I was taking Little C. to school the other day when we ran into one of her first-grade teachers, about 200 meters from the school gates. She offered to take C. the rest of the way so I could go home. Naturally, I agreed. C. said “Goodbye Mrs… I mean mum” and off they went. So did I, in the opposite direction, thinking how wonderfully perfect Mrs. K. was. It lasted for about a second and a half. Continue reading When Brain Means Enemy
Tis Ber season and nothing can ruin my mood. Nothing at all. Well, except a few things. But no, not really. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: August 31 – September 6
The amount, gravity, and diversity of problems people around the world have is staggering and not a little depressing. One of the things I am truly grateful for in life is that my problems tend to be of the insignificant variety most of the time. Which probably means I’m due some serious trouble soon but who knows. The universe may be napping and if this is the case may it nap until I die, thank you. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: August 17-23
Isn’t it fun that while we’re panting with the heat up here in the northern hemisphere, children in the southern one just had their winter break? Oh, and did you know that Australian schools have four instead of two terms? Well, you probably do if you are Australian, but I didn’t until I googled it. Fascinating. This is what I call a strong start to the blog. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: July 20-26
A funny thing happened the other day. Little C had two friends over to play with in the garden while I did what I usually do in the afternoons, which is relax with a beer and, in this case, Psych. Suddenly, the boys came running into my field of vision waving the pair of evil clowns I keep on my desk. And you know what they were shouting? “Evil! Evil!” Continue reading Children Know
I remember Little C’s shock when I told her spiders eat their young. I had to — there was the spider and all around it were the dead bodies of tiny little spiders. She got another of those shocks the other day when her father explained how young fish need to be separated from their parents so they don’t eat them. That’s life for you, darling, animals eat their young. The two reasons we don’t is that we have a concept of cuteness and because our young can say “Mummy, I love you.”
I remember reading somewhere a few years ago that there was actually no such thing as successful multitasking. The more things you do at the same time, the less focused you are on any one of them, which understandably leads to poor results. I knew it, I thought then, it never made any sense anyway. But look at me now. Continue reading Who Said Multitasking Was Dead?
Well, that was all from January and what a January it has been. All the horsemen of the Apocalypse dropped by except Famine because Famine’s never left. And that’s just the start of the year. Isn’t this exciting? Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: January 27-31
I have now lost all hope for January snow — one thing I could rely on until last year. What’s particularly infuriating is that it’s snowless but cold so we’re not even saving on energy for heating. Besides the feeling of betrayal by nature — with the help of humans, scientists say, though I doubt climate change works with such lightning speed — here’s what I did this week. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: January 21-24
The first real* week of the year has been unusually eventful, both globally and personally, and when I say unusually, I mean shockingly. So I felt the urge to look back at what happened during that week.
* No week containing January 1 is real. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: January 6-10