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  • Just delurking to send love and share the general feeling of, well, 'that Paleobird sure does know how to live well' - climbing mountains is one thing, but I consider this current life experience to demonstrate your grace, flexibility and sense of centredness far more. I salute you.
    I like badgers, books and booze, more or less in that order.

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    • It's cool when you can see in yourself the best of both parents.

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      • Originally posted by badgergirl View Post
        Just delurking to send love and share the general feeling of, well, 'that Paleobird sure does know how to live well' - climbing mountains is one thing, but I consider this current life experience to demonstrate your grace, flexibility and sense of centredness far more. I salute you.
        Awwww. Thank you, badgergirl. That has to be just about the nicest compliment I've ever had.

        Originally posted by zoebird View Post
        It's cool when you can see in yourself the best of both parents.
        My parents were quite a good team. She had the big ideas, the concepts, and he could figure out how to do the nuts and bolts to make it real.

        They met in college and back then he would help her with her math and science courses and she would help him with English, social studies, history, etc. As kids we knew which parent to go to with homework questions depending on the subject.

        I sometimes wonder if my Mom ever felt constrained by having kids and a home to take care of. She was always gracious about it, the perfect hostess for family Thanksgiving etc. She lived in a time when single ladies didn't just get on a plane and fly off to Africa. Ladies got married and had kids so that's what she did. I sometimes think though that she would have liked to be living the life I have now, free to travel, have torrid affairs and such.

        My Dad I think was very much content to be a husband/father/family provider. It was his place in this world. He loved nothing better than a weekend spent on a DIY project or perfecting his garden.

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        • I'm off today to donate a pint of blood at the blood bank. So now I'm preparing by pounding down all the hydration I can stand. It really seems to help in making it easier for them to find a vein.

          Donating blood has the added bonus of the fact that I am not supposed to lift anything heavy for 24 hours. I guess I can just clean out closets and put stuff that goes to the Goodwill in bags. I changed sizes so fast on the way down that there are things that still have the tags in them, never worn, that are too big. I need to do one big go through of all of it at once.
          Last edited by Paleobird; 12-03-2012, 10:09 AM.

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          • Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
            That's how felt about my Dad too. Especially about the mental confusion and delusions toward the end. It was so horrific to see a fine mind just imploding like that. I felt so sorry for him and there was nothing I could do to make it better. It was a relief when it was over. I kind of felt like I already mentally said my goodbyes to the Dad I knew a couple of months before his death when he had the strokes and started seeing things and getting all confused. From there on in it was just a matter of taking care of his body out of respect for the person that was once inhabited it, but he was already gone.
            That's how I felt about my grandmother. She had gone so long before she actually died that I had said good-bye somehow long before she actually died. The saddest thing was actually walking by the thrift shop downtown and seeing her things in the window.

            Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
            Awwww. Thank you, badgergirl. That has to be just about the nicest compliment I've ever had.

            My parents were quite a good team. She had the big ideas, the concepts, and he could figure out how to do the nuts and bolts to make it real.

            They met in college and back then he would help her with her math and science courses and she would help him with English, social studies, history, etc. As kids we knew which parent to go to with homework questions depending on the subject.

            I sometimes wonder if my Mom ever felt constrained by having kids and a home to take care of. She was always gracious about it, the perfect hostess for family Thanksgiving etc. She lived in a time when single ladies didn't just get on a plane and fly off to Africa. Ladies got married and had kids so that's what she did. I sometimes think though that she would have liked to be living the life I have now, free to travel, have torrid affairs and such.

            My Dad I think was very much content to be a husband/father/family provider. It was his place in this world. He loved nothing better than a weekend spent on a DIY project or perfecting his garden.
            My mother tells me so often how she envies all the exciting things I've done. She always wanted to be a world traveler. She grew up on a boy scout ranch in Arizona and had all kinds of fantasies involving adventure. It makes me sad that she lives those things through me. So I do adventurous things with an eye toward not wasting life too much. Of course, in return I envy her for being retired, doing the RV living thing half the year and hosting Pacific Crest Trail hikers in her house in the summer. That was my dream. I wanted to buy the pizza place in Lone Pine and have a special room for all the stinky hikers to eat pizza, entertain me with stories and put up memorabilia from their hikes on the wall.
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • My family are all homebodies. I'm the weird adventuring one.

              I love to travel with my kid. It makes travel different, but it's totally my pace. He can spend a whole day at the playgrounds, and we often do that. I try to put in one full playground day for every 4 days of travel (so three days of "everybody" stuff and one day just for DS) which allows us to rest because we mostly sit on a blanket and have picnics and talk, while he plays with a bunch of new "friends" (as he calls everyone).

              It's very strange to loose weight so quickly that you have clothes with the tags still on. I haven't been that way in a while, but I do remember when I went through that myself.

              Which reminds me, I need to take some time to go and get a new bathing suit.
              Last edited by zoebird; 12-03-2012, 03:00 PM.

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              • Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                The saddest thing was actually walking by the thrift shop downtown and seeing her things in the window.
                I walked by the mid-mod furniture store and saw some of my parents' stuff in the showroom. At least it is going to people who appreciate it.
                My mother tells me so often how she envies all the exciting things I've done. She always wanted to be a world traveler. She grew up on a boy scout ranch in Arizona and had all kinds of fantasies involving adventure. It makes me sad that she lives those things through me. So I do adventurous things with an eye toward not wasting life too much. Of course, in return I envy her for being retired, doing the RV living thing half the year and hosting Pacific Crest Trail hikers in her house in the summer. That was my dream. I wanted to buy the pizza place in Lone Pine and have a special room for all the stinky hikers to eat pizza, entertain me with stories and put up memorabilia from their hikes on the wall.
                Exactly. I wish I could have known my mother later on in life. She died when I was in my twenties and still a grad student (not really all the way "grown up"). She never really said she would have liked a different life but I somehow just feel it.

                Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                My family are all homebodies. I'm the weird adventuring one.

                I love to travel with my kid. It makes travel different, but it's totally my pace. He can spend a whole day at the playgrounds, and we often do that. I try to put in one full playground day for every 4 days of travel (so three days of "everybody" stuff and one day just for DS) which allows us to rest because we mostly sit on a blanket and have picnics and talk, while he plays with a bunch of new "friends" (as he calls everyone).
                It's very strange to loose weight so quickly that you have clothes with the tags still on. I haven't been that way in a while, but I do remember when I went through that myself.
                Which reminds me, I need to take some time to go and get a new bathing suit.
                Adventurous=/=weird. IMO that is normal. Being a homebody just seems so *stuck* in one place.

                Traveling with a family would be a whole different experience but you seem to make it work well.

                Nothing like a new bathing suit. Good idea. I have way too many old ones. I think I'll clean out the drawer and buy one nice new one.

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                • Not the leopard print one!
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                  • Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                    Not the leopard print one!
                    No, that one I'm keeping.

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                    • Nice save Nameless!
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                      • true. i considered that leopard print one for myself, but DH didn't like it on the model on the web site.

                        The funny thing about the way that I travel is that I do need to hvae a lot of "down time." I do not do well with "rush from one museum to another on a tight schedule!" All of our trips have been "have a general idea of what is available, arrive, and see what happens." This means that the planning is relatively minimal. There's plenty of opportunity for adventures -- those planned like "we MUST go to the viking ship museum!" and those unplanned "that girl on the train invited us to a party at her family's house in the countryside, since it's midsummer, and the city is basically shut down." Having had no arrangements for the next three days, we go to do that.

                        But, I also like to be in relatively early to have some time to rest, read, and have quiet time -- as much as I can -- and then i like to have relaxing mornings, taking time with waking, breakfast, and just gently heading into a day.

                        It makes it *so* easy with a kid -- because those are their needs too. They like routines and tons of time to cuddle and be quiet, particularly after the excitement and stresses of so many NEW things. But they are also highly adaptable, so . . . it's good.

                        I really look forward to going out into the "wilds" here with him. It's nice that they have easy, self-contained camper vans (you provide water, they have propane and solar panels for the rest), and you can be out for a week in them with no need for camp sites or similar. Most of the parks let you camp openly in their parking areas (some do, some don't, always posted), and DH and I have an eye ona particular corner of the south island where we want to start. So psyched. Hoping to start next summer (christmas).

                        I think I'll be able to go suit shopping on Thursday Am.

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                        • I like traveling relatively unplanned too. It's great to be able to discover things along the way.

                          Today was closet clean out day. I tried on everything. The problem about having big closets is that you sometimes don't remember what you do or don't have and then go and buy something very similar. I found I had three pairs of white jeans. One was too big one too short waisted and the other I kept.

                          So, I took out clothes by the hefty bag full enough to fill up my whole car and somehow my closet still looks full. But now the drawers do close without shoving them in.

                          I sorted out my kitchen stuff on Sunday. I found that I had three cheese graters. How do I end up with things in threes?

                          Moving is going to be a major PITA. It would be so easy to stay and get stuck.

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                          • Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                            I like traveling relatively unplanned too. It's great to be able to discover things along the way.
                            Ha, you should read the (short) book I wrote about traveling around Europe (often) unplanned. It's pretty funny, I promise. Let me figure out how to make it free for you to download on Amazon; I don't want people on here to have to pay for it.

                            If you want to, of course. I'm really not pushing it.

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                            • Originally posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
                              Ha, you should read the (short) book I wrote about traveling around Europe (often) unplanned. It's pretty funny, I promise. Let me figure out how to make it free for you to download on Amazon; I don't want people on here to have to pay for it.

                              If you want to, of course. I'm really not pushing it.
                              I would love to read it. I have lived in Europe a couple of different times in my life and was married to a European for a while. I'm sure I would find it interesting.

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                              • I get so excited and passionate about decluttering that I often over-do it and then miss things that I let go of. I try to be more temperate about it now. LOL Like, ok, pack it away and if you don't need it over the 3 months, then let it go.

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