Emotionally aspirational blogging

Confession: sometimes Housegoeshome is emotionally aspirational. By that I mean I’ll write a blog post that’s about how I want to feel – and know I should feel – but haven’t quite managed to feel (yet) in reality. I could have written one of those blogs yesterday, but I was too shattered to wax lyrical […]


Rediscovering joy

The 10-year-old sent me a message yesterday letting me know she was home safely from school. I asked whether she’d had a good day and she replied: “Awesome day we watched mr bean in the afternoon.” I love that a kid can describe a day at school as “awesome.” I think there’s something to be […]


Solving the custody jigsaw

As the weeks evaporate before school ends, I stare at January 2017 on my calendar and wonder how on earth I’m going to juggle it. My ex is working insane hours most of the month – until 8pm many nights during the week. And, in a master stroke of unfortunate timing, my office is closing […]


Get bitter or get better

A former colleague who has battled chronic health issues most of her life posted this meme on social media yesterday: It’s such a powerful message. I love it. And I love that I chose to get better. One of my core beliefs post marriage break-up is that bitterness does no one any good. I recently […]


Conversions and crash tackles

A bit like a Cyberman, my conversion is complete. Unlike a Cyberman, I look the same on the outside, but on the inside I’ve been transformed into a coffee connoisseur. I have my standard order: strong, regular flat white with half a sugar. And I have my favourite brand: Campos. The coffee shop across the […]


Guest blogging from Beijing

DD flew to Beijing on Sunday night. His flight left at 10pm (Sydney time) and he finally laid his weary head in a bed again at around 3.30am this morning (Sydney time). I don’t know how he does it, but somehow he manages to find the energy to spend about 12 weeks a year travelling […]


She won!

The youngest is pretty stoked: she’s the Pacific region winner of the CBRE Kids’ Christmas Card Design Competition. She submitted a Santa drawing she did last year when she was 9, but she won as a 10-year-old. Here it is: The prize is a $100 gift voucher plus the honour of her name being mentioned […]