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Old 07-27-2015, 09:41 AM
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Hi!

Not caught up at all. Been working and traveling- super long days and I'm exhausted but wanted to say hi! I'm off tomorrow so I'll catch up then, but for now it's bed time for me!
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:54 AM
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Good morning everyone,

Have to work late again today....hurumph. Been in kind of a slump lately. I've always been an introvert but lately I don't really leave the house unless I'm working. Feel like I should be doing something.

Have a great Monday
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:57 AM
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Only way to break out of that slump is to do something, Ginamarie. You live in LA--I would imagine there's something fun to do there 24/7. Make yourself a list of possible fun activities to do this next weekend and just pick one out and do it!
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:13 AM
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Thanks, Casey. I'll snap out of it. I think much of it has to do with being car-less still, but the good news is I think next weekend I'll be able to get something...maybe.

Also got some bad news Saturday from a friend that's in special forces in middle east. I've somehow become sort of his confidante. Anyhow, he was in supervisory role leading team to fight over there and some locals were helping them. Apparently said team was too slow or something and came to find a gruesome scene complete with video of atrocities. (I'm being purposely vague here)

It was so traumatic that he and several others just resigned, and now has to go home and face some kind of hearing. Stupidly I kept asking for details of what happened, and I got them, so now I have that loop in my head.

I'm just really disappointed in humanity right now, not to mention the fact that we've got a whole new generation of young men that are eff'ed up for the rest of their lives.

So trying to not think about it this weekend I watched mindless TV. Better than drinking but I almost caved a few times. Reading the posts here is helping.

Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer. Other than that, I'm great
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:20 AM
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Hey guys so I just made a decision. I am back in 100%. Over the last few months I learned that I am truly a happier person when I don't drink. Yes I get bored and yes sometimes I miss it but after the hell I put myself (and family) through last week I know this is what I need to do. I just sent my husband a message to let him know and he said it makes sense. So here I am back to day 1 and this time it is a real Day 1, not the imaginary one that I have become such good friends with lately.

I will join the August class when it opens up and of course I will check in with you guys every day.

It feels good to get it off my chest to my husband. It feels good to say the words and mean them. It feels good to know that the future is so much brighter than the darkness that has been surrounding me for a month now.

Have a great day! I will check in tonight. :-)
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:21 AM
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Yay, Allie! So happy for you!
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:50 AM
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That's a good decision, Allie. Welcome back to a better way of life.

Ginamarie--you're not being a Debbie Downer. Talking about anything that is bothering you is part of what this group is for. Sounds like a horrible, tragic, traumatic experience. Wishing your friend the best...
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Way to go Allie!! You can do this!
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Hi, Site, good to see you!
Gina, that's a really hard thing to take in. Hope things get better for your friend. I have a nurse friend (ICU) and get bummed by the stories she tells sometimes, so I can't imagine how much worse it was for you to hear that, and for him to experience it.
Allie, that's great! Wishing you success. Have you decided on a certain plan to stay sober?
Had a big day yesterday--out for lunch, dinner, a show, walked around downtown, lots of driving. I was so tired, I fell asleep the minute my head touched the pillow. So....maybe I need to exercise more for good sleep.
Not much going on but routine stuff today, will be busier tomorrow with friends and some family.
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Old 07-27-2015, 04:32 PM
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Kale, no real plan as of yet aside from staying focused. I will work on a plan this week.
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Ending day 81. Fixed an amazing salad for lunch. Spent a lot of time here on SR before work. Lot of good recovery and some painful stuff happening on the Newcomers board. I hope all of you spend at least some time there. It keeps me grounded.

Watched Saturday night's episode of Hannibal while I ate that salad. It was amazing. Kind of sad that the show only has five episodes left now, this season has been so good.

Work was boring. Very slow. That's why I'm home so early. Going to watch last night's True Detective now.

Grateful to be sober. Grateful for SR. Grateful for this gigantic chocolate chip cookie I'm about to eat.

How is everyone else doing?
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Way to go AllieKat, I m back on day 3 now. I've started AA yesterday and I'm feeling positive today.

I know we can all do this and live a long and healthy life. Look in the mirror and smile at the future. It's ours. X
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Hey, Jimuk, glad to see you back! Congrats on day 3. Wishing you strength and continued success.
Casey, on 82 today! I'm day 23--had to count twice on my calendar, as I think I thought I was at day 21 yesterday! I'm into throwing amazing salads together these days, too. I try to get a morning green smoothie in each day, too. Will be buying some produce to juice as well. I like to make a lot at once and freeze some in mason jars. Yes, there are some sad stories I read in other posts yesterday--these poor people.
Allie and the rest, hope you have a great day!
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Good morning. I'm at work and would rather be anywhere else. Lol. It was really hard to get up today. I'm a little burnt out on work right now but next week I'm on vacation for 4 days! Looking forward to multiple sober days off. :-)
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Originally Posted by Ginamarie323 View Post
Have to work late again today....hurumph. Been in kind of a slump lately. I've always been an introvert but lately I don't really leave the house unless I'm working. Feel like I should be doing something. )
This may sound childish, but I spent all last Saturday cutting things out of magazines (words that inspired me or pictures that interested me) and then I bought a canvas, an easel , and a can of spray glue and started working on a collage. For instance, there is an advertisement for a migraine medication that has a picture of a woman holding up a huge tractor-trailer truck with one hand. Since that was a picture of power, I cut it out and added it to my collage. Other words that I found in magazines include "relax" "feeling good" "Back from the Brink" "inspired" "Beyond" "Own the Moment" (you get the point). I also went online and printed anti-alcohol posters in black-and-white and then went over the pics in colored pencil, cut them out, and added them to the collage.

It felt good to not do housework or record reviews, and just to allow myself to goof around in a creative way.

I'm sure it's not everyone's cup of tea to do this, but it honestly kept me busy and crave-free all Saturday. Not once did I think about having a glass of Chardonnay.
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Hey Allie, I just went back and read your post. I really hope you post with us too, as you will be missed if you leave!

The best of luck to you. I think 100% is the only way to be successful. And it does get easier as time passes.
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Thanks TN! The collage is a great idea. I like it.
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Day 82 starting now. Slept in way late this morning but that's OK as I didn't fall asleep until almost three in the morning so it's still only eight hours total sleep.

No big plans for today. Work at 5:30, just going to hang around the house until then. It wouldn't hurt me to go to a noon AA meeting but I'm feeling lazy and it's already 92 degrees outside and a long bike ride to the AA building so I'm going to pass on it for today.

Jimuk -- congrats on day 3 and on starting back with AA.

Kale -- congrats on skipping day 22! You really are doing great. I hope your active participation here at SR is helping you as much as I know it's helping me and others.

Allie -- any vacation plans? I second ThursdayN's hope that you stick with us as well as the August class. I'm pretty active in three different classes right now (here, July 13, One Year and Under)--the more support the better!

Thursday -- your collage doesn't sound childish at all. Sounds very creative and inspiring. If you don't mind me being nosy, what kind of record reviews do you usually do?

Wishing everyone a happy and sober Tuesday.
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:58 AM
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Nope no vacation plans. It would be nice but not affordable right now. My daughter goes back to school on 8/12 so I will just find some stuff to do with her like all of those things I never do if I'm drinking. She needs school clothes and stuff so we will do that. It's hot here today too! Already 93.
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Nothing wrong with a staycation, Allie.
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