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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

1am Eastern, and this is as good a time as any to try to return to practicing mindfulness around what I'm doing. (It's been a bad stretch, last couple of days.)

Full to-do list in the morning. For now, I just want to state my intention to work in the chatbox and keep coming back to reality.

I always appreciate the effort others put into finding a good quote to start a check-in thread, so I'll try to reciprocate. Here's a sampling of the "Practice Everywhere" tidbits that Zen teacher Cheri Huber sends out each day — via twitter, Facebook, SMS. One just pops up every  few hours or so; I love getting 'em.

"Important notice: Any voice speaking to you unkindly is not worth listening to."


"Stop. Look up. What do you see?"


"Nothing to be, nothing to know, nothing to have, nothing to get. Just being here right now, breathing, accepting."


"Stop. Look down. What do you see?"


"Ever notice how your tongue just wants to keep rubbing over a sore tooth? What’s the equivalent in your mind?"


"You are the best friend you could ever have. Practice being that friend."


"Are you in your body, your senses, or in a story that is not here?"


"Breathe in YES. Breathe out THANK YOU. Repeat."


"Rub your tummy and pat your head. Does that make you smile?"


Have a great day! 

Finding a way check in

1.10 pm Thursday

Thank you Ian for the thread and the great Zen quotes.

Was up very late last night and slept in this morning. While I know this is usually not good for me, and was not on paid work either, for once I think that there was a higher purpose. I found and was reading information that finally helped me start to make some sense of problems in my marriage and to understand my husband. Very hard emotionally, but gaining some understanding is a relief, and I am grateful.

But I am behind on paid work and still not started this morning. No urgent deadlines, but there will be if I get complacent and let things slide. Will make lunch, back at desk by 2 pm at latest, then work in chat box - must get back onto E report. Only other tasks before 5/5.30 pm are sending invoice/timesheet and doing exercises. 

hope4meandu checkin (4:30PM)

Thanks Ian for starting the thread today.
Really liked the one about not listening to someone who was speaking unkindly, {was just exactly what I needed to hear} and I really like the breathe in yes and out thank you!!

So, no way will we be ready to have guests this weekend, but just because it's not happening this weekend, doesn't mean I should abandon starting the clean-up and prep for next weekend. That, believe it of not, is a new thought for me, that I'm very thankful for.

-get new G
-get new ear dr.
-close out bank account
-figure out credit card stuff w/hubby
-move Net & Yoffee's insurance to new bank acct
-find out balance on credit card
-clean stairway
-clean oven
-clean refrigerator
-get recipes
-clean kitchen, dr & lr floors

Thursday a.m.:
-work out

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

katia 1/5

Hello all! Happy belated New Year!

Been moving out of state- drove all day one day, shopping, putting furniture together, first day of classes, all sorts of fun stuff :P

This is my first day without my mom and uncle here (they were helping me move) so I'm very nervous

Things to do-
-#1 #2 #3
-email LLL - call MA tomorrow
-Email C
-Finish Sophocles assignment
-First 1/2 of math homework
-Read relevant chapter in Physics text
-#1 on Physics Problem set
-Laundry- get card
-Laundry- washing
-Laundry- drying
-Laundry- putting away
-Make dinner
-Email Physics Professor
-Print off Physics things
-Type of cheat sheets/keys sign
-Print off cheat sheets/keys sign
-Order hand pump/ lasinoh thing
-Order dress today as its on sale


-#1 #2 #3
-email LLL - call MA tomorrow
-Email C
-Finish Sophocles assignment
-First 1/2 of math homework
-Read relevant chapter in Physics text
-#1 on Physics Problem set
-Laundry- get card
-Laundry- washing
-Laundry- drying
-Laundry- putting away
-Make dinner
-Email Physics Professor
-Print off Physics things
-Type of cheat sheets/keys sign
-Print off cheat sheets/keys sign
-Order hand pump/ lasinoh thing
-Order dress today as its on sale they did not have my size. mer


All the best to you and Connor with settling into your new home and school/college! Moving and starting again with a small baby is a huge achievement, and I hope that everything goes really well for you. Smile

oh (findingaway) thank you :)

I was crying earlier because I was alone and overwhelmed and I'm glad to see some extra encouragement :) Feeling a little bit more confident.


ian, thanks for starting the thread!

Work 8AM-5PM: 

-ST testing U1  [DONE]

-ST testing U2 [DONE]

-Wait for FA answers 

-Answer RA comments [DONE]

-Figure out fix for low

-Test low r

-Test high r

-Test add c 

After Work 5PM-Sleep: 

-Make pro/con chart I talked about with J


-Document stuff for insurance

-ask mom about acctn

-mail john his headphones and letter

-send flag football invite [DONE]

-read contract

-read pr and finish final draft [DONE]

Hump Day with the Scribbler

  • get up at 6 (slept in until 7:30)
  • make bed
  • exercise (did a couple; it's a start)
  • sweeps
  • coffee, paper
  • healthy breakfast
  • checkins


  • Update Quicken
  • Music marketing - contact Tredway
  • Send query
  • Rewrite BN
  • Send support mod paperwork


  • Lunch w/B
  • Invoice BN
  • Do 2 CIO //
  • Run


  • CK tire pressure
  • Cut owl house boards
  • Fix Roboform
  • Healthy dinner
  • Read, relax
  • Bed by 10:30

Journey 11:30

a bit late checking in!   I'm working from home today and as usual for a work-from-homd day, getting a slow start.   I've been to the gym, had a shower, done email/calendar, then fell off the edge of the world for about an hour.   Back on track now, starting Instant Boss and working on Project V for the next hour.  


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

tracy-la weds

Good day everyone,

Basics. Checking in. Will check in later. 

Have a great day everyone


Reading for the day:

Instead of concentrating on why we can't
do a thing, we would be wise to change our "Yes, but . . ." attitude to a
more positive one. Saying "yes" means I really do want to change my
life for the better.

   —Liane Cordes

truly can do these things that are our "hearts' pure desires." However,
most of us look at the whole task and feel overwhelmed. We need,
instead, to look at the task's many parts. One part at a time, one day
at a time, we can accomplish any goal we set for ourselves. I know a
recovering woman who wrote a 300-page dissertation, the final
achievement to obtain her PhD. When asked at a meeting how she ever did
it, her reply was, "One word at a time." That's wonderful advice. No
matter how many goals were missed or plans dashed when we were still
using, now that we are recovering, each of us can do whatever is in our
hearts - if we do it little by little, not all at once, today.

Today, I will do one small task that will contribute toward the achievement of a life goal.

From "Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations" by Karen Casey



Check in Evening.

I had checked in late afternoon and I guess all my additions and edits didn't get saved. Oh well.

Project G - done

kromer 9:50 CI

OK, lots to do today. Oh goodness

Ri, start DNA extraction
P,s, change vad
RARE scanning (halfway done)
prep for mtg (working on this now) + notes after
update lab nb

Other tasks:
Prep for mh practice and email about it
rs and wb results in pres
back up computer
2 papers

OK, right now I need to to p, DNA extraction, change vad, and RARE scanning. 

Crazybug CI

Feeling very anxious as this week I start working full time for the first time in years. Kiddo is going to an afterschool program and he's pretty anxious too.The additional money and chance for advancement is positive, but also leads to apprehension....which leads to avoidance... 

I need to develop some self talk for getting through the next few weeks as I adjust my work mentality.  Feeling thankful for the 'virtual' support of this community.

Tasks to get started with:

-figure out and enter PR

-calculate L and distribute

-brainstorm q's for this afternoon's meeting


"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." -Anon.

"If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it" -Olin Miller

congrats on new job Crazybug!

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

1/5 Check-in


Prep for Day

Make Bed

Clean Desk

Clean Room

Take out trash

Running (1mi.)

Article 1
Article 2
Article 3
Article 4
Article 5
Article 6
Article 7
Article 8
Article 9
Article 10
Apply for ADCJ
Read for FM Article (1 source)
Print CRF
Apply for PW

Vic 1/5/11

 Show up (done). I "thought" I showed up at pa yesterday, and even though I forgot, I still had the reward of "showing up".

Thanks Ian for the starter, the one I am going to write down and use today is

"Breathe in YES. Breathe out THANK YOU. Repeat."  They are all good, I want to remember all of them, but for me it is more reliable  to keep it simple and just do one. Did so much home school work with my son, but was well worth it. Today looks like another one so I really need to keep positive because the other son, the teen, is so negative and keeps calling the younger one "mama's" boy because he is cooperating with me.oh well.

Thanks for being here.

My Day Today

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

Thing I have did

Went to the 7 a.m. telephone DA meeting

Things I will do today

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

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

3. Share my experience from the 7 a.m. meeting

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

5. Prayer and meditation

6. Eat brunch

7. Eat dinner

8. Go to campus and print out some material

9. Order my textbook at campus

10. Make bed

11. Wash dishes

12. Take shower

13. Get dressed

14. Declutter 1,000 e-mail

15. Test my blood sugar

16. Go to PA Check-in at 4:30

17. Go to work at 5:30 p.m.

18. Do hair

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

20. Do numbers

Thanks for letting me share

Lucca's list ......

Hi everyone! Here's my list for today:

- Up at 7.30 am - DONE

- 8 hours work on thesis  - ONLY 7 HOURS DONE

- grocery shopping  - DONE

- meditation - i hour  - ONLY DID 30 MINUTES

- eat healthy / no junk food - FAILED HERE

I hope you all have a great day - thanks for being there!



Rexroth Check In

Thanks for starting the thread ian

Up prayer and reflection
Out for 6-7 mile walk
Back bath and mail and emails

Put on washing machine
Study french
Out to buy bread
Write up journal
Read downloaded material for anonymous fellowship
Start writing on Step one for above
Stretch/strengh exercise - even if very little I want to develop the habit of doing it

Regards Rexroth

Dreamweaver Check-in....1/5/2011

Thank you ian_wnc for starting today's thread.  I too needed -- yearned for -- a mindful state of mind.  I did not realize how much I was yearning for it, until I checked in yesterday morning.  Thank you for the wonderful quotes. I am sure I will turn to them throughout the day.

I am grateful for another day of being willing
to clear away the things that I do not need, to see and accept who I am, and to see and accept who others are.

Morning Prep
Step 2 Reading
Article 1 by 12pm
7:30 AM Phone Meeting - Slept through meeting   :-(

Afternoon Prep
Tradition 2 Reading
Article 2 by 4 pm

Evening Prep
Article 3 by 8 pm - Completed 1/6 @ 2:30 am  :-O

Step 10 - Forgot (again) -  :-(

Additional Gratitude: Procrastinators Anonymous, ALL of the people in my life, because in one way or another, they all contribute to teaching me something my HP wants me to learn.