On Being Weird Parents  (Spoiler alert: it rocks.)

On Being Weird Parents (Spoiler alert: it rocks.)

We’re often described as ‘weird’ parents. I find that strange, as those who say this usually don’t ask us to explain our parenting style… or even to introduce our kids. It seems rule-based or ‘normal’ parenting is so ubiqitous, anything else is strange and suspicious. ‘Do YOU think we’re weird parents?’ I once asked our … Continue reading

45 Things I love about Andreas Spath

45 Things I love about Andreas Spath

He’s kind. He hugs his sons with love and care, often, even now that they are teenagers. He raises his shoulders when he giggles. He throws his head back when he laughs. He’s incredibly smart. He doesn’t rub in his smarts. He has such interesting things in his head and I’m one of a handful … Continue reading

Do you have resting bitchy face?

Do you have resting bitchy face?

Have you see the Resting Bitchy Face YouTube video yet?  It’s doing the rounds. I’ll wait. Isn’t it hilarious? And true. It’s really easy to write off people because they look like bitches, assholes or basic nasty folk even though they might be really nice on the inside. It’s a little considered prejudice, but a … Continue reading

The Mysterious Life of Jokes

The Mysterious Life of Jokes

In my life, I must have heard thousands of jokes. Hundreds of which were good, even great jokes. So why is it, when a dinner table turns to swapping their favourite old chestnuts, I reach into my mind…and pull out some pathetically painful, laboured shaggy-dog pun or something worryingly sexual involving Smurfs? It’s all too, … Continue reading

It’s all in the laugh.

It’s all in the laugh.

I recently noticed, whilst out for dinner with friends, that I appear to prefer women with slightly ridiculous laughs, very much like my own. Big braying laughs which – when loosed in unison – genuinely frighten other diners, sometimes on entirely different floors of the restaurant. Laughs that can be used as identifying markers in … Continue reading

Knitting as a Subversive Act

Knitting as a Subversive Act

The best thing about winter is that I get to haul out my knitting bag. Every year, my sons and I decide on the colour and style of a hand-knitted jersey for each of ‘em… and sometimes I actually produce a whole one. (Although last year, I was way too into knitting in front of … Continue reading

Hipster? Meet Crone.

As a naturally unstylish person, I try not to make fun of hipsters… I think it shows me up almost as badly as it does them. The world gets to be made up of folks of different shapes, sizes and creeds, does it not? And if I revile trendy people who understand bleeding-edge shoe styling, … Continue reading

Bringing bumper stickers back

Bringing bumper stickers back

Remember the golden Age of Bumper Stickers? I was in primary school around the time the suburban SA mother started emblazoning her station wagon with the sticky announcement that this was “Mom’s Taxi.” It was a heady time. If I sat on my satchel, I could be entertained by such corkers as “No knocking if it’s … Continue reading