Cleaning Out my Closet, Cleaning Up my Life

Good morning!

Monday is here and I am hoping it is the start of a great and productive week!

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Last night I started planning for the week, and as I did that I also cleaned up at home!
One of the things that was long overdue was my closet. I am somewhat of a horder, especially with clothes. I can never seem to be able to let anything go, and with too many clothes for my closet it is a constant mess! Half the clothes I owe are stuff I never wear, even wrong sized clothes I hang on to in the fear that I might one day not have anything to wear and need some emergency clothing.

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It is actually working against it’s purpose with me always being in a rush in the morning combined with a chaotic closet always leads to me not finding anything to wear and end up dressing like a klutz.
Not to mention our bedroom always being in a state of chaos.
So I decided to put an end to all that and finally go through it. I filled up an entire bin bag to give away!

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Much better!

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Finally – A closet where I can actually find my clothes!

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I am hoping and planning for the closet change to be the metaphorical start to a much better week than the one that passed. A boarder separating last week to the coming week.

The week that passed was such a mess with to many unfortunate incidents and me failing to meet any of my goals.

Last week started well with many outings and fun. I ate healthy, worked out and spent my days with productivity.

Well, as the storm came to London it blew away my motivation and whisked me with bad luck.

I let my diet go, ate loads of sugars and cut back on nutrient food, leaving me feeling bloated, out of energy and unwell. I “forgot” my exercise and I overslept nearly every night, making it hard to fall asleep in the evening and then I was caught in this really bad sleep routine. Fortunately I didn’t have anywhere I needed to be early, but still –  bad.

To top my week of, on Friday I was out with one of my friends and I lost my phone! It was stolen out of my bag! Four years in London and my first theft incident so I guess I am lucky, but still so very annoying.
So yesterday I had to go get a cheap phone so people can reach me and now I am stuck with this really old phone that is super hard to use. But at least I have a phone and can be reached!

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What a week, fortunately that’s over! 

So, that was my week – a fiasco of a week, but fortunately that is over now and a new week is upon us!

I have already started well, I have been for a long run, did my exercises, had a shower and I am now doing my makeup. All ready for my 9 am appointment and a good start to the week!

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I wish you all a great Monday, and hope to report with good news throughout the week!

– Camilla

Packing for Greece!

Good evening!

Tomorrow is Friday and I will finally be of for my holiday!
After work I am going straight to Gatwick airport to fly to Norway where our plane to Greece leaves the next morning.

I am now home trying to pack, while taking breaks to watch The Big Bang Theory.

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I was on a really good roll, until when I emptied out my suitcase and found a big spider in there. I have a huge phobia for spiders and there is no way I can continue getting the suitcase ready after seeing that beast in there! So the packing will go on after Greg has come home and got rid of the spider. Hope he wont be too late..

I am so ready for a holiday!
My bad neck that started almost two weeks ago has continued until now and spread to my back and shoulders.
I have not been able to sleep well either as laying my head down hurts my neck and I have kept waking up because my neck tuggs in the middle of the night.
To make it even worse I tripped and fell over on the way to work on Tuesday, something that only I could manage to do. Guess at 26 years old I am STILL tripping over on my own feet.
So now my knees and arms are all scratched up and achy, not to mention that the fall did not exactly do wonders for my neck!

Because I have been so busy I havent got a chance to collect myself and given my body the rest to heal, I think that is why it still has not gotten better. Work has been so busy, that even on the worst day, calling in sick or taking it easy at work has not been an option.

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I do belive though that two weeks with relaxation, warmth and swimming will fix my body right up.
I am hoping to be fine within the first few days, and if I take it easy and listen to my body I think that is reasonable to believe that I will be.

Well, I better wash up a little bit before Greg gets home and then finish packing.

Talk to you later!

– Camilla

26 Going On 90

Worst possible start to the week!
Early this morning I got up to get some water and as I sat up in bed and looked to my side I felt a little click in my neck and a painful icing feeling rushed down my side.
That was it for the day, my neck locked itself and all day I have not been able to move my neck a milliliter without getting a shock of pain down my neck and back.

Today that I had planned to be such a nice day and great start to the week turned out a complete fiasco.

The first hour of the morning I walked around the living room in desperation to get my neck to stop hurting. If I stood up, sat down or walked around, it wouldn’t make a difference, I got such painful crams in the neck not matter what I did. Lying down was not an option as it was far to painful, not to mention that even with the help of Greg I could barely get back up.
I have had a stiff neck that could spasm a little a few times in the past, but it has never even come close to what it was today. After having put a hot water bottle around it for over an hour the spasms became less intense and I was left with a neck that I could not move but at least it wasn’t painful unless I accidentally moved it.

I struggled for a while to get my clothes on, and I had to get Greg to make my breakfast. (Isn’t he sweet) A shower was our of the question and so was putting any make up on.

So off to work I went, with a head tilted to the left, slightly gross, unwashed and with a pale undone face. I defiantly did not look ready for a work environment.
After walking three times slower than I normally would to the train station I arrived only to find out my train had been cancelled and therefore the next one was packed.

I was so terrified anyone would bump into me I kept putting my hands in front of me as for protection. I can only imagine how ridiculous I must have looked standing with a crocked back, a awkwardly positioned head and my hands in front of me.
I did feel like I was 90 years old, and I am sure I looked the part too!

Being delayed by the train I was 15 minutes late to work, so everyone was there as I came in and as I walked in the door everyone started asking “What happened too you?” A bit embarrassed I answered “Is it that obvious?” to what I got the reply “Oh my god what happened to your neck??”
When I left my house I thought perhaps no one would notice and my frail appearance was all in my head, but apparently not.

At work we tried everything we could possible do, the nurses brought me painkillers, heating lotions, muscle lotions, and lotions to ease pain. The OT gave me tips to exercises I could do to loosen my neck, but nothing worked! In fact the longer I sat at my desk, the stiffer my neck got and the more the muscles in my back started acting up. By the time I left work I felt so tired just from holding my own head up.

I tried going to bed at 9 today, as I am absolutely exhausted, both from lack of sleep last night and being so tired in my body. All I want right now is to relax my back.
But lying in bed my neck started cramping so much I had to get up. (something that took about 20 minutes to do haha).

So here I am sitting up next to Greg with my head staring forward and with my Pingu penguin water bottle strapped to my neck.
What a fantastic way to start the week! My body is starting my match the age of my old soul.

In all seriousness though I hope and pray it will be gone by tomorrow, so I can write a less complaining post and embarrass myself slightly less. How I miss mobility!

– Camilla

 

 

Time Pressure and Management

This month I am working normal office hours 9 – 5 something I am not used to.
Being a carer I normally work 12 hours shift, something that means that I work only 3 or 4 days a week when I am full time.

Although I dont get time for anything else than waking up and going to sleep in between those long shift, when my work week is over I have 3 or 4 days completely of.
Now that I am in five days a week I am suddenly feeling this time pressure every Londoner talks about.
20160317_080009I though that being used to 12 hours shifts, going to 8 hours a day would leave me with so much extra time every day. But even though my days are relatively short, with travel time I end up not getting much time to do much when I come home.

Lately I have been trying to get a run done in the morning before I get ready for work, although it means my alarm goes of at 5 am. It is great getting an early start, however that does leave me tired throughout the day unless I get to bed at 9 or 10 at night.

Living in London travel can easily at times take more than two hours in rush time, meaning that at times we get home at 7 or even 8 leaving us with two hours to make dinner and have some quality time before heading to bed.
Of course two hours is not bad, we have time for dinner, conversation and what else we need to do.
But like everyone else we have so many extra things that needs to be done, such as housework, fixing whatever we need to do online and general chores that I can tell at least on this end is suffering.

I defiantly feel the need to manage my time better, the last few weeks working office hours it has become clear that that is really not my strength. Surely when families with full days of work and children in the house can manage it well, I should be able to too!

Doing my workout in the morning has been the first step, now I just have to work out how to manage the rest of my day! Anyone having any tips for this is very appreciated, lets just say that.

Dont get me wrong, I am loving this new challenge at work, learning to do some administrative task. Having been a carer since I was 18 both full time and next to uni this is brand new to me and I love the challenge and learning to do that as well. It is the first time I am heading to work in office clothes rather than my carer uniform, it feels strange as well as fun. Learning how to do new things is always exiting!

I find is so funny how one always thinks that everyone else’s days seems much easier to manage until we get our days changed to what they have and then start to see that there are challenges with that too.

When I worked 12 hours a day, I was always so jealous seeing people on the commute heading of to their days that would end well before mine. Always thinking how much they would get done in a day.
I am sure in October when I am back to working 12 hours I will quickly go back to thinking that same thing, but for now am defiantly starting to understand the challenges of time pressure that most people experience. Especially in big cities where the travel time can be half a working day!
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I hope you have all had a lovely day, and that you managed to manage your time better than me!

Good night!

– Camilla

A Cosy Night In

Good morning my lovely readers!

The weekend is over here in The UK and another week of work begins. I hope everyone has had a great weekend and got some free time to relax and have fun.

After I blogged yesterday Greg and James came home from their day out and they had brought both dinner and snacks for the evening. By the time I had postet my post they had already set it all up and it was so nice to be able to just sit down and eat. I am getting spoiled here as we have company!

For dinner we had platters of different foods, like sausage rolls, different meats, bread and crackers. It was so yummy, and to top it off we had Pringles, biscuits and a few glasses of wine for dessert – the perfect night in.

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I love those evenings when there is good company, good food and something entertaining to watch on the TV or the computer.

After browsing through the channels for something to watch, we landed on the movie “Bicentennial Man” with Robin Williams. I love movies with Robin Williams in them, every since I first saw “Mrs. Doubtfire” as a kid and this movie was no exception. It is just something about the characters he plays and the expressions he make that I really like.

All in all it was a very good end to a weekend I would have wished was a little longer.

Now that Monday morning is here I am finishing my coffee before I rush of to work.

I wish you all a good start to the week!

– Camilla

 

 

 

We finally have a London flat!!

Good Afternoon! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday in this great weather we are having in London today!

I know I have been away from the blog for some time now, and in the mean time a lot has happened here, which is part of the reason for my absence as we have been without internet for some time now, but now we are finally back online!

The biggest change that has happened on our end is that we finally after 6 months living together have our own place!

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I am so happy and content, our place is the place I wrote about back in July that I was really hoping we would get, and we were so lucky to get it! I was beyond relieved, I thought we would go through a nightmare process to get a place of our own, since renting in London can be quite a difficult process. More than that I was so happy because I was prepared that we might have to rent a place that we did not really want to live in, in lack of being able to get a place we loved but we were so lucky and on our first try we found a place that we fell in love with!

So we are now official residents of Lewisham in South London. We love the area, it is a lot quieter than where we lived before and although travelling to work takes slightly longer it is so worth. It is great for us because it is still quite close to the city, yet it feels like it is outside the city once we get of the train.

I cannot express how nice it felt getting in this place, after having rented a tiny room in a house for 6 months it felt like a dream to have a whole flat to our selves. The first two weeks I felt almost anxious here, like I could not believe that our flat search had such a happy ending and I just waited for something to come and take it away. Now I have finally settled down and alowed myself to be happy here and feel at home.

We have most of the essentials here more of less in place now. We have getting furniture from Ikea, Gumtree and more, as we moved here on a budget and did not have much savings to spend on furniture. We still have somethings left to buy and hopefully eventually we can replace whatever we are not that happy with now, but for now what we have got is more than enough. Later in the week I will make a post about buying cheap furniture and what we have learned from the experience.

Here is the first pictures from our new place! Welcome!

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Greg’s best friend James is visiting us here at the moment from New Zealand and it is so nice to have an extra bedroom where he can stay.I must say I feel so grateful and uplifted and all I want to do now is to give something back. Like I said before, after those 6 months in limbo I am truly appreciating this!

Now Greg and James just came home from Greenwich park, so I will spend some time with them now for dinner and a movie.

I hope everyone is having a great day! And if anyone has any ideas or tips about having just moved into a flat, please feel free to write to us!

– Camilla

 

 

London night with dinner and a show – 26th birthday!

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Good morning!

Sorry for my absence on the blog but we have been so busy over here and without internet for  few weeks. I will fill you in on our changes here later today!

On Monday I got another year older and turned 26 years older! I cannot believe that I am now closer to 30 than 20! Turning 25 felt fine, but reaching 26, knowing that next year I will be 27 years old felt unreal. I am so old now, but yet to feel like an adult. However I am 26 years old now and such a grown up!

The day was spent with Greg who stayed home with me and made an amazing breakfast for me and took me to dinner and a West-end show in the evening.

We went to see the play Book of Mormon in Piccadilly Circus, a hilarious musical written and directed by the creators of South Park. If any of my readers is ever on holiday on London or live here, I would strongly recommend going to see this play! Before the show we went to Ping Pong Chinese restaurant for dinner and cocktails!

Here is some pictures from the day:

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Finally an adult = getting breezy before our show haha

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Now my 26 year old self is on my way to work, talk to you all tonight!

– Camilla

 

House Hunting in London

Good morning beautiful people!

I hope everyone has had a great start to the week, I cant believe we are half way through already! I can barely remember how some of my days have been, I still feel like it is Monday because the last few days I have been so busy and the days have just flown by.

Greg and I have now officially started our house hunting! We had our first viewing yesterday and we have a few lined up for the next couple of days. I find it quite stressfull to go on them I must admit, I could especially tell yesterday. I think it is the anticipation and the not knowing that I am not just that great of dealing with.

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Yesterday we viewed such a nice place in Lewisham in South London. I had promised myself I would not get my hopes up, but when we saw the place and how great it was I got such an anxious feeling in my stomach because I wanted it so much but I also knew that they had many viewings and that we would get so lucky to find the perfect fit and get it on our first try was just to good to be true! Plus knowing all that needs to go well with the contract signing and reference checks etc, is really so nerve wrecking!
I just have to except that a lot of this month will have to be that way and try to keep my head cool.

We are still waiting to see what happens with the flat we saw yesterday, but I am preparing myself for a disappointment as I know it is in high demand and we will probably be looking for a while before getting a place. Having said that though, I am not the best person to manage my expectations and often I can get ahead of myself. Last night after promising Greg that I would not get my hopes up I planned where in the flat we saw I would place the furniture if we got it and started looking up both banks and doctors surgeries in the area – properly planning my life there already well knowing that there is a good chance we would not get it. Oh well..

After the viewing yesterday we went and got a Burger King Meal on our way home and then some ice cream. I told Greg I needed it to calm down, not sure if it worked but.. There is a chance I could get very fat by the end of this month if it continues but oh well oh well..

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Anyone else in the same situation? How do you cope with it and keep your self calm?
I could not sleep at all last night, just lying in bed hoping and stressing out about this place we saw and just wishing I could forward time to when we are moved in someplace! Hopefully it will be somewhere great, that we feel is a place we can make our own, build happy memories and feel properly at home in.

– Camilla

 

 

July – hopes and goals

July is here!

I cant believe we are in the 7th month of the year already!

After having reflected on June last night, I am now thinking forward to July.
On my walk to work this morning I started planning the coming month. I think that thinking back to what went right and what went wrong last month, I got in a space where I want to keep improving month by month.

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This is a big month for myself and Greg too. I have to sort out everything for the next year of uni, I have a lot of training to pass for work and most importantly, Greg and I have to find our apartment this month, sooner rather than later as we must have moved in somewhere by the 5th of August. So pressure is ON!
That of course also means that we both have to save most of our income, as getting a place becomes very expensive with rent in advance, agency fees and deposits.

Here are my 5 goals and hopes for July:

Finding an apartment:
This is the number one priority. Most of what I do this month will be in order to work towards getting a place, we are in a bit of a time crunch, BUT we will do it! And of course keep you updated on our way there!

Saving money and reducing spending.. ..Like a lot!
As I said above, finding a place is expensive and this month we will need to pay rent where we live, pay rent where we will be going and put down a deposit. So a lot of budget dinners, less Costa coffees and I will be trying to use less public transport and walk where I can. On the positive side, you might have fun watching me trying to live of more or less nothing.. Good budget tips coming up this month!

Eating healthy and cutting down on sugar:
I terrible when it comes to watching what I eat and I defiantly eat far too much sugar. This last month when I watched it more and was living on better food I could absolutely tell how much better I felt. Last night after writing about how good I have been on watching the sugar and what food and drinks I have, I broke my diet and had so much chocolate and sweets (and right after I said I have been so good arg) and I started feeling really sick and tired. That in it self should be enough motivation to keep me on the good path this month. If not that, the fact that I am saving and probably cannot afford to buy too much sugar and fast food should do the trick. There is an upside to everything right?

Staying active:
I have a goal in my head that I will run everyday and walk and run both ways to work on days that I am working. I dont know yet if it is doable, especially since each way to work is a two hour walk and we do 12 hour shifts where we are basically on our feet constantly, but I will try and see. If that is not doable, I will want to t least run 4 days a week and walk at least one way to work. And again, it saves money too right?

Avoid complaining and do what I can for others:
Lately I become such a negative Nelly and I complain to Greg about all my worries and always tell him whatever negative has happened to me that day. And on so many days I focus on the negative. I dont want to be like that! I used to be very positive but lately I have not really been. So I will focus on what is good instead. And both at work and in any encounter I have with people in my personal life, I will do my best to be a positive contribution and not bother to go out of my way to help people. We should all do that, but sometimes I get so caught up in my own things that I forget all the stuff I could do for others, even without too much effort sometimes. We are nothing without each other so we really must treat each other as best as we can.

Now my break at work is nearly over and I better get back.

I would love to hear some of your goals for July, I do need the inspiration.

Have a great day!

– Camilla

 

Deportation??

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As most of you probably know, yesterday Britain voted to leave the EU. I was just about to start my shift at work when I saw it on the BBC and it was pretty much what dominated all the conversions that day, both with the staff and residents.

Some were happy whilst others very sad and disappointed, and I think we were all very surprised when the prime minister David Cameron announced that he would resign. What is for sure is that it was a historic day.

I am not a big fan of writing about politics here on my blog, but because this event could potentially affect me directly I must say I was very disappointed and throughout the day started worrying about my own future. Since the UK is in the EU and Norway is a part of the EEA, I have been very spoiled since coming here. I dont have to worry about visas or my right to work or study, simply because it has already been fixed for me. I have not needed a visa or work permit, and I am realizing now how much I have taken that for granted. It probably sounds weird and even arrogant, but I have not really even considered myself a foreigner in London and over the years London has started to feel like my home. Yesterday it suddenly dawned upon me that I am actually a foreigner. The thought that I might one day have to leave here without wanting to has never really occurred to me until yesterday. This is not just the situation for me, but for thousands of people from all over the EU living in the UK. And of course I realize that there is many more from all over the world living in places they consider home but have an uncertain future and have to live in that limbo. I am here writing about the EU referendum because it is what has been on my mind the last two days.

As I woke up this morning I had gotten a little bit more used to the thought of these changes and started to relax a little bit. After all nothing is happening yet, and we do not know yet what the deal will be in the end as the UK is exiting the EU so until then I will go on with my life as usual and cross that bridge when I come to it. At least I will try to, after all I am a nervous Nellie who has not yet learned how to relax and stop worrying over anything unsettled.

Both Greg and I had a day of today, the first in a long time. Because he works Monday to Friday and I work 12 hours shifts that often land on a weekend it has been weeks since we had a day together just the two of us. Unfortunately it was raining and thundering most of the day but we decided to make the most of it.

We went out for lunch and had some amazing cheese burgers at a place in Westfield, Stratford called The Shake Shack. After having a very healthy week it was absolutely amazing to have a “cheat day” and eat some good old cheeseburgers and fries.

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After our lunch it was pouring down rain so we decided to take the tube around to some places we dont know to well to see if it is somewhere we might look for a place to rent. We are about to start house hunting for our own place to live. We currently live in one room in a house, were we have been living since February and now it is about time we get a place of our own. Better get it now before they deport me. Oof no hopefully not.

Well, now I am of to go wake up Greg from his nap, put out some sweets and enjoy the rest of my day of with my amazing man before work starts again tomorrow.

I hope you all have a great Saturday night, and we will talk again tomorrow.

– Camilla