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Sunday, 15 February 2009

Sunday, 15 February 2009


    May your week

    be filled

    with hope !


Recycler 3:15pm EST

Hi Pro Buddies!

Just back from visiting cranky elderly aunt. 'nuff said ;)

I've got a load of clothes in the washer, and I've just finished baking a dessert for this week.

Next: I need to run the dishwasher. Do I feel like it? noooo. I am going to have a little snack, veg for a few minutes, and then try ;) I hope to update my CI in a little while.

5:18pm. I have kept washing and drying clothes and putting them away, but I have only just now started the dishwasher. I don't know how I get blocked on things all the time!!! Next: pack gym bags for this week ;)

7pm. I've packed 1 gym back, & laid out items to go in 2 others. I've continued washing/drying clothes. I've put a second load of dishes into the dishwasher. I'm cooking fish sticks for dinner, and to pack for lunch tomorrow. I cut the brownies into small squares to take to work this week. I added water to powdered milk mix, and have put in fridge. Next: call Dad.

7:30pm. Talked to Dad on the phone. Dried clean dishes & put away. Put baked fish sticks into storage container to take for lunch tomorrow. Next: the clean sheets have dried, so I need to put those on the bed. I need to finish packing 2 more gym bags.

After that, decide if I am going to watch a DVD, or if I'm too tired.

Have a great day! :)



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

kromer 1:45 CI

Hello all!

Today could very easily spiral out of control...I'm feeling incredibly cranky (PMS :P ), I've got the remains of a valentine's day party to clean up, I've got some tasks I've committed to that I *really* don't want to deal with (church computer, SCALES website). And I've got a bunch of work that needs to get started but isn't actually due for a few weeks.

OK, now that I've named the challenges, it's time to make a plan for dealing with them.
*All: I really need the tools and program here today. I'm going to check in regularly and try my best to make this afternoon's meeting
*Crankiness...I'm going to put on some cheery music and promise myself two fun tasks this evening: cooking a tasty dinner for myself and stopping by friend's engagement party
*Vday party mess: I'm going to head to the chatbox and talk myself through the cleanup a bit at a time. I know I'll feel a lot better once my surroundings are ordered
*Dreaded tasks: The SCALES website I just need to bite the bullet and deal with, but it should really only take 10 min. The church computer I can make easier by just spending some extra money: it's worth it for me to pay $100 or so and not have this hanging over my head. I can cut down my spending this month in other ways, or work a little extra.   
*Other work: I don't have to get a lot done today, but I should make a bit of progress. My goal is going to be 2 hours of focused work: one studying for comp. bio class, and the other documenting flow code for EYL. I also want to make a schedule for the week. This seems manageable to me. 

OK, right now I'm going to deal with the SCALES website, then clean up from vday party. Heading to chatbox. 

Update 3:30--dealt w/ website, went to mtg, started cleaning up + working on church computer. Now to finish cleaning.

kromer 7 CI

I went to the meeting, cleaned up mess, and dealt w/ website + church computer. And now I'm cooking a good dinner for myself. So I'm proud of that.

However, I'm disappointed with myself b/c  bf just called and asked to hang out tonight and I said yes. I have important work to do...this is a pretty clear example of short-term thinking, choosing having fun tonight over having a calm, productive week. 

I'm going to remember for the next time that this is not a good decision, then make the best of the situation...I should finish dinner around 7:30, which means I can work 7:30-8:00, go to friend's engagement party 8-9, hang out w/ bf 9-11, and do 30 min work after I won't make my goal of 2 hrs work, but I'll at least make some progress.

Back after dinner. 

 "...keeping my word to


"...keeping my word to myself..."  I just read this, I have already forgotten who wrote it, it was in todays check ins though. 

That stopped me... I hadn't thought of todo lists like that, a promise to myself...

Nothing is worth more than this day  - Goethe

Edge's CI - 6:50pm's been a while since I've logged on here. Things have not improved much, but... :x never mind.

Today I did not go to work because I was feeling slightly (emphasis on "slightly") under the weather and opted to work from home (which did nothing to improve my heinous attendance record).

The big dreaded moment came when my utterly disappointed and frustrated manager sent me and a coworker (and I'm only mentioning my coworker because I'm trying to make myself feel less ashamed/panicky/bummed out) an email on how she feels like a failure as a manager because we can't seem to submit things on time and our performance is lagging behind, and that she hopes the new manager will be better at whipping us into shape since said new manager is less than understanding. She also mentioned our CEO in a slightly ("slightly" being an understatement here) menacing undertone and...well, I expect to be ribbed quite thoroughly tomorrow at work. Which I deserve to be.

The problem here isn't so much how disappointed my manager and the operations manager is in me - though that's bad enough - the problem is how disappointed I am in myself. And I'm really worried about what's going to happen tomorrow because I hate, hate, hate confrontations, and I hate feeling like a failure, and it's just so horrible.

So why didn't I submit the material on time? Why didn't I arrive at work on time? Why am I ruining my life one day after the next? ... I don't know, but it sucks :-(

I'm not liking myself very much right now, and I'm going to like myself even less when my family finds out about this, since they're always lecturing me on my poor performance and how it's going to bite me in the ass.

Did I mention I hate people telling me "I told you so"?
Erg... I need to chill out and release all this anxiety lest I develop an ulcer.

So yes, now that that is out of my system, my to-do for the remainder of the evening:

- shower
- drop off sis's jacket
- prep clothes for tomorrow
- bh:ap
- kitty litter

How optimistic am I about getting this minimal list done? Not very.
I better start with dropping of the jacket.
God, today sucks.

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Support to Edge

Hi Edge!.

You followed your signature line:
      "Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action"

You "took action" by posting here -- which led to more action.

Good job!

-- movingalong

hugs to Edge :)

Hi Edge!

Good luck with everything! Hugs!!!



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

*Hugs Movingalong & Recycler*

Thanks for the words of encouragement, guys, I really appreciate it :*

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson


Edge- Thanks for sharing. I am a graduate
student and can barely get my work done on time. It's usually always late. I'm hoping to change that now by more actively using the site.

Thanks, Sunflower

I think I'm going to have to revert to using PA's check-ins more often, since I've proven to myself time and again that "going it solo" just doesn't work for me :-)

I'm really glad you've found your way here, and I really hope things turn out well for you as well :) We can all battle the cruddy inner procrastination beast together :p

If you ever figure out how to submit things on time please do tell me =/ I could use all the help I can get at this point.

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Edge's CI - 8:23pm

Going to do kitty litter next. And put away vacuum cleaner.

x drop off sis's jacket
x laundry
x water plants
- shower
- prep clothes for tomorrow
- bh:ap
x kitty litter
x tidy kitchen
x put away vacuum cleaner

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Edge's Closing CI - 9:00pm

Will take a shower tomorrow morning since there isn't any hot water for now. That's it for today. Night, everyone. Hope your morning tomorrow will be better than mine :-)

x drop off sis's jacket
x laundry
x water plants
x prep clothes for tomorrow
x bh:ap
x kitty litter
x tidy kitchen
x put away vacuum cleaner

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Edge, sending you solidarity

Edge, sending you solidarity and wishing you strength...

You shared with us...that

You shared with us...that is a step in the right direction!  Keep us posted, and place that certain something that makes you grin in your pocket!

Thanks chickadee & isabo

I really appreciate the support :) It made me feel a bit better :*
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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

journey 10:15

Today is my birthday!  I'm older than dirt!

I'm Dad-sitting today and I'm going to goof off until noon then try to get a little work done. 


"Time is what keeps everything from happening at once." - Johnathan Wheeler

happy birthday jo!

Hugs :grin:

Happy Birthday, Jo! :)

Hi Jo!

Birthday hugs! :)



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

Have a great one journey

Have a great one journey

Happy Birthday!


Nothing is worth more than this day  - Goethe

Happy Birthday, Journey!


~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Hope it's a happy one for

Hope it's a happy one for you... Smile

Thanks  for the Hazelden thought...

Hazelden thought for the day

You are reading from the book Food for Thought


Each day is a new start. Each moment is a beginning.

We do not have to wait until Monday to get back on the program or clean a closet or tackle a difficult report. We do not have to wait until tomorrow morning, either. Now is the moment to stop eating, to make a phone call, to begin whatever project we have been putting off.

There is no way we can change what we did five minutes ago, nor can we predict what will happen half an hour from now. We can only deal with now.

By doing what needs to be done right now, we make the most of each present moment. As long as we are alive, we are always free to begin again. Instead of following an old, worn out habit, make a fresh start this moment on the rest of your life.

Give me grace, Lord, to begin again.


"Time is what keeps everything from happening at once." - Johnathan Wheeler

12:26 UK time

Ok, I have to:

Do some thesis research 13:15
Do some history work (have to clear something up with teacher, can't complete)
Finish translation work 16:54
Write about descriptive speech 19:00

I'm going to get to it! Smile

First successful day for a long time! Thank you Procrastinators Anonymous! Laughing

Chick CI

thanks for the beautiful day starter!

-food supplies

-new notepad

laundry 1 in

-monday docs/find..print

-send b to -

-contact d

-visit n


Wow, you're way more productive than me! You've already completed two tasks! Good work! Laughing

thanks holahola  :)  --i

thanks holahola  :)  --i love the positive encouragement and support i find here... these tasks weren't really demanding or timeconsuming--less challenging than your own!

But in my process of learning to keep my word to myself, to keep busy with small efforts instead of doing nothing,  and with my aim of  learning to juggle more things at once so that ordinary chores become habitual and use less of my willpower, I guess they do represent progress.


new notepads for lists

food gotten 

laundry 1 out 2 in & out

pet chores


stuff to b


find and send stuff

pay bill

dishes washed

kitchen tidy; second round of dishwashing, garbage out; counters improved, plants watered; laundry away

keep promise to j

bags no 1

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Hello all !

Today's online P.A. 12-Step meeting was marvelous.

Nine people shared !

Very inspirational.  Hope is growing !

-- movingalong