Sushi: Why the Big Fuss?

Sushi: Why the Big Fuss?

Sushi. Or “Sushy” as my father pronounces it (to rhyme with “pushy”). Seriously, what’s the big fuss about?
It’s raw fish, yes. Sometimes wrapped in rice. And seaweed. With little bits to drape on top of it and sauces to dip it into. And yes, I know it’s good for your waistline and packed with healthy oils, but that still doesn’t explain the Western world’s obsession with this particular cuisine.
It’s almost like a lifestyle statement: you don’t boast about how you ate a big packet of slap chips for supper but head out for… Read more

D.I.Why? Because I Have To.

D.I.Why? Because I Have To.

Spirit levels. Polyfilla. Ceiling boards. Curtain rods. Up until a few weeks ago these were things that existed very happily out of my subconscious, floating around in a little world I labelled DIY (a world I never entered). Sure, I had curtains, but they never belonged to me and I never thought about how people actually put them up in the first place. I just opened them in the morning and closed them at night and if they broke, I called my landlord.
But that’s all changed. This weekend we move into our new house… Read more

Pregnancy the Second Time Round

Pregnancy the Second Time Round

Oh I feel sorry for my second child already. And I should know, I’m a second child myself. The firstborn gets obsessed about by its mother, from the day its conceived to the day it first enters the world, and for months and years after that too.
When I was pregnant for the first time, I bought a copious amount of books, read every website, chatted on forums and even took a picture of my belly every week to keep on record. With this pregnancy, I’ve only consulted a reference book twice, haven’t photographed my… Read more

The “Why?” Phase: Please make it stop

The “Why?” Phase: Please make it stop

Oh dear. I’d obviously heard of this phase (and even have a distant memory of going through it myself) – but I can’t believe it’s here already. I know it’s a good thing that my child has an enquiring mind and appreciate that it’s a natural developmental stage. I was incredibly proud of her at first and enjoyed the bemused looks people gave me as she asked impossible questions about grocery items as we trawled the supermarket aisles. I thought I’d be the kind of mother with endless patience (who was I kidding?!) and a… Read more

5 Things I Learnt this Holiday

5 Things I Learnt this Holiday

Last night I finally shook the sand out of my canvas/holiday bag. It was a sign that my holiday had most definitely come to an end and about time too – I was very lucky to have enjoyed a longer one than usual this year.
We had an incredible time but the idea of a “holiday” certainly changes once you have kids. Mornings spent lazing in bed reading the latest summer novel? Scratch those. Images of yourself lying prone on the beach while your hubby leisurely rubs sun tan cream on your back? Uh, not… Read more