All posts by abbiosbiston

Hi, I’m Abbi. I grew up in South Africa and moved to London in 2004 because I didn't have anything better to do. It turned out to be the best decision I ever made. I live in Essex with my long-suffering British husband, Mr O and our smaller human, Little O. I divide up my life between my day job as an email ninja (not my actual title), trying to get my head around mummery, experimenting in the kitchen, reviewing random crap, fantisising about sleeping more than a two hours in a row and spending too much time on Instagram.

What I wore to work this week #22

This week my team moved floors within our office. We’ve been taking up more space than we should have been and have been relegated to a smaller group of desks. This has had two consequences for me. The first is that the floor I am now based on does not have a selfie mirror so I have to sneak up to the floor I used to be on for photos. The second is that there are not enough desks for all of us to come in 4 or 5 days a week so it’s now likely I will be working from home twice a week on most weeks, which means one less outfit.

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Universal Yums June 2018 box: Brazil

Last month’s box came from Brazil, which is somewhere I am very keen to visit. One of my most beloved colleagues from my previous job is a Brazilian chap and he told me the most wonderful stories of his life there. It seems like such an exciting melting pot of a place. In terms of snacks, it too was a really mixed bag. There were some great things and some not so great things but definitely enough unusual flavours to keep me intrigued.

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TV Review: Sense8 – Season 1

I am going to caveat this review by saying that it’s based on me watching season one of Sense8 for the second time because I loved it that much. It’s probably my favourite show of all time. I am not even going to pretend I am not obsessed and maybe biased. So really this is just an explanation of why I loved the show so much.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Does anyone else have a nightmare trying to pick films to watch. Mr O and I are forever getting stuck in a Netflix loop of not knowing what kind of film we’re in the mood for and then getting stuck and just watching nothing. On Sunday Little O had a madly active day and crashed out before 6pm. We suddenly found ourselves with much more evening to fill than usual so Netflix bingo commenced. The requirement was pretty much for something not to heavy and fast paced so I am not quite sure how we ended up with Zero Dark Thirty… the question is, was it worth the 157 minute time sacrifice?

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TV REVIEW: Brooklyn 99 – Season 2

After enjoying season 2 of Brooklyn 99 so much and with it ending on a cliffhanger, there was no question that Mr O and I were going to crack on with season 2. The question is was it as good?

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MOVIE REVIEW: Green Room (2015)

After their gig is cancelled a struggling punk band reluctantly agrees to play at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar. When they accidentally witness a murder they are forced to fight their way out or face certain death.

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Little O’s 2nd birthday party in pictures

Last week Saturday we hosted Little O’s second birthday party in our garden. I know some people think having birthday parties for toddlers is silly and a waste of energy but seeing the absolute joy on his face as he tore around the garden with friends and family was definitely worth the effort he put in. He might not have know it was his birthday but he did know he was having a good time. As is very obvious from the pictures it was a pirate party… and yes, I did make the cake.

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What I wore to work this week #20

This week has been an absolute scorcher in London. In many places in the world temperatures in the upper 20’s wouldn’t be considered a heatwave but in the UK that definitely counts as high summer. I can’t stand being hot so I made sure I dressed accordingly. It was a great excuse to get my shorts out! I did make an effort to be a bit more conservative on Monday because I was invited to a “new starter breakfast” by our director from work at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants so I wanted to make sure I looked the part.

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Universal Yums May 2018 Box: The Philippines

This month’s snacks came all the way from The Philippines. I was really excited to try this box because I have never had food from The Philippines before. While the western European boxes are nice, it is much more exciting to taste foods from less familiar places.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ghostbusters (2016)

Recently Mr O and I have actually watched some films in the evening after Little O has gone to bed. Something, we’ve not really had the mental energy for since he was born. We’re both big Ghostbusters fans so this was one of our first picks.

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Things I wore to work this week #19

Another week of in between weather, which is driving me nuts. It’s so hard to know what to wear in the morning. I know everyone is going to suggest layers but I hate layers. I can’t stand wearing clothes on top of clothes on top of clothes. In other news, my stress about not getting on with people at work is slowly abating and things are getting better. Unfortunately my hay fever is getting worse and worse no matter what I take so in all my pictures I look a bit wonky and by Thursday I couldn’t be bothered anymore and decided to go super comfy.

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TV REVIEW: Brooklyn 99 – Season 1

According to Netflix Mr O and I tried to watch Brooklyn 99 a while ago and abandoned it during the first episode. I imagine this was probably somewhere in the first year of Little O’s life where he didn’t sleep on his own ever. We were forever getting five minutes into something and then he’d wake up and we’d give up. Recently we’d heard a lot of noise from fans over the fact that the show has been cancelled (and subsequently picked up) so we decided to give it a second go.

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Things I wore to work this week #18

It was a bit of a week of two halves in terms of weather so I started more covered up and then as it warmed up I needed cooler outfits. I am not the best at summer. I am just a ball of hayfever, sweat and spots. The hot weather always makes me a bit grumpy… that and the fact that although the work is really interesting in my new job I am struggling to make friends and some people really don’t seem to like me. Let’s hope next week is better.

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BOOK REVIEW: Stasiland by Anna Funder

I was recommended this book by Mr O, who is predominantly a non-fiction reader and thought that I’d enjoy this look at life behind the Berlin wall. I was fortunate enough to travel to Berlin a few times for work in my previous role and to actually spend a weekend there in 2016 in the former GDR. I visited the wall and some of the historical sites related to the separation of both the city and the country. I was also a big fan of the film The Lives of Others so prior to reading this I had some interest in the historical context.

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Things I wore to work this week #17

Only two outfits this week. Monday was a bank holiday so I didn’t go to work and on Wednesday I was in the Leeds office, which does not have a god bathroom selfie mirror… and I am back to working from home on Fridays. The weather has been quite nice but still a bit unpredictable so I have been looking for outfits that work well for in-between weather and also with the fact that it’s a lot colder when I leave the house at 7am than when I get home at 6pm.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Deadpool 2

I made no secret of the fact that I liked but did not love the first Deadpool film. However when Mr O and I recently got the rare opportunity to go to the cinema I decided more Deadpool was a better option than Solo, which was the other option Mr O gave me.

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