On being a great loser

For starters, never begin a game of Risk. No good can come of it. Fun, fun, fun, rising blood pressure, glee, despair, fury, philosophical levels of doubt about your value and place in the universe because if you were worth anything you’d surely roll something above a two! I’ve never been great at losing. Some […]

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credit where credit’s due

I have a pretty good life. It would be easy to sit back and say, ‘look how well I’ve done.’ No one would like me any more and things would go downhill a little from there, but it would be easy to think that way. It would be easy to jump from that train of […]

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self determination pep

The concept of self-determination first impressed me at university, in a fascinating 400-level history course. I’m sure I had social studies and history teachers who touched on the subject at school, but my brain engaged a little later… Self-determination comes up in NZ history particularly because of the conflicts surrounding the Maori and English texts […]

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it’s a bird, it’s a plane

… nope, it’s a snowflake. It’s sunny and snowing. What is this? We are all out of whack today. There’s no french class, but I’m feeling so lazy I don’t mind the lack of an excuse to go out. But we went out anyway. The sun was so convincing at one point that I promised […]

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all done list

The snow remains in patches, like only the most generous dustings of icing sugar on a too-warm cake. (Except for the warm bit.) That’s today’s small stone. It’s been snowing on and off all day but such tiny flakes. I felt I was being gently salted on the way to the halte garderie. Louis loved […]

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step up, step up!

my sister in law embarked on a christmas challenge last year and she has just recommitted, to do the same crazy thing again: something christmassy with her kids each day from the 1st till the 25th of december. It’s about making time and being intentional about doing stuff with your kids, and of course, it’s […]

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upside down not-yet-christmas

The christmas lights are up all around town – but they haven’t switched them on yet. And that’s how I’m feeling about Christmas year. I presume they flick the switch December 1st but I can only hope I catch up with the season some time soon after. I read a blog post yesterday by someone […]

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Grand thing, grandparents.

I’m one of the lucky ones. At twenty-seven years old, I have three living grandparents, out of a possible four. My husband has one from five, second marriages included, and he has lived on the other side of the world from all of them since he was five years old. I lived a long two […]

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lousy or not, here I come

I was all ready this morning: all ready for a lousy Monday. I bought a pain au chocolat on Sunday when I got our bread for lunch. I was prepared. And somehow, that sweet little pastry delight is still whole, untouched, in it’s wee paper bag in the bread basket in the kitchen. I was […]

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up and down… or just a normal pulse

Louis’s nursery teacher waved her hand up and down in a zig zag graph kind of gesture to indicate how things had gone on Friday afternoon. Up and Down, in other words. He was fine, happy as larry, and at other times he wasn’t – like when I arrived and he burst into tears again, […]

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