In the middle of the winter school holidays, the most loathed and annoying of all the school holidays.
After a pleasant journey that contained no threatening to turn the car around and eighties music, we had arrived.
Note to children- look closely...
This is exactly how much crap we need when we go away. This is really difficult to take (all of our much needed crap) with all of the stuff you usually require.....And yes! That coles bag does indicate that We stopped in at Coles..and we bought things. Chocolate things and no, we did not save you any, and yes, it is so fair. I sleep soundly.....And get off my blog.
When we saw the kitchen we laughed and laughed... As if.
This rather blurry shot is of my best friend doing the dance of runaway mums everywhere called the 'we arrived at our destination with enough energy to dance after not having to break apart fights in the back seat the whole way there'
We then snooped around a bit right.... and we noticed a strange shadowy figure doing something shady.as.fuck. in an a room a few floors up, so we grabbed a wine and stared for a while...it was then that we noticed that it was a man, folding several pairs of pants.
We laughed and figured that we very rarely saw men folding in our respective houses so that accounted for the earlier confusion.
We were suddenly very thirsty...
I then listened to a live Bruno Mars tribute concert, sung into a champagne flute.
At some point during the night my handbag took this picture, I like it. It would make a great print, I plan on holding an exhibition of works called, photos my handbag took, It will be closely followed by "phone calls my face makes" the musical.....
This is all that I care to divulge of the said weekend.
Aaaand What was this weekend in aid of I hear you ask?? ..and if you didn't, then too bad because I am telling you anyway..
This was the Biennial/annual Pap Smear weekend of vagina fabulousness.
We decided to hold it after my beautiful best friend had a recent cervical cancer scare.
After her unexpected results and subsequent treatments, and whilst recovering from several surgeries, we were bewildered, as my friend had only ever skipped one pap test. We were also very grateful that it was only one, another twelve months would have made an enormous difference.
I don't know what I'd do without my best friend.
We kept going through our reasons for putting off our pap's and in all honesty, it boiled down to the fact that they were uncomfortable, inconvenient and not entirely pleasant, with added -time just creeps away. I mean...Having a Vagina is hard fucking work!
Also! Who's idea was it to call it a smear?
Do you think you would get as many people willing to give a stool sample if you called it a poo sifting??
Does it have to be SCHMEEERE for the love of all things good?!?
Pap tests are a pain in the 'front' bum and nothing is really going to change that, so we had to change the way we were thinking about the test, and decided that if a regular pap test involved a sleep in, a whole weekend, a night out with a dear friend, wine, a hot bath, champagne, great food and 80s ballads..then just how marvelous would that be?! I would make a fucking advent calendar for that!
And so it became....The Biennial Pap Smear weekend of vagina fabulousness...see you barely even notice the smear bit do you? Not in amongst all of that awesomeness.
I am so pumped for my next pap test.
I don't know what I'd do without my best friend, so grab yours, and join us.
You just have to think about what it is for you that would make a pap test more pleasant and do it!...then do it every two years after that!
What would be your ideal pap test?
All women over 18 who have ever had sex are advised to have a Pap smear every two years, even if they no longer have sex.
As the most common type of cervical cancer usually takes up to 10 years to develop, there is little advantage in having a Pap smear more frequently than every two years.
Your general practitioner may recommend more frequent Pap smears if a previous smear showed significant cell changes or you experience problems, such as bleeding or pain after sex.