle was equally popular for such occasions). I’m pretty sure she had another big hit as well, which wasn’t a remake of an old beatles song.. hell was it called again (i’m refraining from consulting wikipedia here, and seeing how good my memory is…. maybe it’ll come later….)

Around this same time (when i was 9 or 10) i had a short blond haircut similar to Debbie Gibsons, so, obviously, according to my friends, i looked like Debbie Gibson.. She wasn’t as bad as Tiffany (who had long wavy red hair, so nobody compared me to her) and also around this time i “fell in love” for the first time. He was a kid in my science class, and i thought he was unbearably cute..

I even wrote a song, influenced by the heartache caused when this boy started showing my best friend more interest than me. He sat next to me usuallly, but then one day i came to class and saw he’d been moved and was seated next to her. I looked over to see them talking and laughing. Oh, the anguish. The lyrics to this song (which had this really sickening melody that i played with one finger on my synthesizer/keyboard thing i got for christmas the year before) are still stuck in my head… which is funny.. cause this was like.. 20 years ago.. started something like this:

“Ever since i met you it was happiness, all the time, no worries, no exhasperations at all….

now everybodies, hanging round you, and i’m not so sure you know i even exist….”

i’m just going to stop right there, cause it only gets worse .. Also, it makes no sense. But hey, i was ten, so it’s sortof cute i guess..
I suppose Debbie Gibson and Tiffany were the Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera of the late eighties.. only there was no sex whatsover in their music, and it was all really innocent and corny. Which actually is a pretty good description of the eighties, in retrospect. Innocent and corny. (by that i’m excluding politics, which are never innocent, no matter how silly the music and fashion world is at the time)

still can’t remember what that other tiffany song was called.. youtube to the rescue.. (imagine you’re waiting 3 minutes or so while i go find it)

Ah. Here it is. Enjoy. ;)

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if i had a dime…

June 15th, 2008 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

for each view:

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ha. Well, it felt wonderful last night to go out for the first time in AGES and do something foolhardy like jump into Kleifarvatn half naked at 2:45 am , in wind and drizzle, just to make this photo.. I’ve missed doing stuff like that, and coming home, having cocoa and being able to check off yet another seemingly too-uncomfortable-to-justify-doing idea off my mental checklist. I was becoming worried that turning 30 the other day would force me to grow up an put an end to this sortof behavior, but no. I’m still ok. Whew. Actually, i’m reallly enjoying being 30. It sounds so.. distinguished.. and i can always pretend to be grown up , on occasions when such a thing may prove beneficial in some way..

There. Now that i’ve blown the dust off this blog of mine, maybe i’ll try to post something here more frequently..

Later..

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Comfort food.

March 14th, 2008 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

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Some days I just get this urge to spend several hours preparing dinner. Gives you time to think, and there’s something so warm and cozy about sitting down with your kids to eat something that you’ve put some effort into, that also tastes wonderful. My boys even admitted this soup was seriously good, and they usually say ” ewwww” by default (they’re not to be taken seriously of course, everything I cook is delicious)

Felt like sharing the recipe for this, (which I sortof made up as I went along) just for the hell of it. Can be used as a base for all kinds of variations, for those not too dependant on recipes.

Creamy chicken & mushroom soup

4 chicken breasts (or an equal amount of other parts of the chicken, if you prefer) chopped rather small.

1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or pressed.

Olive oil

2 chicken stock cubes dissolved in about 750ml water

One large red onion, divided into quarters

5 medium carrots , cleaned (not chopped)

Half a lemon.

A good handfull of fresh thyme stalks.

1 tsp salt

5 large mushrooms, finely sliced.

Butter

White wine (optional but oh-so-much better)

100 g cream cheese

100 ml cream

1 tsp sugar

Heat a good splash of olive oil in a large pot, simmer the garlic very breifly and add the chicken

Fry, while stirring, until the pieces have turned mostly white.

Pour the stock over the chicken pieces. Add to the pot the carrots, lemon, onion and thyme. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the lemon, squeezing out most of the juice into the pot, and continue to simmer for half an hour.

Remove the carrots and onion and place in blender with a bit of the liquid from the pot. Blend until smooth. Remove the thyme stalks and discard. Pour the creamed vegetables back into the pot and stir. Salt to taste. You may need to add a little more water (100-300 ml)

In a smaller pot, melt 2-3 tablespoons butter until bubbly, add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, for a minute or so. Add a generous splash of white wine (100 ml or so) or, if you don’t have any, a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted and smooth.

Add the mushroom/cream cheese mixture to the soup pot and stir. Add the sugar, to taste.

About 5 minutes before serving, pour in the cream. Serve with bread, butter and green salad (and the rest of the white wine, if used)

The bread pictured is my own recipe as well, made while the soup was cooking. I’m too lazy right now to write it down. Maybe i’ll put up a good bread recipe later on.

Note: The chicken will be very well cooked and somewhat dry, esp. if using white meat, if allowed to simmer in the soup the entire time. This is the method i used now, however, the chicken could be stir-fried and added after the vegetables have been removed for purreeing. Then, proceed as described above.

Enjoy.

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maybe i should just be flattered..

February 29th, 2008 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

..rather than let this annoy me. I came across this facebook profile the other day:

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(Yes, that’s my face, for those who haven’t seen that photo )

If this girl does in fact exist (not just some fake profile) and she is indeed born in 1985, then yay! apparently i can pass for someone 7 yrs younger than me.   My two mails to her asking her to explain this have gone unanswered, so whatever…

Anyway, my point is, people are wierd.. or is it weird… can never remember how to spell that….

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10 things i really, really can’t stand.

February 12th, 2008 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

Lists are fun.

1. Itchy stockings. Especially when you’re in class, and you have to sit for over an hour, and the skin on the back of your thighs starts feeling like its trying to crawl off your legs, that kind of itchy.

2. This song. *shudder*. Ironically, i loved At the drive in, One armed scissor being, in my oppinion, one of the best songs of the last 10 years. (If you have no idea how At the drive in connects to that song, google it)

3. Slippery sidewalks, and falling on my ass on one when wearing a skirt. Actually, that hasn’t happened, but its been very, very close these last few days..

4. Snobs.

5. The actor Owen Wilson, for some reason. I can’t really explain this one. I mean, i shouldn’t dislike people i don’t know. So lets just say i can’t stand him as an actor. That’s safe.

6. Driving around with broken cd/mp3 player for over a month, and having to listen to the radio. Especially when they play the song listed at #2, or if there’s some guy talking about sports for 2 hours, and only plays one song while im commuting home from school , and it happens to be that song listed at #2.

7. Listening to a vaccum cleaner when i’m not the one using it.

8. Listening to a vaccum cleaner when i am the one using it.

9. Writing essays about modern art.

10. The people who keep parking in my parking space, despite having their own private driveway that fits 3 cars ,but usually stands empty.

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