Friday, December 11, 2009

I sold my soul and got an iPod

No, of course I didn't, what do you think of me?

But I came close - the iPod Touch is rather gorgeous, and I do still want an iPhone.

If it wasn't for the whole locking it to one (or two) operating systems, not being able to connect it to the eee, having to install stuff, and not being able to use it whenever, wherever...

In case you're one of those who think "apples" comes from Apple, you're sadly mistaken. apples came about before I'd ever heard of Apple. Probably before I'd used a laptop and long before I owned a cell phone or an mp3-player.

I'm not too fond of the company's policy, which is looking more and more like that of Microsoft - it's not enough to get the costumer to stop by for a visit, you need to lock them in your attic until they scream for mercy. Well. That's how I think of it some times.

Still, in spite of my fondness of freedom and commitment phobia, that iPod Touch does look damn good...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Creative Zen X-FI2

I'm in love again!

With a Creative Zen X-FI2 mp3 player, 32gB storage space and a touch screen.

The screen is 3'', perfect for watching movies, with a battery that lasts up to 25 hours.

Only sucks it's a bit too expensive, what with me not having the greatest record of keeping mp3 players alive for too long at a time...

China Fashion Week 2009
- Timeless Fashion?

This is an actual outfit from the China Fashion Week.

I'm not quite sure what's the front and the back, but I it looks like this is the right way (whatever that means).

Maybe an idea for those of us who never seem to be on time?

More weird looking outfits ->>

Friday, November 20, 2009


I think either mosquitos thought summer is back, or there are bedbugs in my bed. I don't particularly like either of those options..

I've got an itchy bump (bite?) on my lower back, and one on my upper thigh. That's not supposed to happen in November and I don't understand where they came from..

Oh no! Maybe kitten has fleas! Do cats get fleas? And do they bite?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Return to Chat

Some times I dare venture back onto chat. It's weird how the older I get, the fewer people talk to me. Or maybe that's not weird at all...

I never quite get used to typing a new number when someone asks how old I am. I'm still stuck at 19 in chat, I've been mostly a stranger to it since then.

Today a guy was getting annoying, as they tend to get, and it ended like this;

apples: I guess that's bye bye to you
Sag: fuck off
Sag: :)
Sag: you are sick

I don't think I've ever got a smiley face between the "fuck" and the "sick" before...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

What the hell has happened to Barbie?

Barbie's always been skinny, it's not that. Tall, blonde, long legs - and a small waist. But look at that waist! Where did the curves I remember from my childhood go?

I've always had Barbie dolls, I had a ton of clothes for them, a huge three story doll house my godfather gave me. Complete furniture for kitchen, dining room, bedroom, bathroom, you name it. Having a ton of aunts and uncles is a lot of fun for a little girl! (don't worry, I grew out of the materialism when the number of cousins rose over 20 and we no longer got individual presents).

So I guess I know what I'm talking about when I say that Barbie dolls did not use to be this skinny. They looked more like the girl in pink here. Still skinny, still long legs and blonde hair, but without the weird looking waist the blue one has.

If it continues like this, I'm a little worried Barbie will lose all her curves. I like curves, nothing like a girl with a beautiful hourglass figure. Skinny clothes hangers on catwalks with bones sticking out rarely look good.

So what's next for Barbie? The guys over at have a suggestion. Anorexic Barbie.

Stunning, isn't she?

Wear your beauty on the outside, please!

"LONDON (Reuters) - The way that accepts new members is simple. A potential member applies with a photo and a brief profile. Over 48 hours, existing members of the opposite sex vote whether or not to admit them.

The site was founded in 2002 in Denmark and went live across the globe last month. Since then, the site has rejected nearly 1.8 million people from 190 countries, admitting just 360,000 new members."

From the website;
  • Do looks matter to you, when it comes to selecting a partner?
  • Do you want to guarantee your dates will always be beautiful?
  • No more filtering through unattractive people on mainstream sites.
  • Meet beautiful people locally and from around the world - now.

Online dating used to be a little taboo. Now it's getting more accepted, but apparently there's still one thing wrong with it; there's ugly people there!! Oh the horror..

Of course, everyone understands how humiliating it must be for Barbie herself to meet this wonderful guy she's been talking to, this potential Mr. Right (or at least Mr. Right Now and tonight) only to discover he looks like the Grinch. She must feel so violated!

The site has recently gone global so... where are Barbie and the Grinch from?
"Fewer than 12.5% of British men and 15% of women who have applied to have been accepted, an emailed statement from the website showed. Only the male Russian and Polish applicants fared worse than British men.
Swedish men have proved the most successful, with 65 percent being accepted, while Norwegian women are considered the most beautiful with 76 percent accepted."

I'm not entirely sure if knowing that people from your country are considered the most beautiful is a good thing or a terrible thing for those of us who would never even entertain the thought of trying to join a club like that (key word being trying), where looks are everything and personality nothing..

The site claims to be honest and not politically correct (in that they admit beauty is important when selecting a mate), and also offers a "Business Area for networking and employment opportunities" since looks are critical when doing business.

I guess this site is pretty much Superficial Central. I have a feeling I wouldn't like it there - and they sure wouldn't like me. The site has been criticized a bit but I'm thinking... if this keeps the most shallow people off other sites (because, let's face it, the rest of us can never measure up to them) that makes them steer well clear of me.
And that is definitely a good thing!

(apples - always looking for the silver lining!)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Google Wave..

.. is apparently the new holy grail of the Internet.

They're getting so many requests, and have so many invites to send, that;
"Invitations will not be sent immediately.
We have a lot of stamps to lick. "
Don't you just love geeks with a sense of humour?

(apples - currently very embarassed I couldn't spell "grail" right without
googling it..)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Threesome with a Realdoll?

I've been getting a lot of hits on a post I did on Realdolls a while ago. I decided to google it.. or them.. and see what else is out there. I came across this entry on Craigslist;
"If you don't know what a Realdoll is, either look it up or you should probably just move on. For those that are aware, I'll give you the stats on my girl: Gabrielle has a Face 16, Body 5, she is about 4'10', lighter skin tone, black hair, trimmed pubic hair, and 32 E breasts. She is a hottie in every sense of the word.

If you are serious about this, we would like to hear from you. You must be respectful of both Gabrielle and myself. Neither of us have ever had a threesome before, so this will be new to both of us. Also, she isn't the most cooperative girl as far as positioning goes - although she is tiny, she is quite heavy. Perhaps with another guy present, it would open up additional possibilities. I'm not as picky as she is, so it would probably help your chances if you addressed your messages to her. She would love to hear your basic info and any thoughts/ideas for our threesome. She has several outfits she could wear for us."

Is this for real? It certainly could be. There are plenty of people out there who do way weirder things than have threesomes with their dolls. And I'm sure there are people who do way weirder things than pretend their dolls can read and are picky when it comes to men too..

But, in case this is only a joke (cuz it does sound just a bit too good to be true), man would it be fun to read the replies to an ad like that!


I found this cute site where you can make your own snowflakes without making a mess with all those little pieces of paper.

I don't know how people do it, mine (like the one on the right), didn't turn out anything like other people's...

What do you think?

Nothing to report

I'm trying to think of something, but there's nothing there.

Basically.. winter is coming. No snow yet just temperatures below freezing. I've stayed inside the past couple days, hiding. My face looks like the cat gave me a makeover with her claws.

Which is exactly what she did.

But hey, my cheek stopped bleeding. And I'm just being very careful whenever she comes over pretending to be nice, because I know it means an attack is coming. Kittens can be cruel.

Other than that... I've decided it's time for a crush. It's been a long time and I miss the feeling. Or is that the kinda thing I'm not supposed to admit?

..girls are allowed, aren't we? :)

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Laws in Tennessee : reasons why you shouldn't move there!

  • You can’t shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.
  • It is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish.

  • More than 8 women may not live in the same house because that would constitute a brothel.

  • Giving and receiving oral sex is still prohibited by law.

  • Dyersburg: It is illegal for a woman to call a man for a date.

  • Lenior County: When you pull up to a stop sign you must fire a gun out the window to warn horse carriages that you are coming.

  • Memphis: It is illegal for a woman to drive a car unless there is a man either running or walking in front of it waving a red flag to warn approaching motorists and pedestrians.

No calling guys, not driving alone, no oral sex... man would it suck to be a girl over there! More Tennessee laws at

Monday, November 02, 2009


I've been playing Farmtown on Facebook for a while. I don't know why, I get absolutely nothing out of it, but I guess it's just one of those things.

Although an excellent way to waste time, there are a few things about Farmtown that are quite annoying - and you'll probably agree with me on this if you've played it yourself. Unless you're one of those people who do these things, in which case - STOP doing them!!

  1. Beggars.
    In the chatroom; "hire meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee to wrkkkkkkkk!!!!" or somthing like
    Over and over.
    And over.

  2. People who hire too many workers.
    Imagine you're babysitting the neighbours' two kids. When you show up you're alone, but within the next few minutes, half a dozen other babysitters show up. The parents have hired all of you, and you have to share the money. You can choose to go home and earn nothing, or stay and earn a little. You all end up getting annoyed with each other.

  3. Workers who step on your toes or follow you around when harvesting/plowing.
    You're in a parking garage. It's practically empty, plenty of spots all around. As you've parked your car and are about to open the door, another car comes by. For no apparent reason it pulls up right next to you, so close you can barely open the door. If you ask why, the driver of the other car gets pissy and tells you to shut up.

  4. People who hire others without having work to do.
    This time you're a plumber. You get a call from someone who needs your help, you drive to their place (after waiting the apropriate amount of time, your being a plumber and all). When you get there you realize they either aren't there, or they don't need your help. If you ask why they hired you, they get pissy and tell you to shut up.

  5. People who have a weird relationship with their trees.
    You're a housekeeper. You're hired to clean someone's apartment. You do your thing, spend some time, collect your pay. They then start screaming at you, and telling the whole town not to hire you, because you dared tidy up their kitchen! They never told you to clean the kitchen, how dare you?!? Did they tell you to do the whole house but the kitchen? Nope.

Now... you may wonder why I play this game when there are so many things that annoy me. Truth be told, I wonder the same myself...

But honestly - these things.. they're not my problem.
The problem is everybody else ;)

(See also: Facebook - the Annoying Contacts)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Chocolate Spiders

Don't you just love them?

Get over to Katies Corner to find out how to make these little treats.

I'm thinking Halloween... and we really should have a small child in our family.. but to be honest I think my sister and I will do just fine.


Exactly how stupid do these look?

They're called (you guessed it) - OnePiece!
Their slogan? "Jump in".

I have a feeling this is going to be something people look back at and go "what the hell were we thinking?!?", much like 80s hair.

Despite my initial reaction, I have found some upsides to this rather odd item of... lounging;
  • They're probably very comfy.
  • Easy gig for the models.
  • They make it easy to disguise yourself if you're having a bad hair day or, say, want to rob a bank.
  • They prolong the effect of beer goggles, according to the ad; "If you buy the biggest size you might also be able to fit in the wonderful person you dragged with you home from the city last night..."

So what are you waiting for?
Go get one before it's too late!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dreaming of the 28th

Something in me seems to have a hard time giving up on being a student.

When I wake up in the mornings I get a tiny little bit panicky because I've postponed an assignment for so long, for months, and now it has to be handed in on the 28th!

It takes me about a minute to realize that "I've finished school. There are no more papers!" I think I'm getting flashbacks to the last paper I wrote at uni, but I can't figure out why the date 28 keeps popping up. I guess it just takes a while to get used to not stressing over exams anymore.

Today is the 28th.. I guess we'll just have to see what the day brings.

Friday, October 23, 2009

To Flu or Not to Flu

After seeming to disappear for a while, the swine flu has claimed its first victims around the country. In town, half the kids in school have been home sick this week; if they get symptoms they have to stay home for seven days, so how many actually has the flu is uncertain. The vaccines have arrived though, and those in the most vulnerable groups have started getting it, while it is recommended everyone get it as soon as possible.

I'm a little torn. On the one hand I hate being sick. I hate it so much I only do it once every couple of years. I'd do a lot to avoid getting sick. And if, in spite of my hatred, the virus picked me, I wouldn't want to make my whole family sick.

On the other hand, I feel everyone is overreacting. Keeping kids home for a week if they as much as cough, slaughtering pigs by the thousands, the media reporting every single death (9 so far) even though fewer die than from regular flu any other year.

People running around worried they'll get get it, quarantining everyone, arguing over vaccines. Add to that the fact that most people in other countries can't afford to buy it, and that they, the poorest in the world, are much more likely to die if they do get sick (whether it's this flu or not). Mix in a copious amount of solidarity, and you've got a pretty reluctant me.

I'm not sure what I'll decide to do if I have to make up my mind.

Which, incidentally, I might not have to. My sister is sick and coming home from school. The parents are driving a couple hours to pick her up and if she does have the flu, she'll be home for a week. Plenty of time to give it to the rest of us!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Poll: Threesomes

I was discussing these on a site and started wondering... Are they that common? Do most people have threesomes these days? By the sound of it, many 20 year olds seem to have done it, and if you don't want to you're insecure and cold. Hopefully that view is only held by the horny teenagers on that particular site.

But then I wondered some more. The common fantasy for men is to be with two women. Do women fantasize about threesomes just as much? Would they prefer two men, or one man and one woman? Are there guys willing to admit they fantasize about being with a man and a woman? Or even two men?

Two polls on the right, please vote!

     [click here for the results!]

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Growing older, one year at a time.

Today applestories is five years old. Me, I'm just old.

The blog, as my life, seems to be in some sort of hibernation these days. What I do write isn't very entertaining, and I hate that I've started censoring myself.. that there are certain things I feel I can't write about anymore.

But those concerns will have to wait. Right now I'm gonna go eat chocolate cake and prove that I'll always be a kid.. and that I'll probably grow old before I ever grow up!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

That boring?

Do you get people telling you you're boring to talk to? Just not interesting? They had hopes for you and hung in there, but you've let them down - you just don't have anything fun to say. You're not entertaining. "You're more interesting on your blog."

Yeah I didn't think so. I guess that's because when people think of you that way, you don't really want to talk to them again. And (hopefully) they won't want to talk to you either.

Honesty comes in all shapes and sizes. Some believe it's ok to hide things. Others believe that if you don't tell a person everything that's on their mind they're not being truthful (I knew one of those and got enough negative remarks in a week to last me a couple years).

Honesty can break you down or build you up (if both, hopefully in that order). Learning things about yourself can help you break bad habits and grow as a person. You can see your faults and be able to determine whether this person has a point or not.

I've got these comments and more like them twice, in the past couple weeks. Both cases were random people on my MSN who I've never met.

On the one hand I think "why the hell do you think it's my job to entertain you?!". On the other they do have a point.. My life is so boring at the moment, I have absolutely nothing to talk about.

I've been standing still long enough, it's time to do something about it.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Bye Bye Bergen

I just paid the final electricity bill for the apartment in Bergen.

I'm really going to miss that place..
..and I feel just a little bit lost right now.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Sexuality : A Question Unanswered

I've been asked to write something about homosexuality and bisexuality. I never thought about the fact that I write my blog from a heterosexual point of view, but I guess that's to be expected since I don't have any experience with anything else. If anyone here have different views or experiences, please do share.

I'm not sure why this was so difficult to write. Why I couldn't find the words, never seemed to be able to express what I was thinking. Why everything sounded so negative and I had to delete everything and start over. Maybe I've just never put it into words before. Maybe I didn't know how to.

A couple years ago a friend added me on Facebook. I looked at his profile and there was something unexpected. It said "Interested in: Men". I was surprised. For about two seconds. Then I went "Ohhhh.... how did I not thing of that? That makes so much sense!". And that was it.

I think a lot of people experience a sense of disappointment when they find out a person isn't who they thought they were. They feel they've missed out, that something's been hidden. That the picture they had of you and the future they imagined isn't real. And never will be.

FRIENDS I think a lot of people say a lot of stupid things, mostly because they don't know what they really feel and how to express those feelings. It becomes easier to ridicule, to harass, to embarrass those who are different, rather than telling them it doesn't matter and that they'll always be your friend.

I think meeting someone who's gay or bisexual isn't the issue. That's just who they are. I think it's harder when an old friend tells you something like that. You start looking back at the past and feel you should have known. You might start questioning your experiences and your friendship. Then you realize this has probably been hard for them, and you respect them for who they are and the choices they never got to make.

FAMILY If it's a sibling it gets harder. The future, having kids, little cousins playing together. Bringing all your families home to your parents during Christmas. It changes. The picture is different. The same if it's a child, only then you've imagined their lives from the day they were born. You've seen them get married, you've seen them have kids. Now you have to erase all that and start over. And you realize it never really started until now. This is it.. your child has grown up and it's time to let go. They'll find love.. you hope. And all that matters is your baby's happy.

If it's a parent it's the hardest. It means your family splitting up. Children moving here or there. Separate houses, separate lives. It means all the memories of a happy childhood enveloped in a dark fog. For a while. It means Christmas will never be the same. Resentment towards the one who ruined it all. Then you accept the fact that even parents should be happy, and that you have to make the best of it. It will never be the same but.. it doesn't have to be that bad.

Who you sleep with, who you fall in love with, is not the issue. It's the distance between an imagined future and the one you'll start creating. It's the dreams people have of for you which will have to change. It's the image of you and the love of your life that has to be retouched, because it will no longer fit. Imagining nothing, we won't be disappointed. But imagination is a gift and a pleasure. Using it, we sometimes get disappointed when our dreams don't come true. Even dreams for others. But they were just that. Dreams.

Dreams change. And the best dreams are those that come true. Those you don't have to imagine. And even though they're not quite as you expected them.. they can still be everything you ever wished for. Even if you don't know it yet.

Smelling laundry

You know what's not good?

When you're trying a new laundry detergent and realize it's the same one an ex used. And that all your clothes now smell like him.

There's nothing that takes me back to a time and place like a smell. Close your eyes and drift off, imagining you're somewhere else. Back in the happy place the memories created. Smells and voices, my two big weaknesses.

But this time I'd rather not go.
This time I want the smell to be just a smell. Not a memory.

It's time to try an entirely new brand, I think.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Oh crap!

My apple flavoured condoms expire in November!

I have the weirdest stuff...

And now I'm gonna have to throw them away!

(can't possibly be a good thing when a girl has things like that expiring on her...)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

How you know it's time to consider getting a BF:

Your nine years younger sister asks you if you've met anyone in your tiny home town yet.

You say no.. the only single thing you've met was that dashing young sheep up the valley.

She then proceeds to suggest single guys "just a couple years older than you" (and naming a few of them) who you might be interested in.

"Nope, not interested."

She then starts asking if you didn't meet anyone at the festival a month ago.

I'm not sure what's going on, but I know I don't like it.

Sure, I met someone I might be... interested in. But that's a two-way street and you don't really get to negotiate with a STOP sign..

Thursday, September 24, 2009

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Ok, so either I'm getting old, or I haven't been in a chat room for ages (probably both)...

..but who the hell came up with PSML (pissed myself laughing) as the new lol?

Snow. Oh boy.

The first snow this autumn came last night.

Maybe it's just as well I never got around to packing up my scarves...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

September 24th

Three months till Christmas!

Two Newborns

This Indonesian biggest-baby-ever weighed in at 8.7 kilos (19.2 lbs) when he was born Monday. Fortunately he was delivered by c-section, I don't even want to think about what it would have done to the poor mother otherwise..

I am never ever ever having kids!!

New Funny Signs

Denmark - Handicap parking. Laziness is NOT a handicap.

El Salvador - I like!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

There's a Bible in my bed, There's a Bible in my bed!

Oh wait... took a second before I realized what it was doing there.
A very scary second.

A friend posted a note on Facebook about Adam having called the first woman, in Norwegian, "manninne" ("mann" being "man"). Which probably makes sense if the Bible is directly translated from English (wo-man), but not in Norwegian - my edition (yes, I own one) says "kvinne" which sounds quite different.

Either some Bibles are badly translated. Well... I guess we already know all Bibles are, but for the sake of the argument let's say this was either another bad translation, or the book did not sell well enough so they decided to edit some parts.

Well... again, we all know that is true too.

Man.. it's so hard to be funny criticizing the Bible when all criticisms have already been proven true...


Today, September 22nd, the day and the night are just as long all over the globe. From tomorrow on, it'll get darker in the north and lighter in the south. In the north of Europe, Canada and areas along those latitudes, it will get dark half an hour earlier in the evening in just two weeks. And it will stay dark for half an hour longer every morning.

Us Norwegians have a long, dark winter ahead of us. Where I live, in this area of our little town, the sun disappears completely for almost four months. We'll see it on the mountaintops but it won't reach us between November and February. It'll be cold and dark.. very dark.

But... on the bright side (and I could sure use a bright side now), we'll have snow making our world soft and white. We'll see the millions of stars again, and hopefully the aurora borealis; the northern lights, making the sky seem alive. We'll have scarves and mittens, and soon it will be Christmas. We'll have candles again.

Winter can be beautiful.. it just lasts way too long.

Random person on my msn
hi how r u ?
I'm good, you?
am ok thnx
just a little bored :(
do I know you?
am maria
and u ?

[clearly this guy is pretending to be a chick... let's try something...]

I'm george leaves the conversation is offline

They just make it way too easy sometimes, and fortunately I am just tired enough to find that quite amusing :P

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Stupid Cars, Stupid People

Will it ever stop?

It does stop. For a minute. Then it starts again.

How stupid do you have to be to set your car alarm in this lil town?!?

Gaaah.... I should be sleeping right now...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

David Hasselhoff - Hooked on a Feeling

Thanks for the tip Adrian, definitely worth it :P

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


cultural difference [kuhl-cher-uh ¦ dif-er-uh ns]

1. dissimilarity between societies: Cultural differences are greater in
societies far apart.
(Easily noticed f.ex. when an acquaintance demands two photographs of you;

one because his father had requested it, one for himself)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Battle of the Faraway Kingdom

The brave Reds led by their knight in shining armour Stoltenberg won the battle yesterday, preventing the evil Progress Party and its leader (described by The Times as a "self-styled Viking Margaret Thatcher") from seizing the power in The Faraway Kingdom.

In a time when all its neighbours have succumbed to the the dark forces, this little kingdom still resists. Rather than falling for the trickery and deceit of the feared Jensen of the Dark Blue, the people have prevailed against it.

Heavy losses were reported throughout the night. The court jester, facing ridicule from the Blue, found himself abandoned by his allies and will be missed by all.

The Red is now expected to keep the Blue at bay for some time.

Karma's Kids

Norwegian TV personality Frithjof Wilborn announced in August he was divorcing his wife of 24 years. His new girlfriend, (24 years his junior) was pregnant with twins.

Wilborn left his wife and four kids, and moved to Oslo. A couple weeks later he introduced his girlfriend, aerobics instructor Tina, to the press at the premiere of his new show.

Two weeks after this we read in the papers they lost the twins.

Of course no one deserves a miscarriage, to feel their children die. It must be horrible for everyone involved, and a loss of two little lives. The girl seemed sweet and just caught in the middle of all of this.

Still... a month after the guy left his wife, his kids, his home because of this new little family... it completely disappears.

You gotta wonder... is this karma?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Election tomorrow

The mayor stopped by with buns.
Not hard to tell the election is tomorrow..

Better make up my mind, it just isn't as easy as it sounds...


Which is prettier?

Relations in a small town

And I'm talking about the sexual kind.

In a town where everybody knows each other, how do relationships occur? In a town where you rarely meet someone new, how do relationships change? How do you start seeing someone you've known most of your life in a different way?

A few incidents have spiked my interest lately, suffice to say I've come across some interesting cases - some being quite harmonious, others not so much. Interestingly enough, the cases are all connected and involve a member of my extended family (it really is a small town), which means I hear more about it than I probably should. Still I wonder...

How is it you go from seeing someone as the parent of your child's friend, to sleeping with them? Are you attracted to each other all along? Does something happen so you suddenly get attracted? Or do you just figure the choice is so limited you gotta take what you can get?

To quote an acquaintance from a few years back, when numbers of divorces in town (formerly the lowest in Norway) suddenly went through the roof;
"When one starts, the others follow. They're afraid to miss out on the eligible bachelors. Now all these newly single women in their forties are fighting over the same few desirable men."

Keeping the relationship a secret does not seem to be an option here. I've heard enough of "What is she doing going there again? / His car comes from there every morning!" to know people do pay attention. Is sneaking around even possible in a small town?

But it's not the who that is interesting to me, it's the how. How do you start seeing someone differently; how do you start a relationship with someone you know?

How do you sleep with someone you've known for years? Or rather (since I'm pretty sure we know how the how in sex works;) what is it like?

Sexual relations in a small town... it's kinda fascinating being on the outside looking in.