12 days to 40: Day 2 (4 days late)

Where words are written

On Day 2 of the 12 days to 40 is all praise for the concept of “gainful employ”.

Back in June a friend asked if I’d be interested in her putting my name forward for a journo gig she’d been doing for the previous 18 months. I said yes even though I was hurtling downwards into the deep dark hole with slippery walls and moist dirt that would fall in on me when I tried to claw my way out. It was on a really interesting subject (the environment) for a reputable news agency, was two days a week and done from home. Basically my dream job.

And here I am, one psychotic episode and four months later LOVING IT. People, I LOVE MY JOB. It is so so interesting. I mean, as a head of one of our states environmental protection agencies said to me today, climate change and environmental issues are going to affect and impact every single aspect of our government, business, culture, daily lives. It is important, it is complex, it is hard. I adore it. I was talking to him about a meeting that has just happened with the upper echelons of govt and business. A first for Australia. It doesn’t sound like much does it, but that meeting symbolises something so much bigger. Any environmental scientist will tell you that our current structures of government and regulation are not designed for nor, will cope with, the challenges that climate change is throwing at us. We need agencies working across topics, states working to one policy (curiously climate doesn’t pay any heed to state borders or property boundaries), local, state and federal govt working homogenously if we really are to adapt to and mitigate climate change impacts.

Oh look, you caught me monologuing.

I have a LONG way to go – some court reports still stump me but do you know what a kick getting reading the first bit going “WHAT?” to then being able to go “AHA”. Or not agreeing with a judgement but reading the report and appreciating the judge’s process in reaching that conclusion. Also – some companies and individuals really are gob-smackingly mercenary. Or stupid. Sometimes decisions are really harsh. Unfair even. But there is always reason. It’s been a real eye-opener for me.

There is something else about work, that thing it does for your sense of self and sense of worth. I thought I’d feel resentment and resignation but instead feel proud and valued. I can SEE I am good at something that I enjoy AND I get financially rewarded for it. FOR.THE.WIN.

Oh there are days I can not find my mojo, where a story takes me forever and other days when I can pump copy out. How refreshingly normal.


So there you go, I treasure it and am blessed with it. How indebted I am to J for putting my name forward in the first place.





12 days to 40

On December 8 I’ll be 40. FORTY. I’m kinda stoked to be honest. My 20s were a nightmare, my 30s really really hard. The 40s better deliver is all I’m saying.

In the countdown I’ve decided to do a little series of things I am grateful for, things I love, things that make me laugh or things I’m passionate about. Yeah, that’s right, totally making it up as I go along.

But today, first cab off the rank is a recent life addition. A revelation if you will. Something I did not see coming but am so so glad it did.

CFA. CrossFit Athletic. CrossFit. Fitness cult. Crazy fitness freakazoids.

Remember this?

I’m six months in and a month into working with Pete the Trainer and can NOT emphasise how life changing it has been. I LOVE these guys – Pete, Meredith, Aeron, Christian and Wal. They work with peak athletes to sweaty masses like myself and do so with care, thought and genuine concern for your whole well being. There is not a grain of arrogance or ego or judgement, the whole culture of the place is “let’s make you the best you can be and help each other do the same in the process”.

post exercise glow…

In that 6 months I’ve lost about 5kgs, 8cm off my bust, 8cm off my waist and 4cm off my hips. It doesn’t sound like much but curiously I’m OK with it because it is the belief in myself that matters now. The weight will come off, mark my words, but to do that while healing my mind? GOLD.

So you beautiful outrageously fit and physically inspiring crew? I thank you. Do NOT ever under estimate the impact you’re having on people every single day.

gratuitous selfie


Forty. Can you fucking believe it.






New favourite

I first mentioned this way back in June. I’ve been a little bit beside myself ever since. Then Blackbird posted this trailer and OMG. I’ve watched it THREE times and yes, got covered in goosebumps and teared up. It’s going to be remarkable. A classic of our time. I can NOT wait.




Fat runner no more. Everyone, meet Pete

Pete marvelling at my fudoobadahs

Everyone, meet Pete. Pete the Trainer.

Pete has me back on my feet and sweating up a storm. But get this, there is not a treadmill in sight. No running (yet), no grapevines, and no rooms filled with mirrors and dance music. Instead I’m lifting weights, like, on a barbell. Like a weightlifter. Like WOW.

I’m talking in short sentences because I’m just kind of blown away. My energy levels and mood are probably the most stable they’ve been my entire adult life. And I’ve only been doing this for three weeks.

The focus here is on slow and steady strength and mobility training so that my body doesn’t break down from fatigue and injury. I work with Pete for an hour every Wednesday and then head back into the gym twice during the week on my own to follow a program Pete has created for me. We’re covering diet (NOTE TO SELF: STOP SMUG EATING), sleep, stress and how my body’s coping/feeling after the sessions.

He’s all over me like a rash our Pete so it’s pretty darn lucky he’s easy on the eye.



the allconsuming Christmas shopping guide 2012

Apparently it’s 45 days until Christmas. This generally means it’s 43 days until I start my Christmas shopping but this year I thought I’d mix it up and THINK about gifts as opposed to buying what was left on the shelf.

Who’d turn down a tardis rubdown?

Magnum Pi. Geddit?
Lightsaber iceblock moulds. What is not to love?
The 11th Dr Who sonic screwdriver. I basically will need four of these.

All the above are from Think Geek

T-shirts of awesome from dpcted:

I want this for me!


For Chef


I have a longstanding love for the humour and illustrations of Jason Sweeney:

Even titmice think it’s funny


I don’t get it myself, but apparently this is totally necessary (it’s a Razer Mamba gaming mouse) (apparently):

I call this $169 of why.

And that’s just for starters.



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