Time to mingle.

I decided to get out amongst the humans this week. I figured that working from home for this long can’t be good for me, I think I haven’t worn a skirt for around six months, haven’t needed to. My fashion sense has taken a nose dive, but then again have you seen fashion lately? I don’t think I’m doing that bad really. My people skills are dropping though, if I were to have an office job I’d have to stick a post it note on my desk where I can see it all the time that says: Don’t fart at your desk, you are not alone!

Side topic; when will this hideous left over from the eighties, with a hint of the awkward nineties, flouro pattern splooge fest end?! Us red heads are running out of things to wear! Yes I digress.

So anyways, I went out to meet some humans, having decided to volunteer my time to the gallery that will soon be showing some of my pictures (giggity). Yesterday was my first shift. Sure enough the phone rings at midday, and it’s the school. Insert your choice of annoyed looking emoticon here if you will. Of course it’s the school, it has to be the school, because children are born with this sixth sense that informs them when the mother is about to do something for her own wellbeing. A little alarm rings in the back of their mind ‘quick mum is about do something different, you need in on this’. So I make my excuses, leaving a great first impression on my first day and head to the school.

When the teacher called she mentions that she also needs to have a quick chat with me, and I think we all know how much every parent loves to hear that, am I right? Tells me our town cryer has been unwell today. Can you tell I’m not convinced? Back story, the small ones have discovered that all you have to do to get out of class is make the slightest mention you feel sick. The second those words are uttered a call is put into Mum, drop what you are doing parents the kid is totes dying.

I get there, and I have the chat. Turns out it was a surprisingly good one, for once there was nothing bad to report. Enter the sick bay, because the small dying one was not that sick he couldn’t wait while I had that brief parent teacher interview. He greets me and attempts to conceal a smile, he did not succeed. The average for one of these calls from the school is about once a fortnight, and you should hear how hard the teachers try to convince me it is legit. I take the boy by the hand as he skips out the school gate; “Are we going to the shops now?” ahhh no. Again feel free to add your choice of annoyed emoticon here.

Have you ever encountered this? That road block in the shape of a small child each time you attempt to return to some kind of semblance of your previous professional life? Or is just me that has a big faker in the house?

Of course I know this is what I signed up for when I resigned from my much loved job five years ago, and don’t get me wrong I love that I am able to be at home with the kids, and do all that needs doing for my high need charges. It is a super busy life that we lead, but that said, it is super busy and super boring. Mundane even, and I’m not the first one to say that about this parenting deal.

Mum is bored kids, and she needs to get out more. Trust me it is better for everyone 😉
Anywho, onwards and upwards right guys? Next month people will be paying me to take their pictures, and so help me if the school calls, it had better be from the back of the ambulance.


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Local prettiness.

Went for a drive on a sunday, saw some prettiness.

Right mouse click is bad karma dude.

Super bad karma to right mouse click people.

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Take a walk in the treetops.

The Illawarra Fly tree top walk through a rainforest canopy is a unique experience, that is certainly not for those with vertigo issues. The kids loved it and were shit scared at the same time, especially when the tower starts to wiggle 😉 Great place for a different kind of weekend adventure, and you can also go ziplining.

Images copyright C Jubb





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by | September 10, 2015 · 2:11 pm

Wanderlust and the bucket list.

I never thought I’d be one that would or could be bitten by the travel bug, but it has and it’s left a big throbbing welt begging for my attention.  Recently I’ve found myself thumbing through the travel books again, and looking at the budget to figure out how much I need to save a week to make it happen.  I don’t fly well, its the ears, so I’m starting to think about doing a trip with lot’s of stopovers. Hmmmm, the budget may not stretch.

Anyhow, as I age. Yeah there’s a phrase I had to make myself type. Ageing. Ugh.  I have been thinking about the things I’d like to see and do before my organs are harvested. So after rummaging through some old journals I did come up with a list, little things I’d written in the margin.

  • Climb the Great Wall of China – which I did in 2012 (Hurrah!)
  • Get better at taking photos – just finished a diploma in photography. Yay me.
  • Publish a book – well I’ve written enough to put one together, what am I waiting for?!
  • Have my photos hang in a gallery – working on it.
  • See a Narwhal – can you believe such a creature is real?
  • Take my children travelling – which we do as much as we can locally – last year I took my girls to New Zealand, it was so worthwhile we loved every moment.
  • See a glacier – happy to say I have in 2014
  • See Monument Valley – maybe next trip?
  • Photograph a whale breaching into the air – so far all the ones I’ve seen have been tail wavers.
  • Master another language – still trying to crack Mandarin
  • Spend some time on a house boat.

How’s that for starters? Not too bad I reckon, seems pretty doable. However I think I will be left disappointed by the Narwhals.

For now the kids & I will keep paddling :)


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How to impress Aldi shoppers.

I recently acquired a set of Trolley Bags, and wow did I impress the local Aldi shoppers or what!?

We all know that checkout workout you get at Aldi, where they whip your goods across the scanner and straight into your trolley, ready or not here it all comes. (This actually deters a few of my older friends from shopping there, if your are reading this Aldi people take note, slow down!).  Anyhow I have a budget to stick to, so after I had my wheaties and I was pumped and ready to take on the challenge of the checkout workout, I grabbed these bags and hit the shops.


The collective Oooooooh where did you get those, from people around me was fun. You carry them all rolled up and hanging on the trolley hook until you put all your stuff on the checkout belt, then you unfurl them across the trolley and everyone goes Wow! These are really efficient way to get my trolley loaded, without double or triple handing.  They are really strong, I filled them to the top and with quite a bit of weight and I do a very large fortnightly shop with half a dozen little people to feed.  These bags may see me save more money, because I might start shopping at Aldi more often as sometimes when I am tired I avoid it. Honestly I loath grocery shopping, so anything I can do to make it easier I will.  A set of four is only $35 from Packing Sorted.


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