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A Down Under Halloween

My costume as designed by Little Miss 8. I'm still not sure exactly what I was.

It stuns me how spending a relatively measly portion of your life  in a place can cement it in your heart forever.

I had long wanted to travel abroad and was expecting that once I’d done so, it would change me. But what I wasn’t expecting was how upon our return to Oz, I would from that point onwards always feel like a little piece of me was missing. The Canadian piece. A piece I hadn’t even known existed, until I lived there.

So huge is my love for all things Canadian, that I now do everything I can – short of painting the house with a maple leaf stencil – to keep the Canucky flame aglow.

This ranges from decorating our home with photos of our jaunts (obviously), Canadian maps (slightly less obviously) and miscellaneous memorabilia collected along the way, to downloading the Vinyl Cafe and other CBC podcasts to accompany me on my commutes into town, to making a concerted effort to keep traditions that we discovered over there, alive. Like Halloween. Indeed, Halloween is not exclusively Canadian, but our experience of it was. I wrote about our very first experience of it in my Canadian newspaper column.

But point is, since getting back, I want to at least try to keep some of those experiences going. And so it was, that this weekend gone, we held our very own homemade (translation = my extremely homebrand style of arts and crafts and creativity) Halloween festivities.

I’d better stop now, for fear of exceeding my awesomeness:blog post quota.

This was all for you Canada. Do I not do you proud?

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If the “Mama” part of this doesn’t crack you up, please consult your GP

*Note: I realise I’m a bit behind the game here – some 16 million views later – but I just love it too much not to share it anyhoo.

Woodford Folk Festival and other tantalising updates

Quickie update: 1. I can officially announce now that I’m gonna be part of the comedic lineup at this year’s Woodford Folk Festival. I absolutely adore this fest – it is a massive highlight of my year, so much so that I even wrote an ode to it when I was pining away over inContinue Reading

The Long Awaited Comic Mummy Home Tour!

The Black Dog – or as I like to call it – “The Brownish Prairie Dog”

Sorry to say that she’s attacking with a vengeance. I don’t usually even like writing about it on here, preferring to instead just carry on as though everything’s fine. But you know, it’s not. And I don’t want to pretend. I don’t want to WALLOW mind you, but I don’t want to pretend. I thinkContinue Reading

National Novel Writing Month! (Or, “Just Another Train Too Many I Feel Compelled to Jump On”)

So it’s time again for National Novel Writing Month! I’ve signed myself up (cos you know, that’s exactly what I need right now. Another freaking project. What is WRONG WITH ME?! ) and I’m using these last few days of October to decide exactly which project to dedicate it to. Hmmmm. Actually, to heck withContinue Reading

Part II – Three things in life are certain: death, taxes and rejection

Okay, so here’s the deal. Last week I found out (SQUEE!) that I got shortlisted for the Moosehead Awards at Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Needless to say, I was suitably stoked, but tried to side-coach myself to prepare for the likelihood that that would be it. And so I did so, by focusing on theContinue Reading

Three things in life are certain: death, taxes and rejection.

It’s all good. Just a bit disappointed, is all. Details to follow. x (PS. Oh, and NO we weren’t rejected as foster carers!!! Hehe).

2 exciting new resolutions coming to pass…

Sooo….remember how I was all inspired and gooey and mushy over the fabulous Cate’s humanitarian efforts from An Ordinary Life? Remember how I spouted long-held whispers to foster kids, only to worry about the commitment of it all? Well, one of my dearly beloved CM readers Gemma, suggested that I look into doing casual careContinue Reading

3 Things Inspiring Me Right Now

1. The Moth story podcasts.  Frankie and I tried to go see the live show while in NYC but were turned away at the door. No, not cos we rocked up in singlets and thongs, but cos it’s so damn popular. The pic above is us in the queue just post “sorry folks” news… Anyhoo,Continue Reading