We made it!

When you’re geeking around the primary school playground with your 11-year-old mates, pretending to be aliens … probably because you’d don’t quite fit in with humans … its beyond your comprehension that you will meet for lunch as 50-year-olds and wonder how the years flew by so damn fast. But we did and they did. […]

It’s still about sex

Four years ago I met DD and sex started featuring prominently in my … blog stats. I had my first date with DD around the same time as HouseGoesHome went sort of viral with a series of blog posts about the “triceratops position”. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll have heard me tell […]

Our reimagined Christmas

How was your Chrissie? Mine was a whirl: happy, sad, hectic, exhausting and exhilarating in equal turns. My ex’s family has gathered at a massive house south of Nowra for 10 days of festive bonding. The youngest is in heaven – despite having a virus – hanging out with her cousins. They spend their days […]

A series of unfortunate events

The last few days before Christmas are always a little fraught. All the last-minute shopping, the crowds, the parties, the preparations … But the elves had a few extra surprises in store for me. The curve balls started flying on Friday. I was heading out the door when Bilbo started skittering around, all hunched and […]

Remembering the love

My Christmas wish is that separated and divorced parents try to remember the love they once shared. If nothing else, it was a love that gave them a precious gift – their kids. I received a birthday card from my ex when I turned 50, with a message inside that thanked me for a “life […]

That’s remarkable

DD’s sister did the most remarkable thing earlier this year: she decided to work as a school teacher in Wilcannia. It has been quite the trip, in all senses of the word. Wilcannia provides many challenges – drought, dust storms, kangaroos, social inequality and distance to name a few. She also turned 50 earlier this […]

The right decision

I said the weather gods smiled on us during our Queensland mini-break, but it was more of a sly grin. The clouds were constantly ominous, showers were never too far away … and that was actually perfect for a pale redhead unsuited to dazzling sunlight. However, while it was great for snorkelling on Lady Elliot […]

Less is more

Fate works in mysterious ways. It delivered a wonderful book to me at Sydney Airport, purchased by DD to read on Lady Elliot Island. I snitched the book and devoured it, finishing the last few pages as we waited to fly home again. Tears welled as I closed it for the last time. “Less” won […]

Into the eye of the storm

Pray for me … DD and I are flying to Lady Elliot Island today as our Christmas present to each other … on a tiny plane … as Cyclone Owen rages … I am terrified … Here’s a little something DD wrote about our trip: Ms HouseGoesHome has a passion to see live coral while […]