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  • Gwamma, going to NZ for a visit is definitely on my "things to do in the next five years" list, but I can't get away just yet. Also, what I know about caring for livestock could be fit under a fingernail after it's been clipped to accommodate typing. (Dang city girl.) I am, however a cat whisperer. LOL

    I've got nothing on raising children. I treat the neighbor's kids like small adults. First time a finger goes into a nose and I walk. (The decision to be childless was a good one for me.)
    "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

    B*tch-lite

    Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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    • Ayla - don't beat yourself up. We do what we think is right at the time - end of. Beating yourself up later doesn't do you or your family any good. If you think TV is a bad influence, you have the answer, but you must keep positive. Life throws curve balls at us constantly, and we must learn to prioritize each one. Don't stress the TV thing - move on..... but thats just my thoughts.
      You will get through this

      Joanie - Can't wait for you to come over - althou five years........ I will possibly have a motorized zimmer frame by then !!!!!
      "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

      ...small steps....

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      • Thanks again G. I am happy with the decision to remove the TV watching completely during the week, and still watch a couple of movies over the weekends, that are appropriate for them.

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        • Oh Ayla - poos about the diabetes! If I was a diabetic I'd go 100% primal and never think about it again. There are some great blogs out there by people who have pretty much ceased all treatment of their diabetes (insulin or oral medication) because they don't have any need to if eating Primal/Paleo. A dear friend of mine just had her 5 year old daughter diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and her GP recommended Paleo straight away - she's not at the point yet where she can face more dietary change but I hope she'll give it a try soon. Anyway, you've been slowly dropping your weight so hopefully this will give you the incentive to keep going? (I'm trying to look for that silver lining for you)

          Another beautiful day here in the Naki. I've survived a resident's meeting without being totally bored to tears so now its plain sailing until home time. Actually with my trip to Wellington tomorrow, then my trip to Wanganui on Thurs/Fri, then off to conference in Rotovegus nest week, I'll not be back in my office for a week and a half. Yay!

          DH calmed down a bit last night, he wrote a really good email to his immediate manager which outlined his plans without telling them who he'll be working for, so now we are just waiting for them to make a decision about this trip to Norway next week. He also booked himself in for a flight at the aero club this morning, so he got some fun 'me time' which will help his mood no end.

          I popped out at lunchtime today to check our local Bendon outlet store for some summer jarmies (its hard finding the perfect set) and while I was there I got a hell of a shock when I realised that I couldnt read their specials signs on the walls. My distance eye sight has never been great, but my deteriation has been extreme in the last few months. At my medical last week I really noticed how bad my left eye was but today was even worse. So now I've convinced myself I either have glaucoma or a brain tumor! Seriously, being a nurse makes you so paranoid. I've booked myself in for an eye exam but couldn't get in for another two weeks, bugger, so now I'm going to be worrying for the next fourtnight.

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          • Another day in paradise here too. still no rain but it aint warm. i HAD to get horse food OR ELSE so i couldnt go for a ride to town on the bike after all. still dithering about going before the kids finish school but i need to pay for horse food so working is prob a better plan. ITA with LL about the diabetes Ayla. I'd love a review of that phinney and volek book too. LL i am sure you are absolutely fine. i try to avoid bendon outlet stores as they have way too much nice underwear at such good prices. i dont wear pjs so no temptation there. Joanie you so need to come over sooner than 5 yrs time. i am not planning any motorized zimmer frames any time soon in fact OMG i ran half the block today. i kinda got caught out as i was having a bit of a sprint and one of the neighbours drove past in his truck. so i couldnt stop or i wouldnt have heard the end of it. so i kept running and kept running for a while longer. and then a bit longer.

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            • 8pm here and I can hear the last of today's parades. I'm about a three minute walk from the parade route. Tomorrow morning are the last two parades early in the morning, and I've set my alarm to go to them. I really do like the day parades better. Adults begging for beads is ok, but the kids make the parades that much more fun.

              Gwamma, I had to google zimmer frame to find out what it was. LOL. I'm sure we'll still have tons of miles left to dodder within five years.

              sea, if I sprinted a whole block, the earth would tremble. heh
              "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

              B*tch-lite

              Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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              • LL i think that is what I will do. its going to take a lot longer than 3 months 100% primal to sort this out.

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                • Originally posted by Ayla2010 View Post
                  LL i think that is what I will do. its going to take a lot longer than 3 months 100% primal to sort this out.
                  That's the attitude! And yes it took you a whole lifetime to do the damage, so fixing it won't be a quick process, but it's totally doable.

                  So much for my quiet afternoon at work...no sooner than I had hit post on my reply than I got a reminder of a teleconference, which meant that I had to hustle big time to get everything done before I left. Bah, I hate that.

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                  • G-o-o-d m-o-r-n-i-n-g NEW ZEALAND ..................... and others far and wide
                    how are we all this fine too early for autumn morning ???????? Almost looked like a frost this morning WTF ??????????
                    very interesting weather that we are having.
                    Anyhoo I have been invited out on three lunch dates this week, and because of my busy little world have had to put one off until next week. How exciting for old Gwamma to be "out to lunch".
                    So be good whilst I am gone .......................... laters

                    G x
                    "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                    ...small steps....

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                    • it's just cold and windy here and no rain yet. grrr!!!!! if i am gonna have no rain for my water tank, it may as well be sunny and HOT. i only have about 3 lunch dates this week too G but i am dodging at least one. better things to do like train and work! not that i mind being out to lunch but it does become a shocking pain trying to get home in time to get the kids from school. well getting home at all becomes a mish. the joys of rural living!

                      i made some of the sunflower and sesame seed crackers out of the reader created cook book for my youngest for lunches yesterday. they came out incredibly well. still EMFing here but i keep stuffing up. i so need to avoid the excess caffeine and remember to drink water as i reckon that is the root of alot of food issues for me.

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                      • To be honest with you, it is perfectly normal for the real and imagined (whether from TV or otherwise) to enter the child's "reality" at this point.

                        Children have very imaginative play, and they also will use imagery that they see around them to describe things that they don't fully understand. You have to look at it like a metaphor from the child's POV.

                        When DS started kindy, he was (and is) a very enthusaistic child. When he and his buddy Oscar would have free play, they would always go for the same toy.

                        At the end of kindy, DS would talk about how he and Oscar got into a huge fight, which started out with them just arguing "like the way that fox and duck were arguing" and then "I flew at him like a bee and slapped him!" and then he would describe oscar as jumping up onto the ceiling and crawlling across it before landing on top of me-- CRASH!

                        Here's what really happened, according to the teachers.

                        Oscar and DS love to play with the tractor during indoor play time. DS is faster, but Oscar hsa no qualms about grabbing it right out of his hands. DS protests, and Oscar ignores that protest. DS tries to grab it back. The teachers intervene before it escalates.

                        The teacher steps in and says "boy! look at this great tractor! both of you really want to play with this tractor! But I saw that DS had it first. So, this time, DS will play with it. DS, what other toy do you think is really cool that you think Oscar would like? (DS picks out cool toy.) Oscar, why don't you play with this toy, and then next time you can have the tractor and pick out a toy for DS to use!"

                        And this happened about 3 days in a row.

                        And then, you know, they are best friends.

                        So, each day DS tells me about the "fights" that he gets in and who wins and who is doing what. Also, who was on dragons and used light sabers (we have not watched star wars, but you know, it's in the culture -- he saw an angry-birds star wars sign on the street, and that got him interested). Who got their head chopped off, and whose mother died because she fell off a building.

                        And it's not like it is necessarily coming from "TV" -- this, I think, is just how some minds work. And it's not reality. . . it's just a metaphor for "This is a really emotional, dramatic, extreme experience with strong emotions . . . and I'm describing it in this incredibly violent and strange story that mixes what really happened (we played under the tree) with what is impossible (and then axes shot out of his eyes and hit Lydia in the back and her mom screamed because she was so upset with us!).

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                        • yeah the teacher said it was completely normal which is good, it took away that stress.

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                          • we are having a beautiful wellington day, and I added some things to our daily schedule because DS has been struggling a bit being 4.5! It's hard to be little!

                            first, we have decided that *each* morning on Mon-Fri we will be doing our park work-out and DS bike riding for 20 minutes before driving into work. . . yes rain or shine. Which means I need to get my rain gear sorted and keep towels in the car. LOL

                            With this, we'll be doing a weekend walk/activity that will allow us to have a lot of fun, too. We usually do this anyway, so this is already "codified."

                            second, we are working less in the afternoons to give DS more play time with us and just more time outside. we have lots of options for indoor and outdoor play within easy walking distance, so we can make lots of decisions on that day-by-day.

                            third, we're having DS be involved in food prep more actively. last night he did the salad all by himself (truthfully, I did help a little), and this morning he helped me juice. We also did a good tidy. Tonight he's going to help flip the fish and I have to cut the lettuce (because that was the hardest), but he'll do hte other veggies.

                            finally, we are looking at doing a few things as a family. I contacted an aikido school to learn about how young they take kids and how many of us can attend. I re-contacted the archery club, so that we could go out there (they never write back!). And, DH and I were gifted some old ukuleles (that still work) and so we're going to do an online ukulele lesson as a family once a week.

                            We figure that this will keep DS very engaged and happy; he really wants/needs our attention.

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                            • Seas clean out your message box !!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE
                              "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                              ...small steps....

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                              • Done!!!!!!!!!!!!

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