It’s a soggy morning here in Melbourne, perfect (ironic) timing for all the back to school business we had going on. They should make a bingo game out of that. A uniform choice that was acceptable five minutes ago but is now unacceptable for mysterious reasons? Check! A new record of asking to hurry up or we’ll be late? Yep! Begging for some seriousness for ten damn seconds while I try to take a nice photograph? You betcha.

So now the house is quiet and I have a chance to think. Except it’s a little too quiet, and I’m listening out for when the nearby school bell rings for breaks between periods. Silly, when it’s not even their school. But it’s a reminder nonetheless. Don’t worry, this phase will pass. I’ll clap my earphones on and start humming to music in a minute.

What else am I celebrating this week?

  • I attended the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards on the lawns of Parliament House. It was a sticky afternoon, but every so often a cool breeze came across and there was a corresponding rise of appreciative sighs. My biggest congratulations to all the winners and shortlisted writers!

Gorgeous evening

  • I got my hair cut and coloured. Not drastically exciting, I know, but it’s nice to be pampered. I usually take a book to read, but I took some work in this instance. That makes the time go even faster!
  • My mishaps with moles continued. I had an accident with a vacuum cleaner (long story) and there was a lot of blood, the cause of which turned out to be a mole that had flicked 75% off. So the doctor and I had to decide whether we could need to take it off or if it would reattach itself to my skin (if that makes sense). I didn’t fancy more stitches, so we adopted a ‘wait and see’ approach. It really, really hurt for a few days but seems to have come good now. Hurrah! Let’s try for an incident-free week! I’m sure I can do it.

I hope you’ve found something to celebrate this week. x

Karen Andrews

Karen Andrews is the creator of this website, one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Her latest book is Trust the Process: 101 Tips on Writing and Creativity