Let’s give ourselves a break ladies

Let’s give ourselves a break ladies I was listening to Brendan O’Connor on the radio this morning. He was discussing women’s facial hair and how society has come to view all hair on women as ugly and unsightly. One woman rang in to say that she had had a moustache when she was about fifteen. However,…

The reality of ‘me time’

Today my very kind mother sent me off for a few precious hours of ‘me time’. Anyone who looks after their child full time will appreciate that this is like winning the fabled Golden Ticket, you feel like it’s Christmas morning and your birthday all rolled into one. Whenever I am home my mom always…

The lost art of browsing

Recently I have had cause to mourn the lost art of browsing. No longer, it seems, is it possible to meander peaceably through a store, stopping to look at whatever takes your fancy. Instead it’s now akin to an obstacle course ducking and diving each ‘helpful’ sales assistant until you are too worn out to…

Ode to a tiny lady

Regular readers will know I’m not the type to gush or coo over my tiny lady. The reason is I feel that parents, mothers in particular, are expected to gush and coo a lot rather than speak out about the sometimes messy reality of life in the childhood trenches. But today I want to gush…

The hard part to being grateful

This morning I read yet another article cajoling us to be grateful with our lot as parents.  I must admit that sometimes I get heartily tired of reading this claptrap. I’m sorry but to be brutally honest sometimes its bloody hard to be grateful…there are the moments when you have been awake since 3am and…

Good Friday Travelling Blues

This year I had the pleasure of being able to go and see my family on Good Friday and stay for the whole Easter break. Previous years I have had to work. This meant not leaving until late on Friday or early Saturday. Late on Good Friday means traffic – really, really bad traffic. The…

It is a hard world we live in

It is a hard world we live in It has been a hard week to live in this world. Up in Buncrana residents are in mourning for a family devastated by a freak car accident. In Brussels people are observing a three day mourning period for the victims of yet another terrorist attack. Two separate tragedies…