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Monday 10th November 2008

It's Monday.

courage wisdom serenity hope I can keep starting

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Recycler CI 5:35pm EST

Hi Pro Buddies!

A good Monday here :) I even got out of work on time :)

Today: brought some things to/from each condo. Peeled painting tape off of crown molding, & got much better results on this wall than the previous wall ;) Showered at gym & got ready for work. Did projects at work. Did errand during lunchtime. Did more projects in afternoon. Planned project for tomorrow. Came directly home from work. Going to surf websites before going to support group tonight. If sponsor is there, meet with them after meeting. Take 1-2 loads of stuff over to the new condo.

Have a great night, everyone! :)


Thank you, gals & guys, for being here! :)

m ci 4:50 pm + goals for the week


- work 42 hours (3 3/4 hrs so far)
- exercise 4 times
- clean house well (basement, office, bedroom)
- read a book


x rally
- o. munge
x pdf
- clear 1186, 1254, 1376, 1426, and 1428
- clean off desk
- vacuum in office
- read 60 pp.
- exercise
ended up working for 3 3/4 hours on a different item

Feeling like I'm in a squirrel cage... :-(

 Well, it's mid-afternoon Monday. I have had a very busy weekend and a long list of stuff to do, so I'm not getting much done at all.

I have to work at my part-time job this evening. 

For now I'm going to proceed with organizing myself for the rest of the week.



The Hero's Code:

Show up. Pay Attention. Speak the Truth. Let Go of the Outcome.

drun Check In, 2pm EST

I have not been on much the last week or two because I have had to watch using online activities and itself for procrastination. I've been thinking of you guys.

Working now on a project that gets my stomach in a knot, trying to work through that by posting it here.

MIT #1: --nv empl appl, find xsrpts and add info to appl.

MIT #2: --ck activities, poss call or em nv.
MIT #3: --work on completing next step, prob. written statements.

Thanks, and best to all on your tasks ...

late follow up Check In, drun5

Sorry I did not follow up with a Check In yesterday. I did make some progress.

MIT #1: DONE --nv empl appl, find xsrpts and add info to appl.

MIT #2: --ck activities, poss call or em nv.
MIT #3: partly DONE --work on completing next step, prob. written statements.


e's ci

 I am practicing patting myself on the back for little things today: if I put away one tiny little thing I find I do better if I focus on the mini-success than on the squalor that is left to deal with.  

My sleep schedule is way off these days: I am up until 4:30 in the morning, wake briefly to get my son up for school and then am asleep until noon. So, my MIT for the day is to take Melatonin this afternoon to reset my internal clock. Thanks, everyone, for all the information on SAD. 

Would like to: fill a bin with autumn leaves. 

put away 10 things in a final place in the bedroom

invite everyone for Thanksgiving, plan menu, and not freak out about it

vacuum (as I type that I feel a sense of dread in my chest: I wonder why)

dishes: keep the counter clean

plan tonights supper


be here frequently

Journey 2 pm UPDATE 3 pm 4:30

Still working on MIT #1.  I guess that's a good thing, but I planned on working on this for about an hour and it's been 2+ hours.   Partly, it's more complicated than I thought, and I don't want to stop until I get at least some real work done on this today, and partly because I can't seem to focus on it for more than 5 minutes at a time!   Oh, well, "just keep starting".  I'm going to give it another half hour and then move on, as there are some other things that I need to work on today.

3 pm:  Well, once I posted about this, it helped me break through the "brain fog" and get MIT #1 completed.   I did more work on it than I planned,  I finished and submitted it for the next step, so until it comes back from a committee I'm done with it for now!   Pause here to enjoy the feeling of successful completion. 

Moving on to MIT #2

4:30 MIT #2, which was to make a stab at starting on Project G, is done, as much as I can stand for today.   Off to MIT #3. 


"I tell you, we are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different." - Kurt Vonnegut

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Monica CO - 7:10 am

Well, I completely forgot to account for the time I would spend away from my home, taking my daughter to her karate class last night, and over shot my to-do list. Yesterday’s list was way too long for the amount of discretionary time I had available. Thank goodness for my husband who jumped right in and took care of the most important things on the list. He cooked dinner, helped my son with his homework and gave him a bath. I checked these tasks off of my list because, even though I didn't do them, the tasks did get done. I’m going to work on a new list this morning and will CI around 9:30 am, after I've dropped my son off at school and have some time to myself to plan.

All the best,

To Do:
[x] CI
[x] Devotional time
[x] Shower & dress to shoes
[x] Scrub shower
[x] Make bed
[x] Clear email
[x] Shine sink
[x] Pickup a few groceries after work (remember list)
[x] Cook dinner (dinner was cooked by my husband)
[0] Clean up kitchen after dinner
[0] Call Dr. Wallace
[0] Clean off hot-spot
[0] Layout outfit for me and my son for tomorrow
[x] Help son with homework (completed by my husband)
[x] Give son a bath (completed by my husband)
[0] Review Calendar and make new CI list for tomorrow
[x] CO (didn't do this ‘til the next day but I’m counting it since it’s done)

If I can't do it perfectly, I'll do it anyway. If I can't do it all, I'll do some. If I do nothing, nothing gets done.

"I don't feel like it" is a poor excuse for sacrificing your dreams.

Agnus ci 11:45am, 4-ish and 7:15pm

I e-fasted on the weekend so I've been catching up today on the weekend posts - so much great recovery. Already today I prayed, wrote food plan, called sponsor, made Big Book meeting, bought dog food, exercised, ate, cleaned kitchen, did pet care, and checked in here. Today's plan so far:

  • check out alternate office space
  • write job description
  • compare costs
  • Todo and my travel list for J - travel list still unknown for certain.
  • Call new AP contacts - 3 down, 10 to go
  • Read and respond to 46 emails in my Inbox got 'em down to 6 including today's incoming.
  • Check AP Inbox and respond as needed
  • Spend 1 hour on the paper pile at my left (use Chat if needed) postponed
  • Check in again before 3pm. Oops - not on time! done @ 4:23pm.

I am going to make another few phone calls and then step out to visit the alternative office space I called about earlier. --- haven't gotten there yet. incoming emails and phone calls generated some U-MITs that had to be addressed right away. going to walk the dog and then try to get up there to see the office.

Journey 11 am

Late checkin today and didn't check in much over the weekend either!  The weekend was ok, though, as usual it could have been better but the house is reasonably clean and I made a couple of nice dinners.  

I just found out that we're having weekend visitors in December so I have to do something about the disaster in the spare room before then.   I have warned them that it's bad, but they say they don't care as long as they have a bed to sleep in.  I will be stressing over this for the next few weeks. 

Today, I'm getting a really slow start, but I've been to the gym, read email and set my mits.   Also took care of a few administrative type things in email.   Now I have one hour to work on MIT #1 before my lunch meeting.   

Have a great Monday everyone! 

"I tell you, we are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different." - Kurt Vonnegut

welcome new and returning recoverers

it's great to see so many people here. I hope we are all finding recovery. I'd love to get to know you all, but my recovery says i have to be satisfied with recovering along side u for now.

Good luck to us all!



So great to be reading your shares again regularly here. Thanks for the contribution you make to PA and our mutual recovery.

tx ag

CL ci

chick: "hope i can keep starting" -- good one. I'm going to try to remember that today.

9am : bookend reading this site.
9:20 (20min) : there was a lot to read. Still, i didnt get lost. Now review/set MITs. I'm going to try to live this day as if it were not my own, but HP's.
9:55 (25min) : ok i had to pull myself back from getting involved in my MITs--short ones--because they were not really that short after all. And an optimization to my process was taking longer than i had anticipated, so i had to stop that.
*** That means today is a good day so far, because pulling back from those things is something that is always hard for me except on my best days. Check back at 10:15.
10:20 (25min) : got stalled. but pulled away from it. back to setting MITs.
10:30 (10min) : handled an interruption. Back to MITs.
10:35 (5min) : getting overwhelmed. going to chat to break it down and motivate
11:15 (40min) : MITs set and have a good plan for the day. Feeling very positive, now guard against time binging.
11:40 (25min) : working my top 2 MITs. next ci at 12.
12:20 (20min) : i can be behind 10 min all day and still do great. Time for quiet time. As if i were a machine and needed fuel, even tho i have not run out of fuel yet.
1:55 (1h35min) : GREAT quiet time today. I was given gifts and blessings. Ready to work, and ci at 2:15.
2:40 (45min) : ci 25 min late, but still it's ok. Want to be a little more deliberate in my time usage, but i'm working on MIT1 but it's taking longer than i thot.
3:30 (50min) : that's a bit long. stalled on MIT 1 but cause it was confusing, not because i was procras-ing. that's better than usual, but i can still do better. making progress. make more and ci at 3:45


Hope-Faith CI 8:05

Good Morning All,

About 1 1/2 behind this morning so I do not have all my plans mapped out for the day. So it is a short list to start with. Check back after a while.

  • Coffee
  • Check E-mail
  • CI Update 11:15

    CI Update  5:15

    I have fallen by the wayside today and have not planned as well as I should have due to the fact that I woke up late and did not plan the night before. Despite my poor planning I have had a successful day.

    Tomorrow is Veterans day and we do not have school. So my kids my dad and I are off to Toys' R Us to do some window Christmas shopping and out to eat. Christmas has really been on my mind over the last 24 hours so I need to take some action so that I can put my mind to rest and get a plan in place with regards to what I will buy them this year. It will also be a great outting for my dad who spends almost everynight watching my grandmother. Inaddtion it will be great to have fun with my kids

    Hopefully I will Check In when I get home and plan my day for tomorrow. Having the day off I really want to get some stuff accomplished around the house.



    Sammy ci :: 7:00 am

    got up late this morning, but things are moving along now. I think I have a very full day ahead of me....

    1. MUT- Meeting with L and P about N (this is going to be a tough one for various reasons...)

    2. MIT- Photo Studio

     3. MIT- Turn work in to T.

    4. Read material for sociology before class 

    kromer 8 CI

    A little late getting started...I need to get dressed, make my bed, pack lunch, do 5 min of Harambee prep and head to lab.

    Update 9:30--in lab (a little late, but ok)

    I'm going to work on PF's project until 12, then go do data analysis for NM's project (should take about 3 hours), then spend a couple hours working of PT's project, then head to Harambee.

    kromer 9 CI

    A decent day so far. I did good work on PF's project until 12...I didn't get quite as much done as I would have liked, but I kept focus and made okay progress. Then I worked on NM's project...ended up having to do some extra work for that, so I didn't get to PT's project. Then I went to Harambee, came home, had a 30 min break and now it's time to work again.

    First, I need to start a load of laundry (I'm out of clothes) and do a few dishes.

    Then, I need to spend a focused hour working on PT's project...this has been hanging over my head for weeks. The only way this will get done is one step at a time.

    Then, I'm going to make a schedule for what I need to accomplish this week.

    Finally, I need to email SS, PR, and TH.  

    kromer 11:40 fantastic CO

    I got more than an hour of really good, focused work done on PT's project, and it feels so good! I can finish this project that's been hanging over my head, yay! I haven't had a real productive stretch in a week or two, and it feels good.

    I also did laundry and sent emails. I still need to shower and make a schedule for the week. 

    Good night, all! 

    Kromer's fantastic checkout

    "I tell you, we are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different." - Kurt Vonnegut
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    Monica CI 7:00 am

    To Do:
    [x] CI
    [ ] Devotional time
    [ ] Shower & dress to shoes
    [ ] Scrub shower
    [ ] Make bed
    [ ] Clear email
    [ ] Shine sink
    [ ] Pickup a few groceries after work (remember to take shopping list)
    [ ] Cook dinner
    [ ] Clean up kitchen after dinner
    [ ] Call Dr. Wallace
    [ ] Clean hot-spot for 15 min (bedroom chair)
    [ ] Layout outfit for me and my son for tomorrow
    [ ] Help son with homework
    [ ] Give son a bath
    [ ] Review Calendar and make new CI list for tomorrow
    [ ] CO

    If I can't do it perfectly, I'll do it anyway. If I can't do it all, I'll do some. If I do nothing, nothing gets done.

    "I don't feel like it" is a poor excuse for sacrificing your dreams.

    another thank you

    I also want to add a thank you for your helpful comment and signature. I'd like to contribute more and offer more encouragement to others on, but have to watch my time use online. thanks again dave

    Hi Monica!

    Love your signature line, very inspiring!
    "I tell you, we are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different." - Kurt Vonnegut

    thanks Monica

    Ditto to Jo's comment - thanks for sharing your inspirational thoughts in your sig.

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    You're Welcome

    Thanks Jo and Agnus. I'm glad you're finding it useful.

    Today, I'm completely free

    Today, I'm completely free to do what I want!

    What I want is to be ready for my oral exam next Wednesday, so I'm going to study like crazy, with a five minute break twice an hour to relax or take care of household stuff.


    Good Morning....I'm doing it!

    Good morning all. 

    1. pray

    2. finish up expense report for work

    3. drop off report and go attend training class

     4. Have a awesome day.

    Stay motivated......Peace.



    hello, and welcome! hope to

    hello, and welcome!

    hope to see you here again soon. : - ) 

    Thank you Sammy

    I completed all of those task today! I feel great! One day at a time.

    Thanks again Sammy..



    Yay Cho! Yes, one day at a

    Yay Cho! Yes, one day at a time...

    Do it Chickadee

    Do it Chickadee....Just do it! Yesterday I had stinking thinking. Today I've changed that until this moment. It empowers you knowing that you're not crazy when you don't get things done. You just have to unblock the flow and GOooooooooooooo.



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    Re: Good Morning....I'm doing it!

    Yes you are doing it! Congratulations on taking your first steps toward healing.

    Wishing you all the best,

    Thank you Monica

    Thank you Monica for the encouraging words. Have a Proactive Night!


    roses ci, 10:30

    Today i need to rehearse my music. Also message a promoter to get a show, my first show for a long long while.

    I said I'd make a vegan curry for dinner, so I've to purchase ingredients for that.

    Stay off this PC, and stream only one episode of House later this evening - not ten.

    17:30 - I completed all tasks I set! In short all I wrote above, but there's more that I'd usually find a challenge:

    • Woke up around nine, and got up before ten!
    • Ate breakfast away from the computer.
    • Practiced drums for an hour.
    • Did other exercises.
    • Showered, cleaned my teeth and dressed!
    • Played through my songs.
    • Sent a message to a promoter to see if they can get me a show!! (I haven't performed for over a year)
    • I made a good lunch.
    • Listened all the way through an album someone had lent me a while ago, even tho I didn't love it. I had kept putting this off before.
    • Bought ingredients for curry.

    I did use the computer, but not for more than 10 minutes a go. Checking on here, sending that message and looking up the recipe were things I needed it for.

    I've just to make dinner now. I am pretty happy, as for the first time in ages I feel as tho my day has had some worth.

    Godspeed to you all, this is a great place.
    peace and love.

    chickadee - thankyou sister,

    chickadee - thankyou sister, now my only task is to tread some time to avoid worrying over the promoter's response. I hope your day was equally as fulfilling.

    e - House... indeed I've been through four seasons in the last couple weeks. Both yesterday and today, tho, I allocated myself one episode, and so far I've stuck to it. I sure hope it lasts, for entertainment's sake!

    Hey Roses/Tom, that's

    Hey Roses/Tom, that's inspiring to hear--congrats to youSmile


    Yep--progress of one brings hope for us all!

    fellow House addict

     I am thinking of starting a 12 step program for House: i am powerless over reruns. 

    House Addicts

    Sign me up!
    "I tell you, we are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different." - Kurt Vonnegut

    chickadee CI

    Starting. Will try to keep browswer window out of sight today.
    have found e-versions of docs I need.
    To make progress on MUT now I need to break it up and make decisions.


    Okay--writing now!Smile Promise: keep going w/o interruption for a while

    okay now various things for tomorrow: I'll talk myself through in chatbox

    MIT dis 1-pulled folder, read it for 10 min and jot notes done

    MIT class 1

    MIT 2 found, started, done

    editor e-mail

    cit. study prep

    charity bag--minimal way is to just transfer 5 things from giveaway carton, not make this a big separate task do this quickly tomorrow am, don't be a perfectionist, just let go the things that can be easily let go; Done: I can do one thing.

    Tues. a.m. : brief meeting with manager about bully. I dread this but know that I have to communicate about it now before it might escalate.