It’s time for THE talk. S.E.X. Already?

It was an ambush plain and simple. There we were, enjoying a lazy Sunday on the couch. Quality family time and all that. Mr Bean and I were reading books. The youngest was diligently doing his word revision and the eldest, who I have to nag ad nauseam to read finally conceded and picked up a book. But not just any book, he opened his school DICKtionary ... as he likes … [Read more...]

Meet the tattoo artist with no tatts

During our family holiday at the beach recently I took an unofficial watching poll of passers-by. By the end of my half hour of people watching I came to the conclusion I am the only person alive who doesn't have a tattoo. Okay I exaggerate, but seriously body ink is everywhere. And yes I do mean EVERYwhere. I still remember being told years ago by a friend's police officer … [Read more...]

Doing Disneyland AND staying sane

MY husband made the fatal mistake of mentioning the D word in front of the kids. We were planning a holiday to America and he asked, ‘Shall we take the boys to Disneyland?’ With that our fate was sealed. The boys’ reaction was immediate. ‘YES!! Dad!!!’ they declared, running around the house chanting, ‘We’re going to Disneyland. We’re going to Disneyland.’ Decision made. … [Read more...]

Two weeks down, six weeks to go. Surviving school holidays & staying sane

Are we there yet? I have a love-hate relationship with the summer school holidays. In a perfect world I'd have the full eight weeks off work. But the world isn't perfect. Children have something like 12 weeks holidays a year and working people have four weeks ... six if they're lucky. Maths was never my thing but even I know that's a sum that equals chaos, juggling and … [Read more...]

G20. Enough already.

Surely I'm not the only Queenslander suffering from G20 overload? The security fences have gone up around Brisbane's 'red zone' and the foreign leaders have started to arrive. I enjoyed an interesting conversation with my sons yesterday afternoon about why the Russian leader Vladimir Putin needed to fly in his own convoy of bullet proof cars. Just as I was silently … [Read more...]