Our last few months have been all about changes and the journey is still far from complete… We moved all the way across Europe, from a quaint Greek island to a buzzing mid-size town, we are about to move to a new house this week and Duncan is going back to work soon.
We are both excited about Duncan’s new job. Don’t get me wrong, we are still on talking terms 😉 , but despite the fact that we generally get on well and have a similar vision for the blog, working together as a couple is still quite challenging.
On one hand, we both know that we are super lucky to have found a partner with whom we have shared ethics in common and it’s definitely been very bonding to have come up with the idea for the blog and to slowly grow it from nothing to a fairly large website.
We understand (for the most part) each other’s job challenges, pressure points and little niggles like no one else does. Like me having a mini meltdown over not being able to find the exact ingredient I need for my photoshoot or Duncan losing his temper (big style, involving a fair amount of swearing and sometimes even kicking) at an inanimate object – his computer – for insubordination were just some of the things we have had to OCCASIONALLY witness each other do 😛 .
But working so closely and intensely together also means that you tend to take on each other’s stress way too easily. Plus, you spend way too much time together as co-workers and talking about work tends to bleed into your leisure time together if you aren’t too careful.
Duncan also misses proper programming and being able to talk shop with his colleagues and, as much as I try, I am not really fit for this purpose. On a flip side, he is also not that keen on discussing which napkin will be better suited for the photoshoot I’m preparing for and when he is around, I find it hard not to involve him, especially that I am a very lousy decision maker.
When we started the blog we never appreciated how having separate careers (as well as a separate work and living environment) is actually quite good for the soul and for you, as a couple. Plus, it’s not like we had a choice anyway.
I still need to devise some strategies to keep my life and work more separate as I will continue working from home for the foreseeable future, but Duncan going to work every day will definitely help us restore some much needed balance!
Plus, he is bound to have some funny stories from work to share with me over dinner and I will be able to tell him about my and Tina’s antics too (PS: pssst, but we are planning on having some quality girly time now that Duncan is off working involving long naps, watching daytime TV in our PJs and watching the birds through the kitchen window 😉 ).
Today’s dish is another riff on a classic – vegan bolognese served with tagliatelle pasta. It’s easy to make, freezes well, it’s super filling and comforting too! I don’t know about you, but in this cold and blustery weather when even Tina cannot be tempted to go outside, all I crave is vegan comfort food, cups of spicy ginger tea and cat cuddles 😛 .
PS: If you make my vegan bolognese with tagliatelle, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @lazycatkitchen and use the #lazycatkitchen hashtag. I love seeing your takes on my recipes!