A few months ago, we took the plunge into the nightmarish Sydney property market. That meant spending a lot of time with real estate agents. Needless to say, we now own a small portion of a nice suburban home. Like, we probably own the laundry. At least part of it. Of course, the bank owns the rest and won’t let us forget it, drawing out a slightly horrifying sum from our accounts on the regular. There’s a few differences between renting and “owning”. If we break something, we have to fix it ourselves, for example. But if we want to knock out a wall, we definitely can. We tried that out. Liberating, to say the least.
Pete Evans: diet guru, “wellness” advocate, celebrity chef and surfer guy. He’s probably more famous, now, for his health ideas than his year-round tan and work on My Kitchen Rules. Pete Evans is a chef but somehow the lines around that profession have blurred and he’s been causing outrage for some time now over his penchant for giving out questionable health advice.
I’m not very trendy at the best of times. I’ve never been a massive fan of popular music, for example, or dressing according to what’s currently fashionable. I have no idea about homewares and nothing much that I own matches. I don’t know which wines are in vogue and I’m not entirely sure why we have evolved into a race that insists on dinner being “deconstructed” and/or served on wooden chopping boards.I’m really not very good at trendy stuff in general. There’s one particular trend that I keep reading about and shuddering. Each time I read these three words I’m filled with a strange mixture of dread, defiance and a strange sense of guilt. Those three words?
I have a love/hate relationship with school holidays. I love not having to hustle anyone out the door early in the morning. I love the lack of school run. I love hanging out with the kids…
Except when I don’t. You know, because kids are incapable of amusing themselves. Or, perhaps I’m just really amusing, so they’d rather I do it for them. That can get difficult when they can’t agree on what to do. It can also get pricey if you don’t keep good track and mix up the free activities with the paid ones.