The bathroom wars

My house only has one bathroom. I thought that would be PLENTY when I bought the place because the kids spend six days a fortnight with their dad … and I literally had to beg them to take showers back then. I got it soooooo wrong … a bit like how Fairfax thought it was an […]

The power of love

Bishop Michael Bruce Curry got a little carried away during his sermon about the “redemptive power of love” at Prince Harry’s wedding It was wasaaaaay too long, but the opening five minutes were awesome. I thought it was such a wonderful message to broadcast to the world – 24 million people saw the ceremony in […]

The people you have been

Lauren Doyle Owens recently wrote an article for The New York Times called “Nobody tells you how long a marriage is” She poignantly recalls growing apart from her partner: “I was trapped inside myself. Each day I would go to a job that I hated and come back to a house that didn’t feel like mine […]

That made it so special

My poor liver! I’ve put it through its paces over the past seven days: a Chivas Regal cocktail competition, a Jansz brunch, and then a weekend of indulgence. It’s been bulk fun, but my body was over it last night, muttering about health farms and detox diets. Crazy talk. OK, let me fill you in […]

The only way out is through

Nature is supposed to erase the pain of childbirth so you keep popping the bubbas out. I have a terrible memory – vast swathes of my past are gone – but the harrowing birth of my first child remains permanently etched on my brain. When people show off their newborns on Facebook and glowingly relate […]

Best brunch EVER

OK, that title isn’t entirely true. The best brunch ever would include DD at the table … but this was a pretty close second. One of my workmates couldn’t go to a tasting that Jansz – a Tasmanian sparkling wine producer – had organised at the Intercontinental Hotel at Double Bay yesterday, so I took […]

Totally horrified

The youngest convinced me to let her have a bottle of iced vanilla latte while we were doing our grocery shopping at Woolies the other day. “Don’t tell your father!” I hissed. I was a bit worried it was poor parenting to give a 12-year-old a coffee drink. The youngest enjoyed the iced coffee drink, […]

Women who whisky

My friend Claudia and I had a lovely catch up at the Chivas Masters last night. The Chivas Masters is a cocktail-making competition that requires bartenders to create two fabulous drinks containing Chivas Regal whisky. It was held at Pernod Ricard’s swish Barangaroo headquarters. They’re waaaaay up on something like the 43rd floor, with floor-to-ceiling […]

That’s the way you do it

I try to be a good co-parent, but my sister totally blows me out of the water. She took part in the Mother’s Day Classic yesterday with her husband, her son and his half-brother, her ex-husband and his wife. Here’s a photograph of them having a group hug afterwards: How bloody fantastic is that? Everyone […]

I’d never wish that on my child

I can’t get Mary-Kate Olsen’s face out of my mind. Ever since I saw the Olsen twins posing dourly at the Met Gala I’ve been a bit haunted by her. How does someone look that wan and sad and old at just 31? I hadn’t given the Olsen twins much thought until the youngest started […]