Chatty Chums

Am I alone in chatting to the plants in my garden? Surely not. Anyone who passes a trailing rosemary bush on a daily basis will attest to its cheerful grandmotherly demeanor, while those who deal with roses must have noticed their devious sense of humour, not often noted in the saccharine depictions of roses on …

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The Drip

I think I’m going insane. All I can hear is the constant drip of my ensuite’s shower. It goes all night and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. I’ve tried duct taping the shower’s head, replacing it, removing it. It stops for a minute, but as soon as I leave the room that …

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Interstate Car Services

After six months of being unable to travel outside of Victoria, I am finally able to cross state borders again! Now let me preface this blog post by saying my travel restrictions weren’t based on any legal issues, I am an upstanding citizen. The reason I couldn’t travel interstate is because I have a habit …

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Car Fleet Servicing

I am responsible for the largest parade in Queensland, Australia. It is a massive task that takes six months to plan, five months to implement and one month to execute across the entire state. We are in the implementation phase, which is where all our planning is put to work to ensure everything runs smoothly. …

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Comforting Gas Heater

When my eldest daughter was in grade five, my family and I uprooted our life in Melbourne to move to Canberra for my husband’s new job. Moving four daughters, two dogs and ourselves to another state was a mammoth and at times, sad task, but we did it and have lived in Canberra ever since. …

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Despise My Job

I’ve worked the same job for the past thirty years. It’s been an absolute slog and I have probably enjoyed about a day’s worth of work in total. To say I hate my job is an understatement. I get absolutely no pleasure from my work and I don’t see the point of the job I …

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Competitive In-Laws

Meals with the in-laws are always an interesting experience. Note that when I say interesting, what I really mean is exasperating. The food’s great and conversations generally not too shabby, but I always get this background feeling that Dave’s parents out to compete with me. It’s like they secretly believe I’ve stolen Dave away from …

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Peak Pick-Up

I’m all for the kids doing extra-curricular activities, but I do wish they choose things closer to this side of town. Driving through the CBD at 5:30pm on a Wednesday is no joke, although there is an ironic punchline, which is that Matilda doesn’t even appreciate it. Like, she loves her Brazilian jiu jitsu class, …

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Santa Service

I wonder what Santa does when he has sleigh troubles. Does he have an on-call sleigh mechanic, ready to magically materialise and dash off repairs at the drop of a hat? Does Santa have a toolbox in the back, and enough nous to have a poke around himself, perhaps with varying degrees of success? Or …

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The Wedding Crasher

I was at a wedding the other day. Although I didn’t know anyone there, I had a fun time. The food was particularly nice, and they must have found an excellent marquee hire in Melbourne because the tent was simply stunning. Of all the weddings I’ve been to lately, this was one of the better ones. …

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