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30 Things I Learned in My 30s

30 Things I Learned in My 30s

When I was in my 20s, I heard someone say that your 30s are when everything comes together – you start getting your life together professionally and personally, and all the manic insanity of your 20s goes away. Though my…

The Highs and Lows of Introvert Parenting

The Highs and Lows of Introvert Parenting

I’ve written before about my introvert tendencies, and the more I read about what it means to be an introvert, the more I realize how many ways that identity impacts my life. Learning about introversion/extroversion has helped me understand that…

10 More Australian Expressions I Can’t Live Without

Awhile back, I wrote a post called “10 Australian Phrases I Can’t Live Without.” It certainly wasn’t hard to collect 10 of them because Australian phrases are just so descriptive and fun when they tumble off your tongue, and it’s…

Word of the Year 2018

It started with a cookbook. Every week, I make a meal plan for the week, scouring the Internet for something new, something interesting, something I’ve never made before. This particular week, I was thinking of lasagna, and I had this…

Learning to Love Our Australian Christmas

I’ve written a lot about Christmas Down Under, over the years I’ve lived here. It seems like there is no more universally difficult time for transplants from the Northern Hemisphere to be in Australia. I’ve felt the sting of lost…

Trying to Cure a Seven Year Ache

I didn’t mean to go MIA here, but somehow it’s gone radio silence for months now, and for that I’m sorry. I could blame the new baby. It’s always safe to blame the baby – she can’t defend herself. Or,…

True Blue! 7 Bits of Everyday Australian Culture

Everyone has a learning curve when you move to a new place. Tourist books will get you so far, but there are always little things that are so ingrained in the culture that you probably won’t read much about them,…

Baby Down Under #2: The Public Hospital

12 days ago, Baby #2 entered our family. Here she is, the little squish face! When Hushpuppy (Baby #1) came along four years ago, I wrote about our amazing experience with a public birth centre, and though her birth didn’t…

Big Bell Farm

A Farmstay Getaway: Big Bell Farm in Kangaroo Valley

It occurred to me that we’d been in Sydney without at least a weekend trip away for the longest stretch of time since we’ve move here, and my feet started itching for a change of scenery. That, combined with the…

I Love You and I Like You

My baby girl turned 4 last week, in a blaze of wrapping paper, buttercream, and a steady stream of declarations (hers) about all the things she can do “now that I’m four.” Four does seem like a momentous shift. No…