Do your legs stop working when it rains?

I got pissy today, and wrote this piece for the school newsletter. When I googled how much the fine was I stumbled across some stuff I didn’t know, so I thought it was worth a blog post. Dropping and fetching kids is a hassle in winter, but remember… don’t park in disabled spots even whenContinue reading “Do your legs stop working when it rains?”

Things I should be doing right now

Most importantly, I should be writing my quota for the day: 1000 words. And gluing some stuff back together. And tidying the living room. And sorting three loads of washing; washing two loads including cleaning up an epic blood nose from last night (by TJ). And sorting out the ominously paper-filled sections of several “IContinue reading “Things I should be doing right now”

Guest Post: What doesn’t kill me. . .

Hello and welcome to Karen J Carlisle! Karen J Carlisle is a writer and illustrator of steampunk, Victorian mysteries and fantasy. She was short-listed in Australian Literature Review’s 2013 Murder/Mystery Short Story Competition. Her first novella, Doctor Jack & Other Tales, was published in 2015 and her short stories have featured in the 2016 AdelaideContinue reading “Guest Post: What doesn’t kill me. . .”

My new belly button

It’s been about ten weeks since my stomach operation, and although I’m not fully healed I was just given the go-ahead to swim (my favourite and most effective exercise) yesterday so I’m pretty much in the clear. Some thoughts: It really really hurt a lot. There were times when I wasn’t sure it was worthContinue reading “My new belly button”

Ah, l’Hospital!

For those who don’t follow me on facebook or twitter, I’m in hospital (again). Just as it looked like I was in the clear post-operatively speaking, I developed an infection. It so happens that the infection is right in a patch of my belly that’s currently completely numb. Which possibly explains why I’ve been inContinue reading “Ah, l’Hospital!”

Home is where the heart is. And also lungs

I’m home. I stayed an extra three days in hospital to do lung-strengthening stuff because apparently I was under-oxidised (very likely a contributing factor to me feeling exhausted and running largely on sugar for several years). But I’m home now, and pretty pleased about that. The operation went smoothly, and the incision site seems toContinue reading “Home is where the heart is. And also lungs”

A stitch in mine

It’s November. I’m not counting the days until Christmas, but I am counting the days until I get to experience something far less common and more painful: An operation. Yay! (This is a long entry, with a sprinkling of swear words. Feel free to skip to the bottom where there’s a link to donate money.)Continue reading “A stitch in mine”

Parental Fears and Failings and Fab bits

I like to think about what I’m doing as a parent, and of course talk about it, because that helps me to understand what matters to me and what I can just let slide. Some things I know I’m doing really well – Louisette’s diet is amazingly healthy a lot of the time (I can literallyContinue reading “Parental Fears and Failings and Fab bits”