Take Mick Liubinskas, put him on earth, simmer.

Mick’s World Tour

April 14th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

The years have gone by

I miss personal blogging……

My stuff. My page. The FB timeline doesn’t do that.

I miss people commenting on my thoughts. Even though FB and TW does that.

Though, I guess, with a young boy and a young business of young businesses I haven’t had much time and appreciate 140 character limits.

I used to use Flickr to blog, but that isn’t working right now….. could I be bothered fixing it….. no.

December 18th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

2010 - The Year That Was

OK, I’m not blogging here much but I thought I could pop in a year newsletter like update.


We started the year pregnant, or at least Karen was, but we couldn’t tell anyone. Then we got the scans and bubsie (as we referred to ‘it’) was fine so we got to tell everyone. We drove up the coast and surprised our parents. They both kind of guessed as Karen didn’t drink wine over Christmas - what a giveaway!


We had mums 60th birthday which was great fun. A good BBQ with everyone, nice wine and some games. The funniest part was that Nola thought we were playing Trivial Pursuit, but we were playing Articulate where you have to get the people in your team to say the word. Mum kept saying ‘but there is only answers here? Where are the questions?” Oh how we laughed and laughed.

We also had the baptism of Alex, who is Christina and John Mabbott’s 2nd son. I was lucky enough to be asked to be God Father.

During an ultrasound a nurse said “She” and we spent the next six months thinking we had a girl coming…


We moved to Lane Cove. Yep, huge. Left the wild lands of Woolloomooloo and fled to the safe harbour of Suburbanism. We found a great place that had so much storage we didn’t know what to do with it. It’s a three bedroom terrace, but in a great spot. We’re 50m from a pizza place, a greengrocer/deli, an asian food place, a chemist and even a massage/beauty place. Sweet.


Karen’s morning sickness finally stopped. There was much rejoicing.

I also joined a new soccer team, the Greenwich Football Club. Pretty good guys, though I felt pretty old.

Polly and Leo settled into the new house and love the big attic with lots of sun.

We took a week off up to mum and dads prior to bubsie joining us. It was nice and relaxing, with Bob and Nola looking after us as always.


We bought a new car. A Honda CRV. Black. I liked the new BlueTooth (though it’s since stopped working for me..) A very typical family car for first timers. :-) So we finally sold Karen’s Silver Astra and also my Silver Vespa - it was a sad time and I enjoyed my last ride to it’s new owners. Maybe I’ll get a Harley one day?

I think Ryan and Klaudia got engaged around this time. Wow huh. Little tiny Ryan is all grown up and getting married. Though I’m really not sure about his choice…. JUST KIDDING - she’s amazing. Lovely, wonderful, fun, generous, kind, considerate and a fantastic cook.


Karen’s birthday was celebrated with her and her nice plump belly. I surprised her with a rocking chair which she really wanted but couldn’t find. Not long to go now. We had a lot more regular visits with our obby, Dr Stephen Morris. I thought he was a bit cold and clinical to begin with. Very efficient. He got a bit nicer by the end. I definitely advise everyone to triple understand the costs…

We also went down to Bowral for the calm birth course. Bowral was lovely, we stayed at Milton Park which was gorgeous. The course was good too. Lots of ‘hey, take it easy, deep breathes and relax.’ We’ll have to see how it goes…


Karen finished up work and enjoyed her very short stint as a lady of leisure. All the girls got her a really nice nappy bag with some fancy brand.

Karen was due on July 29th… but it came and went.

Mick’s work is getting busier - raising a fund, building Spreets and others. Work/life balance juggling.


At about 12.01 on August 2, Karen woke me up with the lights on saying “I think my water just broke…” I was so dazed and sleepy, I just replied “Um, what, huh?” We quickly got into action and calmly packed our bags and jumped into the car. The two cats bid us farewell.

After about 16 hours of labour and with the dialation going backwards, we got advised to pull bubsie out of the sunroof (a caesarian birth for the uninitiated). Dr Morris came in and whilst discussing a new movie with his assistant calmly opened up Karen and presented us with….

A boy!

We named him Samuel James.

45 seconds later, I set up a blog for him. Of course…. find it here > Samuel James Blog and read more about Sam.

We had a rough first few weeks getting used to our new son. Changing nappies, settling, feeding…

In his third week he got sick. Pyloric Stenosis. Read about it on the blog. It was a very hard time but we got through it and now he’s fixed forever. We are so happy.

Big, big, big thanks to our family and friends for supporting us through the pregnancy, birth and operation. Particularly Klaudia for cooking some extra meals for us, it really helped.

An even bigger, bigger, bigger thanks to the nurses and doctors at Sydney Childrens Hospital. They were amazing. They were caring, loving, patient, understanding - just wonderful - thank you.


More life with Sam… Karen loves her mothers group. Some really nice mums and lovely bubs. I’m very glad that she found some good people in there.

We nicknamed Sam Schmoopsie and started making up songs for him.


Dan and Kims bucks weekend and hens night was quickly followed by their wedding. They got torrential rain so it moved inside - it was still lovely. Lots of fun with all of our friends. Maybe the last wedding of that gang - unless Will marries of course… ;-)

The next day we had Beatrice’s first birthday. So much fun with all the kids.


Another Wedding - Amy and Oliver - what an awesome couple and a perfect match. Up the Central Coast with a big marquee. We had a table with 4 pregnant women on it and us with Sam. Sheesh. A good fun night.

We also had a big weekend away up to Port Stephens for Karen and my 3rd wedding anniversary and my birthday. It was so much fun. Sam had his first dip in the pool and first trip to the beach.


The final wedding of the year (Sam’s third…) for Georgie and Martin - so happy for her to find a great guy. They had a wonderful location up on Bradley’s Head and a fun night was had by all. I realised that I wore the same thing to all 3 weddings and while there were no people at any two, the photos will be the same. Doh.

OK, December isn’t over yet but that’s the update so far.


It’s funny that seeing it written there, 2011 seems like some futuristic date that should include flying cars. But it’s 3 weeks away as I write this. Wow.

I hope for another huge year. Lots of great fun as Sam turns 1. More constant laughter at each other with Karen and I. Hopefully a big fun trip to Fiji for a lot of my (very very old) friends as they turn 40. Some big wins with work. A fabulous wedding of Ryan and Klaudia. Good times with friends. Everyone happy and healthy!

See you there!

April 27th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Mick’s Book on Africa

Bus Yard in Uganda, originally uploaded by bigmick.

Here is a good way to preview the book I wrote about my time in Tanzania.

If you want to make your own book, head to Blurb Print On Demand Books.


March 31st, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Last minute deals on sinking island resort

Mizu na Pia [Mizu in the Sink], originally uploaded by Jim Skea.

Wow, this is bizarre. An island resort off Australia is doing amazing deals because they might sink soon. The weight of the resort and global warming is combining.


Amazing accommodation prices for a sinking island resort

March 7th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

My new Lane Cove Bus Driver

my new bus driver., originally uploaded by bigmick.

I hope there is seat belts

February 28th, 2010 at 5:28 am

Last Dinner

I had a rare Sunday night off work to have a great BBQ with neighbours.

3 bottles of great red wine later, and 1 shot of Konyagi, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself.

It’s our last Sunday night in Woolloomooloo, of which I’m bitter sweet sad. It’s been great and thanks to all those who made it special.

Old Fitzroy


February 6th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Tegan And Sara on Moshcam

tegan and sara, originally uploaded by babblingdweeb.

Enjoying watching some live music via Moshcam;

These girls are from Canada but for some reason their heads don’t bounce up and down like Canadians do on South Park…

Watch Tegan and Sara and other great gigs on Moshcam.

January 28th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Lacking the Courage of My Convictions

Cigarette Butts — IMG_7502, originally uploaded by stevendepolo.

Last week a guy spat in front of my bike and said “Where my sposed to spit mate?” when I gave him a dirty look.

This morning a guy dropped a box on the ground and drove off.

Every day people drop cigarette butts on the ground and leave them.

Lots of things piss me off and I get very disappointed in people.

I wonder though, am I more disappointed in them or in my lack of courage to do anything about it.

January 13th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I’m back!

rebel yell, originally uploaded by plasticrevolver.

I want to start blogging more this year.

So here goes………..


October 18th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Pop and the McKenzie sign

Pop and the McKenzie sign, originally uploaded by bigmick.

Pop came to visit this weekend. He even got up the stairs to see our deck. (click pic to see more)

Most of the houses in my area had names. Mine didn’t, so I thought I’d name it after my nan and pop. McKenzie.