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 🙂 


European Driving | Milton Keynes

IMG_3447Are the English adopting more of a Southern Spanish style of driving?  I’ve just spent a week out in sunny Puerto Banus / Marbella and the driving over there does.my.head.in.  No one indicates.  Ever.  Being from Milton Keynes, we love our roundabouts and so therefore, love our indicating.  Its courteous to the other drivers and generally safer so no one pulls out underneath you.  However in Spain, no one gives a shit about anyone else on the road whether it be indicating, blocking a road off for some dodgy parallel parking or sitting in the outside lane of the duel carriage way / motorway leaving no room for overtaking.  The more I drive around Milk n’ Beans, the more I notice peoples lack of indication on roundabouts.  If you hadn’t guessed by now, it pisses me off immensely.  I’m not one for stopping at a roundabout, I roll up to it knowing at least 50yards in front of it whether I can drive on or need to stop.  BUT when doing this now, you get that sneaky Beemer cruising round from the right with no indicator on and they’re coming your way.  They look at you as you slam on the breaks like you’re a tool and yet its actually their fault as they’ve failed to show which direction they want to continue to travel in.  So, on the basis of my last trip to the continent, I think we are definitely adopting a European style of driving.  Unlucky for those driving super nice cars as the other thing they don’t give a shit about is watching their doors when they’ve parked next to you.