Month: September 2011

Day 69: Receiving a box of chocolates in the post from my client, camouflage kitties and after-work drinks with the boys…

Working from home and waiting practically the entire day for my IKEA delivery was worth it just so I could arrive in the office  late in the afternoon to see this surprise package waiting for me on my desk. It’s always a wonderful and great feeling to be appreciated, especially for the work that you do. So thank you, Boris, for the lovely gesture and for being so grateful and appreciative yourself. It definitely makes coming into work every day a pleasure. And I’m sure I speak for the entire team here as well! =) / Need I say you gotta love dark chocolate? / Today I’m grateful the boys were allowed to come out and play. After all, what better way to cap off the week with another day of 30-degree weather, a couple of beers, strawberry/raspberry daquiris and great company. / This kept me preocuupied-slash-entertained for a while this afternoon, so thanks! Now find the cat!

Day 68: Pink Office Productivity, Work Front United, Summer Fall, IKEA dream purchases & that random list of office jokes!

I love working in our pink break-out/meeting room. Got so much done today. Complete 100% focus. =) / I love days like today when everyone is on the same wavelength. It’s especially a good sign when Client Services and Studio find themselves on the exact same line of thought and inspiration without prompt and lots of smiling high-fives. This new microsite is going to be awesome! =D / I love IKEA. / And I love the fact that I just purchased this massive rug that I have been wanting to buy for years! / I love that it’s like summer in the fall and I still get to wear shorts in October and sit at the park for lunch. / And I love it when things are so funny you have tears rolling down your face – especially when you’re on a bus late at night and everyone’s trying hard not to stare at you! If you want to have an absolute riot at work, read this!

Day 67: My first ever live football match & Your Mum!

Arsenal 2. Olympiakos 1 – The final score of my first ever football match. What fun!! =D Highlights of the evening: Getting Jo to explain to me, in less than 10 minutes and on the way to the game, what the difference is between the Champions League and the Premiere League; swiping in for free; practically front-row seats; witnessing my first goal at 8 mins into the game and having a semi-late, half-subdued reaction; witnessing my second goal and finding that in the last twelve minutes, it’s become inherently natural for me to jump out of my seat with the crowd, roar, and throw my fists in the air like a pro; listening to outspoken guy behind us throwing profanities and offering his own personal commentary throughout the 90-minute game; watching footballers stretch and warm-up less than 10 metres away – and admiring the view at that!; sliding off the edge of my seat in anticipation and glued excitement, gripping the seat in front of me for support (and feeling Joanna’s hands pull my shoulders …

Day 66: Fighting through blisters, Arsenal season tickets, USB DVDs and The Script…

Thank you, Louis, for letting us use your season ticket pass tomorrow. Very. Much. Appreciated. =p / Blisters – they can hurt like a bitch in the shower, but at least you can towel off knowing you ran those miles today. / Finally, I have successfully managed to play a movie on the tele using my USB stick (or – if I’m to carry on the theme for today – I should probably say my “dongle” =p). I am now officially a self-made, self-indulgent, movie broker, distributor and appreciator. SWEET. / To: The Script. Thank you for this song and all the ones I’m about to fall in love with. And in response to your question… What do you do? You find every. other. thing. to be grateful for in life. x

Day 65: Petits Filous, launching our client's new Facebook fanpage & not being shat on by pigeons at lunch…

Je t’aime Petits Filous! / Glad we got another project off the racks. Well done, Dom, the Nando’s Australia fanpage looks great =) / Very much grateful I didn’t get shat on by the pigeons above us at lunch. You see, I have a tendency to get shat on by birds. When I was living in St Lucia I got shat on at least once a month, without fail. No joke! But today I was lucky and in the clear. So thanks! Day 65. 300 more days of appreciation… and then some 😉

Day 64: My first North London run, remnants of a summer breeze swirling through the house, having a virtual meal with my family over Skype, Lionel Richie & dinner with the troops at ASK…

Jo, Ben, Krissa, Craig, Kat, Dani WIS reunion 2007 Some things never change… I’m glad I kicked myself out of bed and strapped on the old Nike’s today. I feel I’ve never fully settled into a place until I’ve marked it with the footsteps of my first run. / I love when you open all windows and doors to your home and feel the breeze swirling all around you. / Song of the day: Easy, by Lionel Richie. / I’m grateful for the 1 hour I spent having a virtual dinner with my Mom, Dad and sister through Skype. / I thoroughly enjoyed having dinner with the growing WIS crew in London. Am particularly happy to have seen Andres one more time before he heads back to HK tomorrow. And Kat – finally – after nearly a year apart! / Thank you, ASK for letting us use 2 vouchers in the same table =)

Day 63: Regent's Canal, The London Bookbarge and Broadway Market…

Today, I fell in love with London all over again. Walking along Regent’s Canal, from King’s Cross all the way to Hackney, I felt like I’d finally discovered the missing piece to my personal interpretation of London. Not only the missing piece, but the underground, backstreet, soul of this city that has – in one afternoon – added a whole bar of depth to my understanding of it. Passing by and peeking into the rows of moored barges, extrapolating the mental snapshot into a full fantasy of what living on a canal boat must be like; listening to Bob Dylan broadcast crackly and distant from expired stereos; admiring the boho-chic costume and demeanour of these twenty-something Shoreditch types either swinging off the back of a boat with a bottle of beer in their loose hand or sitting cross-legged and perched in a small group next to one of the locks; and ordering coffee from an independent cafe where all the staff were women of varying nationalities and ages, wearing matching aprons like an affirmation of …

Day 62: Verdant Trees, discovering the word "nubile", getting into Fabric at 2.30 in the morning & door to door night buses home…

I love mornings like today when you step out the door and the weather is just perfect – a cool and mildly breezy 17 degrees with the sun licking the green off the verdant trees. / I always appreciate learning new words and today, us young ladies in the office learned the meaning of the word “nubile”. How we did not know this before, I do not know. But rest assured we spent the next eight hours at work catching up on a decade’s worth of awareness and discovery on the many different ways you can slip “nubile” into a sentence. / Kav, Andres, Rory and co. – what a strange, strange and random turn of events last night was. Glad we got to spend the first half of it together before Bo and I disappeared into the belly of the beast. / Thank you, Fabric, for letting us in at 2.30 in the morning. / And thank you, random medic boy, from King’s for helping us find the cloakroom after. / I am extremely …

Day 61: Surprise visit from Paul, Chris Rene, MWT and Pete!

Thank you, Paul, for popping up to visit us for lunch =) Was a nice, last-minute surprise. / Thank you, X Factor USA – moments like the one below are why I am and continue to be such a sucker for this show – whatever continent it is in! First Jade Richards, now Chris Rene. This lifted my spirits clear out the water =) Glad I stumbled upon this site tonight. Has proved thoroughly amusing and will probably keep me going for a while… / Thanks, Pete, for the company tonight. Effortlessly chillaxed is the word I’m looking for. Hope you enjoyed the (mediocre) Tempranillo, free bag of chilli and white kinder bueno =)

Day 60: Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Birdy, Confuscius say 1-Love and stockpiling Nivea deodorant!

It’s all about the alternative, folksy music today. Don’t ask me how but I find it really easy to switch back and forth between some heavy dubstep and drum n bass and onto, well, the likes of Adele and Ed Sheeran and now the even younger and somewhat promising Benjamin Francis and Birdy. My friend, Bridge, will probably piss himself laughing if he ever gets round to reading this. I should probably record his impression of me and my seemingly random/bipolar evolution through music in the last few weeks… From frenetic, Tasmanian Devil impressions, bouncing up and down double-speed, shoulders locked and squared, jerking to every beat, arms and hands waving at each other like red-bull-fuelled robots in front of me; to one arm stiff in the air, pumping down as it drops, surrendering to the universe and slow-motion head-banging like there’s no tomorrow; to me sitting on a fence, swinging my feet while I attempt to play the ukelele with a straw hat on my head… Bizarre, yes. But I love dancing/listening to all three …