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Thursday September 03, 2009

Get Beyond Being Stuck                             One of the most reliable ways to get beyond being stuck is to start small.

                       ONE AT A TIME              


Hi Pro Buddies!

Thanks for the threadstarter, vic. I am making the choice to be very brave and do some comparatively hard things this week, so I had 5+ minutes of crying after seeing the threadstarter. I'm going to call someone in my other program in a few minutes to talk about my issue. [From this week's events] now that I know I am on overload, Sept-Oct I'm going to be good to myself and not overdo it.

This morning I walked to the gym, and did my stretching & ab exercises. This morning at work was Super Busy. Delaying my lunch never has a good effect on me, but I needed to do that, due to the schedule of some others. After lunch I worked on other projects.

After work I walked home, then started a load of clothes in the washer. I'm trying to get a headstart on chores for this weekend, so I will try to do 1-2 more things this evening ;)

Have a great night, everyone! :)



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

Agnus 6:15pm

I skipped my check-in yesterday and almost today, but now I am nipping that trend in the bud.  I do not want to slide away from PA or any of the other 12 Step programs I need to stay in touch with my Higher Power.  Yesterday was fairly productive with constant phone calls and conference calls from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but I feel off-task after that due to being so late getting my lunch. Once that starts, I can't think straight (low blood sugar).

I am beginning to feel angry abut J taking narcotic painkillers since his surgery. I know he needs them. But he still has the mind of an addict, and has become cranky and rude. I have been focused on studying (stats class) and a little work, trying to stay out of his way.

Deciding now which is next: walk dog, make/eat dinner, go to gym, go to library where 12-Step mtng is at 7:30pm.

Thanks Everyone

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you everyone for the great birthday wishes it made my day.  Smile


check-in (1:25PM)

Hi Everyone,

I'm feeling less depressed today and it's because of all your sharing and support of me yesterday. ((thanks))

Showed up at work. Have to admit that I wasn't too patient with my dog this a.m. I was stressed about being late. Since I've been abstinent from a core addiction, rage, anger and impatience have returned big time. I don't know how to get through life without this addiction and be a patient, kind person. I hope I will find out soon. My dog deserves the best from me.

Feel a little less stuck, but can't right now do a list. Maybe I will check-in later.

May you have a productive and successful day all & every!!!

♥"Kindness and truth have met, righteousness and peace have kissed." Psalm 85♥

jules ci

Hi guys!

I got pulled into a lot of other activities yesterday after the Twins game, and did not get much of anything done other than a bit in the AM.  And today I JUST remembered that I am working my "day job" at noon for 9 hours, instead of 5:30 for 5 hours.  Ugh.  I'll just be glad that it's income.

  1. My main thing I have to do is contact a couple creditors still, 
  2. and apply for a good-looking job that I saw online.  
  3. That means typing my resume into the computer. 

So, I guess I can work on those a bit on my lunch break, and after work.




Crayon CI - updated at 8:45pm

Here's the list for today:

  • PA morning checkin
  • morning routine
  • LRW
  • Appt w/MD
  • Appt at JP
  • CO class
  • LL class
  • Read CO
  • Read LL
  • Read IT
  • draft report (HUGE scary task)
  • Read CS news
  • Thank you letter to HL
  • Meditate
  • Spanish
  • BF&W
  • TR
  • Journal
  • Remember to drink plenty of water
  • Food
  • Read FN
  • make lunch for tomorrow
  • email MM
  • email SS


Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.

~William James

Birthday List

Told my boyfriend it was my birthday, this is big and took some prodding from a friend, I don't know why it makes me feel vulnerable but it does.

Now it is time to move forward in business.  I am charmed today and everthing I touch will turn to gold I know this to be true.

  • Contact Pres and CB determine next step to  securing their bus
  • Make appt with pro center
  • YTD Figures
  • Write Letter
  • lovingly clean house all over I feel better when its clean
  • enjoy my day, be loving to myself





Happy B-DAY!

Happy Birthday Spirit!!!!!!!!!!!!


Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.

~William James

hoppy bird-day 2u!


Happy Birthday

 hope you move be loving to self to top of list!

I can relate to the bday feelings!

Happy Spirit Birthday!

many happy return! have a great day!

asking for help to do the next right thing

Happy birthday spirit!

Hope you have a fabulous day and a great year! :)

Happy Birthday Spirit!!

Can relate to how you feel about the "b" day!!


♥"Kindness and truth have met, righteousness and peace have kissed." Psalm 85♥

Happy Happy Birthday Spirit!

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GeorgeSmiley 9:15 AM

 It seems like every day begins with a task called "Decluttering"

Projects to work on today:

Project W

Project M-09

Project P-11

Project U

Project R-A

and as always, decluttering.





Want what you have. Be who you are. Do what you can. ~Forrest Church

The Hero's Code:

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


What a great idea! I forget that a little purging of unnecessary items makes a huge difference forever! Adding a 27 fling boogie to my to do list

asking for help to do the next right thing

Hey e

Love your ending: "asking for help to do the next right thing."

♥"Kindness and truth have met, righteousness and peace have kissed." Psalm 85♥

8) hope4meandu

if I don't read it I forget to do it!

asking for help to do the next right thing

Hey e

I know what you mean!!

♥"Kindness and truth have met, righteousness and peace have kissed." Psalm 85♥

kromer 9:50 CI

A little late to lab today, but that's all right. I still have plenty of time to work.

I have a lot of work I could do today, so I need to prioritize. Let's see. I think that the important things to do are:

1)Get some small tasks off my plate:
a)Finish Greg's project (will try to do this tonight)
b)Finish pathways writeup
c)Finish notes from mtg
d)Student seminar emails(will do this tonight)

2)Work on expt proj
a)Draft CAC proposal HU
b)Draft CAC proposal BrdU
c)Draft CAC proposal tamoxifen (made good progress on this)
d)Check w/ MG about retinol prop
e)Ask EA about Stra8 mutant

a)clean kitchen (will do this tonight)
b)grocery shopping (will try to do this tonight)
c)Pay bills (will do this tonight)

This is probably enough to keep me busy for most of the day, but if I have extra time I can get lit. on oscillators and work on choosing +/- samples.

I'll start by finishing notes from mtg and finishing the pathways writeup. Then, I'll work on the draft CAC proposals. 

Update 10:40. Here's a step-by-step breakdown of what I need to do for CAC proposal:
1)Write up objectives for BrdU, HU, and tamoxifen experiments
2)Talk to MG about retinol, BrdU, HU experiments; ask her which forms I need to fill out; ask her how difficult it is to change doses
3)Research metabolites of BrdU and HU (and maybe triaziquone)
4)Choose dosage amts for HU, tamoxifen, BrdU (and triaziquone if I get time)
5)Write up blurb on toxicity to animals for HU (and maybe triaziquone as well)

Update 5:45: Wow! The CAC proposals turned out to be harder than I'd anticipated (lots of extra paperwork for working w/ hazardous materials).

I'm going to go to dinner soon, but before I do that I'd like to make some progress on tamoxifen proposal. 

Update 10: Made some progress on tamoxifen proposal, had a nice (and long) dinner w/ friends, now going to go to the store and then clean the kitchen and send emails re: seminar.

Babarino 11:29a

Going to declutter for 1/2 hour, then start on projects from yesterday.


Ended up doing hour of decluttering, but feel 100 times better with less paper taking up space!

Project 6 (done)

Project 8 (done)

Project 4 (done)

Project 3 (working through)

Journey 10 am & updates

 Good morning!  I thought I had a 9 am meeting this morning which was going to be my "kedge" to get going, but it's actually tomorrow and that threw me off and here it is 10 am and I don't have my todo list yet.   I have been to the gym, read email and checked my calendar, but no "real work" yet.   Here I go.

Update 2:15 I've been busy with meetings and administrative stuff all morning, but now I need to do my big project for the day, and I don't wanna.   I will keep starting, ask for help if I need it, and don't worry about getting it perfect before I give it to the BIC. 

As Guy Kawasaki says "Don't worry, be crappy!"  (a cuter version of the sh*tty first draft).

Update 5:45 I've gotten a LOT done on the big project.   All it took was actually getting started!  I need to leave the office in a few minutes but I wanted to check in because I'm feeling successful this afternoon, yay!


"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."  - Kurt Vonnegut 

e's thursday check in

I have been in a good space with getting tasks done lately. Most likely it is because what is going on has to do with g letting A off to college this weekend, and they are simple tasks, not emotional ones (although the taking of him out there will be!) However, I am 'delaying' doing some financial tasks that would best be done now.
For today, I want to get back into my routines and set up a tentative schedule for tasks here.
futon is made. teeth are brushed.
take med #1-done
take shower-done
take breakfast meds with breakfast-done and done
fold laundry and put away done and done(I don't know why this is hard to do, but I have not been able to put away laundry all the way. I struggle with completing the last steps of things, and am asking for help with that today)
swish and wipe bath and wipe down tub-done
vacuum and dust
sweep the porch and cut up plaster board for disposal
move money and pay down bills today MIT
sort through paperwork and determine priorities for next steps
leading AA meeting tonight: take bag of tricks and leave by 8:00.
take time to pray
plan dinner and cook throughout the day
find ikea receipt
drink water- 2 glasses done
continue straightening
use chatbox to stay on track-doing
27 fling boogie

have a great day, everyone
asking for help to do the next right thing

re: struggle with completing the last steps

<<<I struggle with completing the last steps of things>>>

Wow, I've been aware of this in me too, almost a terror of finishing things.  Most things, even simple things like putting on makeup.  The nearer I get to completion the more anxious I become, and the more I tend to procrastinate.   Anyone have any clues to what this is about? 

completion anxiety?

I don't know, but I REALLY find the home stretch of any little task daunting if I can't finish it within my 'feel good' time. For instance, I do the dishes, will have 3 of them left and the counters to wipe, and the sink strainer to empty and I almost always walk away from it to come back to later. Right now I am looking around at piles of unfinished business which I ran out of emotional energy for, or felt really uncomfortable with finishing. For weeks now I have had a bunch of items on the dining room table: they constantly change, but I will have almost all of them gone but not deal with the last three because I don't know where to put them. I feel anxious having to designate a place for items so I leave that task not completed. It drives my husband (and me) insane.

asking for help to do the next right thing

I have the same problem completing tasks...

If you find helpful strategies for dealing with this, let me know. I struggle with it, too!


Vic 9/3

Showed up, completed and gave kids papers to hand in, (done)need to send letter to superintendent am scared, my sponsor checked it and said is ok, so I will not sign off here until I send it (done)!!!!!!!!!I did it. I noticed that anything confrontaitonal, even when I am or especially when I need to ask for financial compensation (like being paid for a day I worked as a substitute) etc. and office girls ignoring me, etc.I feel embarressed admiting my feelings, but grateful this is a place we understand and are not judged. (done)

10:30 walk befor boys come home, get my lsist together, sending e-mail was a big one.(I feel pathetic but I did it) (not done) Did decluttering ;Worked on step workbook, which I had been putting off. Since it took me 5 years to get to this point,and by the grace of God have a way to do it with the work book Jo shared, I should be happy. What comes to mind is when Jesus asked the crippled man "Do you want to get well?" I feel like I have been sitting at the spring (my 12 step programs) for so long that I am feeling like "it's not that bad" because I am too afraid of totally changing my reality. I don't know if I am making any sense, but it is not the first time. anyway up to step 4 update (done after 5 and more years)


Morning Check In

Wanted everyone to remember the morning phone check in at 8:30 am to 8:45 am est.  This morning was especially wonderful not only is it my birthday but the topic was seeing- beyond the obstacles was a great one for.

The check in reminded me my biggest obstacle to action in my most dominant thought.  Whether I see all the head wind or feel the tailwind is my choice.

Further it reminded me tha all I need to create the life of my dreams is the see how and from this program remember to break everything down into small steps, staying focused on the vision I desire, one step at a time take the next right action to manifest it into reality.  It was a wonderful reminder that nothing has to be difficult without also being fun.  One step at a time todaySmile I will check in with a modest birthday list of things that I need supernatural help in and know it is my day and I can have anything I want, that puts the joy back into the process.




Question re: phone check in

Spirit -- is it always 8:30 now? Last I saw it was 7:30... but I've never seemed to be able to call at that time. Thanks!


Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.

~William James


Just found the post where it said it was moved to 8:30am 


Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.

~William James

Thanks Spirit for the morning check-in info.

♥"Kindness and truth have met, righteousness and peace have kissed." Psalm 85♥