Friday, 21 February 2014

FOMO - Workplace Edition

This week I discovered something. I have started to suffer from preemptive FOMO at work. For those who aren't in the know, FOMO stands for Fear Of Missing Out, a fairly recent phenomenon that has mainly reared its ugly head due to the widespread use of social media.

The theory is that pre-social media days, we didn't have a line of sight to what others were doing at all times, and so we were generally happier about our own events and plans. Now that everyone can post exactly where they are, what they're doing, and who they're doing it with, it leaves us with a feeling that we are missing out on something when we are not partaking in that activity.

So back to my workplace version. Upon learning that I was pregnant, I was all about the mat leave. Then, this week, a strange feeling crept over me. A feeling that I was going to miss some pretty great stuff while away for a year. I'm one of those project-loving-work-nerds and the idea that I will start on a project (which is what I'm doing now) but not get to finish it is really bumming me out.

Don't mistake this for any type of regret, I am so excited for this baby girl that I can hardly talk about anything else, but a little part of me is disappointed that I'm going go miss out on some pretty interesting (if you like HR) work stuff.

So, all you moms and dads who took time off work when your little one was born, how did you feel? Did any suffer from a little bit of FOMO? Did it all disappear when your baby arrived? I'd love to hear.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

A Tale of Two (or Three) Breakfasts

Confession: lately I've been eating multiple breakfasts each day.

Not just breakfast for more than one meal, two breakfasts in the morning, followed by regular meals for the rest of the day. I like to start with a bowl of cereal and follow it up with something sweeter like toast and jam, or as I did all last week a second bowl of yummy cereal like Froot Loops. My colleagues now think I'm five years old for the Froot Loops thing. Yesterday I ate the pancakes above.

It's just that I don't get full from one breakfast these days! But this is potentially turning into one very bad habit...

Ps. don't judge, I also drink a (homemade) smoothie or eat fruit, so I'm not just scarfing down simple carbs.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Our Wedding Day

The last couple V-days I have introduced you to Nick and told you the story of our engagement. So today I thought I'd tell you about our wedding and show you some of the photos. There's nothing like reliving such a special day through the pictures to up the love factor for the day.

Read on after the jump...

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Attention Last-Minuters: Tomorrow is Valentine's Day

Just a little reminder ladies and gents (especially gents, ahem, especially Dad), in case you forgot, tomorrow is Valentine's Day (or, if you weren't properly taught, Valentimes Day, ha).

Am I telling you to go out and spend everything you've got? Of course not. It's not all about blowing tons of money and realistically, if you haven't made dinner reservations it's probably too late now. All I'm saying is, don't forget the day. Make sure you find a way to tell your loved ones that they are loved, that's all. Simple stuff!

Nick and I are celebrating by making fondue for two. Romantic and cheesy, can't go wrong!

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Binge-ing on TV

My favourite way to watch TV these days? In large quantities. Although I do miss those days of waiting for a new episode week by week, there's something so much more satisfying about getting your paws on a whole season all at once.

We've been through lots of the goodies, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Homeland. We just finished House of Cards (and by 'just finished' I mean we've watched it all in a week). Season two is on Netflix, plus there's a British version, too. Just for the record, many of the great American tv series are stolen borrowed from the UK.

Another great one that I'd recommend is Broadchurch. It's a British series, which automatically makes it good. It's a whodunit that keeps you guessing through the series. We watched the whole series in two nights. Please do yourself a favour and watch it. Then tell me how much you liked it. Then recommend some new shows for me, ok? Thanks.

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

A Touching and Thought-Provoking Article

While reading yesterday's paper, this article caught my attention. Maybe it was the ultrasound photo in the middle of the page, or maybe it was the title. Either way, it has completely struck a chord with me.

This poor man has to face the fact that his wife is suddenly brain-dead, while still hoping that her body can nourish his growing son in utero. This article reminded me of the recent situation in Texas, where an expectant mother was ended up on life support and her grieving husband had to move mountains to get the hospital to honor her wishes (which was to remove her from life support) simply because it contravenes the anti-abortion laws in the state. I can't imagine how difficult that must have been.

While I would leave such an intensely difficult decision up to the spouse (or couple, if they had discussed it) to make (you will find no judgement from me here), it really made me stop and think of what I would want if this ever happens to me. Well Nick, consider this my answer. Save the baby. Raise it and teach it how to be amazing. Love it for both of us. I can't imagine a more beautiful thing to occur out of such tragedy. I am totally inspired by Dylan Benson.

Read the full article here, check out Dylan's blog here, and donate here.
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