Summer Road Trip Part 1: LA, Baby.

“Did you change your tickets?” asked the check-in agent. “Er, no,” I replied. “Only I can’t find you on the system.”  I’m not going to lie. Our summer trip began with me trying to do calm breathing (in for five, out for seven) and not have a heart attack. It… View Post

Single Parent: Social Pariah

Whoop! It’s the summer holidays. Well, in our house at least. We’re off on hols soon, but first Flea’s spending a week with her Dad. I’m sure she’ll have a blast, but it’s always a bit odd finding myself in the house without my small companion. Today, though, I’ve been… View Post

Review: Haier 3 Door Combi Fridge Freezer

Three years ago, I had my kitchen completely gutted, and rebuilt, keeping my existing fridge freezer. It seemed like a good idea, right up until my fridge started to make a weird noise whenever I opened it. And I realised that whatever new appliance I bought had to be exactly… View Post

Teacher Meetings and Transformations

This week I had to go into school to meet with one of Flea’s teachers. In my head, I’d planned it all out. I had a couple of questions about how the school had handled something, and also wanted some reassurance about how the issue would be handled going forward.… View Post

How to Deal with Passive Aggressive People

Passive aggressive people are some of the most annoying people I know. And I’m including people over 30 who wear dungarees in that statement, so you can see how strongly I feel. I’m quite a direct person. I certainly don’t enjoy confrontation, and I’ll usually walk away to avoid it. But… View Post