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Tuesday October 6th, 2009

Just for today...

taking the next step

serenity     courage        wisdom        

Vic 10/8

 Show up for my friends in PA before I change my mind (done).

Hi vic---   your

Hi vic---


your showing up and writing about your steps has helped me, because even though i show up, I do not always commit to my tasks or list them fully, and I know that i will do more if i do

30 Days of tooth brushing - day 2

Please do not leave advice.  Thank you.  Prayers welcome. 



It's not really 30 days of tooth-brushing.  It's thirty days of my brushing my teeth before sleep.  My new resolution was to start brushing and flossing and using listerine and doing my dental routine as a habit before bed, instead of during the day or whenever.  I figured I could do this, since I was finally able to get some sobriety from skin-picking.  Apparently not doing something is easier than doing it.  How interesting!  So tonight, after I eat ice cream, I'm going to brush my teeth.  Yesternight was day 1.

I made a fabulous realization at the healthfood store today: I need to eat healthy and I need to use healthy products.  No more of this, "I can eat cake, becuase that's all that's here and it's not that bad."  The following day, I had a migraine the size of the rock of Gibraltar.  Unfun.  Then I bathed in sea salt today and used some sandalwood soap.  It was fabulous and very relaxing.  It made my hair managable to bathe in sea salt.  Now I resolved that I would take some positive action by taking a walk and/or jog.  Right now it's midnight, so I'm going to take a walk.  I just LOVE the bath I had.  It has really helped me to feel comfortable.  After I use up this shampoo and conditioner, I'm just going to use shampoo and conditioner that doesn't have hydrofluorides in it.  I cannot stand any detergent.  I have serious allergies to perfumes.  I really, really need to go green, so that I stop having toxic health issues.  And I absolutely MUST get movement, everyday, no excuses.  In addition, I have to choose whom I spend my time with wisely, i.e. whom I call for outreach calls.

Hi fudo_shin

I was just thinking about you this morning and realized you hadn't posted in a week or so.  Glad to hear from you!


"A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you." - Elbert Hubbard

Recycler CI 6:15pm EST

Hi Pro Buddies!

I accidently left gym bag at home this morning, got uptown, realized I didn't have it, came back home & got it. ((sigh)). In 5 years of working uptown, this is only the 2nd or 3rd time I have forgotten it, so no big deal. The rest of the day went comparatively ok.

At the gym, I did cardio, stretching & ab exercises. In the morning at work, I checked in with my boss who was returning from vacation. She was able to give direction on a number of things, + additional projects materialized. At lunchtime, I ate food I had brought from home, then did a couple emails to friends. After lunch, I began wading through the projects from the morning. I tried to do them in priority order, but had some obstacles. At the end of the day, I updated my priority list, and emailed it to my bosses so they can be aware of where we are with projects. For tomorrow morning, I Heavily Highlighted and Underlined the list and Drew Arrows, to try to get off to as good a start as possible. It could be a challenging day, so I will try to give it the best start possible.

After work: My schedule for the next 7 days is different than usual. Tonight I need to do as many chores as I can, because I won't have time to do any more until next Tuesday (at the earliest). I also need to email a friend tonight, so I will do that next, and also see what else I can get into ;)

7:25pm. I did 2 loads of clothes, the dishwasher is running, and I wrote the email to my friend. While I was thinking about doing more, really this is about good enough for tonight. I will read a little before time to go to sleep.

Have a great night, everyone! :)



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

eightfold 10/06

i want to watch a particular educational video for work.  i am going to start now.  ready go go go lol


grrr taking some time to download, but almost ready...

eightfold 10/06 did it

okay posted my first thingy and did it.  dont know if im doing this right according to rules, just sort of found site, joined, and started within last few hours, feel free to lemme know whats up.


it would be good if i could:

look up a phone number and call this person.  but its soooo hard.

step 1 look it up...okay done called him.  bad news more work to do.

need to fill out, scan, and email.

 well finished that but i am depressed instead of happy.  i see how much my procratination has hurt me and i am so far down.   i just got sober in AA a 23 days ago.  my life is bad but i do have some hope.  

Welcome 8fold

Congrats on 23 days, and welcome.  


"A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you." - Elbert Hubbard

one day at a time

Hi eightfold!

Easy does it! Sometimes it takes a while for positive feelings to catch up with the actions.

Congratulations on the chips you hold! Talk to you later! :)



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

Potential Energy 5:30- beautiful pictures Chickadee!


To do list

Z:  go get new uniform pants for z, (go to atm as well while out)         pract. v w/z,   homework, fm game         gm   game                rd. book 

Me:  100 sit ups        10 min stretch          leisure book 10 min

Home:   clean 30 min,  get lawn ready for tom.,    put $ out for landsc.,         

WorK:  type up J.s. report and send to T tonight!!,            send A.W. report tonight!!



kromer 1 CI

OK, I gave lab meeting presentation. And I think it went well! My advisor was happy, at least.

I've been working hard on this for the past week, so I took an hour lunch afterwards. Now it's time to work.

Tasks for today are:
*Notes from lab mtg, retreat (will do this soon)
*Make buffers
*Deacon notes (will do this soon)
*Clean bench+lab area (working on this now, have made very good progress)
*Check phone messages, return any phone calls (will return phone call around 6)
*Find papers on Sertoli cell cycle (done, want to read some of them now)
*Bio colloquium 4-5

Lower-priority tasks:
*Student seminar website
*Look into Sertoli cell sorting
*Start pset

OK, I'll start w/ phone messages and notes from lab mtg, then I'll find papers and make buffers.

check-in (11:45AM)

Hi All,

It's been hard to keep up with you guys, I'm moving and thankfully I am not procrastinating with the move.

I am, however, finding every reason under the sun not to work while I'm at work. My piles are now learning a new language!!! LOL!!

I used to feel (before this procrastinating thing) that I was on top of things and in control. Now I always feel like I'm behind and I can never catch up. For me, it feels like failure.

If anyone can relate, please tell me, I'm feeling so out of the loop nowadays!!


♥"Together we could do, what we could not do alone.♥

Yes-can relate!

Hi hope4meandu,

Hang in!  How is the move going?  I am trying to tell my self positive affirmations, since I constantly am thinking- I am behind.  So, I am telling myself "I am ahead, I am doing it!"  But, I have to remind myself to do this and it helps.

Take care,


Thanks P.E.

The move is going well!! YAY!! Thanks for asking.

A day or two after I wrote this email, I kind of got into a more regimented work schedule and I'm very grateful for you and this group!!

The week of the 19th, I should start to be able to come back to the group more fully, until then I'll be thinking on you.


♥"Together we could do, what we could not do alone.♥

can we relate!

i'll speak for myself, i know exactly how you feel.

let's see "I always feel like I'm behind and I can never catch up. For me, it feels like failure." That's what it has felt like most of my life.

these days, however, i am in recovery. slow, plodding, day-by-day, hour-by-hour recovery. Taming the procrastination monster. Often by not feeding it. Not a cure, just staving off the urge to procrastinate hour by hour.

dealing with failure has been one of the most important aspects of my recovery. my ongoing recovery.

Take heart. We're all in this together!

the touch of the master's hand:

"fall down seven times, get up eight" - japanese proverb

Thanks Clement!!

Your kind words are seeing me through.

Relate too, failure and I are good friends. Even when I do something well, the "other" failures always seems to outweigh it.

Like you said, "we're all in this together!!" Thank G_d!!

♥"Together we could do, what we could not do alone.♥

GeorgeSmiley 10:21 AM + Update

Hello, everyone.

Mrs. GS and I are back a day early from a long weekend getaway. It was a good time away, a happy occasion (the wedding of our nephew in what seems to be a delightful match), and also a time for me to think and ruminate about how I do what I do now and about some future opportunities. 

The most important thing to come out of the time I spent just contemplating is this: 

The various things that tend to distract me from my work during the day are not things that I want to or even should just banish from my life entirely. Rather, they are things that need to be kept in the proper time and place. 

For that reason, rather than just trying to completely abstain from them, they are best assigned to a particular time of day. Every day I'm blocking off the last 2 hours of the work day for those combination of Reading, Reflection and Research activities. (This is in line with the theory of the UnSchedule in The Now Habit.)

I have tried this before and it's worked, but I haven't kept up with it. So it's important to keep up with it.

I've come up with other kinds of scheduling ideas that I also believe will help, but the focus is going to be on this reserved RRR time for now. 

Today: Start on Project ENP. Work on Project U.

Update 5:42 PM

Managed to give ENP desired first read.

Progress on Project U as well.

See everyone tomorrow





Want what you have. Be who you are. Do what you can. ~Forrest Church (1948-2009)

The Hero's Code:

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

e @10:12

Today has felt pretty good: I am following along at my own pace through the things which have yet to be done and find hat I am not internally chastising myself. So far, meds taken, bathed and dressed, dog walked and fed, laundry started, clothes folded, breakfast eaten, table cleared, pinto beans cooked, and 95% of the dishes are done. The sheets have been put away. So grateful to be out of my own way this morning! Good job ME!

Other things I would like to accomplish today: make bed, clear couch, send off health card to A, call UMass, clear off front porch, figure out about boots, vacuum. Reminding myself that I have not really worked on the box in the dining room. making pot of tea and then next steps.

asking for help to do the next right thing

e @ 11:52

I am feeling really pleased with how things are going not working on the routines, but just sticking to the stuff that sits and never gets moved. So far I have emptied out the box of winter clothing/linens and placed some of my summer clothing in it to move to the basement. I also shifted some things around in my drawers, and prepacked some items for a trip to LA in a couple weeks: keeping my fingers crossed for typical weather. I moved gift wrap stuff into the empty dresser to make room for table linens in the dining room, and placed some stuff that I will take longer to get to (hanging hooks and curtains) also in a drawer in that room so that it is out of the way, but not so far out of the way that things never happen. One thing I am noticing is that I am resisting giving away some clothing which does not fit me or does not look attractive on me: either too much money or I don't have alternatives. I am giving myself permission to let these items stay for the short term with the intention of getting some replacements.
Now taking a break to drink the tea I made.

asking for help to do the next right thing

Spirit 10/06

I woke up this morning and went to bed last night knowing that today is the first day of the rest of my life.  Today I begin a new and what is past is past I start from now from today.  It blew my mind when I logged onto the website and see the sun rising over a new day. AMAZING!!  Smile The universe keeps telling me I am on the right path.

I am going to check my emails and return phone calls.

  • Create a new action plan
  • Structure an action plan for the week
  • put all appts on calender
  • register new group
  • get ready to host new group
  • check on fundament bus task and complete
  • website updated
  • SOS updated


journey 9 am

Good morning, working at home today.  The day is moving along already, I sat down to check email and calendar and got an IM asking for help with something, so that got me going quickly.  Usually it takes me a while to ramp up.   Course I don't have my todo list for the day yet!

I have a 10 am meeting which requires some preparation so I hope I'll be done with this task in time to prep for the 10 am, then after the 10 am meeting I'll plan the rest of the day


"A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you." - Elbert Hubbard

Vic 10/6

show up (done) . last check in. I will be checking in "in spirit" from now on.

tried to resolve misunderstanding with someone with no success (done)


No longer feel safe at this site, decided to say good bye to all the wonderful people here. Always, Victoria

Find peace and find recovery!

Hi vic1

I'll also miss you, but I guess we all came here to feel better so you'll know what's best for you.

I really hope you don't leave at all but if you do, I pray for you to find peace and recovery. I wish you good luck and the best on your recovery path, wherever it takes you!

Vic - I need you - you can't go - you're my showing up person!!

Please, please don't. One person out of many and may that one person come to a new understanding!!

And your pictures!!

♥"Together we could do, what we could not do alone.♥

hi vic

please, tell me that's not true. i for one would miss you greatly. Maybe you could sleep on it? pray about it? I just dont want to lose your story here. It helps me and others i'm sure.

the touch of the master's hand:

"fall down seven times, get up eight" - japanese proverb


Don't go!  :((


"A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you." - Elbert Hubbard

e Tuesday

Today I am planning a different tack: I am going to focus on the things which continue to be in the way instead of on the daily routine and see whether I make more visible progress. That means putting things away (like the projects that sit untouched, and finishing up moving winter clothing, etc, instead of worrying about other routines which also need to get done. But, I want to ensure that I don't do more than one at a time, so today's project will be..... dealing with the dining room table, specifically the transitional clothes and linens which have been in and out of a plastic box not finished. This feels a little funny for me, because my older son is living away at college and I don't want to take his empty dresser, but it would be very helpul, at least for the short term. Asking God for direction today, You can drive the bus.


asking for help to do the next right thing

CL daily overcoming

Saw the show Intervention about a girl who was addicted to inhalants. Very disturbing. Anyway she got into a 12-step program and this was a followup show where she had just gotten her 1year medallion, and showed the camera with the serenity prayer on the back.

and she was flying back to her mom's house to make ammends (step 8 & 9). The meeting did not go well, mom brought up issues the girl could not handle. I was worried she might relapse.

BUT, she called her sponsor instead (reading between the lines).

I was so moved because those family issues were likely a big part what drove the addiction in the first place, and here was this renewed human soul who now has tools to deal with those same painful issues in a healthy way. Recovery is a beautiful thing. As beautiful as the sistine chapel or a sunset over the mountains.

And of course it made me think of y'all and what we do here! Such a great place and group!

And so, now, back to regular old recovery.

check email (emerg only) & mtgs - DONE
now 7:55
7:55 quiet time - 8:51 got distracted, back on it - DONE
8:25 wko - DONE
9:45 leave for appt - DONE
11:40 dailies - DONE
did some work, w/o plan :P
1:30 make wk plan - DONE
1:40 work - DONE
- lots of interruptions today
4:10 10min designtaed break
4:20 more work on prescribed plan

the touch of the master's hand:

"fall down seven times, get up eight" - japanese proverb

Good Morning! JulesKCI


I woke up VERY early (for me), so I just decided to stay up and get a couple of the things done that I did not get done yesterday.

Why did things not get done.  Computer video games.  Go figure.

On a serious note I think I just have to admit my powerlessness here, over computer video games.  I can't pop in for just one game.  It is a true compulsion with me going back for more every half hour or so after I stop.  Ugh.  I don't want to admit that I am powerless b/c I don't want to have to stop.  But at this point it is a choice between that and almost everything else that is good and sane in my life.

I have some amount of control when I play Spider SOlitaire at my friends store where I help out twice a month.  I think I can limit it to that, but it that just fooling myself?


Anyway, showing uo!





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"A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you." - Elbert Hubbard

chick CI





Thanks for the starter's just what I needed!!

♥"Together we could do, what we could not do alone.♥