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  • Everything is good here. Lots of work doing, and then being with the kiddo. I also had a very stressful few days (with attendant gas/bloating -- which was pure stress and not diet related), and so I needed to have a bit of rest and "time out!" Going swimming helped a lot.

    Thanksgiving is an interesting holiday. It is a harvest festival. When some of the first pilgrims came to the US, many of the communities failed (likely starved to death or were killed by indigenous disease or people). But, there were several communities who thrived because the indigenous people came to their rescue. In MA, where the story supposedly originates, it is said that the pilgrims shared their harvest with the natives -- but it was actually the other way around. Unlikely to survive the winter, the native people brought goods that could be stored over winter as well as fresh game and many other gathered foods -- and as such the pilgrims held a small celebratory feast with the three natives and their families (a small group from a single, local tribe) when they brought the food to them.

    It is actually this act that allowed the colony to survive the winter, and as such, we celebrate thanksgiving. The white-washed version is that the natives and pilgrims were hunky-dory and that the white people saved the colored people from demise, but it's really the other way around.

    Now, it's mostly about family drama, football, preparing for black friday shopping and overeating.

    We do thanksgiving in May, and it's a day when we make home-made cards and we write thank you notes to friends and family for the gratitude that we feel for them in our daily lives. Then we make a production of mailing them at the post office, and we go home and eat a nice dinner that we prepared together. And we say what we are thankful for.

    it's wholly divorced from the original and the modern incarnations, but it works well for us.

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    • Oh, and Obama won. My family and most of my friends on FB are strangely silent.

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      • Originally posted by seaweed View Post
        does this actually work? they have specials on treatme every now and then and i am always tempted.
        Yes it does, but you do need lots of treatments on the same area to get a total effect. I've been going for my treatments every 7 weeks since October last year, and I still have a small amount of growth. Nearly all gone now though, so no more waxing this summer and I've not shaved my pits for 6 months. So nice to be free of the ties to my razor and wax. Wish I could do my legs too, but its so expensive, an area as large as legs would cost a fortune.

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        • so 6 treatments wouldnt do it at all? i think they are what you get on special.

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          • hey there my friends across the ditch, just catching up ...

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            • Originally posted by temmeyhpettti
              I dare not read the ingredient list in case it has things I should not be having! Figured I have given up so much sugar laden stuff the chocolate can remain for awhile at least.
              Originally posted by Jo00di
              I shall be asking you guys for advice on keeping the weight off.
              go and rape someone elses thread. Where do these people come from ??????
              "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

              ...small steps....

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              • Originally posted by Danielfire View Post
                hey there my friends across the ditch, just catching up ...
                Danielfire - how are you man ????
                All good over in the land of OZ ?????
                Not sure how Robby is doing.... but hes not home yet ?
                "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                ...small steps....

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                • Originally posted by seaweed View Post
                  so 6 treatments wouldnt do it at all? i think they are what you get on special.
                  It would be a good start, you'd notice a big difference, but its those last stray hairs that take a while to work on. I suppose the idea is that you'd start with the special and then get hooked into paying full price to finish off what you'd started. It is supposed to be permanent though, other than the possibility of hormonal growth as you get older and hit menopause. So if this is the case I'll be saving myself a fortune on products and beauty treatments in the future, not to mention the time saving.

                  Had a crap nights sleep which was most disapointing after being so tired last night. My husband spent all night snoring loudly, I had to get up to little miss twice and then my nose kept blocking up which made it impossible to get comfortable. I'm at work for now, but I think I'll skip off later and take a sickie.

                  Its a beautiful day here this morning, that cold wind has finally gone and we have clear blue skies. My husband is working at finishing off his pilot's license so he headed off to Tauranga and Hamilton earlier in a wee tiny plane, what a perfect day for it.

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                  • i hate shaving and i really dont like not shaving my legs or bikini line. dont mind hairy armpits lol used to piss the exhusband off lots so i did it on purpose. so next time a special pops up, i will take it as i would love not to have to bother. plus get rid of the spike.

                    beaut day here. still a chilly wind but the sun is hot. i went to the gym and did lots of nasty big weights. no loss of form from last week. i only had BF coffee yesterday and a bit of coconut oil and cocoa powder plus a cup of BP coffee for breakfast today. i prob walked 20ks yesterday, of which i ran about 4 maybe downhill. so..maybe i can run on fat after all?

                    couldnt afford the liquid minerals as i have the powerbill, the warrant on the car and then next week my hair and the warrant and rego on the bike! what i did notice was they are extracted out of sea water. maybe i could just drink some sea water every day?

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                    • Originally posted by seaweed View Post
                      i hate shaving and i really dont like not shaving my legs or bikini line. dont mind hairy armpits lol used to piss the exhusband off lots so i did it on purpose. so next time a special pops up, i will take it as i would love not to have to bother. plus get rid of the spike.
                      Oh I hate the spike too, particularly under my arms where I get chaffing when I run. That, and I get horrible ingrown hairs on my bikini that have left scars. I was actually considering whether or not going hairy would look better than the ingrown hairs before I turned to the lazer treatments.

                      Mmmm, drinking seawater......my mum likes to sniff some into her nose to clear her sinuses everytime we go to the beach. Yuck.

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                      • hmm. I'm thinking of doing the same thing (re bikini line). I'm also thinking about getting my tattoo removed. It's non-visible, but I think it might be time to let it go. Strange to think about it, but I'm glad the technology is so affordable and accessible now.

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                        • Taking minimalism to new extremes - removing body art! I love it.

                          I thought about you this morning Zoe, I was on another forum where a mother was describing her son's birthday gift and it was so zoebird. She gave him an envelope with a certificate for a 'totally amazing experience', dated yesturday with 'be ready at 0630hrs'. So they all hop into the car and go to the airport, where she takes her son to the cafe for a fluffy while her husband checks them into a flight. Then the security staff escort them onto the plan so her son can have a look around the cockpit and talk to the pilot, then they tell him to strap up and they fly to Auckland for the day. They get to Auckland and go for a 'walk' in town where they just happen to go past the Mary Poppins show that is on, her son asks if they can go and it just so happens that they have already purchased tickets. Home again that night. What a cool gift, that is not a gift but an experience he'll remember forever. I'm so going to do that with my kids sometime!

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                          • i had a tattoo removed off my foot prob 20 yrs ago. it was a skull and crossbones. they did it by tattoing some chemical in and then using a caustic soda pencil. hurt 20x more than the actual tattoo and my foot swelled up like a balloon after. i still have a skull and crossbones shaped scar. my kids tell people kelly osbourne stalked me as she has one on either foot like mine was lol i would never remove any of the others. thankfully i never had any of the men's names put on me. but yeah. they are part of me and they all mean something. i am also very pleased that so many other people have them now as i can get away with it as i have way more than most people. i have a love hate relationship with my piercings but that is another story altogether.

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                            • Originally posted by Shelia507
                              I'm a 35 year old mother of two (3 and 6) living in the Naki. I'm a good weight but find maintenance really hard, the weight just creeps up every time a reach my goal weight on weight watchers
                              Oh go away, thats me not you! MDA really needs to work on their security settings.

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                              • hi again....... the day is running away on me LOL

                                Originally posted by Lizzielou View Post
                                Oh I hate the spike too, particularly under my arms where I get chaffing when I run. That, and I get horrible ingrown hairs on my bikini that have left scars. I was actually considering whether or not going hairy would look better than the ingrown hairs before I turned to the lazer treatments.
                                Coconut oil on the pits !!!!! stops all sorts of rashes. I have had a couple of ceasarians Seaweed, and was left both times with a horribly raised scar....so when they were completely healed I bought a buffer from the chemist....yes very much like sandpaper.....and smoothed that little sucker out beautifully !!!!
                                Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                                hmm. I'm thinking of doing the same thing (re bikini line). I'm also thinking about getting my tattoo removed. It's non-visible, but I think it might be time to let it go. Strange to think about it, but I'm glad the technology is so affordable and accessible now.
                                Good luck with tattoo debunk Zoebird. I am as tough as old boots, but when I got my eyeliner tattoo'd (long story) ......that pain was worse than anything that I have experienced !!!!!!!! EVER !!!!! I think I will stick to the kohl now that its worn off !!!!!

                                Originally posted by Lizzielou View Post
                                Taking minimalism to new extremes - removing body art! I love it.

                                I thought about you this morning Zoe, I was on another forum where a mother was describing her son's birthday gift and it was so zoebird. She gave him an envelope with a certificate for a 'totally amazing experience', dated yesturday with 'be ready at 0630hrs'. So they all hop into the car and go to the airport, where she takes her son to the cafe for a fluffy while her husband checks them into a flight. Then the security staff escort them onto the plan so her son can have a look around the cockpit and talk to the pilot, then they tell him to strap up and they fly to Auckland for the day. They get to Auckland and go for a 'walk' in town where they just happen to go past the Mary Poppins show that is on, her son asks if they can go and it just so happens that they have already purchased tickets. Home again that night. What a cool gift, that is not a gift but an experience he'll remember forever. I'm so going to do that with my kids sometime!
                                What an amazing gift !!!!! Brilliant, and if any of you would like to lavish me with something similar.....I will love you forever. Materialistic? who me ? LOL
                                Originally posted by seaweed View Post
                                i have a love hate relationship with my piercings but that is another story altogether.
                                do we want to know where your piercings are ??????
                                Originally posted by Lizzielou View Post
                                Oh go away, thats me not you! MDA really needs to work on their security settings.
                                They are an absolute pain in the rectum !!!!!!!what they achieve I do not know !!!!
                                "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                                ...small steps....

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