The things we remember

I have the WORST memory. It is absolutely terrible. My brain immediately erases every bit of information it decides it won’t need in the future. Sometimes it makes a mistake and ditches stuff I do need, like when I run into someone who appears to know me really well and I have no frigging clue […]

Avoiding disaster

It was my spunky DD’s birthday yesterday. We won’t say which one, he’s a bit bleak about his encroaching old age. Finding time to celebrate around our single parenting responsibilities is always a bit tricky, so we staged a two-parter. On Saturday, I popped up to his place for a swim in the surf, followed […]

Flight risk

As I can’t afford therapy, I often self-analyse why I am the weird way I am … as opposed to the weird way other people are … we’re all weird in our own special ways. Most recently I’ve been contemplating the intense and pressing urge I often feel to run away. It surged again yesterday […]

Heart’s a mess

It’s a bit scary when a school friend – who’s a few months younger than you – announces they’ve had a heart attack and need triple heart bypass surgery. It’s a female friend too. I think people are a bit unaware about the high risks for women. As the Heart Foundation notes: Nearly 3 times as […]

Bracing news

The youngest finally got her outrageously expensive braces on Monday. She has been VERY grumpy ever since about how they look and feel. Much like her mum is about the bill. But I felt cornered by her mouth-breathing-induced overbite, missing-front-tooth agenesis and teen vanity conditions. As I watched the braces being laboriously glued to her […]

The fat incident

You will exclaim “Oh Alana!” … and not in a good way … when I tell you this story. Within hours of receiving the horrifying $2400 plumber’s bill for my leaking gas pipes last week my drains started doing this … I was a bit emotionally numb by that point and dejectedly sent the above pic […]

Expecting an announcement

EWhenever DD and I host a soiree, someone invariably thinks it’s going to be a surprise engagement party. There was lots of speculative murmuring at our joint 50th last year. On Saturday night, DD hosted a Christmas in July celebration. When he ding-ding-dinged his glass to silence the crowd, I got a nudge-nudge-wink-wink from someone. I […]

Good libations & bad emails

It was a busy night in booze land on Wednesday. Champagne Bollinger sent me a press release yesterday announcing it “hosted key media and guests at Fred’s in Paddington to celebrate the launch of the new La Grande Année 2008”. Thanks for letting me know I’m non-key media. Delete. Ah, I was busy anyway, celebrating […]

There’s two of them!

I rousted the youngest from bed yesterday for her post-surgery check-up. As we were dashing out the door I realised her new referral was made out to the WRONG SPECIALIST. Arrrrrghhhhh! The doctor’s surgery wasn’t open yet, so I couldn’t call them to get another one. Arrrrgghhhhh! I darted into the waiting room and apologetically […]

The latest drama

I can’t believe I’m typing these words, but another drama has befallen me. I think it is most unreasonable of the universe to have lumbered me with an additional crisis, but you know what they say about life’s unfairness. Anyways, I’ve been having problems with a leaking gas smell in the front yard. It’s been […]