Category: humor

To our son as he sets out on his Interrail trip

Our youngest is about to head out on a rail trip around Europe. In my era, the ‘you’re cool if you own a Sony Walkman’ era, the Interrail trip was a rite of passage, when college-age kids rode all the railways of Europe over one month for one ridiculously-low price. You could spot them a... Read more »

Senioritis versus senior moments

Our youngest is just finishing high school in America. We’ve been told to monitor closely for signs of senioritis, an affliction that apparently hits all final year students as they approach the end of their school career, and which can manifest itself as a reluctance to get out of bed in the morning, or an... Read more »

So do real sailors roll up their underwear neatly when they go to bed?

I’m learning to sail. And the first thing that struck me after Lesson One was whether the sign of a real sailor is when they’re as neat and tidy in their own homes as they are on their boats. Because if we all lived life on earth the same way as life on board, there... Read more »

The art of giving directions

There’s one tried and tested recipe in our household that guarantees a matrimonial meltdown. It actually doesn’t involve the house at all – just the husband, me, a car and the need to get from a to b. It’s worked for the past 25 years, and while the tempers are perhaps slower to rise these... Read more »

Farewell to the espresso machine that saved us over $7,000

Our beloved espresso machine gave up the ghost this weekend. The irony of it happening on Easter Sunday, the day of resurrection, did not escape us. This little machine has been resurrecting us on Sundays, and every day in between, for the past 4 years and 6 months. We know that because I’ve an exact record... Read more »

Holy Shimmering Shamrocks, Batman - it's St Patrick's day

Happy St Patrick’s Day! That’s it. I’m done. I’m out. I’m off to have some fun. You might have sensed the silliness level was increasing over the past day or two. I mean, Mickey Mouse and bunny ears. Who’d do that to their little leprechaun. I did in fact receive a nasty comment from a... Read more »

Paddy's off on a wild bunny chase in today's Chicago Padvent Calendar

I’m beginning to see little green men in my dreams, so I reckon it’s almost St Patrick’s Day. Just one more sleep, as we say at home. My personal little green man can’t wait, as then he’s hoping to get some sleep himself. This whole Chicago Padvent thing has taken quite a lot out of... Read more »

Once upon a time in Chicago, there was a leprechaun called Paddy....

We’re nearly there. It’s almost time for you to don that green leprechaun hat hiding at the back of your closet, and to hunt out the one green sweater you possess so that you can feel part of the madness that sweeps the nation, nay the world, on March 17. And this year, you can... Read more »

No rush to find Paddy in Chicago today as he's stuck in a holding pattern

The days are flying by now. I wasn’t sure back in February whether I’d be able to get this whole Chicago Padvent Calendar thing off the ground. I knew I’d have to sneak a few cheeky Irish connections in under the radar, and I was worried it would all be seen as a complete flight... Read more »

Because two parades and one green river doth not St Patrick's Day make

I’m still here. And so is Paddy. Because despite all the shenanigans of the past weekend here in Chicago, with rivers and beer turning green, and those darned bagpipe players turning up everywhere, it’s still not St Patrick’s Day, and so the Chicago Padvent Calendar continues. All the way to March 17. Now I’m assuming there may... Read more »