The single mum’s lament

As I sat sponging my nine-year-old’s back with an oatmeal-soaked cloth at 11.30pm last night, I felt pretty tired and alone. The poor petal had an allergic reaction to something and was covered in an awful, itchy rash. I tried everything to soothe her: antihistamines, cortisone cream, paw paw ointment, an oatmeal bath … She […]

Let’s go to bed

I didn’t have the mongrel fur babies on Friday night, I paid Marlene the local retiree dog-sitter to have them because I was off to trip the light fantastic at The Entrance Leagues Club. Many moons ago I’d booked tickets to see Pete Murray – my post-separation muso of choice. He barely registered on my […]

Aussies are celebrating … Thanksgiving? What??

There’s a lot of Halloween hate out there, so I’m expecting major backlash over the news that Thanksgiving is taking off in Australia. America celebrated the holiday yesterday, where it’s regarded by many as being just as important as Christmas. The origins of the celebration can be traced back to the pilgrims, who would give […]

An easy life? Pigs might fly

My house is a total sty … insomnia is being a bore/boar … and some beastly lady plumbing procedures are being performed on me this morning … so it seems appropriate that I recall the day, exactly one year ago, that the universe sent me a pig. I wish I’d known the universe was sending me a pig […]

Sofia Vergara has given me wedding envy

Say what you like about the hideous death spiral that ended of my marriage, there’s no denying the beginning was BRILLIANT. I decreed there would be none of the traditional frippery – no frothy wedding dress, no wedding cake, no wedding cars, no bridesmaids, no sit-down meal, no wedding video. But I wore a custom-made Collette […]

Little mongrel bastards

Yesterday, one of my fur babies got his paws on a letter I’d received and gaily ran into the yard to tear it to shreds. As I chased after him I skidded to a halt behind the trampoline and gaped. Those rat cunning little bastards have extensively excavated the lawn behind the trampoline. I hadn’t […]

Delirious fun at the Doctor Who Festival

Faaaaaaar out, my weekend was CRAZY. Saturday was spent prepping, hosting and cleaning up after the eldest’s 12th Doctor Who Luau party. Then I hooned to a 50th birthday party at Gosford RSL. Then I hooned home again … perhaps a little too enthusiastically … and got pinged by a speed camera. At 9am on […]

Party pics: Doctor Who luau

A fun time was had by all the eldest’s 12th birthday party, which rocked a Doctor Who luau theme. Confession: I’d totally forgotten the Doctor wore a lei in one episode, but the above image came in extremely handy for the invitations. The weather was grey and overcast, but that didn’t bother the tweens in […]