Escape plan

Unaware that I was about to be retrenched, I booked a few getaways last month. I handed in my leave forms about an hour before I got the chop. I got the month wrong on one of them and my boss came over to my desk to query it, which seems a bit odd in […]

Anything and nothing

The youngest came home from school and announced she’d applied to be an exchange student in Sweden. I stared at her in horror. She took umbrage with my horror and wanted to know why I wasn’t excited for her. Because Europe is riddled with COVID-19, that’s why. Sweden alone had almost 9000 cases from October […]

I need a favour

When bad things happen in my life, I cut my hair off. Giving it the chop was high on the agenda when my marriage ended, just below sobbing in the shower. (Speaking of sobbing in the shower, Mrs Woog echoed how I felt many times during the peri-menopause years in her most recent blog post […]

A bit lost

There was no routine to follow yesterday, so I felt a bit lost. Monday mornings were already a bit of a challenge for me, even before I was retrenched. The kids spend every Sunday night at their dad’s place, so I always wake to an empty house. It’s a strange feeling and I don’t like […]

Big dreams

“It’s not often someone texts you a picture of a half-finished toilet followed by poetry,” DD noted yesterday. I’d sent him this photo of the render in my loo: And I followed it with a few lines from ‘The Bait’, written by my favourite poet, John Donne … “We will some new pleasures prove,Of golden […]

Slow unravelling

The knots inside me continued their slow unravelling yesterday. It’s been a difficult few years and it’s a relief to have that weight off my shoulders. It will soon be replaced by anxiety about paying my bills, but for now I feel happy and free. I escaped the brick dust and mayhem at my house […]

Kicked out

I never thought I’d say this, but I wish I could go into the office today. Three electricians are arriving at 7am and they said it’s going to be so messy that the dogs and I must vacate the premises for the day. I am temporarily homeless! If you spot me aimlessly wandering the streets […]

Enough with the bullying

I unfollowed a public figure yesterday for creating a Facebook mobbing. I really don’t like those angry pile-ons … they’re the virtual equivalent of medieval witch hunts. Mob mentality grips the online villagers, they all grab their pichforks and ATTACK. In this case, it was because a comedian called Tanya Hennessy posted a meme that […]

You can’t take me anywhere

Well, you can take me places, but I have no filter. DD took me to drinks with a business associate last week and I regaled him with inappropriate tales, including one about desexing my bunny because he started humping my husband’s leg and ejaculating on his jeans. The next day I asked DD what his […]

Seeing clearly

I think I’m coming out the other side of the initial shock and trauma that retrenchment creates. There will be hiccups along the way, but I’ve decided it’s no use trying to fathom the unfathomable. Not everyone is going to like you in this world. You just have to make your peace with it and […]