A bit pear shaped

Mornings are pretty hectic in the Household as three of us scramble off in different directions.

I took things up a notch yesterday when I needed to be at work by 6.45am for breakfast event at Luna Park.

The guest speakers at The Drinks Association Network Breakfast were PwC’s Paul von Kesmark and Birger Maekelburger, who were discussing recent consumer trends and implications for the drinks industry.

I dashed around taking photos of the attendees to post on Facebook and LinkedIn, then wrote notes during the presentations so I could knock out a few articles when I got back to the office, one for the retail sector and one for the supplier sector.

Go me!

Needing to be somewhere early in the morning sends me into a complete spin. Despite the fact I invariably wake up at the crack of dawn every morning, I set the alarm on my phone just in case … and proceed to panic throughout the night that it won’t go off.

I reckon I got about four hours shut-eye tops, then gave up at 5.15am and started writing a blog post.

At 6.30am, I woke the 12-year-old up with a Vegemite bagel and told them there was a thermos full of boiling water on the bench, heating up in preparation for some ravioli that was in the fridge and needed a two-minute nuke in the microwave. They were also in charge of making sure the eldest got out of bed and putting the dogs outside with a bowl of water.

Then I raced out the door.

The first best-laid-plans text message came at 7.28am, when the eldest informed me they had a “migraine or something”.


Normally I’d be around to assess whether the eldest was foxing. Instead, I texted pointy questions about whether they’d been up all night on social media or were worried about something and got a negative on both.

It’s pretty hard to make someone go to school when you’re in a function room at Luna Park, so I sighed and told them to take some Nurofen.

At 8.15am a panicked “I just woke up” text arrived from the youngest – they’d fallen back to sleep!

The thermos of boiling water was abandoned on the counter, the dogs were left roaming the house and the youngest scampered to school in the rain with their science project and no umbrella, as it had been left on the floor of my car.

(I discovered later the youngest also almost had heart failure thinking they’d failed in their duty to wake the eldest and had run screaming into their bedroom.)

Meanwhile, I’m trying to take notes about serious liquor business.

The rain was gouting down as I exited Luna Park and dashed up the hill to the car … where the youngest’s umbrella was sitting dry as a bone. Useful.

I bolted home to change out of my wet clothes, let the dogs outside and check the eldest was actually in bed sick and not off at a tattoo convention or something.

Then I trailed my exhausted arse into the office to tap out those serious liquor stories – Influencers, grassroots marketing & NPD key to drinks growth and How bricks & mortar retail can survive the digital onslaught. Fortunately there are only three Network Breakfasts a year, otherwise my early morning nerves would be shot.

Mind you, my friend Bron kept me entertained throughout the morning with giggle-inducing texts  – she’d run into DD at the local beachside coffee van and they’d agreed a catch-up was overdue … DD shared a pic of the encounter, which led to the chicks sniggering about partying on DD’s deck and Bron sharing this video …

You’d think we were 16.

PS On a much more serious note, the Kathleen Folbigg inquiry is getting pretty hairy with the questioning of Dr Cala. Cala was the chief medical expert at Kathy’s original trial. Another expert, Professor Stephen Cordner, disagrees with Cala’s opinion that Kathy smothered all four of her children.

Professor Cordner noted: “Dr Cala was of the view that Laura died with myocarditis rather than from it, but his reasons for this do not hold water in my view.”

He said that where Dr Cala described the myocarditis at Laura’s autopsy as “patchy and mild; I think it is better described as widespread and at least moderate in degree”.

Professor Cordner said: “He was incorrect to argue that there were medical and pathology reasons for excluding myocarditis.”

Song of the day: Wilson Phillips “Hold on”


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