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Thursday 26 August 2010

saturday - aug 28

checking in. making plan. :)

My Day Today

I want to thank my Higher Power for this program, this website, the telephone and online meetings, and my life.

I want to thank tuffi for leading us today

Things I have done today

1. Took a shower

2. Went to a 7 a.m. telephone DA meeting

3. Got dressed

4. Went to see my therapist

5. Went to the 11 a.m., 12 noon and 3 p.m. telephone PA meeting

6. Ate breakfast

7. Cut onions and mixed with jalepenos

8. Cooked and ate supper

7. Posted two days of Al-Anon literature to save as draft

Things I have to do

1. Read business book

2. Read Big Book

3. Read 12-Step literature

4. Renew some books

5. Go to face to face NA meeting

6. Look for the small book

7. Get my notebook ready

8. Eat snack

That's all I have

Grinding away

11:47 AM: Plan for today is to approach remaining work in stages.

Goal 1: 12 Noon - 2 PM: Try to finish 'bear' report from yesterday. Feel like I am getting close, but hard to be sure.Made solid advance, but did not finish.

Goal 2: 2 - 3 PM: Break for lunch, few errands, general mind clearing Had to deal with some work email. So much for mind clearing.

Darn it! I just realized that the
second of my 2 remaining 'bear' reports will require extensive work,
including background and things that should have been done before it
reached me. My fault for not checking on it sooner. But that means that
my forlorn hope of finishing up all my overdue reports by the end of my last
day tomorrow is now impossible. Well, I will have to set that aside for
now and try to get everything else tuned up. What a bummer. So much for
leaving with a clean(ish) slate. I feel totally anxious and stressed out.

Revised Goal 3: 4:30 - 6:30 PM, 6 cases in 2 hours

Revised Goal 4: 6:30 - 7:30 PM, more on 'bear' case 1 (still not done)

Revised Goal 5: Wrap up at 7:30 PM.

Relevant Quote:

The best laid schemes of Mice and Men go oft awry,                                           
And leave us nothing
but grief and pain,                                                             
For promised joy!

Robert Burns, from To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough (poem), 1785                                          

(Anglicized, hope it's
close enough for any purists)


You are better than you were before and probably did more than you give yourself credit for. Progress not perfiection.

Thanks Vic

You are right, of course. Thanks!

Don't grind yourself down!

Hey, I hope you are able to let go of not finishing, and can do something that is self-nurturing!

Thanks Wanderoo

Letting go...always an issue. Thanks, Wanderoo!

Overslept! BC 8/26

Dunno what the hell happened but I overslept today, and I overslept badly. I am totally perplexed because I always set two alarms, and even when I have overslept in the past my biological clock wakes me up around 8, 8:30. I got in at 11 today... gonna go man up to my boss, and try to make the rest of the day productive.

tuffl, thanks for starting!

Tasks at work (11AM-5PM):

-Check external triggering of control boxes 

-Get dimensions for load from ME [ME was out of office]

-Update reliability information [Partially Completed]

-Get simulation for project 1 running as needed [DONE]

-Read and refresh on failure analysis [Partially Completed]

Tasks after work (5PM-Sleep) 

-Pick up suit jacket from tailor


-Put up ebay listing to sell shoes

-Go through another box of stuff from my parents house

-Clean car interior

you must have really needed that sleep...

Hope your boss was understanding....

Yeah, I haven't come in late

Yeah, I haven't come in late since I started working here so it was OK.

 Ended up going to the movies to cheer up the GF (Inception was pretty cool btw) and meeting up my friend who is getting married on Saturday. My night was pretty much shot after that but I hope to do better tomorrow.

 Tasks at work (11AM-5PM):

-Check external triggering of control boxes 

-Get dimensions for load from ME [ME was out of office]

-Update reliability information [Partially Completed]

-Get simulation for project 1 running as needed [DONE]

-Read and refresh on failure analysis [Partially Completed]

Tasks after work (5PM-Sleep) 

-Pick up suit jacket from tailor [DONE]


-Put up ebay listing to sell shoes

-Go through another box of stuff from my parents house


-Clean car interior 

The Scribbler's Thursday Plan


  • get up at 7
  • make bed, calisthenics
  • coffee, paper, water grass
  • healthy breakfast
  • check-ins 


  • Send query
  • Send 5 music emails
  • Draft Tech10 list


  • Healthy lunch
  • Do 2 CIO
  • Call 2 re: refi
  • P/U B at 2:45
  • Do 2 CIO
  • P/U C at 5


  • Fun w/kids
  • Healthy dinner 
  • Help kids w/homework
  • Help B with hunter ed class
  • D/o kids by 8
  • Practice setlist
  • Read, relax
  • Bed by 11 p.m.


Good job

It's inspiring to see a clear list with so many of the items completed!

struggling, but willing to try again

I did ok with a paper list for a few days but the last three or four days (see how vagueness is a part of this, just like it is in DA) So sitting at the computer at 8:12, checking in. Last Thursday attended the face-to-face meeting here in Madison, plan to go tonight. Also, I will make a stab at keeping a timesheet ! (What could be worse than punching a clock!)

AM meds

research info on vc


OK, it took me 30 minutes to make the list because I procrastinated because of perfectionism, messing with the html only partially successful. Arghhhh!Yell 

help s. send photos

9:52: running a little behind, but hey--perfectionism is a trigger for procrastination!


10:15 leave for mtng


spent 15 minutes on email, 15 minutes on phone with Medline about blood pressure monitor

10:30 meet with sw
11:30 meet with dg, walk for exercise

I had forgotten dg was on vacation. spent 1.5 hours at one library working on pci, selecting dvds and checking them out, going to another library to pick a book I had on hold, checking out an offer to join a health club, driving home, 

donate mags to library

1-1:30 quick checkin with s., check out other health club online, call other health club, update this comment!

pick tomatillos at garden

1:30-2:40 research other health club, research average health club prices, made list of fixed expenditures: I won't be able to afford joining a club


make salsa and freeze

45 min on office cleaning project

Spent a lot more time on the office cleaning project. maybe 1.5 hrs. sorted stuff from the pile into stacks. Still a cubic yard to go! And then some of the stacks need to be sorted again. And then I need to put everything in its place.

45 min on spending plan

learned from the work on the spending plan that I cannt afford the health club membership

30 min nap: well, that didn't happen

3:30-6:30 care for noah & isabel 


6:30 leave for PA meeting 
7:00 PA meeting


I'm not going to be able to go to the meeting. My wife and I need some time to check in, and I have a few more chores to do. I'll call someone on the list of numbers I got last time. 

Did some more work on the big pile and some of the chores. I'm going to log out now. I could use your prayers/favorable regards to help me get to bed earlier. By 11. Like I said. 

8:30 down time w s.
10:30 pm meds, dental hygiene, etc
11:00 pm bedtime 






Journey 9:30

I was actually *late* to work today!   There was a loud thunderstorm at my house right at 5 am when I should have been getting up and getting ready, but instead we unplugged everything and crawled back in bed with our two gigantic dogs who are big babies about storms.   I could have skipped the gym, but I didn't want to, so I was late getting here.  :D   Now I need to hit the ground running and get some stuff done. 

Yesterday was not a great day for productivity, I was distracted at home and didn't *really* start working until noon and then got blindsided with an unexpected task.   I worked pretty late and got some stuff done on my project from 4-7 but it wasn't one of my best days for sure.   Back in the office today and off to good start.   Already on a conference call and making todo list.   Laters!

UPDATE 5:30  made major progress on my primary project today.   I feel good about today's work.  I'm tired, and it's a good tired, it's nice to go home feeling that I really worked hard today.  8)



'You become what you think about most of the time.' - Brian Tracy

kromer 9 CI

Up on time (6:15ish), prayer time, breakfast, checked email, did a little surfing, now I'm ready to setting down to work.

Lots to do today!

Big tasks are:
*Kinda scary convo w/ coworker (feel like he's grabbing my project...rather than whining to my boss I want to address it directly and respectfuly with him...but ahh! not looking forward to this)
*Read about ascs, sscs and DNA rep
*Finish GSEA
*Talk to labmates and figure out best aim
*Make diagram, re-write specific aims and 2 research sections
*Talk care of expts

Other tasks:
*Re-write 3rd research section and abstract
*Deal w/ WM
*Rough prelim section
*Figure out mtg agenda
*Cooking, take care of garden
*Email R&R

OK, right now I'm going to start taking care of expts, then I'll go do some reading, then around 11 I'll figure out a strategy for how to best talk things over w/ my labmate and go talk to him, then I'll talk to labmates about possible aims. 

kromer 12:35 CI

Thanks jo! Convo with labmate actually went really well, he was surprisingly generous and I'm going to do the project as planned.

I talked to labmates and figured out best aim. 

Now, I'm going to finish GSEA, then go do reading.

Update 6:30 I started working on expts, finished GSEA, did reading on DNA rep and started reading on ascs. Now I'm working on writing.  


Good luck with the scary convo today!   I hate that kinda stuff!   Just tell him to back off or you'll punch him in the face!  (just kidding about that part of  course) 

'You become what you think about most of the time.' - Brian Tracy

special PA phonebridge events today Thurs. Aug. 26

Today only, Thurs. Aug. 26, 2010
At 9AM Eastern USA time
at Noon Eastern USA time
and at 3PM Eastern USA Time
Details here:

(regular phonebridge meeting schedule is here: )


Rexroth Check In

Thanks for starting the thread tuffl

Today is mainly admin and sorting out stuff washing etc at home.

Woke later and up prayer and reflection
Checked emails
Sent flowers to friend who is recovering from an operation
Wrote to ISP and to bank
Sorted dried washing and put away - put some things in case to take away so I don't accidently wear them before going
Put on washing machine again
Wrote letter to friend so she can get into my flat while I am away
Went through food to sort what little I need

Check mail when/if it comes
Email hotel
Continue writing up financial info
Put washing to dry when machine finished
Write shopping list for tomorrow
Clean boots
Rest I almost have a stress headache and almost never have headaches

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Up Date

Boy am I tired

Hand washing
Sorted food out and prepared supper
Above except boots
Started finding info on ISP to whom I need to write.

I don't want to clean my boots.


Rexroth Check Out

Boots cleaned - I could have done it a week ago, I could have done it many times over the times I have spent thinking about it.

Prayer and reflection
Bed and sleep - it is only nine but I am very tired and can't think straight.

Night Folks


Rexroth In and Out again

Couldn't sleep and got up at 11.30 and wrote a detailed letter and made a detailed postion about my trip. Now at nearly 1.00 I;m going back to bed.

Night Again


Helen's CI

Well today I have started documenting how I spend my time. I have made a rough study plan, I have a lot to do but I have two weeks so it is do-able. I walked for a bit today and did some reading. Some of my time this morning I can't account for, I was just spinning my wheels. 

Right now I have finished eating and have that usual low energy dip. I will nap for an hour and then get on with stuff. Here is this afternoon's/ evening's plan (20 minute tasks)

Wash nets

Wash floor

Paint fireplace

Study * 3

Job hunt

Washing up


Move table

Move sofa & cabinet

Pay CT 






tuffl CI

over the last days i got most of the things on my to-do lists done, which is a good thing. however, i keep putting off the MITs. big goal for today is to make progress on those, apart from the small everyday tasks.


reminder: i will not surf the internet mindlessly. i will not play silly computer games. everytime i'm tempted to do so i will try to think of the consequences and about whether i'm going to be satsified with the result of what i'm about to do.


DONE check in 

DONE check emails

DONE read the news

DONE feed the cat




write email to L

write email to L

write email to I

feed the cat again

continue with sa

continue to reorganise computer

visit gran




tuffl update

DONE check in 

DONE check emails

DONE read the news

DONE feed the cat


DONE shower

DONE breakfast

write email to L

write email to L

DONE Smile write email to I - whoohoo! i wrote an email! i'm so bad at it that this is a big succes!

DONE feed the cat again

continue with sa

DONE Smile continue to reorganise computer - phew! glad i'm through with this. hopefully won't have to worry about organising pc, backup and stuff for a while now.

DONE visit gran


Elina thu

Today my plan is to:


-check e-mails, reply too

-write m

-moderate breakfast and wash up

-12 step online meeting, literature "For Today"

-Check facebook, news 

 -moderate lunch, was up

-moderate supper.

-shower in the evening


In recovery


-When I look into the future, it is so bright it burns my eyes ~ Oprah Windfrey

could you please create an independent post for your to-do list?

Hi Elina,


i already wrote a reply to you in the Tuesday thread. Could you please create an independent post for your to-do list? I edit my original post to see what i've got done each day and once you reply to my post i can't edit it anymore! Simply click on the button saying "add new comment" to do so. you'll find it beneath the starter of the daily thread. Thank you!



Please choose 'add new comment' at the top of the page to add your post, instead of replying to another post.  Thanks!   If you're having trouble with this feel free to email me directly by clicking my name then clicking 'contact'.  We love seeing your posts, so please keep posting, just not as a reply.



'You become what you think about most of the time.' - Brian Tracy