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2014 Annual Brain Leave

by Twitchy on December 23, 2014

HOW do months whizz by ever more swiftly with each new calendar? 2014 is all but over. School has ended, kids are home for the extended Summer break and my disbelief sets in. I’m always like: “but, but… really??”

This is not a TwitchyCorner highlights or 2014 wrap post. (That would require research, compilation and effort.) In the past I’ve written stupid poems about how quickly the time flies. Fear not dear reader- for that  also, would require some effort.

This is merely a musing post about year’s ends; when I take stock (moved house, kept everyone alive, didn’t leave anyone behind at the bottle shop) then undertake my sacred annual rituals. As the mercury rises, my brain, care-factor and heat-affected life forces plummet to sloth-like levels, threatening to remain there for a number of weeks. I may choose to get a little house-proud, socialise some. That’s it.

SEVEN WEEKS of non-stop noise plus mess plus searing heat? WHY THANK YOU! Too generous…really you shouldn’t have. The very idea renders me senseless. Below is a dramatic approximation of my Summer-rate enthusiasm. Also pretty much literally what I will be doing: wilting like an Autumn petal but with a couch and a jug of home-made iced espresso mocha.

Sloth gif

2014 has seen us FINALLY in our built new home. My kids have grown and developed in a kind of time lapse before my very eyes. The girl, at very-almost-eight has consolidated her reading, beautiful handwriting and class skills in a sudden leap. She’s musical, acrobatic, cluey, observant. The boy, at now fifteen started a new school in February*. It was the single best move for him ever and the greatest step toward a better future. I see glimpses of his potential, the young man he’s becoming (with giant feet). He’s eaten everything in his path (a locust swarm and upstairs-overhead-stampede of one) and grown so much taller!

It’s been a big year. We all deserve some chill time. So I won’t be looking to do too much cooking or rigorous decision-making and what I do have left I’ll be using to bribe/crowbar young eyes and bodies away from screens and shove them outdoors.


“Beach weather!” I hear? But I only go when it’s cool, or late and half deserted. High heat signals the Twitchy version of air-conned hibernation. So just redirect my mail to the couch or back verandah where I shall be watching movies (and grazing) or reading (and grazing), barely bothered to change out of my Summer robe unless I really like you. Mentally I’m so there already I can’t be arsed crafting a proper ending to this post.

What’s your brain doing this Summer?

(* One of my most read and shared posts.)



On this Tuesday morning, Australia- particularly Sydney- has already been through a harrowing day and night, most of us having gone to bed wary of what we might wake to this morning. As an armed siege unfolded from yesterday morning in a busy Sydney CBD café, we saw five hostages escape and were heartened. People we know worried for family and their safety through the lockdown.

Today, it wasn’t to be as we’d hoped without loss of life: two names and faces were released this morning, bringing a chill of harsh reality as the story continues to fill itself out. No, we are not used to this. We are so fortunate, not to be used to this. Flags will fly at half-mast.

Social media has and continues to bring us upsetting information. The gunman, also now dead, was out on bail for a list of horrific offences. Our justice system has a great deal to answer for. I can only hope these events and the fallen will finally bring some much needed attention to this. It can’t be for nought. It stands to reason there are others out there like him still. It is inexcusable.

BUT horrible circumstances can also bring out the best in people and this is what I need to highlight. Forget the detractors. The outpouring of support with the #illridewithyou hashtag all through Twitter was a beautiful thing to see (brilliance, @sirtessa). And there was so much more. I want this time in Australia’s history to reflect this above all else. This is the Australia I identify with and am so proud of.

I was moved to write this today to the people I know and love online:
“Maybe it’s the smaller groups I feel more comfortable with; maybe it’s my impeccable taste in human beings or, if I’m feeling karmically blessed, the types I attract. But I want to say again how proud of those in my networks I am to know, see and hear.
Tragedy is tragedy. I’d never diminish lives taken, suffering or healing needed. There are losses and irreconcilable injustices in this world but hate is not the answer to hate; it’s the opposite.
If this changes us in any way, it should make us more open, not less. More giving, not less. More understanding, not less. Yes, our justice system needs reform.
For those who are now shaken, angered or made to suffer fools my thoughts and sentiments are also with you.
In the conduct of many, and in that the outcome could have been worse I’ve seen much to hold faith in yet. Thank you.


And I am grateful. I am and I choose to be. Grateful for the safety of my loved ones, to be safe in my home, for my friends, for the love still in the world, for the soft bed I fell into last night. Grateful for how the events have been handled, by Sydneysiders and the authorities. For the supreme blessing that I live in a safe country where mercifully, scenes such as yesterday’s are the overwhelming exception to the rule and not our daily reality. Grateful for gun control. Grateful my kids have been protected from that which they are not yet ready to know.

My sincerest thoughts are with the families of those taken. For them (and for all victims or survivors of any violence), may their loss be honoured with much needed change. But it should not change who we are.

Special note: I’d originally decided I wouldn’t post today. I agree with those who suggested it would be a respectful move not to hit the internet with our regularly planned frivolities. But then I felt a need to honour the day after and look at the things I am grateful for in the wake of such unpleasantness. It helps me make sense of the world and to not be beaten by it. If my words today help anyone else, I can only be thankful for that too.


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