Too scared to speak

I’m a little late to the Nic Naitanui ‘blackface’ debate, but it’s been playing on my mind for days, so I need to get it off my chest. When the story broke, I wanted to express my confusion over the controversy, but I held my tongue through fear of being attacked. That’s made me realise […]

Grannie Al’s guide to the VMAs

Yesterday I was groaning like an old woman. Today I’m grumbling like one … Remember the good old days when making sure you didn’t have a VPL when you went out on the town? Those days gone sista. Nobody wears undies when they’re strutting their finest, so the VPL is obsolete. “Grannie Al’s guide to […]

It hurts

I felt very middle-aged when I woke up at 6am yesterday morning. Oh, what AM I talking about? I felt very middle-aged the night before too, recoiling at my wrinkles in the Heroes & Villains party photo booth and wearily suggesting we head home at the ungodly hour of 10.30pm. But hauling myself out of […]

Time to be a villain

I was a bit scared about DD turning up on my doorstep last night. We were off to a Heroes & Villains 50th birthday party for one of his uni friends. He told me he was going as Two Face. His daughter is a really talented make-up artist – her tutorials get hundreds of thousands […]

I swear it was an accident

I had a scare earlier this week. I thought someone had stolen my car. I’ve been lucky enough to score a parking space in the basement of the building where I work. When I wandered underground one night, my spot was empty. Cue minor heart failure. Then I decided to check if I’d accidentally parked […]

Is this really happening?

It feels like a dream. I can’t believe it’s finally happening. Almost 12 months after a response was expected from the government, Kathleen Folbigg is finally going to get her answer. The NSW Governor was supposed to decide what to do about a petition for a judicial review of her case in September last year. […]

So much anger

DD is perturbed by how angry I remain with my ex. It’s been more than two years since we separated, I’m happily in a new relationship, my life is is filled with lovely things, but the fury still simmers. (I know it’s not healthy. The negative feelings are slowly ebbing. Two years isn’t really that […]

Fortifying myself

My new job involves the occasional bottle of booze landing on my desk to take for a spin. Poor me. The latest treat was McWilliam’s Wines Spice Royale. As I noted on drinks central earlier this week, McWilliam’s Wines has released a new range of flavoured fortifieds: Strawberry Delight, Spice Royale and Espresso Press. Russell Cody, McWilliam’s […]

Rabbit in the headlights

I accidentally sent my 12-year-old a text message yesterday that said: “How you travelling, stud?” I stood there staring at my phone thinking “Oh, that’s OK, that’s OK, no biggie … oh no, oh no, oh no!” The 12-year-old was at her dad’s house at the time. The text message was meant for DD, who […]

Renovation panic button

So, my little renovation project kicks off in a few weeks and I’m starting to fret. Should I be doing this? Can I really afford this? Am I doing the right things? Am I doing the wrong things? Have I chosen badly? On the Can I really afford this? front, I’ve postponed the double-glazed front […]