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      Thursday morning greetings from WagLand. I'm heading into a jam-packed 3-4 days and possibly longer. Another big test date is coming up a week from Monday and people are starting to get nervous. Plus I've already got several students who are taking their tests in Jan or Feb so kind of double duty right now. Plus my wife just learned she has to have a tooth extracted and a bone graft on that part of her jaw, which all got semi-emergency scheduled for 7am tomorrow morning. I'll be accompanying her/driving her/helping her get back to the car after that. Not awesome timing but even more importantly I feel bad for her - she's in a ton of pain and the loss of a tooth (very back molar) isn't great either. Between the shoulder surgery and this, she has had a hard year.

      The talk of being invited vs actually attending various social events resonates a lot with me. I'm a slight extravert, but I don't like social things where superficial small talk is the name of the game. I'd rather go to either a small gathering (4-6 people) where we can all really visit (or play a game), or a gigantic event like a festival where it's more about the energy of the crowd than chatting. Having said all of that, I'm becoming more of an "evening homebody" where it's harder to leave the house after dinner, after dark, etc.

      Have great days everyone - I'll pop back on here this evening. Don't drink - be a badass instead!

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      Good morning Nest!

      Wags! This paragraph describes me to a T. We need to get together for a game!

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      The talk of being invited vs actually attending various social events resonates a lot with me. I'm a slight extravert, but I don't like social things where superficial small talk is the name of the game. I'd rather go to either a small gathering (4-6 people) where we can all really visit (or play a game), or a gigantic event like a festival where it's more about the energy of the crowd than chatting. Having said all of that, I'm becoming more of an "evening homebody" where it's harder to leave the house after dinner, after dark, etc.
      Sorry about your wife. That sounds brutal. And sorry about the timing for you. I know it is hard to think of yourself because she's the one in pain, but the timing stinks. Take care of yourself!

      NoSugar - we have to find each other on Twitter. I actually saved that tweet as well. Hilarious. There's also a Courtney Barnett song that says "I want to go out, but I want to stay home." The title of the song is "No One Really Cares if You Don't Go to the Party." Even most "obligations" in the party realm are optional - no one REALLY cares, especially if it is a big holiday party. I am a proud proponent of the words "No thank you" around this time. I'll be home with my 4-6 friends, my deck of cards, and my comfortable couch.

      Running to work. Happy SOBER Thursday.

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      Hola friends,

      All's well here. A little crazy; in a good way, but i ain't complaining. Good luck to the missus for the op Wags.

      Did i dream you have 14 days sober Nursie? I think i read it last night as i drifted orf. Either way - Raaawk star!!

      Big waves to y'all.
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      Good frosty evening Nesters,

      Yep it’s chilly but we had a good bit of sunshine today so that’s good
      I used my IP to make a really good minestrone this afternoon. I precooked the kale in the IP before making the soup. I can only eat kale when it’s ‘well done’, haha. This method worked out perfectly.

      Wags, sorry about your wife’s health issues, hope everything turns out OK. She certainly deserves a much better year ahead

      Pav, I’ve turned into a homebody too. At my age there really is nothing much going on anyway, haha! We did get out for an evening concert a few weeks ago, that was fun.

      Hi to Narilly, G, LC & everyone stopping by later.
      Byrdie, hope you are OK.

      Wishing a safe night in the nest for all!

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      Hey all, from chilly Atlanta! I’m at a trade show.

      I ran in to an old friend/coworker at the show this morning. He worked with me in the mid 90’s. I was just going to say he was a heavy drinker back then, but caught myself, we were BOTH heavy drinkers back then. My current coworker told me he had gotten sober so when he came by the booth this morning and shared that he got ‘S#it-faced’ last night, my worker said ‘I thought you quit drinking.’ He said, ‘I did, for 3 years, I’m really watching it now’. Well, it doesn’t sound like it if he got messed up last night. I’m just glad that’s not me. I don’t want to fight any more with AL. I spent 30 years fighting it, I lost, in every way. I felt a moment of real pride. Getting sober is one thing, STAYING sober is another. I hope he is able to get his arms around his issue and beat it.
      My feet are filing for divorce. Another early morning tomorrow. Home Sattidy. Hugs to all! Byrdie
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      Night time check in! Didn’t get to read back today. Big audit at work today and it went well but I’m so exhausted!
      Had a quick default thinking to go drink and celebrate, but I made it through that and reminded myself I don’t drink.
      Hope all is well in the nest! Xoxo
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      Morning Nesters,

      Wags, your poor wife.. Those dental issues can be a real pain. I hope everything goes well with the procedure and that she doesn't have too much discomfort. Wishing you the best for your upcoming 3-4 day workathon!
      Nursie, well done!! Glad to hear you did well on the audit.. No, we don't drink!

      Short post from me this morning, running off to work. I've been in an off mood the past couple of days, doing my best to stay in movement, not let my insecurities/thoughts get the best of me. My body is feeling tired/old! And my eldest and I are having a difficult time communicating.. seems we don't understand each other at all right now. I've got 50 AF days today, which is wonderful.. I keep reminding myself that I'm not perfect and never will be. It's ok to make mistakes and to have people upset with me. Last week was TGIF and this week is TFIF!!! Looking forward to the weekend to relax. Safe travels home, Byrdie..
      See you all later on today.
      Wishing everyone a good Friday!xx

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      Hi y'all,

      LC, i used to have a few off moods/days or few hours i recall more so in the first months AF. Much less so now, only occassionally (and i know what to do to change it - go running). I put it down to my mind rewiring and realising it doesn't git booze to cope anymore, so it must find alternatives, therefore causing a bit of a funk. I dunno, i think that's what used to happen.

      Have a great weekend evabody. A peaceful and joyous one. Do what u love.

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      G that sounds about right- it’s all rewiring and reconfiguring in that brain of ours! That makes sense.

      Day 11 here! Gotta get to work! Will try to check in at lunchtime to read back. Xoxo
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      Nursie - congrats on the successful audit completion, and even bigger congrats on getting past the "go drink and celebrate" thoughts. I always found it helpful to replace "drink" with "poison myself" and those thoughts that seemed like such *great* ideas suddenly seemed absurd. Why on earth would I drink poison to celebrate? I'd never do it! Well, that's what al is - especially for folks like us. You've got this and you just proved it!

      LC - sorry to hear about the communication difficulties with your eldest, but you don't have to be perfect and you're doing just fantastic as you are. @Guitarista might just have the right idea in his post - find your equivalent of "running" that you can turn to. Or equivalents plural I should say, as I suspect most of us have several similar things, including G's yoga/meditation routine (still doing that G?). Mine main ones are biking, working out, listening to music, and getting out into nature (even if just a local park). You probably already have some of these things you turn to - what are they, and what else could you add?

      Byrdie - sad about the guy at the tradeshow who quit but now is just "really watching it" because that obviously isn't working for him. Good for you on choosing and protecting your different path, and best wishes for a great show and safe travels home.


      Ok, we're off to the oral surgeon in about 30 minutes. Just have to give our pup a good walk and get her settled, then walk to the bus stop. We could drive, but honestly I'm glad we decided to use the bus - it takes one responsibility off my shoulders for the morning. I'm hoping all goes smoothly and that I can get my wife home and comfortable by mid to late morning. Then I've got two tutoring sessions this pm so a pretty full day. Here we go!

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