“What’s done is done.”  William Shakespeare “Every second that you live you are never going to get back. You are never going to get to change what you said, didn’t say, did, or didn’t do. Live how you want to live. Act how you want to be remembered, because you never know how long or […]

Low-carb dinners: zaatar chicken with roasted tahini veggies (and aliens!)

I stocked up on armloads of Syrian delicacies on a recent trip to Lane Cove Markets, including a tub of the freshly made zaatar – an exotic spice mix containing herbs and spices such as sumac, thyme, sesame seeds, cumin, oregano and salt. (Just make sure to check the ingredients for any sneaky carbs.) I used it as inspiration for a […]


Rage isn’t the smartest of emotions. It stops you thinking straight. All sense of reason and fear of consequences go out the window. You just want someone to hurt for what they’ve done.  And hurt bad. Take road rage. There’s something about getting behind a wheel that turns humans into animals at the slightest provocation. […]

Not in the mood

Sorry, no blog today. I’m too bleak.  Not even my new red shoes are turning my frown upside down. I briefly considered republishing my blog from November 28 last year – which was promisingly called The Shame File – but it turned out to be about baby vomit and dieting, so I gave it a […]

Betrayal hurts

Betrayal hurts. Especially when it’s by someone you thought was a friend. Having a confidante expose your secrets for money is a pretty low blow. I saw the cover of Woman’s Day yesterday and it made me want to cry. The story about Kathleen Folbigg made me angry on so many levels, it’s hard to know where to […]

HouseHunting: Turramurra temptation

Husband normally says “Yes, yes” and ignores my property fetishes, but he loved this one. All that lovely, natural light. It’s a bit like a Hobbit home at our current abode, dim and cool. And that pool – awesome! There are just a couple of problems with this rare shared fantasy – the auction is […]

Bed bugs!

The Household went camping on the weekend. OK, we went cabining. We went with a crowd from the Sprogs’ school, who all pitched tents. Aldi had a camping gear sale, so we could have stocked up and still come out of it cheaper than the freaking expensive cabin we booked. But sleeping on the ground […]

Puppy love

When I was 17, my mum got a puppy as a leaving gift from work. We called him Casper. My sister was initially underwhelmed. She’d been yearning for “a real dog”. When my dad got home from work and saw Casper asleep in my lap, he said: “I hope that’s a toy.” My dad didn’t […]

HouseGoesHollywood: what did you blink and miss? (week 47)

* Celebrities (including Pammie Anderson, above ) found unique ways to say “Happy Thanksgiving”. * Fiona Apple cancelled the South American leg of her current tour to care for her dog, an almost 14-year-old pit bull named Janet, who has a tumour in her chest. * A prequel for the Doctor Who Christmas special was released, revealing […]