Sunday, 20 November 2011

Philofaxy meet up 19th November

On Saturday, I set off early so that I'd be able to have a look around the Tate Modern before the meet up. I caught up on some reading on the train in my Strata, and you can just see my Malden here peeking in on the left which I used as my wallet for the day. It worked very well - coins in the front pocket, some cards and then notes in a zip lock envelope at the back.
As the weather forecast sounded good, I decided to walk from Waterloo, rather than take the tube and I really enjoyed my peaceful amble along the river.
The Tate Modern didn't seem that busy and I found visiting on my own very relaxing, as I often feel that my pace is a bit too slow for other people when looking around museums and galleries. I'm not sure where the time went, and scurried down the escalators to look for the others outside at 11:55 a.m.

After some initial hold ups due to the tube, we all finally made it and it didn't take long before the filofaxes made their appearance! There were 10 of us in total, as unfortunately Bronni and Angela couldn't make it. 
Clockwise from the left: Christa, Imy, Tracy, Anja (hidden), Adam, Sharon, Steve and Kate
We chatted, swapped our filofaxes, compared lay outs and had a leisurely lunch. Even though I'd never met anyone before I felt very comfortable like I already knew them, as Steve mentions here about what it's like to attend one of the meet ups.
Anja, Adam, Sharon and Steve
 Imy was presented with the notebook that she won in my competition, a card (kindly made by Kate and signed by all of us) and some Smarties.

 What's driven Tracy to alcohol??
Tracy and Anja
Aargh, was it the dreaded Apex??

Imy, Tracy and her competition Apex
Once the plates were out of the way, it was time to line all the filos up and we had 22 in total, not including those in the reflection!

Around 3:00 p.m. we headed off for the Neal Street store, and Sharon made sure we all got there in good time (thank you for that!).
Osterleys which I thought I'd like, but a bit too serious/business-like for me
Imy and Christa
Me, Tracy, Steve, Imy, Kate and Christa
So, what did I buy??
Well, I can't yet reveal the purchase as it's a Christmas gift for my husband, but I didn't buy anything for myself. I really enjoyed looking at other people's and the ones in the shop, but it's confirmed that the crimson personal Malden is the the one for me. I did consider buying a pen on sale at £10, but came to the conclusion that I didn't need it.
All the Malden sizes, yum!

Dee kindly popped a shopping guide with money off voucher, a little gift bag and a Christmas card in with my purchase.

Thank you so much, Steve, for arranging the day. I had a lovely time and would thoroughly recommend attending a meet up if you're a filofax fan. Initially I didn't fancy going to one, but every one always seems to have a good time and I definitely did! 

Monday, 14 November 2011

Competition winner

I am delighted to announce that the winner of the lovely leather covered notebook is the gorgeous Imy!
Thank you to every one that entered and sorry you didn't win.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Got to inbox zero, yay!

Following on from my previous post about Inbox Zero, I have finally achieved zero :)
Great feeling. My @ waiting for is shown to remind me in case I need to follow up, and anything else is archived just for information.
Now I'm going to work on clearing to zero on a more regular basis, maybe daily or weekly depending on how much email I'm receiving.

I also love the new look of Gmail and the theme I'm using is called Tree Tops.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Filofax embargo

I've read in different places that a great way to stick to a goal is to publicly announce it.
So, here goes... I am not going to buy any more filofaxes!
Two is enough for me, and I can appreciate other people's but not feel the need to purchase more.

The lovely Ro recently commented on how many filofaxes do you own with 'still just the one. It works for me, plus I am loyal and content'. So it is possible... I have recently found myself once again perusing eBay and emailing Dee at Neal Street to find out how much the slimline Amazonas are with 50% off, but no more, I say!

I am content with my beautiful Malden and spacious Strata. Done.