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She cracks me up

My daughters are away for the week having BULK fun with their cousins. The youngest has been sending me updates on her adventures and they’ve been a cack. I see a career as a food Instagrammer in her future. Here’s the first pic she sent me via her mini iPad … Her gift to her cousins […]

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The calm before the storm

I caught up with my old mag mate Franki last night. We don’t get out much these days, so there was a bit of to-and-fro about where we should go – neither of us had the slightest idea. We ended up in Leichhardt at a restaurant called Apertivo because Franki once interviewed the owner for […]

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The memories you share

“Alana, we care about you and the memories that you share here. We thought that you’d like to look back on this post from 3 years ago.” How do you feel about the little “Your memories on Facebook” surprises that pop up in your news feed each week? I can’t help thinking they must be […]

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Drawing the short straw

Remember my lovely dog/chook/bunny sitter Glen? We used to work together at Woman’s Day many moons ago. He’s currently minding a cat called Steve in a waterfront mansion – with bonus jetty – in my neighbouring suburb. So he popped over last night to check out my renovation. As we sat sipping our respective beer […]

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Don’t go without meeeeee!

DD flew out yesterday to his annual company conference in Florida. Sad face. He’ll be gone all week. I will miss him. He sent a pic of himself giving me a little wave from the plane just before take off. Even sadder face. I went to the conference with him last year. Supremely sad face. […]

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Keeping my cool

There’s not a breath of air around my way this morning. So still, so stifling. I’m wishing I’d found a way to stay on the Northern Beaches last night so I could float in the cool waves this morning. But dog sitters are hard to come by during the January school holidays and it would […]

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“Yes” is a beautiful word

There’s something about DD that makes me want to say “yes”. I used to be such a “no” girl. I took a set against potential fun for some weird reason. I took the role of cataloguing the adventures of my children and their father, recording moments for posterity rather than diving into them myself. I […]

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People are so freaking funny

Our senior administration officer totally cracks me up. She has a quirky sense of humour that ensures a day at work is never mundane. Her hosting of the Kris Kringle totally made our office Christmas party. Not to mention her contribution of a collapsible camping kettle being the gift of the day. When Alison joined […]

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Blessings and curses

Faaaaaaar out it was hot at my place yesterday. I was working from home and the perspiration was puddling on my top lip. I yearned to be in the air-conditioned comfort of my workplace, with the cafe serving the best strong flat white with half a sugar in the world across the road. It’s weird […]

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Doing it French style

It would appear Blackish finally has French sub-titles, as “position du triceratops” is trending in the “search” section of my blog, along with “la position du tricerateupe.” It sounds much more glamorous in French, don’t you think? Not that there’s anything glamorous about it. The only triceratops position I’d be interested in trying is a […]