The Living Dead: the torture of sleep deprivation

Help! I NEED sleep!!! I have an adorable five and a half month old baby girl, who is sweetness and light and all things nice, but…and it’s a big but…she’s not too fond of sleeping for more than two hours in a row at night. This is pretty much a big problem, as I’m not…

Valuing child care workers: what are you prepared to pay?

My daughter has been going to long day childcare twice a week for the last two years and absolutely loves the activities, the friends she’s made and the close bond she has developed with her carers. The carers work so hard each and every day to make the environment fun and educational for children. They…

Huxley: the perfect cat-dog that ever was

Last week I tragically had to put down my beloved cat Huxley, after fifteen and a half wonderful years together. She was a faithful friend and companion and her absence has left an awful whole in our lives. She wasn’t a normal cat, and as I’m not really a cat person, that worked well. I…

Losing our Census: what does it mean for you and me?

I’ve just read a number of news articles on the possibility of the Australian Government saving a shit load of money (hundreds of millions) by cutting or changing the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population and Housing. Now before you all start saying “hooray, I don’t have to complete that stupid survey form every…

Traditional Christmas Fruit Cake

I’ve been wanting to make a traditional dark fruit cake, the type you have at Christmas, for a very long time. The rich fruit soaked in alcohol, coupled with the sickly sweet marzipan and fondant icing, is the perfect festival cake. But, I’ve always been a bit daunted due to the amount of prep time…

My Mother’s Daughter: growing up with mental illness

For as long as I can remember, my mother has been mentally ill. According to my father, she used to be a different woman; a fun loving happy person living a spontaneous and carefree life. Unfortunately I can’t remember ever meeting her. I wish I had some memory of this woman; the woman my father…

The Cookie Project

I recently bought some cute little cookie cutters with springs, which make them perfect for toddler fun in the kitchen. My biscuit recipe is a simple butter cookie, so feel free to add sprinkles or icing to sweeten it up. Ingredients 125g unsalted butter, room temperature 250g (1 2/3 cup) self raising flour – I…

My fathers twinkling eyes: photos and lost memories

My father past away over a year ago, and I have only just brought myself to look at his life’s accumulation of photos. As the eldest, I have become the nominated family ‘archivist’, so it is my responsibility to sort, scan and store hundreds of precious photos; links to my father’s memories which are now…