Good things I’m enjoying right now.

The world sometimes feels like it's splitting open at the seams. The first half of the year has certainly been eventful. How will things pan out the rest of the year? I feel as though life with the threat of COVID-19 marks a new era. We need to learn to navigate this post-COVID world. By…

The vaccine, the vomiting, The Voice and a visual disturbance.

Daily life is heading back to normal, but still a quieter normal for us, while the world is erupting. Even though COVID-19 restrictions have eased in the past couple of weeks, we are still only really going to work and school and slowly striking a few things off the to-do list. A tradesman came to…

Cruel Summer (but there was still some fun to be had)

I don't mind Summer but I'm always ready to say goodbye to it and move onto the next season. It's the end of February 2020, we're two months into the new decade and it's been a disaster-filled start for many - fires, floods and there's the Corona virus threatening to emerge as a pandemic, and…

Feeling guilty like a mother

  Life is different now. I've been working full-time since we moved to Canberra in January, something I haven't done since before Spider Boy was born 8 years ago. Since becoming a mum, when I did do some work, it was "freelancing": a bit of proofreading and editing for a couple of clients, and lots of…

The science of resolutions: what will you do with 2016?

  Hello 2016! I am lucky enough to have been blessed with the gift of seeing another year go by. Like many people, at this time of year I think about what I want to achieve and what I hope to change in the year ahead. I just looked back to what I wrote a year…

Is it time to get over my sugar crush?

I love sugar. But lately people have been saying mean things about my sweet friend. At first I was defensive. But hearing so much negativity has made me question my relationship with sugar. But breaking up it is not so simple: the dichotomy of the growing anti-sugar rhetoric and the increasingly elaborate sugar-creations I see on social…

My neighbours – my own personal TV soap opera

Who needs to watch mindless TV soaps when I have a life-size doll house opposite my block of flats, populated with the pantheon of our cul-de-sac? I do like to spy on the neighbours. More like perving really. Well, the two god-like young men in the building opposite will appear on their balconies half-naked at…

Three sensible F-words: my New Year’s resolutions

Yesterday I wrote about my New Year's realisation. I realised I would be happy just to look like Ricki-Lee Coulter's "Before" photo. I faced the fact that I'm not happy with my weight and want to do something about it. Every year it's the same. I think about several things I don't like about myself and resolve…

The Road to Hell is Paved with Beer Truffles

You may have gathered from previous posts that I am sporadically motivated to “do something” about my weight. I think about doing something a lot. But just thinking about something doesn’t lead to results. As the old saying goes, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions”. In other words, lazy as I am,…