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This view!

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I just have to share this pic, taken just outside my hotel for my last trip to London. The hotel is literally just next to Saint Pauls Cathedral. So every time I went out for a smoke some fresh air, this was what I was looking at. The downside was that every hour on the hour, this is what I was listening to...


Still, felt good to not be stuck in old habits, and trying out a new hotel. Not that I had much choice, my usual hotel was full and this was the best I could do. Will I stay there again? For all the lovely views, probably not. Way, way to corporate for me. Lovely to stay at once, but next time I'll either be back at my usual hotel, or I'll try another one. 


I had a really good trip, and was able to combine some training sessions, meeting potential customers, and drinking wine with good friends, which is basically all the ingredients for a really good trip. Now it'll probably be until beginning of October until I go back, in September the Product department packs up and heads to Barcelona for a conference, and the entire company heads to Berlin for our People days. I wonder what my kids are going to say about me being away so much...?


This was Grange St Pauls hotel, and though it's usually a bit on the pricey side (like £300 per night for a single...) in the midst of summer I think I paid around £120 per night for it. It's absolutely lovely with large, clean and modern rooms and a great bar, though too corporate for my tastes. 

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! ;)

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...

creative chaos?

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One of the things we discuss quite regularly at our team retrospective is keeping our desks clean. Since we don't really have set seats, but rather sit wherever on a day-to-day basis, this should be doubly important. Still, this is my surroundings. I'm not even sure where all the papers come from - I never see anyone doodle on real paper, yet they crowd the desks. I'm guessing, come thursday and retrospective, the topic will come up again... Oh well, it's friday, it's five o'clock and I'm going to pack up my stuff and head home for some time with my three monsters kids ;)


Happy weekend, anybody reading here!  :)

vip visitor

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Yesterday we had a very important visitor at Mynewsdesk - Jonathan came by, to have lunch with me, and see where I worked. He was slightly intimidated by all the people, and thought my job was very boring, sitting still all the time... But he was thoroughly impressed by our ping-pong table, and we soon realised we both suck at the game. 


The best part about coming to mum's job? Acording to this little man that was drinking tea with sugar in it! Which basically just goes to show you can never know whith kids...

London calling...

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So, this week I went over to our London office for three days!


The main reason was attending a meeting regarding a big upcoming event, and as the whole thing was slightly last minute, we ended up just chucking other things in, a few meetings with customers, or potential customers, a quick training session with the team, stuff like that. Ironically, those chucked in bits n pieces where really the best part. I got so much valuable information on how they understand and sell the product and what things matter to them. And of course, I got to be back home for a few days!


It's weird to me how I've lived in Sweden for a bunch of years, on and off, but the one place I always think of as home, is England... It's undescribeable to me what it is that makes me feel so at home there, if it's just the fact that I was so happy when I lived there, or if it's something more. Anyway, it meant a good feeling spreading in me since the plane landed, and right untill I boarded the plane back. One of the really great things was getting to take Fia, my friend posing with me in the picture, to see Covent Garden. Fia moved to London about a month ago, and mentioned how she hadn't yet seen Covent Garden. Since this used to be my area, where I worked when I lived there, we decided to go there after work, and a trip down memory lane turned into a brilliant night. 


Of course, my trip meant leaving my three little munsters behind, which they where not thrilled about. Still, I think they had a good time with their baby sitters, and I got a much needed break away from them and actually got to miss them for a few days! 

My app

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So, this might not be a very big deal to anyone else, but it's huge to me - at my workplace, we're now usig the app I built for signing in visitors!!!

It's a simple enough app, a visitor enters their info; name company and contact person, and an email is sent to that person. It might not be revolutionary to man kind, but it's such a thrill seing it used, knowing that I built it! 

I keep walking past it, and can't help but smile every time. Apart from personal websites and such, it's the first thing I've made on my own.