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100 Days of Happiness: Day 91 – 100

So this is my last 100 Days of Happiness post since I’ve reached the end of the project. I have really mixed feelings about this. I’ve absolutely loved taking pictures and it’s been a fun and enriching experience. At the same time I think it’s normal and okay to have days that are wholly unremarkable. All things in balance. And there’s nothing wrong with being too busy living your moments to have to document them… but here goes.

Day 91

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There is a charity shop around the corner from my house that sells second hand stuff in order to help people who have HIV/AIDS. I popped in to have a poke around and found this great salad bowl and baking dish for only £3. Now that’s a bargain to feel good about.

Day 92

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At the age of 67 my dad got his first ever smartphone. I convinced him to download WhatsApp so we could chat. This is the first sweaty post gym selfie I sent him.

Day 93

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My friend, Sam, who is the person I managed longer than anyone else left our company last Tuesday. I am sad not to see him everyday anymore but really happy for all his new opportunities.

Day 94

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My company is moving to a new building in a couple of months time. We went for a visit of the new building and I was happy to practice sitting in the manicured roof garden admiring the 360 degree view of the city.

Day 95

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My work laptop has been on its last legs for a while now. I finally got a new one and it has a touch screen!

Day 96

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I really, really love this Dr Jart BB cream but it’s really, really expensive so I can’t usually afford it but I found it for 50% off. Yay!

Day 97

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On Saturday I went dress shopping for a wedding with my friend, Alex. It was ridiculously hot so I didn’t think I could survive the train journey without a cold drink. One of the off licences near Earlsfield station sells South African products so I stopped in for a Creme Soda. In South Africa creme soda is widely known to be a miracle hangover cure so we call it the green ambulance. It’s great when you’re just overheating too.

Day 98

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Mr O and I both love Bounty chocolate bars because of the coconut centre. I decided to try and replicate them in the form of a cupcake… and they were delicious.

Day 99

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One of our suppliers entered a campaign my team worked on into some marketing awards. We weren’t able to attend the ceremony where we were shortlisted so they decided we should go for a celebratory drink anyway so we spent the evening sipping cocktails in the beautiful Ham Yard Hotel. This picture is of some of their quirky light fixtures.

Day 100

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I bought new gym socks and then I realised they have my name on them. It’s the little things.

100 Days of Happiness: Day 81 – 90

My 100 Days of Happiness project is coming into the home stretch now and I’ve got mixed feelings. On one hand I’m going to miss looking out for a happy moment each day but on the other hand I won’t have the 10pm panic when I realise I haven’t remembered to document my day. Anyway with no more ado, here’s what happened over the last 10 days.

Day 81

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Mr O and I discovered this fabulous flavoured coffee and I’m a bit obsessed with it. Looking forward to trying the other varieties.

Day 82

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My brogues were falling apart so I was super excited to find these fringed buckle up ones in the Office sale. This was their first outing.

Day 83

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Mr O and I have a massive herb and spice collection that I tend to just chuck onto the rack in a disorderly fashion but Mr O beautifully rearranged them. Very nice.

Day 84

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Mr O had a day off from his hard life of tour guiding so he came and met me for lunch near my office. We went to our favourite Thai restaurant, which is also the scene of our second date.

Day 85

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Last week I did another rifle through my wardrobe and sorted out this pile of clothes that are too big. It was exciting to realise that my journey to changing my body is continuing but a little sad because I had to part with some things I loved.

Day 86

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Book club time again! This time the girls and I went to the Table Café for brunch. I had this amazing buttermilk pancake with bacon, maple syrup and caramelised bananas. Yum!

Day 87

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Yes, this a picture of two tubs of butter. My mom taught me never to say no to a free sample and on this particular day they were handing these out on Oxford Street. I had to go up and down the road so I got one each way. Going to eat so much TOAST!

Day 88

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I finally bought myself some new trainers. When I bought my first pair I never thought I was actually going to go to the gym so I cheaped out a bit. This time I went for something a bit more stylish… on sale of course. This was the new Nike Rosherun’s first trip to Zumba.

Day 89

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On Thursday night I went to a party at the Haymarket Hotel to celebrate the 10th birthday of RetailChoice, which is one of my company’s websites. This is me and our fabulous events manager, Kathy.

Day 90

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To help cheer myself up after parting with such a big pile of clothes I decided to have a little stroll around the sales. I came out with a pair of fierce mom jeans that I’m still not 100% sure I can pull off, a burgundy embroidered crop top and a pair of floral vans. All for only £50!

100 Days of Happiness: Day 71 – 81

I can’t believe another 10 days have past but I’m back on track with the project and I’ve remembered to take a picture  everyday!

Day 71

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It was the weekend and Mr O brought me breakfast in bed. He is an outstanding husband and I am very spoiled.

Day 72

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The excellent husbanding continued with this beautiful bunch of orange roses.

Day 73

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I really love fruit salad but I’m also very fussy about what goes in it so I mostly only eat it when I make it. No browning apples or slimy bananas here.

Day 74

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Wearing my awesome sailor PJs ready to slip into bed at the end of a long day.

Day 75

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I absolutely love The Body Shop and all its amazing natural products. I also love all their epic special deals. I got this face wash and Body Butter for only £8 which was less than half price.

Day 76

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There is nothing like summer in London. Barely a cloud in the sky. A beautiful day lifts everyone’s mood!

Day 77

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I love my work colleagues so we all went out for drinks on Friday night and had an awesome time. Apologies for the demon eyes that my flash created.

Day 78

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I’ve been desperately needing a haircut and I finally got to pop into the salon over the weekend. The fringe is back!

Day 79

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On Sunday my friend, Em, and I went to Greenwich to take photos of special literature themed benches that are hiding out around the city (more about that later this week). I’ve been to Greenwich Park loads of time but I never knew there was an absolutely stunning flower garden right up at the top it. What an awesome discovery!

Day 80

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I really, really didn’t want to go to the gym yesterday but I forced myself and I was really glad I did. This is my red, sweaty face which might say “kill me now” but is happy underneath. I promise.

100 Days of Happiness: Day 61 – 70

Some astute observers might realise that this post is a little more than 10 days after the last one. That’s because I actually missed a couple of days because I literally forgot. Work has been really intense and it’s distracted me from the project. I did consider giving it up but then I figured it’s not called 100 consecutive days of happiness and I really love the concept so I’m sticking with it… even if it’s a little late.

Day 61
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On Tuesday last week I made an overnight trip to Brussels on the Eurostar for a meeting. I was feeling absolutely exhausted but coffee saved the day!

Day 62
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Mr O bought this for me as a surprise treat. I am an absolute ice-cream fiend so I was thrilled. If you get a chance to try out one of these giant Oreo ice-cream sandwiches, take it. They are delicious.

Day 63
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After a long day during a busy week nothing beats getting into bed. Especially if there is a lovely person im it next to you.

Day 64<
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I tend to own simple, cheap gym wear mostly because I’m broke and when I started working out I never actually thought I’d stick with it but not long ago my friend, Karen, gifted me some gorgeous branded stuff that no longer fit her. These polka dot Nike leggings are my favourite and I’m happy to say I was the most stylish person in my Body Pump class last Friday.

Day 65
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Freshly dyed hair! Hurrah to no more roots!

Day 66
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I bought this vintage leather handbag when I was in Amsterdam. In the UK vintage handbags tend to be outrageously expensive and even more so if they’re real leather but I got this one for only €10! This was its first outing.

Day 67
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Mr O had band practice on Tuesday night so I decided to go on a little solo trip to the movies to see Belle. Sometimes a date with yourself is the best!

Day 68
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I’m not sure there is anything that tops spending your life with someone who makes you laugh all the time.

Day 69
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Some work days just need to end with wine. This is me and my awesome colleague, Vikki, after a glass or two of red in our friendly neighbourhood gay bar. Whenever we go out together it always gets messy.

Day 70
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Some weeks just need to end in takeout. That is all.

100 Days of Happiness: Day 51 – 60

As much as I am still in love with this project I’ve come close to forgetting to take a picture a few times maybe because embracing happiness has become more instinctive and less part of an actual task. Anyway I’ve had another very happy 10 days and this is what I’ve been up to.

Day 51

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I take my 5 day a week gym programme very seriously but on some days you have to embrace the fact that it’s sunny, skip the work out and have a beer with your team, which I did on this particular Friday.

Day 52

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Of course there is no fun without consequences and I managed to wake up with a hangover but I sucked it up and did two classes back to back. It turns out you can totally sweat out a hangover.

Day 53

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This year’s summer has been a bit of a damp squib so far but on this particular day it was gloriously sunny so we hung out on our friends, Dawn and Bobby’s balcony, had a few drinks and enjoyed the warm.

Day 54

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I get to see my bestie, Bronwyn, about once every year or two so when she suggested that we meet her and her husband in Amsterdam for a few days on their way to a conference it was a no-brainer. Here we are outside the Rijksmuseum.

Day 55

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Mr O and I found an awesome restaurant in Oud Wes called Van’t Spit. It only serves chicken by the half or whole. It was probably the best chicken I have ever had. This is all that was left of our whole chicken.

Day 56

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I have a strong connection to Amsterdam because both my oupa and my father were born there. I have heard many stories of my oupa’s quests for Dutch cheese after they immigrated to South Africa so I couldn’t resist playing dress-up in the cheese museum.

Day 57

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My team has been working really hard lately so for a treat we had a pizza party and it was such a blast.

Day 58

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These delicious cookies are called “stroopwafels” in the Netherlands and they are the confectionery equivalent of crack. I brought loads back.

Day 59

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It was Mr O’s birthday on Saturday so we went on a guided walk around the East End to learn about Jack, The Ripper. This is our very knowledgeable tour guide, Johnny.

Day 60

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Up until yesterday the only form of London transport I hadn’t been on was the cable car from Victoria Dock to North Greenwich so I was very excited when Mr O senior picked it as his father’s day treat. The view from the top is spectacular!

100 Days of Happiness: Day 41 – 50

I’m halfway through the 100 Days of Happiness challenge now and I’m still finding happy things every day. Although I have to admit that as the days go past I sometimes almost forget to capture them but fortunately I have always remembered at the last minute. I think the last ten days the theme has largely been about finding ways to de-stress from hectic times at work but focusing on happiness has definitely kept things in balance.

Day 41

41On this particular day it had been a little drizzly all day. I left my good brolly at my friend, Dawn’s house, a few weeks ago and I haven’t gotten around to collecting it so I was just managing without. On the way home something made me pop into Primark and buy a cheapie. It turned out to be absolutely the right idea because when I came out of the gym it was raining like the Armageddon… so I was really, really happy that I didn’t get wet.

Day 42

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This is Mr O. He is gorgeous. I get to come home to him every night. It makes me very happy.

Day 43

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I had a long and very hectic day at work and I was super glad to be on my couch with my feet up. Sometimes that’s the best feeling in the world.

Day 44

44About once a month my book club gets together. Sometimes we do calm things like go for a run or have brunch but more often than not it’s just a lot of drinking and a lot of giggling and inappropriate conversations. I can’t explain how much i look forward to it. This month’s book club started with these cocktails… which were called Jamaica Peaches.

Day 45

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Since I was a child I have suffered from terrible hayfever, which became significantly worse when I moved to London. I usually spend about 4 months of the year snotting and sneezing and battling through swollen eyes and infected sinuses. For some reason I have barely sneezed this year which has been life changing. This is a box of antihistamines that I have been carrying around that I have not had to take.

Day 46

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It’s no secret that I really love baking so on Sunday I decided to experiment with a new cookie recipe as well as making some carrot cupcakes. This was all my ingredients ready to go. Although I did miss my sous chef, Jen, who I always used to rope in to help before she had to move back to Australia.

Day 47

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Sometimes all you want to eat is something warm, hearty and packed with flavour. This sausage casserole might not look like the most exciting thing in the world but it never fails to deliver and whenever I have it bubbling on the stove it fills me with a great sense of anticipation. When hadn’t had it in a while so I was happy to enjoy an old favourite.

Day 48

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My mum-in-law bought me these awesome socks for Christmas and I hadn’t gotten around to wearing them but I found the perfect outfit to put them with and they’re purple and it reminded me that it was the first time I’d worn ankle socks since high school!

Day 49

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As you might have read yesterday, I got to go to a sneak preview of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes courtesy of my lovely friend, Kerri and it was brilliant. Can’t wait to see the full film!

Day 50

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I had a long and stressful day at work but this last year of working out has taught me that the best way to shake off the day is through exercise. It helps to clear your mind and push any tension out of your body with hard work and sweat… and when it comes to generating that sweat, nothing makes me happier than the step machine. #feeltheburn

 

100 Days of Happiness: Day 21 – 30

It seems that over the last ten days food was the centre of my happiness but then, when isn’t it? This is what made me smile…

Day 21
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Every year my company has a charity pub quiz. The questions are always a bit impossible and apart from one freak year where we won my team never does very well but it’s fun to hang out with colleagues and raise money for charity. This is a selfie I took on my way home.

Day 22
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I love sweet potatoes no matter how they are prepared but the fries at Ed’s are my absolute favourite.

Day 23
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I was lucky enough to get to go to and see Panic! At the Disco with my colleague, Eleni. It was an epic show and we even got to see Brendon Urie do a back flip. Show off!

Day 24
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I absolutely love the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s so incredibly insane and colourful. Fortunately Paul’s family loves it too and they had a little party on Saturday to celebrate. We all came dressed as a country. I was France.

Day 25
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There’s nothing like Sunday lunch with your family.

Day 26
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On Sunday afternoon I knocked up some lemon bars, which I took to work on Monday. I was amazed and thrilled at how popular they were with my colleagues. Less than 5 minutes and only one left.

Day 27
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There’s nothing Mr O loves more than his slippers. Recently he’s been moaning that they were falling apart so I bought him some new ones. That made him happy which made me happy.

Day 28
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I’m not sure where the free cupcakes at work came from but they were delicious.

Day 29
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The weather recently has been really miserable so I had to celebrate the first lovely day we’ve had in ages. This pic is from my local park near work. Maybe Spring is finally here!

Day 30
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Unsurprisingly going to the movies is one of my favourite things so I am always happy when I get into the cinema. This was my third trip for the week. Also Ben & Jerry’s!

100 Days of Happiness: Day 11 – 20

I’m into the second tenth of my 100 Days of Happiness project… so let’s check out what made me smile over the last 10 days.

Day 11

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I don’t go to Starbucks often because their coffee is tasteless and overpriced but on the odd occasion that I do, it’s nice to get your name spelled correctly with only one correction.

Day 12

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Some of you will have read about the Love Letters to the Home Office project I’ve been working on. Last Monday we launched the book (which you can buy on Amazon). I got to read out one of the stories as well as my manifesto of how the Home Office should operate. It was a very special and very emotional night.

Day 13

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I fricking love Game of Thrones. It’s on Sky here, which we can’t afford anymore. We do subscribe to NowTV though, which lets you watch it live and on demand (legally) but sometimes it takes them ages to upload it. I was really happy when they finally did.

Day 14

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On Tuesday I voted in the South African elections. There was a really hard fight for non resident citizens to vote and I wasn’t going to let my chance go by. I don’t live in South Africa anymore but voting for a better future for my friends and family makes me happy. For those who are wondering, I haven’t slammed my thumb in a door. Inking is part of the voting process that prevents fraud.

Day 15

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I finally went to visit my friends, Dawn and Bobby in their new flat. We have both recently had trips to South Africa so we hadn’t seen each other for almost 2 months and it was great to catch up. I probably should have taken a picture inside the flat but I was having such a good time I forgot.

Day 16

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Mr Osbiston and I have been saying we’re going to visit the amazing smelling local Italian restaurant just off our block since we moved into our flat almost a year ago. On Friday we finally went for date night and it was delicious.
Day 17

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We went to Chelmsford over the weekend to visit Paul’s family. We also got to see his best friend, Greg and Greg’s wife, Tara… and meet their five week old little boy, William, for the first time. What a handsome little chap!

Day 18

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We had a big family braai (BBQ) on Paul’s parents new patio. It was great to catch up with everyone and also eat about a million sausages.

Day 19

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Our washing machine has been broken. It finally got fixed (one of my socks was trapped in a draining hose…oops) and I got to do laundry.

Day 20

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I was walking to the cinema and spotted this amazing sky, which reminded me of how much I love my neighbourhood.

100 Days of Happiness: Day 1 – 10

There’s nothing I like more than a bandwagon to jump on and this time, it’s 100 Days of Happiness. The concept is simple: in order to be happy in life you have to actively seek out things that make you happy and acknowledge them… from big epic things, to tiny things that it might be easy to take for granted. By taking one photo each day for 100 days of something that made you happy on that day, you not only celebrate what makes you happy but you also start living a life that actively seeks out more happiness. Fun, right? I’ve decided to group my photos together every 10 days and share them with you lovely people. So far I am learning that working out makes me really happy.

Day 1

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On the Thursday before Easter our CEO walked around the office handing out cupcakes from The Hummingbird Bakery to everyone. There are 300 of us. He is kind of awesome.

Day 2

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We went around to our friends’ Justin and Alex’s place and had dinner with them and Justin’s brother, Nick. Alex made three amazing curries and it was great just to spend time with friends.

Day 3

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On Saturday Mr Osbiston’s band, The Recklings played at Jamm in Brixton. He always looks really sexy on stage.

Day 4

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I spent the day appreciating art with my family and, as you know, inappropriately captioning things.

Day 5

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Our lovely friend, Karen, recently moved into a new flat and didn’t have space for her shelving unit so she gave it to us and it’s perfect for our lounge.

Day 6

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I have been working on a project called Love Letters to the Home Office about how some of the Immigration laws in the UK breach human rights. On Tuesday I met up with the team to work on our manifesto, which is coming together nicely.

Day 7

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I went to Zumba and got sweaty. It’s my favourite class.

Day 8

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Mr Osbiston brought me a cup of tea and a biscuit and it was lovely. It’s the little things.

Day 9

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I worked from home on Friday, which meant I got to go to the gym at lunchtime, something I never get to do.

Day 10

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I got together with my book club for our monthly meet up. This time we went for a 5km run around Richmond Park where we got to check out some deer and then have brunch, which involved some really colorful fresh juices and a salmon bagel for me. I struggled a bit during the run for reasons unknown but everything is fun with these awesome girls!