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Monday December 20, 2010


'Little donkey, little donkey, on the dusty road

Got to keep on plodding onwards, with your precious load.

Been a long time, little donkey, through the winter's night.

Don't give up now, little donkey, Bethlehem's in sight.'

Christmas carol by Eric Boswell


Findingaway 2nd check in

Now it's my Tuesday and a late check in too at nearly 1 pm.
Had a bad morning, problems with my husband.
So far I have:

* mediated
* looked out some stuff for a friend
* found a gift for my son
* made a call to C (out)
* talked with my husband
* made ice bricks
* not done any paid work

After lunch I am going to:
* ring C again
* ring the newspaper re ad
* do more on database
* go for bike ride, post cards on way (before 3.30pm)
* get E project ready for office tomorrow
* call re insurance -w/s
* deal with emails

* pick cherries
* dishes
* ring J
* card for T family
* clothes for Wed.

Thank you all for being here.

7.40 pm back on computer because I have two work tasks left to do plus the remaining evening jobs. Wish I had got them done earlier . . . sigh..

10.55 pm Finished now but really tired - didn't sleep well last night. My goal is not to do paid work at night, but not there yet.

tracy-la monday checkin



Was sick this weekend. Pretty overwhelmed between the move and getting ready for the holidays.

Staying home today to catch up on unpacking and getting ready for the holidays.

Spent morning on home issues and did 1 1/2 hours of work remotely.

Basics: reading, gratitudes, affirmation, prayer; checkin/showing up; check calendar; plan to plan


Exercise -go to gym later this evening - decided not to do and decorate/unpack instead.

House. Wll add Smile for each 1/2 hour spent on getting house ready and decorating for holidays - including going to store to buy some supplies. Had to turn down multiple requests for kid sleepover so I can get caught up on decorating and house.  Plan 5 pm - 10 pm.  Went till 1 a.m. instead.

Decorating: Smile SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

Dog walk Smile


katia 12/20

Overwhelming weekend! Small one is alot of work, and it's pretty stressful. Going to try and not do so much today.

Things to do
-Vitamins/2 antibiotics/1Fe/1 Bp
-3x supplements #1 #2 #3
-#1 #2 #3
-Email C
-Email M
-Text C
-Email E
-Email A
-EEEEK too many e-mails
-Install program
-Read Tutor resource manual
-Read Provider Classroom manual
-Read mock session overview
-Schedule mock session


-Vitamins/2 antibiotics/1Fe/1 Bp
-3x supplements #1 #2 #3
-#1 #2 #3
-Email C
-Email M
-Text C
-Email E
-Email A
-EEEEK too many e-mails
-Install program
-Read Tutor resource manual
-Read Provider Classroom manualDidn't actually have to read it. . .
-Read mock session overview
-Schedule mock session


Baby is a full time job, so you're basically working full time AND going to school.  Good for you!


Never have an ordinary day!  - Pepperidge Farm (lol)

Thanks Jo :)

I'll be very busy in January! But it will be worth it. Luckily I have this site to make sure my head is screwed on.

Thanks for the cheering, I needed it after a very long night last night :)


Thanks for the thread, findingaway

Work 8AM-5PM: 

-Followup on WA comments [DONE]

-Followup on SA comments [DONE]

-Followup on FA questions [DONE]

-Update per WA comments

-Update per SA comments

-Wait for FA answers 

-Answers questions for NG [DONE]

-Figure out fix for low

-Figure out problem with low r [DONE]

-Figure out problem with high r [DONE]

-Get parts for testing [DONE] 

-Test low r

-Test high r

-Test add c 

After Work 5PM-Sleep: 

-Get bro gift

-Give case and dvd-rw to B's bro

-Figure out how to backup site [DONE] Export all data, save html, save css, save js

-Make pro/con chart I talked about with J

-Check/pay bills


-Talk to p about investment

-Bring dvd/game to u 

-email about hdmi audio 

hope4meandu check-in noon

Thanks findingaway for the starter!! Haven't been into work since last Wednesday, including today. Another part of this disease that really kills me and my life is not showing up. Last Saturday night I didn't show up to celebrate for a friend's party, said I missed the train on Sunday to go to see Billy Elliot in the City with good friend. Could not think of facing work today again. I'm thinking of going on disability benefits, my husband will really like that!! I'm too sensitive for this world. Every since I was young I didn't show up for things. Either I was too fat, too something. I used to hide to not go to school, but my mother always knew. Now that I'm writing, guess I've had this "not showing up" for a very long time.

Really appreciate your prayers of support for my Yoffee & me, 4change, kromer, vic & journey. She is okay.

May HP bless you all today!

-work out
-clean kitchen & floor
-clean bedroom

Kind regards all!!

♥"Careful the wish we make, wishes are children. Careful the path they take, wishes come true..." From "Children Will Listen," by Stephen Sondheim.♥

Startin' the Scribbler's Week

  • get up at 6 (slept in until 7:30 this morning)
  • make bed
  • exercise
  • sweeps
  • coffee, paper
  • healthy breakfast
  • checkins


  • Update Quicken
  • Call JH
  • Call EE
  • Rewrite taxbill


  • Healthy lunch (I did eat lunch, but it sure wasn't very healthy)
  • Order C new gift (?)
  • Do 3 CIO
  • Do 1 BN
  • Run


  • Healthy dinner
  • Wrap gifts
  • Read, relax
  • Bed by 10:30

clement ci

ok first things first. fix my rel @ work. it's 10:25am.


well i did that, and there was something wrong with it.

then i did step 4 work. it was inspirational and helpful. a fearless and searching moral inventory. how unpleasant? but my reading today put it in perspective.

now it's 11:25 so both those took an hour.

Now back to work. god help me.

11:55 it's working! i feel blessed to be given the strength to persevere and the good outcome.

the touch of the master's hand:

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

findingaway that was AWESOME

it made me cry, actually. it combines the need for me to press on in the face of my own self-imposed adversity with the christmas season of now. amazing. moved me.

the touch of the master's hand:

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


Thanks for sharing that - I find it moving too.

kromer 9:50 CI

OK, lot's to do today! Feeling kind of overwhelmed but I'll make a list here to get started:

*Clean up, update lab nb, make SSC
*Check on expts, do PCR
*Drop off samples
*Buy half of xmas presents

Other tasks
*Install ubuntu on netbook
*Write up notes from mtg, boundary marker stuff, and restoration plan
*Get basic outline display+antigen list display
*Start outline of talks

OK, going to start with 30 min of cleaning, then I'll check on expts. 


Looking for traction

9:20 AM: In the office, regular as clockwork, at 9:15 AM. Of course, I was supposed to be here at 9 AM. If it wasn't so irritating that I appear incapable of getting here 15 minutes earlier, it would be amusing.

Continuing themes for me are anticipatory anxiety and constantly seeking a mental distraction from it. Getting things done just feels too difficult, so I put off starting. Fear of being frustrated and fear of making mistakes factor in. 

Yesterday I set some behavioral goals for this shortened work week.They won't cure my anxiety, but if I can make myself stick to them, they might help to keep me on track towards achieving some larger goals.

Goal 1:  For four days, Mon-Thurs, will check work email at 9 AM (well, 9:15 AM, if history serves me), 1 PM, and 5 PM, with no other online activities (e.g., personal email, news, etc.) unless explicitly required for work (e.g., research for a report).

Goal 2: At home, have to complete 60 to 90 minutes of productive computer work (such as professional society things and bill paying) before relaxing with any fun stuff like personal mail, games, or whatever.

Goal 3: Go to bed at 10 PM. Routinely staying up until 1 AM, a bad habit I developed while my personal and professional lives were crumbling this year, reinforced during the period between jobs, is not conducive to getting to work on time the next day.

This will be difficult for me, since my willpower is weak. When I arrived at 9:15 AM today, I discovered that the 9 AM teleconference was canceled. My first thought was mild relief that I didn't have to sign on late, followed *immediately* by the thought, "Hey, I have an hour "off". I should check my personal emails." (!)

Back after 5 PM to report.

6:14 PM: Did pretty well until 5 PM. Never very fast or very productive, but I was able to stay with it. Right after 5 PM 'had to' do a quick runthru of my different email accounts. Amazing how quickly time slips away in that mode. Well, a few more things to do here at work tonite, then on to goals 2 and 3. No more email checking until after I spend an hour working on the computer at home.

Journey 9 am & update

No gym today, still getting over a cold.   I'm back at work today, although I still don't feel too great.   I got a good bit of housework done yesterday in preparation for having folks over to house for Christmas Eve Lunch.   Making a pretty easy todo list now.

UPDATE 4 pm been reasonably productive today in spite of runny nose etc., and also demonstrated to coworkers that I was *really* sick when I was out last week lol.  See?  I must be getting better.   I made a little joke.   I made a very light todo list, but it looks like I'll get it all done.  I'm going to get out of here early, and run an errand on the way home.


Never have an ordinary day!  - Pepperidge Farm (lol)

Recycler CI 8:15am EST


Maybe just a limited CI today. Up, ate breakfast. Folded & put away clean laundry from clothes dryer. Not enough dirty clothes to run a load in clothes washer. Dried and put away clean dishes from dishwasher. Not enough dirty dishes to run dishwasher again, but could put a couple of plates in there for next time. Sorting of mail needs to be a project sometime today/tomorrow, but I'm not sure when. Now will see if I can get into something else.

8:50am. Sorted through some papers. Found some stuff. Bagged 1 bag of garbage. Started another bag. Started reminder list for today. Normally I would be running the dishwasher or clotheswasher, so it seems quiet without them going. Read brief inspirational article. Sorted more papers. Made phone call about payment question; it turned out ok. Not sure what to do next. 10:20am. Studied a bit.

Have a great day, everyone! :)


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


Seattleguy1968s _Check In


Make coffee sleep instead
Super Project B :D
Super Project C :D

:D = Done

Rexroth Check In

Up prayer and reflection
Washed up and cleaned up in kitchen
Tidied notes on table
Checked emails
Emailed church
French study
Simple exercise - first time and taking it slowly at first

Finish cleaning kitchen floor
Finish email to friend
Some writing about trip abroad

Might go out but it is very slippery and I could have gone out to buy two presents a month ago - note this is procrastination - not to beat myself up but to be aware

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Update

Above and
Listened to friend on phone - twice
Discussed progress and was advised by advocate over dispute with hospital
Discussed claim against a bank with the bank
Made food for birds and put it out with water

Wash up and tidy up
Put dry clothes away
and a few other bits

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

Above and
Planned for tomorrow
Prayed and reflected and gone to bed

Go to sleep

Night Folks


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 findingaway for starting this trend.

Things I will do today

1. Go to the 7 a.m. telephone DA meeting

2. Go to the 8:30 a.m. telephone PA meeting

3. Go to the 9:45 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

4. Go to the 10:30 a.m. telephone PA check-in

5. Go to the 1 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

6. Go to the Greyhound Station to give money for Western Union

7. Go to the 4:30 p.m. telephone PA check-in

8. Go to work at 5:30 a.m.

9. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

10. Take shower

11. Get dressed

12. Make bed

13. Wash dishes

14. Post and send out Al-Anon literature for today

15. Test my blood sugar twice

16. Fix and eat brunch

17. Eat dinner 

18. Declutter apartment for 15 minutes

19. Declutter 1,000 e-mail.

Thanks for letting me share

12/20 Check in

By end of 12/20 I will

-complete excercise program

-complete two drafts of documents.

-Complete tracking spreadsheet for work problem solving

-Follow up on open work item

-Research initial work cleanup strategy.




Findingaway check in

10.20 am

I hope that the starter is not too inappropriate for those who do not celebrate Christmas, or just too irrelevant.

Anyway, need to get my list happening.

* meditation
* letter to D

Need to do:
* exercises
* ring R, bill for B
* start data process
* email JK
* write cards x 2 at lunch
* appointment 2 pm, make time to ride bike
* buy stamps, post all cards & letter
* ring re ad (or tomorrow)
* more on E project or data sheets

* dishes
* dinner
* ring J
* ring M
* schedule talk with G re flood stuff