that doesn’t seem right

I’ve been aware lately of a few wonderful paradoxes, and I thought I’d share them here because it’s been a while. I’ve been doing nanowrimo (writing. A lot. That is all.) and now that’s done, so I’m back in the world of the living, just in time to put up the Christmas decorations. What’s a […]

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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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who wants to be a princess?

Not me. No thank you! Even the modern day ones (sans corsets and impractical dresses) have lives that I just could not ever possibly want. Forget wandering down to the market for a nice block of cheese and some tomatoes, and eating picnics in the park with your family. If you put on a bit of weight you’re […]

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chipped or not, here I come

For years, I’ve only put nail polish on my toes. In my mid teens, when I might have got into the habit of colourful finger nails, I was painting with oils… turpentine is no manicure’s friend. I also cleaned for a job, on and off, and even gloved, my nails had a pretty rough time […]

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pull yourself together
ROUSes

Saturday was a little, how do you say, incroyable. Ridiculous. Pay the damn transport company staff a decent wage already so that we can have the trains run as usual – on time and with enough space to breath. We didn’t know the strikes were happening until we’d already gone through the ticket gate and saw we […]

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alarming moments

When asked recently about the madness/wonder/wisdom of having kids and living in Paris, I told a friend that parenting was a series of alarming moments. These moments grow, in the moment, and become huge, terrifying monsters of things. They block out the sun and its easy to forget that most of the time things are […]

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Progress Report

I have been behind ever since I started this nanowrimo schtick. And then, just now, I realised my time zone was still set to Wellington, GMT +12. So I’m ahead! Hurrah! How did that happen? Hard to say for sure. Possibly the thought that I was behind was a good motivator and I did a […]

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out of focus

Sometimes it’s a real challenge to stay focused – and sometimes staying focused isn’t important. The usual suspects: my lovely kids are the best, and most frequent, distractions. My grandmother is sick. And she’s on the other side of the world. And I’m waiting for my residence visa… meanwhile I can’t travel. Not that I need to. […]

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