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Thank God for AA! This team is such a blessing.

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Good morning all...

Nell...yep it's been a long time (23 years next month for me) but it's funny how some things you never forget. Thank goodness...don't want to go there again. I remember burning a very large frozen pizza and then eating the whole thing. I think I'd smoked some pot that time also Oh yeah...then I vomited most of it and passed out! That's a visual....

"LEST I FORGET"....

On that note..I'm headed to the gym for strength training....have a wonderful day!

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8/24/13 10:44 P

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I was one of those drinkers who ate very little (trained by WW I guess) but drank a quart of bourbon a day. While pregnant and nursing no less. Back then we thought the placenta protected the baby from everything. After being the fat girl in high school I was desperately skinny and lost the feeling in my legs from vitamin B12 deficiency and had to take special vitamins. The doctor never asked a single question about my drinking even though I now know that the only way to have that kind of vitamin deficiency is through drinking too much. I also remember smoking dope with the gang, and while they all ordered subs (pizza delivery hadn't been discovered yet) I would look at pictures of food but not eat because I never ate between meals even then. I was more afraid of gaining weight again than of being trashed. And it was all so very long ago now.

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Hello ladies...

Been catching up on the posts. Hey...you're as young as you feel. I'm pushing 60 and I feel great. I remember when my Dad passed away I was 16 years old. He was 46 years old when he died.. I remember thinking 'Well he lived a pretty long time" YIKES..the crazy thoughts of a teenager.Looking back...he had barely started living...what a shame. He did have high blood pressure, smoked cigars, was obese, and probably had high cholesterol...not healthy at all. Our diet was terrible...everything fried, with gravy and lots of starchy veggies, baked goods and not many healthy vegetables. I wasn't over weight as a child or teenager. For most of my high school years...I was very active and very athletic, participating in many sports...a starter on the volleyball team, basketball team, and played fast pitch softball in the summer.

After my Dad died, I started drinking! I quit sports my senior year of high school...drinking was my priority. The rest is history...I went to college, sat on my butt, became very inactive and got drunk most everyday, gaining probably 100 lbs. It took me 5 years but I graduated from college with a degree in English. I kept drinking and over the years gained and lost a lot of weight. I'm the kind of drinker that I eat everything in sight when I'm drinking. I guess some people are the opposite...not eating much at all. Not me...I'd party all day then eat bar food or hit the 24/7 fast food joints after the bars closed. I didn't have time for exercise at that point...there was too much drinking to do!! LOL

Thank goodness I don't have to do that anymore!! Well anyway...I'm rambling. I took a nap today and I have all this energy at 9:15! I'm usually asleep by now! I'd better say good night..I'm getting up at sunrise for a walk/run...then later it's off to the gym for strength training!

Have a great Sunday!!
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I just put all the stuff away from my kitchen renovation (I am still awaiting three cabinets), and I was putting the dishes away in the hutch that I don't use very often. I store my grandmother's china and some pieces from my own everyday dishes that I don't use much but can't bear to throw out because they don't make them anymore. I have 24 cups and saucers from Grandma, and how small they look! When you make coffee, the instructions for both the water and the coffee are in cups, but a cup of coffee is 6 oz. Really?? It's hard to find mugs now that are that small. Grandma's juice glasses are the "standard" 4 oz. I don't know if you can buy those anymore. The old dinner plates are tiny compared to plates today. It's not just McDonald's that has been supersized. Even my old cookbooks indicate portion sizes that are laughably small today.

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Keep up the good work Aurlie. Being healthy is such a blessing. It is strange how this obesity thing seems to have struck all over in the last few years. I was an overweight child and have been on and off ( with dieting) all my life. But tWell I am so pleased with myself. I have just completed my first mile. I did not push myself with the timing. I did not get breathless and I did not have to sit down on the way. When I got home I felt as if I could easily have gone on, but decided not to push it.

This is where I was over a year ago, when I walked for three or four weeks before going on holiday.

This time I am wanting to keep it up. Hope this motivation lasts. :)

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Many women in previous generations of my family survived to their 80s/90s and beyond. Unfortunately, many stopped really living long before that. My great-grandmother was wheelchair-bound and then bedridden for more than a decade. Both of my grandmothers suffered from dementia for a long time. I simply can't afford to stop taking care of myself. Three of my four nieces are suffering from obesity and it's hard to watch people in their 30s struggle to get around. What will their lives be like when they're my age if they don't do something?

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I'm with you Aurlie, I couldn't believe my eyes. I still think of myself as young. It seems old is always about 10 years ahead. I look at those in their 80s now..... amazing as it seems.

One thing for sure we are young at heart. Whatever else our assorted addictions may have done to us, we seem to share a love of life and understanding of others. Neither of which I had before joining AA.

Senior citizen and "the elderly" conjure up pictures for me of a little wizened grey haired old lady or gent who looks like pictures of the elderly from the 40ties that Nell mentions. Yes, how times have changed. My parents both died before they were 62. And when I was drinking I doubted if I would make 40. I have a broken life line at that place on my hand.
I did have a illness at that time that changed my life, so I guess the new line is the life I am now living. It sure has turned out to be a change for the better in every way.

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It hasn't been that long since 50s were old. AARP membership is available at 50, a reflection of reality from back when it was founded. Men used to drop dead all the time in their 50s and women in their 60s, of heart disease. I just read a mystery written in the 40s about a woman who was found dead floating in a pool, she was 50 something, and they were talking about old women stumbling all the time. A lot has changed in our lifetimes.

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O Wispy! People in their 50s are considered senior citizens? Yikes! I guess the kids who work with me consider me ancient, but I really don't think of myself that way. This is the healthiest I've been in a long time. I tell people that I'm much younger than my parents were when they were my age. I actually think I'm healthier than my nieces who were born when I was in my 20s!

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Hello friends....

Tricia....yes the schooling sounds wonderful. You'll be good in school! Good luck!

My first day back to work was very busy and very productive but not bad at all! Hope you all had a great day. I'll be back when I can!

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That sounds exciting Tricia. Hope everything is going smoothly with the family now. You have had a lot of ups and downs this last year.

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That's great that you're developing your fitness Wispy. Incremental development is the way to go.

I start schooling tomorrow. I am at the community college so the cost is very reasonable and it fits my schedule a lot better. I'm part time for the moment.

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Carol, thank you so much for the encouragement. I am feeling so good - long may it last.
Cant believe this is two weeks I have been walking daily and now this urge to do the exercises.
I found a great on line team with a series of 20 exercises for balance and strengthening for it says the elderly and senior citizens - but what amazes me is they are talking about 50 and 60 year olds. But have to say I am so enjoying the exercise, all three days of them. I got up and started first thing this morning. My body is already feeling looser - is the only way I can describe it. Interesting you mentioning the balance. I thought I was most likely stuck with the problems I have, and am so used to it I seldom think of it, never thought of doing anything to help it, so this is amazing. You will laugh cos it started first day with 10 seconds on one leg and then on the other. Well I wobbled and got to 8 on one and think I did make 10 on the other, but that is only 3 days ago and this morning I did fifteen on each leg with no problem.
We are aiming for one minute.

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Good morning friends....

It is a glorious day to be in recovery!,

Wispy...WTG! I actually find fitness very rewarding and relaxing. I do some of my best reflecting and meditating during my workouts, especially my walk/runs outdoors and on the nature path! I also do things to work on my balance.....as I approach 60 ahem....my balance needs help. Kick boxing really helps me focus on balance. I like Tai Chi also.... I have a DVD I do
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I'm packing a lot into my last day off! I got my sunrise walk in.....later it's strength training and lawn mowing. Murphy Brown needs his nails clipped also.....so we are taking him for a pedi! LOL!!

Have a great day
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Hi everyone, I have just started a daily walking plan. Almost completed week 2 and it is going well. Yesterday I added senior citizen exercises for balance and upper and lower body strength. Good golly - exercise is such a foreign thing to me. I am amazing myself.

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Thanks for the kind welcome recently on my page...... I am glad to be anywhere there are recovering people!
Have to share that I took a chance last night at the Sat night Live meeting and asked someone to join me for dinner after and we had a swell time, really getting to know each other, found a place with great music and great healthy food, I will take that chance again, good fun~

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I got up this morning and the fridge was working again. I have thermometers in there, and the freezer was 5 below and the fridge was 38. Perfect. I wonder what on earth happened? It would have been worse if the downstairs freezer had failed. All I had up here was bacon, ham, sausage and some veggies, because I've been cooking downstairs for 6 weeks. In March I got rid of the old downstairs fridge even though it was only 3 years old because the freezer temp would vary from 10 below to 10 above, totally unacceptable. It was a cheap no frills fridge which I had bought because I didn't need fancy upgrades. The repairman told me that the cooling mechanisms in budget fridges aren't very good. So I got rid of it, moved the upstairs fridge down there and bought a new one for the kitchen. Now this. I remember when refrigerators lasted 25 years or more. Oh well, could have been worse.

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Hello friends....

Nell....wow bad luck especially since the fridge was almost new!

I had a good workout yesterday and today. I love walking & running at sunrise! I think I'll do it tomorrow too! Gotta mow tomorrow too...great way to enjoy my last vacation day.

Gotta run...I need to get ready for a wedding shower brunch. They will have healthy food options there. My family is really good about that!

Later...have a wonderful day!
Carol

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Bummer, Nell. Yeah, I don't eat as much prepared frozen food now as I did then.

The bike ride itself was great. I didn't drink enough water or eat any protein right after and stayed out in the sun and wound up with a pretty serious migraine last night. But I went to be early and am feeling okay now, still a little weak. I also could have stretched. It's the furthest I've ridden a bike outdoors (10 miles). I got a great shirt. I should see if the pictures are up on facebook. Well, not really, unless you really are interested in the shirt! I actually talked with my brother in law and his family during the leisurely parts of the ride. He's a general practioner and ER doctor. We talked about the hunger hormones.


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8/17/13 9:43 P

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Nell, I lost a freezer full of food not long ago so can sure identify with that. Great going on sticking with your food plan.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Over here sunshine and blue skies where I am, but more earthquakes down the bottom of the Island. Not nearly as severe as last time thankfully.

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Aw, Nell, sorry to hear about the ruined food. It's painful to see food go to waste. Congratulations on getting your kitchen mostly back together for now. It's impressive that you were able to stay on track in spite of the delays and scheduling changes.

Woo Hoo, Carol for coming to the attention to SparkPeople for your weight-loss and fitness accomplishments. You've been an excellent motivator on several teams. I'm sorry to hear about your job stress. It's frustrating to watch bad business decisions that are out of our control. I'm sure you'll do your best with the upcoming audit and that's all you can do. At least you have your recent excellent reviews and the evidence that your company was investing in your training. I hope that counts for something.

How did your bike ride go, Tricia?

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Tricia, I had an electric skillet and my brother's old college single burner (40 years old). I used both a lot! I don't like frozen food unless I make it and freeze it. I tried some frozen meatballs (awful) and tried some bottled pasta sauce (awful). But it's grilling season so I have burned a lot of charcoal these last 6 weeks. Tonight I pulled open the freezer in the kitchen to get some ice and it's all melted, and everything is thawed. And it runs constantly. Can't call anyone until Monday so I guess I just throw it all out. It's a 5 month old fridge so it's under warranty, but there is no warranty for ruined food.

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Yay, Nell! That is very impressive that you were able to eat at home throughout the reno. Did you use a hot plate, microwave, or other alternative cooking devices? We lived without a working oven for about 6 months and acquired a pizza turntable cooker that also cooked various other small frozen foods and could make breadsticks in a pinch. I've used it to roast vegetables too. Now that I'm thinking about it, we also had a square skillet that I haven't seen since the move (4.5 years ago.) And I'm not even sure if that was the time we got it.

I woke up at 5 and went back to sleep at 6 this morning, Carol. I had a dream with Mark Ballas in it. emoticon He's on dancing with the stars and it's strange I would think of him, since I'm not conscious of having a crush on him. I "like" Maks and Valentin better.

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Good morning ladies....

I am thoroughly enjoying my day off so far. I saw a gorgeous sunrise and am enjoying a nice cup of coffee. I managed to sleep in until 6:15 ..... Three extra hours for me. I was very tired but feel better now. I'm going to my favorite kick boxing class in a few and to the zoo later this afternoon. The weather is perfect here!

Have a great weekend in recovery....I'll be back

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Today I can start getting my house back. Even though it was just the kitchen being renovated, all the stuff had to be distributed all over the house, resulting in total house chaos. Today I can start putting it back. It took a week to take the kitchen apart, so I need to allow myself a week to put it back together. Nothing will fit like it used to, so patience will be needed, not my strong suit.

I had read a million articles about living through a renovation, and people always gain weight and spend a fortune on eating out. If you are trying to keep reno costs down, you can blow all the savings on restaurants. My own little challenge was to eat at home every night, no take out, no prepared food. I did it! 6 weeks of it! I weigh the same now as I did 6 weeks ago when it all started. These 6 weeks went by one day at a time, just like the days always do.

I am still missing 3 cabinets and all the trim that goes with it, and it will be another month until those are ready. But I can at least get my house back to order. Lots of lifting and carrying, all of it good for me.

As far as the kitchen goes, I've been in this house for 28 years. It was still avocado when I moved in. I have painted and replaced appliances as they died, and it looked like an assembled kitchen rather than a designed room. I love it now, but in another 28 years I'm sure it will look as dated as the avocado did when I moved in. I remember when my grandmother got turquoise appliances and thought they were the coolest thing ever. After that came coppertone, avocado and harvest gold. Then almond. Now stainless steel. I wonder what will come next?

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I missed the group yesterday. My dad left to drive back home (2,000 miles). We had a good visit. School starts next week. I have a bike ride for cancer care tomorrow. I almost forgot!

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Hey Carol, good to see you. One door closes, another door opens. This would be an amazing opportunity if you became a spark spokesperson.

Sending loving thoughts that everything is going to work out perfectly for you and that if you do lose your job a new door will open up.

Letting go and letting God is not always as easy as it sounds. I too am in the process of changes in my life situation, nothing like as serious as yours. Will you get unemployment benefit if your job does end? For people with mortgages to pay it is very difficult.

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Hello everyone..stopping in to say hello.

I've finally gotten some time off...only because I took vacation for part of Friday and all day Monday. That gives me a 3 day weekend and am I tired.

Jen...sorry to hear of your father's passing.....my condolences.

Well..the job situation. My job is in grave danger. If we don't pass the audit on Sept 10th our doors will close...we have no choice! It's a long story ...mostly bad management and bad decisions by management. I've worked there for 21 years..I'm trying not to think about it as there is nothing I can do except to work diligently to help the company pass the audit. It makes me very sad at the prospect of losing my job as an older woman...it'll be tough!

Oh well..Some exciting news. I was contacted by a Spark people public relation rep.. They ran across my sparkpage and thought I could motivate others with my story. They asked me to submit my weight loss story for their data base file so they could possibly use it in their success story section or with the media...magazines, TV etc. They had me send before/after pictures and fill out an elaborate questionnaire. Now....it's just going in a file but I was honored!! To be asked was awesome.

Have a good weekend all...I'm trying to catch up with everyone!! Sure missing you all!!

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I used to work in the BBC News Department Jen, and I am so nodding my head at your words. Ain't it just the truth!!!

However a similar situation is beginning to happen here. So many shut downs and unemployed. And an enormous amount of money needed as a down payment in order to get a mortgage these days. In New Zealand it used to be that almost everyone owned their own home. It was one of the wonderful things about living here. These days the young ones are not able to get together the necessary cash for a deposit and with the increasing unemployment will be lucky to be able to rent.



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Thanks, everyone.

Nell, that is very good advice about waiting a year. Mom seems to have her wits about her, and I've told her to take her time. No one is in any hurry. She has a neighbor picking up her mail and newspapers, and D and I are going to the house this weekend just to get away, but also to check on the house, clean up, etc.

"They" like to report that things are getting better, but none of that takes into account what is happening to everyday people. Everyday people are struggling. The job of the news is to sell airtime/ad space/etc. They do that by keeping it sensational. It irritates the heck out of me, as a freelance journalist.

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Lovely photo Tricia of you and your little one. You are looking good my friend.

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Also sorry about your dad. My big delight was being able to make amends to him before he died. We were never really close, but things got so much more comfortable. The Program does wonderful things when we apply the principals.



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Jen, my thoughts are with you. It makes me grateful for the time I have with my Dad. Being able to have a relationship with both of my parents has been one of the biggest blessings of recovery for me.

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Jen, I am so sorry to hear about your father. When my father died, my mother was kind of without root. She had spent so many years building her days around him, she couldn't shape a day for a long time. We kids were dealing with our own grief, and it took awhile to see the extent of Mom's loss beyond losing her husband. One of the important things I learned in recovery, though, was not to make any big decisions for a year, and we talked Mom into living through 4 seasons to see which way she saw her life going. Like anyone else after a traumatic change, all her first instincts and ideas were wrong, and it took time for her to see what the possibilities really were without our having to tell her.

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Jen, so good to hear from you. Your Dad sounds like a wonderful man and will be sorely missed by you all. It is natural for your mother to grieve and Im sure it will take a while for her to decide what to do. You and your sisters will be such a comfort to her. Sending loving healing thoughts to you all.

I did not realise the depression was still so bad in the States. I guess the news we get over here does not include this. There is always so much death and destruction for them to talk about world wide. The media make such a feast of whatever is going on and we see the same thing over and over making it look even worse than it is. I used to work in television news - and even way back then it was all about the impact by showing even something quite minor and making it look big and dramatic. Don't know about the rest of the world, but "the news" seems to have taken over almost every programme. We get reports during programmes, earlier and earlier news broadcasts. I guess it must be what people want and is getting the ratings up.

Well that's my little soapbox chat for today. :)

So grateful to AA for the programme and meditation and dwelling on what is good in life.

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Good to see you, Jen!
I'm sorry to hear about your father and about the concerns over your mother. I wish you peace.
Best wishes for your comedy performance and for your artwork. It sounds like you've got a lot of good outlets for creativity.

I agree that the U.S. recession is not really over. Our company's home office is in Europe and they're unwilling to invest in North America at this time due to the economic conditions here. It's sad. The daily insecurity is stressful.

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The recession has NOT ended, and unemployment is bad, no matter what "they" say. They don't count people who are no longer looking for work, which allows the numbers to look better. Unemployment is actually pretty high.

These are scary times! Things are tight for us, but I give thanks for what I have.

The latest I have heard/read is that they expect recovery to start/pick up in 2014. You really can't believe anything they say. It's scary. :(

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Hi, gang.

I'm sorry I have disappeared again! A lot has happened in a very short time for me and my family.

My dad passed away two weeks ago. The funeral was last Monday, and it was beautiful. His death was not unexpected, but we all thought maybe we'd have a few more weeks with him. He was a great guy, and he's sorely missed. My mom's life is in flux right now. She's fine, health-wise, but she's currently kind of being nomadic. She's staying with one of my sisters not far from my home, and we don't know if she will end up moving back into the house or not. She may sell it or give it to another family member and move in closer to us all in the DC area. (The house is in WV, about an hour away from everyone.) Everything is still so fresh, though, and I really don't expect her to make any decisions for a few more weeks. We're all just rolling with it right now.

She DID have us worried, though, because the Friday after Pop passed away, Mom ended up in the hospital. I spent a night there with her, and then my sisters took her home on Sunday for the funeral. She's OK now. Had an xray done on her back, and she's needing her oxygen more often than before, but my sister said that she is getting stronger. (I come from a line of VERY strong women.) I worry about her, but I can visit her pretty much whenver I want. This weekend, she has asked that D and I go to the house and check on it, water her plants, pick up the mail, etc. The pets are with a friend for now.

As for me, I am sad and will be for a long time, but I'm OK overall. Just concerned about Mom. I have been flaring up, off and on, for this past week. It's milder than the last flare up, though, so I think it may be vitamin defficiency, and not fibro. Only time will tell. My energy is better.

I'm not Sparking, and I'm struggling with my weight. When I went to the doctor to have my vitamin levels checked, I had gained a LOT of weight. (I had them check my thyroid, and it's normal, but at the low end. Not low enough for them to want to treat, though.) I'm trying to get my eating back under control, and I'm trying to get back on my exercise routine--such as it was. I'm going to walk after work this evening, and I've joined the walking club at work. I missed today's walk, but that's not the end of the world.

I've been able to get back into my studio this week, and that has felt good. I have also decided to perform, finally (comedy), on October 10! (I wanted to wait a while longer, while we decide what's happening with Mom.) I'm TERRIFIED, but I'm also excited! I now have a Facebook page and a Twitter stream for my comedy. :)

Due to the situation with Mom--not knowing whether she will stay in WV or not--D and my plans to sell and move are on hold. In the meantime, we will continue to make improvements to our current house. It will only help the value, and it makes it more pleasant to live in the house. :)

Since we don't know that we are moving, I have picked my job search back up. I'm applying for 1-2 jobs per week. (Yes, I'm being picky.)

I hope everyone is doing OK!
Jen M.

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It takes a long time for a recovery to reach all corners. The Great Depression didn't end in Appalachia until the 60s. Depressions and recessions don't just come and go, they remake the map. My area is booming but the mountain towns just west of here are fading away. We can only do what we can do in the face of bigger events. We may not get what we imagine, but God will give us enough.

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I read most of these posts, and can relate to hard economic times. We have a small family business and times are hard. It is funny, just the other day I read the recession ended in 2009! Yeah right, not for us. Economic insecurity is like the wolf at the door. I try to relax, go to meetings and read the Big Book. But at my age, I still feel scared. The Program started during the great depression, and everyone struggled then too. I know this too shall pass. It is not a promise that I will be economically comfortable, the promise is that I will not feel insecure.

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Thanks for that Leslie, that is who it was Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores. I loved them. Saw him on tv recently with his son in law, whose name I have also forgotten. He is a singer as well and they did a duet. Great to watch.

Beautiful day here, sun shining so far. Yesterday we had hail and fierce winds. Tornados forecast for this afternoon, hard to believe looking outside right now. The washing is blowing happily away and have just got everywhere spic and span. Feeling good.

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Good luck, you guys. That sounds pretty bleak, Carol.

I'm still mulling things over about going back to school. There are at least two classes available that are online, so that would alleviate some of my concerns if I just take those. I was having some black and white thinking about the whole thing, about whether it was worth it to go if I couldn't do what I wanted to this year, and about the student loan situation. I'm still not committed either way. But I think I will take at least two classes, statistics and speech science. I've meant to look at the nursing curriculum. That would take a long time, but since I'm resetting my expectations to the long term, I guess I could do that.

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Leslie, alas I know too many people who enjoy conflict. It's like it gives them something to agonize over. When things start to get peaceful, they stir something up. I enjoy conflict in fiction or tv series, but not in my own life.

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Hi Team,
Just checking in. Boy, I'm so very sorry for all the employment related horrors. Carol and Aurlie, you are in my prayers for good things to happen. You are great employees.

I was amused by all the talk about Lionel Richie (Commodores) songs and the 70's decor. I was married in 1972 and still have a hand mixer and some pottery and other items in harvest gold, olive green, and pumpkin orange. In fact my recipe box and sewing kit are those colors. Eeek. What were we thinking? The Commodores were one of my favorite groups. I've enjoyed the new CD that Lionel Richie is now touring with.......Brings back so many memories.

Life is good because we are sober and healthy. It will always have ups and downs. I have an older friend in AA who always says, "I need a little conflict to keep me reasonably honest and conscious". Sometimes we have more conflict than seems reasonable.............We must be VERY honest.... Hee Hee.

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I am so very sorry you two are going through such hard times at work. Venting is really important in my opinion. It is a true response and gets the bad feelings out before moving on to the positive way of dealing with whatever is happening.

Bottling up negative feelings by using whatever our 'drug of choice' happened to be is what we did when we were using.

Listening to you guys makes all the layoffs round here so much more real in the way that it affects people and their families. Over here there is unemployment benefit, which means that people will probably have to downgrade their lifestyle, but it does not mean they will be homeless usually.
Do you guys have unemployment benefits, or how do you survive if you get laid off?

Aurlie do you mean Mike or your firm do not want you to take leave? Perhaps, if it is Mike, he is afraid if you take time off you will lose the job you have. I agree if there is a possibility that you will lose your holiday time, take it before that happens as you will have to work longer hours later on and the break now would be good for you.

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You're in my prayers, Carol. I fully understand the stress you're feeling. The one blessing is that you have a clear timeframe to endure.

I'm glad your next biopsy will be over soon as well.

Staying sober through trying times is such a gift.

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Hello....

Lots of stuff going on here I can see. I wish I could get in here more often.

I may not have a job after Sept. 9....that is the day of our big audit. If we receive one finding the doors will close. It's very likely this will happen. We have brought in audit specialists from other divisions of our company from all over the country. They have been going through on a daily basis doing inside audits....everyday we fail. We have over 500 employees here and the auditors can ask anyone a question. If they answer anything wrong....we have a finding and we are done. If they find one error on paperwork...we are done. I am really scared....it's not good. Not much out there for a 58 year old woman these days.

Keep me in your prayers. Oh yeah on Sept 3 I have another biopsy follow-up mammogram. If that one shows no changes I finally will get an all clear after two years of having that hanging over my head. That will be a relief.

Thanks for letting me vent. I know I will have to accept whatever happens. I'll have my sobriety and that will get me through anything.

Hope you are having a great weekend!
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I remember the image of those kitchens, Nell. We saw them on television, but no one we knew had such a thing in our poor rural area. I've been listening to music from the 70's a lot lately. My current favorite song is "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" by Stevie Wonder.

I've been with this company for almost 7 years and we've gone through the rounds of layoffs, pay cuts, unpaid furlough weeks, reduction of benefits and taking away our earned vacation time. I'm certainly grateful to have a job (the job market is not good here, especially for women over 50). The ill feelings this time was over deceptive nature of the communications. It didn't help that the previous week we received emails with pictures of the Company's owner's recent international vacation. According to trade publications, the holding company that owns our company posted record profits again last quarter and our company is the most profitable of our group. I was just shocked by the announcement. I hope they can at least delay implementing the plan until the beginning of next month. Initially, we were told the change was made retroactive to the beginning of last month which would leave me considerably "in the hole."

Mike's back injury is healing. He tells me every week that he may go back to work next week. I don't want him to rush before he's well and risk making things worse. I'd like to take some time off while he's not working. There's no guarantee that the company won't take my vacation time without any warning or compensation. I guess we're just having a communication problem because I really can't understand why he's so opposed to me taking a little break.

I've just got to focus on acceptance of what is, count my blessings and express my gratitude.

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I remember that song, Easy (Like Sunday Morning) by the Commodores. I was still home with three little boys so it was before 1978. Remember Lionel Ritchie's giant Afro? It was the era when we all lusted after harvest gold kitchens with giant orange patterned wallpaper. Where did these last 35 years go?

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