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      Hello. I'm just checking in after a very long time off (so almost a newbie.) Last post was almost 2 years ago. I'd like to start checking in more often. It's been an up/down last 2 years. In the past I met a LOT of great people here, and I'm' hoping to do that again. Thank you.

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      Hi Mashed Potatoes settle in and stay awhile! Ava, I did look into them thank you,the link was for Australia but as soon as I left that page of course I got the American site ads on fb and Instagram, little spies our phones are,just trying to decide which I wanna order first,Belle,I posted the other day how important it is to stay here and read,post, whatever regardless of if you're drinking or not,never know what's gonna click and push someone to make a change,I've been reading but not posting much the past few days just cuz my life is boring right now BUT no news is good news these days haha, Christmas music in every store today and I wanted to choke someone but didn't,just feels like it's coming so fast I feel overwhelmed and a bit sad but I always get like that at the end of the year,waves to the gang and wishes for a wonderful AF day
      I have too much shit to do today and tomorrow to drink

      I'm taking care of the "tomorrow me"

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      Good evening Nesters,

      Just for something different I made pumpkin oat waffles for dinner & topped them with an apple compote, Yum
      Any dairy & gluten free meal makes me happy, haha!

      Hello & welcome mashed potatoes, glad you’re here. Settle in & make yourself a good plan for success. The Tool box os full of great ideas.

      Belle, glad to see you & I have to agree that taking care of yourself now will out you in a much better place to help your kids. Get a good solid AF week under your belt & things will be much clearer, honestly. Check in daily, it helped me & still helps me after nearly11 years!!

      Pauly, turn your hearing off in the stores so you don’t choke anyone, Lol. The Christmas season starts way too early for all of us

      Hello to everyone & wishing a safe night in the nest for all!
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      Checking in but I’ve got no gas left in the tank, I’m beat It’s only a Friday, not a ticket to BoozeVille. Hugs to all, Byrdie.
      All you gotta do, is get thru this day. AF 1/20/2011
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      Good Morning!

      So good to see you, Belle. Your post reminded me of something someone sent me when I first quit. I am not saying you are making excuses, but when I quit I was trying to find a WHY. I was anxious, I had a rough job, teenagers, aging parents, etc. All of those were reasons I gave myself to keep drinking. I never went to AA for a number of reasons, but this hit home for me:

      "But you don't understand!" we spluttered, trying to cover up. "I'm different! I've really got it rough!" We used these lines over and over in our active addiction, either trying to escape the consequences of our actions or avoid following the rules that applied to everyone else. We may have cried them at our first meeting. Perhaps we've even caught ourselves whining them recently.

      So many of us feel different or unique. As addicts, we can use almost anything to alienate ourselves. But there's no excuse for missing out on recovery, nothing that can make us ineligible for the program- not a life-threatening illness, not poverty, not anything. There are thousands of addicts who have found recovery despite the real hardships they've faced. Through working the program, their spiritual awareness has grown, in spite of-or perhaps in response to those hardships.

      Our individual circumstances and differences are irrelevant when it comes to recovery. By letting go of our uniqueness and surrendering to this simple way of life, we're bound to find that we feel a part of something. And feeling a part of something gives us the strength to walk through life, hardships and all.

      Just for Today: I will let go of my uniqueness and embrace the principles of recovery I have in common with so many others. My hardships do not exclude me from recovery; rather, they draw me into it.


      Like Lav, can also attest that clarity will help you deal with ALL of the considerable amount you have on your plate. Nothing worse than seeing your kids suffer.

      Pauly, you sound like me. I really hate hearing Christmas music too early. This year it was the day after Halloween here! I'm trying to ease into it and not fight against it this year. It is coming whether I like it or not! My son came home from college for the week, so that is a plus!

      Take care of yourself today, Byrdie!

      Happy SOBER Saturday,
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      Quote Originally Posted by Pavati View Post
      "But you don't understand!" we spluttered, trying to cover up. "I'm different! I've really got it rough!" We used these lines over and over in our active addiction, either trying to escape the consequences of our actions or avoid following the rules that applied to everyone else. We may have cried them at our first meeting. Perhaps we've even caught ourselves whining them recently.

      So many of us feel different or unique. As addicts, we can use almost anything to alienate ourselves. But there's no excuse for missing out on recovery, nothing that can make us ineligible for the program- not a life-threatening illness, not poverty, not anything. There are thousands of addicts who have found recovery despite the real hardships they've faced. Through working the program, their spiritual awareness has grown, in spite of-or perhaps in response to those hardships.

      Our individual circumstances and differences are irrelevant when it comes to recovery. By letting go of our uniqueness and surrendering to this simple way of life, we're bound to find that we feel a part of something. And feeling a part of something gives us the strength to walk through life, hardships and all.

      Just for Today: I will let go of my uniqueness and embrace the principles of recovery I have in common with so many others. My hardships do not exclude me from recovery; rather, they draw me into it.

      Hola nesters,

      This is very true of most of us Pav. AA/NA 12 step programs are full of common sense and straightforward practical wisdom trialled and errorred for over 80 years! So we know a thing or two. We don't need to be religious, talk, share, have a sponsor, go to meetings every day. We can 'take what we need, and leave the rest'. 12 step literature is great reading especially if you are feeling lost and need a path forward. Another path forward and out of misery and suffering are buddhist texts and any Yoga practice. The science is in. We don't need to reinvent the wheel. We have the knowledge. We can try it or not. Gratitude thinking/list/journal (DAILY!) is another proven way up and out of misery and suffering.

      Welcome back Belle.

      Welcome back Mashed spuds. Reclaim your precious lives mi amiga's.

      Just do your best friends.

      'I am part of all that I have met, yet all experience is an arch wherethro', gleams that untravelled world whose margins fade, forever and forever when I move'

      Zen soul Warrior. Freedom today-

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      Greetings Nesters,

      Sitting in front of a fire tonight ~ chilly
      Gratitude has helped me all along the way since climbing out of my self-imposed confinement. My pity party kept me away from my true life for about 10 years. Only now can I say that what I was doing was attempting to drink away depression & anxiety. Nothing else worked for me & for a time a few glasses of wine did help, then it didn’t. Then it all just got so out of control I didn’t know what to do with myself. The only thing I could think of was ‘starting over’ with a clean AF slate & that’s what I did. I figured the people in my life could like it or lump it. I had to take care of me first, so that’s what I did & am still doing. For that I am forever grateful!!!!

      Hello to all & wishing everyone a safe night in the nest!

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      G-Man, what you state above is WORD.
      We are all unique in the same way around here! I thought I was different, too. I’m in the business world, drinking is a culture in business. I live in a vacation spot, no way I can NOT drink, right? Wrong. I saw what I wanted to see. I wanted a reason to justify my drinking and my inability to stop. The plain and simple truth is that I am addicted to AL. Nothing more, nothing less. That is the power of addiction. Turns out, everybody else wasn’t drinking. Oy

      Got the Christmas decorations up. Many years, I used that as a big excuse to drink all day. Glad all that is behind me. Those weren’t the days.
      Happy Sattdy, all! Byrdie
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      Welcome mashed taters! We're glad you're here. Strap yourself in, post regularly, and you'll have the entire "quit power" of the nest helping you out!

      Belle - glad to see you as well. I hope things settle down soon for both of your kids. As Ava said, you'll soon have two wonderful young adults out in the world. It sounds like you've done a loving job raising them, and sometimes we have to learn from mistakes, ends of relationships, choices, etc. It's the only way to learn how to do it better in the future right? Doesn't make any of it easy now, for them or for you.

      LC - sounds really frustrating with your credit card. Do you know which traffic violations they were referring to? Seems rather odd - how would they know your card number to charge? I hope you're able to get things straightened out. I'm in a similar battle with the hand therapy clinic where I got treatment 2.5 years ago after my car accident. They sent me a statement out of the blue this past Sept claiming I owed about $300. What????? I haven't been there in over 2 years! Anyway, I feel your pain and hope we're both squared away soon.

      Byrdie - congrats on the xmas decorations! Will you have a quiet thanksgiving or a bustling one?

      Ava - what are these supplements that changed your life? That piques my interest - always looking for life changing things. Anything to do with dealing with menopause? If so, I'm even more interested...

      Hellos and waves to Pav, Nar, Lav, NS, G-dude, Pauly, Nursie, Mr V, and everyone else stopping by the nest. Have fantastic rest of your weekends!

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      Just woke up from a drinking dream. Happy it was just a dream!
      I had planned on cleaning all day today, but a combination of laze and not feeling well had me in bed at 5pm. Followed by feverish sweats, aches, and dreams. I guess I was coming down with something.
      So tomorrow I will clean and hopefully kicked the sickness to the curb!
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      Goal 2: 14 days
      Goal 3: 21 days
      11/27/19: messed up but back on track
      12/14/19: bad doozy but back on track

      One day at a time.

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