ElizeElvinFoxRyder

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    ElizeElvinFoxRyder - Running with the dogs

    Thanks, I'm hoping it sticks, or doesn't stick. We call beef jerky, biltong. Traditional South African snack I bought biltong, dry wors, and cabanossi (like dry wors, but a smoky red meat, rather than the normal dark meat of biltong) for the family again today. I also repackaged it in 50g small brown paper bags (plastic makes it sweat and go bad), and the boys, and Brandt know only one bag per day (I'm not their favourite person when I do this). Pork rinds are good, and you can easily make it yourself. If your butchery sells raw pork rind, then you can cut them in strips and bake them in your oven. You can keep it in an airtight container in the fridge. Play around with seasonings when you bake them. We always have carrots in the fridge, so I really just need to get one out (depending on size), maybe cut in rings, put in a container, and I can munch on them too. Same with sweat peas/sugar snap peas, and cucumbers. I'm also going to make some Fathead sausage rolls (tonight I'll fill them with a beef meatball mixture for dinner), or I can make Fathead crackers. There really are a lot of options, I must just do it. Yes, they're following in his footsteps. It came out now that they supported Mugabe all the time. Week 4 - Thursday: De-stress: Morning coffee, afternoon reading while Adam rode. Finances: Nothing yet. Burpees: Nothing yet. Pushups: 143 Walking: Wednesday, nothing else. Dog run: Played inside with Zuzu a bit. Food: No/Low Gluten, Starch, Sugar: Nothing untoward. Water/Tea: Had water. Not enough, but more than previously. Coffee: On par. Measurements: Done.
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    Annyshay Writes Like the Wind

    Glad an awesome doctor like you are there for the patients, and glad that you have an amazing team to support you. All the best for the weekend.
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    ElizeElvinFoxRyder - Running with the dogs

    Thanks Rho. That means a lot to me. I really hope you have a peaceful time, wherever you spend your Christmas, so that you can recharge your batteries and get some well deserved rest. I just hope his family totally forgets about the idea to spend Christmas at our house this year. Brandt won't encourage it, but he'll probably say yes if I don't give a vehement and very aggressive NO! We discussed it in July on our way back from Sabie then, and I gave him as much of my opinion and feelings as I could with two big eared boys in the back of the car, listening to every word. We spend Christmas at our own home every year, because 1. Brandt hates travelling that time of the year, and 2. we have actually come to enjoy the peace and quiet. We don't make a big thing of it either, and luckily because it is summer, cold meat and salads, as well as fruit and ice cream are in. Yes. Yes safety is definitely a big part of the reason. Everyday safety against criminals, but also political safety. There are political parties openly shouting for the killing of whites and nothing is done against them. Even our Human Rights Commission doesn't act against them, except if other parties take them to court. Unfortunately also the direction our government has been going towards the last 20+ years, and accelerated the last 3+yrs. With new laws being pushed through that state people's property/land can be taken without compensation, and no other reason than the government wants it, as well as minority groups being pushed out of certain (tertiary) education (at the moment) and job prospects, it is becoming more and more difficult to go on. Everyone in the country are affected, except high officials in government. Our government is exceptionally corrupt. There has been times that he stood up and talked out against his mom and his brother, in particular. Unfortunately I'm blamed for that as well. But he stood up for us, the boys, and that is what counts. It's been easier for him to just ignore things, but maybe. Maybe with everything chafing he'll realise that having boundaries is better. I'm also still learning that I can allow that boundaries, that I'm not in the wrong by wanting those boundaries. But I want those boundaries because they stop me from being hurt. He isn't being hurt, he isn't really affected, except if I talk to him about it, and try to tell him how it hurts me. So *shrug* I really don't know. He also doesn't talk easily so I sometimes are at a real loss for what he feels.
  4. Avatar is the game version of the movie taking place on Pandora planet, with the blue people It is based on that story, and things go basically along the same lines as in the movie, but you get to a point where you decide whether you are pro humans or pro Na'vi. You have some leeway to roam around and do things, but it is pretty much scripted what follows on. I tend to like this combination, but also where there are multiple endings depending on your choices, which is what Fable III tried to do. You have a reputation that changes according to your choices. Heaven's Vault also has a story line with different endings depending on your choices, but you have more freedom to follow whims, but you end up having to go past certain particular points. What I read is that depending on your choices, certain other choices or side story lines might not even show up in your game. I have played fps games, and my all time favourite is still Soldier of Fortune I and II. I seriously dislike online games, and multiplayer games. I want to play by myself, enjoy myself and do what I want to do. For some or other reason other fps' that I've tried just doesn't tally up to SoF, and that puts me off. I tried the boys' Halo games but it is on the XBox and I also dislike the controller. I'm a keyboard player. My fingers can move crazy fast over those keys, but put me on a console and I'm all thumbs and toes and don't know what is what. Probably comes from all the years of touch typing. I know where the keys are. The controller frustrates me endlessly. Another action game I tried was Tomb Raider, Anniversary edition. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but I don't play for long stretches of time, thus loose the thread, and forget the keys and then it takes forever to get up and playing again. So I loose interest and just push it aside. The only shooting game I'm playing at the moment is Reload. It is a basic shooting practice game, that takes you through pistols, rifles, shotguns, and then various scenarios in which you have to shoot. All on ranges, like in real life. It helps with reaction time and aiming in real life. And if you hold your breath when shooting in a standing position, or anytime with the rifle, you learn breathing too. I would love to have a touch screen with laser pistol so that I could have the real life feel and weight of a 9mm pistol when I shoot though. Yip.
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    Hello, I'm Rho

    You might have a sprained wrist, but I bet whoever you clogged in your nightmare has a sore jaw! *hugs* I know it isn't funny, and I didn't mean for it to be. Sending you lots of hugs and love from this side. You can restart your life anytime you want! You could have been the worst of criminals, but if you decide to press that button, and change your life, you can. You will have to face the consequences of your actions, that is what responsibility is all about, but... you can be who you want to be. Then again... I personally see you as one great lady. You are brave beyond words! And I know that for a fact! You are amazing, resilient, strong, you are beautiful - inside and out - you have such a beautiful heart. You have respect for people, you care, you are kind, you are a dedicated worker, you are one amazing person. I wish we could be friends in real life, and not just online.
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    Bouncer Hangs Out with Uncle Iroh

    Oh my word, you are so lucky! I'm so glad to hear that you weren't seriously hurt. Nice changes to make things work better for you, w.r.t. home work and sleep (or staying up after midnight).
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    maegs is 15 minutes late with Starbucks

    Those are beautiful colours! Yes, you better get the blanket done sooner rather than later. Babies do have that tendency to surprise people with their arrival All the best for the rest of this Business Analysis course you are doing.
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    TGP voyages to the Edge of the Map!

    Wow, way to go!
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    ElizeElvinFoxRyder - Running with the dogs

    Week 4 - Wednesday: De-stress: Yes! Morning coffee. Chat with Brandt who is much more relaxed. Finances: Nothing yet. Burpees: Nothing yet. Pushups: 143 Walking: Yes! 4.9km in cool weather. But I was ravenous afterwards. Dog run: Played inside with Zuzu, but only for a short while. Adam played with him some more. Food: No/Low Gluten, Starch, Sugar: Was ravenous after my walk. Bought samoosas and spring rolls at the shop, while waiting for the boys to finish Lego. I've realised that I've cut on my food, but I'm getting a bit hungry at times. That is when I buy wrong foods, or nibble on things. So have a look at how much I'm eating, and always make sure that I have something meaty to nibble on. Water/Tea: We've cleaned our water filters, but water is still dusty. Then read that a lot of mud got into the municipal water pipes when they fixed the broken pipes over the weekend. So, that might be how it got into our tanks too, as we forgot to pump water to the top tank and it drew from the municipal pipe. Brandt now pumps water to the top tank every other day. Bought clean, filtered water from Oasis shop for household anyway, so drinking that now. Coffee: Back to four mugs. Yes, this is ok again. Measurements: Weighed on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, because my belt could be tightened more, and I seem to have lost another 1kg. Stood on 96.9kg! I was however bloated, with cramps last night from the samoosa and spring roll, so ... will see what the scale says next week. Also received a lot of documentation back which we've requested. Brandt other degree's transcript, and a quote for translation of official documentation into English. Yikes! R5000 for +-11 pages to be officially (accredited) translated from Afrikaans to English! The lady is coming to our province (Durban beach) next week on holiday, so she said she could do the translation beforehand, bring the documents with her, and I could collect in Durban (the same weekend that I'm NOT going away), instead of extra courier fees to fetch. There are probably other people who can do this, but she came highly recommended on the emigration group on Fb. Brandt told me to go ahead with it. I've uploaded visa photos, these extra documents, etc. Still a couple more docs that need to be sorted. I've also arrange to sell my 2nd hand math books (Life of Fred that we've moved past), and buy 2nd hand LOF books (to use late next year) from parents who happen to live out of town. As it happens, I might have to collect those books in Durban, on THAT weekend as well. So it seems everything is happening next weekend now. Just as well that I'm not going away. Today is a really sunny day! I expected as much yesterday when the mist came in so thick driving home from Lego, that we could only see about 10-20m in front of us. I have to run various errands for Brandt and home today and tomorrow. Adam will also have his first riding lesson in nearly a month, today. I also have a new book to proof read by the end of the weekend. Have to rush out now. Chat again soon.
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    ElizeElvinFoxRyder - Running with the dogs

    Thanks E.G. I asked him last year and the year before. I didn't state it outright again this time (October and now), but he knows how I feel. I also realised, even though he has had a lifetime of dealing with it (well 51yrs), he still hates confrontations, especially with his mom, and it racks up his stress as well. As soon as he heard that I'd spoken to her, he visibly relaxed. As much as I want him to stand up for me/us, as much as it would bring a stop to the nonsense (or at least lessen it), he is as much under the pressure as I am. Then again, she specifically talks to me either on the phone, or when he isn't around. So she is going about it behind his back. So him previously talking about situations didn't change anything except now she goes behind his back to comment. That's true, because I also stood up against Francoisana, and she hasn't brought up that conversation again. Yes, m.i.l. will probably have a lot to say after the weekend. I guess I am also unhappy, because I don't want this from her. She knows the situation between my mom and I, and I expected m.i.l. to be different, because I've accepted her in the role as my mother. And it hit me, as I mentioned to E.G. that even though he spoke to her on other occasions (after I've had to defend myself/the boys/our household many times) that the only change in her actions has been to now comment behind his back, when Brandt is either not in the room, not close by at all, or over the phone, where Brandt doesn't listen in. She never makes comments like these in front of him. Our area still has the lowest crime rate stats for this town/city. This is the situation of the whole country, unfortunately. Police has already sent out warnings that 'Christmas/Holiday' season crimes are starting and they expect it to be higher than previous years. The whole country has had issues this year with dog poisonings too. The investigative news channel even broadcasted an episode about it. Our area was also hard hit, but we are very, very lucky that none of our dogs were poisoned! We've had at least ten incidences in a 1km radius around our house this year, that I can remember. The dogs are poisoned, and within that same week the house are broken into. Our dogs sleep inside the house. When we go out, I usually let them stay outside (if sunny), but while we are home, they are able to come and go as they please. They are part of our family/pack, and we believe, therefore looks after us, to protect us, as part of the pack. I've learned about boundaries and people here on NF. I've now cut some people out of my life because of them constantly having pushed me to do what I don't want to do. There is another family now whose son I'm not going to allow to come here any more, at least not frequently. And I'm not going to allow the boys to play there, either. Yes, true. But... I see a lot of families who are struggling with their kids who have Aspergers, and they sometimes just allow that child to have his way, thus the child becomes selfish and self-centred, because it is just easier to let the child be (at times), than to try and enforce rules/manners. The boys have one such boy in Lego class, but both the teacher and the mom of the boy is very strict on him. Then this other boy who comes to play computer games here, who I recently had trouble with... he actually doesn't have Aspergers, but is dyslexic. At home he seems to be getting away with anything. I don't allow it here. We've also previously had friends with kids with Aspergers, and at home the one boy could do basically what he wanted, but he knew in my home I had rules. The kids were a lot younger, and he usually listened to me, whereas he threw tantrums like crazy at his own home. So ... those family members you mentioned might have Aspergers, and Aspergers as such isn't the cause of their actions, but the way they were raised, or maybe they were allowed to get away with things, which taught them that bad behaviour.
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    Bouncer Hangs Out with Uncle Iroh

    Wow you got so much done! I am very glad that even though your card info was stolen, you didn't loose money! That Sunday group sounds interesting. Could learn a lot at such a group. I also totally agree, we learn so much from our hardships, not just to handle that particular situation, but other things like patience, planning, realising things/character traits about ourselves and/or others... And that there is usually an end to hardships as well, and you appreciate the good times more.
  12. Yes, sure. I'll do it tonight, if you don't mind. First some school work, other admin, extra-murals for the boys. I'll pm you when I'm done. More recent (within the last 10years ) games for me: Two Worlds (original), Fable III, Mystery/Adventure games which is basically solving puzzles, hidden objects (Grim Legends, Eventide, Kingmaker, Trine), Scribblenauts, Fallout Shelter, Civitatem, Epistory Typing Chronicles, This War of Mine, Heaven's Vault, House Flipper. Another interesting game is 80 Days, based on the novel, and there is also Avatar. Another interesting game (pixelated) which is quirky and based on 80s cops' shows, is Beat Cop. At the moment I would honestly say that Epistory, Heaven's Vault, and the Mystery/Adventure games with puzzle solving, are my absolute favourites. With Heaven's Vault there is an archaic language (pictoglyphics) which you have to figure out and I spent hours trying to solve the language.
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    ElizeElvinFoxRyder - Running with the dogs

    Ok, I have to add this... I phoned m.i.l. just now, said Adam and I won't come, and she was nice the whole time. Said she was sorry to hear but that is just how it is. Told her that Rocco still wanted to go up with Brandt, if it wasn't a problem, and she was fine with that. Said there was no problem. We talked a bit about her new bird, she said how she enjoyed him talking to her, and then we said good bye. I really don't understand.
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    ElizeElvinFoxRyder - Running with the dogs

    To have normal household contents theft cover will cost about R300/month more, excluding things like our computers and fire arms which have to be specified. That will cost probably about double that, I'm not sure. I haven't gotten a quote recently, but yes, it is a hefty amount more. Also because of the high crime rate throughout the country, some insurance companies kind of insist you have an alarm system (linked to security company), not just dogs, otherwise they load your premium because of 'extra risk'. You also have to prove that your house was forcibly entered into, or they don't pay. We already have security doors at all the doors that open to the outside, and burglar bars in front of all the windows that can open. We also have three dogs who are way better than any security company (in our opinion). Yes, she's going to have a full house. Two other families will be there as well. This isn't the first time that I've refused to go up. Brandt won't see it differently, and he won't change his plans. I've been told that I'm the one who has to change how I think about it, or how I see it. I guess me standing up for myself more and more is throwing a spanner in the works. I don't understand it...
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    ElizeElvinFoxRyder - Running with the dogs

    Thanks guys, but ... Brandt asked me this morning just before leaving for work, whether I'm now really going to stay? I said yes, I'll buy the things his mom wants us to get her, and send it along with him. I'm not going. He got really upset, told me that I then have to tell her, he won't do it, and drove off. The year before last he told me I take things too personally and my reaction is childish. So yeah, I'm not really happy at the moment. Honestly I feel like crying. I still feel staying is the right thing for me to do, and your words has bolstered my thoughts, I'm just... I'm just upset. The boys heard then that I've decided to stay. They immediately said, then their not going with either. I told them there would be other people there with kids they could play with, and granny's bought that new bird that can talk... Adam is adamant, he isn't going if I'm not going, because first, too many people, second they'll have to stay at the cycling race the whole time, third granny is going to moan because she feels she has to watch them while at the pool the whole time, and lastly she has to look after them because I'm not there. He is set, and he isn't even upset about it. Rocco said he'll go, because those things won't bother him. I also think it is about him being allowed to eat as much bread and biscuits as he wants to. I'm not there trying to be strict about food. I told them to sleep on it, and not to worry about it. They should think what they really want to do, if they want to go, no problem. If they want to stay, no problem. I think this is partly why I also want to go away to NZ so badly - then I get away from these situations. I can get away from everything I have to put up with that I hate/seriously dislike. Never mind safety, job opportunities for Brandt, education and future for the boys... Oh my word. We once had a huge veld fire coming over the ridge, and the fire department sent out warnings, but we didn't have to evacuate. Keeping a packed bag ready is a really good idea. I have some things in the car at all times because they are needed when you least expect it (especially when you have kids). One of those silver blankets are in our medical kit in the car, there is a thick, padded picnic blanket which does keep you warm (made it myself), and two of the boys' smaller blankets, extra jackets for all of us, umbrella, sunscreen, hats, a 5L bottle of water, a small emergency flashlight... But you have some really good ideas here. Glad you were safe and had your music with you. --------------------00-------------------- The sun is out and shining weakly, but we can actually see it. The challenge is not looking good, but I'm hoping to pick things up. Week 4 - Monday: De-stress: No morning coffee in bed. No time during the day. Did relax at swimming. Finances: Nothing yet. Burpees: Nothing yet. Pushups: 143 Walking: Not yet. Dog run: Played inside with Zuzu. He chased the vacuum cleaner head yesterday morning. He chased monkeys later in the day. His collar is more loose, so he seems to be starting to loose weight. Food: No/Low Gluten, Starch, Sugar: Had milo after swimming, and a small chocolate. Water/Tea: Need to get water at the shop. There is a lot of dust in our tanks. The filters are getting everything out. Coffee: Back to four mugs. Yes, this is ok again. Measurements: Weighed on Monday. Weight stable at 97.9kg No measurements taken, but my belt is looser, goes into the last hole, and I can pull it tighter if there were more holes. But it is a man's belt, so bigger than a woman's. ADDED: I cleaned the house thoroughly yesterday. Did a lot of cooking. Did a lot of prep work on the school stuff. I'm having to nag Brandt about things he has to do document wise for the agency. He's back to not wanting to talk about it, and getting upset when I try to tell him the things I've done and still have to arrange
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    TGP voyages to the Edge of the Map!

    This is fantastic! Well done! You've really worked hard these last two years. I know how you feel. At first I also thought I'm feeling ashamed or as if I've let myself down, on not achieving my goals or not getting to it. But there will always be those bumps - ups and downs that you've mentioned. I do withdraw a bit, to think about things, try to work it out in my head, but I've realised that if I focus too much on what I can't or didn't do, then I don't get around to trying again. This challenge I've been down so much, almost never got to doing my exercises, but I'm trying to focus on getting up and doing something. But as you said, it's hard, and *shrug* I'm also struggling to get myself motivated. You got out and up again! That is very inspiring. I've done some of the things on your list. The only thing that comes close to doing something for such a long time at a stretch was when I hiked (rucked). I really miss those 5 day long hikes, where you would be walking for 4-5+ hrs a day, get to a camp site, stay the night, then pick up and go the next morning. Out in nature where there sometimes aren't even cellphone reception (although that might have changed). I put in long hours training for those hills, mountainous terrain, and once semi-dessert. Fond memories. I've seen the scale drop previously, and at the moment it does make me smile that I've come down some, and it is staying down. Moving from machines to free weights... yeah, we have a stand with a lot of bars, weight plates and some dumbbells here at home. I just need to get to it again. "Clean eating meal" Banting for the win previously, and good, healthy, nice food when I manage it now is a winner too. Training for a big event: training for the hiking trips, and those Muddy Princesses... and a couple other small family OCRs... Never mind doing 10 real pushups... 1 proper, real pushup was a big inspiration! Moving up a weight class. Did happen previously. A couple more things have happened previously. Just need to get to it again, I guess.
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    ElizeElvinFoxRyder - Running with the dogs

    One of the reasons why I would go for our computers first! I also have all this on my HD and backups. Basically all our finances, invoices/receipts, and all Brandt's tax stuff is on my computer, so we'll definitely need it. Our insurance with regards to household content is set specifically for 'acts of God'. So we'll only be paid out for household contents being damaged/lost if it happens due to serious freak/weather situations. Which this was at that time, but if we are broken into or stuff stolen from our property, we don't have any cover.
  18. Brandt is rather up to date, me not that much anymore, but I'm trying to catch up again as Brandt is looking to buy a new computer, and he likes discussing the options. He's looked at Python at one stage, but most of his work is with Delphi, SQL, C++, C#, and then whatever else (like drawing programmes, etc.) he might need for whatever job he is on. At the moment some of the guys at his one office uses Json a lot, so he is teaching himself that to be able to help them at times. I just catch some of the talk if I have to see him at his office, so I'm really not too clued in on whatever they are using. When we looked at SSD for my computer about three years ago it was R2500 for a small (I think) 100Gb (so about 10x your price). I don't think it was NVMe though. Brandt has probably read about it, but I'll show him your comment. Awesome! I used to run Ubuntu as a dual boot with Windows on my old computer. When I upgraded to Win10 I had so much trouble installing as a dual boot that I just gave up and started using Windows. I know I could have installed a virtual windows, but the hassle with everything just because I wanted to play games was just too much for what I was willing to work out or learn. So I stuck with Windows but I fondly think back to Ubuntu. At one stage I got quite handy with Linux code, but at the moment I can't remember anything! I've forgotten so much through the years. Oh I basically read my favourite authors' books before they launch them on Amazon (and all the other e-book sites). Some (indie) authors ask for people to help to cut down on their costs, and you have to both find errors, and write a review. In return you get the book for free. I check for everything from punctuation to spelling, grammar, sentence structure, correct word use (homophones and things like 'rather use teenager instead of teen aged child), but also things like story-line (what did they say about this character or place in one book, or at the beginning of the story, and what are they saying now). The authors have a group of readers who do this job for them. At the moment I'm helping two ladies in Australia, and one in UK, although the one in UK I basically only do ARC reading for. Her books are very long and I just don't have the time to read it in the three to four days she normally gives, but apparently I still manage to find problems like story line and character glitches, if they are there, which the other readers don't pick up on. She even used my sons in one of her books! We became very good friends. In summary: fps (mayhem and destruction), then animals and building games. Minecraft* of course, then old favourites like Ark Survival* (and some of its add-ons), Jurassic World Evolution*, Spore*, Scrap Mechanics*, Sims 4*, the old War Craft* and Star Craft*, and of course some of the Lego games*. FPSs: Halo (Halo Wars on PC), Call of Duty, Star Wars*, Battlefield 1*, Team Fortress 2*, Titanfall 2*, Fall Out 4* (and more in its series), Doom 2016* and Doom II*. Assassins' Creed, and BioShock (although some of these are on XBox and not PC*). Their computer struggles with Ark nowadays and Doom2016 (a little bit, not much).
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    Baby JackJack-little but POWERFUL/An Elastigirl challenge

    Way to go on the Vitamins and all the planning and reservations. So exciting to go to Disneyworld!
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    Wait, This is a Fitness Site, Isn't It? Tanktimus Gets Back to Work

    Man she is holding her head up nicely! So strong and interested in what is going on around her! Sweet Oh and well done with you and Sra. rucking/walking.
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    ElizeElvinFoxRyder - Running with the dogs

    It has been a hellish couple of weeks, keeping track of the monkey troop. The magic dust that had corrupted the male and female alpha leaders' senses, had shown no signs of weakening. Neither were there any signs of change in the rest of the group of mischief makers. Elize and her pack of hunting dogs had been following after them, keeping an eye, trying to stop mischief where they could. Scaring the troop away from human habitation, preventing more attacks. But they never engaged directly. They stayed vigilant, aware. Then came the rain, and the storms. Luckily it stopped the troop from going out causing chaos, but it brought its own problems. Elize and her pack had to stay put, weather the storms as they raged all around. Hail came down in fist size chunks of ice, bulldozing trees from above. Small critters came scurrying into their cave looking for warmth and safety. Bigger animals had taken to dark, close packed forest areas, where the top branches of age old trees, stopped some of the hail and rain. Wherever they could find a hollow or some shelter, the animals took it. The dogs, with Missy as leader, dug trenches all around to lead the rushing streams of water away from their shallow cave in the hollow of the rocky outcrop. Elize dragged pieces of branches around to form more of a barricade to their shelter. Layers upon layers of leaves created a bigger 'roof' to enlarge their shelter for others to find refuge as well. Her little bit of magic helped to keep everything solidly in place. As Elize woke up from a fitful night's sleep, she got a huge fright when she saw the hulking form next to the fire, warming his hands. "Your awake," he mumbled around his long-stemmed pipe, his gray, grizzly beard hardly moving. The rim of his gray hat lifted ever so slightly, and two twinkling, laughing eyes looked her over. "Not much worse for wear. Your pack told me you had a terrible time with the weather." Elize relaxed her muscles, and slowly let go of the firearm she had instinctively grabbed lying next to her bedroll. "Gandalf," she expelled on a sigh. "Good to see you, old friend. What are you doing here?" She took the mug of coffee he was holding out to her, cupping it in her cold hands. "I found a spell of reality which might work on tranquilisers. Thought I'd come myself, help you with this ... situation," he sucked on his pipe, huffing the smoke out, which twirled lazily up to where a slight draft took it out into the morning air. "That would be marvelous" she answered, hope lifting her voice and emotions. She absentmindedly rubbed Rosy behind the ears. Zuzu also crept closer to those 'magical fingers'. They could always find just the right spot that needed a scratch. Elize immediately felt the cold creeping into her toes, inside her sleeping bag, when the two dogs moved away from her feet, but she didn't pay it much attention, her mind already racing with possibilities. Missy was laying calmly at the cave opening, tongue lolling pink in the early morning light. She seemed to have a big smile on her face too. Little furry bundles could be seen curled up against her flank. Some were starting to move around, and soon stretched themselves out. Nothing like a warm, dog body to curl up against in cold, hard times. There's always a ray of light in any situation, if you look at it from the right angle. Elize informed Gandalf of the situation with the Malicious Monkey Troop. They've been running around, putting out the proverbial fires, but not really accomplishing anything. They made plans for the coming week. They would corner the monkey troop, going first for the big ones. If they fell, the little ones won't know what to do, and should be easier to handle. If they couldn't get the big ones, as they usually make sure they were very well protected by their followers, they'll take out the next in line. The storms had thrown the troops' movement into disarray. Will they fall back into their old pattern? Elize, Gandalf and the pack will just have to take it as it comes. They couldn't plan for specific places, specific times. This was almost a case of gorilla warfare. Gandalf had brought a big flask with tranquiliser liquid, as well as empty darts. He would first infuse the liquid in the flask with the new magic spell he'd found. Then Elize had the very exact job of making darts. They would also have to be colour coded. Bigger dosages for bigger members of the pack. They worked equably as a team throughout the day; making jokes, filling each other in about happenings from their respective communities. Gandalf came all the way from The Land of the Big White Clouds. That was where he had found this particular spell. By night time they were ready. They had their 'ammunition' set, their plans, as much as they could plan, were thought out. There should be more than enough tranquiliser for the whole troop, and then some. Elize and her pack had run a perimeter sweep earlier the day to check on the whereabouts of the troop, but the latter had not moved. They were very cautious of the storm still brewing around the ridges of their rocky outcrop. Gandalf set perimeter warnings before retreating into the shelter. Time for a good night's rest. Tomorrow will come soon enough. --------------------00-------------------- All that to say that I basically hadn't moved in any which way with my goals for this challenge. But I'm gathering my ammunition together, making my plans, picking up and going to continue. I thought about a lot of my particular monkeys over the last week, and one especially hit me over the weekend. Some emotion/emotional thinking following for those who'd prefer to skip... Something else I've come to realise and accept. When/If we emigrate, we won't be able to take Missy with. If there is one thing that last week's storms showed me it is that she really doesn't cope in bad weather, and NZ has a lot of storms (depending on where you live, but still). Also... and this is the big reason, I found two new lumps on her. One in her face, next to her right eye, and one on her neck. Age wise she is 12yrs, but healthy and fit, but we've already had two lumps removed last year. It took her a whole year to get back from those two operations. I just don't want to put her through the stress in her old age, on a long term basis. I'm just going to go on for now, not take any drastic measures, until we finally know what our future looks like. Now I'm going to clean the house. It's raining again. Gardener didn't come to work. Brandt asked, if I'm really staying, would I paint the weight lift stands.
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    Wait, This is a Fitness Site, Isn't It? Tanktimus Gets Back to Work

    Maybe some stress release caused it? Hope it clears up totally, soon.
  23. Just make sure you have enough fans with an overclocked machine. They overheat very fast. The normal fans that come with your CPU unit, isn't always enough to cool things down. But I see with Antec you can choose your own power supply, so check for those fans. The boys' and my computers aren't top of the range anymore but funny enough theirs (which is our old computer upgraded a bit) can still keep up with most of the games out there, except the really big games driven by graphics overload. I don't think a lot of gamers (well not here in South Africa anyway) can afford such big machines. Hubby says your system looks good enough to get some good gaming development going (he is a Delphi developer, not games). You will need more hard drive space though. The boys' desktop is an i3 with 8Gb ram, nVidia GTX660, with 2x500Gb hard drives. They have a very old box, but it works fine after we put a new power supply in. I can't remember what m.board they have, and their playing at the moment, so I can't look up what i3. Can't remember those details you know We both run 64bit Windows systems and it manages fine. But your machine looks great! I think you can do a stellar job on it. And obviously you'll be able to run office suites or at least a writing programme, although I don't know what MS Word needs nowadays. We use LibreOffice and have no problems. But then you'll probably use something specifically for writing/authors. (Talk about being out of the loop working from home). I have an i5-6500 (3.2GHz) with 8Gb ram, and a nVidia GTX950 GPU. I can't remember which motherboard exactly (but I prefer Intel run). We don't use solid state HDs as it is too expensive and you still need the actual space. We just don't think (for us and our not so serious gaming and uses) that the speed increase is worth the price tag. We put a little more money in our screens though. We also don't have top of the range, but the boys have a 17" and I have a 21" or 23" (memory thing again) full HD 1920x1800 LG brand. I like the bigger screens because I frequently have two programmes running at the same time. For instance when I'm proof reading, the reading app is on the left, and the writing app on the right to note mistakes. No Alt+Tab-ing anymore between views. Hubby uses two/three screens at work for development purposes, but here at home his laptops are also 17" full HDs. Also doesn't mess up your eyes as much. Enjoy your baby! I think (mho) it is a great machine to start off with and get you going for the foreseeable future.