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2014 in review – a cool little infographic about my blog

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,000 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


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The war against dog fur: story of my life

Today at work I realised there was dog hair on my desk. And I know exactly where it came from.

Despite the dog never actually visiting my place at work, he somehow manages to send tufts of fur with me wherever I go. At a café having lunch with my friends, I’ll notice black fur on the table in front of me. In my dad’s car there’ll be some on the seat, even though my dog has never traveled with my dad. It’s even been found stuck to clothes that I pull from the very back of my cupboard that I haven’t had out since before I got the dog.

Just how does one dog manage to drop so much fur?!

I have to admit, we’re not the smartest people in the world. Our house is decorated in neutrals: white tiles, beige carpet and white walls. And we decide to get a black dog.

A big black Labrador that, according to my husband, should be almost bald by now.

There’s black fur everywhere in our house. And I mean everywhere. When my husband vacuums, the dog follows him around the house, dropping just as much fur as what was sucked up the vacuum. Often it’s even more.

And the dog only has to look at our rather expensive light cream lounge for it to need cleaning.

Sometimes when I’m eating my muesli in the morning, I look down and see a dog hair floating in the milk. I guess people who aren’t dog lovers would find this rather gross, and would even be tempted to throw the whole bowl out. Well, I’m going to admit something here that might shock you: sometimes I take the time to fish it out (often adding more new hairs to the bowl than were there to begin with), and sometimes I choose to turn a blind eye. Shocked?! Maybe it wasn’t a dog hair after all? It could have been an almond sliver or a cranberry. Yes, I’ll convince myself it was a cranberry just so I can eat my breakfast in peace.

I’m due to have a baby in four weeks. How old do you think our child will be before it has a dog hair stuck to it somewhere?

In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the baby has one or two in there already…


The dog’s just lucky he has such an adorable face.

Image by Jessie Ansons


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10 ways to tell if your coffee addiction has gone too far

Has the world gone coffee crazy? Some mornings it seems like coffee is the only thing people talk about. If there’s ever something preventing people from getting their fix, all hell breaks loose. Are you one of these people?

Below, the ’10 ways to tell if your coffee addiction has gone too far’ will help you work out if you simply enjoy the taste of coffee, or whether it’s something you truly could not live without.

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1. You can hardly move or speak until you have a coffee

Your pasty complexion and frazzled hair sways down the hallway towards the kitchen. Your arms are outstretched in front of you and you are groaning softly. No, it’s not Attack of the Zombies: it’s you. Every morning before you get your first coffee.

2. You often use the words ‘need’ and ‘coffee’ in the same sentence

What do people talk about in the mornings in your office? It probably goes something like this: ‘I need a coffee’, ‘I’ll read that document after my third coffee’, ‘I better get another coffee before that meeting’, ‘WHAT!? The conference only serves tea?’ (seriously though, no conference coordinator in their right mind would only serve tea).

3. You have tried giving it up but the pain was too unbearable

A friend of mine spent a substantial amount of money to visit a health retreat in the mountains to relax and unwind. She had pictured herself meditating on hilltops, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and becoming ‘one with nature’. When she checked in, she was horrified to find that the detox process meant no coffee whatsoever was allowed on the property. They even searched her bags. She spent the next 4 days locked in her room with the blinds drawn nursing a thumping withdrawal headache. She’s never going back there again.

4. You drink it even if it’s terrible

This is my favourite thing about coffee drinkers. Have you ever found yourself saying ‘This is absolutely terrible… but there’s nothing else around’. The beans are burned, the lid doesn’t fit and it’s way too cold. But you need that coffee, remember, (see point 2 above) so you hold your nose and choke it down.

5. You are Facebook friends with ‘coffee’

The coffee page on Facebook has 5,729,020 likes. Many of my friends have liked the page, so that makes me a ‘friend of a friend of coffee’. Right now, 17,006 people are talking about coffee in their Facebook statuses (and I bet this doubles on Monday morning). And don’t even start me on the #coffee topic on Twitter…

6. You have an espresso machine at home (and you actually use it)

Let’s face it: an espresso machine on your kitchen bench looks pretty darn fancy. And I’m sure most people buy them with the best intentions – ‘Just think all the money I’ll save by making my own coffee!’ So you spend a ridiculous amount of cash on the machine, take hours selecting the perfect pods (categorising them by strength and flavour) and use the machine once. When it comes down to it, only the most dedicated coffee drinkers use their coffee machines regularly (and they’re probably still buying coffees during the day anyway).

7. You put off operations and major life events that require you to miss out on coffee

Do the words ‘fasting required’ send a chill down your spine? And it’s not the fact you’ll be missing out on solid foods that bothers you. How will you survive without your morning coffee? How could you possibly get yourself to the hospital/pathologist/birthing suite if you’re not allowed to drink coffee on the way?

8. You laugh at tea drinkers

People who argue that ‘there’s caffeine in tea too’ are obviously from another planet. Cups of tea should be reserved for the queen and people recovering from operations. No one likes a tea drinker either, especially on Monday mornings with their overly chirpy ‘Good morning! Beautiful day outside!’ that makes you want to throw your coffee in their face (shame it’s too cold to have any effect).

9. You have baristas all over the state that know your order

Serious coffee drinkers like you have a particular order and you stick to it. You are so committed to your ‘skinny double-shot latte with one Equal’ that baristas everywhere (even the ones that burn the coffee and give you the wrong size lid) start making it as soon as you step foot in the shop.

10. You spend more money on coffee than you do on anything else

Here’s a fun game: work out how much you spend on coffee each day then multiply it by 365. It’s not pretty. Perhaps it’s enough to go on an overseas holiday or two. Or is it closer to a deposit on a new home? I can hear you arguing ‘but coffee is something I can enjoy every day’ and ‘I could give it up if I really needed to’. Yes, spoken like a true addict.

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