A group of us took our kindergarden aged children to see Madagascar. The kids watched a lot of tv including things like Star Wars so we weren't worried about them watching a kid's movie.
I hope they can get access to appropriate food and some in-room equipment.
I've only watched the first four episodes and I like it but I get a little bit irritated by the way marriage is presented for women. Housewives are important. Depending on who they marry, they are responsible for huge staffs and huge budgets not to mention supporting their husbands political and economic endeavours. It should really be compared to being a senior manager at a firm. In a better story it should be obvious that Daphne wants to be the manager of a large household with plenty of resources and not a tiny, struggling one. Likewise, it' should be obvious that given it is supposed to be a lifetime appointment with the company, it should be obvious that she should enjoy the work and share the same values as her 'boss'. But no! Let's focus on sex and love as though that's all women are capable of valuing unless they want to 'rebel' and be an independent woman (i.e. a modern woman).
I'm whining. I'm pre-diabetic and hypertensive so I avoid food that is high in carbs (especially high GI carbs), salt, and fat. Some friends are vegans. Some friends are sensitive to gluten. Some friends are sensitive to salicylates. Some suffer from IBS. Some have nut allergies. Some are lactose allergies. Some are just fussy with their food. Sometimes I like them to eat together at my house or to go out together. People with special food requests might feel that people aren't sympathetic, but when nearly every person I know has a special dietary need (including myself), it's important to remember that catering to everyone is stressful. Which returns us to the idea of meeting without food (or drink).
I will never understand how unhappy couples share a bedroom. The first step of a separation is moving out of the bedroom. If the spare room (in this scenario) is full of the other person’s stuff then it should be moved by the author if necessary.
I love Christmas and all the prep. When the kids were little, they went into childcare whilst I devoted the day to shopping and wrapping presents. On Christmas Day we used to do the great unwrap and have breakfast together and then their father takes them out to a park, playground, or even the zoo until 12 whilst I relax by cooking and tidying up unencumbered. (I like cooking and a clean house). Then my husband/their father serves the food whilst I chit chat with guests/kids and only help with food prep if I need a break from socialising.
Half of me is sympathetic. I didn’t like the baby stage either.
Covid dramatically increased the amount of work my husband did. With the 1 hour time limit outside the home, he spent nearly all the rest of his time either at work or catching up with work he could do at home. Even whilst watching tv he'd be doing data entry. No weekend was complete without spending 3 or 4 hours on a conference call. It was insane. I have no idea how much this was due to the flexible work hours of other people or just generalised anxiety about covid or the limited opportunities to do somethin other than work. He ended up being diagnosed with anxiety about 2 months ago. His fitbit clearly shows his resting heart rate dramatically increasing during the stage 4 restrictions. I know this article is about the impact on women and their worklives and that the impact on them has truly been huge. I am pointing out that the endless work opportunities (aka flexible work) spilled over into everybody's lives and it hasn't been a good thing.
I was one of three kids.
Kids become addicted to computer games because it makes them feel competent and useful. A 20 yo hiding in his room, knowing he fails at simple household chores won't have the self-efficacy to get a job. It is beyond optimistic to hope that he will.
@cat I thought vitamin d deficiencies were common in Tasmania and to a lesser extent other states. When I’m tested for diabetes I am routinely tested for vitamin d deficiency. Despite my tan the dr is amazed that my levels are so high and asks if I take a supplement. 🤪
Thank you for this article. I have been a little concerned.
I totally agree. I stand with Dan, but if his determination made me follow his rules when I would have stopped. I was impressed that he prioritised the health experts, not the economists. On the plus side, it seems that he has accepted that he might lose the next election and has doubled down on getting the state back on track. He is borrowing money and trying to make a big difference.
Excellent article. I hope the Powers that be read it too and decide that they are responsible for reprogramming veterans.
Even if they aren’t convicted, we now know for a fact that they are a lousy lay. Inattentive and rough. If they were a restaurant that kind of bad press would see them go broke. Hopefully it’ll be the same for them. From now on every woman who thinks of flirting with them reads the ‘review’ and decides she deserves better.
Well said. The first zero today despite a huge number of tests. I hope it is the first of many.
I used to think that mediation would be the way forward. A feminine, collaborative method for the two people in conflict to respectfully communicate about their needs and fears, etc and find a solution to either peacefully separating or trying to overcome their relationship challenges.
I started talking to the random stranger next to me in a lecture theatre. We had a lot in common, including not knowing many people, I offered to lend her a pet crate and we became friends. She asked me to join a netball team that she had just joined and I did even though I was never good at it and had rarely played. So I made another half dozen friends. We each had a lot of parties and friends of friends were welcome so I made another dozen friends.
Why isn’t it wholesome?
Sometimes I read these stories and wonder if some people are naive or romantic about family relationships. Lucy’s story seems to be about a weak father and an insensitive mother. It’s sad that we are related to people who are weak or insensitive, but most people are. And, as a tip, don’t rely on people’s social media pages or party speeches for an accurate picture of a relationship. That is the edited highlights.