December 31st, 2019


Tweeting in the gaps, Oct - Dec 2019

October 01, 2019 at 06:40PM

What is it about a new diary that gives such pleasure? #2020 #moleskine

October 02, 2019 at 06:18PM

@Adam_learning I love mine! Been using since 2018. The sync with Google works pretty well but you do need to write clearly :-)

October 08, 2019 at 06:23PM

Perfect Portugal!

October 08, 2019 at 06:25PM

Never too old to play in the sand!

October 17, 2019 at 07:38PM

@moleskine my moleskine app is not working, and I can't send you a support case, or find your customer support email, please help! smartplanner not syncing to google calendar

October 18, 2019 at 07:33AM

There is something hatching in our kitchen! And in the other high a long term science project! #lifewithboys #wantmykitchenjugsback

November 03, 2019 at 11:27AM

When your desk gets taken over by eldest son... #lego #lifewithboys @LEGOIdeas

November 03, 2019 at 11:28AM

It’s a great event- sign up now:-)

November 06, 2019 at 08:29PM

@DonaldHTaylor The Zurich transport system is even more integrated!

November 08, 2019 at 05:29PM

Rainy Friday eve at Zurich Flughafen! Not sure I’ll will be any different!

November 14, 2019 at 10:03PM

Gotta love analogue planning w/ colour pens! Getting ready for the leadership & learning culture debate at #elnconnect2019, w/ @chrishorseman, Naomi Hepworth @virtual_college, sophie costin @makerealVR & Nicole bradfield

November 15, 2019 at 09:43AM

Calling all the #elnconnect2019 attendees (& anyone not yet signed up!) - Big Debate 2 is all about how leaders drive a learning culture. The panel and are ready - and we‘ve got some great questions to discuss (1/2) #deb2 @virtual_college @makerealVR @EngageElearning

November 15, 2019 at 09:51AM

2/2 What skills do leaders need to drive a learning culture? What can an organisation do to support learning & remove any barriers? We are looking forward to the voices in the room & your answers via #elnconnect2019 & #deb2 @virtual_college @makerealVR @EngageElearning

November 16, 2019 at 10:29AM

RT @theJeremyVine: Understanding this has caused me no end of difficulty. The balls are travelling in straight lines, but the effect is something else entirely

November 16, 2019 at 10:35AM

RT @Dont_Vote_Tobin: Dear voters in Uxbridge & South Ruislip and across the UK

Today I'm officially launching my election campaign in Boris Johnson's constituency. Not to win but to raise the issue of the over 7m disenfranchised voters in the #GE2019

Please spend a minute to watch my campaign video

November 16, 2019 at 10:45AM

Saturday morning study on Switzerland! This video explains direct democracy (and why the Swiss are so good at referendums!) in 6mins :-) only in DE though...

November 17, 2019 at 07:33PM

Swiss study continues! Guess which book is more impactful? Mind you, the other one has an app with quiz :-) search for: die Schweiz verstehen! #swissness

November 17, 2019 at 07:34PM

My first ever attempt at „Zimtsterne“ (traditional Swiss christmas Cookies) - I think there is room for improvement!! #swissness

November 19, 2019 at 03:39PM

Off to London & looking forward to #elnconnect2019 tomorrow, followed by catching up with 5 friends over the following 4 days :-) #strictschedule #nokidswithme

November 20, 2019 at 09:24AM

@JamesMcLuckie what will i do without you?

November 20, 2019 at 10:24AM

#elnconnect2019 about you to start! Go @Designs_JoanK

November 20, 2019 at 10:26AM

@BethanyLearns You got a better picture!

November 20, 2019 at 10:51AM

Powerful messages from Nicole brsdfield #elnconnect2019

November 20, 2019 at 11:05AM

Unlearn & Unleash! Powerful call to action from Nicole ! #elnconnect2019

November 20, 2019 at 11:11AM

Nicole's spot over way too soon! #elnconnect2019

November 20, 2019 at 11:32AM

The hrmc starts with high energy but no politics!! #elnconnect2019

November 20, 2019 at 11:45AM

@BurnhamLandD Love it!

November 20, 2019 at 11:53AM

5 Levels of belonging at HRMC #eLNConnect2019

November 20, 2019 at 12:01PM

Progression of learning delivers at hrmc #elnconnect2019

November 20, 2019 at 01:27PM

Naomi Hepworth ask us to define learning culture... the virtual college Definition ...#eLNConnect2019

November 20, 2019 at 03:13PM

Welcome to #elnconnect2019 #deb2 „What is the role of leaders in developing a learning culture?“ Kick us off by clicking here and answering the first question!: type code 848792 @elearningnetwk @engaginelearning @virtual_college @makerealVR

November 20, 2019 at 03:25PM

There are key skills we need as leaders to build a learning culture. Discuss. #deb2 #elnconnect2019 @elearningnetwk @engaginelearning @virtual_college @makerealVR

November 20, 2019 at 03:36PM

The size and context of an organization drives the learning culture. Agree? Disagree? #deb2 #elnconnect2019 @elearningnetwk @engaginelearning @virtual_college @makerealVR

November 20, 2019 at 03:46PM

You can only really influence the learning culture of an organization as a senior leader. Agree? Disagree? #deb2 #elnconnect2019 @elearningnetwk @engaginelearning @virtual_college @makerealVR

November 20, 2019 at 03:53PM

Book recommendations on topic of learning / leadership.... from Chris Horseman: "Seven Habits" Stephen Covey, "Sales Accelerarion Formula" Mark Roberge #elnconnect2019 #deb2

November 20, 2019 at 03:54PM

Book recommendations on topic of learning / leadership. "Growth mindset" carol dweekfrom Sophie Costin #elnconnect2019 #deb2

November 20, 2019 at 03:54PM

Book recommendations on topic of learning / leadership. "sapiens" from Naomi Hepworth #elnconnect2019 #deb2

November 20, 2019 at 03:56PM

Book recommendations on topic of learning / leadership.... from Nicole Bradfield: "start with why" simon Sinek "An Anyone culture" Robert Kagan & Lisa Leighes #elnconnect2019 #deb2

November 20, 2019 at 03:59PM

My book recommendation "Radical candour" by Kim Scott, "dare to lead" Berne brown. #elnconnect2019 #deb2

November 20, 2019 at 04:32PM

Click here to see the final results! for taking part! #deb2 #elnconnect2019 @elearningnetwk @engaginelearning @virtual_college @makerealVR

November 20, 2019 at 04:41PM

Brene brown of course!

November 20, 2019 at 04:47PM

Why VR matters! #elnconnect2019 @MakeRealVR

November 21, 2019 at 06:26PM

@Designs_JoanK @GaelleDWatson @BurnhamLandD Of course you can!

November 21, 2019 at 06:28PM

RT @HelenEmma5: So every Tuesday for the last 7 years, I’ve packed up my car with all kinds of odd and brilliant things, planned something super fun and opened up @TudorPrimaryHH for twenty plus 7-10 year olds to laugh their socks off, make lifelong friends, learn about themselves, gain... 1/9

November 21, 2019 at 06:30PM

I don't have a horse, but if I did, they should be like Jake!! #teaforallcreatures

November 21, 2019 at 06:36PM

@RHoyle @elearningnetwk Really enjoyed your wrap up, a fine, energizing, thought provoking end to the day!

November 21, 2019 at 06:47PM

@BurnhamLandD @Designs_JoanK @GaelleDWatson @BurnhamLandD thank you so much again Rachel, will treasure your sketchnote - great memory of great day!

November 21, 2019 at 06:49PM

#elnconnect2019 @elearningnetwk what a fantastic conference yesterday! Inspiring, thoughtful, friendly, fun! Huge thank you to all of you for making it happen and giving me the stage as well!

November 21, 2019 at 07:24PM

Very excited! First time on Eurostar - Brussels here I come!

November 21, 2019 at 07:56PM

@niallgavinuk @BethanyLearns @CaribThompson @toby_filtered @GaelleDWatson @MartinCBaker Thanks @niallgavinuk

November 22, 2019 at 11:25AM

My motto for today!

November 28, 2019 at 12:33AM

Just watched "Notting hill" again - how was that 20 years ago?!

November 28, 2019 at 12:56AM

@jabberworks Love that book in our family, even still now!

November 29, 2019 at 08:30AM

On the train to #TEDxZurich very excited about my personal learning day and meeting new people! More tweets to follow through the day :-)

November 29, 2019 at 09:30AM

From row seat! Can’t wait for the start :-) #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 09:32AM

Analog Note taking with digital - Love my #moleskine smartpen and notebook! Love the ideas to come at #tedxzurich!

November 29, 2019 at 09:50AM

That’s why I take notes and tweet - Gide behind my words! #happyintrovert

November 29, 2019 at 09:53AM

Even the logo reflection is perfect! #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 09:54AM

"Bookshopstovisit" list!

November 29, 2019 at 10:10AM

So many selfies! #tedxzurich #tedxzurich2019

November 29, 2019 at 10:15AM

Shadow side of being a professional skier, pain, fear and losing as part of success! #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 10:22AM

Question is not "who am I" #but "what do I want to feel in the future?" Says Marco Büchel #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 10:30AM

3 barriers to lifelong employability says philippa dengler 1. Social norms about life Vs work 2. Age as proxy for experience/status etc 3. We have unlearnt how to be open to experience #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 10:35AM

@JanePiperPipsy Hey you're here!

November 29, 2019 at 10:41AM

Isaac Glover talks super heroes, comic books & inclusion. He calls for more relatable characters. Relaunched Batwoman from 2006 as example #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 10:45AM

Isaac Glover says diversity is NOT a shortcut for inclusivity. Characters are inclusive of they are well rounded, complex and with variety of stories. #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 10:50AM

Bob summers says we will have multiple contextual overlays - a vision of the future! #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 10:55AM

Prototype AR app brings storues of art to life, and showing phases of restoration #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 11:03AM

Clapping to frequency of new born babies! #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 11:06AM

Peter Lang says adding right expression of information, helps us "feel the facts" #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 11:18AM

Lionel dellberg says we see what we believe, and that magic changes the limits of human perception (perception is personal, not universal!) #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 11:26AM

Amazing sounds from Priya Ragu "so high". #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 11:29AM

Lionel dellberg says we see what we believe, and that magic challenges the limits of human perception! & A cool trick with his shoes aka inattentional blindness! #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 11:46AM

Just noticed that the chairs address following the 10 theme! #attentiontodetail! #TEDxZurich

November 29, 2019 at 01:06PM

JoJo Mayer plays the drums! Improvisatiib requires a lot of preparation ie acquiring the right state of mind, to perform without a protocol! Also important to relax :-) #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 01:23PM

Benjamin dillenberger: what did this quote mean for our digital world & building? #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 01:28PM

The tedxzurich audience worked together to fly the rocket (mostly)! successfully - probing we all love games & connecting stickers! #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 01:33PM

#tedxzurich a different built environment awaits us says Benjamin dillenberger!

November 29, 2019 at 01:42PM

For robots to"see" and act autonomously, needs to overcome 3 changes: 1. Understand where they are in space, 2. Level of intelligence, 3. Multiple intelligences working as team #tedxzurich

November 29, 2019 at 01:54PM

Lisa falco shares her own menstrual data to help us understand how our data can help us understand our own female health! #TEDxZurich

November 29, 2019 at 02:00PM

Rebekah grun says love is improvable! 1. Who you meet matters more than what you want... Lots of evidence from speed dating :-) #TEDxZurich

November 29, 2019 at 02:03PM

Rebekah also says "anyone can be the one" opportunity trumps preference! #TEDxZurich

November 29, 2019 at 02:14PM

Anna grzywacz talks about the h sex position for parents! #TEDxZurich

November 29, 2019 at 03:08PM

We’re all now sitting up straight listening to Sanjeev :-) we can start yoga anytime! Yoga is interconnection #TEDxZurich

November 29, 2019 at 03:15PM

There Is Power and magic within inaction! Yoga helps with this ... we need to sicher into it! #TEDxZurich

November 29, 2019 at 03:21PM

Next book recommendation from Sarah perreard „drawdown“ #TEDxZurich

November 29, 2019 at 03:27PM

Transparency is the missing link, says Sarah, to assess environmental impact of food. But we’ll need to use our Citizen power to get this, to make environmental labelling mandatory! #TEDxZurich

November 29, 2019 at 03:41PM

Marta Ra remind us that we are all investors and should ask questions about how our contributions are invested on our behalf! #TEDxZurich

November 29, 2019 at 03:47PM

Louis Perron says elections are won with 4 Ms ... message, media, money & make no mistake! #TEDxZurich

November 29, 2019 at 03:58PM

No other words needed! „In the Right situation our weaknesses become strengths" #TEDxZurich

November 29, 2019 at 04:00PM

Fantastic high motivation and positive message from David Rendell. And a fab T-Shirt :-) #TEDxZurich

November 29, 2019 at 04:10PM

Musical close to #TEDxZurich

November 29, 2019 at 04:19PM

Thanks to all the fab volunteers!!#TEDxZurich

November 29, 2019 at 04:30PM

#TEDxZurich what an awesome day!! Thank you to everyone who made it possible, what a privilege to be here and a great antidote to black Friday!

December 01, 2019 at 07:55PM

Stage one of #operationchristmascake complete. No histrionics or stress this year, I will be a calm festive baker!

December 01, 2019 at 07:58PM

Eldest son has just ordered "cooked bread". Me: huh? Him: you know, bread cooked with butter and jam. Me: oh, you mean toast! Him: yes, cooked bread! #creativelanguage

December 05, 2019 at 11:43PM

The photo I always take when I get home!

December 08, 2019 at 01:38PM

@indyfromspace Little women, Anne of green gables, hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy.

December 08, 2019 at 01:55PM

Stage 2 of #operationchristmascake begins!

December 08, 2019 at 02:57PM

See you on the other side, good baking little Christmas cake!

December 10, 2019 at 05:20PM

Important step today in our way to becoming Swiss! #swissness

December 15, 2019 at 04:27PM

Stage 3 of #operationchristmascske aka marzipanning is done!

December 15, 2019 at 07:59PM

on track to meet my reading challenge for 2019. Just 8 books to read by end of December!

December 17, 2019 at 08:38PM

Let the festive mince pie making commence!

December 17, 2019 at 10:17PM

I’m mince-pied!!

December 21, 2019 at 09:03PM

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

December 22, 2019 at 07:36PM

Stage 4 done! #operationchristmascake reaching its ccinclusion!!

December 24, 2019 at 12:04PM

And we're done with #operationchristmascake same time 2020 for next installment!

December 24, 2019 at 12:05PM

@sailcloudnine Oh a round one! I'm a square girl, but then you knew that! I do needful to get a lazy Susan!!

December 26, 2019 at 06:20PM

Best.present.ever! Tea drinking gadget girl, who always lets her tea get cold, receives an ember mug which keeps her tea good & hot!

December 28, 2019 at 02:52PM

Just 2 to go? Will I make it? :-)

December 28, 2019 at 02:55PM

love this time of year!

December 28, 2019 at 03:04PM

19 years ago today!

December 29, 2019 at 06:41PM

My favourite quote on time management which aligns well with this article's arguments: "Your inbox won't be empty when you die" (anon)
Why time management is ruining our lives | Oliver Burkeman

December 29, 2019 at 08:44PM

I agree with the list!!

December 30, 2019 at 07:07PM

Done! 100 books read this year, here's the list:

Tweeting in the gaps, November - December 2019

November 06, 2018 at 10:13PM

Yes, yes and slowly yes!

November 09, 2018 at 08:00AM

7.5 hour train journey (Zurich to Brussels) starts here! I have magazine, kindle, laptop & knitting - rock n roll! Next stop Basel Schweizer bahnhof. @RedMagDaily

November 09, 2018 at 08:08AM

Christmas cake baking can commence thanks to @BritishCorner shop & the packaging made me smile! Added bonus? bubble wrap that the boys couldn't easily pop :-)

November 09, 2018 at 09:18AM

Love traveling with the ICE! Next leg Basel to Koeln. @db_bahn @ice_db

November 09, 2018 at 09:29AM

@DB_Bahn @ice_db Is there a way to upgrade to first class? I am surrounded by families and have escaped my moist family for the weekend :-)

November 09, 2018 at 12:22PM

Finally getting some writing done, then a wobbly train stand up coffee break :-)

November 09, 2018 at 12:24PM

One for you, @dswaddle!!

November 09, 2018 at 12:24PM

RT @MathsEdIdeas: Enjoy the 8th day of 11th month of the 18th year of the century (8||11||18 = 81118) — a palindromic, ambigrammatic, strobogrammatic, vertically and horizontally symmetric, ʇuoɹɟ oʇ ʞɔɐq puɐ spɹɐʍʞɔɐq uʍop ǝpᴉsd∩ semiprime — day.

November 09, 2018 at 01:52PM

Leaving Koeln, just made the train (delays, Deutsch Bahn not quite as punctual as SBB) and now on final stretch to Brussely-Brussels :-)

November 09, 2018 at 01:54PM

@SarahMillican75 @samaritans Yay for Bob and the Sams! @samaritans Hoping to catch your show in zuerich @SarahMillican75!

November 09, 2018 at 02:22PM

The random songs that come up on music shuffle and make me miss the toddler versions of my boys :-) it's catchy though!!

November 09, 2018 at 03:43PM

RT @NewStatesman: We didn’t know the woman who was looking after our children and we didn’t know anyone who knows her. @mrianleslie on the joy of hiring a babysitter over an app.

November 09, 2018 at 03:46PM

A small miracle of the App Age: I entrusted my children to a stranger – and they loved it.

Really interesting article, references norbert elias (@jrah1)

November 10, 2018 at 11:51PM

Very proud of my first knitted square (in 35 years?). Tomorrow I'll be attempting to remember how to purl :-) #knittoquit

November 11, 2018 at 04:32PM

Au revoir brussels! It's been real & now I'm a knitter and now attempting moss stitch!

November 11, 2018 at 04:33PM

Powerful scene

November 12, 2018 at 12:19AM

Am still on the train, somewhere outside Olton! Longest train journey ever, but at least I've finished my moss stitch square :-)

November 12, 2018 at 12:32AM

Misty olten station - last leg, nearly home :-)

November 12, 2018 at 01:24AM

You know you're arrived on the last train to Zurich hb when you see this...

November 14, 2018 at 05:42PM

Serendipitous encounter at passport control Zürich airport! #catchingupwithacolleague

November 14, 2018 at 08:55PM

Obligatory back-to-blighty snapshot as I arrive at t2! #lhr

November 15, 2018 at 10:53AM

Yay! And we’re off :-) very excited about my first ELN conference! #elnct18

November 15, 2018 at 11:01AM

@MiPS1608 @BethanyLearns Looking forward to catching up!

November 15, 2018 at 11:12AM

@DonaldClark is disappointed that L&D and HR protects their own org against its own "incompetent" employees #elnct18

November 15, 2018 at 11:17AM

@DonaldClark reminds us we should have 3 multiple choice answers not 4! #elnct18

November 15, 2018 at 11:19AM

@DonaldClark AI is an idiot savant! Smart at narrow, but stupid most of time! #elnct18

November 15, 2018 at 11:22AM

@DonaldClark predicts we'll have forgotten most of what he said by lunchtime. #elnct18

November 15, 2018 at 11:30AM

@DonaldClark bots are the future - at uni, for difficult learners, as mentors, for speaking German! #elnct18

November 15, 2018 at 11:36AM

@DonaldClark adaptive learning sets you free from A to Z, acts like a GPS for the individual #eLNCT18

November 15, 2018 at 11:38AM

I need woebot :-) #elnct18

November 15, 2018 at 11:38AM

@DonaldClark says we need a new mindset! #elnct18

November 15, 2018 at 11:38AM

@theadamlanc Me too! It's an odd feeling!

November 15, 2018 at 11:47AM

#eLNCT18 @DonaldClark gives us our to do list! AI is here., Resistance is futile!

November 15, 2018 at 11:54AM

Julie dirksen says we now face hard problem of behaviour change & still do the wrong things! #eLNCT18

November 15, 2018 at 11:59AM

Great metaphor of rider versus elephant! #eLNCT18

November 15, 2018 at 12:51PM

@usablelesrning a saw a slide with Atul gawande in your deck whizz by - what did it say? :-) #eLNCT18

November 15, 2018 at 04:54PM

Am I allowed to blow my own trumpet? #hellyeah

November 15, 2018 at 04:55PM

RT @Steph_Br1ght: Slightly blurry but some awesome resources from Helen Palmer, reflecting on her year in the life of an #eLearning manager #eLNCT18

November 15, 2018 at 05:06PM

@Asi_DeGani @yatesy_girl Thank you!

November 15, 2018 at 05:07PM

@yatesy_girl Thank you :-)

November 15, 2018 at 05:44PM

I think this has been my learning highlight of year - awesome sessions, being brave & presenting and knowing I have sth to say, plus great networking conversations! #eLNCT18

November 16, 2018 at 01:25AM

@Preddall Thanks, it was an awesome event :-)

November 16, 2018 at 11:27AM

@MiPS1608 @girlguidingbgo Sorry we didn't connect ags in yesterday but it was fab to meet you in person. Does girl guiding have remote volunteer roles?

November 16, 2018 at 11:27AM

@Steph_Br1ght Was lovely meeting you!

November 16, 2018 at 12:45PM

London skyline shrouded in m mist... Is that the shard? #lovelondon

November 16, 2018 at 12:48PM

Old pub, Shiny short skyscraper! #lovelondon

November 16, 2018 at 12:52PM

London skyline on the ceiling! #liovelondon

November 16, 2018 at 02:16PM

Past monument, over London Bridge & Borough market! #lovelondon

November 16, 2018 at 03:04PM

Now I found the shard, still stuck in mist!

November 16, 2018 at 03:05PM

Borough market adventures with lovely friend A!

November 18, 2018 at 12:46PM

Bye Britain, I've had a lovely break with friends, but please please rethink brexit :-) #stillcantbelieveitshappening

November 18, 2018 at 01:00PM

@Adam_learning I went back later and it was an autumn tree with sound effects/rustling. Unexpected but rather charming!

November 18, 2018 at 01:01PM

@ClaireEWyatt @elearningnetwk @Preddall @sethdickens @sayerhamilton Yay! Was a fab way to end the day!

November 18, 2018 at 03:43PM

Pinning this up near my desk as a reminder / to do list

November 19, 2018 at 05:47PM

RT @samaritans: "We all have a duty to start this conversation so our dads, brothers, mates, boyfriends, feel like they can talk openly and without judgment about how they’re actually feeling, bravado aside." #internationalmensday

November 22, 2018 at 05:48PM

@Stefania_Scott @LTAwards @PeterYarrow @SeanBrownHRTech @sabine_gori @bnmurphy14 @Ianwheelans @GoodPractice @CFreemanGP Glam girls!

November 24, 2018 at 11:26AM

On the vierwaldstattersee! En route to weggis then up mount rigi! #swissadventures

November 24, 2018 at 04:24PM

Beautiful walk down the rigi!

November 24, 2018 at 04:37PM

Switzerland has the best railway journeys & views from the train window :-)

November 25, 2018 at 07:37PM

@lonesomereader Seeing that bookpile makes me very happy! #bookwormsunite

November 26, 2018 at 10:01PM

My little sous chef helps with supper! #pmm

November 28, 2018 at 11:48PM

Ha! First Christmas cards have been posted. Card design by small boy P! #earlyforonce

November 29, 2018 at 08:50PM

Zurich makes #2 on the top 20 quality of life cities!

November 29, 2018 at 08:51PM

@Simon_Moakes it was done in swiss kindergarten, so I am sure it is correct :-)

December 01, 2018 at 07:30PM

My early Christmas present to me - I know how to live it up :-) #lovedyson @Dyson

December 03, 2018 at 08:57PM

RT @BlondeHistorian: In the UK 75% of visually impaired people are out of work. Why? Because people don’t believe we can do the jobs. With a few adjustments & the right support we can do pretty much any job (except driving, we aren’t great at that).

December 03, 2018 at 09:00PM

& my favourite email thought "when I die my inbox won't be empty"

December 03, 2018 at 09:05PM

@theuglyvolvo Awesome! Loving it :-)

December 03, 2018 at 09:38PM

Advent house open for 2018! #bobtheunicorn @unicorntraining

December 03, 2018 at 10:35PM

Conversation we had on our way to school today....

December 03, 2018 at 10:53PM

Advent Challenge!

December 03, 2018 at 11:19PM

both boys now have the reading bug - pick up time this evening at Hort! #familyofbookworms

December 07, 2018 at 10:34PM

playing cellar jenga! #clearingupbeforechristmas

December 07, 2018 at 10:35PM

Houston, we have a #bookproblem! 23 bags and counting. will there be enough new cellar shelf space?

December 08, 2018 at 12:33PM

Operation "cross stitch a bunny for a baby" about to begin!

December 08, 2018 at 05:13PM

We're off to see samichlaua in the Sihlwald! #adventritual

December 09, 2018 at 04:43PM

Part 2 of operation Christmas cake begins.... And yes I'm well aware that Stir up Sunday was weeks ago :-) #betterlatethannever

December 16, 2018 at 11:39AM

Baby bunny completed! #feelingcrafty

December 16, 2018 at 11:41AM

We're ready for Zurich Silvesterlauf! dear son 1 running solo for first time this year!

December 16, 2018 at 12:59PM

Patrick and i are ready to run!

December 16, 2018 at 01:29PM

And it's all over bar the rivella & medal! P moaned the whole way round that it was boring and I was too slow!!

December 16, 2018 at 03:48PM

my stages go - make tea, forgot tea, find it's cold, throw it away, make new cup, repeat process at least 3 times until hubbie takes pity on me and takes over the process!

December 16, 2018 at 03:51PM

Christmas Cake Making!

December 16, 2018 at 04:01PM

Samichlaus, Steam Train and Sihlwald

December 16, 2018 at 04:40PM

Silvesterlauf 2018

December 16, 2018 at 06:35PM

My lovely hubbie has just called me waldo - I can't see the resemblance! 😀anyway, I'm in the kitchen, multitasking! @whereswaldo

December 17, 2018 at 09:36PM

Mince pie marathon for work begins!

December 17, 2018 at 11:27PM

Crossed the finish line!

December 18, 2018 at 12:59AM

Well that's me sorted!

December 22, 2018 at 11:30PM

We made it! #lsdtdayofschool #paartttyyyy!

December 23, 2018 at 12:05AM

@andy_costello Um.... Always?!!

December 24, 2018 at 10:04AM

Christmas eve has landed. Advent posters done, final advent lego unpacked and stocking already up. Now just 13 tasks to go :-)

December 24, 2018 at 10:09AM

The big digital learning trends for 2019, according to the experts

December 24, 2018 at 10:10AM

Useful telephone numbers for anyone who is struggling or vulnerable this time of year.
Please RT:

0300 330 0630

116 123

0800 58 58 58

☎️@womensaid @RefugeCharity
0808 2000 247



December 24, 2018 at 02:51PM

Must be christmas eve - sofa time, film & quality street :-)

December 24, 2018 at 07:28PM

Ready for Father Christmas to arrive & first Christmas meal of season!

December 24, 2018 at 09:56PM

Operation "better late than never" Christmas cake continues... How long should I leave before icing?

December 25, 2018 at 04:10PM

My Christmas book haul :-) #happybookworm

December 25, 2018 at 05:37PM

Christmas isn't Christmas without comedy Christmas glasses!

December 25, 2018 at 08:54PM

I went for a walk, the kitchen was cleared and I found this note!

December 25, 2018 at 08:55PM

Well they're iced. After a fashion. I'm sure ribbons and stars will hids the imperfections!

December 26, 2018 at 01:42PM

And we're done! Cakes ready for collection & consumption!

December 26, 2018 at 01:52PM

Happy boys with (ssh second hand but new to them) ipads! Now to set time limits. Any advice twitter friends?

December 27, 2018 at 10:10PM

Really interesting piece on the Sams - well worth a read!

December 29, 2018 at 07:54PM

@MarianKeyes I married mine 18 years ago yesterday - winter weddings very fab!
to do list 2

The Big Blog To Do List!

Consolidated list based on:
this one 1.12.2018,
this one 01.11.2018,
this one 21.07.2018
and this one 25.02.2018.

The list to rule all lists and to help me fill in the gaps!

LT conference & Bristol
Ski holiday
My Birthday
Uetliberg Walk
Lockdown March
Lockdown April
Lockdown May
Easter at home

- 2019 Snapshots
- Twitter update for 2019
- lj review - first sentence of each year for 2019
- 2019 in Snapshots
- UK Visit with Patrick
- LT visit and exhibition speech
- Ski holiday Malbun
- Skiing at Flumserberg
- Easter in Zürich
- Uetliberg May
- Lucerne Weekend
- Airport tour with M (ref 2018 trip of Patrick here)
- Harry Potter Books
- Patrick Birthday
- Patrick Birthday Party
- Markus Birthday
- Markus Birthday Party
- Summer holiday in uk
- Greifenseelauf with Sal
- Hallowe'en
- Wedding
- Portugal Holiday
- Wroclaw Week
- eLN conference
- London and Brussels visit
- Advent
That was the year that was 2019
- Review of Books Read in 2019

- M & P Update for 2019
- Boys, Bikes, Scooters

- 2018 Snapshots
- Twitter Update 2018
- lj review - first sentence of each year for 2018
- November Sal's visit
- November eLN &
- November London
- November & Friends
- November Brussels
- November Airport Adventures
- Portugal Herbstferien
- Uetliberg with Patrick Sept
- Uetliberg Patrick, Oct
- Uetliberg Sabine, Jan
- Walking with Dinosaurs
- Vendor workshop
- Walks with Kerry - Horgen (april)
- Weekend on Lake Lugarno, April 2018
- Walk with Kerry, Uetliberg April
- Berlin in May
- Wroclaw in May
- Aunty Sharon's flying visit!
- July End of school year
- Camping with Palmers in the UK
- Birthday and Mother's day
- Alan's Birthday
Wroclaw, August 2018
- Christmas day
- Post christmas trip to UK
- Family photo shoot

- lj review - first sentence of each year for 2017
- Summer holidays in the UK
- London visit October Herbstferien
- Caro's visit last October

'Twas the makeover project before Christmas .....

There must be some primeval nesting clearing and building instinct that kicks in just before Christmas, because this is the third year in a row, that i've had handymen in to fix stuff!

2018 Pre Christmas Clear out and build
2017 Boys room rebuild

This year we fixed LED lighting (with disco effects optional) underneath the boys bed, plus built desks, and under desk storage and moved stuff around and also did a massive clear out of books in the cellar, and also a big give away of the boys toys! Evidence below...


In the Last Decade, I....

- Been with Mr.ncot, the love of my life, living in same flat in Zurich!
- Started the decade with the long awaited M, 4 months old - ended the decade with M & P, 10 years and 8 years old
- Read 674 books
- Wrote 1'142 blogs
- Worked at CS the whole decade, got promoted in 2015, changed roles, now global head for a team
- Travelled along the path towards Swiss citizenship
- Travelled alone and with family to UK, Poland, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal
- Seen the Palmer Family siblings thrive - hello to the newcomers of the last decade - Wayne, James, Tamsin, Aren,
- Seen my Parents live on a barge in Bruges, move from the big family home and settle in a smaller house nearby
- Kept running & ran the NYC Marathon in 2014!

What will the next decade bring?

The 12 Treats of Christmas....

1. A pile of new books to read
2. Buying myself some kindle bargains
3. Ember Tea Mug from Alan
4. A new board game to play
5. Cold Chicken Drumsticks
6. A Terry's Chocolate Orange send by Sal
7. Kerry gifting me homemade orange chocolate Shortbread on Christmas Eve
8. Watching "The Tiger who came to Tea" with my boys
9. Reading "Percy Jackson & the LIghtning Thief" with M
10. Painting my nails
11. A nap in the afternoon
12.  Watching Christmas films with the boys

It's been a lovely Christmas, very low key. Lots of days spent in our jimjams, doing nothing much.
I had a horrible cold from the 24th to the 28th, so I only cooked Christmas Dinner on the 27th! A tooked over some meals and has taken the boys out twice, meaning i've had a few hours to myself in the flat - best christmas present ever!


Livejournal Review of 2019

It's quite simple: the first sentence of the first entry for each month in 2019. Here's what my livejournal world looked like in 2019.
There are lots of posts which I wanted to write, but which I never did.
Some might belatedly appear!

76 books read - yay, two up on last year, but not quite the 100 I was aiming for :-)
Feb: -.
Mar: -
Apr: -.
May: I think I might have managed the perfect balance today! I took a rare day off and did the following:
June: -

Sep: on saying goodbye when walking to school: "See you later alligtor, in a while, crocodile"
Nov: My fifth time attending TEDxZurich and delighted to be at their 10th Anniversary!
Dec: It's hard to believe it's December already, the year has flown by.

Blogging Stats

 Just did some analysis on the blogs I've written the last 10 years.
Here are my blogs written per year:

2010: 115
2011: 201
2012: 216
2013: 191
2014: 101
2015: 83
2016: 90
2017: 43
2018: 81
2019: 21

Review of Books Read 2019

100 books read - Yay, finally got my goal! Again, I read 2 novels in German (Mein Name ist Eugen: Klaus Schädelin & Wolkenbruchs wunderliche Reise in die Arme einer Schickse: Thomas Meyer)

Again, a tough year professionally and personally and again I did a lot of comfort reading and re-reading of old favourites, particularly Maeve Binchy (5 books) and Marian Keyes (7 books)

It was a difficult year for me personally and professionally and I did a lot of comfort reading / re-reading of old favourites, but also a lot of non-fiction reading about how to survive / thrive / be healthier. A good reading year!

Best Book (Fiction): When All is Said: Anne Griffin</font>

Best Book (Non-Fiction): When Nieztsche Wept: Irvin D. Yalom & How People Learn: Nick Shackleton-Jones</font>

Best Chicklit: The Memory Book: Rowan Coleman

Book which made me change/gave me most food for thought: How to Own the Room: Viv Groskop & Quiet: Susan Cain</font>

Best Old Favourite: Good Omens: Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett & Rachel's Holiday: Marian Keyes

Author Discovery: How to make a girl: Caitlin Moran</font>

Worst Read:  Didn't have one, they were all 3 stars or up!

That was the Year that was 2019...

2018 answers / 2017 answers /2016 answers / 2015 answers / 2014 answers / 2013 answers / 2012 answers / 2011 answers / 2010 answers / 2009 answers / 2008 answers / 2007 answers / 2006 answers

What did you do in 2019 that you've never done before?
Nothing new this year, just more of the same

Did you keep your New Years Resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I kept my resolutions - click here for the summary! I have to lose weight and get fit in 2020!

Did anyone close to you give birth?

Did anyone close to you die?

What countries did you visit?
UK, Poland, Portugal, Belgium

What would you like to have in 2020 that you lacked in 2019?
a new ipad, finally!

What dates in 2019 will remain etched on your memory and why?
A day in July when i made a difficult decision but followed through at work

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Surviving the year at work, without a boss, with increasing workload and still supporting my people

What was your biggest failure?
Not looking after myself, continuing to put on weight

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Lots of stress, backache, problems with eyes

What was the best thing you bought?
 lots of books via kindle!

Whose behaviour merited celebration?
 Again AS, who did a great job of being the TL in Poland

Where did most of your money go?
Childcare and travel as always!

What did you get really really excited about?
Reading 100 books!

What song will always remind you of 2019?
No one song, but the following Spotify playlists: Blacklist, Suits, Office

Compared to this time last year are you:
a) happier or sadder - happier
b) thinner or fatter - fatter and less healthy
c) richer or poorer - richer

What do you wish you'd done more of?
Run more & played with kids - same as last year!

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Same as last year - worried less, eaten less, faffed around online less
How will you be spending Christmas?
we were here in Zurich, had a lovely 2 weeks at home

What was your favourite month of 2019?
October and November - family holiday in Portugal, TEDxZurich, eLN conference, plus time in UK and Belgium

What was your favourite TV programme?
The Crown, Office 3!

What was the best book you read?
So many to choose from, but probably When All is Said: Anne Griffin
Review of books read in 2019

What did you want and get?
I didn't know I wanted it, but I got an Ember mug, which keeps me tea constantly warm!

What did you want and not get?
Nothing I can think of

What was your favourite film of this year?
It was cheesy, but i LOVED "Last Christmas!". Saw it with Kerry, perfect advent film.

What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I was 46, can't remember how we celebrated!

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
more time for me

What kept you sane?
Alan, many good books, getting more sleep, many many nice cups of tea - same as last year

Who did you miss?
My Mum - same as last year

Who was the best new person you met?
Not new, but Sara really came through this year...

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2019
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

2019 in Snapshots

Life is good, enjoy the little things. Someday you will look back and realize they were the big things.

I try very hard to be mindful, to appreciate my life and the blessings I have. This is not always easier in my self induced panic and rush and stress. But when I look back at my daily snapshots, I appreciate the little things :-) And I remember how much love, beauty and fun surrounds me each day!