Happiness is Contagious

Many years ago the kids and I watched a video of a man laughing at a tram stop. As a result of his joy, smiles beamed from all of the surrounding faces. When someone laughs, it’s contagious – it’s natural to want to laugh too! This made us think about flash mobs and how much…

My Travel CV: What a life of travel has taught me

I got my first passport when… I was 5 months old and living in Seattle. My first holiday memory is… snow tubing at Whistler in British Colombia. I remember riding the gondola up the mountain, the snow and some glimpses of the Fairmont Hotel. I may have been 2. Thanks to recounting this memory often…

My Travel CV: What a life of travel has taught me

I got my first passport when… I was 4 months old. My first holiday memory was… Egypt. I remember crawling inside of a pyramid in Giza with my family. I also remember the rice at the hotel buffet. I’ve been to 43 countries. My favourite place in Australia is… Tasmania. The climbing, the climate, the…

Father’s Day

Today is Father’s Day in Oz. Why is it in September? I did a little searching around because I was curious and could only assume it was due to the weather being so glorious here in spring. What I found out was its date origin has to do with retail spending. Apparently, shopping fatigue is…

Celebrating Life

We discovered yesterday that my first baby would be 5,000 days old today. In light of 6 months of staying at home, living in a new city with no friends, and the bleak outlook that is life in the time of Rona we needed something to lift our spirits. Today we celebrated this beautiful, intelligent,…

Watercolours

Caroline and I are taking an online watercolour painting class. It’s really for her, my budding artist, but I play along in case she needs assistance. The class is offered via Zoom and there are probably 10 other people in addition to the instructor. It is a very relaxed 75 minutes of wetting the paper…

Brain Injury

I think I must be having a stroke. Maybe it’s the lack of socialising or mental stimulation but something is clearly wrong. For the last week or so I’ve had nothing but 80’s tv show theme songs rattling around in my head. It all started with The Greatest American Hero. I loved that show when…

Hello Stage 4 Lockdown

The government today declared the state of Victoria a disaster. Community transmission of Covid is out of control and untraceable. As a result, new lockdown rules announced at 3pm today come into effect at 6pm this evening. Gone are the days of giving people 48 hours warning before new rules come into play. We’ve been…

Secret Hitler

I received the board game Secret Hitler as my Secret Santa gift for Christmas in July. I had never heard of the game before tonight but was intrigued by the name. We love having family board game nights in our home – it’s something we do regularly. Recent lockdown purchased favourites include Dominion and Tapestry,…