November 14, 2012

Adventures in Oslo

Filed under: Uncategorized — nascentnovelist @ 3:18 pm
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Last week, I was in line at a Norwegian grocery store named Joker (which only reminds me of THE Joker, you know the one). I wore my new Marc by Marc Jacobs trench coat and a cup of coffee from Kaffebrenneriet. One clerk yelled to the other that he was out of bags. In an attempt to hold on to my Canadian friendliness, I offered to grab a stack of bags from one clerk and heave it over to the other. Long story short, I completed my task and spilled coffee all over my jacket.

After some panicked googling, I rushed it over to the closest dry cleaners and made them promise to fix it.

Fast forward to this week. I paid my student loans, bought groceries and quickly checked my account to see that I had enough money to pay the dry cleaning bill. I did, but then that’s it. I’ve been struggling to get money out of my paypal account for a week and a half and it still isn’t sorted, I have more bills incoming, and none of the jobs I’ve applied for have gotten back to me. Right now is not the best time to be me.

I was damned close to crying at the dry cleaners today. That’s the most expensive piece of clothing I’ve ever bought. And I broke it in less than a month. I’m telling you all so you can remind me next time I’m in a store: I’m not grown up enough for pastels and whites.



  1. When I bought expensive stuff in the past, I spent so much time protecting it that I couldn’t enjoy it. Your pain: I feel it.

    Comment by J Hibbity — November 14, 2012 @ 3:26 pm | Reply

    • Yup. I hear you. I need to work on that protecting bit (or buy less expensive stuff).

      Comment by nascentnovelist — November 14, 2012 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

  2. Dude, you don’t actually pretend strangers are there, let alone talk to them or help them. Consider it a lesson learned.

    Comment by Martin — November 14, 2012 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

  3. It broke? Like, they couldn’t dry-clean it properly? And still you had to pay for it?!

    Comment by Karl Andre — November 14, 2012 @ 3:38 pm | Reply

    • Yup. And it was a hundred kroner more than they originally claimed.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — November 14, 2012 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

  4. Aww 😦 *hugs*

    Comment by Ethan Kincaid — November 14, 2012 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

  5. Aw, man. I’m sorry, Martine. I hope there are good, non; pastel things just around the corner.

    Comment by Deborah the Closet Monster — November 14, 2012 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

  6. You can still be in the unorthodox PI firm. Jacket or no.

    Comment by scrivnomancer — November 14, 2012 @ 11:07 pm | Reply

    • Also, hardcore, hard-boiled noir characters wear stained coats.

      Comment by scrivnomancer — November 15, 2012 @ 2:08 am | Reply

    • I’ll keep that in mind. Might want to put the business in another country though…It’s very hard living pay-check to pay-check here.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — November 15, 2012 @ 4:35 am | Reply

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