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Monday, 18 April, 2011

Monday, 18 April, 2011

We will intuitively
know how to handle
which used to
baffle us.

--- from the "A.A. Promises" (The Big Book of A.A., pages 83-84) _

fudoshin: I did it ! : 9:51pm

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



I did it!  I deserve to recognize myself for 90 days away from facebook and dating sites.  That's pretty darn amazing.  And now that I've done it, I just feel like those things aren't that important -- well, facebook isn't.  I'm still kind of obsessed with dating sites.  But I am going to wait and talk to my sponsor first before returning or doing anything in that area, b/c I have enough in my life to do right now.  And it's those friendships I can nurture that support me, instead of looking for someone to intrigue with.

After not stalking for a period of time (not 90 days), but nevertheless, I know I can let go.  I may not be ready to do it 100% or even 70 %, but I know I can let go of someone, and let them be free.  I also know that old behavior doesn't change, unless that person has changed, unless I have changed, and I haven't.  But at least I know I haven't.  And that's important, b/c I know deep down I'm not ready yet.  I still have work to do from last semester.  I need to have faith in myself that I can invest in myself, before investing in others.

I got a triggering phone call, but I'm going to let it ride, and see what happens.  I turn it over to the higher power.  If the person is meant to call again, he will.  If I'm meant to meet him again, I'll meet him.  I don't believe in "meant to be," but I believe in the higher power. I'm not going to call this person until I talk to my sponsor, or they call me during business hours. 

fudoshin: day 91: 9:14pm

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


This is the 91th day that I have followed through with the following:

  • 90 days away from dating sites and facebook
  • 90 days of not stalking people's profiles of people I've tried to date in the past
  • 90 days of not stalking people online that I've tried to date in
    the past. (I am now back on day 54 for this).
  • No Internet chat, aside from employment or twelve-step.  This
    includes not stalking people on AIM or other chat networks, whom I've
    tried to date in the past. (I'm on day 19
    of this.)
  • 56 days of exercise (I'm on day 6 of this).

Seattleguy1968s _Check

Seattleguy1968s _Check In


Super Project A tx
Super Project B cz
Super Project C mv

:D = Done

findingaway check in

10.20 am Tuesday

Thanks for starting us, movingalong. Not a great start today but at least I'm here and ready to do what has to be done. I will:

  • organise newspaper ad
  • exercise
  • do shopping etc
  • do at least one hour on report - not done
  • prepare for Wed at office
  • do other tasks on list nearly all done

Thank you all for being here.

tracy-la monday april 19 check in



"Teach us to care and not to care. Teach us to sit still."

We know that Higher Power cares for us and we try to give to those we love the care
that HP would have us give. But sometimes we become so caught up in our
cares and concerns, whether they be for ourselves or for others that we
forget to listen to our Higher Power.

In order to work the spiritual part of the program, we need to spend time
quietly by ourselves listening to the inner voice. Each day we need a
period of time alone when we can get in touch with the center of our

When we are tuned in to
our Higher Power, we are able to give to those we care for. Our concerns
fall into proper perspective, and we are freed from selfish
preoccupation. Our actions become more effective and our hearts are more
open to the needs of those we love.

Teach us to care.

Adapted From Food for Thought: Daily Meditations


To oppose something is to maintain it.
  —Ursula K. LeGuin

of our struggles are with other persons or perhaps situations we want
to change. We discover that our continual opposition adds fuel to the
fires (at least our own internal ones). But can we turn our backs when
we feel justified in our opposition? There's perhaps no more difficult
action to take than to walk away from those situations we feel so
strongly about, but the wisdom of this program says, "Let go and let

And when we do let go, as if by magic, relief comes. The fires die
out. That which we opposed is less troubling, maybe even gone. We no
longer feel the need to struggle today. The need may rise again, but
again we can turn to our higher power. Trusting that relief awaits us
ensures its arrival.

As men and women we
discover many opportunities for opposition, too many persons and
situations that make difficult our changing roles - too many persons who
don't easily accept our changing characters. The strength to let go and
let God we must share with one another.

maintain my struggles with righteous behavior. They lose their sting
when they lose my opposition. I will step aside and let God.

Adapted From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women


1.  EXERCISE. Exercise at 6 am during week / 7 am weekends / if can't
meet scheduled times, schedule other times.
  [DONE SmileDid 1 hour bootcamp class at 6 am];

2.  1st 30 MIN OF DAY. Spend first 30 min of day on one of my top 6 tasks (before or just after am exercise);[Did NOT do - was running late for exercise & got caught up on other admin tasks when I got to office]

3.  6 MIT.  Review or write down my 6 most important tasks DONE Smile

4.  CALENDAR. Check calendar AM (mine) (kids) / send email or text reminders if needed / add to master case list DONE - CHECKED CALENDAR FOR NEXT 2 WEEKS

4.a.  PREPARE FOR NEXT DAY. Check calendar PM / send email or text reminders if needed / add tasks to master case list;

5.  CONTROL FLOW OF DAY. Check voicemail & return calls at scheduled times: 6 am / 9:30 am / 11:30 am / 4:30 pm / 7:30 pm /write down calls or tasks in master list

6.  USE TIMER AND TRACK TIME DURING DAY.  IF NEEDED CHECK IN HOURLY AT PA. Check in at PA at 5 am / 6am / 7 am / 8 am / 9
am / 10 am / 11 am / 12 pm / 1 pm /  2 pm / 3 pm / 4 pm /  5 pm / 6 pm /
7 pm
/ 8 pm / 9 pm / 10 pm 

7. TIMESHEET/IN BOX.  Timesheet for day before & empty email in box

8.  PA BASICS Checking in; support calls(1x); affirmations; gratitudes; reading; positive recording 15-20 min; journal (mental mind bank)

9. MASTER CASE LIST.  Review and add tasks to master case list at end of day. Do top 6 list for next day

10. LIMIT INTERNET TO 5 MIN CHECKINS (except PA/certain worksites) from 6 am to 8 pm week / 7 am to 7 pm weekends

11.  1 HOUR BILLING [TWO 30 MIN INCREMENTS] DAILY - 6 week goal. If I don't meet that goal . . . $120 goes to a hated charity from the website tool.

Affirmations (said aloud as well):

I choose to show up and start my top 6 tasks, 15 to 30 minutes at a time. I complete my top 6 tasks -- in 15 to 30 minute periods. If I feel any pain or discomfort while working on these tasks, I embrace the pain or feeling the pain while I do these tasks.

I know that if I have that old feeling of pain or anxiety while I am working on my top 6  tasks- I will embrace and love that pain since it means that I am doing something important.

And remember . . . if I am feeling resistance or "shame" or "screwed up" or if I procrastinated at something lately, it's probably just the Dynamics of Human Change doing its checks & balances . . . I am going to keep going!

Have a marvelous Monday everyone!



Feeling down

1:32 PM: Well rested, started week optimistically, but spent two hours working on something and ultimately failed to find a workable solution. Very disheartening, especially because it was something I had procrastinated about doing for several weeks, precisely because I feared this outcome. Now feeling tired and behind on the day's work. Well, so be it. Will take the half hour per task approach and grind away. One positive was taking yesterday off and getting things done around the apartment. I need to carve out some more personal time in the evenings. I have to travel at the end of the week, and don't want to be exhausted, as I have been lately. But that means i can't dilly-dally about launching into things. 

Goal 1: Half hour "touch" per case, get done what you can, move on.

Goal 2: Press on until 8 PM, then leave.

Goal 4: In bed by 10 PM.


Sorry to hear you are feeling down, hope things pick up for you soon. Smile

Have been following your posts and notice how you have really persisted and put in long hours despite work difficulties.

I thank God for this day,

I thank God for this day, and the freedom to use it wisely.


meditated 15 mins.

to do:

file for tax extension 

wipe/scrub inside fridge surfaces

clean stove top

do another load of laundry, and put away what's clean

change cat litter

put songs in order for May concert. Spend two hours this afternoon, and two hours this evening, working on them.

buy food

use "bookending" technique at least once today.

meditate 20 min before bed. in bed by 10:30 pm.

Today's theme: no longer baffled by taxes

Today's theme was inspired by the need to file income tax reports. And pay taxes; or file to get a tax refund.

For decades, I never filed, and I hid from the tax agency.

In 2007, I got it all straightened out, and now I file every year. I still make mistakes, and filed a few months late one year.

Now I reconize that I can file "imperfectly" and that I can always file an emended return later.

I'm getting it done!

And ... I'm no long "baffled".

Yes, everyone, there really is hope.

katia 4.18 meh

Meh about sums it up. LOTS to do after being a lazy pants and going to bed soon after Connor last night.

Things to do today
-Vitamins & #1 #2 #3
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9
-Finish quant problem set
-quantitative modelling quiz #2 8/10 meh!!
-Finish reading bio article #1
-Finish reading bio article #2
-Multiple choice on online hw
-One free response on online hw
-Math hw for wednesday start
-Plan for the week
-Put some of Connor's laundry away
-Write last 3 thank you cards
-Address the 6 thank you cards / mail

Journey 11 am grumpy pants

Worked all weekend so I came in late today.   I'm tired and I think I'm going to ask for a day off tomorrow as I worked like 12 hours over the weekend.  I'm extremely grouchy and people laughing and talking in the break room are about to get my dirtiest look.   I have a really good dirty look from my teaching days.  I practiced it in the mirror and I can still frighten small children with it.   We're about to see if it works on adults.

On the positive side, TAXES ARE IN THE MAIL.   I actually finished them Friday night but I didn't have time to go to the post office Saturday.   (pats self on back).  Maybe one of these days I will become that irritating person that does their taxes the day their W2 arrives. 


UPDATE:  the dirty look worked.  


Self-improvement is the name of the game, and your primary objective is to strengthen yourself, not to destroy an opponent. Maxwell Maltz

Vic 4/18/11

Show up (done)

"If nothing else in my life gets any better, my life is still a miracle" my old sponsor

Thanks MovingA

kromer 10:30 CI

OK, I've been having a really rough time recently.

For today, I need to:
*Clean up bench
*Take care of samples
*Put together MK record book
*Email CE about microscopy, TE about classes, PR about church, FWC about baby stuff
*Watch friend in marathon!


Best wishes for a new week, everybody!

Today i'm battling serious monday dread...rolled out of bed late and left the kitty box unscooped (yuck!) to rush into work.  still got into work late and the boss came in to mention that i didn't fill out my timesheet last friday.  duh!

But today, in honor of Monday, i'm going to do some things and that's what counts:

  1. 930 meeting 
  2. inlt admits
  3. answer emails

here we go!  




great article:



Thanks for the thread movingalong!

Work 8AM-5PM: 

-Figure out fix for low c (test low r, test high r, test add c)

-Verify all W ordered 

-Fix R issue 

-Fix C issue

-ask mb about o parts 

-review EC BOM

-talk to M about EC BOM 

After Work 5PM-Sleep:

-Document stuff for insurance

-order postcard thank you cards

-fix hole in garage

-exercise [DONE]

-find prescription for contacts [DONE]

-set up contact eye exam

-check what ei can cover 

-get passport photo

-submit passport application 

-finish adding c options

-finish adding c photos

-reconcile CC for 1 month

-expense checks for two months [DONE]

-check rewards card, buy a small item if needed [DONE], miles expire 3/20/2012

-write check from fs to boa

-buy sunglasses [DONE]

-send out ff invite [DONE]

-check jo's 

-pay power bill [DONE]

-buy grey undershirt [DONE]

-find the man cave book 

My Day Today

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

I want to thank movingalong for starting this trend.

Things I have done today

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

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

Things I will do today

1. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

2. Test blood sugar twice

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

4. Eat brunch

5. Take shower

6. Get dressed

7. Read the material

8. Write and type the bibliography

9. Start on the paper

10. Post and send out Al-Anon literaature

11. Go to a religious meeting at 12:45 p.m.

12. Eat dinner

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

14. Make bed

15. Wash dishes

Thanks for letting me share

Kickin' off the Scribbler's Week CI 8:00 a.m.

Not the worst weekend. I got tax return prepared, organized questions for article rewrite and had some fun with the kids. I also got an unexpected check, so I can pay child support this month. I'm horribly -- horribly -- behind on the article rewrite, and can't blame all of the delay on the insane number of questions posed by the editor. But I'm not actually late with it yet, and it's barely possible I'll have it all done by tomorrow morning's deadline. And taxes were a pleasant surprise; not only do I not owe any more than I've already paid, I overpaid enough that I don't have to make an estimated payment for 2011 right now. Is it possible I am on the verge of not constantly increasing my debt load? 


  • Get up at 6 
  • Make bed
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Get B up
  • Make B breakfast
  • Take B to school
  • Coffee, paper
  • Check-ins
  • Exercise
  • Sightreading practice


  • Call 4 (or however many) re: cruise ////
  • Update Quicken
  • Query - BN
  • Send 5 music emails
  • Cancel Safeco policies 
  • Rewrite BN post


  • Lunch w/B
  • Email TH re:kerrville
  • Call 3 re: franchise (SHS) //
  • File taxes
  • Rewrite cruise


  • Rewrite cruise
  • Healthy dinner
  • Read, relax
  • Bed by 10:30 or so

Phylomon - Daily Check-in

Thanks to movingalong for gettting us started.

Today I am thankful for this program. It's hard to put into words exactly what has changed, or how it has changed me, but since joining PA I feel like I have some control over my life. Not a lot and not every day, but it is getting better. Thanks to this program, to my higher power and all of you.

- Email JF

- mow the yard

- Study

- exercise

- email DB and others

- talk with TO

- Work on LA

- CT

- NP

Rexroth Check In

Thanks for starting movingalong and for the inspiring quote which sometimes is true for me. I thought that having spent all the time and energy yesterday working I would feel good this morning instead I feel in a low mood but glad about what I've done.

Up prayer and reflection
Emailed friend and checked emails

Out shopping for bits
Work on getting letters finished

That will do for now

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

Above and letters are so nearly finished and I am so tired I can't think properly

Prayer and reflection
Bed and sleep

Night Folks


movingalong's moderate Monday

Hello all.

I'm trying to follow a path of moderation, amidst the extremes of my life.

Today I choose to:

  • have spiritual time
  • care for myself
  • care for my pets
  • laugh
  • work on taxes
  • rest
  • go to 12step meetings
  • get some fresh air

Yes, this is a repeat of yesterday's list!

-- movingalong

Taxes Done! imperfectly but good enough. YAY.

Long process, more difficult than I had anticipated, but I kept on breathing through, and trusting that somehow higher power would guide me how to do whatever I could do. And I got it done. Hopefully correctly. I transmitted it online.

I'll find out eventually if it was done correctly or not. If not, I'll make any needed corrections.

But for now, it's done! YAY!


Yay! Because of PA This is the 3rd year (it is what brought me in the rooms, I could imprefectly get my part done for the accountant, and accept the imprerfections, but done). I am even starting to beieve I can get them imprerfectly get them done each year thanks to PA's help. Yay!!!

and for the rest of my list ...

Got some fresh air, which really helped a lot.

Didn't make it to a 12step meeting. I guess I'll either read some 12step literature, or catch part of a phone meeting.

First, I'll eat a late dinner.

And ... then I'll do something silly to make me laugh!