L O N D O N

Monday, Monday.. 

                      …I’ve had a fabulous baby free weekend in London with my husband.  Stayed at the Hilton, lunch in Harrods, visited T-Rex in the Natural History Museum, window shopped on Bond Street, dinner at Gauchos, did brunch in Mayfair, tried on some Manolo Blahniks and even touched a £12k Balenciaga handbag.  The whole experience was completely the opposite of what we’re used to – staying in a surf pod, sleeping bags, wet wetsuits and brushing our teeth with a bottle of water next to the car, but it was lovely to have a bit of luxury for a change.  Thanks London Town, we had a great time! xx

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O F F I C E

We moved into our home nearly two and a half years ago and of course we were stoked that we could finally have an office!  What a luxury compared to our one bed apartment in Kingston.  We moved our stuff out of storage (along with Jon’s desk) and bought an Ikea bookcase for our new office.  It did ok for a while but it wasn’t an easy-use office, everything was kinda everywhere and a bit disorganised.  I never worked in there. Being a new year and feeling better n’ all, I decided to revamp the vibe.

Old office – and that was after I cleared the desk, which you couldn’t see at all. 

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New office

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– I kept it cheap by painting the existing furniture, its not fun but its satisfying to see the end product.  I used a coat of primer and a couple of coats of wood paint. 

– I recycled things from around the house such as the cacti. 

– We went through most of our paperwork and got rid of anything that wasn’t needed, this was two bin bags worth – so it was worth doing!

– The desk lamp I bought from Homebase and got a low energy lightbulb. 

– Shelves from Ikea, cost about the same as hotdog meal – a must, no?

– I made sure everything was to hand according to its priority and how often we needed it, just to make life that little bit easier. 

I’m loving our new office space!  Amazing what a lick of paint can do to brighten your office vibe.  I want to change out all the files to matching colours but I thought that was a bit excessive at the moment.  So theres still tweaks to be done but I’m happy with it for now 🙂 

 

Just keep swimming

From about the 15th, December was a write off for me.  I was struck down with a stomach bug, (I think that was my third one in 2014!) I blame the nursery and its little rug rats filled with all sorts of lovely germs.  I managed to hold it together for Christmas Day and Boxing Day only to wake up on the 27th with yet another stomach bug!  WTF?  And I had a cold / cough on / off throughout this time as well.  Of course I didn’t have much get-up-and-go so the last thing I felt like doing was exercise, which made me even more grumpy.  December was not a good month.  But its over, yay!

I woke up on New Years Day feeling tired from a late night, but generally OK… We all got up and got out the house for a lake walk and some lunch and I started to feel better. In the evening I dug out my trusty yoga DVD and did a 30mins session.  It was difficult but great to get moving!  The next day I met up with some friends and we hit the local pool for some laps.  I’ve been to the pool since then busting out 30mins of solid laps and it feels amazing to feel my muscles ache again after not using them for a while!  My goal through the winter is to swim twice a week and do yoga once a week, so far so good. 

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that its never great being ill, but once you feel your body has recovered, down’t let yourself stay in that horrible slump, its a downward spiral.  Force yourself to do some gentle exercise to get those endorphins going and you’ll feel so much better for it.  Now I wake up in the morning hungry again and ready to get up rather than peeling myself off the mattress wishing for just 10 more minutes.  Its a new year, get moving xx

Our post swim endorphin smile filled faces 🙂 

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