My 2012 annual report

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys sent me a 2012 annual report for my blog this morning. I thought it was quite fun, so I'm sharing some of the highlights. It included fun facts such as ... In 2012, there were 618 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 768 posts. The busiest day of... Continue Reading →

New Year’s Heave

I loved New Year's Eve when the clock striking midnight was an excuse to snog every bloke within coo-ee. Now, not so much. It's too crazy, too fraught with small children, too exhausting ... and spewing into a rosebush while staggering along a footpath trying to hail a cab is no longer my idea of... Continue Reading →

Happy snaps

Every year or two, Husband's family go on holiday together. Eight kids and eight adults pack their Thules, pile into their cars and hit the road. Sometimes we drive to middle son's house in Melbourne, sometimes to the patriach's in Albury. There have been idyllic stays in townhouses in Port Douglas, a rambling country homestead outside... Continue Reading →

Slumming it

It's a lurky life working on magazines. Once upon a time, I handed out lipsticks from work "beauty sales" like candy, walked the red carpet movie premieres, even crammed my extended family into an all-expenses-paid apartment - with live giraffes swaying past the balcony - during a "travel junket" to Disneyworld ... But those perks... Continue Reading →

Worst gift ever

How'd you fare in the gift stakes? I haven't opened mine yet, we're still wading through the excess that Santa delivered. Finding the perfect gift for loved ones is always a little fraught. And I find receiving even trickier, not being the naturally effusive type. Fortunately my relatives put a lot of thought and heart... Continue Reading →

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