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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Our artsy attempt at a Family Purpose Statement

This vision you see before you is the result of a family bonding event gone this past weekend.

Let me start by being honest: things can get pretty nuts around here. I know this is true of pretty much every family household I know, so I’m certainly not pleading special circumstances, but just with the added factor of Mummy dearest to-ing and fro-ing all over the countryside for performances and such, well yes…I’m pleading special circumstances.

And with more performances coming up this year than ever before in our family’s history, I’ve recently realised more than ever how much we are in dire need of some help in:

a) making our time together really, REALLY TRULY count; and
b) getting more organised in terms of practicalities. (Oh dear HEAVENS when we can finally afford professional help with that I will consider that my moment of having “made it”. You have it in writing.)

So, I headed for the first place any approaching-overwhelm mother would in such circumstances: an all-you-can-drink buffet a helpful e-book. After seeing it plugged on another blog, I opted in for this one: One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler.

Thus far, I’ve checked off a couple of these projects, much to my delight (hello morning routine! Menu planning! IS THERE NOTHING I CANNOT CONQUER?!) and last night, the five of us gathered together to nut out one of these tasks as a family: crafting our Family Purpose Statement. A little cheesy? Sure. But those of you who know me well know how I love to embrace the dairy in life.

We each contributed ideas to the kind of family we want to be, even littlest (whose contribution of a Buzz Lightyear quote: “I come in peace!” was included on the grounds that:

a) we wanted everybody in the family to be a part of the statement; and

b) once we adapted it to “we”, it actually is rather cool indeed. WE COME IN PEACE, YO!

Then today, we set about emblazoning it in gold. Only that didn’t work out, so we opted for the next best thing: a mixed media collage.

It now has prime position in our kitchen. And I kinda love it. Now I finally have something to stare dreamily at when I find my happy place.

Note: I have already uttered the phrase today (that’s right, on DAY ZERO):

“Where does it say “hit each other!” on the family purpose statement? WHERE?!?!?!”

I am not proud.

And yet…I am.

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“The Bum and I.”

I was reminded of a moment from my past today, upon reading this gorgeous post at Edenland. I responded in the comments so thought I’d share the story with you. I was living in Sydney and had just found out I was pregnant that week, completely out of the blue and in far from idealContinue Reading

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A Peek Inside My Office If You Dare…

I’d love to tell you that the reason I’m sharing this little tour of my home office is because I was simply inspired to do so by its sheer beauty, its gorgeousness and its wondrous ability to lift me up where I belong…but the truth is, I finally pulled my finger out today and shovelledContinue Reading

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Why I am Particularly Stoked About This Year’s Oscar Nominees…

I was absolutely delighted to discover this evening that 5 (count em, FIVE) Oscar nominees this year are “Groundlings!” To the uninitiated, this is the affectionate – or so I am led to believe! – term given to alumni of The Groundlings Theatre in LA. Why was I so chuffed at this turn of events,Continue Reading

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Things To Do With Kids in Brisbane: Get Thee To The Abbey Museum!

Though my grandma always tells me not to tell people, lest I be suddenly the subject of some sort of medieval ages type prejudice from the sins of the forefathers, apparently our family is in possession of Viking blood. Perhaps that – or just a fondness for headwear with horns – was behind my immediateContinue Reading

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5 Shows You Should See at Adelaide Fringe (which just happen to star kicking-buttocks women)

So I start putting together a list of some of my “must see” shows for this year’s Fringe to share with you here, in an effort to serve a purpose that is more than just “come see me! Come see me! Come see me!” As I set out to write it all down, I decideContinue Reading

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New Video: Australian Cabaret Summer School Showcase

So that video I was telling you about, from the Australian Cabaret Summer School showcase is online! Huzzah! Please enjoy. And if you do enjoy, then please share it around with people you wish to mildly amuse. I would hugely appreciate it. xx P.S. Musical accompaniment from the utterly brilliant Matthew Carey.

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Jekyll and Hyde (Or “Parenting and Performing”) plus Links of the Week

Parenting during the day. Fighting crime Performing at night. I really do feel like I live in two worlds a lot of the time. There’s the world of strutting the stage, having the attention of a group of people (sometimes I wonder if this is indeed, the reason I do this: “Oh dear heavens, IContinue Reading

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Back from Radelaide or (“I Want To Run Away and Join the Cabaret!”)

How to do justice in one measly post to the incredibly week that has just been? Note to 2012: I am a huge fan already and we’ve barely begun. If you’re into it you can read my full day-by-day breakdowns of the Australian Cabaret Summer School experience over here at Cabaret Confessional, however in short:Continue Reading

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Dawn French on Being Apart From Her Daughter

I have had to stop writing here to have a little self-indulgent weep, as I allow the significance of your easy forgiveness for my absence, and the sheer warmth of your appreciation, to flood through me. I should be with you today. I don’t feel guilt about it, I just feel the pain of separation,Continue Reading

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