I bought a new camera this week.

It’s smaller, neater, smarter and generally better than my old camera, but it’s currently sat in its bag on the table because I am scared of it.

I can switch it on, and take pictures with it, but it has all of these buttons and functions that I just don’t understand. It troubles me.

I tried looking up the manual online, to help me out, but it had lines like this in it:

When using an interchangeable lens with O.I.S. switch (such as H-FS14140), stabilizer function is activated if the O.I.S. switch of the lens is set to [ON].

Nope.

I tried more slowly, thinking that if I took my time over it, it would make sense.

Still no.

Okay, you might think, maybe I don’t need to actually know about the interchangeable lens thingy, perhaps I’m overreacting, but the trouble is that this terror doesn’t just happen with complex things.

Let’s say we go away to stay somewhere for the weekend. We get there, and we’re settling in. I’ve put the kettle on, unpacked my suitcase, and perhaps I want to watch a bit of TV. I pick up the remote control and BAM!

I might as well be sat at one of those big air traffic control desks. I literally have no idea where to start. All the buttons look the same – they are all staring at me, laughing silently to themselves because I don’t know which one to press and it scares me. I feel like if I look away, they might all quickly change places, just for jokes.

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For those regular readers of my blog (thank you!), you’ll know that as well as blogging, I am also a freelance marketing and social media consultant and a copywriter.

As you can imagine, this means that I spend a lot of time sat at my desk staring at a screen. How many times have we been told that this isn’t good for our health, that we’ll get heart disease, or that our life span will decrease? Too many to count. But we can’t actually do much about it, unless we want no job and no income.

I try to get as much walking in as possible, which I explain in this post, though this often doesn’t work out as planned (that was a completely accidental pun). When my girls were younger, I was always running around after them. But now that they’re older and independent, I no longer resemble a headless chicken.

In this century, is it even possible to work without a computer? We use them for everything: research, email, typing/writing, photo editing, social media, documenting, storing information, databases. Even those in manual labour jobs, such as builders, will use spreadsheets for expenses and customer records. We have reached a time when we struggle to work without a computer, and can sit at our office desks for 7+ hours each day.

So how is it possible to fit in more exercise as well as being a blogger and a working mum? Answer: office yoga!

office yoga

Image: fizkes/shutterstock

Furniture at Work have solved all our problems and created office yoga, fun exercises you can do whilst at your desk. That is if you don’t mind getting a few funny looks off co-workers (pros of working from home).

The exercises involve stretching your arms above your head and twisting at the waist to alleviate and stretch your back. There is a variety of exercises for all yoga standards, from beginner to pro.

You can watch their yoga video here and see about trying some of them yourself.

Do you have any tips for exercising when you’re working in a desk job? Let me know in the comments!

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I had a very interesting day on Thursday last week.

For those of you who didn’t know, (which is probably most of you), Thursday May 11th was Somerset Day, a day for celebrating all things Somerset. I live in Somerset and I love it, so I wanted to get involved, and ended up getting roped into a day long A to Z challenge. The idea was to showcase the diversity of industry in the county, by travelling around Somerset meeting as many different people as possible, finding out more about the jobs they do. (Check out the activity on @SomersetHour for Thursday if you want to see pictures.)

Because Somerset is a pretty big county, with lots of hills and moors and what not, we split into areas and I was given Sedgemoor, which is the bit in the middle that includes Bridgwater, North Petherton, Burnham-on-Sea and Cheddar:

Get Fruit Somerset Day

It’s a pretty big area, but not the biggest district in Somerset, and it does have a handy stretch of motorway through the middle, so I think I got a pretty good deal.

It all worked out very nicely actually, as it coincided with me having a Hyundai i30 to test drive, plus the lovely team at Get Fruity stocked me up with their yummy fruit and oat bars to keep me sustained during the day. View Post

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With a house purchase looming large, (she says hopefully, although it seems to be taking YEARS), I’ve started thinking a lot about interiors. I mean sure, it’s not like I didn’t already think a lot about interiors, but now it’s a bit more real, like I might actually be able to buy things rather than just cut out pictures and stick them on a noticeboard.

One thing I’ve never been able to change, having always lived in rented houses, is the kitchen. When you rent, you’re pretty much stuck with what you’re given kitchen wise, which tends to mean something that’s at least ten or fifteen years out of date. I’m really looking forward to being able to makes changes in our new kitchen, and to really think about what we need and want from it.

In case you’re looking for a bit of kitchen inspiration, Prestige have put together this rather fun infographic about kitchens through the ages. The one that looks most familiar to me is the kitchen from the 1980s, with the ‘interesting’ tiles and those cupboards with the cream coloured doors and brown edges? That pretty much sums up my rented home kitchen experience.
Kitchens Through The Decades
A look back at Kitchen Design by Decade has been produced by Prestige. Sponsored post.

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Image – CREATISTA/shutterstock

 

Is it okay to cry in public? I say YES. This is why…

Bee phoned me this week. I answered the phone and there was a second or two of snuffling before I heard a little voice.

‘I cried at work!’ she said, snuffling a bit more. (She works at Starbucks, just to give you some context.) To be totally honest I was surprised that she hadn’t already cried at work, because she does cry a healthy amount, so I was quite impressed.

‘Oh no!’ I said. ‘It’s okay! Where are you now?’

‘I’m on the ground,’ she replied.

‘As in you’ve gone outside for some fresh air and are sat on the pavement or you’ve slid helplessly down a wall and are now lying on the floor?’ (It’s good to be clear.) View Post

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