Yes, forget divorce, depression and all the rest ...
How about the challenge of moving? For the umpteenth time?
Gosh, I hate it.
Every time I move, I cull. I throw out crap, I give away good stuff. I sell what I can.
And yet, I'm still stunned at the amount of clothes, toys, kitchen gear, make-up and other assorted clutter we accumulate.
I find it distressing, having to get rid of things that I'd still love to hold onto, but a lack of space forces me to give up. (Although taking photos and storing on computer sticks and the like helps me deal with that. To an extent.)
I find it overwhelming having to pack so many memories into boxes, bags and suitcases, by a certain deadline.
I get teary and emotional.
I just want someone to come in and make it all better.
Maybe next time I'll plan for a team of removalists, a personal concierge, and an in-house psychologist to hold my hand? And maybe a personal chef for those nights when I'm too tired to cook, let alone think about MORE housework?
This move came in the middle of school holidays, when we thought longingly of our previous school holiday visits to Sea World, Australia Zoo, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Western Australia and Fiji. Yes I know, we are spoilt.
Luckily, my kids are resilient and inventive.
They have had a ball babying our pets and adapting them to their new environment.
We've also been petsitting for one of my BFFs, and have delighted in spoiling her dogs and cheeky conure.
The kids have enjoyed feeding ducks and fish at their new home, and are looking forward to welcoming a few more pets to the fold.
So moving isn't just an end. It's a new beginning as well.
Now excuse me, while I go and unpack some boxes ...
In the meantime, I'm happy to announce the winners of my School Holiday Hijinks Giveaway.
$50 Target Voucher: Kelley
MIB double passes: Melissa Jane and Hsin-Yi
Lenard's Voucher: MichVee
Nad's Wand: Tina Shaw
Please email/message/tweet/FB me your details so I can send out your prizes.
Congratulations and enjoy!
And now, for something a little different, there was a massive erection in Brisbane today.
Okay, it was actually the erection of the Big Top which will be the home for the famous Cirque du Soleil Village for the next few weeks, as Brisbane launches the opening of the 2012-2013 OVO tour.
The set-up takes eight days, and the Big Top will house more than 2,600 people - complete with air-conditioning and/or heating as needed.
OVO means 'egg' in Portuguese, and the show involves a headlong rush into a colourful ecostysteem teeming life, where insects work, eat, crawls, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.
When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It's love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.
The cast of OVO features 54 performing artists from 16 countries specializing in awesome acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act in which a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform. The act combines many circus disciplines: banquine, Russian swing and swinging chair, and is supposed to be breathtaking!
I'm really hoping to take the kids in a bid to make up for our rather 'moving' experiences these holidays.
Readers, how do you get over a stressful experience?
My, what a magnificent erection ...