New week, new projects

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend :) we had such a lovely time in Frankfurt visiting a few friends. It was super cozy and we spent the weekend with the 3 dogs and 2 small kids (one baby!); so so cute. The baby napped on my chest what it felt like half of the weekend and I totally fell in love. However, no babies for us yet, hehe. We still have time.

As I did not take too many photos on the weekend, I wanted to share some shots from our BBQ that we had at our place on Thursday. Samuel really outdid himself once again with the foods he bought. I especially loved the starters, which was a combination of ham, sashimi and oysters – so good!

Tomorrow I will be attending the D:Pulse Conference in Zurich which will focus on marketing trends and technologies (such as AI). I am very much looking forward to the event and happy to share some of my findings with you guys! I will, however, need to jump out of the conference in the morning to attend a rather important meeting at our office. Busy busy these days again!

So I thought about doing a small weekly overview of what my tasks are (other than the normal office days) for you guys:

Monday/today: preparing another blog post
Tuesday: Marketing and AI Conference
Wednesday: seeing a close friend over lunch, working on a collaboration; writing a blog article and taking photos in the evening
Thursday: attending a conference about Wealth Transfer (for business); researching for another personal project
Friday: going to the VET to check Zaphira’s post-surgery recovery
Saturday: hopefully golfing (depending on the weather)
Sunday: flying to Malta

I may make a weekly overview like this to post either Sundays or Mondays. What do you guys think?

Enjoying the Sunshine

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What a lovely day it was yesterday! I was able to work from home as the rest of the team is out of office. It also allowed me to go out with my love and our two fur-babies and enjoy the sun at around noon. Yesterday was such an amazing weather; I really cannot get over it. Today is rather cloudy and a few drops of rain are supposed to hit down on us. Otherwise not all too much happened – a regular work day, I guess. We will have a friend over tonight for BBQ so I am looking forward to that.

I also started going to the gym again. Really not the biggest fan haha :) I guess I need to get into my routine again. But then again, it surely is healthy and allows me to calm down after a full day of stress. Or even get more energy when working out before the day starts at the office (though let’s be honest; I am not a morning person whatsoever!).

ps. sorry for the photo quality – I only had my iPhone with me and had to brighten up the photos for you to see anything :)

my two loves <3

Taking out the Bicycle

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Happy Sunday! Our morning wasn’t all too exciting or bright; in fact, we cleaned the apartment. Once Fridolin (the third dog) was picked up, we had a little breakfast (such a good oat meal for me!) and got our bikes ready. Finally! I haven’t been on the bike in way too long and I was excited as a kid. Especially, because I bought a basket for Zaphira to sit in. She wasn’t all too happy about it in the beginning but did calm down and even lie down whilst I was driving towards the end. I ordered this KlickFix Doggy Basket online and I can say: it was worth the money!

Zaphira is doing pretty well again. If it was for her, she would be chasing the ball again at full speed. But because we didn’t want to overdo it yet, the bikes seemed a perfect idea. This way I allowed her some light jogging next to me driving and in between put her in the basket to rest.

Next, I want to try and bike to the city for work during the week when the weather is good. It would be a refreshing change to our routine and surely a healthier option than taking the train everyday. I checked out google maps and it told me I would be riding about 40-45 minutes. That should be do-able.

Now, for the rest of our Sunday we are more likely going to chill. Samuel is training is golf swings, I need to prepare some content and work on an email or two, the dogs will get another walk later and I am thinking about what dinner we could have tonight.

here you see the basket on the back of the bike – though Zaphira isn’t in it on this picture

Creating your own Wood Photography Board

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Ahhhh! I finally have my own wood photography board that I can use as a nice background or board for my little photoshoots – especially when taking shots of my foods for you guys! Best thing about this board: I made it myself! I have always been a huge fan of DIY projects. Yet, I have not done much in this regard lately and thus wanted to start again. Since I’ve been looking for a nice wood board for a long time (and I know exactly what I want) and because I did not want to spend too much money ($$$!), I decided to make my own. I searched the WWW quite a bit – mostly pinterest – and found my inspiration from the lovely Liz on her Love Grows Wild blog. I’ll be honest: I was a bit scared of ruining this project and failing at making my own wood board. Yet, I can say: it is SO easy!

I won’t go into all too much details, as you can find a great instruction of how to build your own board on her blog – but here are the steps very simplified. For my board (50x120cm) I used the following materials:

  • 4 wood boards; each 1m in length and 15cm wide
  • 2 wood boards; each 1m in length and roughly 5cm wide (all bought at the local Migros Do it + Garden)
  • an electric saw (can be manual, too) – I used this one from Bosch
  • sandpaper
  • natural wood stain – use the color of your choice
  • white mat paint
  • drilling machine & screws
1) I first cut the wood boards in half, used the sand paper on all edges, front and back, used the drilling machine and screws to put it together and colored both sides with the natural wood stain
2) I added the vaseline on all places where I wanted to scrape off the white paint in the next step. Mostly, I added the vaseline to the edges on each board as well as on some random spots on the boards themselves.
3) I painted the wood board with the white mat paint I had bought. As you can see, the paint did not hold well where the vaseline was applied before.
4) Here comes the fun part – using the back of a knife or a spatula, scrape off the paint on all areas where the vaseline is!
And here is the finished piece! So proud!

So here you (above) you can see some photos I took straight after finishing my board. Nothing all too special – but I made a great salad for us and a friend of ours that was over, as well as photographed the cakes we had (I made an apple cake and our friend brought a lactose-free cheese cake)!

Moving Homes with a Dog

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The move is more or less done – finally! Almost all furniture is where it is supposed to be, the outside area lounge and seating arrangements have been ordered and we are ready for summer! One of the biggest things that stressed me was actually having to move with my dog. Moving a dog from one place to another can cause lots of stress for the dog and more often than expected, the dogs don’t take it all too easy. Zaphira likewise had her issues. She immediately loved the place – ran around, enjoyed the garden from day one and was happy to look outside the windows to stalk the neighbours. Yet leaving her alone in the apartment was a task for itself. The first days she did not leave my side, barked when I left our new home after 10 seconds and was crying so loud I could hear it in the basement I felt.

To get a dog used to a new place, it is important to make it feel like a home. I decided to not have her with me during the actual days of moving and left her with a dog sitter. This way there was less stress for her and she was able to come into the (almost readily) furnished apartment. Her bed and all her toys were waiting for her and I hid treats all over the place for her to joyfully explore the new surrounding. Leaving her alone was an issue though. I decided to take baby steps. I would go to the bathroom or bed room and close the door behind me so that she wouldn’t be with me at all times. Yet, she knew I was still in the apartment. After a few days, I would go into the garden by myself. She was able to see me and stared outside the window. Later I would go through the garden and bring away the trash – suddenly I was out of sight. What started with a little panic attack from her side because normal after 2 days. Then I went grocery shopping around the corner for about 20 minutes and after about 3-4 weeks she seemed fully fine with the new situation. So proud of her! We are now at a stage where I can leave her alone for several hours if need be, too. Thankfully!

Just remember – moving homes with a dog is a whole new task and takes time and especially a whole lot of patience!