Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Got That Feeling

     It is the first day of the new school year. You're excited. The kid is excited. The teacher is excited. Everyone is excited. After weeks of no routine, you're thinking what a relief it is to be returning to school day patterns.

    You're looking forward to having the house to yourself. Thinking of the things you can do uninterrupted. Then you get home. And the house is quiet. Real quiet. Too quiet. It is so quiet you can hear a fish fart.

    A surprising thought occurs to me… How did I survive school days last year? Because now  that I have no excuse about getting chores done I am actually struggling to get started.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Quote of the Week

"What if we sand the stickers off using Dad's beard."
~ Gwen

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Dear Sunday Driver

Dear Sunday Driver,
Do you know that I like eating chocolate far more than I should?
Do you know that I drink coffee even though I don’t particularly like it?
Do you know that I take photos of sunsets?
Do you know that I am not a morning person?
Do you know that I sing in the shower?
Do you know that I like eating hot chips on cold afternoons?
Do you know that once I pick up a book and start reading it is hard for me to put it down?
Do you know I like getting caught out in the rain without an umbrella?
Do you know I have impulses to just start dancing in the street?
Do you know I have hundreds of super creative thoughts each day?
Do you know that I have two children?
Do you know that I celebrated my eldest turning six yesterday?
Do you know that I’ll celebrate my ninth wedding anniversary next week?
Do you know that I am an only child?
Do you know that as I write this, my youngest is snuggled into my side, telling me infinitely that she loves me?
Do you know that when you went through a red light you just missed taking my life?

Monday, 12 January 2015

Lightening in the Cage

The boy stands,
With bended knees.
Surrounded by walls of mesh.
His back curves.
Resolute, calm, ready.
No sign of the old man
He will one day be.
Head turned and all is focus.
A ball flies low.
Legs turn, the body follows.
A fluidic curve and
Crack! There is
Lightening in the cage.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Awesome Mix Vol 1

Melissa Gaggiano Photography
"Mix Tape"

            Recently I watched Guardians of the Galaxy, and I can hardly put into words how exquisitely happy this film made me feel. GotG ticked all the right boxes for me. It had the perfect formula of sci-fi, warped humour, and retro pop music.

I sat down to this film with no expectations whatsoever. And within seconds I was hearing a 10cc tune. In that moment I was delivered back to my own childhood. I knew right there and then that for the next hour or so I was in for a very special treat.

I loved seeing Peter Quinn [played by Chris Pratt; gotta’ love this guy all the more for being the voice of Emmet in The Lego Movie] dancing his way through life [not to mention the galaxy]. It was like coming face to face with the real me. There is a side to myself that just wants to break out and dance half the time. Of course I don’t out of fear of being locked up for the crime of my so-called weirdness.

While I’m on the topic of dancing and music I got to thinking about mix tapes and what music I would want to have on me in the rare likelihood that I become the next Peter Quinn-slash-Arthur Dent-slash-Rose Tyler-slash-Alex Rogan and am taken away into space for the adventure of a lifetime. I gave it some thought and this is what I came up with…

1.     It’s Oh So Quiet – Bjork
2.     All I Wanna Do – Sheryl Crow
3.     Between Us – Harry Connick Jr
4.     Boondocks – Little Big Town
5.     Pride – U2
6.     At Last I Am Free – Chic
7.     Evil Woman – Electric Light Orchestra
8.     Cantaloop – US3
9.     I Send a Message – INXS
10. Avalon – Roxy Music
11. Dreams – Van Halen
12. All Night Long – Lionel Richie
13. Jump – The Pointer Sisters
14. Strange Magic – Electric Light Orchestra
15. Cosmic Girl – Jamiroquai
16. Slave to Love – Bryan Ferry
17. Hot Stuff – Donna Summer
18. Get It On – T. Rex
19. Take the Long Way Home – Supertramp
20. Hotel California – The Eagles

21. A Horse With No Name – America

Sunday, 4 January 2015

The Coffee Monologue

Day 1:
I shall take a break from drinking coffee. Today is a good day to begin my self-imposed coffee embargo. I’ll start my day with a camomile tea. Yes. A nice hot, soothing camomile tea will be lovely.
Boiling the water now. Got the mug. Staring at the coffee machine – not today, thank you very much. I’m drinking camomile today…
Coffee it is then.

Day 2:
You didn’t even try! Just went straight for the coffee machine, didn't you. Have you no compunction or gumption? No self respect?

Day 3:
Yesterday’s brilliant effort – 1 hot coffee in the morning, and 2 iced coffees in the arvo. Is this your idea of caffeine abstinance? Do you even know what words mean?
Okay. I’ll just say ‘bygones’. Starting today – no more coffee.
You are right of course, mean voice in my head.
I heard that.
I know you did.
Where do you think you’re going?
Just going to the kitchen to get something to eat. Don’t worry. No coffee.
Hmm. Coffee machine don’t you be looking at me like that… you sly, sexy, steamin’ thing…

Day 5:
In my defence, it was heinously hot two days ago. And even though the night air cooled down the house remained hot. And so I was hot. No way could I sleep. Do you know that I got all of three hours broken sleep. I had no choice.
There’s always a choice.
Mean voice inside my head, now is not the time to be a smug bitch. I was exhausted. I couldn’t function. I had the brain function of a zombie. I couldn’t even put three coherent words together. I had to drink high strength coffee.
Yeah, but the higher the strength, the more sugar you drink. You had 3 SUPER COFFEES!!!
I was wired! I was fired!!
You were still freakin’ tired!!!
Don’t you judge me. Don’t you dare.
I swear, tomorrow moring I’ll come clean.

Day 6:
Enough! The foot is going down. No. More. Stimulants.
Okay? That’s it? No more excuses?
This is progress.
I just couldn’t be bothered operating the coffee machine today.