All about my mother

I reckon there’s some kind of a Brothers-Grimm-fever happening right now with some movie and TV script writers. My daughter and I love watching¬†movies and saw about 4 during this summer school holidays. And for all these movies I had to sit next to her while she gets entertained by characters who either have bad…

The elves ran out of paint

Do you believe in Santa? Because as a 37-year-old I can honestly say I don’t believe that there is an actual old, anglo-saxon bearded man who travels around the world in one night delivering presents to mostly Western children. No, I don’t believe it. But do I believe in the effect of Santa on children?…

You are cordially invited as guests to my graduation

You have had to endure countless late nights editing my papers. Last minute requests to read 10,000-word essays. Feeding me, leaving a glass of water near me while I madly type my last minute assignment. Then put up with my grumpiness the next morning because I haven’t had any sleep. You sat there quietly waiting…

11 Life Hacks for my daughter

I remember my mother telling me some things as I was growing up and she changes to her I’m-about-to-tell-you-something-important voice. Some of them stuck and still holds true like: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” Of course she said it in the negative and not exactly that way. It was…

This will not be pretty

I am writing this not even thinking of editing it after. All I want is to rant and fucking rave. Purge my big fucking anger on the keyboard. Tapping as loudly as I can – because this is how we scream now. We type loud and fast, each letter louder than the one before. tap-Tap-TAp-TAP-TAP!-TAP!!-TAP!!!…

Work/Life Balance is stupid

It’s almost the end of the first day of 2014. And I’m sitting here thinking about the past: 2013. I was thinking about the goals I set for myself last year. Most of them were met. I worked as I planned to work. I studied as I planned to study. But the other goals, the…

Just a question

I thought I was some kind of feminist a year ago, but I could not quite describe what kind of feminist I was. I did not mind this. Then this question happened to me: “With all the parents that Olly has you’d think she won’t need to go¬†to before- and after-school care huh?” This was…

My Big RESET Button

I just wrote on a number of post-it notes. Wrote on each one of them what I wish to purge from my life and what are my desires from now onwards (or until I need to do another reset). A friend of mine told me that August 17’s new moon was the best time to…

Hi, I colour out of lines and I suffer from migraines

Yes, I do. And it’s not like I know when they occur or how they occur they just do. And today I have it. But it’s only a Category 2* migraine so I can still function and do things. Category 1** migraines are the worst. Cat 1 means I curl up under my blanket and…

Beyond the Mayans’ imagination

I predict this year that the doomsday movies will overflow. That the end-of-the-world proclamations from funny-sounding cults will be aplenty and people doing stupid things to avoid the Tribulations (as one Dexter character put it) will be on the ABC24 News all day. I really don’t understand all the negativity surrounding 2012. I think as…

Say pardon, not sorry

A couple of days ago I had to do a presentation for this management course I am doing. I was stressed as hell during the day because amongst other things I had to worry about a sick babysitter, then organising back up babysitting for Olivia while I present in the evening. So even though I…

Color out of brands

The other day I started this painful exercise of creating a personal brand as part of this management course I am studying. According to the articles I have been reading on the interweb, I am a bit behind. It seems that everyone in business have been doing this for a couple of decades now. The…