I gave you LIFE + Uberkate Giveaway

The first Mothers Day was held in 1908 and it had nothing to do with Hallmark's Marketing Executives sitting around a table trying to work out how to bump up business. It was an American woman Anna Jarvis, who commemorated her mother Ann, who had died a year earlier. Ann was a peace activist, and heavily involved in caring for wounded soldiers at … [Read more...]

Who shrunk my pants and other things I have learnt

I am one of thousands and thousands of parents who are throwing their hands up in joy this morning as the kids go back to school. It seems that they have been on holidays for a month. The first few days of school holidays are always the best. Pyjamas till noon, everyone happy and lazy and relaxed. But then, boredom arrives at the door and things … [Read more...]

How to make slime

Not since the loom band summer of 2014 has a fad, or craze taken off with such vigour at Chateau de Woog as is slime manufacturing. Each and every morning I have been waking up to the tiny ping ping ping ping sound of tea-spoons being scraped against my flatware. (Bowls can be classified as flatware, go figure.) At first I found it interesting … [Read more...]

Assholes and Opinions

Be still my beating ovaries..... When I think of the US Federal election, there is one word that drifts out of the cloud of contentious issues. It is the one thing I will remember from the campaign. Abortion. For it is this topic that has repeatedly been the focus of many of the reports and debates coming out of the campaigning. Mainly … [Read more...]

When did braces become cool?

Sponsored by the Australian Society of Orthodontists ¬†FACT When I was a kid, as my teeth fell out, my new teeth grew in like they were at a dance party, and my mouth was the mosh pit. My parents assumed that I was an orthodontists dream. FACT When I hit eleven, my teeth were all partied out and fell into rank and file, saving me from … [Read more...]

To the Victor Goes The Spoils and the key to the school

It was an unprecedented crowd who gathered in the staffroom of our local primary school last night, to witness and take part in the vote for the Parents & Citizens Office holders. Word on the street was that our beloved President, and a dear friend of mine, was being contested by a fella whom I have to admit, I did not know. I found a seat next … [Read more...]

Clancy of the Overwhelmed

Is it just me, or is there an impending sense of over-whelmness out there in the universe? The past week or two, I am feeling like an ATM Machine. I got the mother of all energy bills due to the excessive use of air-conditioning and with all the sports fees hitting me on one day, I looked at it and went FERK. And then you have to go and get new … [Read more...]

How To Be A Mummy Blogger

See that little nugget of deliciousness up there? This is Horatio at about four hours old. This is how I spent the next few days in hospital, after having him. I could not stop staring at him. It was instant love. I tried to get him to re-enact this pose this morning but he was not having a bar of it. A brand spanking new thirteen year old is on my … [Read more...]

Is this the New Normal?

A few years ago we were cleaning out the garage when we stumbled across a small collection of Playboy magazines from the 1970's. They were hidden in the roof of all places. What a cultural discovery! We flicked through the pages and marvelled at all the pubic hair and natural breasts. The curved hips and the generous bums. No scalpel here my … [Read more...]

That time I got a free Sunny Boy! (and I still think about it 37 years later)

Much discussion in the mainstream media this week about the heat wave and how it is coinciding with the kiddos going back to school. Half of the public schools in Western Sydney, the hottest place generally in the Sydney Basin, have no means to cool their classrooms. I can only imagine what it is like in scorching country towns. Having been a … [Read more...]