2014 Family Goals Review – and those for 2015

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I know I'm a little late for doing a '2014 in review post' and, truth is, I nearly let this one languish in the drafts folder. However a bigger part of me wanted to acknowledge what we managed to achieve... and those things we didn't... in order to put a line under the exercise and move on. This made me a little hesitant about making big family … [Read more...]

Living List Tick – Go To A Cricket Match

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Before I begin, I should explain something: the Living List goal was to go to a cricket match, and so it would be reasonable to assume that meant I hadn't been to one before. This isn't quite true - I have been to the cricket many times. My father was a cricketer. A fast bowler, very fast, very good. A bowling record of his still stands at his … [Read more...]

New Year, New Blog, New Beginnings

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Welcome to 2015! I hope you enjoyed your New Year's celebrations and holiday season! How much pudding did you eat? We ate lots - Adam discovered this Belgian chocolate one and, my goodness, it was so delicious we went back and bought another! But, I'm not here to (just) talk about desserts (although I could) - today is the official launch of the … [Read more...]

Goodbye 2014

I'll Ride with You

The tragic events of the Sydney siege earlier in the week has sent a potent reminder to not only myself, but I think the rest of the country, about the important things in life: to not take it for granted, to tell our family and friends how much we love them, to not close our hearts at such times, but to keep them open. How compassion is a powerful … [Read more...]

Art Aquarium experience at Melbourne Aquarium {Giveaway}

Art Aquarium at Melbourne Aquarium

This past weekend, we were guests of the Melbourne Aquarium to get a preview look and try-out of their new 'Art Aquarium' exhibit for the summer. This interactive experience, set up on a state-of-the-art screen, allows the young (and young at heart - see picture!) to create their own fish to then see projected onto a virtual aquarium and see … [Read more...]

Thirty-Six

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It was my birthday on Friday. I turned thirty-six. I've briefly flicked back and read a few birthday posts from years past. If I was a good blogger this would be where I link to these and chuckle over their joy (or melancholy - I tend to oscillate between the two at the thought of another year gone), but I'm not going to do that because I … [Read more...]

Christmas Gifts Ideas for the Exercise and Entertainment Lover (well, okay, me)

Karen Christmas

When asked what I want for Christmas I usually draw a big blank. I'm too busy worrying about getting gifts for other people sorted to even think about myself. Also, because December is my birthday and wedding anniversary, I've traditionally already been spoiled enough! However, this year, I thought I would draw up an 'ultimate' guide that might … [Read more...]

MND Ice Bucket Challenge & the Melbourne Marathon

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I sent around the links to this video on social media, but neglected to do so here. Here I am, a couple of weekends ago, getting ice 'dunked' as promised after the marathon. (You might have to click through to see it.) Except, technically, this isn't the same link as the first one I circulated. I was really unhappy with the quality of the … [Read more...]

2. Contentment #nanowrimoprompt

Contentment

Sunday is not for rushing. Minecraft totems, protectors against the night, are cast aside; the blinds are up, and comics are for reading. I crawl into his bed for cuddles - finding contentment in the dankness of morning breath and a wet kiss left on my cheek.     You’re doing #nanowrimoprompt, right? … [Read more...]

1. Gratitude #nanowrimoprompt

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The driveway was full of dressed up children, with faces white and bloodied. Some, barely old enough to walk, tottered around with their plastic pumpkins, reaching out to the shuddering skeletons in their cages and recoiling as soon as they got too close. Parents wandered around, holding up their iPhones, smiling and talking among themselves. We … [Read more...]

Family Vignettes

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  Adam is away visiting his sick mother this week. The kids and I are here, performing our usual daily tasks – routines so often provide a kind of buffer or safety zone, at least until someone hits peak tiredness and snaps. A thoughtless remark or stinging comeback can let out the positivity in a room, like a leaky balloon, leaving a … [Read more...]