Cockroaches

Our apartment in Glebe is the epicentre of cockroach society. Every tier is represented. Every species. I have never known such activity as what happens in our kitchen after dark. Even when I opened my laptop (my laptop!), a tiny cockroach ran out. A couple of weeks ago I was feeding the baby in bed and […]

Couples viewing

Is this a new phenomenon? The mutual pleasure of loving a TV show so much that it becomes central to your relationship? The Spark and I have enjoyed many box sets and, in an alarmingly truthful moment, he once said that watching TV together is what we do best. That sounds kinda lame, right? That […]

Vulnerability

  I have been thinking about vulnerability, and the various types of social armour we develop, a lot lately. Since becoming a mum, I feel lot more vulnerable (it’s uncomfortable to even write that). I have spent decades building up a protective shell around my wildly over-sensitive heart; built up hulking independence muscles out of […]

Social media life

Social media life is not real life. Instagram is a strange land where people are constantly being photographed from behind looking at vistas, wearing bikinis in The Maldives and wearing floppy hats at music festivals. And Facebook? Well, it seems to have turned into a family photo album. I am just as guilty of this as […]

Motherhood so far

I am one month into this whole motherhood caper and wow. It’s one of the few experiences I have had where all the cliches are true. I feel like a hermit crab with no shell, all soft and vulnerable. Also very hermit-y as I rarely leave the house. The weird thing is that I actually like it. […]

Work break-up

A couple of my friends have recently been through what I would dub a ‘work break-up’; when you leave a role in a distressing or unresolved way. The psychological damage is profound. I have been through it and am currently seeing my mates go through it. Why is it so upsetting? It comes down to […]

The right place

I read a lot of autobiographies of female comedians. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Mindy Kaling … the list goes on. I’m even reading Dame Edna Everage’s ‘autobiography’ at the moment and, in a surprise bonus thanks to Glebe St Vincent de Paul, it’s AUTOGRAPHED and dedicated to John. Thanks […]

Pieces of you

We are all made up of little pieces of each other. Whether it’s something tiny, like the way I chop vegetables (thanks Victor), to the way I fold fitted sheets (thanks Mum), there are a million little behaviours that I have adopted from my friends and family. I am always thinking of the people in my life […]

Maternity leave

Going on maternity leave is surprisingly confronting. Under normal circumstances, the thought of taking 7.5 months off would be ultra-appealing. Hello South East Asian beach holiday! Hello road trip! Hello involved, self-indulgent creative project! But no, not this time. I’m headed for the unknown horrors of the post-natal gulag which is, quite frankly, scary. I […]

Worst hotel stays ever

I just got off the phone from a lady who blew a tonne of cash getting to a very remote part of a very remote country to stay in a five star resort. The reason she called me was that I had written about this place on my work website; a piece that she’d read […]