Conversions and crash tackles

A bit like a Cyberman, my conversion is complete. Unlike a Cyberman, I look the same on the outside, but on the inside I’ve been transformed into a coffee connoisseur. I have my standard order: strong, regular flat white with half a sugar. And I have my favourite brand: Campos. The coffee shop across the […]

Guest blogging from Beijing

DD flew to Beijing on Sunday night. His flight left at 10pm (Sydney time) and he finally laid his weary head in a bed again at around 3.30am this morning (Sydney time). I don’t know how he does it, but somehow he manages to find the energy to spend about 12 weeks a year travelling […]

She won!

The youngest is pretty stoked: she’s the Pacific region winner of the CBRE Kids’ Christmas Card Design Competition. She submitted a Santa drawing she did last year when she was 9, but she won as a 10-year-old. Here it is: The prize is a $100 gift voucher plus the honour of her name being mentioned […]

Salt on my skin (and penne carbonara)

I forgot to tell you … I finally got my ocean swim after that damn When Life Gives You Bluebottles incident … and it was glorious. I felt a bit reckless because there were still a few dessicated bluebottles scattered on the sand, but it felt soooooo good to submerge in those salty waves. I […]

Acting like a teenager

I can’t quite believe my eldest daughter turns 13 today. How. Did. THAT. Happen? Mind you, she’s looked [and presented] like a teenager for the past four years, so it feels slightly anti-climactic. Her dad and I are taking her out to dinner tonight and she’s requested ear piercing and headphones as her gifts. I […]

My cyberstalking regret

I did some self-destructive things when my husband left that I now regret. One of the most painful was discovering I could turn on the “where is my iPhone?” function on my iPad and – because we still shared an iCloud – track his movements. It was gut wrenching to watch that little blip move […]

When life gives you bluebottles …

“I’m standing up here before you today… with a very troubled heart. You see, my friends… I’ve always insisted on… taking responsibility for your lives. But, I’m really… like a first-time parent… who makes mistakes… and tries to learn from them. And like that parent… I find myself at that moment when I have to […]

Well THAT was sneaky

The eldest has a painting in a student art exhibition, so we went to the opening last night to check it out. There was champagne and sushi and everything. Very posh. The eldest’s work is based on Sidney Nolan’s bushranger series. I think she did an awesome job. The youngest refused to go because a) […]