four weeks in one post….because I’m lazy

Forgive me Father for I have sinned
It’s been more than a month since my last confession blog post

Over a month?
How’s THAT for fuckery?!?

It’s been a HUGE month too, with so much going on
Including long stretches of time with no internet. Hello outback Australia!
OR, internet that wouldn’t allow me to log onto my own website….deeming it restricted, unsuitable….as in, PORN.
Go me!
Add to that, the usual dose of lazy and Nanna naps
And you get a neglected website with more than 400 unanswered emails

So, rather than catch you up on the last 4 weeks in bits and pieces
(Although, if you follow me on FACEBOOK, you’ll be kinda up-to-date on the ins and outs of my traveling freakshow)
I’m going to attempt the LONGEST post in history (I could divide it into installments, but I’m pretty sure I’d be all, come back tomorrow for part 2! And whoops…it wouldn’t be there)
So Imma give it all to you in one foul swoop

With a bazillion pictures….because a picture’s worth a thousand words
That I won’t have to write

Grab a brew
And make sure your scrolling finger is warmed up….
Here’s hoping you have unlimited megabytes on your home internet or phone
Or you may just want to log out now and take my word for it

Once upon a time
Here we go!

The girls and I flew out 2 days after they finished school for the year
Yep, three months of school holidays…and it’s FINALLY summer in Chicago!IMG_8316
So we went to Australia
Where it’s winter
Genius, no?

Can I just say, thank you to the God of low maintenance children
Who decided to make mine the easiest, most fun little people on the planet to travel with
And also Dallas airport
That has special ‘family’ rooms that you can have to yourself
Which is such a fab thing to have on stopovers
So your kids can run around, watch movies, take their shoes off
And in Magoo’s case, fart without judgementIMG_3028
And then….THEN!
They slept on the plane
I think they were so worn out from the excitement (they’d been counting down the days until this trip for  7 months) they zonked
When they woke up, we were getting ready to landIMG_8355
And there was only 2 people in the universe more excited than them about this Australia trip
Nanna and Poppy!
Want to make your parents love you even more?
Give them grandchildren
And that was the start of the whirlwind trip of how-much-can-we-squeeze-into-every-single-day-for-the-next-three-weeks-without-killing-ourselves?

First stop….the beach
That was ALWAYS going to be first on the girls’ agendaIMG_8418
Macaroni was confused
“Nanna, I think winter means something different in Australia than it does in Chicago”
I wonder if one day they’ll realise that not all Nanna’s can race you on the beach
And win
I mean, their own mother can’t even do that
Well, I could
I just don’t want them to feel bad….*ahem*IMG_3197

Then for me, it was time to get to work
Not that you can really call it work
I got to play at some of my favourite places…..Geraldton, Collie, Northam, Cowtown
It’s towns like these, where the shows are wild, and the people are real
That I really love to get back to
It makes the Kalgoorlie girl in me shine
My peeps!
Then Heiny and I headed off to Sydney for a show
In Bomaderry
FYI – it’s pronouced BOMA-DERRY
I asked some people, ’cause I thought it was BOMB-A-DERRY
Apparently not an appropriate question to ask the TSA agent at the airportIMG_1163
Then it was back to W.A.
And off to Lancelin, for a few days with Mum, Dad and the girls
Where Macaroni and Magoo got their first official boogie boarding lesson
From the local expert
Their Nanna
It went well
Except for when it didn’t
But man, did they love the shit out of it
For two city kids, they sure love the beach
Although Magoo reckons the salt water tasted like hamster pee
Alrighty then..?
Poppy bought them new bikes, which is the preferred method of transport when in Lancelin
Did you know you can get a DUI on a bicycle?
I know!
Now they tell me.
Live and learn.

Then there’s Chucka
Which is short for Chucka Browneye
Mum and Dad’s spoilt rotten, completely awesome chocolate labIMG_3411
Him and Magoo were pretty much inseperable the entire trip
She asked if we could get him U.S. citizenship and bring him back with us
“…we could say he’s my brother”
Yeah, good luck with that.

Then it was back to Perth
And some family catch up time
With my brother Trav and his beautiful family
There was music
Jamming in the kitchen
IMG_4213And then, we had our first ever FAMILY WII DANCE-OFF
I’m not ashamed to tell you that I lost
To my brother
Who can shake it like Shakira
If he ever decides to hang up his pilot’s hat
He’s totally got a future as a stripper
In Thailand
The next night we did it all again
With my BFF Sammy and her familyIMG_4346

It was nuts before the first bottle of wine was even opened
I’m not even sure what Dad was doing in this one

But it turned into a dog pile pretty quickly

Then my Goddaughter schooled Macaroni and Magoo in the art of piano
Then WE jammed
I’ve never had the chance to do that with her before

And man, she is one talented little vegemite
Of course, she probably inherited that from me
Or not.
But if I was ever looking for a good investment slash retirement fund
She is it

Then once again, it was time to head back to work
And anyone that knows me, knows how much I suck at changing guitar strings
Did you know you can actually put them on upside-down?
Yep….done that.
Dad took pity on me and changed them for me
It was a fair trade though….I cooked him dinner
OK, I was actually cooking ME dinner, and shared it
But whatevs, my git-fiddle got restrung!IMG_8535

This part of the work trip was in the Northern Territory
And holy-shit-hot-sunsets, is it gorgeous in that part of the world

Small towns
Even smaller planes
But I still managed to do some retail therapy
You’re welcome Diamond
And how’s this for a sunset over Darwin?
Yes, it’s taken as we’re landing during the ‘please turn off all your electronics’ part of the flight
What a rebel I am
We had another incredible night in Humpty Doo
Where Sammy and I ran into one of my cousins
FYI, I have family ALL over Australia….literally
No matter where I play, I never go more than 2 or 3 shows without running into a relly
Then it was Groote Eylandt, where the only advantage of having a 7am flight
Is landing a 8am with nothing to do ALL day
Except this…
Can you feel my pain?
This shit is ROUGH I tell ya
So rough that there were naps to be had
But….BUT….this was after an 8pm show
Then an 8am show the following morning
Back to Darwin then off to Gove
For the last show in the NT
Meanwhile, back in Perth
The girls were cruising up and down the river, seeing the sights
From Poppy’s boat
That he let them drive
Because sweet-Jesus-do-grandparents-have-any-rules??
One of the highlight for the girls was going to visit the cemetery where my Pop, their great grandfather, is buried
And if a cemetery can be glorious
This one is
It’s a beautiful, peaceful place
With wildlife, particularly kangaroos, everywhere

Then they were back to Lancelin
without me!
More beach time
Chucka time
And they even squeezed some time in with my Uncle Terry
Who they call Uncle Icebox
‘Cause he’s ‘SO COOL’
Yes, he came up with that name himself
Of course, there was more boogie boarding
More incredible west coast sunsets
Then back to Perth again
Where we decided to get all of Mum’s family (bar about 12 I think?) together for a picnic
What a great idea it was to meet outdoors
Especially when they’d called for non-stop
Brilliant idea….that I possibly came up with
Didn’t matter though
The girls got to see their second cousins and meet some extended family for the first time
And I got to see the coolest lady in my life
My Nanna
We did a jailbreak out of the nursing home for a few hours
And may have snuck her a beer or three
She is truly fucking awesome
And I couldn’t adore her more
Back to Perth
More music
Dad should totally release a children’a album
I shit you not
The (clean) songs he writes for his grandkids are so, SO good
Although, if that gets out, it might ruin his reputationIMG_4082
The sunsets from Mum & Dad’s balcony never get old
And no two are the same


I even had a chance to throw in a girls night out
With my Mum, her sisters….and all the daughters, my cousins
This was the first time we’d all been together like this
The photo may look innocent enough
But all I can tell you is I woke up with a monster hangover, a bag full of casino chips, and one missing shoe
Good times?
The girls got a chance to experience  some Aussie rules footy
Thanks to their cousin, who is pretty bloody good at it, even-if-I-do-say-so-my-unbiased-self
And of course, more Chucka time
While the whole trip was better than great
For me, seeing my Nanna was always going to be what I looked forward to the most
More than that, was my girls getting to spend time with their great-Nanna
Or as they now call her….their GRANNA
She may be old
She may not hear or see so well anymore
But every visit was full of laughter
The girls taught her how to high-five
While she questioned why they ‘talk so weird’ (not many of her grandkids have American accents apparently)
There were staring competitions
Which Nanna won every time

And the wheelchair races?
Talk about waking up the neighbours!

If you can judge a holiday by how much laughter there is
And how exhausted you are at the end of every day
I’m talking, belly hurts from laughing
And passing-the-fuck-out at night knackered
Then this will be a holiday my girls will remember forever
And not just because I took 2,400 photos
See, this post COULD have been longer!

As much as the leaving kills us all a little
We know there’s always a next time
And the kids will actually get to see Mum and Dad again next month, when they come to the U.S
So the goodbyes weren’t as rough as they could have been

The roughest part, for me
Was flying the girls back to America
Meeting Diamond at Dallas airport
Handing them over
And watching the 3 of them board a flight to Chicago without me
(while I jumped on another plane and flew right back to where I’d just come from)
I know, suck it up princess
I did….and I am.
I am now back in Oz….hello jet lag QUEENSLAND….and 2 shows into a three week tour with Dad

Now, I won’t promise….but I reckon I might even blog a bit while I’m out here on the road
I KNOW….more than one blog in a month?
I think I sort of feel a competition or giveaway coming up too…..hooly dooley!
Get excited!

Also, if you made it all the way through this never-ending post, and all 74 (yes, seventy four!) photos
Grab a beer
You bloody earnt it.





  1. Sounds like you all have had a lovely time together and still having, there is nothing better than sending time with family i love when my family gets together we laugh so much your belly is aching by the end, i love your and your fathers music i have even got my aunt liking your music one more fan can’t hurt, i hope you and your father have a great rest of the tour i hope to see you back in the UK sometime soon

  2. How awesome it was for the girls.. Loved the blog and yes read it all .. Have fun on the QLD tour and will see you in December back here for shows.. Might be going to the Mandurah ones and Crown one

  3. Jen,I went to your Twin Towns show.It was bloody brilliant as always.Keep up the great work.My daughter who is 15 cant wait till she is old enough to hear you live.

  4. Welcome back 😉

    Looks like you all had a blast 🙂
    We have two more weeks until our summer holidays….then we have got picnics at the park/beach planned. B is going to IOW with girls brigade and R and me are going to visit friends in Blackpool. Looking forward to it 🙂
    Hurry back to UK 🙂

  5. Fabulous write up! Enjoyed reading every word of that!
    So lovely to see the whole family…You write so well that I could feeeeeeeeeeeel the lurrrrve!
    Enjoy the rest of the tour and I shall look forward to your next blogs!

  6. What a fantastic lifestyle. And all from singing ‘Fuck’ songs. Looking forward to your return to UK. 🙂 xx

  7. You look like you all had a great time! Your girls are going to grow up with some fantastic memories! Look forward to seeing you in the UK! (Where it is summer… and sunny! It is alien!) 😀 x

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