Slowing Down

Slowing Down

I do everything fast. I walk fast. I eat fast. I talk fast. I interrupt people if they aren’t talking quickly enough. I finish people’s sentences. And although living at this pace is useful sometimes and I get a lot done, it’s also exhausting, unhealthy and probably quite annoying. So I’m making some changes. Here they are:

Breathing. Yes, you heard right, I need to take time to breathe. I’m known amongst my friends as someone who sighs a lot. How sad?! But it’s mostly because I don’t breathe properly and keep it inside and… Read more

Our House (and a Few of my Favourite Things)

Our House (and a Few of my Favourite Things)

I’ve always wanted a home of my own, but don’t we all? I spent all of my childhood in a rambling farm house with a green tin roof and a wraparound verandah. The furniture was old and worn and the carpets were often covered in my Dad’s muddy footprints, but there were always fresh flowers in a vase and something baking in the oven.
After studying and spending time living abroad and moving from digs to digs with my meagre belongings in a single backpack, I kept feeling this gap inside, a gap that only… Read more

Notice Anything Different?

Notice Anything Different?

Well, you really should. Because the new blog look has been a labour of love that’s been going on a few months;). It may look like someone just waved a pretty wand about and it was instantly transformed, but actually, we’ve been working like busy little bees trying to get everything just right. And when I say everything, I mean choosing the fonts (out of THOUSANDS) to positioning the new banner (just so), and using all the right widgets to get things in the right hand column just the way I wanted it.
I was… Read more

Our Comfort Zones: We Need to Get Out

Our Comfort Zones: We Need to Get Out

What a great weekend. When you have friends visiting from out of town, you tend to make more of an effort to do fun things and it made me realise how lazy I’ve become. I use the kids as an excuse which is silly. It may be harder to do things with two in tow, but that doesn’t make it impossible (and you don’t ALWAYS have to take them wherever you go either;).
One of my favourite things we did this weekend was visit Le Sel restaurant at The Cradle on Saturday. Sure, it takes… Read more

Change. It’s in the Air.

Change. It’s in the Air.

I have a new shiny phone. Finally. I’ve been using my terrible Blackberry for so long that I started to think that’s how all technology had to be. Ben had bitten through the plastic, it kept dropping calls and it took the most AWFUL pictures. But now I’ve got an iPhone and I know it’s going to change how I blog, tweet, write and generally communicate with people and the world. I’m so excited.
Look at this photo for instance. How wonderful is Instagram? I mean, I know I’m late to the party but what… Read more

Nose Wrinkling: It’s Genetic

Nose Wrinkling: It’s Genetic

At the moment I’m furiously working away with some wonderful developers on my new blog theme and we’re going to be launching it in the next week or two. In the mean time I don’t want to neglect my current blog, but it’s hard not to when the new shiny one is so pretty;)
Anyway, on to the very important topic of nose wrinkling and how it is genetic. I don’t mean in the sense of actual wrinkles (which are probably genetic too), but I mean in the sense that sometimes when people smile, different… Read more

10 Things I Learnt While my Dad was Here

10 Things I Learnt While my Dad was Here

According to my Dad the farmer, goats are MUCH smarter than sheep. I’m not sure what you’re going to do with this pearl of wisdom, but you heard it from me first and now you know.
Ginger beer is crazily refreshing. I’ve never been a fizzy drink gal but there’s something about the burn at the back of your throat that makes ginger beer delicious. Plus it tastes even better with gin.
Crocs and socks can be worn pretty much all year round. And on any occasion.
That during World War 2, when many South… Read more

That Time I Was on the Cover of a Book

That Time I Was on the Cover of a Book

When I worked at Harlequin, Mills & Boon in London I had the best job. One of my responsibilities was to work with designers (and the authors of course) to design book covers. How fun? I’d have to read the book (or at least know the basic plot) and then write a really tight brief detailing target market, suggestions for art direction and even list tag lines, quotes and any other crucial information we wanted to include.
Some people say that book covers have become less important with the advent of e-books, but I still… Read more

“A Viable Die-able Age”

“A Viable Die-able Age”

When you’re young, you don’t think about death. Or, the luckier amongst us don’t have to. Sure, your cat may get run over. Or the silkworms in your shoe box may stop moving. But that is death that is on the very edges of your life – you always know it’s there but it doesn’t affect you too much.
And then you get a bit older and you may lose one of your grandparents. They were there before and you loved them and they showed you how to arrange flowers, or play cards and gave… Read more

It’s Time for a Bit of Honesty

It’s Time for a Bit of Honesty

Listen, it’s no secret that parenting is hard. I never thought it would be a picnic, but I don’t think anyone can prepare you for the 24-hour-ness of it all, the relentlessness. Yesterday and today I’ve had exactly 45 minutes to myself, from 1:30-2:15pm. This is when (by some miracle) both children are napping concurrently and I can use that time to throw some lunch into the microwave and shovel it down, or pay some bills or (like I did yesterday) flop on to the bed into a sort of coma.
There are wondrous parts… Read more