The Great Unread

I wrote a blog post for a good cause and now I think a book wants to murder me. Go figure.


Just Read is a read-a-thon running this June and July to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. 

Please read the post and consider sponsoring me and/or participating in Just Read yourself. Or at the very least, you could send me a one page summary of the plot of ‘Foucault’s Pendulum’. 

Now trying to do for crafting blogs what I did for parenting blogs @ http://thesamewool.wordpress.com

Think of it as ‘Not Drowning, Crocheting’. Or not.



I have just spent the last two hours clicking around this blog, much like the hero of a zombie film wandering through the deserted city streets. For some reason, the abandoned cars that inevitably line the streets of those films always get to me.  They hint of stories untold.

Fortunately, however, this blog is full of stories that *have* been told and I thought I would share some of them now – as a way of  punctuating this blog once and for all.


Life At A Funeral

The Silent Red Ninja

The NDM Guide to Making Piñatas


The Email (A Short Story)

The Cupboard Rarely Opened

The NDM Children’s Vomit Scale

Sorry, It’s School Policy

The Finger Of Blame

First Born

A Normal Person

Mother’s Day  – Episode Two

The Inflatable Brad Pitt

The Gallery of Domestic Godlessness


If I didn’t hate the word ‘ramblings’ so much when applied to writing, I’d call the following links ramblings. But I won’t. Because I’m an arsehole like that.

Here’s some stuff I said somewhere other than here:

The mighty keyboard –  Watch yourself: I’ve discovered on-line complaint forms.

What-The-Fuck-Dot-Com – A post about a photo of a woman breastfeeding dogs… and other web-based adventures.

Shitting where you eat – Sometimes revenge is a dish best served in a toilet.

Spectacular! – Choosing new glasses when you can’t wear your glasses to choose them is only the beginning…

Dear readers,

You’ll be pleased to know I’ve been exercising my writing muscles on a range of topics over at ‘In The Powder Room’ including:

All the things I wish I hadn’t had to learn the hard way.

Ten ways my kids annoy the shit out of me
Kids. Gotta love ’em… or do you? Well, yes, of course you do… but then again…

Simple systems for everyday life
For every domestic problem, there is a solution: wine.



Push Notification

People say I’ve dropped off the face of the earth. Turns out the bowels of the earth still has a great internet connection.

Here are some of the pieces I’ve been writing elsewhere lately:

Santa’s Bitch – I don’t know about you but I’m sick of covering Santa’s arse and letting him get all the glory.

Surviving December: Five Top Tips – “Stick to white spirits… They stain less when spilt” and other sage advice for getting through the silly season.

My Five Fantasy Washing Machine Settings – I’m revolutionising laundry, one cycle setting at a time.

Melissa Who? – I always thought Melissa George was that girl from E-Street who sang ‘Read My Lips’. Apparently I was wrong.

To catch up on all NDM-flavoured pieces on ‘In The Powder Room’, click here.
To catch up on all NDM-infected pieces over at ‘JustB Australia’, click here.
And to catch up on the world of knitted facial hair, click here.

You’re welcome,



Some crazy people in the US asked me to write a ‘back to school’ post. As an Australian parent trudging out of winter towards the end of term 3, I laughed. My, how I laughed. And then, when I stopped laughing (and then crying some), I wrote this post over at ‘In The Powder Room’.

Oh, and I’ve also been up to all different shades of no good over at JustB Australia.

Everywhere but here…