The princess years

Magazines were a pretty fabulous place to work … back in the day. I hear they’re fairly soul-destroying now, what with bulldozed budgets and decimated circulations (actually, circulation isn’t even audited any more by most of them because it’s so parlous) and fear of the unknown. Sure, there were downsides when I occupied a harbourview […]


Bite me

Yesterday sucked. I was minding my own business, eating Vegemite toast, when the brace on the back of my front teeth snapped. Hurrah, I thought, there’s another freaking expensive bill to add to all the other freaking expensive bills that never stop piling up.  My local NIB dental care centre told me it didn’t have […]


Hidden memories

I took the kids to see Hidden Figures on Friday night. Probably not the best choice of entertainment for a 10-year-old, but she was mollified by the comfy Xtremescreen seats … and then embarrassed by her mother noisily weeping throughout the movie. Hidden Figures is based on a true story about three African American women […]


I was made for lovin’ you

Paul Stanley might have warbled “I was made for lovin’ you baby. You were made for lovin’ me” but I’m not sure that’s entirely true. People aren’t “made” for each other. It wasn’t “meant to be”. You chance upon someone who lights a spark and you nurture it into more. You can do all the […]


Slamming the door

Valentine’s week is always a bit weird for me as it’s the anniversary of my husband leaving. He got the keys to his solo apartment on Valentine’s Day. Sooooooo romantic! We told the kids a few days later and 24 hours after that he was gone. It didn’t really sink in that it was OVER […]


Theoretically upset

On second thoughts, let’s start with the actually upsetting stuff and get to the theoretical distress later in the post. Soooo … I took Charlie the Moodle to the vet for his yearly check up and the vet informed me he needs some sort of double knee replacement surgery that will cost $2600. Genetic flaw […]

18 Aug 1995, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska, USA --- Several salmon jump in Brooks Falls, over which they must swim to reach their spawning grounds. --- Image by © Kevin Fleming/CORBIS

Happiness is a slippery sucker

These past few weeks, happiness has felt like trying to catch a salmon as it leaps and darts upstream. It’s shimmering and elusive, constantly slipping out of my hands. Worry keeps sleep at bay. I wake weary, daunted by the prospect of fishing all over again. I feel ashamed of my struggle. I have friends […]


Sad resting face

You’ve probably heard of “bitchy resting face”. Just in case you haven’t, Wikipedia describes it as: “Resting bitch face, also known as RBF or bitchy resting face, is a term for a facial expression (or lack thereof) which unintentionally appears angry, annoyed, irritated, or contemptuous.” I’ve often thought I suffer from this First World problem. […]


That changes everything

The eldest would happily spend every waking – and sleeping – hour wearing black jeans, a black T-shirt and Doc Marten boots. She HATES being stuck in a blue school dress five days a week. Hates it. As we were sitting outside on the couch the other night (it’s still there, collecting bird poo, because […]


Scratching the itch

It’s been an itchy-scratchy kinda week in the Household. DD’s deck is usually a blissfully mozzie-free zone but the little bastards descended on Sunday night and went to town on me. I’m one of those annoying people that get bites the size of 50c pieces that hang around FOREVER. I followed it up on Monday […]