Starting Over at 28.

My friend, Y, has a problem. She has just broken up with her boyfriend of six years....more

How to Make a Love Map for Your Relationship

In our spring clean-up this week (more on that later), I unearthed a file of papers from when Den and I did our pre-marriage education weekend earlier this year. In Australia, these weekends are generally a prerequisite for marrying in any given church – though after being pleasantly surprised by the genuinely great information we were given during the course, I highly recommend some form of it to any couple getting married....more

In Defense of Marriage

In my recent web-travels, I stumbled across Sandra Tsing Loh’s “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” article, complete with subheading ‘The author is ending her marriage, isn’t it about time that you did too?’ I am deeply disturbed, and I’m trying to put my finger on why. I’m not usually a ‘I’m-going-to-write-a-letter-about-this!’ kind of person. I do not generally have the emotional reaction to pieces of writing that I do about this particular essay. ...more


Something strange has happened to me since our wedding. I’m not sure how much it’s affecting Denis, apart from the fact that two days after our wedding he turned to me and said ‘Let’s have a baby now!’ Now, we have a four year plan. A plan that doesn’t involve children or even our first house until, oh, say… 2013. But. I. Can’t. Stop. Myself. It’s not even just the clucky let’s-have-babies urge that I’m talking about. That pops up every now and then, but is easily kept at bay by rational thoughts. ...more


Lol - because I think hubby is starting to get worried! Thanks for the ...more

10 Great At-Home Date Ideas (for Parents)

I know, I know. There’s toys everywhere… You hum ‘Hot Potato’ by the Wiggles because it’s stuck in your damn head from watching it over and over again… You haven’t had a conversation for months that doesn’t involve the potty, the children, Iggle Piggle… you eat at 5 o’clock when they eat because it’s easier… I don’t even have a kid and I’m exhausted just thinking about it! ...more