My week: A bedazzled potty, bogan blow-ups and putting my foot in it (yet again)

I started the week on my soapbox, all agitated because a woman called Renee wrote a letter to Fairfax condemning pleas for more after-school care: “Funny that it is the north shore than has the biggest problems. I expect that is because both parents are working to afford the huge mortgage, or because they both want to have careers. There are people genuinely struggling to put food on the table – they need the help. Those that just want to maintain a certain lifestyle or their careers should get a nanny or, I don’t know, not have kids maybe?”. Read my ranting at Walk Away Renee (before I slap you).

Photo: Chilling out ...

Things went all pear-shaped the next day when the bunny ate my sofa. Relax, despite what this picture might imply, I didn’t kill him afterwards. Read what I did do (and all his other sins – it’s a very long, traumatic list) at Oh noooooo! He didn’t!

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I wrote a tribute to my dad on his 73rd birthday with a post called Daddy’s Girl. A commenter called Jess was kind enough to say: “What a super nice blog. I’m so over the negative comments on the Internet these days…so reading this made my heart leap. My dad is the same…78 and today he minded my 3 toddlers while I had my hair done. I hate to say it, but I think men like our dads are never to be repeated…they just don’t make men like this anymore.”

So I’m hoping I didn’t let her down too much with my blog the following day, called Flashback Friday: The Day I Saw Alyssa Milano’s Boobs.

Less fancy, but more affordable: a rhinestone-encrusted training toilet.

I also blogged 14 Ways To Make Your Little One Feel Like A Royal Bub. It was VERY entertaining to research. I particularly loved this rhinestone-encrusted potty, only $33.36, from Etsy. “Trully gorgeous. It’s a one-off piece.” said it’s proud creator, Henrietta Knitt (her real name).

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And then I got all fanciful again with 14 Incredible Cubby Houses. I also threw in a $100,000 chicken coop for good measure (it even has a chandelier).

This morning I visited Kathleen Folbigg in jail. There’s a story about her on 60 Minutes tonight that I will be avidly watching. It gave me chills to see the promo. So I blogged Why I’m So Nervous Today.

MEANWHILE OVER AT iVILLAGE …

A chastening moment came yesterday when I posted: “I went out with some girlfriends for a drink and an overdue catch-up last night and an inebriated guy plonked himself down and asked to join us. We weren’t rude but we weren’t entirely friendly and he wandered off a few minutes later. I’ve been feeling guilty ever since that we weren’t nicer – but we were there for a girls night, not to pick up. What would you have done? – Alana”

And someone wrote back:  “I always wonder whether that person is having a hard time in life and could be the tipping stone for suicide…..sorry just saying.”

Cheery, no?

So I said: “Well, I wasn’t considering the topping himself option, but I have been worrying that he was lonely.”

And someone else said: “`topping himself ‘ is an offensive term to anybody who has lost someone to suicide, just saying …”

Oh dear. I genuinely didn’t know that. I mean if I should ever … not that I would … decide to assist in my own departure from this world, it would not bother me in the slightest for people to say I’d topped myself. But since I have not, and fortunately neither has anyone close to me, perhaps I’m not the best person to judge. So I was very apologetic.

Let’s see, what else happened?

Photo: Dustin Hoffman made countless women around the world cry this week – but in a good way. Click here to watch his heartfelt confession >> http://bit.ly/13HGpbW

Dustin Hoffman made countless women around the world cry this week – me included – but in a good way. Click here to watch his heartfelt confession >> http://bit.ly/13HGpbW

Photo: Is this the most bittersweet truth of parenting? >> http://bit.ly/154unpO
Also making my eyes moist was a story we promoted as … Is this the most bittersweet truth of parenting?  >>http://bit.ly/154unpO
We asked … Do you suffer from “vagina dentata”? Most married women do – click here to find out the cause >>http://bit.ly/10NOI3i
Photo: A mum wonders: Am I passing my body shame on to my daughters? >> http://bit.ly/14JW6gE
I felt this mum’s pain as she wondered: Am I passing my body shame on to my daughters? >> http://bit.ly/14JW6gE
Photo: Remember this?

This meme got 85 shares and 354 likes.

Photo: Bet you didn't realise you had a superpower! Hit 'like' if you're a fellow Wonder Woman (we can start a Mums Justice League)
This meme got shared around heaps too.
Photo: The Cleveland kidnap victims have released a thank-you video. The courage and hope they show is amazing. See it here >> http://bit.ly/1ajHiuJ

The Cleveland kidnap victims have released a thank-you video. The courage and hope they show is amazing. See it here >>http://bit.ly/1ajHiuJ

Photo: Meet the mum who's banned play dates with kids who have 'bogan' names >> http://bit.ly/12zWawk

I totally didn’t get how much people would love to hate this story: “Meet the mum who’s banned play dates with kids who have ‘bogan’ names” … and had to be talked into it by my boss >> http://bit.ly/12zWawk I stand corrected.

Photo: Is it obscene to spend THIS much on a wedding? Click here to read how much this Facebook co-founder splurged on his... http://bit.ly/18H60E6

On the other hand, I was giddy with the outrageousness of this story: Is it obscene to spend THIS much on a wedding? Click here to read how much this Facebook co-founder splurged on his…http://bit.ly/18H60E6 The guy got the designer from Lord Of The Rings to do costumes for all the guest. Get out of town!

Photo: We've got your week sorted - food-wise, anyway - with these 5 yummy family dinners >> http://bit.ly/14BwxhR
And I shared my kids 5 favourite meals >> http://bit.ly/14BwxhR
Photo: Naughty at 9 - You'll be amazed to learn just how versatile a penis-shaped cake tin can be... Just make sure you're not drinking a hot beverage when you check out these hysterical images. http://bit.ly/12i0nDQ
Oh, and a final special mention goes to this little beauty: You’ll be amazed to learn just how versatile a penis-shaped cake tin can be… Just make sure you’re not drinking a hot beverage when you check out these hysterical images.http://bit.ly/12i0nDQ
How was your week? Do any baking? 
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