What I Got Up To (7th – 13th August)

Animals on sofa

This week was busy. Not just lots of stuff to do busy, but people busy. I think I had major social interactions every single day and it was great! And even better was today, where I didn’t talk to anyone and just potted around the house tidying the remnants of the week.

Monday started off with meeting a couple of friends from Doha, who both happen to be back in London as of a month ago! I was great to see them and hope to get together more often again now that we’re geographically in the same area.
Also on Monday, I had another cortisol test and the results weren’t quite as good as last time, but I was told to stop taking hydrocortisone and see how it goes. Yay! (if all goes well weaning me off the pills)

From Wednesday morning to today, we had a full house with friends from Sweden and their 2 year old. For it being a full house, it was rather relaxing. Me not really caring about what I’d find at the end of the week hidden away in cupboards or the general disappearance or misplacements of things were also contributing factors.

Oskar and animals

Oskar cooking
We managed to get the 2 year old to cook…
Oskar shoes
Organise our shoes…
Oskar stickers
…and play hide and seek with stickers.

Amidst all that, I went for a bunch of job interviews.

I think the coming week will be a little calmer.

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Decisions, decisions, decisions…

Marino Marini Cavaliere Art Basel

This week, I drove to Art Basel with my mum. It was a spontaneous decision we took last week, and since it was such a last-minute trip, we drove there from Fitou, France. It took us about 9 hours there and even more hours back, so we had a lot of time to talk about life and other things.

One topical issue we discussed is related to Brexit. It should be a question, or several, to answer from time to time regardless, but the Brexit thing sure speeds things up with all its uncertainties.

That Thing About Productivity And Time

Productivity Week Plan

I consider myself a very organised person. Since I don’t work an office job, I plan my week and days, I have lists and I enjoy ticking off an item done.

I have not been feeling very productive these past days. This one always says you don’t have to be productive all the time, which I understand, but I enjoy being productive. I like the feeling of getting things done and it relaxes me knowing what I’ve accomplished.

Tidying Up Marie Kondo Style

Marie Kondo

Or rather, more like my style, since it took me a lot longer than Marie Kondo would have probably liked.

It all started with me jumping on the bandwagon of the best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever a year ago. I just looked at my order history, and I purchased it on 1 January 2016. I suppose, new year, new me, new clean and tidy flat here we come!

It took me another month before I read the book. It is an easy read, nothing super intellectual and makes you feel right at home, or shall I say, it made me feel at home. It may have something to do with how I was raised, my cultural background, but something just clicked.

Me at 30

me at 30 birthday

Last year I turned 30, took the afternoon off of work to celebrate only to find myself with my camera taking photos to capture this oh-so-great-once-in-a-lifetime moment. Almost a year on from that, I found the folder of photos during a winter-clean-up session and thought it would be fun to do a little time lapse video. Forward a few hours, a flight and an afternoon spent selecting the perfect music for this at a pub, here is the result.