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  2. ElizeElvinFoxRyder

    ElizeElvinFoxRyder - Elize Rydes into Spring

    That makes total sense. I also shouldn't immediately have thought that she is again blaming me, or trying to find fault with me. We know this is going to be difficult for her. She has a lot of people to rely on where she stays, but of her two sons, Brandt is the one who always fixes things when we visit there. He is the one she phones when she has computer problems. I don't really know how to handle it, what to say to her, to be honest. It will be difficult to get her there, but not impossible. They've been allowing more and more parents to go over to join their adult kids. And as soon as we have residency we can start the process, if she is willing. I know the one thing that bothers Brandt a lot (well both of us) is what to do should she become desperately ill (and die) this side, when we are there? The one time we discussed it I told him that he could then take leave, come over and do what needs to be done, depending on our financial situation. It is very expensive for the whole family to fly return, but not so much for only one person. I also worry what I'll do if the same happens to my mom. It is still my responsibility. I asked Brandt this morning whether his mom has mentioned or asked anything about the emigration (he spoke to her twice on the phone these last two weeks), and he tensed up immediately. He didn't answer, but wanted to know what she said to me. He came to the same conclusion as you, Tank, but he is something between angry and upset. I rather dropped the subject then. Ranger proverb is true and accurate. Yes, some places in NZ apparently also come for rent with machines, and beginning of this year when I tried to work out prices and options w.r.t. moving, I realised that you could get great deals in NZ for cash and on specials. Also they have some machines for short term rent in the bigger towns. In the meantime we just have to nurse the machines to a point where we know for sure what we are going to do, or we can't continue with them anymore, if moving takes too long. We don't have much longer time than next year July anyway, due to Brandt's age and laws w.r.t. residency. Well, pushing it, and praying that things work out 100% maybe till next year December. --------------------00------------------- It's not the car's battery, or the alternator or anything there that's causing the problems. Either the fuel pump relay, or the fuel pump itself has stopped working. I'm driving Brandt's Uno today, trying to find a spare part. If I can't we have to look at renting a vehicle for the weekend, because of the cycling race. I will have to drop Brandt and his mom off Sunday morning, and fetch them where they finish. The Uno can't carry two bicycles, three adults, and two children, with bags. Also, Brandt is still going racing Saturday, and if something happens with the Uno, we are stranded anyway. So I've got my work cut out for me today. We also heard that our Police Clearances are ready for collection, so at some point today I have to meet Brandt at the police station to sign for, and collect the forms as well. And take Adam to his horse out ride. Thank goodness that NF saves whatever you've typed, because the electricity is failing without warning. At least I didn't loose all this ^^^^ that I've typed earlier. The country is on load shedding again, and our city's big electrical boxes for the areas can't handle the on/off and whatever they are doing to try and save the situation, so it trips multiple times a day. Time to finish up school work, and then see what I can do about the car situation before the electricity trips for the 5th time in as many hours.
  3. Yasha92

    Yasha sows the seeds of success

    Been struggling to update because I’ve been feeling like a failure. I got a bad mark on an assessment task (51), then when I asked it to be remarked by someone else I got an even worse mark (31!). I’ve been following the correct procedures to contest it and seek clarification etc etc, but it hit me pretty hard... I got a cold sore inside my nose, dropped dangerously low on my calories or swung to stupid high instead and basically rode a roller coaster of emotions where I just scraped through my commitments then crawled into bed. I have only three more classes of that subject then an exam (fingers crossed I pass that and pull my marks up out of the toilet). However. I have only missed one gym session (and that was due to a public holiday) I have been going to class, even though I have wanted to puke/run away/ drop out... one day I bought and ate a 24pack of maccas nuggets during the class just to keep myself glued to the chair I have kept up with Auslan class, and been going to social practice when I can. A native Auslan speaker told me they thought I was in the class above my grade because I am communicating so well. I have not ridden my bike once. This does not make me a failure. Super duper importantly! We got a second kitty! Meet “Maisie” Mayhem I will shake off the funk ready for the new challenge. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. The Hero of Time

    Level 1 - Kokiri Forest

    Week 5, day 3 summary - Oct 16th Target 1: prepare for a writing quest in the next challenge I made my short-list of ten story ideas. I started the ten-day course---if the first day is anything to go by I should be able to fit this in. I fiddled with my pandoc sffms word-count until it looked the way I wanted---sffms PDFs now look just like Shunn's format I think that went pretty well. Target 2: replace another of the Basic Runs in my interval training routine with the Island Circuit  It was strength-training. I can't say the Free Step warm-up was any easier than last time. However, overall, I didn't sweat quite as much and I wasn't quite as out of breath. I had enough strength to improve my press-up form and the lunges are becoming a little easier. The dumbbells have definitely served their purpose in making my routine harder.  Target 3: start work on time five times  I started work on time. We had the yoghurt/fruit/almonds. I had the frozen fruit which I didn't enjoy as much as the fresh fruit... but then it has been in the freezer for rather a long time. I'm glad I took the failure of last week and turned it into determination rather than defeatism---that's an accomplishment for me.
  5. The Hero of Time

    So here we are........again

    Welcome back. Good luck! That's a great goal. I feel you, here. These are things I still have to work on every day. I like the name. I'm assuming it's Star Trek reference... but then I'm enough of a Trekkie to think most things are Star Trek references.
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  7. aramis

    There and Back Again, a Seven's Journey

    I feel you on this one. I'm in Poland and my running buddy is in Singapore. Funny how technology makes that possible To the new beginnings!
  8. DarK_RaideR

    Should [DarK_RaideR] roll the dice or roll in the mud?

    Wednesday, 15 October Week 5, Day 3 of Challenge Cog (Zone Eating) REAL tough, but I made it Ark (NF Update) Update posted, with a bonus wrestling narrative Penemue (Muay Thai) School's closed on Wednesday evenings Jyotika (BuJo) Updated my journal I was hoping the return of NGW would bring you out of the woodwork... I was looking for a way to include Champagne Lover in the show, given his flirtatious persona (which I'm not really playing up that much), good looks and high flying, it made sense to team him with Jeri Behr, who I'm also looking to eventually push. Geena was the obvious opponent, as I wanted to include her too and with a "flyers vs savage brawlers" setup it only made sense to put Robert Howard with her. I'm not sure I want to make intergender matches a regular thing, but I've certainly found something for Howard to do when Frye has a singles match! As for the storytelling, it has improved alongside my booking the more I play this game and the more I write things out. Glad you enjoy it.
  9. aramis

    Mortimer's battle logs.

    But if you add sole thickness when standing on the ground, you should add it to top height as well - distance you jump in shoes vs. barefoot is the same unless you take your shoes off mid-flight
  10. deftona

    Deffy #54 - Well Done

    Wednesday Update I was off work again but TH was at a Learning and Development conference. I spent the morning applying for jobs and I applied for three with the same employer and did the cardinal sin of copying and pasting the same personal statement across all three jobs. If they don't appreciate that efficiency they can suck it *DX crotch chop* and a couple of hours later I was glad I did this because I realised two of the three paid less than I am currently on now and I ain't about to take a pay cut. So that was probably a complete waste of everyone's time but whatever. I spent the rest of the day not feeling too great so I kept lying down and reading until I felt better, then getting up again and feeling crappy again, and the cycle continued but it wasn't a bad way to spend a day. I was really craving bbq meat so I met TH after his conference and we went to Morrisons to buy some steak, ribs and gammon and we had that for dinner. Operation:Get Abs Like Rocky is not going too great in it's inaugural day. Eat Better - Oh heavens no. Spend Less - Groceries kinda count I guess because we did have food at home but not what I was craving. Languages - Oui Be Nice - Eh I guess.
  11. I'm coming back after a large hiatus from NF but not such a large hiatus from lifting, although since December 2018 it has not been as frequent or the quality that I wanted. To put it simply, since December 2018 things went to shit! Buuuuuut here we are, closing out 2019, with an application put in for the January 2020 Novice Powerlifting Competition in Perth WA, (my 3rd) hoping to not truly embarass myself, and now having a very solid goal to work towards. A goal to become consistent with training once more, to take that leap and find a coach, to not sweat the small stuff and let it derail everything, and move forward without looking back because "we aren't going that way". My training program starts Monday the 23rd of October but I am starting the Challenge now, with a shed clean up and a couple of days just getting under the bar, moving and finding my bearings again. Looking froward to meeting new and old NF riends and working towards success.
  12. Mr_Willes

    Mr_Willes: Gets a bit scared

    Yesterday was resting up again, not much more. Oow yeah, i'm now pretty much the opposite of this again:
  13. aramis

    aramis tries not to be an a**hole

    OCR is still only in the plans, I want to run my first next year. But thanks for noticing Yeah, this is very true for me too. I sometimes think why I do all this stuff. It looks like I try not to admit my age and try to act like I'm still in my 20's... is it symptom of midlife crisis? Or just I don't want to agree to social "norm" in which when you reach 40, you should just plop on a couch and drink beer...
  14. Mad Hatter

    KB Girl and the fight for women's rights

    Good luck. Don't let it get to you, shit happens.
  15. Mad Hatter

    Mad Hatter retreats

    Thanks for the recommendations everyone! Yesterday I had a very grumpy, weird day. I could not focus at work, and I'm getting frustrated by the thing I'm working on. It's not difficult, but can't settle on a code structure I'm happy with (stupid web stuff) and I've started my I don't know, maybe fourth rewrite. It's ridiculous. Not to mention that I was almost done last week and now I'm back to square one. Because it made me grumpy I spent a significant chunk of the day in the kitchen chatting to people and avoiding my laptop. In the end I decided to leave early to try to find a dress for the wedding this weekend which ended up an epic fail. If the bride and groom want colourful dresses they shouldn't have chosen to get married in October... There's nothing. I think I'll just wear my old bridesmaid outfit, it's very fluffy and pastel-y and the complete opposite of what I feel comfortable in (the outfit is comfy, the style is not), but whatever, it's pretty and it's the only appropriate outfit I own.
  16. ChrisWithaStick

    Sara Kingdom Likes Music With Rocks In

    Is there some narrative causality in the works here... maybe a trip to the mountains? Or an ambitious crossover?
  17. So here we are, after an absence of years, I have come home to where most of it began. Since last treading these boards, we have had success and failure, death and new life, summer, winter, autumn and spring, lost religion found a new one, and just recently cut people from my life who although family were extremely toxic. I am back in here to find my motivation, my mojo, my tribe. I have signed up for my 3rd novice powerlifting meet and need to find some like minded people, as there is no one remotely close in physical proximity that lifts like I did/do/want to. To new beginnings and finding old acquaintences! G'day and Cheers
  18. darkfoxx

    Murphy's Roommate Keeps Trucking

  19. darkfoxx

    Nic-Bot 5000 enters recovery mode

    ^ those are great plans. Also: focusing on pull-ups or other arm-related movements (presses, shoulder workouts) - things you can do seated or lying down. Swimming is usually good for knee rehab, and I’m always a big fan of light yoga, though you may want to wait until you see the physio for that one.
  20. darkfoxx

    Darkfoxx 60: New Home, Who Dis?

    Tuesday & Wednesday Weighed myself again, and either the 128 lbs was wrong, or the 134 I got TUESDAY was - either way, I was hella bummed. And it was a 7-hour three airport travel day. So: plane snacks. Had a good breakfast at the vegan place first, at least - and didn’t really binge too much. Only had a glass of wine & 1 whiskey + diet 7up because both Damn airports were out of Diet Pepsi or Coke. But at the end at least I got to see DH. Wednesday Figured out the intracity bus and went to see a girlfriend. Dumplings for lunch and then too much laksa soup for dinner. Another day with lots of travel - 1:45 on a bus each way, and the way back was 100% full to capacity. Spent the ride with my shoulders squished by big dudes on the back row. Finished Doctor Sleep, though, so that’s good.
  21. darkfoxx

    Darkfoxx 60: New Home, Who Dis?

    [emoji38][emoji38] I was tempted to do just that, but was so horrified that it would even cross his little pea brain that I burst from the bed to clean instead.
  22. bamboo

    Greetings & Introductions

    Thank you. Writing within this forum was quite a big decision on my part; your reply has made my engaging a bit easier -- so, again, thank you. Now on to creating my personal Battle Log.
  23. Mad Hatter

    WhiteGhost's Fantastically Fancy 5x5 Food Fandango

    Do you know where this whole thing comes from? It's always been baffling to me, it's like whoever came up with this had never seen anyone squat, in power lifting/olympic lifting or you know, human beings with different proportions, or why would it be ok to do it when say sprinting, but if you load the knee with weights instead of the dynamic load your knees will explode?
  24. Mad Hatter

    Mad Hatter does handstands

    Hmm interesting you say that as I actually find time to not be that interesting a metric. Well, it's interesting at the moment because one minute somehow feels like a milestone marker. And also because there's a recommendation in seconds for starting the program when it arrives, so most of my focus has been to get to that point. But generally speaking a shorter handstand that feels really good, meaning I'm using better technique and am (relatively) still, excites me more than a longer hold with poorer technique or when I have to fight a lot. At that point time becomes mostly a metric of endurance, when I'm more interested in efficiency. Not just to be able to do more fancy handstand things, but also for shoulder health, which is important to me long term. But of course they go hand in hand, the more endurance I have, the more time I get on my hands for practicing technique.
  25. geng shi

    geng shi keeps at it - smaller and stronger

    Day 30 Update Pushups: night off Plank: night off Fruit / Veg: 3/4 Habits Move: Walked 3.27 miles (15.31/mile) Water: 68 After 8: nothing Day 31 Update Pushups: Week 5 / Day 2 (18,18,20,20,14,14,16,40 - last 20 on knees) Plank: night off Fruit / Veg: 4/4 Habits Move: Biked 13.44 miles (4.14/mile) Water: 68 After 8: finished dinner at 8:30 1500 Miles Completed 351.31/ 1500 miles (23.42%) 142.72 miles ahead of pace (9.49%)
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