18th May 2018 Helen 3Comment

Last week my only daughter – the one I call Yoda, turned 7. It’s a lovely age really. Young enough to still believe in both yourself and everyone else, and old enough to look for a little extra independence at every turn. I can remember when I was her age. 1983. The pinnies and itchy acrylic tights. The homemade haircuts. Getting my ears pierced in Dunnes Stores in Cornelscourt and fainting, only coming round long enough for them to do the second one.  And I also remember that year for the referendum on the 8th amendment. I remember the horrific…

17th May 2018 Helen 2Comment

Saturday the 26th of May 2018. What kind of day will it be? While everyone is concentrating on the 25th – the day we vote to repeal (or not) the 8th Amendment (that infamous provision that affords absolute protection of life to the unborn – regardless of viability, the pregnant woman’s wishes, or a threat to her health), my mind wanders to the day after.  The day the results will be announced. The day we prove what kind of people we are. My nearest touchstone is the day after the Marriage Equality Referendum three years ago. We were mid-house renovation…

23rd December 2017 Helen 4Comment

With two sleeps to go to Christmas morning I’ll never get my act together for any Pinterest style Christmas posts! As usual I never managed to work through an advent calendar – frankly I’m still patting myself on the back for turning three pillowcases and half a roll of tinfoil into one angel and one shepherd outfit.   But – if you’re looking for some last-minute handy (read: easy) ideas to make Christmas your own, here’s a few of our own little traditions that might work in your family. 1. Put up some homemade decorations We’ve made a stack of homemade…

6th December 2017 Helen

Disclaimer: The links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. As usual the content and opinions are my own. These days it feels like you’d really have to dig deep to find positive news stories about being a woman.   We’re collectively painted out as one extreme or another – the broken victim or the shrill woman; the virgin or the slut; the wallflower or the provocateur. ‘Women’s sections’ of newspapers talk about thigh gaps – not pay gaps; telling us when we’re…

26th November 2017 Helen

There are little changes to the routine. Moments of relative calm. Fewer hands pawing at me. An occasional meal without a spill.  Less things to wipe.  Ever the optimist I feel hopeful. Hopeful that the madness of early childhood is coming to an end. Hopeful that the tedium that accompanies those early years is giving way to a different type of tedium – maybe even an easier one. Here are the 10 tells I’m an optimistic parent. 1. I’ve started buying the Weekend Newspaper. To childless me it was a given. Picked up on the way to brunch in the…

3rd May 2017 Helen 7Comment

I’m a happy married, mother of three, who is desperately seeking to fill an empty chasm in an otherwise very nice life.  In case my husband is reading this (unlikely but sure I better cover all bases), he needn’t worry – while I’m looking for something new but I’m not (yet) in the market for a new husband. No, today my needs are different. Today, I’m in the market for some political inspiration. And things are not looking good. You see, I’ve officially had enough of listening to news of far right eejits; far left eejits; and bog-standard-eejits. Not for one moment to…