The Good And Peacful Rural Life

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Whoever says living in the country is peaceful, is lying. Well, they’re lying to a certain degree, because even though there are lush green paddocks, lots of trees, scattered houses and the obligatory farm animals, there is still a lot of noise and unpeacefulness (I don’t think that’s a word, but I don’t care).

For example, I live directly under the flight path of two airports, Auckland domestic/international and Ardmore (think small commercial aircraft, helicopters and private planes). This means that at around 5:30 a.m. every morning we get nice big jumbo jets literally shaking the foundations of our house, and we also get small, loud, warcraft-type planes. While they’re pretty cool to watch in formation*, they don’t sound so fantastic at 10:30 on a Sunday morning when you’re trying to do your psychology report.

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My Childhood Story – Be Careful What You Say

Growing up in the middle of boonies, the nearest store to our house was a little “Mom and Pop” gas station called King’s One Stop. It was about a mile and a half from my house and I used to walk or ride my bike up there on almost a daily basis.

Of course this was back in the day when you could let your child go past your front yard without worrying that you would never see them again. This was also back in the day when you could send your children to buy cigarettes for you.

About 7 miles from our house was another little gas station called Stone’s. One afternoon when I was 10 or 11, we were out of aluminum foil and my mom needed me to go get some.

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There Was A Spider In My Puke Bowl

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Happy New Year to everyone! This means a lot of wine tasting and things brings the following to my mind …

I vividly remember the house my parents and I lived in before they separated and my mom and I moved to the house I grew up in.

I remember the kitchen tile and wallpaper, the green carpet that ran up the stairs and down the long hall, the wooden banister I used to slide down when my mom wasn’t looking and the upstairs bathroom, with its glamorous shell-shaped sink and the Wisteria vines that poked their way through the window screen.

It’s the bathroom I lost my first tooth in and the room that Bradley, one of my more rebellious little friends, almost set on fire while playing with matches one day. It was also the room that attracted the most spiders.

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Why Your Health Is The Same Like Being Wealthy!

Caught with a chill and a terrible bout of flu, for the first time in my life, I could not even drag myself out of bed.

I was attending the Certification Program, and had caught the flu bug on Saturday, the last second day of the program. However, I did manage to get out of bed on Sunday just-in-time to receive my certificate but my battery was flat for the next 2 days. :-)

What is life without health those last few days?

I could only sum up in these words: Terrible. Uncomfortable. Flat. 2-dimensional. Dull like looking at a black and white TV. Tasteless meals…

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Spray Your Way to Inner Peace

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The pressure ultimately got too much for you. What with all the television commercials (featuring young fit clones climbing mountains, wrestling alligators, and sipping lattes to the sound of victorious and brawny jingles), the print ads and the beckoning sales lots, the freeways and country roads and urban streets all swarming with emblems of your inadequacy.

Who can really blame you? All your neighbors have one. All your friends have one. Rock stars and politicians have ‘em. Even your mom probably has one. Besides, not only do the Thule racks make you look thinner but you—unlike nearly everyone else—really need the extra space.

So, like the camel with the broken back, you finally bent underneath the weight; fevered and senseless, salivating with Pavlovian lust, you signed on the 158 dotted lines and became the owner of a SUV. What complete joy it must have been to join the ranks of the millions who came before you.

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5 Tips For A Small Business Website

As an aspiring entrepreneur, there are many things in your head. Probably the most important is: how do I get clients? At any given time when communication over the internet in the social field strongly improves (consider social media like Facebook, Twitter) business Internet interaction cannot be left behind: a website is important for any business.

A very important factor is certain: without a website, you will discover that much of that 73% of the Internet (practically) daily use will not get to you as a client. An internet site is a good investment – which comparatively not has to be costly – and quickly pays for itself. Here are 5 tips for setting/getting a website for entrepreneurs.

Select your domain carefully
A brief, powerful and easy to keep in mind domain name is the brand’s “offline” and “online” image. Google will probably recognize your company name quickly. Search engines are internet sites with the exact search phrases in the domain rather allocating a higher placement.

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Beauty Straight From Your Kitchen

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eat-your-vegetables-day1-e1433423511827-808x382Did you know that the path to beautiful skin is as close as your kitchen?  It is worth arranging your cupboards to make these face and figure-enhancing products easier find..

Tomatoes are all over the news lately, and it is no wonder why. Whether raw or in naturally processed ketchup or tomato sauces, they are an excellent source of the natural hydrator and antioxidant, lycopene. By eating a tomato a day, you will exponentially help with hydrating and brightening your skin.

Oatmeal helps regulate your skin’s pH balance soothing and locking in moisture. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory agent. So eat up, or turn into a facial scrub, with a little bit of honey, or add to your regular cleanser to reveal brighter skin.

Pudding and fruit cups have moisture absorbing gelatin or pectin bases that help your body hold moisture and nutrients.

Green or berry-flavored teas contain polyphenols (anti-oxidants) that help skin look younger. They also help the body breakdown collgen in skin production.

Olive oil is nutrient rich and helpful for digestion, and helps your skin glow from the inside out.

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I am a Busy Bee

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lO8jujydSo much going on, so much to try to keep track of, and where to begin? This week, and last week as well, pretty much since the closing, has been a whirlwind of activity over at our house. I happen to have an uncle who is extremely handy, and was able to work on everything we needed done – and was able to be present at the house when things were being delivered, etc. Not to mention, my dad, who has a lot of time on his hands, and who loves a project.

We were lucky to have those 2 working on our behalf these past two weeks, and now it is all coming together. Pretty much all of the big stuff is done, but as is the case with a house, the fun part is that it is always a work in progress – and it is yours. The appliances are in and working, the lights are switched, and the cleaners are cleaning on Friday. I can’t wait to get in there and start working. Speaking of cleaning and working – vacuum cleaners, I just started pricing them. Good GOD they are expensive! Thank god for hard wood floors and all but we do have several rugs that need vacuuming. Continue reading

Workout Update

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It’s been almost a month so I figured it was time to update you on my P90x progress. We finished the first phase. It took us an extra two weeks because we decided to redo week 2 and week 4. Between our current house refinance, taxes being due, and a major health hiccup for me, we thought it would be better to just redo those weeks and keep moving.

We really are making this a lifestyle change, though, and not a 90 day program. How so? Even if we take a day off from the nutrition program, it’s never out of our minds. When we eat out or at a friend’s house our portions are far different than they were. We eat more of the protein and vegetables, with some whole grains. And we’re very conscious of how much of the different items are on our plate. This month I got a horrendous sinus infection and wound up needing emergency dental surgery.

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I Hate Funerals, But I Go

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a9f31b07I hate funerals.  Granted, I think I have been to three in my life, and two of those were for Nate’s family.  So I am not very experienced in the ways of the funeral.  But I hate them.  I hate thinking of death.  I am terrified to think of what’s next.

Heaven?  Hell?  Reincarnation?  Nothing??

Nothing is the scariest of all.  Scarier than hell, to me, is the thought that there is nothing past this life.  If this is it, then what is the point?  What happens to the life force energy that flows within each of us?  Does it just *poof!* disappear into the atmosphere?  I’d like to think not.

I don’t know that I believe in heaven, or that I’ll be reunited with my great-grandmother or Nate’s aunts and uncles.  I don’t know that I’ll see my childhood dog running toward me with his big ears flopping in the sun.  These things sound sort of nice, but it still doesn’t tell me what happens to that energy.

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