Eating with Braces (The Pros and Cons)

Well, like I said in a previous post, I was just getting back on solids after the Major Teeth Extraction, when on came the braces and there I was, back to square one with eating again!

 How long does it take to get used to eating with braces? READ MORE

A Work in Progress

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We are all Works in Progress.

It’s easy to get frustrated with ourselves and where we’re going with life.

Women in their 20s have more panic attacks than any other group – and it’s no wonder. Our 20s are a huge transition phase in our lives. We spend this time trying to decide what to do with the rest of our lives. We spend this time trying to prove ourselves – to make good from all those years of education and upbringing and college tuition and debt that parents have landed themselves in. It’s a huge burden to bear, to say the least. And there are the goals and expectations we set ourselves – or that others have set for us. A six-figure pay cheque by 25, married with a dream house by 26, first kid by 27. It’s a wonder that more people don’t have panic attacks. READ MORE

Inspiration: Express Yourself


Recipe: Fish Salad

Fish Salad

When I first got my braces, I had plans for all kinds of yummy, healthy, soft foods I could eat. However, life had other plans for me – things got super busy and I was running around lots with hardly any time to cook a proper meal. I had also just moved house so I was feeling a little lazy about meal preparations. I ended up drinking lots of canned soups and eating lots of yoghurt, but eventually my body was crying out for fresh, healthy, unprocessed food, especially a nice green salad!

This is the first homemade meal I had since getting my braces – a healthy nutritious salad with some nice soft fish that would go easy on my braced teeth. I sliced up the cherry tomatoes and the spinach and rocket so it would be easier to get small forkfuls around my braces too, but otherwise I wouldn’t bother. Best thing I’ve eaten in a long time, even better than all the fancy restaurant food I’ve paid heaps for over the past couple of weeks!

Fish Salad:


Baby rocket and spinach leaves, washed
Grated beetroot and carrot
One avocado
Cherry or grape tomatoes
Large piece of white fish (I used New Zealand hoki fish from the frozen section of the supermarket and simply microwaved the pieces according to the directions on the back of the package).
About a quarter of a continental cucumber, sliced


Two parts EVOO to one part sushi seasoning.
A quick squeeze of wasabi.


Mix leaves, avocado, cucumber and tomatoes in a bowl. Break up pieces of cooked Hoki fish over the salad.

Mix the dressing, stirring well with a fork to dissolve the wasabi. Pour dressing over the salad and toss well.


Braces: What hurt and what didn’t

Of which I’ll go through the entire list, piece by piece. Brace yourselves! (ooh, unintended pun right there!) READ MORE

Inspiration: Play me, I’m yours


Perth has always been known as Dullesville, a city that’s more like a sleepy little town. But it’s changed so much in the past couple of years with little trendy shops, small bars and funky restaurants popping up like mushrooms everywhere, outdoor concerts and cinemas, and urban graffiti appearing on the city walls. There’s new trendy little quarters, the gentrification of various towns, the gorgeous new State Theater and what I like best of all, awesome random little surprises appearing around the city like this piano. Telling you to play it. It’s yours. In fact, the whole world is yours, with all it’s little surprises and quirkiness. All you have to do is sit down and play. And have fun.

Fighting Material Envy – or how to be happy with what you have

I have material envy. Yes, I do.

In a boom state like WA, where the gap between the rich and the poor just got a lot wider in the past few years, where FIFO mine workers are crowding everyone else out of the rental market with their massive salaries and the cost of living has gone up by enormous amounts, it’s hard not to. READ MORE

The Day the Braces Came On

Whoa – where has all this time gone? Last time, I was posting about surviving extractions and surviving on soups and home made veggie juices. Well, it took the better part of three weeks but I was finally able to start on solid foods again – albeit cut up with a knife and fork into dainty little pieces that I could get around my eight gaps – when the Day of the Brace came. And just like that – I was back on soups again!!!

Yes, the braces are finally on! And just like that, I wished they had never come on. READ MORE

I’m baaack!

I’ve been away for a few weeks because I’ve just moved house (anyone who has moved house will understand my pain, I’m sure). The biggest pain of all? Discovering the Internet wasn’t working and having to spent precious time and countless days on the phone, talking to my Internet company and waiting around for technicians. I do have to admit, the phone operator that finally got assigned to my case was amazing and sweet and really helpful – though it took a while to get hold of her. And finally, Internet has been reconnected and I am back online!! And ready to get started posting again 🙂 so keep tune for new updates here!

Nobel and Booker prize winners 2012


There has been a celebration of authors in the past couple of weeks with a few notable prize-winners announced.

First up: Chinese writer Mo Yan has won the 2012 Nobel prize for literature. READ MORE