November 30, 2015


groundhog day

The single mum’s lament

As I sat sponging my nine-year-old’s back with an oatmeal-soaked cloth at 11.30pm last night, I felt pretty tired and alone. The poor petal had an allergic reaction to something and was covered in an awful, itchy rash. I tried everything to soothe her: antihistamines, cortisone cream, paw paw ointment, an oatmeal bath … She […]

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November 29, 2015



Let’s go to bed

I didn’t have the mongrel fur babies on Friday night, I paid Marlene the local retiree dog-sitter to have them because I was off to trip the light fantastic at The Entrance Leagues Club. Many moons ago I’d booked tickets to see Pete Murray – my post-separation muso of choice. He barely registered on my […]

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November 28, 2015


Aussies are celebrating … Thanksgiving? What??


There’s a lot of Halloween hate out there, so I’m expecting major backlash over the news that Thanksgiving is taking off in Australia. America celebrated the holiday yesterday, where it’s regarded by many as being just as important as Christmas. The origins of the celebration can be traced back to the pilgrims, who would give […]

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November 27, 2015


“Wow! That’s way bigger than I was expecting.”


Blardy hell it was hot yesterday. So. Stinking. Hot. I sweated my way to the hospital for an icky pelvic ultrasound, which revealed my 4cm fibroid has grown merrily over the past year and is now a 9cm fibroid. Downside: I’m going back to the gyno on Monday to try and stave off muffler-removal-through-tailpipe surgery. […]

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November 26, 2015


An easy life? Pigs might fly


My house is a total sty … insomnia is being a bore/boar … and some beastly lady plumbing procedures are being performed on me this morning … so it seems appropriate that I recall the day, exactly one year ago, that the universe sent me a pig. I wish I’d known the universe was sending me a pig […]

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November 25, 2015


Sofia Vergara has given me wedding envy


Say what you like about the hideous death spiral that ended of my marriage, there’s no denying the beginning was BRILLIANT. I decreed there would be none of the traditional frippery – no frothy wedding dress, no wedding cake, no wedding cars, no bridesmaids, no sit-down meal, no wedding video. But I wore a custom-made Collette […]

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November 24, 2015


Little mongrel bastards

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Yesterday, one of my fur babies got his paws on a letter I’d received and gaily ran into the yard to tear it to shreds. As I chased after him I skidded to a halt behind the trampoline and gaped. Those rat cunning little bastards have extensively excavated the lawn behind the trampoline. I hadn’t […]

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November 23, 2015


Delirious fun at the Doctor Who Festival

Making friends with a Silurian.

Faaaaaaar out, my weekend was CRAZY. Saturday was spent prepping, hosting and cleaning up after the eldest’s 12th Doctor Who Luau party. Then I hooned to a 50th birthday party at Gosford RSL. Then I hooned home again … perhaps a little too enthusiastically … and got pinged by a speed camera. At 9am on […]

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November 22, 2015


Party pics: Doctor Who luau

The cake was super-easy, I just baked a round vanilla butter cake, then iced it, sprinkled it with blended up shortbread biscuits for sand,  dessicated coconut for grass with green food colouring and blue jelly for the ocean. A stress-ball Tardis and some old Playmobil foliage completed the look.

A fun time was had by all the eldest’s 12th birthday party, which rocked a Doctor Who luau theme. Confession: I’d totally forgotten the Doctor wore a lei in one episode, but the above image came in extremely handy for the invitations. The weather was grey and overcast, but that didn’t bother the tweens in […]

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November 21, 2015


Well this (and that … and THAT) is a worry


I couldn’t sleep last night. Too hot, too stressed. I did lots of deep breathing and concentrated on the whir of the overhead fan, trying to make my brain go blank. My brain isn’t very good at going blank. It was too busy worrying about the weekend. We’re holding a birthday party for the eldest […]

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