Tribal counsel

Sprog 1 is struggling with her maths and her social skills. Neither of which are my speciality. I needed maths coaching to get through high school (it still wasn't counted in my HSC) and I was an odd-bod. I tried helping Sprog 1 with her multiplication homework last night. I wasn't very patient. It was beyond me why someone so smart couldn't understand 2 x 1 =... Continue Reading →

Cruise control

I am so very, very, very glad I told Husband he couldn't come on my Mum's 69th birthday celebratory cruise* to Hawaii. I banned him because he'd moan and complain and hang shit on it. Like he did when we went to Las Vegas and he christened it Sodom. Or when we stayed at the all-inclusive resort in Mexico that made him twitch... Continue Reading →

Hello sickos

I got my highest-ever hits on the blog yesterday. I should be stoked, on top of the world. But I just feel slightly sick and lip-curly about it. Because 232 of the hits were from people searching "Whitney Houston corpse", "Whitney Houston in casket", "Whitney Houston walking skeleton" (?), "Whitney Houston sink", and one sad bugger... Continue Reading →

Crafty Sunday (with wholemeal blueberry muffins and bikkies)

DIY stained glass window. Tick. Baking. Tick. Sliced rice cake with XO sauce and shredded pork at New Shanghai. Tick. Not a bad Sunday so far. 1. Wholemeal blueberry & buttermilk muffins INGREDIENTS: 1 and 1/2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour; 1 cup self-raising flour; 3/4 cup of brown sugar; 1 and 1/2 cups buttermilk; 2 eggs, lightly beaten;... Continue Reading →

Guilt trip

Catholics are burdened with guilt. I'm burdened with regrets. And guilt. All the stuff I wish I'd done differently. I wish I'd been nicer to my great-grandmother. I wish I'd seen Alex before he died. And James. I wish I hadn't kissed the boy with no front teeth. I wish I had ravaged the boy outside the bar that night. I... Continue Reading →

Still not following you

After hobbling around like I'd been straddling a horse for a week  - too many reps on the "clacker" machine - I finally did another gym class yesterday. It was called "Sculpt" and the brochure described it as "non-impact". My sweet lord, I'm glad I didn't choose an impact one. Being uncoordinated, I've spent my adult life avoiding gym classes. But the mums assured me I didn't need to be co-ordinated for... Continue Reading →

You don’t want to be famous

You really don't. Sure, it makes you rich (usually). But it also makes you paranoid, insecure and self-obsessed. And, if you're really unlucky, dead. Like poor Whitney Houston, with "recreated" photos of your corpse on the cover of The National Enquirer. The Aussie weekly magazines pay tribute to Whitney today. One is even on the stands three days early. Death sells. Well it did with Steve Irwin and Belinda... Continue Reading →

Me no understand

I have a cavewoman's grasp of technology. Leaning more to the Neanderthal than the Homo Sapien. My brain just isn't wired that way. Lots of room for random facts and gossip, not much space for complex tasks. I've only just learned to use a scanner, at age 43. It's been a revelation. I've been madly uploading old snapshots and posting them on my Facebook wall. (Some friends are... Continue Reading →

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