Feeling like a weirdo

My ex and I went to an appointment yesterday for one of the kids. It was a looong drive in bad traffic. We passed the time by catching up on the latest news about family and friends, renovation plans for his apartment, that sort of thing. We arrived a little early, so he grabbed a […]

There’s something naughty under my bed

‘The Joy of Sex’ is proving very useful in my bedroom at the moment. Aaaaaand … now that I have your attention … I’m going to disappoint you. The reason ‘The Joy Of Sex’ is proving useful is because my “Lifestyle changes for reflux” info sheet suggested elevating the head of my bed. You can […]

Life begins to look precious again

There’s a quote by author Martin Amis that’s appeared a few times on HouseGoesHome over the years. It’s about ageing and goes like this .., “As the 50th birthday approaches, you get the sense that your life is thinning out, and will continue to thin out, until it thins out into nothing. And you sometimes […]

This is getting unhealthy

Sunday and Monday were not proud days on the healthy living front, what with my festival of duck and tequila cocktail competition with lots of blobs of yummy stuff on corn chips. I was feeling pretty ordinary by Tuesday morning from all the alcohol-infused fat and resolved to go on a health kick until Christmas. That […]

Those days are over

I was so shocked when the news broke that Cosmopolitan magazine was closing in Australia after 45 years of publication. A friend commented on Facebook: “I’m surprised it was still around.” But I know that Hearst – the magazine’s licencing partner – would have been dragged kicking and screaming to the decision. Cosmo is an […]

Partying like we’re 55

I hate to ruin the magic for you … but I DID NOT feel well after my fourth anniversary celebration. It turns out drinking a glass of prosecco and two glasses of rose while scoffing fried Peking duck spring rolls and fried duck schnitzel isn’t the best idea when you have reflux. Blergh. Make that […]

That’s the way you do it

Prosecco and duck schnitzel … is there a more Alana way to celebrate a fourth anniversary? I don’t think so. The night didn’t go entirely to plan. DD instructed me to pack two glasses and the bottle of Champagne we were gifted at our joint birthday party. Then we headed to a secret romantic destination […]

HouseGoesHollywood: Marrying the right man

Did you watch Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank on Friday? I missed it because the youngest is totally NOT into the Royals. So I introduced her to St Elmo’s Fire instead. She may have regretted her decision, but I enjoyed revisiting Judd Nelson and Andrew McCarthy’s battle over Ally Sheedy. I’ve since watched enough […]

That went fast

Today is the fourth anniversary of the first time I met DD in real life. We’d been chatting via RSVP for a few days before deciding to have a cider together at a suburban pub. For some unfathomable reason he thought it was appropriate – on a first date – to take his thongs off […]