5 updates from the real world

I’ve been in a slight panic recently, realising that with each year away from the ‘real’ workforce, my skills are becoming increasingly redundant. Even though I work from home, it’s a cruel fact that employers like your CV to be up-to-date, so as a bit of workforce insurance I’ve been picking up a few days freelance work here and there.

With the phrase “you’re not getting any younger” ringing in my ears, I ventured back to a REAL OFFICE filled with child-free hipsters in a groovy part of town.

Confused? Me too... read on...

The world has changed in the last two years. So in the interest of keeping us all as modern-as-tomorrow, here’s 5 things I noticed about 2011.


Everywhere there are women tottering around in sky high monstrosities that look bad and are obviously uncomfortable. Wide straps, clunky heels, garish colours. I can’t really see any design grace or aesthetic covetability – but there you have it, ALL the girls are in them. And sometimes with socks. Already I’m confused and feeling very old.


This has been the case for a while now, with every 16-26 year old girl in the Western world wearing their long hair in funny topknots hovering on top of their heads. This does look pretty cool, doesn’t it, so it’s a shame that I cut my hair all off years ago once a baby arrived and it was permanently drenched in vomit. I suspect many of you are in similar situations. Probably for the best, rather than being ‘cool’, I now need my hair to ‘flatter’ my face and hide as many wrinkles as possible. Another trend for the kids.


Everywhere I walked I was confronted with jiggly bottoms of girls who’d forgotten to put their skirts on. I know black is supposed to be slimming, but this is a pretty high-risk trend, and not one to be attempted by anyone born in the 1970s. Maybe you young mamas from the 1980s might still get away with it, but the rest of us should just keep our leggings for comfy bedtimes. Chalk this one up to another trend that looks bad and makes no sense to me.


Two years ago, if you had a snazzy device, you hid it. I would keep my ipod under wraps on the train, in case someone mugged me. These days they are SO ubiquitous that you can type on your ipad and answer your iphone loudly and in total safety.


Have you noticed that phenomenon? I realised that the vaguely hot men I was checking out (sorry husband) were all the ones dappled with grey. They looked so much more SUBSTANTIAL than the foppish youth in tight saggy jeans and girlie haircuts. They all looked hard working and lovely, heading home to their young families. They looked a lot like my own lovely best friend. Let’s hope this trend works both ways and these men are also thinking about how SEXY us older ladies are too.

And of course a few days back in the workforce reminded me of how bloody exhausting it all is, trying to keep a career going and nurture your family and have a happy partnership and maybe have two seconds to yourself. Cooking just gets shoved right down to the bottom of the pile, doesn’t it? It takes so much planning to incorporate any healthy eating into a situation where you’re out of the house for 12 hours a day.

So I was back to the recipes that I developed a few years back, remembering why I spent so much time devising meals that were freezer perfect and easily made ahead. It does take a bit of effort on weekends, but all of these dishes can be made in big batches and then are simple to reheat whenever you stumble in the door – tired, with a head reeling from the complexities of the modern world.

Mash. Freeze or keeps in the fridge for several days. Serve with meatballs, sausages or a tin of tuna..

Adam's bolognaise

Bolognaise. The kids will happily eat this every week.

vegie smugglers chicken pasta and vegetable soup

Hearty soups. Filling and reheated in a jiffy.

And with that, I’m off to the burgeoning pile of dirty laundry and filthy house that was in good working order when I left it just a couple of days ago…

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4 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    I still/always think you’re SEXY. xo

  2. 2

    Donna said,

    oh I hear you! horrible fashion out there, hardly office-worthy – back in the day you’d have been fired for wearing some of the clothes I see now. Old bag that I am!! 🙂

  3. 4

    Lee said,

    Why has it taken me so long to discover your blogs? seriously addicted now… Love it.

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