California girl in Denmark

you can take her out of the OC, but you'll never take the OC out of her

new meaning in my life

It’s been a long time since I posted anything, the year has gone by so fast.  It’s already November 2nd, the cold has arrived and the leaves have started to fall.  In a nutshell the spring was beautiful and the summer was short with lots of rain at the beginning and many pretty partly cloudy days with some sunshine.  There were even a few (well, two) weekends where the temperature got into the high 70s.  Or, 25+ degrees Celsius since now I can talk that way.  That’s all past tense now and it’s been in the low 40s(F) in the daytime and close to freezing or below at night for a number of weeks now.  Gone are all the beautiful flowers and the fresh green leaves but not to fear, they’ll be back, in like 6 months.  :P

Lucky for me I get to snuggle up with my darling husband and the new love of my life, my 5 week old baby daughter, Katelyn Mollie Christensen.  The winter couldn’t be any warmer than with those two.  I’m the luckiest woman in the world.


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my marvelous day

March 17, 2012 will go down as a day to beat all other days.

It is so fitting that two beer lovers would pick St. Patrick’s Day to get married.  My dear sweet husband has already mentioned a possible anniversary trip to Ireland.  Sounds like fun to me!

my love of cheesy staged photos

Highlights of my wedding day included, but weren’t limited to, a five minute ceremony at city hall, an old Danish man who took our photos for the newspaper thinking I was British and telling us how he fought with the Brits in World War II (I said he was old), and a wedding brunch outside in a forest in MARCH bundled up in blankets and under sunny, blue skies.  There was only one lowlight  – my first Danish chicken nachos, but one caveat was that my hopes weren’t really all that high.  Next time, we’ll do that up at home and they will be oh so good.  If I can only find cilantro….

stjerneskud YUM!


So very Danish – steamed and fried plaice on a piece of toast, topped with greens, dried mulberries, shrimp, asparagus and caviar, then served with a homemade dressing similar to thousand island and lemon slice.  Not only the fanciest meal I have ever had, but the prettiest by far!  It was excellent, as my caption might relay.







at a restaurant in a forest near a mill

that’s an egg yolk in that cup!



Parisienne Boef – a ground beef steak on a piece of toast, topped with greens and accompanied by freshly grated horseradish, pickled red beets, capers and finely diced red onion. That egg yolk gets poured on the top before you eat it.  Another Danish delight.  The hubby totally approved!







They say that the second go around has much better chances for survival than the first, because the parties entering into the union have likely taken the time to seek out someone that they are truly compatible with, as well as the fact that many pitfalls can be seen ahead of time and either avoided completely or more easily worked through.  I feel confident that this is the case with our marriage.  My husband and I are perfect companions and I believe that we are true soulmates, destined to be together.  He likely wouldn’t put the same words to it but I believe that the stars aligned on the day we met and that everything fell into place for us to be together.  As I recall the very first thing that my darling husband said to me when we first met was an innocuous comment something to the effect of “have you lost your knight in shining armor?”.  I hadn’t, but I certainly found him on that day.

Jeg elsker dig, KKC, for altid.







Brrrr… Getting ready for the adjustment

Today is Monday, January 23rd, and one month from tomorrow I leave warm and sunny southern California for my new home in Lisbjerg, Denmark.  I can’t even begin to portray how excited I am for this majorly life changing event.  Not only am I going to be with the neatest person in the entire world (biased? psha, not me) but I am going to be living in what people say is the “Happiest Place in the World”, at least according to some studies somewhere.  Apparently the Danes – and others who live there – are really happy with their lives, and from what I gather it’s because they live rather modestly (easier to please?), have good work/life balance, state sponsored health care, and although their taxes are very high, the streets are clean, there’s great public transportation, over six hundred castles and 700+ miles of coastline.

What’s not to love, you might say?  Well, I found something…

Five months out of the year that are below 45 farenheit?  Good god.

I have lived my entire life in California and I can’t remember it being that cold in the daytime since I was in Jr. High in the late 1980s and one winter day there was a “storm of the century”.  It gets that cold at night, during the wintertime only, for maybe 10 nights out of the year.  That’s it.  And if it ever is that cold, I’m always inside, warm and toasty, gawking at the temperature on the internet.  I’m *never* out experiencing it first hand.

Next month, everything is going to change for me.  I am guessing that this will be the first major adjustment to my new life.  I currently own only one sweater and two jackets, one of them being a raincoat.  I think I might be in need of some more cold weather apparel.  Where do you even buy that stuff? Not Denmark, because clothes, like many things, are outrageously expensive there.  Guess I’ll have to go shopping beforehand.

Long underwear, woolen socks, earmuffs, I don’t even know where to begin.  Mittens and scarf anyone?



Adventure Awaits

Today is January 12th, 43 days until I leave for Denmark, and to say that I’m excited would be an understatement.   I sure hope these few weeks go by fast!