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Big News At TwitchyCorner HQ…

by Twitchy on May 27, 2014

So much is going on this week and the next few, I’m in danger of having my head fly right off. So here’s a little update… please keep an eye on my grasp on reality over the coming days? Thanks.



ALMOST. Sorry this shot wasn’t better. NO standing on the floorboards until dry!

We thought we’d move out and rent for eighteen months or so… we’ve been here FOUR AND A HALF YEARS. The girl child turned three soon after we moved. She was TINY! She’s now a seven-and-a-half-year-old. The years, the dollars, the stress, the grief, the WHEN questions… I can’t even.

(Latecomers, this is the saga of the deco cottage we bought in 1997(!!) and years later was unsalvage-ably falling apart. We decided to knock it down and build a double storey Art Deco-style home in its place. In that time a heritage overlay came in and we’ve had to fight every single step of the way first for demolition, then to have our plans approved. Then we had to find a builder, architect, suppliers and tradies who would even touch it. Not. Easy.)

2. After a couple of pining years either missing out or making excuses- not sure which- this year I threw all doubt, doom voices and child-minding worries to the four winds and booked myself into the Emerging Writers’ Festival. Best birthday present to myself ever- and I refer mainly to the attitude shift. While I was buying my tickets, I noticed a call out for bloggers to apply to be EWF partners to cover the festival. I thought what the hey, told them a bit about myself and my l’il bloggy and hit send.

Friday morning, this:

SHUT UP!! Flattered. Thrilled. To say I am tickled is not even close. I’m bathing in feather-dusters, people. I don’t even care at this point that instead of desperately packing up house, I’ll be off to the CBD. For AN ENTIRE WEEKEND plus, camouflaged in writerly circles with free passes to report #EWF14 stuff and all. NO. WAY.

3. Back at the #housethatwouldnotbebuilt Mr14 lifted a spare roof tile in the yard to discover a chilled-out little reptile. A marbled gecko that strangely hung around, letting itself be handled and turned into a pet. So we went to the aquarium and reptile store, asked a few questions, bought some supplies and now Treecko the laid-back lizard lives in the boy’s room. Eating live baby crickets, blech.


4. Mr Twitch has new work and more travel coming. Which could work out in our favour this September, yes indeedy. 😉

Other things have not changed:

4. Tabitha the kitten is still stealth stalking and pouncing on Maxi the too-old-for-this-shit cat. Literal hissy fits are taking place. Charlie the dufus dog has to be tied up overnight or he pushes open the laundry door, releasing the kitten to play chasey up and down the bedroom corridor at sunrise.


5. Loombands are still taking over the girl’s room and threatening to kill my vacuum cleaner.


What’s new with you?

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

SarahD @SnippetsandSpirits June 1, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Wow full on. Well done on writers festival Fantastic news !!! Good luck. I enjoyed reading this little catch up but now feel tired so much going on.


Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side of Parenting June 1, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Wow! It never rains, but it pours hey?!


Grace June 1, 2014 at 11:21 am

Lots of fabulously exciting news, Twitchy! Congrats on the house but even more so on EWF! You so deserve it 🙂 x


Nikki @ Wonderfully Women May 30, 2014 at 2:19 pm

No wonder your head is about to explode! It might have taken a long time, but your house looks stunning and I hope you are very happy there. xx N


Emma Fahy Davis May 30, 2014 at 11:34 am

So much excitement in one post I can hardly breathe, woohoo for you!! 😀


Kathy May 29, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Congrats on the emerging writers event – and enjoy. It must feel so surreal for your house to finally feel so close. Lots of big things happen together I reckon – we moved into our current house and went to China to adopt our daughter in the space of a few weeks, and then, years later, we adopted our son from China and then moved to live in Canada for a 12 month job exchange within 10 weeks of coming home (and Dad was dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment during the same period – all good now).


Mandy, Barbie Bieber and Beyond May 28, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Wow the house looks great and I can totally relate and feel for you regarding the loom band situation….. lol


Lana May 28, 2014 at 7:34 am

Four and a half years!!! I salute you. It looks amazing


Whitney May 28, 2014 at 1:30 am

A happy dance and congrats to you, darling! You’ll be pumping out awesome posts from that new house in no time!


Robyn de Beer May 27, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Oh this post made me laugh out loud!! The loom bands, the too old for this shit cat, the creepy live in lizard thingy and the house that won’t be built!!!! But seriously how exciting!!!!!! The house that IS almost built AND the writing winning!! Go you cxxx


Twitchy May 27, 2014 at 10:38 pm

I’m here every week Robyn… and thank you for your wishes 🙂

Tegan May 27, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Moving into your house soon..omg how exciting is that! Have an awesome time at the Emergency Writers Festival it definitely sounds like you deserve a nice adult getaway!


Twitchy May 27, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Tegan, was this a Freudian Slip or autocorrect? Because I MUCH PREFER “EMERGENCY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL”. Writing saves lives, it DOES.

Bec @ The Plumbette May 27, 2014 at 9:34 pm

The house looks absolutely beautiful! What a journey to get to this point! And well done on the blogging opportunity!


Jodi May 27, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Loom bands are everywhere here!!! Arrrgghhhhh…. Congrats on the EWF gig! 🙂


Twitchy May 27, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Arrrrgh and YAYYY!!

EssentiallyJess May 27, 2014 at 8:47 pm

I am so excited about your house! It looks so beautiful Twitchy! Worth the wait you think?


Aroha @ Colours of Sunset May 27, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Wow that is a WHOLE LOT OF LOOM BANDS! Sounds like things are all coming up Twitchy! Much deserved my dear! Hope it continues forever and ever amen! xo


Lisa@RandomActsOfZen May 27, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Big woohoos for the EWF news and the house, which by the way looks like it is well worth waiting for! You must be floating, hun xx


ann May 27, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Wow awesome stuff!!
Cats will never change!!
I have loom bands all over my house which I am constantly pulling out of my 9 month olds mouth, we don’t even make the stupid things.
Congrats on it all!!


Twitchy May 27, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Oh my gosh, at least it’s only a vacuum cleaner at risk in our house. That would be nerve wracking. Thanks for the congrats 🙂

Bronnie - Maid In Australia May 27, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Congratulations on all the good stuff. Not a fan of the looming craze myself. Piles of them left around the house also threaten to explode my vacuum cleaner and my head.


Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me May 27, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Such an exciting array of news, and I’m tickled pink that your awesome writing has been recognised!! And as for moving, I bet you won’t believe it until you’re actually sleeping their for the first time 🙂


Deb @ Bright and Precious May 27, 2014 at 12:04 pm

So much going on! Good stuff! I’m thrilled for you! Congrats on the Blogger EWF gig! Can’t wait to hear more about everything. xx


@jfgibsonwriter May 27, 2014 at 11:53 am

Wow! Exciting times ahead 🙂


Holly May 27, 2014 at 11:03 am

Congrats. Lots of exciting things going on for you 🙂


Mumabulous May 27, 2014 at 9:04 am

Congrats and Congrats. Jealous much? 🙂


Emily May 27, 2014 at 8:10 am

HIP HIP HOORAY for the house and HIP HIP HOORAY for the EWF gig! That is fabulous news, and knowing your approach to blogging and sponsored posts and the like I know how much it must mean to you. Perhaps create a loom band cat-trap and kill two birds with one stone? x


Twitchy May 27, 2014 at 11:14 pm

You know what? I really very much appreciate your saying that Emily. This is a dream pass, (and of course it had to happen at the same time as all the craziness)!

Zanni Louise May 27, 2014 at 7:19 am

Terrific news about your house and the EWF! That is awesome Twitchy! x


Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages May 27, 2014 at 7:08 am

Well done. Big news indeed. Deep breath and you will get through the next few weeks of excitement.


Twitchy May 27, 2014 at 11:15 pm


Lydia C. Lee May 27, 2014 at 7:05 am

Congrats on the new house (those floorboards are to die for) and even bigger congrats on the EWF. That’s fabulous!


Deb @home life simplified May 27, 2014 at 7:02 am

Yay for the house and double ay for the reporting gig. Awesome times ahead (except for the cat lol)


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