The 5 Stages of No TV

The 5 Stages of No TV

We recently moved house. Twice. First to my Mum’s place for two weeks, and then to a rental for 10 months while our actual house is being renovated. Moving house again after having moved house eleven times throughout the course of my adult life seemed a little more than I could bear. Of course, renovating … Continue reading

Wiped Out: The end of an era

Wiped Out: The end of an era

Ever since I started back at work, I have been spending much of my spare time developing frameworks and dashboards and board papers. And I’m not ashamed to admit that I have been enjoying myself tremendously – after 38 years of life, there no longer seems any point in denying the reality that I am, … Continue reading

A week of discovery…

A week of discovery…

This week has been a week of discovery for me… I have discovered that the awfulness of having partly digested spaghetti and meatballs vomited all over me multiple times is far outweighed by the loveliness of comforting my little man as he presses his hot, vulnerable body into mine. I have discovered the importance of … Continue reading

Got my first real six-string

Got my first real six-string

In June 2006, I bought Hubby a guitar for his birthday. He didn’t know how to play, but he had always wanted to learn. I bought him an instruction manual and he planned to take some lessons. I find Hubby quite sexy when he sings. In fact, I think I may have first fallen in … Continue reading

Finally, a tidy house…

Finally, a tidy house…

After two years of slogging it out as enjoying life as a stay at home Mum, I decided the time had come for me to return to the (paid) workforce. (See Universe, are you trying to tell me something?) Then, after cleverly securing an excellent child care solution, I procrastinated for months until it became … Continue reading

Letters from home

Letters from home

Twenty years ago almost to the day, I returned home from a year in Japan where I lived as a Rotary Exchange Student. Living in Japan with host families for twelve months was an amazing experience. I learned to speak fluent Japanese, to be independent and adaptable, and to sing several early 90s Japanese karaoke … Continue reading

Giddyup

Giddyup

My niece turned three last week. She wanted a pony for her birthday. But my sister decided against it. How mean… Instead she got a pony ride. Well, several pony rides. And this little fellow gave her a great big smile. “Hey there!” he shouted across the barn. “I’d sing you Happy Birthday, but unfortunately … Continue reading

The simple things in life…

The simple things in life…

It is very hot in Brisbane right now, and it is particularly so in our house. As helpfully pointed out by our architect, our house design sucks. If you want to enter our kitchen it must be at your own risk. The temperature rises by about 10 degrees. After a few minutes sweat starts to … Continue reading

Oh Boy…

Oh Boy…

All of a sudden and for the first time, I feel an affinity with mothers in law the world over, my own included. I can lament the infrequency of their son’s phone calls, I understand their unspoken yet ill-disguised belief that no woman could ever be good enough for their special boy, and I finally … Continue reading