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Tweeting in the Gaps, feb 2018

February 01, 2018 at 10:36AM
Start of day 2! How would we run L&D with a 80% cut in budget? #lt18uk https://t.co/UTQiGoU3jp
February 01, 2018 at 03:30PM
@sabine_gori is on stage! Moocs at credit Suisse :-) https://t.co/GnzOxSatEB
February 01, 2018 at 03:39PM
Some ingredients for a successful mooc! Host | curation | encouragement | promotion #lt18uk @sabine_gori https://t.co/ccePfuagBJ
February 01, 2018 at 03:40PM
@kategraham23 1 did! :-)
February 01, 2018 at 03:44PM
RT @kategraham23: Next up is Sabine Gori from Credit Suisse. I was lucky enough to sit next to her collague @nice_cup_of_tea at dinner last night - great conversation and a pleasure to make the connection #T4S5 #LT18uk
February 01, 2018 at 04:05PM
Thanks @sabine_gori great presentation! #lt18uk https://t.co/oZ908KShL3
February 08, 2018 at 09:10PM
@jabberworks absolutely love that book, as do my kids!
February 08, 2018 at 09:18PM
@kategraham23 nothing like a nice cup of tea :-)
February 08, 2018 at 09:20PM
since I am "nice cup of tea" I feel compelled to re-tweet :-) https://t.co/j5Bp5OlhtX
February 11, 2018 at 09:29PM
This is my dream library :-) https://t.co/QolGRDLSXP
February 13, 2018 at 07:06PM
First rule of pancake Club... The first one is always a dud but tastes good! #shrovetuesday https://t.co/om8DDNvRyr
February 13, 2018 at 08:44PM
@kategraham23 My boys love homemade pancakes and they are so simple to make & flip!!
February 15, 2018 at 04:01PM
Bob belatedly wishes his fans happy valentine's day! #bobtheunicorn @sabine_gori @unicorntraining https://t.co/CajjTcD5p7
February 15, 2018 at 06:47PM
Zurich is beautiful even on a grey Feb evening in the rain :-) #zurich https://t.co/IHNzKjMPer
February 22, 2018 at 01:31PM
Off to @PanoramaSpa for 36 hours mini break! Have spa stuff, kindle, magazines & my moleskin. Relaxtion, reflecting, water therapy & a good nights sleep ahead!
February 22, 2018 at 02:07PM
Upgraded!! So excited :-) https://t.co/4WP0qUsoyH
February 22, 2018 at 04:24PM
look what finally arrived! digipigi joy for the 8year old and me @csschweiz #mgm https://t.co/kKnscuR9xF
February 25, 2018 at 04:22PM
Like mother, like son! #mgm https://t.co/Zf7gV7cP07
February 28, 2018 at 09:55PM
I just voted for Run Mummy Run via The Running Awards - Have your say: https://t.co/2Gnkt9d4QL @Runningaward @run_mummy_run
February 28, 2018 at 09:56PM
I just voted for Virtual Runner UK via The Running Awards - Have your say: https://t.co/2Gnkt9d4QL @Runningaward @virtualrunneruk

My lovely boys...

... spend their time fighting, hugging, yelling, provoking, giggling, play fighting, playing lego, discussing dragons, laughing, whining, making paper boats....

The house is never quiet, tidy or clean, but I wouldn't change a thing.
"The days are long, but the years are short" Gretchen Rubin



And my new user pics to celebrate :-) See All my userpics here

My sensitive, funny, friendly Markus is a deep thinker and a bookworm! He's happy at school, getting to grips with homework and is working hard at German reading and writing. He loves his brother and fights with his brother. Swims like a fish. Is thrilled to have reached Red King in skiing. Plays chess with Alan. Reads Harry Potter with me. And is now the proud owner (finally) of a digipigi!

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It has been a rollercoaster 6 months for Patrick and us. He has shot up in height, so much so, that Markus and he are mistaken for twins. He's now lost the front 8 teeth and most of them have grown back. He loves his brother, but then provokes him. They fight like cat and dog, but then hug and make up. Patrick wants to be with Markus, but then does't, but then does again.

One on one he is a complete chatterbox and will regale you with the day's derring do's and his view of life, the universe and everthing. He can be really caring and loving and helpful. He enjoys doing guided meditation with Alan and collecting good Karma. He is teaching himself to read and write, since Kindergarten doesn't teach them this stuff yet. We try and find ways to physically wear him out!

He changed Kindergarten just after Christmas - from the private one to the local school based one. So Markus and he are together in the afternoons. We still helping him to settled down. We all need to work on helping him control his anger, which flares up under stress.

Other changes? Boys now have bunk beds and their own space in the bedroom.
Big goal for Patrick? to finally learn to ride his bike. He has never quite got it. Markus learnt at 5, and was riding on his own bike with me to Kindergarten at 5 and a half. Just today Patrick expressed the wish to finally ride on his own, so that we could "ride all together to that farm place to eat" (aka Fork and Bottle!)

Favourite expressions...
Do you still remember when?
I remember that!

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Smells like Spring Spirit

Today, after a week of bitter, biting cold and some snow, I smelt spring in the air. And it was still light when I did the school pickups at just before 6 :-)

Winter is dead, long live the spring!


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Sofa Saga (long post, lots of photos!)

This is the story of our cream, John Lewis, pull out bed sofa. It's a story in 6 chapters :-) (inspired by the lovely Officemum and her post on getting rid of her sofa!)
1. When the old sofa was new
2. Babies on the sofa
3. Guests on the sofa
4. My boys growing up on the sofa
5. Final Day of old sofa
6. The new sofa

1. When the old sofa was new
We asked for vouchers for our wedding gifts (way back when in 2000) and bought our sofa for our London flat. We lived there until 2004, then moved to Zurich. First batch of photos are in london, then Zurich. WE had lots of epic parties, lots of sitting on th sofa!


2. Babies on the Sofa
A few years into life in Zurich, we had Markus in 2009 closely followed by Patrick in 2011. 2 lots of maternity leave, where I spent most of my day on the sofa feeding! Small babies on cushions. Lots of guests. Lots of baby cuddles! Also, lots of wear and tear on the poor sofa. The sofa cushions didn't ever go back to their original colour after being washed with the red throw after an unfortunate baby or toddler toilet accident! But still the sofa soldiered on....



3. Guests on the Sofa
We have been blessed wtih so many guests here in Zurich. Ths sofa has been a bed many times. Lots of guests, lots of friends, lots of book reading on sofa, lots of films, some dressing up, some parties!



4. My Boys growing up on the sofa
It's been the central meeting point in the flat for my boys. In fact, the living room was long since renamed to "The Sofa Room" by Markus! Patrick often fell asleep on it. We snuggled up on it as a family, boys arguing over who got the window seat, or the squidgy spot. But over time, the sofa lost it's support. And it become a bit of a "squash and a squeeze" to get us all on it. We knew we would need to find a replacement. Oh, and there might have been some scribbling done on the back of the sofa! Do you like the Gruffalo and the child on the sofa?


a rare picture of me snuggled on the sofa with the boys.

5. Last Days of the old sofa
So in December we went to IKEA and picked out a new sofa, Lshaped, that would still fit in our small living room. Black leather, easy cleaning :-)
And we said our goodbyes to the old sofa....



6. New Sofa
The nice people from IKEA came and collected the old sofa and delivered the new sofa. I made sure not to be in the flat ...I'm softhearted like that, didn't want to see it dragged away. And now we have a new sofa with plenty of room for all. Here's to the next 17years with this one!

Order out of Chaos - the Boy's New Room

This transformation was long over due. Markus had been complaining for most of last year that he was squashed in bed - not suprising, given he was 8 and still in a toddler bed :-)

So, the week before Christmas, we did the following:
- picked up 2 bunkbeds and 2 units from IKEA
- cleared the clear of the old white goods (and paid highly to have them taken away and recycled!)
- this then triggered a massive clear of the whole cellar and clearing out all the old baby clothes, toys etc!
- Hired another man with a van to come and take away all the old furniture etc from the boys room
- Paid a nice man to come and build said bunk beds and furniture

And by the evening of Fri 22nd, the boys had a new room :-) They now fit into their beds, with plenty of room to grow and plenty of room to play.
And today I've spent almost all day finally reorgagnizing and labelling the untis, so that...
"there is a place for everything and everything in its place"  - as my Godmother would say :-)

I can hear the boys playing in there now, hope they're not making a mess, or if they are, they know where to put everything away ;-)

Final night in old beds and the old room, plus the mess in the rest of the flat as I empty their room!


Transition Time & a hard day's work!


New Room and Grand Opening

Abundance

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance." Eckhart Tolle

I've been thinking about abundance a lot recently, then just today stumbled across the above quote. I'm coming to realize the abundance is about the health and wealth and friends and memories and laughter that you have around you. For me, it also means having a well stocked Kindle and stack of books to read!

I've just written a blog post on my 2017 snapshots.
It's been a busy, but a good year! Day by day I remind myself - "the days are long, but the years are short" Gretchen Rubin
With every snapshot, I learn that life is made up of chain of individual memories.
Snapshots 2007 - 2017





Grateful for...(11-15)

11. Starting a fresh new moleskin notebook at work
12. The Zurich themed macaroon that my colleague gave me
13. Watching Harry Potter Goblet of Fire film with my eldest
14. A beautiful walk into Zurich town today for my physio appointment
15. The snow! Makes our backyard look pretty :-)

Who is nice-cup-of-tea?


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I am tea-drinking, book-loving, gadget-girl, british expat, who writes about living, working, running and bringing up my family in Zurich.

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