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Birds of a feather DON’T always flock together

So, you may or may not be aware – but I am a keen bird watcher.  Oddly enough I have a fear of one type of bird and an obsession with another.  OK OK, since we are talking about me – the odd part really isn’t that odd, say for example to any other person other than say …me.

So, back to the post at hand.  Which bird do I love you are asking?  Well, I just LOVE flamingos – there isn’t one thing that I don’t LOVE about them; HECK they are even considered a 70’s icon!   Come on who hasn’t wanted a big pink plastic flamingo to stick in their front lawn!!!  Basically, what I am saying is, that what is there not to love about the flamingo.  Just in case you’re not sold yet on how loveable the flamingo is, here are 10 reasons why I think they are…

  1. They are unusual looking and I like the unusual 
  2. They like to stand on one leg (again unusual) and researchers can not fully explain why they do this
  3. They come in so many colours – dont like pink – HEY they come in purple as well
  4. Put two flamingos together and at the right moment they are making a love heart!
  5. Their babies are cute fluffy grey and short – then grow into something of beauty
  6. Their name means ‘flame coloured’ – come on that’s cool in its self!
  7. The flamingo that is well fed is more colourful (meaning he gets the girl) so for once no skinny birds allowed- fat chicks ROCK!
  8. In ancient times – the flamingo was considered as the living representation of the sun God Ra – HEY –  I love the SUN!
  9. They are super social animals and prefer to flock together in groups of thousands – again I am super social LOL
  10. Lastly – I really REALLY like them!

On the other hand, I have a real fear for pelican’s.  Nope, I haven’t had any incident with pelicans in the past.  It’s just something about them that I dislike.

  1. For starters – they have beady little nasty eyes – their eyes are flat and soulless 
  2.  Again with their eyes – their eyes never stop staring at you.  No matter where you are standing its like they are looking at you
  3. I just cant get over the size of their bills – come on if you can fit another bird whole in your mouth (see picture above) – there has to be trust issues there!
  4. They defy gravity – nothing that big should be able to fly – yes that one you would think would be something I would like BUT…
  5. Their size isn’t all that it is meant to be – they are not heavy – their size is all about air – so they can float without effort – see again very shady (much like their staring eyes)
  6. Their name is derived from the word ‘pelekys’ which means axe like – *wide eyes* HELLO birds and axes don’t go together – not unless it is to do with thanksgiving dinner!
  7. Did I mention they have scary starry eyes – yes I did
  8. WELL, I just dont like the overall look of them LOL

In general, pelican’s freak me out a little – like I said, it is for no reason at all.  It is just that when I look into their eyes *brrrrrr* a cold chill goes over me like someone has walked over my (yet to be) grave or something!  I am just really freaked out by them.  All I can say, is just as well pelican’s are not so common in New Zealand – ok neither are flamingos.  But remember, we have only recently moved back to New Zealand from Australia- and in Australia pelicans are everywhere on the coast!

So, to end may your days be filled with sun, beautiful colours and not birds that like to stare you down…

Mabel 

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How hard can it be to post while on the road

Really, how hard can it be?  You aren’t held back by work commitments or even household duties!  But if I  think back to how many awesome posts I think up while we are in transit – I could have enough posts to last a full calendar year.   I kid you not.  I have them pretty much all “written” out – well, in my head that is. But by the time we have reached our destination- poof. Gone, gone like a dream disappears when you wake up. Like for example, while driving back from Taupo this long weekend I had an awesome post all about my odd obsession with corn fields and how I can’t stop looking at them when I spot them while driving.


I had this awesome but oddball post all “written” out in the head by the time we had arrived home.  Then by the time we had unloaded the car and unpacked the cases – poof gone.  All that awesomeness gone and all that was really left was a small memory about about how I think my obsession became around from watching way too many horror movies during my teens, twenties, thirties and well now my fourtys.  And now I have a hunger to rewatch “The Children of the Corn… and the post is completely gone.


Now, I try to over come this issue by taking loads of notebooks that I can jot things down on – you know so to use as a reminder when we finally reach our end point for the day. But come on, really have you tried to write things down when your driving at high speed along open country (bumpy) roads!  Good god when I attempt to read over my notes – I can only read every second or third word.  If it was written in crayon it would look like some preschooler had gotten a hold of my notebook.   Seriously – even a doctor or Calvin’s handwriting would be easier to read than mine while in a moving car.
I am not going to let this situation get the better of me.  Next time we are on a road trip or even out somewhere and a post idea pops randomly into my head; I am going to attemp to type notes up on my iPad, heck even on my phone and see if that works out any better.  Because I have to say, I have “written” some pretty awesome, interesting and of course, super funny posts while we are on the road over the years…


It just a pity no one else was able to read what is inside my head – or is it LOL

Mabel

XXX

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It takes 21 days to make a habit 

Well, I can tell you that making a habit in 21 days is either a myth or a load of…… That is unless the 21 days are turtle days?  LOL – because it is NOT a day in my human timeframe!  So why or what habit am I trying to make?  You see since returning from the United States in December last year, I have been a tad obsessed with trying to create a gym (bunny) habit for myself.  I have been so obessed that the rest of my life has been pushed to the side a little – including posting blogs, editing images, eating and sleeping.  WELL, maybe not eating or sleeping LOL but in general it feels as if I have stopped everything else.

Current gym bunny workouts LOL

I have been going at it for 21 days exactly… nope, no habit has been created!  I am still having the same old yelling match with myself just leading up to heading out to the gym.  Though, I can report that I am enjoying the gym more, than say, day 1.  Day 1, I walked out of the gym looking like a wet, old, buggered bunny.  But enough about why I have stopped all other forms of living and why I am trying to create – ‘Mabel the gym bunny’.  Let’s talk about why someone got it into their head, that all I had to do to create a habit was to repeat the task for 21 days and BOOM – Mabel transformed – NOT!

I decided that I needed to do a little research on the subject – I let me fingers do the walking and goggled ’21 days habit or myth’.  What I found did not surprise me in the least.

This myth, that a habit can be created in a mere 21 days became from a misunderstanding from work by Dr. Maxwell Maltz’s.  Populism created this misunderstanding and BOOM – the 21 day habit took on a world of its own.  Mainstream populism once again grabbed onto something, flipped it inside out and created something totally incorrect and mostly unattandable – like if you drink 2L of water a day and exercise 30mins 5 days a week you will become fit.  Populism changed Maltz’s work to create a belief that if you put all your willpower into repeating a ‘task’ 21 days in a row – you will create a habit.  Then placed fear into people that it only take half the time to break a habit.  If you looked at this populism created myth from a Marxist view – its no different to ‘the more you work harder – the higher up the ladder you will climb.  But that is an all together another discussion; and one for another time.  BUT, one that you will have to have with me face to face, as I try to keep the hard stuff off the blog :).

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Populism, or the mainstream myths really do have a lot to answer for.  Heck, when I think back, I even think that there was some mid 1990’s lame drug reform movie that was based on this very myth – trust Hollywood to reinforce populism bull!

So again, it looks like the mainstream way is not going to work for me – I have NOT been able to create the habit of transforming into a gym addict aka Mabel the gym bunny.  It looks like I am going to have to keep yelling at myself everyday, that I am going to have to draw on my shear determination.  That I will just have to repeat over the next few MONTHS until my attitude slowly changes.  It looks like, yes, I DO have to REPEAT the task of going to the gym every day –  over and over and over again… That to create the gym habit, I have to break through the desire to enjoy life, the outdoors, living, eating and sleeping (again I am slightly over playing the no eating and sleeping part).  That, for myself and others to truly create a habit, I have to create a subconsious, second nature task of going to the gym to create the habit.  ALL OF WHICH takes a heck of a lot longer than a mere 21 days!  BUT saying this, if I can pack a suitcase with my eyes closed and load a car like a Tetris pro; then I can create a habit of hitting the gym.


I just need to keep hanging my invisable travel carrot out in front of me – eye on the prize!  So, I leave you now (to head to the gym) with one final question…

WHY the hell did I decide to attempt creating this habit during the summer :X

M

Xxx