Today is the culmination of two great Aussie passions - sport and a day off. Our horse race is known as the one that stops the nation; well, Melbourne at least. I have always loved this public holiday - when I was studying, it was an opportunity to take a long weekend and cram for exams, and now it is a sign of the end of the busiest part of the year for the day job. So unless we have an invitation to a barbecue, it's a great day to sleep in and chill out. Today I gave the gym a miss but took the girls out for a long walk, visited the smallest nephew and his very chilled out cat. It was great!