It’s Thursday — so time for another instalment of Wine and Love created by Nora, and hosted by Suki. The concept is simple – each Thursday you post about what’s making you reach for the wine glass and what you’re loving. 


  • The last few years, I’ve sunk into this pre-birthday mourning period.  This year has been no different.  Birthdays aren’t nearly as cool now as they were when I was 10, 11, 12 and having amazeball days filled with sparkles, finger painting and sleep-over parties.  Blerg, I’m all emo.  Someone please put me out of my misery.
  • I’m almost two weeks into my nightmare of 8 weeks at work and I’m already feeling burnt out.  This does not look good for the six weeks.
  • I’ve not been sleeping well, and last night I had horrible, horrible, wake-up-screaming type nightmares. Sleep is a good thing.  I need to get more of it.



  • I’ve fallen in love with writing drabbles again.  They’re super fun to write and I seem to be writing a bunch of them.
  • I survived the hellish week that was last week and managed to pull off our big corporate event without anything too awful happening.  Not bad, considering the job for running it was handed to me a week before it was to happen.  It also gave me the opportunity to make better connections with higher-ups and my boss’s bosses.
  • Jason Mraz’s new album makes my heart happy.


  • LOVE YOUR FACE!! You will get through these next six weeks!! I am glad you are making big-time connections! I am glad that you are writing again. This makes my heart happy! I might try to write a drabble a week- what ya think?

    • GFM

      Yes, try a drabble! They’re tricky, cuz they have to be exactly 100 words. But I love the shortness of them and how you can really tell a story in that amount of words.

      I’ve easily been writing two drabbles a week. It’s totes doable!

  • Tom

    You will get through this!

    And, if you want a birthday with sparkles, finger-painting and sleepovers you can totally have that. Plus, wine!

    Also, we should talk to Peter and Eleni about the Drabbles site. I love Heather’s idea of a 1 a week kind of thing. A drabble collab maybe? I need more push to write.

    • GFM

      My most favourite birthday party involved a sleep-over with my friends and we were sliding down a plastic slide in my parents’ house at 4am in the morning. Until my one friend hit her head on the sliding glass door.

      Drabbles are fun, I’ve been writing a few a week.

  • I know what you mean re: pre-birthday mourning. In the last few years, I’ve kinda done that, but more of WHY AM I ONLY THIS FAR IN LIFE kind of way. :p You’ll get through it! Hang in there.

    • GFM

      I have the exact same thoughts and doubts. I get into a sneaky hate spiral and then usually end up having a crappy birthday because I get too focused on all the things I’ve not yet accomplished.

      I’m going to be 29 this year. That just feels so wrong. haha