It’s National Puppy Day and I miss my dog

Happy National Puppy Day to this foundling puppy who stole my heart a couple of years ago. Doesn’t matter if he’s turning nine now, to me he’ll be forever a puppy.
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I miss this little chap so much, but I’m happy to know he’s having a fab life with my sister in Italy.

I’m so proud of what we have achieved for him – Giuliano made me and my sister a better people.
This is an awesome shoot of my dog taken by my sister at Christmas. Exactly like National Puppy Day, my Christmas is every time those two are around.

See you soon Giuliano, there is not a day I don’t think of you at least twice ❤️

Taken at Rome, Italy
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Happy St Patrick’s day!

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Happy St Patrick’s day!
How does an Italian celebrate St Patrick’s day? With a green broccoli pasta! 🍀🍝
Beer’s on a side – you can’t see it but it’s here! 🍺
PS: have you spotted the bacon? 🐽 buon appetito!

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The time I baked a salmon, a huge one

My sister came to visit us in Reading. We had such a great time together and she was very pleased to be our very first guest in our new awesome house.

So on the Saturday morning we went to the gigantic Tesco close to our place as my sister and I love doing groceries together. There we had the crazy idea of baking a salmon on a salt crust.
Franz, she and I have already baked a big sea bass on Christmas Eve for our families, and it went very well.

Since there wasn’t a sea bass big enough to feed us, we went for a salmon. On the other hand, the smallest salmon available was 2.8kg. We said – why not? We can work out the leftover, can’t we?

So here I am, flexing my biceps with a fish.

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This little 2.8kg fella was about to go to the oven under a thick coat of salt and herbs.
The salmon wasn’t very keen on going into the oven, as you can see from its and my expression below.

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Eventually I baked the salmon, and my guests didn’t leave many leftover for the Sunday lunch. I managed to make some pasta with the salmon left, though.
They told me it was veeeeery good! Too bad I couldn’t taste it due to allergy alert 🚨

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Monday Gym Soreness

I very recently moved to Reading from London (more details may come soon), therefore I left my old gym to join a new one – BuzzGym. Well, I have to say that the change of scenario kind of refreshed my motivations. As I have no specific goals – I still can’t run on tracks, I don’t want to do any bikini or body building competitions or any other kind of competitions, sometimes I’m afraid that at some point I’ll lose my motivation when lifting weights.

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And then the Monday gym soreness starts and I feel better. The best way to kick off the week is to live with gym soreness! When you’ve lived with chronic pain for 4 years it’s so rewarding and relieving waking up and feeling the so-called ‘good pain’ :)

Your body always speaks to you. With the chronic pain it told me something was very wrong with me, but today it’s only saying it’s happy to improving its range day by day!

BuzzGym is a very cool place. I haven’t found my ‘spaces’ yet, but I’m confident that it’s only a matter of time. I am so get used to my training habits and circuits at my old gym that I feel a bit lost now in such a big gym floor with a number of new and awesome machines, and many more people attending.

Have a wonderful Monday gym soreness everyone!💪🏻

Taken at BuzzGym
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My First Automattic Christmas party

I was looking forward to this event since I started working at Automattic last June. Eventually, December arrived and it comes also the time to enjoy my company annual Christmas party!

My first Automattic Christmas party
My first Automattic Christmas party was such a blast! I had the pleasure to meet up with some of the Automatticians living in the UK. Another bunch of us had a very cool Christmas party in London too, but I couldn’t attend to that one :( They had a nice lunch and then went to a bowling place.

On the other hand, we went ice skating! Last time I tried ice skating was nearly 10 years ago! Saying that I had the best time on the ice rink with my colleagues does not even remotely explain how happy I was in there. I feel like I was born on the ice. Some of my fellow Automatticians had a bit of troubles on the ice, so Rachel (on the pic above bottom right) and I tried to help them out. It turned out I was very useless when trying to aid my friends. Here’s a bad video shot by me whilst skating – it was also on my Instagram stories.

At some point I dared to attempt an angel figure on the ice, with one of my leg flexed out first, then bent over toward my back. I succeeded! I was pretty proud of myself, and my core and stabilising muscles. After the bad injury I had a few years ago I’d never dreamt of performing something like that ❤️
Too bad no one saw my exercise, a part from a couple of guys who applauded me. Better than nothing!

Then we head over Mother India cafe, where we had a lot of good Indian food. The funny thing was the service. It looked like the staff had no clue about what we ordered and to whom to deliver the food. To be honest, I’m not sure if I wouldn’t be able to handle it better, since we were a group of thirty people spread out into two long tables, all cheering and laughing out loud.

The cherry on top was when the lightbulbs in the room started exploding for some reasons, and then a waiter made a tall pile of dishes crash on the ground. It was like we were on Candid Camera, but the food was utterly excellent, so thumbs up!

Edinburgh has been the perfect setting for a lovely evening with the best people.

As a nice side note, the afternoon I arrived in Edinburgh I also met up with my cousin Antonella who moved there last August from sunny Sardinia. It looks like she’s settled there well and I’m happy about it. This is a (rough) pic we took just before having haggis, one of the most delicious food on Earth (that’s why I’m smiling with all my teeth!)
Me, Franz and cousin Antonella in Edinbugh

And if you think that was the end of the fun, think again. The day after the Automattic Christmas party I headed to Matlock, Derbyshire, for the annual Human Made Christmas dinner. I wasn’t the only Automattician invited, as my the girlfriend of my colleague Jack, Daisy, works at Human Made together with my husband Franz (of course plus ones were welcomed in both dinners).
That was my second Human Made Christmas party, and as always it’s been a pleasure to meet up with people I can call family already.

Everybody was dressed smart casual, and I was too – underneath my brilliant Code is Poetry Christmas jumper I sported with proud also in Edinburgh.
I didn’t shoot any pictures in Matlock because time flew and was too busy chatting with everyone, but the great Noel Tock took a couple of pics for me:

All in all, I can cry out loud that I’m so privileged to be part of the Automattic and WordPress families ❤️

Taken at Edinburgh and Matlock, United Kingdom
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