The Mean Reds and other Imagined Problems


Maybe it’s the changing seasons. The lack of light; short days, which start and end in darkness. Maybe it’s the fact we’ve not had a working bath or shower for four weeks, now. Maybe it’s because I can’t remember having had a proper, actual night out in months. Maybe it’s because I’m bickering with one […]

What’s on your Christmas wish list?


So, Flea sent off her letter to Father Christmas this morning. This year, the requests are (fortunately) more simple than the year she asked for a monkey, and to become a dog. I think Santa should be able to magic up a top hat and a scooter without too many worries. But what about my […]

Toys today are crap. Fact.


Flea’s been under the weather a bit this week, and took a day off school. Of course, like a million distracted awesome working parents before me, this meant I parked her in front of the TV for the day, while I got on with earning a crust. I took the odd break where I could […]

The Q&A Meme


The problem with being inherently ridiculous is that if someone asks on Facebook who wants to take part in a meme, you can’t help the reflex that makes you say ME-ME-ME-ME as a joke that nobody except you finds remotely amusing. And so it is that I’ve been tagged by the quite wonderful Jayne at […]

Magical Autumn Moments. Or not.


I love autumn, don’t you? Crisp mornings, golden leaves, sunshine filtered through the trees…well, unless you live on my street. Then autumn is – frankly – a total pain. Let me explain. One side of my street has Victorian town houses. The other side is lined with trees and a small stream. Every autumn, the trees […]

What’s Blogging Ever Done for Us?

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A lovely blogger I know has recently become disheartened with blogging. One of her posts was used on a mainstream website and idiotic trolls took the opportunity to say some fairly terrible things. She wants to give up blogging. I read her most recent post, about the kerfuffle, and felt very sad. Lots of bloggers […]

Party? I *am* the party.

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In certain lights, I can almost pass for someone with cool musical taste. I know my way around the back catalogues of Pearl Jam and Green Day, and I can name more than a dozen Bob Dylan tracks. I can even bluff for almost ten minutes about the Beatles, and Led Zeppelin. See? I have […]

Make Friends, Break Friends.

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I’ve always found it pretty easy to make friends. Obviously, this is surprising given my fundamental misanthropy and lack of ability to make anything resembling small talk. Still, the job I do means I meet new people regularly, and it turns out that I quite like some of them, and they seem to like me. […]

Summer in Pictures


I’ve got a sneaky confession. I’m not one of those parents that secretly breathes a sigh of relief when September comes around. I love summer. I love long days that we can fill with our own adventures, finding new places, trying new things. This summer has been just what a summer should be – long, […]

Things I’ve Learned About Blogging


So it turns out my blog is five years old this month. I know! Five years ago I was blogging about tiny Flea and how we muddled through every day, and I’m still here doing the same thing, except Flea keeps getting less and less tiny. I’m not sure I’ll still be here in another […]