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Melnyczenko Family Christmas 2013-1

I don’t really have any more fancy parties to attend, my silly season is officially over and I literally just tied a bow on the last bit of work I had to do for the year. I’m officially done. We will be driving up the coast to celebrate Christmas with my family and I can’t wait to chill out and relax. I’d be surprised if you found me in anything more than a bikini and sunscreen this week. The make up, heels and hair extensions are definitely staying at home but I will be wearing this dress on Christmas day. Gotta love a dress you keep casual or go glam.

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I really wanted to take a nice family photo this Christmas, Aidan’s growing too fast and I wanted a fresh, bright, happy photo of us all together. Of course I wasn’t organised enough to do it whilst my sister was staying with us so I had to rely on the old tripod and remote trick. All I can say was that it was painful. Aidan was in a defiant mood but I won. Some turned out too blurry, some had our bodies cut in half but there were a few that turned out ok.

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Some were too hilarious not to share.

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I’m very lucky to have my little family. A day doesn’t go by without me reflecting on our past, how we got here and why even the hard moments are worth it. I might be busy, I might be chasing dreams but I know my life, my reason for being, my loves, are right there with me just as I am for them.

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I’m lucky.

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I’m grateful.

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I’m all wrapped up in love… Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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    Toni Brockliss says

    I love all the photos, but the one above the words “I’m grateful” is very special. I can see that one going out on a christmas card.
    Merry Christmas to you Dani. Drive carefully and have a relaxing holiday.

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    says

    You look stunning Danni. You actually inspired my Christmas outfit which i went out and searched for yesterday, a red dress, i wanted nothing else and i found one :) You have a gorgeous family and its so nice to hear people being grateful after all we only live once! Merry Christmas xx

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      Grayden ProvisJune 22, 2010Hi Cam not sure what you’ll think of this so will be interested in your conmmets ..I know you’ll let me know if you don’t agree! ..I’d been doing some hard thinking and I’d come to the conclusion that I might be cheating. I reckoned I might be starting to do my counting / singing BY ROTE so that I could secretly be still thinking about the golf swing. In order to test my theory I decided I needed to give myself something harder to do while swinging the club, something that would REALLY occupy my mind, something that would be IMPOSSIBLE to do if my mind was elsewhere. I decided I would describe in detail how to peel a carrot.Describing to someone how to peel a carrot should run something like this (I peel left handed): Take the carrot in your right hand with the top of the carrot near the butt of your palm and the bottom of the carrot between thumb and forefinger. Turn your right hand over so that the palm is facing up. Take the peeler in your left hand and place it at the top of the carrot and make slow, smooth strokes away from you taking care not to get your thumb or fingers. Rotate the carrot in your palm and continue to peel all sides. Once the peeling is complete top and tail the carrot with a knife . By about now you would have hit the ball and watched it through to landing.My first attempt to describe how to peel a carrot while playing a golf shot went something like this:[Stepping over imaginary line] Take a carrot in your right hand and .. [slight pause while addressing ball] then ..hold the ..peeler ..and then [pausing briefly while taking the club back] while your scraping .take care not hurt .but ..[hit ball] JUST AS I THOUGHT. I COULDN’T DO IT. IT CAME OUT AS DISJOINTED GOBBLEDYGOOK BECAUSE MY MIND WAS STILL ON THE GOLF SWING.So I tried it again ..and then again .and then again. It was REALLY HARD. Why? Because I wasn’t prepared to truly LET GO of what I was doing with the golf club. Trying to describe something as simple as how to peel a carrot became virtually impossible. To check that it wasn’t just that I had forgotten momentarily how to peel a carrot I stopped swinging for a minute and stood there and silently recited to myself the peeling routine. No problem at all. Straight through it, no pauses, no groping for words. Easy. Here was proof of what I suspected. I was not TRULY letting go while doing my counting / singing. I was cheating. I was doing the counting / singing by rote so that my mind could secretly still be on what I was doing with the golf club.What to do? PRACTICE. Not hitting balls per se but hitting balls while describing how to peel a carrot. And you don’t even need to be at a golf course to do this. In fact its probably preferable NOT to be at first I would suggest. Go out the back and try just hitting leaves or something. And don’t just use the carrot routine over and over or you’ll learn that by rote too and start cheating again! Describe how to change the blades on a mower or anything else that you’re familiar with mix it up. When you can run a SMOOTH, PAUSE-FREE, SENSIBLE commentary on any topic at will while swinging a golf club I reckon you’ll TRULY understand what it is to be on automatic. Not that I’ve got it down yet by any means. Far from it. But I think I at least better understand now the nature of the state I’m trying to get in to. Give it a go. Be prepared to be spooked though. Its very uncomfortable at first. That Pesky never gives up without a fight!

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      Well, this is long overdue, but hello again to all of you out there. Thanks ever so much for all the posts made in our aecbnse great to hear from everyone.We are presently holed up in Morgan SA, waiting for the wet weather to blow over. For the last couple of days we have had the excellent company of two other international touring cyclists: Aaron (Mr Hawaii) & Joe (Mr Wales 2nd place). Both are wonderful fellows & full of good cheer!In brief, after heading east of the Nullarbor region into the Yalata Reserve, Coffee somehow managed to consume a whole root of ginger- that’s right GINGER! Where on earth she found it is anyones guess, but take my word for it, ginger may be a calmative when ingested in SMALL quantities, but NOT when swallowed whole as an entire root!!!! And yes, I’m sure it was ginger because the offending object was identified during the ensuing turmoil over the next two days. I’ve NEVER seen an animal become so sick from a herb!!!! It all settled down eventually & I feel safe to say that Coffee has probably learned absolutely nothing from the experience & would do it all over again given the chance!Anyway, all is well & everything is on track. We’ll be following the Murray river east into Victoria/NSW during the coming week & will keep you all posted when there is news worthy to tell. A MASSIVE thanks to you all for your ongoing correspondance & support!!!! Till then .

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