CLEANING LADIES & PAUL COELHO

A late good morning to you all… as mentioned yesterday it was a nasty day, mainly because I came to a dispute with our cleaning lady and ended up in her quitting. Sounds like a luxury problem but the fact is that we both work very hard and as Isabella Löwengrip once said “ I create more value being in the office than cleaning my house”… So therefore having help cleaning and ironing and such is really crucial for us to make our days function. For the second time in a row I’ve been very disappointed coming home on the days when she cleaned, it’s still dirty and no instructions has been followed and I had an idea of that someone else then her was in our house.

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I confronted her with the facts and she blew up in some kind of crying anger, a strange reaction to such a small issue. And it all ended in a discussion where she tried to defend herself and I just simply said  “just do your job and I am happy…..” but, apparently I offended her so much that she, in her anger, left the key in our postbox and said she wouldn’t come back. I believe there must have some other problem bothering her. I felt terrible making someone feel bad but on the other hand I know I did right, why pay for something not worth the money and someone who’s lying? …. Crap, one problem solved but another arising, I got to find a new one, and this time a kind person and less of a drama queen.

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What I really wanted to talk about here on the blog today was books and not cleaning. I like to read but I do it more less than often nowadays, but next week (when going for a retreat in Spain) I have loaded up with books to read at the poolside. I like reading different books at the same time, I often read a scientific book (to learn something), a biography (to get inspired) and a novel (to dream away), all at the same time. In my hand on the pictures below I have Outliers by Malcom Gladwell and By invitation only that is the story about GILT Group. In addition to that I’ve just ordered a pile of books from my favourite author Paulo Coelho. So far I have only read the Alchemist and Adultery which I can warmly recommend and on my trip next week I’m planning to read The Winner Stands Alone. 

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My favourite author Paul Coelho has a blog too 

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NASTY DAY & TUNA PASTA

What a day... A nasty day, I will tell you more tomorrow, but right now all we need is peace, good food and red wine. I'm not suppose to drink any wine this week as I'm going for a detox holiday next week in Spain but I texted my partner and said " - screw the detox, tonight we are dining with tuna pasta , red wine and candles" and he texted back a big YES. This is one of our favourite dishes. Have a lovely evening and speak tomorrow!

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I love tuna pasta <3 

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tuna

Parmesan, Tuna, Capers and Pasta = Awesome 

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SLOW JUICE

I love to start my day’s with fresh pressed juice! Especially as I’m not a “breakfast person”, but need something energising to get me going. I use a slow juicer from Hurom that I’ve bought last year. When I looked for a juicer I firstly wanted a juicer making cold-pressed juice (meaning the machine presses the vegetables slowly without destroying all the enzymes), secondly a juicer that somehow looked good in order to keep it in the kitchen to all times. I found it. So, last year I started to make endless of juice, each morning for me and my partner.

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I'm having a lemon-orange-ginger juice

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But aj aj aj…. After approximately six months I started to feel some strange pain in my teeth and from time to time feeling dizzy. I surely didn't connect the juice to my health as I was convinces juice only made positive impact. I was wrong. Fruit juice damages the emalj on your teeth as well as breaking down important layers in your stomach from ist sourness. But these are things that no juice company would ever highlight. My dentist convinced me to only drink juice once a week, and after having listened to the podcast with Sebastian Siemiatkowski ; the founder of Klarna who mentioned he’s got gastric ulcer (magsår) from drinking too much juice, I got completely convinced that too many liters of juice can be dangerous. So even if juice is delicious, be careful with it.
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MONDAY QUOTE
Good morning friends, Did you have a nice weekend? We did so many different things I can hardly remember. And I was hoping for a relaxed weekend, well that didn’t happen! On Friday we played guitar hero with our friends until midnight… and we spent a couple of hours at Ikea on Saturday to buy flower pots and flowers (believe it or not…but the Ikea flowers are good!). And of course I made a trip to the IKEA food store and loaded up with both Kalles, Sill and Dajm and Bilar (the latter are candies for the non-swedes). We watched the Chelsea football game in the evening also with friends in an Irish pub, although I’m not a big football fan I really liked it so I can even think about doing that again without protests. Enough about my events…
blue monday
blue monday
New day, and a new week; and it’s still so cold here. Normally I don’t look this cool, but today I decided for a bit more casual look today with jeans and leather jacket. I got to run now, have a lovely day and a great start of your week. Here is a Monday quote to adapt to;
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
- Charles R. Swindoll
I love this quote as it says so much about life and how we live, it’s about taking chances and react to them or not at all. It's your call. Have a fantastic start of your week!
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blue monday
blue monday
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DIY STYLISH NAME CARDS

Hi, how are you today? The weekend is just around the corner and I have that ultimate Friday feeling inside me! My weekend will be social with a BBQ party tonight and guests over for dinner tomorrow, and to make it a little bit extra fun I’m making name cards for the table. I need to stay on top of this DIY trend (just kidding..). But I always think that it’s the small details that matters; I could also of course leave it and order pizza ;-) but I always try to make each evening a little special. Making stylish name cards is easy, I simply buy a paper with a nice finishing in my closest book store, and using my gold and silver pencils to write the names. This time I wanted silver paper with a golden scripts. Another little tips is to write a personal note inside the name card, or make it into a game if you several guests; provide half of a sentence and make the guests find its other half sentence.

NAME CARDS
NAME CARDS

Simpel as that; buy a paper with a shiny finish in your nearest bookstore 

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Apart from dinner plans, we have IKEA plans as we need to get some new flowers pots for our terrace and my wish is to eat meatballs for lunch tomorrow at the IKEA restaurant. It probably sounds crappy but for those who haven’t tried I can recommend it :) and lastly, we always load up with Swedish food like Kalles, Candy, Ballerina Kex and Sill! Yummy! Whats your plans for the weekend? Big hug and enjoy your weekend!

NAME CARDS
NAME CARDS

To get that extra sparkle; write with a pencil in gold or silver 

NAME CARDS
NAME CARDS
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