1. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    ;)

    You got Europe (I'm jealous), but we got Australia and the Asia Pacific right on our doorstep. It balances out. :)
    Nothing against Asia Pacific, beautiful area (though some rough spots) but I love the history and scenery here in the EU and the food as well. Nothing like a morning stroll to a boulangerie to get baguettes and croissants in France. Or coffee in Italy. Tapas in Spain. The list goes on...
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    01-12-2017 04:36 AM
  2. Rose640's Avatar
    There's nothing 'minor' about being anti-vax. It's a major concern. Anyone, regardless how nice or whatever they seem, should be considered an enemy of humanity for thinking anti-vax is a good thing.

    Anti-vaxers work on the emotions of parents, specifically mothers, to prevent them from vaccinating their children. They're horrible people. Spreading lies and misinformation. They're the equivalent of holocaust deniers. They deserve no respect at all.
    Oh, you take this topic much more seriously than I do. There's no question that I strongly disagree with them, but I don't see them equal to Nazis. Sure, they're a threat to health but holocaust, no.
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    01-12-2017 04:48 AM
  3. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Oh, you take this topic much more seriously than I do. There's no question that I strongly disagree with them, but I don't see them equal to Nazis. Sure, they're a threat to health but holocaust, no.
    What my point was is that they deny science behind vaccinations. They don't believe that it's correct, to the point that they don't believe in the diseases that vaccinations cure. They think it's all made up and that there's nothing that 'nature' or the human body can't fix on it's own.

    I don't think you're aware of just how vile these people are. Babies and children have died or become seriously ill because of these people. They're sick and twisted people who seemed hell bent on bringing back diseases we almost had eradicated because they're suspicious of 'big pharma' and conspiracy nutters.

    I was trying to be nice calling them equivalent to holocaust deniers but that's probably too tame.
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    01-12-2017 05:08 AM
  4. libra89's Avatar
    Started learning something new related to my job at work and it feels like it gave me some new motivation. I like what I do, but it felt like I hit a wall before the break of doing the same thing and not learning anything new. Not sure if this normally happens at 7 months in for a new position.
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    01-12-2017 09:18 AM
  5. libra89's Avatar
    On a less boring note, it's been 12 days into my month of using the same phone intentionally for the whole month and I have had an itch to change once. I basically turn my other phones on for a moment and then back off. I don't even do that daily anymore. Who am I LOL
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    01-12-2017 09:22 AM
  6. libra89's Avatar
    One of my friends was telling me (and our other friends) that she wants to try to date this year since she hasn't tried much before at all. I can relate but not sure if I feel like going down that road even though I kind of feel like I should. Me and her are the same age.
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    01-12-2017 09:29 AM
  7. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Started learning something new related to my job at work and it feels like it gave me some new motivation. I like what I do, but it felt like I hit a wall before the break of doing the same thing and not learning anything new. Not sure if this normally happens at 7 months in for a new position.
    I find things get boring rather rapidly for me with regards to work. I find work in general rather mundane. I find the work I do these days, even though it's taken me to various countries and places, it's still rather dull.

    Work at the end of the day is work. You're doing something for someone else. I'm a person who find things satisfying when I do them for my own reasons.

    I do like learning I should point out. :)
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    01-12-2017 09:31 AM
  8. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    One of my friends was telling me (and our other friends) that she wants to try to date this year since she hasn't tried much before at all. I can relate but not sure if I feel like going down that road even though I kind of feel like I should. Me and her are the same age.
    I'll be married for 10 years this year...
    01-12-2017 09:33 AM
  9. libra89's Avatar
    I find things get boring rather rapidly for me with regards to work. I find work in general rather mundane. I find the work I do these days, even though it's taken me to various countries and places, it's still rather dull.

    Work at the end of the day is work. You're doing something for someone else. I'm a person who find things satisfying when I do them for my own reasons.

    I do like learning I should point out. :)
    Ah, so you can relate. I think it's really cool that your work has taken you to so many places! It sounds like you might be used to it though.

    Fair point. It works for some of us though. That makes sense, I can picture that for you.

    That's good, learning is good. I prefer the kind without the exams and papers but yet I'm considering it again.
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    01-12-2017 09:40 AM
  10. libra89's Avatar
    I'll be married for 10 years this year...
    Congrats! The idea of seriously dating makes me nervous. How did you and your wife meet one another if I can ask?
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    01-12-2017 09:41 AM
  11. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Congrats! The idea of seriously dating makes me nervous. How did you and your wife meet one another if I can ask?
    We met online, me in Canada, her in Australia, way before meeting online was a thing.
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    01-12-2017 09:56 AM
  12. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Ah, so you can relate. I think it's really cool that your work has taken you to so many places! It sounds like you might be used to it though.

    Fair point. It works for some of us though. That makes sense, I can picture that for you.

    That's good, learning is good. I prefer the kind without the exams and papers but yet I'm considering it again.
    I have days when I want to go do a learning course of some sort but I'd prefer it for enjoyment and just for the desire of learning rather than grades.

    I've spent a lot of time reading and learning that way. Things I didn't know about in science etc. But now there's other things I'd like to learn but finding the time and place to learn it is rather difficult. I don't see many evening/weekend courses here in the UK.
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    01-12-2017 09:58 AM
  13. libra89's Avatar
    We met online, me in Canada, her in Australia, way before meeting online was a thing.
    Aww that sounds like a really sweet story! Very cool.
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    01-12-2017 09:58 AM
  14. libra89's Avatar
    I have days when I want to go do a learning course of some sort but I'd prefer it for enjoyment and just for the desire of learning rather than grades.

    I've spent a lot of time reading and learning that way. Things I didn't know about in science etc. But now there's other things I'd like to learn but finding the time and place to learn it is rather difficult. I don't see many evening/weekend courses here in the UK.
    Hmm interesting.

    Wow that sucks that there aren't many evening/weekend courses there. :( That sounds challenging.

    In my case, it's to get a Masters. Thankfully, where I'm working pays for almost 3 courses, but I'll do 2 a semester. I just have to do my part to get into the program, which requires an exam. Welp.
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    01-12-2017 10:05 AM
  15. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Aww that sounds like a really sweet story! Very cool.
    Without going into details it was very complicated. That's not even including who was going to move to what country.

    A sweet story is where we got married.
    01-12-2017 10:10 AM
  16. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Hmm interesting.

    Wow that sucks that there aren't many evening/weekend courses there. :( That sounds challenging.

    In my case, it's to get a Masters. Thankfully, where I'm working pays for almost 3 courses, but I'll do 2 a semester. I just have to do my part to get into the program, which requires an exam. Welp.
    My wife did her bachelors and masters online. There were also parts she had to do in person at the university as well.
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    01-12-2017 10:11 AM
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    Without going into details it was very complicated. That's not even including who was going to move to what country.

    A sweet story is where we got married.
    Ah okay, going to take your word for it. You two made it this far, which I still think is sweet.
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    01-12-2017 10:30 AM
  18. libra89's Avatar
    My wife did her bachelors and masters online. There were also parts she had to do in person at the university as well.
    That's cool! Are her two degrees related?

    I will be doing the in person classes for sure, provided that I get in. I believe that I will but still.
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    01-12-2017 10:33 AM
  19. Muessig's Avatar
    My wife did her bachelors and masters online. There were also parts she had to do in person at the university as well.

    Do you mind elaborating about your wedding a little? I'm getting married in the middle of the year, your experience could help my own...
    01-12-2017 04:47 PM
  20. libra89's Avatar
    Do you mind elaborating about your wedding a little? I'm getting married in the middle of the year, your experience could help my own...
    Congrats!
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    01-12-2017 06:05 PM
  21. Sport Driver's Avatar
    Good morning, no snow overe here yet, it is raining. But problem is, it's so cold there is black ice everywhere, worse than snow.
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    01-12-2017 11:20 PM
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    Good morning, no snow overe here yet, it is raining. But problem is, it's so cold there is black ice everywhere, worse than snow.
    It snowed on my way home, took me 2 1/4hrs to get home.

    There was no snow at my home though and I doubt it stuck around in the roads. But the temperature had dropped so there may be ice. Just hope they salted the roads...
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    01-12-2017 11:27 PM
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    It snowed on my way home, took me 2 1/4hrs to get home.

    There was no snow at my home though and I doubt it stuck around in the roads. But the temperature had dropped so there may be ice. Just hope they salted the roads...
    We are expecting snow late in the evening. Here motorways are salted but most of the other roads aren't, some roads are coled because of balck ice
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    01-12-2017 11:42 PM
  24. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    We are expecting snow late in the evening. Here motorways are salted but most of the other roads aren't, some roads are coled because of balck ice
    That's what pretty much happens in Canada, they do the main roads first then they do the secondary roads, then residential. Just depends how bad things are. Sometimes they contract small companies to help clear things up quicker.

    I hate black ice. Dangerous stuff.
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    01-13-2017 01:28 AM
  25. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Do you mind elaborating about your wedding a little? I'm getting married in the middle of the year, your experience could help my own...
    Not sure what you want to know exactly. I think I may have mentioned that we got married overseas. We were living in Australia at the time and we got married in Finland.

    We had a relatively small wedding of about 28 people (including us) the rest were mostly my wife's Finnish family (she's half Finnish) and some friends.

    Even though what we did and where we got married sounds pretty fancy, our wedding only cost around $5000 AUD, that's not including flights/accommodation of course. We stayed with family at a summer cottage (near where we got married) prior to the wedding and had a hotel room for the night before and night after. We then went to Sweden for a couple of days by ferry. Then went to Canada after that.

    So to explain this whole thing.

    We got married in a castle, that sits on a lake in Savonlinna Finland. The castle's name is Olavinlinna Castle. The chapel sits at the top of the foremost turret of the picture below. Thing to note, wedding dresses and high heel shoes are not the best for going up a spiral narrow stone steps.

    img_3866.jpg

    Reason why we chose this great place? My wife's Finnish grandparents migrated to Australia in 1959. Her grandfather was a bit of an artist and liked paint in oils. He had a picture of this castle that he had painted hanging over the mantle of their house. My wife saw this picture since she was a little girl and thought it as a fantasy castle then, not realising it was real and she could go to it. So we decided to get married there as a way of honouring her grandparents. My wife spent quite a bit of time with them while growing up.

    We decided to use horse and carriage to get us from the hotel to the castle. Approximately 2km. It just seemed appropriate. The horse and carriage drew a crowd at the hotel and we got a big cheer when we came out. We had people congratulate us on the way. A group of people at a cafe we passed all stood up and clapped. Was very memorable.

    The wedding ceremony music was provided by a Finnish instrument the kantele. Sounds similar to a harp.

    During our ceremony we had a Finnish love poem recited and song sung by one of our friends accompanied by one of my wife's family on violin. The ceremony was performed by the magistrate. Everything was in Finnish/English.

    Then we went out to one of the parapets to release butterflies.

    We then had lunch in the castle and had some music that was played by some music students. Finnish waltz music on accordions which everyone liked. Ah the Fins...

    After all that, we met up with some family and friends for a boat tour around the castle.

    We kept our wedding very simple and as cheap as possible. This was the other reason why we got married overseas. Kept the numbers down. Overseas weddings can be as simple or extravagant as we you want them to be.

    Of course everyone's situation is different so having a wedding overseas is not for everyone but it worked for us.

    My main advice would be this:

    Plan your day to sort the timing out.

    Figure out where you want to get married and book it immediately, followed by the rest of the stuff, flowers, dress, suit, DJ (if you have one) and all those things. Get them done as quickly as possible that way you don't stress about them.

    Then relax. If you get overly excited about things going wrong then it will just stress you. Just keep in mind two things. You're there to enjoy yourself and so is your friends and family. It's a celebration, a party. Timing can go out, something may be missed, but it's no big deal. What's the worst thing that can happen? Think of that then make sure that you take that into consideration. Anything after that is manageable. It's just one day. Make it as perfect as you can and let slide anything that might cause hiccups.

    That's not always easily done but the simpler you make things the less chance that things will get messed up.

    It's all the quirky things we did that made our wedding memorable for us and for the people who attended and that's all that matters really.
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