Child development through Elephant jokes.

Mina, age 3: Q: Why did the elephant sit on the fence? A: Because he wanted to get a new fence. Mina, age 6: Q: Why did the elephant sit on the fence? A: Because his neighbour was next to the fence and he wanted to kill him. Hehehe

I am a very Hungry Mouse…

I was readjusting my MySpace Top 8 today (it was horribly outdated and yes, I am THAT fickle!), and I stumbled on a link to It seems like Nellie has wrangled her dot com away from Columbia and is releasing a new album — IN THREE WEEKS!!! I have been borderline-obsessed with Nellie since I first […]

Nice…erm… puppies…

Jules is at the age where he is obsessed with “goggies”. he comes up to my computer all the time asking to see my desktop picture, which has a scene with dogs playing in it. There is one thing that I have learned about trying to show your little son pictures of “puppies” and “doggy” […]

So many tshirts, so few days at daycare.

As those of you who have been reading my blog for a while may know, I am a lover of offensive tshirts. I don’t really wear them myself, but I do like to punish my 21 month old son with wearing them. I am looking for some more and have narrowed them down to these […]

No fat chicks: Well, you’re clean outta luck there, girlie.

Mina and Jason were talking in the car on her way to school. The usual chatter about various things occur, until Mina asks Jason: “Dad, what is your car’s name? Mum’s car is named Zelda.” Jason, thinking he’d be a smartarse, said “My car is called Legend”. “But Legend is a boy’s name. Your car […]

Why MySpace Sucks.

One of my MySpace friends just asked me why I think MySpace sucks. I always thought that it was something that is self-evident and obvious, but the comment made me wonder if I should be clearer about what exactly it is that I don’t like about MySpace. I guess the reason I don’t like it […]

Like an oven.

An exchange between Jason and I just now: Jason: “Everything you do and make is just better” Me: “Like the kids” Jason: “Well, I made those too, you know!” Me: “Yeah, but I finished ’em off” Jason: “ A heat lamp would’ve done just as good a job.”

A nice little summary.

I have often referred to the concept of fat acceptance, and have been an advocate for health at any size for some time. For those who have always challenged me, I have found a nice little PDF that sums it all up pretty well. Its nothing particularly controversial, just summarising a whole year’s worth of […]

That Tooth Fairy may glow, but boy is she dim.

Mina lost her second tooth yesterday, and we prepared it excitedly for a visit from the tooth fairy. Well, guess who forgot to go exchange the tooth with some coin. Yes. Me. The Third Worst Mother on the Internet. I woke up to hear Mina crying, saying “the tooth fairy didn’t come!!!”. Well, didn’t I […]

All the newfangled stuff…

Mina has pretty much unlimited access to the internet, where she plays on things like ABC Kids, Disney and I was walking by her on the computer and she said” “Mum, I am great at the DOT COMS” heh.

Gee, you reckon?

Next up: Hitting your head with a hammer causes a sore head. Read the article here Extract: CHICAGO — Magazine headlines entice teenage girls with promises: “Get the body you want” and “Hit your dream weight now!” But a new study suggests reading articles about diet and weight loss could have unhealthy consequences later. Teenage girls who […]

Yet another sign I am a grownup…

I have started to think that it is time to actually decorate my house. Over the years, we have acquired various things and it has been kinda eclectic. I guess its the earmark of the younger couple — A new bed here, a big screen TV, cabinets from IKEA that sit either side of said TV, the […]

Further proof that I am a terrible mother…

Mina is finishing up daycare and starting Pre Primary, and they have provided us with a nice little “Report” on their development etc, but without the assessment or comparison of school. It was so nice to recieve Mina’s report, because really, when its in there in black and white that she is a well adjusted, […]

Cheek bordering on insight.

Jules has been crabby the last few days. He’s been extra clingy and crying and wanting to sleep a lot. This morning was about the third day of this, and I was trying to get Mina ready for school but Jules was being testy. I asked him what was wrong and mumbled to myself about […]

Happy Sweet 16, Internet.

The Internet turned 16 yesterday. I thought this was kind of appropriate. When I think about “the internet”, I can certainly liken it to a 16 year old: It is often a place of mystery and bemusement for older generations; it tends to attract predators, bullies and weirdoes who just want to look at teenage […]

Or, the morgue, or hell, or the worms eat you…

Driving Mina to school this morning, she asked me about the trees. I said I didn’t know what type they were, but she proclaimed that they must be “African Trees”. She then asked me how “African Trees” got to Australia. Seizing an opportunity to teach Mina about diversity, I explained how lots of different people […]

I blinked… and I missed it. Happy Birthday to my little man.

Well, today is the 7th of November, Jules and you know what that means. Well, no, actually, you really have no idea. It is now one whole year since my wonderful little man was born, and brought so much joy to our lives that I honestly cannot find the words to describe it. I always […]

She’s all tolerant and that.

Me: “Bloody Juice” Mina: “What’s wrong, Mum?” Me: “I can’t get the juice open. Sometimes when Mum works too much on the computer, her hands get twisted and its hard to open bottles and stuff.” Mina: “ Oh. Well. That’s OK Mum, I love you anyway.”

The Feminist.

Jules had a bit of a cough yesterday. He was playing as normal on the floor, and Mina was carrying her toy handbag. All of a sudden: “Mum, I’d better take Jules’ temperature to see if he is ok!” She opens her handbag, which busts open with all sorts of items, including a toy thermometer. […]

Kickin’ It, Old School…

This site allows you to generate your own “cassette” — (I think I vaguely remember those…) Here’s one I made by Mina (Miss Da Mina) and Jules (DJ Droolz) hmmm…more fun…

Bogan Grief Week 2006.

I have been reluctant to post about the death of Steve Irwin and the circus that followed, partially because I am lazy, partially because I had to process the whole debacle, and mostly because I was off commenting in my sanctuary, The Spin Starts Here. I was really sad to read about Steve Irwin being […]

Ben Folds with WASO, Sunday 27 August 2006

How do you summon up the courage to give one of your favourite recording artists a bad review? It has taken me 2 weeks to gather my thoughts enough to write this review, because frankly, out of the many times I have seen and heard Ben Folds live, this was by far the worst. That […]

The day the world changed forever… for me.

September 11th, 2001, is a significant day. And its 5th anniversary is about to happen. For most people it is a day they will never forget, and for a good reason. That image of the towers coming down were horrific and will forever be in the minds of those who witnessed it. But September 11th, […]

Business as usual? Hardly.

Hi all I know I said I was abandoning this blog, but I figured that it was easier to post here because this is where people are reading. Yes, I am home. No, I am not better and no, it is not business as usual. I am still in a lot of pain and still […]

Wednesday 9th August

Tealou arrived back at her home at 10.30 Tuesday. She still has a lot of recovery to go but it is good to have her back where she belongs, with her family. I’m sure she will be back to her old self real soon.

Thursday 3rd August

Not quite there yet. Tealou is still has two IV’s going and is unable to eat anything. Tealou is understandably very frustrated and is longing to leave the hospital as soon as possible. That is hopefully going to be around Tuesday next week. Unfortunately that means that she will miss seeing Ben Elton live on […]

Almost home

Just playing a waiting game. The IV will most likely be out on Wednesday and I will be weaneed to normality and discharged by the end of the week. I wont be posting here anymore, as I will be writing a detailed post back on when I get home. Thanks SO much everyone and […]

I can suck the dark blue ball….

Which effectively means that my lung is almost perfect! Its a contraption that exercises my lungs and measures volume etc. Its a great contraption because it encrouages us A Types to exercise ourselves with it AND get that dark blue ball. And today, I got it. Just another small but very significant personal milestone. Dnt […]

Sunday 30th July

Not much new to report today. It was great to see Tealou pop out and say hello yesterday. She says that she is a bit to tired to say hello today but ya never know when she will feel the pinch and dial up. Right now we are just waiting to see if that ‘leak’ […]