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#1199678 "As official as it gets" Atomic Meet - 17 years young! Date-3 Feb 18

Posted by elvenwhore on 04 February 2018 - 09:17 PM

That has to have been one of the most epic, fun, hug-filled whirlwind of a 24 hours I've had in... 


You guys are awesome! :-) So, so good to see so many of you together again. To those I got the chance to talk to - thank you! I had an amazing night. To those I missed or barely caught up with, that's definitely my loss and I'm sorry to have not spent more time with all you glorious, glowing examples of Atomic goodness :-)

And thanks to all who made my +1, pocket, feel at home :-D A magazine reader since the beginning, and an adopted BrisAtomican, he's never gotten around to signing up to the forums. Thanks for making us both feel welcome :-)


Chaos_Lady and SacrificalNewt - congratulations and THANKS for everything you did to put on such a fantastic evening.


And now for some pictures :-) Pretty much all these were taken by pocket, so I'm not stealing credit. Souls, blood, yes; credit, no. 


Love ya, Atomic! 

#1199335 "As official as it gets" Atomic Meet - 17 years young! Date-3 Feb 18

Posted by elvenwhore on 21 January 2018 - 02:12 PM

Just looking at flights now. Should have everything booked, paid for and organised by the end of today.


We're 99% installed... barring bad luck, I. Am. In :-)


edit: sorry for missing the chatter, I haven't had much Internet access to speak of for about a month :-/

#1198244 My leg and the last 2 months

Posted by elvenwhore on 06 December 2017 - 03:00 PM

One needs all the swears to cover off how scary that all sounds!! Glad you're on the mend but geeeeez man. Take care of yourself!

#1197524 "As official as it gets" Atomic Meet - 17 years young! Date-3 Feb 18

Posted by elvenwhore on 09 November 2017 - 07:58 PM

On a side note, is anyone else feeling old now??


17 years young!



#1196842 "As official as it gets" Atomic Meet - 17 years young! Date-3 Feb 18

Posted by elvenwhore on 12 October 2017 - 06:24 PM

Waaaaaait a second, Pocket (husband) said he's interested, so it's not completely unlikely :-p 

#1196838 "As official as it gets" Atomic Meet - 17 years young! Date-3 Feb 18

Posted by elvenwhore on 12 October 2017 - 02:57 PM

Only one way to find out!

So if I drag Husband and Miss 2 down to Sydney, I can totally just skip out for the night and go to an Atomic meet, right? That's totally cool :-D

#1196820 What's on your mind?

Posted by elvenwhore on 11 October 2017 - 08:46 PM

Oh, I'm dumb? I thought he meant, "name like" as in, "Weinstein"... looks like "weiner"... as in, dude is obsessed with his weiner... and the stroking of said weiner.

Only works when you look at it on paper though, unless his name is pronounced "Ween-stine".

#1193564 What's on your mind?

Posted by elvenwhore on 22 July 2017 - 08:22 PM


O n a seperate issue : The wool Doona we bought last year is simply marvey ! . So glad I'm not in NZ. It looks too damn cold and wet down there :(


Heard from my family in northern NSW that it was minus 6 overnight. Water was frozen in the pipes until after 9am :-) That's what I call winter :-)

Stoopid freaking Brisbane and their light cotton winters :-(

#1190998 [Another] London Terror Attack

Posted by elvenwhore on 21 April 2017 - 09:19 PM

It's always a wonder what 'the plan' was when idiots do things like this....

I've taken to reading up about the role of propaganda in peace time and in war time, as well as psychology journal articles regarding social manipulation. Also very interesting reading is material from former self-identified "terrorists" (think, IRA, white supremacists). It's the same, or similar, roots that hook these people into these causes, every time. Should almost be compulsory reading in these times. Highly recommended for broadening understanding :-) 

#1190700 [Another] London Terror Attack

Posted by elvenwhore on 10 April 2017 - 09:07 PM

Leonid, you make my head hurt sometimes. 

#1189894 So far so good...

Posted by elvenwhore on 14 March 2017 - 09:40 PM

I don't know if it's a genuine, chemically-measurably, scientific "endorphin rush" but I generally do enjoy exercise. I don't do gyms, though. I only do stuff I like doing*. I'm still building back up to my previous levels of fitness, though, which can be a bit frustrating at times. Especially since I find it difficult to get into solid, consistent rhythms with exercise. I do "something" pretty much every day, but sometimes that "something" is just going for a walk. Or my yoga practice. But I don't do anything for an hour, unless it's a family thing like biking, because I just don't have that much time in a single block anymore.

Still, I do stuff I like, and I usually feel pretty good afterwards. Like I said, not sure if it's the actual, real "endorphin rush" but I don't tend to think of exercise as a chore, or have to force myself to do it. I quite like having sore muscles, and I do like pushing myself :-)


edit: * that's highly likely why I don't look like a fitness model :-) That, and I like food. If I put my mind to it, I'm sure I could be much more disciplined with both food and exercise, and be skinny and ripped and whatnot. Would it be great to look like that? Yep. Am I chasing it? Nope. No excuses, I just don't want it enough. I'm happy with the balance I've achieved thus far, without compromising my sanity, my family time or my time with my daughter. I'm trying to get a bit fitter, but that's just for fun and health. So whilst I do some form of exercise every day, sometimes that's only taking kiddo for a walk. That's hardly going to get me a flat stomach but we have fun and that's my main thing. 

#1189660 So far so good...

Posted by elvenwhore on 08 March 2017 - 02:40 PM

Interesting thread, Mister Dude :-) Congrats on your success. I am kinda curious about the information out there on fasting and it's effects on the body. I haven't had much time to look into it much so it's good to have personal anecdotes like this to inspire my research... one day... :-p


I can't do much of anything like this at the moment due to breastfeeding but that will draw to a close sooner rather than later. For some reason I can't figure out, I'm smaller now than I was pre-bubs. Even at my wedding. I've struggled a lot with maintaining a healthy mindset around food for many years (although I've never really actually had a weight problem - just thought I did, as some people do). Now that I don't pay attention to it or do stupid things like have entire days where I exist on a hummus sandwich and an apple with 6 hours of clinical massage and a 5km jog on top of that, I'm actually smaller. Go figure! Don't care, either. 


I like my food, though. Not sure how I'd go with fasting like that... I guess you get used to it? And I do love my herbal teas :-) Still, without doing any research I can only imagine myself tanking when the food in my system runs out :-p


Juice fasts, though, I loved the last one I did (3 days). Not a single negative symptom, never felt sick or light-headed or like I was missing out. However, I was more in pursuit of the meditative aspects that came with it, and they were many and plentiful.


So yeah, interested in this stuff for sure.



And yes, I know my "diet" was extreme. I just grew up about 45~50kg overweight, and that was following a dietitian and personal trainers advice to perfection. I saw him at about 14yo?

So at that point, couldn't really "override his decisions" I lived with the parents.

Needless to say, after a year of their "plan" and putting on another 10kg of fat percentage, I said fuck them, and went my own way.

I hope you've been to other registered dietitians since then and are not just basing this exclusion off a bad experience :-/ In all honesty, a GP doesn't have the depth of nutritional training that an actual dietitian is supposed to. Not that I know your GP but unless he's done post grad training...

It just seems like you're barking up the wrong tree, very stubbornly. And you have been given dud advice. All health professionals are the same in that you need to find the one that fits you best and can work with you comfortably. Whether that's physio, remedial massage, GP, midwife, chiro, PT, exercise physiologist, psychologist or dietitian. Sometimes you don't get the best fit for you on the first go. Sometimes you need to try a couple. Hell, you may have found a good fit. Doesn't mean a second opinion can't be valuable.

#1189618 Thank you Hospitals! (Sincerely)

Posted by elvenwhore on 07 March 2017 - 08:56 PM

Mater Mother's Hospital in Brissy, it's where I had bubs. They were superb. Really lovely, friendly staff all through my stay. The midwife I started the process with finished her shift about half an hour before bubs actually arrived, so there was supposed to be a crossover with the next midwife, but she ended up staying. So I had two midwives in the room with me at the end, and the ward doctor was just doing her rounds so she stayed too, so I was very well looked after :-)


The ward staff were great, even came in in the middle of the night when bubs was just a couple of hours old and a bit unsettled and got us some warm compresses, took her for a cuddle so we could rest our arms for a bit and told us jokes and stories to make us smile. I got heaps of support and advice and everyone was friendly and helpful - and happy! Makes a lot of difference, really, when you're feeling weird and not-crash-hot-but-not-actually-sick and a bit unsure of the world and freaked out, to have someone not just pop in and do their job, or give you some advice, but be happy while they're doing it. You don't feel like such a crazy burden when they have a smile for you.


But as good as they were, I won't be going back for another stay, thank you very much :-p

#1188669 It's the zombie apocalypse again - what would you miss?

Posted by elvenwhore on 13 February 2017 - 07:50 PM

I can be a creature of habit, sometimes. Whilst I can be fairly easygoing, there are certain things I've come to really like and appreciate. As The Walking Dead returns from hiatus, watching it often gets me to thinking...


In the zombie apocalypse, what things would I miss?


I'm going to skip the really obvious things (access to hospitals and medicines, infrastructure, cars, loved ones, etc), because what fun would that be? Some of the things it occurs to me that I'd quite miss would be:


* My blender. I love my blender :-) It's a Vitamix and I use it everyday, sometimes two or three times a day. And I love smoothies and smoothie bowls :-) 


* My hair. I've always said, in a zombie apocalypse, I'd have to chop my long hair short. It's just practical. My hair takes ages to dry, and the risks associated with it being snagged or caught up in an inopportune time would be too high. But I love having long hair. I've had waist-length hair most of my life. Short hair would feel weird.


* Photos. I know this is the digital age and a lot of photos don't get printed, but I do like having a few special photos printed and in my space. I'd miss not being able to casually see my wedding picture, or my daughter's toothy smile, whenever I want.


* My plants. I'm super-duper interested in permaculture, and even though we live in a unit with balconies so permie's a bit off limits at the moment, I've cultivated myself a nice little collection of happy little pot plants. Some herbs, some strawberries, some ferns, some general green things. I like my plants, and I like just being around them :-)


* My collection of Ian Irvine books. He's my favourite author. When we last moved, I discovered I have enough to fill at least one full box, and then some. I'd miss not being able to re-visit my books anytime I wanted to.


* My jewellery supplies and jewellery. I make jewellery. I've got quite the collection of gemstones, silver and tools. With a toddler at home, I don't get much time to play with this stuff, but it's nice just knowing it's all there. It took me years to collect them all, and I still remember some of the designs I'm yet to make. And I doubt I'd have much time or space to have the luxury of picking what jewellery I want to wear on a particular day in the zombie apocalypse, so that's out.


What about you? Come the zombie apocalypse, what things would you miss having around?

#1188524 Thanks Obama

Posted by elvenwhore on 09 February 2017 - 10:34 PM

As for the argument that we can't help others because we can't even help ourselves, well there will always be disadvantaged in every country, so based on that nobody would ever take anybody in.

Other Person: can't help others because we have problems with X, Y and Z here in Australia.

Me: the fact that we have issues with X, Y and Z here is a valid point. So wanna go donate/help/volunteer for s/X/Y/Z cause?

Other Person: nah.


Not that that's the issue here on Atomic - nobody here has said that (that I know of), so I'm not having a go at anyone here. My point is that the problem with society at large is that it's often used as a convenient excuse not to take action. Either I just know a lot of shitheads (possibly) or there actually are a lot of people out there who are operating under that mindset.


Once again, I reiterate, there's no problem pointing out that we have issues in Australia. What I do have a problem with is using said issues to avoid international responsibilities. 


Kinda like cleaning up the kitchen after cooking a big meal. Lots of piles of dirty dishes looking huge and insurmountable, but that's not a reason not to start trying to clean up. Oh, but there are issues with s/kids/pensioners/veterans/students/unemployed/etc in Australia, there's too many problems so we... what, just don't do anything about any of it? The fact that we can't perfectly solve every issue shouldn't be a reason not to at least try. In my books, anyway. 


edit: the media and the government have done a very, very clever job in making people think it's a binary situation; Us vs Them, Australians vs Refugees, Grandma vs Asylum Seekers. It shouldn't be, and it's not. The idea that decaying ol' Grandma is going to lose out if we help fulfil our international responsibilities is ludicrous. It's not a direct one-for-one; if money is used for foreign aid, it doesn't come out of the hands of a pensioner or a student. Different budgets, different ministers, different issues. 


Again, either I know a lot of hysterical, easily-lead lamestreamers (possibily), or society really is being fed that line at an alarming rate.