Say hello to my office

As I am a freelancer I spend most of my days at home. In the beginning I used to sit at the kitchen table or in the sofa and work, but that’s not really working (pun intended!) in the long run. When my parents came and visited us for a whopping six weeks last fall I took the opportunity to have him build a custom desk that fits perfectly in the window nook in our spare bedroom, aka my office.

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This is where I’m sitting right now, typing away. Although I’m not using that big pilates ball as a chair. It was a temporary solution as I couldn’t find a good office chair that was high enough. Now I have another temporary solution instead…

And I know, I really need to deal with that cable chaos going on. I’ll leave that for a later day.

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As the windows face the small street we live on, I decided to put up some plastic film on the windows. And yes, the text on top of the image is Swedish. It means “my projects” and for some reason I only had a picture of this with the text on it? Bad me.

Before I put up the film I felt a bit bad about sitting here. I felt watched whenever someone passed by and got disturbed in my concentration. The windows also works as a personal kanban board to see what’s going on right now in my freelance life.

130829_Office-2On the desk I have the office supplies I use often – mainly pens, my zillion todo lists and the black notes. I just love those black notes. I took these pictures a little while ago and the pen collection has just exploded. Right now it feels like I have a bit of a pen shop going on at the side of the table. I really should do something about that. It’s not like I use anything but the black gel pens from Muyi anyway…

In between moments

This has been a busy week. A very busy week indeed. New projects starting and current projects in full swing. Somewhere in the middle of this I’m trying to keep some sort of social life.

To say I’m tired is an understatement. Or actually, I’m not so much tired as I’m buzzed. For this first time in my life I’m actually having a bit of trouble sleeping because the head is going crazy bouncing off ideas.

Unfortunately this means I haven’t taken my new camera for a proper spin. All I have to show for a weeks ownership is some random pictures from details that I have passed by the last few days. Like the sky that was amazing tonight, the pigeons on the structure above South Yarra Station and the most bewildering and beautiful tree in a backyard of a house around the corner.

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Salade de Chèvre Chaud

So, I finally got a new camera! Since I wrecked the old one I have felt a bit uninspired. It’s essentially the same as the one I had before but there’s one fancy difference; video!

I have been wanting to have a SLR with video capabilities for quite some time, and now it’s finally happening. This are my very first stumbling video steps; details from me making Salad de Chèvre Chaud, which very well might be my favourite salad ever.

Ingredients

Salad – whichever, This time a mixed salad blend, organic of course!
Beetroot – 1 per person
Bread
A log of goat’s cheese
Walnuts
Vinaigrette

Instructions

1. Boil the beetroot
2. Chop the walnuts and roast them a bit in a pan. Put aside.
3. Use a glass or something round to cut out bread the size of your goat’s cheese log.
4. Put the bread in a pan on a baking sheet and top with some goats cheese.
5. In with the goat’s cheese and bread in the oven. On grilled, like 200C.
6. Your beetroots should be done. Remove the skin and chop them into pieces. And don’t worry if they go a bit cold – you’d rather want them colder than warmer.
7. Meanwhile mix a vinaigrette. We did one with a bit of oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and some mustard.
8. Place the salad on a plate and put on as much/little vinaigrette as you like. Top with the beetroots and the walnuts.
9. When the goat’s cheese is golden brown, take it out of the oven and place it on the salad.
10. Enjoy!

Go ahead, go ahead, throw your arms in the air tonight.

Before moving to Australia I lived in Ghana for a year and a half. Living there was challenging, frustrating and absolutely amazing. Yes, the frustration got the upper hand and we did move, but some days I miss Ghana like crazy. For some reason there’s one specific situation I miss the most.

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Imagine you’re in a taxi. It’s an old, shabby car where the upholstery is dirty and coming off, and with blaring hip life on the radio. You have been at a nice restaurant (if I have to pick, let’s say Osteria Michelangelo) and had some wine and you are slightly tipsy. The windows are rolled down and you can feel the humid air with just the right temperature on your face while watching the lights of the city pass by.

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And yes, I’m contemplating going back just to spend nights going all around Accra in a taxi.

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1 photo an hour – Wednesday

Note to self afterwards: I need to pick a more exciting day, and no, it’s not the full day. I forgot to snap any pictures after 6 pm. Oh well.

8 am
Woke up and went for a jog. I started jogging again 4 weeks ago and go out running three times a week. Yes, I’m quite proud of myself. 130817-1photoanhour-1

9 am
Done with the jog. Had a shower, put on some clothes and doing my makeup.
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10 am
Have an errand to run and need to take the train. Found the warning thingies on the ground quite pretty.

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11 am
Errand done! Needed to pick up a few pairs of jeans that had been repaired.
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12 pm
View from the train heading back.
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1 pm
Back at home. Had a quick bite and then started working. Here on an editorial calendar. The turquoise stuff is this blog!
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2 pm
Melbourne weather hits me. From sunny to rainy in a heartbeat.
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3 pm
Takes a break from working and start tidying up a bit around the house. Like our bed for example.
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4 pm
The sun decides to come back. All blue skies again.
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5 pm
Starts prepping dinner.
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6 pm
And then eating it. There was a lot of time between prepping and eating. I tried to play the proper house wife (as I so rarely do) and have dinner done when he got back, but he was dead set on working out. So dinner had to wait.
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Then I was too busy talking to take any more pictures.

Sunday list

Which is the best combination of two things that you know? 
Right now I’d go with either sunshine + a pitcher of mojitos or heating + chai latte. I see a pattern here.

Mojito

What did you do for exactly five months later? 
My parents were here and we all were a bit hungover after our Sunday outing (which included horses, wine and beer). Dad made me a table and I got really, really mad because it ended up a bit too yellow. Note to self; don’t have your parents staying with you for more than two weeks at a time.

When were you last jealous of anyone?
Mid last week when I friend landed a job in such a short time. Impressed and a bit envious. I miss having colleagues.

Do you have anything unnecessary you do?
Yes, a lot. Sleeping for one. At least 8 hours per day. And watch a lot of really crappy tv shows. I should know better.

Can you show a picture of something really great?
I can’t pick just one thing, that’s just impossible, so here’s a selection.

01-04-masbuttassar Dogs, or other cute animals. Specially when they put their paws on you and want to be scratched behind their ears.
03-03-landskap2 Summers in Sweden. I wish I had a night time photo though, but I can’t be bothered looking.
04-05-papiihavet Family (and friends, but hey, I don’t have any decent photos of them). Preferably on a beach in Ghana.

What’s the worst thing this week?
I went out for drinks with a friend on Friday. It was an amazing night but unfortunately a bottle broke in my bag and broke my camera, garage remote and completely ruined my wallet. Did I mention that I dropped my phone (which I do at least once a week) but this time the screen broke. Great night that ended in an epic fail. :/

What are you planning to do the rest of the days this week?
It’s the last day of the week, silly! And I plan to stay right here on the couch until it’s time for bedtime. Mmmm, couch.

When did you last have pulpitations?
Can’t remember. Now I feel like I don’t have enough excitement in my life. Note to self: do something really scary soon.

What are you going to do this fall?
It’s not fall here, it’s spring! I’m going to start gardening and keep on running. And be a bit more structured about channeling my creativity.

Do you have any plans for the end of the summer?
End of winter you mean? Well, no. I’m surprisingly plan-less and I’m loving it.

What is the weirdest thing you have done for love?
I would love to say I’ve done something really odd but I can’t remember anything? I’m either a very boring person or just sane. With that said, I would do anything for this man. I mean, I even promised to clean for him (yes, that was my vow).

LovePhoto credits: Rosie Alm

What should you do but can’t muster the energy to actually do?
Live by a schedule! So hard when you’re all on your own and don’t have a team that you can seep up some energy from when you need it.

What do you have in your fridge? 
Cheese, wine, water, eggs, apples and strawberries. Always.

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Can you give us a teaser for a coming blog post?
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List from Niotillfem.

This might be all I’m going to do today

 

First day after having a visitor I always need a reset. I mean, it’s amazing and all having so many people come here to visit, but it also takes quite a bit of energy. Therefore I try to schedule in some empty time where I can zone out, have a cuppa and just breathe. One day, and then I’m back to normal again. 130816-Tea-1

A walk in Hosier Lane

Melbourne Laneways are famous (and I love them). As is Melbourne graffiti. I find it magical to walk around neighborhoods and find large murals that are simply gorgeous. It adds so much soul and ambience to the city, rather than bland house walls.

Hosier Lane is probably the most graffiti’d alleyway in Melbourne. And it’s probably the most famous place to see some nice street art here as well. We had a visitor staying with us for the last few weeks, and one day when we were heading into town we walked by Hosier Lane for some photos.

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Banana Pancakes

I have started trying to be more healthy. Or actually, I am healthier nowadays. I’m not on any diet, because diets are just asking for trouble. I’m just eating more sensibly (both contents and portions) and I’ve started to jog. Well I’m not sure you could call it a jog yet. I’m more like a slouch, but I get out and just do it. But we’re not here to talk about my do’s or don’ts when it comes to running. We’re here to read about the simplest pancake recipe ever. Yes, ever. I can vouch for that.

Because of this healthiness craze, I’m eating boiled eggs and strawberries for breakfast. Yes I know it sounds odd and I’m not saying you need to eat it. It works for me. But it can become a bit boring. So when I stumbled on this recipe on a few swedish blogs I just had to do it.

And it’s not just simple, it’s also delicious.

Banana Pancakes
Makes 2. 

2 eggs
1 banana
just a wee bit of butter for the frying pan
Strawberries (or jam) to serve it with

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1. Peel the banana and mush it up in a bowl. Make sure it’s proper ripe, as it’ll mix better.

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2. Once it’s all nice and mushy, mix in the two eggs.

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3. Heat up a pan and put in a bit of butter (or oil, if that’s your thing). When it’s warm put in half of the batter and fry it on each side until it gets a bit of colour.

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4. While waiting to flip, chop up the strawberries into more manageable pieces.

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5. Place the pancakes on a plate and put the strawberries on top so it looks artistic. I.e. not like this, because it’s a bit of a mess. I didn’t care much for the look of it this morning though as I was famished after my jog.


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Enjoy!