Smaggle in 2012

Dear Smagglets

As the year 2012 draws to an end, when chocolate becomes the base ingredient of most of my meals, when wearing shoes is entirely optional and when I don’t drink anything that doesn’t contain gin and lemon slices, I think it’s important to reflect on the year that’s past and give my loved ones a little review – family newsletter style.

The beginning of the year saw Mr Smaggle and I moving into a one bedroom flat and officially living ‘alone’ together for the first time. We bought a fridge together, a couch together and a bed together. We are also now legally a defacto couple which sounds so un-sexy it makes my libido quiver. I’m going to stick to calling Mr Smaggle my Hunk of Love Spunk if you don’t mind.

Mr Smaggle continues to talk total shit in his sleep. Highlights of 2012 including ‘Yeah, yeah, nah, nah, we’ll have to get it laminated.‘ and ‘Is this even real?providing endless amusement for both myself and all my Facebook followers.

Professionally speaking it’s been a pretty fabulous year. I’ve been reviewing restaurants, writing artists statements, blogging professionally and penning descriptions for designer jewellery collections. Generating a tidy little income without having to shower or wear pants. It’s really all I’ve ever wanted from life.

Mr Smaggle and I are almost ready (and by ‘almost’ I mean ‘in the next five years or so’) to take the next step in our relationship and get a dog. We already have a cat that comes and sits on our balcony and stares at us for hours through the window so I think we’re pretty prepared.

Smaggle is going great guns and I’m constantly ignoring how many people read my blog every month or otherwise I’ll get really self conscious. Blog highlight of the year has to be my trip to India with World Vision. It was one of the most extraordinary experiences that I’ve ever had and that’s not just because we found porn in a hotel room.

The year was also filled with lots of celebrations. Weddings, graduations, engagements and lots of general merriment which is great because that usually means champagne.

I’m mostly grateful that my family is happy and healthy. It’s not something I ever take for granted and if I reach December and can celebrate that, it’s been a bloody good year in my opinion!

I’m signing off for the year today my loves… we’re headed to Mr Smaggle’s family farm for Christmas and the internet connection is pretty shabby out there. I’m gearing up for a few days of long walks, fresh produce, motorbike riding and just generally being really wholesome on a farm.

I’ll be back in the New Year but I’ve scheduled some flash back posts to tide you over.

I wish you all a wonderful, happy and safe Christmas. Rest up, be good to yourselves and have fun.










Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.


  1. Sugandha 4 years ago

    Have a Merry Christmas and safe holiday season! See you in the New Year 🙂

  2. Love you Smags – stoked we had some extreme fun together this year. More please in 2013. X

  3. Tara 4 years ago

    Thanks for your contribution to the interwebs in 2012. You brightened many a day for me. Enjoy your well earned break.

  4. Nessbow 4 years ago

    Merry Christmas to you!

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