World’s a Stage

Buying a house might be weird for everyone, but in my case it’s extra weird. Why? Because I’m in the business. I do staging for houses being put on the market, which means I’ve seen every manipulative trick in the book. I can’t look at property listings or attend inspections without inwardly groaning at the …

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Improving the cool

I feel like a lot of people just forget this museum exists, even though it’s great. We had a museum critic in recently, which I didn’t even think existed but there you go. He had some very warm things to say about the museum, but there hasn’t been a great amount of interest. Maybe people …

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Foot Care Treatments

I am the mother of two border collies in South East Melbourne. I grew up on a farm when I was young and spent most of my childhood looking after the border collies. As you can imagine, I was extremely upset about leaving my border collies behind when I moved to the city for university. …

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Don’t be Rude

You know how some people say offensive things, and it’s rude? And misogynistic things, which are also rude? Well, how about we just mash all of these things together into one amazing combination word: rude-cist? Gosh, you’re being so very rude-cist right now. Stop being so very rude-cist, Cassandra! It would save a lot of …

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New Car For Teen?

Kids grow up so fast, don’t they? Jack is just two years off finishing her degree, and Jamie will have finished high school in mere months! Speaking of which, it’s time to start thinking about his 18th birthday present. Melissa has pointed out a small problem, though, and I’m inclined to agree. You see, when …

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Auto Blues

This peak hour traffic situation is really starting to get me down. You know what I’m talking about – all the podcasts in the world can’t overtake the fact that of how much time and energy is wasted in heavy traffic. I want to write it off as ‘just the way things are’, but I …

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Not Temperate

I think there might be something wrong with me. Not anything major – it’s just that my body temperature always seems to be out of whack with everyone else’s. For example, my wife will be going on about what a balmy night it is, while I’ll be swathed in a blanket, teeth chattering and longing …

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Neighbourly Neglect

I don’t love being prematurely woken up at the best of times, but there are some noises that are particularly unpleasant to start the day with. Take this morning, for instance, when my peaceful slumber was destroyed by my neighbours backing their boat out of their driveway with an unnecessary amount of clattering and clunking. …

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A Holding Device?

In the dark realm from which I hail, no one has even thought of them. Mostly we just carry things with our hands, and sometimes put them in our mouths when our hands are full. I don’t think anyone has thought of weaving together some sort of material structure with handles and placing things into …

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Wheeling and Dealing

Seriously? A busted tyre on a 38 degree day? The gods must be playing some kind of cruel trick on me, especially since I’m wearing my good suit – the one that only works when I’m in air conditioning. So here I am on the side of the motorway, trying to arrange a mobile mechanic …

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