• Poop

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    There is nothing quite like a good poop to make you feel better. The strange thing – even with all the talk of fermented foods, gut health, and probiotics – is that no one really talks about the end game. The Poop. I was shocked and delighted when a colleague of mine casually mentioned that she […]

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  • Joy

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    A few weeks back I read a wonderful post by Elizabeth Gilbert about how your soul is always guiding you towards joy (click here to read it). The basic premise is that the further you move away from what makes you joyful, the louder your soul will protest. Joy, not to be confused with pleasure, is […]

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  • Six things I didn’t know before I became a mum

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    It doesn’t matter how much time you have spent Googling and talking to people. There’s still a bunch of stuff that will surprise you – and, at times, blindside you – when you become a mum for the first time. Here are the main things that blew my mind. Sex is painful I had a […]

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  • Cockroaches

    Monday, May 8, 2017

    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 […]

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  • Couples viewing

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    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 […]

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Jan
7

Before we forget Christmas

I went to the shops on January 1 and there were Easter buns on the shelves. EASTER BUNS. But before we digress into chocolate ovum and spicy bakery treats, let’s first debrief on the Christmas that was. Mine was semi-traumatic. How was yours? I have spent a great deal of time pondering why I found the failure of my Christmas […]

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Jan
5

Living with disapproval

I recently experienced a big dose of disapproval, and wow, it hurt. It came from the place where I would most expect it: my family. I recently got engaged in a fairly fuss-free way. No ring. No proposal. A simple agreement between adults to marry. In keeping with the theme of simplicity, and in light […]

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Dec
17

Dear Aunty Em: Druncle

‘What to do if your uncle keeps telling misogynistic jokes? I should mention that he’s 80 (so possibly unlikely to change at this advanced age) and quite sweet otherwise (though he’s also a Trump supporter and thinks all Muslims are terrorists-in-waiting.) Where are all the wise elders? (swallowed by the cult of youth?). My Aunty […]

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Dec
15

Dear Aunty Em: Shades of grey

Dear Aunty Em,  So my friend has been happily married for years. She’s always had a bit of friendly banter with this person in her life but apparently she has missed all the signs that he was totally keen. She hasn’t been getting a lot of attention from her hubby and I think old mate […]

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Dec
11

Giveaway: Last Cab to Darwin

It’s nearly Christmas which means I HAVE PRESENTS FOR YOU! I have three gift packs with a DVD of the The Last Cab to Darwin, as well as a spiffy retro tea towel with a map of the Australian outback, for you to win. What’s it all about? Well, director Jeremy Sims (Last Train to Freo) […]

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Dec
2

Dear Aunty Em: Crazy step mum

‘My arsehole ex-husband has knocked up a young Asian lady. They are having a baby and I worry about our son and what to do. The young girl thinks she’s my son’s mother. She assaulted him on New Year’s Eve. What do I do?’ – Worried Mama Dear Worried Mama, Whoah, I am out of […]

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Dec
2

Dear Aunty Em: Drainers

‘How do you stop seeing people in your life who are drainers? How do you cut them off and out of your life?’ – Tired Dear Tired, The thing about electricity is that it requires a circuit to work. The energy flows in a loop. The best relationships are like this. The giving and taking […]

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Dec
2

Dear Aunty Em: Feels

‘How do I have feelings?’ and ‘How do I stop having so many feelings? – The Feels Dear The Feels, I suspect you are two sides of the same coin; a coin called depression and anxiety. Numbness, or inability to feel, is one of the signs that you could be suffering from depression. Feeling too much […]

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Dec
2

Dear Aunty Em: Making lurve

‘Closing our eyes whilst making love seems perfectly natural and acceptable, but there are times one wants to hold a lovers gaze. Is it arousing, confronting, beautiful or weird?’ – Eyeballs Dear Eyeballs, Like all things in sex, it totally depends on your partner. Some people cannot get enough of bananas up their butt while […]

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Dec
1

Dear Aunty Em: Customers

‘No names to be mentioned, but why is society – in particular retail customers – more demanding now than, say, 10 years ago?’ – People Suck Dear People Suck, There was a wonderful time when people drank instant coffee and sat down to watch one of the four TV channels available. They drank cask wine and ate […]

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