Happy Pills – helping to improve your day! :)

Open daily or as needed.  May cause contagious smiling. 150 happy quotes inside each bottle.

  1. The family is one of nautre’s masterpieces. George Santayana (1863-1952).




2016 – Books I’ve read


“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
 – Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”
  1. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell.
  2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
  3. Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger
  4. The Blind Side, Michael Lewis

Happy Anniversary Baby!

Last week was our wedding anniversary.  It wasn’t a massively major milestone – our 3rd – but it was good to be able to go out and enjoy a night out (thanks to Charlotte for babysitting).

Depending on what version you follow (and according to the trusty wikipedia article), the 3rd wedding anniversary should be celebrated by leather gifts (traditional, both in the UK and US) or crystal glass (modern).  For the past few years, we’ve been following the traditional gifts so leather it was.  I failed in my wifely duties and left gift shopping until 4:30pm on the day before, and consequently, hubby had no gift on our actual anniversary.  I even forgot a card.  I’m a terrible wife.  However, I had good intentions and those suede leather shoes I wanted to buy him (but they didn’t have his size in the ones I was going to buy) are now going to be of his choosing, which let’s be honest, is probably for the best.  I scored red leather gloves and a red belt – woot!

Our night out was great – we went to eat at Brodburger – which in of itself isn’t that romantic with the rest of Canberra on a Wednesday evening – but it was super yum as it always is!  Quick beer and burger and then we went to the ANU to see my best mate perform in his very first musical performance in an ammeter production of the Witches of Eastwick.

Now I confess, if it weren’t for my mate, then I’m not sure I’d have even known about this or if I did I’m not sure I would’ve been keen to go.  I’m not a musical theatre person.  I’m barely even one to watch musicals on TV.  But it was great!  I was even laughing out loud and have been raving about it to anyone that’ll listen.  Now of course, I’m going to have to watch the movie version to see how it compares, which conveniently is on tele this weekend.

Oh and my mate was playing the role Fidel the manservant to Darryl (aptly described as “physical extreme of exotic looks“).  He was excellent.  Very believable and such a perfect character for him to play.

Anyway, it was a great night out and what a great way to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary.








Reuniting with The King

On Valentine’s day, I decided it was time to reunite with my love of The King – Elvis.  I just happened to be going past the National Portrait Gallery and had been meaning to check out the Elvis at 21 exhibit, and finally decided to stop and go in.  Ok, so it was free for lovers on Valentine’s day (what I had Henry with me?!) and maybe that enticed me to go in on that particular day…but I was intending to go (see my resolutions post!).

I’d previously read Her Canberra‘s review of the exhibit and put it on my list of things to do before going back to work (which as a side bar as my hubby keeps reminding me is only 7 weeks away – still so many things to do before then!).  

The exhibit was photos taken by Alfred Wertheimer when Elvis was 21.  In the year 1956 Elvis had just signed a record deal with Sun Studios and was on the brink of stardom.  The photos were so candid, it appeared that Wertheimer wanted to capture Elvis in everyday life.

The exhibit was great and gave me lots of fond memories of my life in Tennessee but also my trip to Memphis to visit Graceland and the Hamblen family.

Here are some of my favourite snaps from the exhibit.





Decluttering challenge – goals

I’m going to attempt to catch up on this task and kick on already…so here goes.  Here are my goals (my answers in CAPS):

  1. I want to feel RELAXED while I’m at home.
  2. I want to spend more time READING.
  3. I want an area of the home where I can STORE TOYS AND BOOKS WITHOUT TRIPPING OVER THEM.
  4. I want to organise THE LIVING ROOM first.
  5. I always lose MY KEYS.
  6. I want to be organised by EARLY APRIL.
  7. The most disorganised cupboard in my home is my WALK IN ROBE.
  8. Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with is PAPERWORK.

Already behind…but looking ahead to 2014

It’s 2014.  And I’m going to be busy blogging from activities from 2013 that I just never found the time to do.  Isn’t that always what happens around festive season – we get busy?

But for now, some key things I’m keen to achieve in 2014.  (Note: I’m not a huge fan of resolutions per se, but you know, if I don’t sort of set myself some direction then I have nothing to aim for!)

1. Read one book a month.  I love reading, but I never seem to prioritise it.  So this year, I’m setting myself what should be an easily achieveable target. I’m cheating and for January I’ve finished the book I was reading last year (Simon Pegg – Nerd Do Well), so am already getting a head start on my next book for February (Ross Garnaut – Dog Days).

2. Play tourist in my own city.  I realised today there are so many things to do in my own city that I haven’t visited.  So will try to tick a few more off in good ol’ Canberra town in 2014.  This is also an idea from the happiness project which I’m adopting.  There are already a few that spring to mind – National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery….and of course, Questacon for Henry!

3. House and garden stuff – get better at this.  By this, I mean, I want to be handier with fix-it-up projects, I want to garden more and would love to tick off projects (or even just be better at maintaining the house and garden I do have) that I have bubbling in my mind. Will require lots of time and patience on my behalf. Ambitious.

4. Of course, this list would not be complete without mention of exercise.  Here, I’d just like to get into a better routine.  I think this will be a particular challenge for me as I return to work in a few months.

5. Be organised.  I like being organised, it is what I do.  I am not happy when feeling overwhelmed by disorganisation.  I am keen to continue working at this – decluttering and kicking on with spring (all year round) cleaning. I’ll also be juggling far more things this year, and I’ll need to keep a check on how well I’m managing that.  As an attempt to stick to this, I’m going to join the Organised Housewife’s 2014 Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge.  First I have to catch up on what I’ve already fallen behind on.

6. Work smart. Before leaving work last year, I was in a job I loved to hate.  I want to change that around this year, but I also don’t want to be married to my job.  It is about finding a good balance.

7. Family matters.  Be kind, generous and loving.

Mum’s the word

Today is Henry’s half birthday.  Hooray!

And in acknowledging that, someone said to me ‘congratulations for making it through 6 months!’  When I think about that, it is totally right.  I mean, I don’t consider myself to be particularly maternal, and I had low expectations of how I’d cope with the stress of being a mum.  But I actually have surprised myself (and others too no doubt!).  I enjoy being a mum.  I am a good mum.  And its made me become even more of a homebody and encouraged me to really enjoy the simple things in life.  Don’t get me wrong, there are those moments where its frustrating and hard and in those moments I miss work, socialising with friends or just intelligent conversation with someone that will actually reply.  But all in all, I love it.  And for me, that is totally unexpected.

Before I was pregnant and during my pregnancy I speculated as to what it would be like – life with a baby.  To be cliche – its a life changing event – but I wasn’t sure just how much my life would change. I was mainly focussing on the things I would need to give up.  But what I didn’t expect was the extent to which I wouldn’t mind all the stuff that comes with a newborn – the early mornings (eventually the waking in the night does stop!), the stinky nappies, the feeling like you can talk about nothing else but baby stuff and the general chaos that accompanies your life.

But the reward and compensation for these things is so much bigger.  Smiles, laughter, fascination and learning new things and, of course, the endless love. It is amazing and I wouldn’t swap it for anything.