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  • Decaf coffee......??? whats the point? LOL No I've literally never had decaf, I don't fine normal coffee affects me much unless I have lots and its super fresh (like straight from the roaster) so I don't have any need to drink it.

    Ouch rates are horrible! I've been delving into a rates problem at work this year, as our council have changed their rating system so now, though a very complicated way, we have had our rates nearly double. This is costing my residents each about $500 extra a year (on top of what they already paid), and they can't get the rebate because they don't own their villa's. Its complicated, but we are hoping to present a submission to our council later this month to convince them to provide us with a discount.....not counting on that though.

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    • lmao decaf coffee is for us people with serious addictions to the taste. decaf instant is vile and i have only even found one decaf bean i liked. so if i am feeling good, i will have one cup of caffeinated and then the rest decaf for the day. i dont like herb teas or stuff like that and i find if i have coffee, even if it is a decent decaf, as it is the flavour i like, i then dont feel all deprived and eat all sorts of things i shouldnt be eating.

      i so dislike our council. it is like they have a captive clientelle and can do what they want. then they put bumbling idiots on the front desk and you cant abuse them as they arent responsible.

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      • Originally posted by seaweed View Post
        have you ever read the hungry caterpillar to your ds zoebird? you reminded me of that. my kids all loved it.

        gwamma in a twist of synchronicity there are a couple of kettlebell threads in the fitness forum lol i just need a cheap one now off trademe to play with. i still prefer my club bells tho and now school is back..i can walk!!! except this morning it was so windy i nearly got airborne a few times as my hunting jacket is windproof which means it stops the wind.
        I so love the very hungry catepillar, and Wombat stew, and the wide mouth frog. Best stories ever - oh and our own Hairy Mcleary from Donaldsons dairy !!!!!! I do some damned good renditions, if anyone ever wants a bed time story !!!!!!
        Am doing my homework on kettlebell threads !!!

        [QUOTE=Lizzielou;978633]
        I have a sicky 3yo,

        Gwamma - how much did your kettlebell cost? Do you need two or just one?

        QUOTE]

        the wee thing ! I hope it isn't anything nasty !!!!
        Kettlebell x 1 was $30 from rebel sport, and I have started with the 6kg. I have got some wee handhelds that I can change the weights to about 14 kg, but they are not easy to hold when trying to swing them - so I thought best to try one little old kettlebell and see how that goes.

        Originally posted by zoebird View Post
        i ate too much chocolate with DS and ended up giving myself a headache and a stomach ache.
        Chick-a-lix, thats not so great. Do the peppermint oil on the back of the neck trick, this might help the headache. And praps go a little easier on the chocolate. Me? I actually am loving my thinly sliced pork bellies, roasted in the oven !!! I would choose that over chocolate - any day LOL
        "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

        ...small steps....

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        • righto, little missy has just been dropped off so we are heading out to get 'Happy Hour' supplies, drop a thankyou card off and pick up some pots/seedlings for our deck garden at work (I get a small allowance to grow my own salad stuff for lunches).

          I've done a little research and I think I'll stop off at Rebel and get a kettlebell.

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          • I just wait them out, as ever. It's the second one this week. LOL I'm under stress, obviously. he first one was caused by 5 gummy dinosaurs, and this last one by white chocolate. Figures.

            Otherwise, doing well. taking the kiddo swimming today. he's so excited. But can I tell you that he freaks me out. He's quite good with his alphabet and with his numbers. He can identify a lot of them.

            So today, I say to Ryan "why don't you pack the S-W-I-M T-O-G-S just in case we can go." And DS goes: Yay! Swim togs! We're going swimming! Yay!

            Well, spelling secrets it out. He's only 4. How did he figure it?

            My mother, btw, always blows it. LOL we skype and I'll say "yes, on tuesday we are going b-o-w-l-i-n-g" and my mom goes 'oh, bowling, awesome." And DS goes YAY Bowling!

            But apparently he can now get the gist after a few letters and puts the rest together in his head (logic, really). It's a bit freaky.

            Also, his new deal is making his own "puzzle book" puzzles. Ah, the deep blessing of a super-smart kid. He's cute.

            Afraid of water, though. So swimming should be fun.

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            • Zoebird, that is fantastic that he is recognising letters, and working out his mothers little secrets. Keep doing what you are doing - cos its working really well !
              and being afraid of water at his age, is also a positive. Some children are too cocky at a young age, and end up getting into trouble in the water. A little bit of caution goes a long way !!!

              LizzieLou, did you manage to get a kettlebell?
              "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

              ...small steps....

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              • Wow he does sound like bright cookie! Neither of my two have shown any early aptitude for anything like that, although my son has always been ahead of the game with his physical ability. Keep persevering with the swimming, both my two have gone through fazes of hating their lessons but both love them now. It would have been so easy to give up, but we kept going every week. I think it is a most important skill to have.

                Oh dear, I am home now with a very miserable little girl who is dozing in the bed next to me. Her resp rate is quite high, and her temp soaring so I think we will spend our arvo in the drs. Just waiting to pick up my big boy from school first - he'll be gutted that we can 't go straight home and play with his friend from up the road.

                I did manage to pick up my kettlebell on the way home so I've got a new toy to play with this evening.

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                • brilliant LizzieLou, and I so agree with you about the swimming. It is a VERY important skill to have !
                  I know so many people my age who cannot even do dog paddle !!!!! not good !
                  "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                  ...small steps....

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                  • [QUOTE=NZ primal Gwamma;978862]brilliant LizzieLou, QUOTE]

                    sorry LizzieLou - I mean about the kettlebell, not about your wee unwell poppet. I so hope she is feeling better soon
                    G x
                    "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                    ...small steps....

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                    • Lizzielou i hope she is feeling better soon. sick kids are no fun. let us know how the kettlebelling goes. i will be very interested to see how you all use them. i've been doing sets of 3 double arm casts with my clubbells which is insanely hard but i can at least do 3 at a time now. i tried some swings with a 6kg dumbbell to mimic a kettlebell as i got bored while i was waiting for something from work today. the difference between them and a clubbell barbarian squat is i feel my abs far more with the clubbell. my arms and shoulders work far harder and my forearms and grip are really tested. there is also no upward momentum on the movement from swinging the kettlebell, just the downward squatting. have you both just got one kettlebell? i am gonna keep an eye on trademe for someone selling any locally second hand but i am not holding my breath.

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                      • Yep I have only got the one Seaweed. I came across some exersizes a while ago on MDA somewhere, but can't find them again....dipsy me...... anyways I will get a wee routine going and keep you posted.
                        haven't planked in a few days......... later
                        "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                        ...small steps....

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                        • lol i havent planked either. i did some dumbbell stuff today that i came across. Bodybuilding.com - The Complete Dumbbell Workout! the intermediate one off there with 6kg dumbbells. the problem i found was the 6kgs were way too light for the lunges and squats but nasty heavy for the side raises. i can do them but i cant do the full ROM after a few reps. i did a few sets of 3 double arm casts with my clubbells and took the dog for a 6k walk too which was nowhere near as peaceful as i was expecting as it was so horrid and windy.

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                          • I ended up just buying one 6 kg. Not sure what exercises I'm going to do regularly, but I've started with this workout: YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.. Interesting, I just discovered my left leg is much weaker than the other. I had an old hockey injury when I was a teenager and I'm wondering if that has left some residual weakness all these years later?

                            Little miss had the check over by the dr, who has declared a viral infection in her throat and ears. Just gotta wait it out, poor wee poppet. She actually asked to go to bed at 6.20pm, which is a phrase never uttered in the house before, and certainly not ever 40 mins before bedtime! I called my mother in law to see if she'd look after her tomorrow, but noooooo......I should just take the day off apparently - like I didn't just spend the last two days with her clinging to me. Unfortunately both kids had chicken pox this winter ( at different times) and with the usual winter colds and infections my sick leave is quickly dwindling. Oh well.

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                            • i found this which you can do with kettlebells which looks good Untying the 4 Knots: Jon Engum's 4 Weeks to Flexible Steel Program | Breaking Muscle it is a bummer when kids get sick and you have to work. my left leg and also my left arm is weaker than the right side. i am left handed too. i didnt work it out till i started to do dumbbells and things like one legged leg presses. i start all my strength work on my left hand side. so i will do stuff like one legged leg presses starting on the left but i use the same weight on both sides.

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                              • Sounds like one sided weakness might be somewhat normal then? Well it gives me something to work on I suppose.

                                Thanks for those links I'll check them out now.

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