At Sofia's house

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This time, when I headed down to London, I stayed at my friend Fia's place. I hate staying at hotels (at least when I'm working) and spening time with a friend is not something I'm spoiled with, so this was such a win for me. Fia and I know each other from work and became friends (this is so rare for me, I find it so difficult to make friends, especially in Sweden) and she's one of those people that you spend time with, and then come away feeling happy, energised and more appreciative of life. 

Also, this time instead of having a really mad schedule with tons of meetings, I had three really important meetings, that also turned out to be really good ones. Even though the crazy schedule was necessary last time, I was quite happy this time to be able to focus on quality rather than quantity. Also, getting a chance to hang out with a friend, go shopping and spend long lazy nights sipping wine made this a really good trip! :)

My morning fix

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I'm back in London again, and this time I'm staying with my lovely friend, Fia. What a difference it makes not having to stay in a hotel! So many small things that you don't normally think about, like being able to grab a cup of coffee before you have to get ready to leave. 

Usually I grab a latte at the local Nero's, then head to the tube to get to the office (usually in a bit of a hurry!) - which means I have to get ready before I can have my morning fix. When at home, I require at least three cups of coffee before I can even remember my name, so being able to grab a coffee this morning, and sit down on the balcony to drink it and enjoy the morning air (I'm lying, I went out to have a smoke!) was just the best thing ever. Thank you Fia for having me!


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This is our afternoons right now - I come home from work, grab something quick to feed the kids, and then we head down to our back yard, play a bit and soak up some vitamin D's... 

Party on the roof

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We threw a rooftop after work at my work, for our customers. No holding back, the image shows 600 red baloons released from the rooftop terrace! It was a really good party with lots of different people showing up. Thankfully, with all my trips to the uk, my kids are now completely fine with my being away for an evening here and there, so while I had a grand time at the office, the boys had an equally wonderful time playing games and watching Pokemon! ;)

Spring has arrived!

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Spring came late to Stockholm, but it's finally here, and accopmanied by some bank holidays, so naturally I packed up all the kids and headed to the park. We spent a few lazy hours playing on the playground, and then met up with some friends for a picnic :)


Naturally Milo fell asleep on the tube home, and then stayed awake until the wee hours of the morning... But, all in all, a very good family day! And with all the travelling workwise this year is offering, some quality time with the kids feels very appropriate.

Home again

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Last week I was back in London, working with my wonderful uk team. We managed to get a few good training sessions in, but the best bit of work I felt I did was actually just being there, being available to them, for a chat or a question. 

And of course, it felt wonderful to be back home. No matter how long I've been away, I always feel like coming home when I get back. Grabbing a bite at a place that cooks my type of food, popping out for a drink at the pub, even cramming up on the tube, it's so good to be home again. 

And now I'm back, and as usual, I miss home...

a surprising weekend

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On friday, I threw a birthday party for my brother. We're close, and he turned thirty, so naturally it was a big deal for me, and naturally I went all out.    What surprised even me though, was that instead of spending saturday in bed, nurturing my hangover and feeling dreadfully sorry for myself, I baked. And cooked. And prepared next weeks meals.   I actually made bread! Haven't done that in ages... It smelled heavenly, and the kids assured me it tasted marvelous, but in paying for childhood sins, I can't have any myself... And after finishing the bread, I also made banana bread, hoummus, dinner and an extra stew for next week. I know, anyone who knows me will be in chock, and I can tell you, I was so surprised myself, once I realised what I had done I had to sit down and drink several glasses of wine. There, that's more like the Hilla we know, right?  Oh well, at least I have next week well in hand! ;)