December 1st, 2015


4 day holiday is over, back to work tomorrow (opps today!)

I have had a fab week off -  4 days felt like 4 weeks. I was able to completely forget about work and instead plunge into a whirlwind of tasks at home. Christmas is planned and more or less sorted. I read most days, did some exercise every day, had the BEST time at my favourite Panorama Resort & Spa with an overnight stay, and pretty much stuck to my juicing plan. Had a few nibbles of solid food, but 90% juices, no alcohol, no caffeine. I feel really rested and full of beans :-) Will be interested to see how much, if any, weight i have lost tomorrow!

Now it's back to work and in the run up to Christmas I am still determined to stick with the juicing and to make time for myself to go to the gym.


Advent Challenge

As I wrote last year: "I am a complete sucker for advent, on the one hand because I love the preparations for christmas, the candles, the build up. I like taking time to reflect and prepare for the arrival of that baby in the story. With both my boys, I found out I was pregnant in advent, so each year I look back with gratitude to Advent 2008 and 2010."

Markus' advent ring made at Kindergarten last week!

And so again, like last year, I am doing an advent challenge: to run each day (even if only a mile) and to blog /or sort photos each day. If for some logistical reason I can't run, then it will be the gym or workout at home. I want to feel great going into 2016 - back into running, having lost some weight, cut out the alcohol and having got my digital life back in order :-)

I am advent woman, hear me roar!


Tweeting in the Gaps, November 2015

November 01, 2015 at 01:53PM: Another tooth gone and a gappy happy Boy (5Fr richer!!)
November 01, 2015 at 09:24PM: very happy to have more than 1'000 notes in #evernote. life would be harder to manage & more chaotic without you!
November 02, 2015 at 09:12PM: 11 years of Friendship...impossible to quantify, but here goes!
November 03, 2015 at 11:46PM: Happiness is....
November 06, 2015 at 06:51AM: @nice_cup_of_tea: Fresh notebook, sharpened pencil, charged iPhone & iPad - I am ready for #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 08:48AM: Made it! Had a juggle, now collecting coffee:-) #TEDxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 08:57AM: 3.5mins to go! V excited! #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 09:31AM: first talk on multimodal learning! #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 09:37AM: shocking that 40% of world is without safe, clean sanitation. doing great things #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 09:55AM: the power of applied mathematics - connecting the "secretary problem", marriage, iran, migration rates in CH & EU.
November 06, 2015 at 09:58AM: the power of applied maths to connect the "secretary problem", marriage, iran, migration rates! #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 10:14AM: staying silent to do with inofficial signals of power and hierarchy. Nadine Bielefeld says inclusive envt, bottom down & top up #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 10:15AM: nadine bielefeld - this is cultural change. takes time. need people to feel psychologically safe #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 10:19AM: simple ABC to remedy this - ask / bring in / challenge #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 10:53AM: Graphic record so far of #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 10:55AM: @langenegger are you here at are? Me too. Would be great to meet to IRL! Helen
November 06, 2015 at 11:14AM: marc stoffel leads a company, that voted him as the ceo. Is your ceo still fresh? does s/he have an expiry date? should they? #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 11:19AM: article on marc stoffel and his company #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 11:39AM: Tell us something we working women don't know, Jennifer Mikesch :-) You can have it all, but not all at the same time. #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 11:41AM: jennifer mikesch, yes, we need day to day honesty & transparency about lives of working parents. #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 11:45AM: @langenegger find me at the juggling point
November 06, 2015 at 11:46AM: sadly not my sketch its by cleverclip
November 06, 2015 at 11:47AM: @uelijosting
November 06, 2015 at 11:52AM: follow these spoof tweets by @manwhohasitall shows unfairness of expectations towards career men v women #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 01:31PM: @langenegger sorry took me ages to get lunch. Here now!
November 06, 2015 at 01:57PM: war propaganda as old as war itself, says Kurt Pelda, propaganda now using social media channels..... #TEDxZurich
November 06, 2015 at 01:58PM: Kurz Pelda - we can use the progaganda on social media to search for the truth behind the lies #TEDxZurich
November 06, 2015 at 02:22PM: Brave, inspiring story of growth and determination from Andreia Fernandez - escaping domestic violence #TEDxZurich
November 06, 2015 at 02:44PM: The amazing weightless chair - I want one!! #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 03:04PM: amazing ETH google project on project tango - where am i? where am I going? #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 03:05PM: device is not a divider but a bridge - text images videos with people. things, places #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 04:03PM: amazing pre diagnostic testing for dementia from Ioannis Tarnanas using smart device #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 04:17PM: all plants communicate with fragrances, immense vocabulary of >1000, 5 to 10 of these are common across plants. who knew? #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 04:46PM: Christian Wehbe on mental (w)illness, positively crazy with things go bad. Brilliant & inspirational. #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 04:56PM: Philippe Petit (frenchman who walked the highwire between twin towers) on screen on magic, passion, perseverance, wirewalking #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 05:03PM: and my ted day finishes, as it started, with juggling - thanks to Philippe petit on the big screen #tedxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 05:11PM: Thanks for a fab day! @TEDxZurich @weareyokko
November 06, 2015 at 05:15PM: Music from. @yokko to finish my perfect #TEDxzurich day!
November 06, 2015 at 05:36PM: final pic of the day! #TEDxzurich
November 06, 2015 at 07:42PM: What if the girls were the heroes? GoldieBlox Ad Casts Girls in All Your Favorite Action Movies
November 06, 2015 at 09:39PM: my day at #tedxzurich - brilliant & thought provoking thank you @TEDxZurich How can I help next year?
November 07, 2015 at 09:10PM: New york marathon this year....
November 08, 2015 at 09:18PM: just found small boy out of bed fully dressed "but you know i just wanted to be ready to play again in the morning quicker" #pmm #bestexcuse
November 08, 2015 at 09:21PM: mummy i'm not happy or sad I am just in the middle. emotional awareness from eldest boy! #mgm
November 09, 2015 at 07:47AM: Typodarium 2016 by Verlag Hermann Schmidt on The Bazaar
November 09, 2015 at 09:43AM: brilliant! Isolation? or introverts doing their thing?
November 09, 2015 at 10:18AM: beautiful hot sunny afternoon in Bäckeranlage park with boys yesterday - Autumn? Only the leaves give it away :-)
November 13, 2015 at 08:09AM: "Mummy, why are you really blowing your hair like that?" #blowdryfail #mgm
November 14, 2015 at 09:06PM: Should schooling start at age 7? New scientist article says yes! Good to know CH is doing it right :-)
November 16, 2015 at 08:13AM: When I "hippuc" then I know my tummy's grumbling. And so Monday starts #pmm
November 26, 2015 at 11:44AM: This is the life! My favorite place to escape -# panorama resort - cold & grey outside!
November 27, 2015 at 11:52AM: The view from my bedroom window, last night & this morning. Hallo Zürisee! Hallo Winter :-) #panoramaspa
November 27, 2015 at 01:37PM: @nice_cup_of_tea: Bliss! Fruit, bubbly, book &a great view over Zuerisee :-) #panoramaspa
November 28, 2015 at 09:33PM: This article by Tony Schwartz is def worth reading - describes me and my issues perfectly! Addicted to Distraction
November 28, 2015 at 11:17PM: pre christmas treat for family - booked a weekend here just before christmas. #cantwait
November 28, 2015 at 11:21PM: christmas cake phase 1 is complete. Kitchen now smells of dried fruit, orange and orange brandy :-)
November 29, 2015 at 10:04PM: happiness is finding a new version of my "old" winter boots! My boys call them my "hairy beary boots"! ( #mgm #pmm
November 29, 2015 at 10:09PM: My eldest son has a better social life than I do - 2 parties this weekend! "mummy, that was the best weekend ever" #mgm
November 30, 2015 at 08:11AM: Exchange just now with boy M: "Mummy where were you?" "At the gym?"But why did you go in the middle of the night?"