Friday, 29 July 2011

Every Day I'm Shufflin'.

The silver thing? My bathroom bag.

Left home yesterday in the nick of time. It feels like I've been let out of jail.

Currently in Melbourne, to attend Blogopolis tomorrow. Melbourne? You win. You are beautiful, and Sydney is a stinky smokestack in comparison. Tomorrow I'll be talking on a panel with problogger about the future of the Australian blogosphere. Sunday night I'm back in Sydney, staying at Woogs Mansion until we board a plane on Monday and fly to LA. The future of the Australian blogosphere? Hilarious, if Woogs has anything to do with it.

Then on to San Diego for the BlogHer Conference 2011. At some stage during San Diego I will go down to Mexico, to buy some Day of the Dead skulls. At all stages of this journey I will eat what I want, when I want it. I'll meander, dream, drink sugar-free redbull while all my mates get pissed, dance like a mofo ... and feel like I've come back to myself.

                            Eating googy eggs, yesterday morning.

I just sprawled out on my hotel room bed to type this out. Don't have to share these lightly salted chips with anyone. Don't have to wipe anybody's bumhole, mediate fights, or wake up seven times in the night to shepherd roaming children around the goddamn house. I will not be struggling to be a great wife, or stepmother, or friend.

Last night I arrived at my sister Leigh's house .. she left the key out for me because she was taking her kids to swimming lessons. I went straight to her pantry and found some Bhuja spicy peas - the same ones we used to buy from the canteen when we were kids at school in Fiji. Then I took a photo of me admiring her newly-renovated bathroom, and text it to her.

                               Still warming to your grout, Leigh.

I held those peas aloft, triumphantly. A symbol of my freedom. Maybe I am always this free - maybe I'm as free as I believe myself to be.

There is so much ahead, and as I go through the next two weeks, I'll realise exactly how much is inside.

“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” - GK Chesterton


  1. I love it!
    Enjoy you extra bit of freedom.

  2. Man I wish I was you right now! Soak up the lot and bring back your stories. x

  3. I love that you took that shot in the TORLET. And I am digging Leigh's grout - she knows style alright!

    I am beyond jealous - all of it -feeling important and like something you have to say is valued by people OTHER than the ones that love you, and have to, like your family. I can't speak about the other freedom - hotels, fun, being FUCKING overseas. I can't. Instead I will suck it up and say well done, congrats, knock em dead and YOU deserve this. Make us proud girl, and dance like a MOFO for me.

    I'll just go get some feral kids in the bath. JEALOUS?!

    Love ya guts x

  4. BabyMac, you are there next year. I will actually tag a dunnycan torlet in LA, just for you. And twitpic the hell out of it. I am LOVING your giveaway post today, by the way.

    Maxabella, I am quietly thrilled at the lovefest you have displayed on my posts today, thank you! And how was your annual roadtrip? I bet you missed your loved ones.

    Ms Pink, I just commented mi'lady.

  5. Hope you have an awesome time doing the bloggy stuff.

  6. You go girl, be free and have an awesome time! xx

  7. I am still at the stage of dissolving in an absolute puddle at the thought of leaving my kids on Tuesday. Then my mother bracingly said to me today: "Well you made the decision to go didn't you?" and my reply was that while yes I had, I just hadn't thought through the repercussions. Hopefully once I'm in the taxi on the way to the airport I'll feel a bit less wobbly about it. And I can't wait to see you in the USA baby! xxx

  8. Enjoy every single second. I know you will.

    Can't wait to hear all about it.

  9. Sounds like you're having fun already, that's good :)

    I keep thinking, every time I hear that song, and see someone say something about "every day I'm shufflin" I think of a deck of cards.

    I can't imagine how exciting it is to go to two blogging conferences so close together, spending time with people whose blogs you've read online, meeting them and such. Have fun, and enjoy your time off!

  10. All sounds like HEAVEN to me! Look forward to reading about "Eden & Woogs Excellent Adventure" (and of course waiting for the film to be released..!!) xx

  11. Enjoy this well deserved escape from reality! Although, I do hope that you wipe at least one bumhole . . . just saying . . . otherwise I am not certain I would want to sit by you on the long plane ride! ;)

    Have fun girl!

  12. Y'all are going to have so much fun!!! But be careful in Mexico. I've seen too many scary Dateline stories.

  13. 'A traveler without observation is a bird without wings' Moslih Saadi.

    I cannot wait to read your observations.

    Have a great trip :)

  14. I hear you. Four hour stopover in Chicago? Don't even care. I will be by myself.

    Any why yes i did type this with a child on my lap and another grabbing onto my arm.

  15. I have made a careful study, and I can tell you that no matter what the hype, In-N-Out Burger does not compare to Five Guys. And the fries are not even in the same league. But, avocado on everything is delightful, so there should be plenty to eat in California.

    Enjoy your trip and your freedom (and that little bit of sadness because you miss all your boys).

  16. A four hour layover in Chicago??? Home!!!!! My daughter works about 15 min from Ohare - wave hello for me. So jealous, I miss Chicago so so much! Nuts on Clark in the airport. Five Guys rocks!!!
    Can't wait to hear your stories!

  17. Best of luck dearie. Enjoy every moment!

  18. Go Eden! Go Eden! Go Eden!

    Enjoy the freedom, enjoy the spotlight, ejoy LIFE!

  19. Have fun! Remember to "wear the world like a loose garment". You really do rock.

  20. After hearing you speak at blogopolis I am your newest stalker. Enjoy. Love your down to earthn take on it all. Watch out America she comes :)

  21. Have so much fun!! Enjoy my homeland :)

    I love how victorious you look holding up the bag of peas, yes you are a winner.


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