This is a bit exciting

Remember me saying I wanted to go back to New York one day? Well, I’ve been hitting the discount travel websites and it seems I can fly the youngest to the World Skipping Championships via Hawaii AND New York at a not totally insane price. Just a slightly insane price. With Hawaiian Airlines. Maybe. Possibly. […]

My Mr Darcy

The youngest’s social life has eased off since her besties went away on holidays, so she’s been lying around at home all day while I’m at work. This means she is unusually keen for my company when I arrive home from work. In past years this would have meant playing dominos and Jenga together, but […]

Doing a runner

I’ve been lucky enough to live overseas twice in my life. I spent two years in Singapore as the editor of CLEO magazine and almost a year in New York as the wife of Knight-Bagehot Fellow. The Singapore stint came a couple of months after I got married – we had the most awesomely carefree […]

Damned if you do

Have you thought to yourself during the bushfire crisis: “Those heartless bastards at [insert name] haven’t donated a cent to bushfire relief”? I haven’t. I’ve been thrilled by all the people and organisations that have donated, but I’m not keeping tally of those who haven’t. Amazon announced yesterday that it is donating $1million to bushfire […]

These here are crazy times

It goes without saying that the bushfire crisis in Australia is beyond crazy. The smell of smoke hung heavily in the air at my place yesterday morning. I hear the smell of Australian bushfire smoke is even hanging heavily in the air in Argentina. Fortunately, the most wonderful burst of rain arrived at lunch time. […]

Researching promises

A friend was planning to throw a party this weekend, but she’s cancelled because it seemed wrong to celebrate when so many bushfire victims are suffering. I’ve been feeling similarly conflicted about posting on social media. It feels weird to share smiley snaps at such an unhappy time for Australia. Not that I’ve been doing […]

Paying it back

I blogged about complimenting a stranger earlier this week and yesterday a stranger complimented me! I’ve decided it was the universe paying back the nice. I wrote a story for Drinks Trade about what the drinks industry is doing to raise money and provide support to bushfire relief. A woman from one of the companies I […]

Independence days

These school holidays have been a bit of a revelation to me – its the first time both kids have been quite independent while I’ve been working. In the past it’s always been a stressful juggle of parenting responsibilities with office ones. But on Monday, I only saw the youngest briefly when she asked if […]

Too much vinegar

As I was walking to the gym yesterday, I passed a young woman wearing an emerald green dress that looked absolutely fantastic on her. I thought, bugger it, I’m going to tell her. So I said: “You look gorgeous! I love your dress.” She seemed really chuffed and said thank you … then I overthought […]

The hermit emerges

How was your weekend? Mine was all over the place, literally and figuratively. Actually, on the literal front I was mainly on the road to DD’s place. It’s a pity I didn’t earn Frequent Flyer points each time I drove the 40 minutes north over the Christmas break – I’d have enough for free flights […]