All the unexpected “me time”

I ducked out yesterday to get some Chinese cash for the World Rope Skipping Championships … and struggled back to the office with an ALDI Balance Trainer. As you do. Yep, I’ve become one of those people. I told myself it would to help with the recovery of the youngest’s ankle. But I’m not sure […]

Little unexpected things

Yesterday was filled with little unexpected things. It kicked off with a pimple outbreak on my chin. FFS! I am 50! What’s with that? Have I not been through enough hormonally driven facial distress in my life? It’s so not fair that my chin is twinning with my pubescent 14-year-old’s. Dr Google tells me acne […]

This is how it ends

“I can’t go back and change anything. But I can be more conscious of right now. I don’t want to ever again say I didn’t see it coming, that I didn’t recognise the moment for what it was. Something defining. Something that would change everything. Forever. The little things are the big things. This is […]

Pros and cons

I got a shock when one of the skipping mums pulled out the program for the World Jump Rope Championships at dinner the other night. It turns out the youngest is only competing between the hours of 9am and 1pm on the Sunday morning. That’s it! We are flying to Shanghai for 10 days for […]

Never enough

Just when you start despairing for humanity, people surprise you by doing something wonderful. Like those divers who risked their lives to rescue a boys’ soccer team trapped in a cave. Actually, I still despair for humanity, but god bless those heroes for giving so much to get those kids to safety. Among them was […]

Seeing all the colours

“For years there had been lead in my belly: the worry of a poorly child, the stress of a sleepless newborn, the sadness of falling out of love with my husband. I felt like I’d emerged from a cocoon. A rush of peace and possibility washed over me and there was a sudden excitement at […]

I can’t afford this

Blardy hell parenting teens is expensive. The youngest cost me $70 yesterday – after my NIB rebate – for the latest round of physio on her foot. The good news: she can probably start training again later this week. Now the swelling has gone down it appears to be a sprain rather than ligament damage. […]

There’s been an incident

We’ve had a bit of a scare. The youngest was injured at skipping training on Thursday night. She stumbled over her team mate’s foot, rolling her ankle and damaging the ligament that holds the two bones together. Not wanting to let everyone down, she continued to do two practice runs of Team Teal’s three-person double […]

I wouldn’t change a thing

DD had a few issues with yesterday’s blog post about Anthony LaPaglia marrying a woman 30 years younger than him. He felt I was too one sided and didn’t acknowledge that the young women who marry the oldet men are complicit. “It’s not just the MEN,” he wrote as we waged a bit of text […]

Feeling sorry for the ex

I haven’t given much thought to Anthony La Paglia since he yelled and yelled at me when I was editor of Woman’s Day. But he was top of mind yesterday when my sister texted to let me know he’d married his 29-year-old girlfriend Alexandra. Anthony is 59. I did some Googling and discovered the pair have […]