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emoticon emoticon HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!! emoticon emoticon I hope that all are ready for the trick or treaters tonight !! It will be a spooktacular HALLOWEEN this year for us. MICAH is going to be OPTIMUS PRIME, from Transformer fame, instead of Darth Vader. He has three costumes that he can use, Optimus Prime, Darth Vader or a Jedi knight complete with light up light saber !! So, far he has decided on Optimus for now. His cousin Hayden is going with his father and mother as Superman, Superwoman and Super Boy. Hayden is three, soon to be four, so he is a darling little Super Boy. I think that Blaine is going to be a Ninja again this year - he is 9, almost 10. I am staying home tonight, just in case we do get more trick or treaters than the kids who live here. It is going to be a wet night and I don't feel like sloshing around outside with an umbrella. I hope that it is dry for the trick or treating part of it later tonight, but this is Oregon in October, so the rains cometh. Don't forget that Saturday we turn our clocks BACK from Daylight Savings Time, too. This is a big week - Halloween and turning back the clocks! The storm was easy to get through this time. It just thundered a lot with some lightening, but three tornadoes touched down in certain outlying areas during the storm. I don't think that they did anything but touch briefly, with no, or minimal damage. We decorated the house and Micah is all excited for this evening. We have Zombies on the front door, cut outs on the windows and spider webs near the front door, extending all the way down the stair railings. It is pretty clever the way that Jeni set it all up. There is "caution tape" keeping the Zombies in the door. It is cute.

'Rissa, you are very, very busy. I can see why you would be tired and worn out. Congratulations upon doing well with your classes. The physical part is okay, as long as you lift correctly with your legs and not your back. I was a CNA for 13 years and I never hurt my back the whole time that I was practicing, no matter how big the resident for transferring. You will get the hang of it and it will be easy. Be careful with your shin splints. Those are soooo painful and uncomfortable. If you need to rest, then maybe you should wait this half marathon out and compete at a later time. I am not trying to discourage you. I admire you for being able to do any sort of running competition. But if you are injured it is better to get well first.

I hope that you all have a bootiful and spooktacular HALLOWEEN !! Tomorrow is a new month. Has anyone given any thought about what Larissa proposed regarding the Chat thread. Should we separate the thread into months or just let the Chat thread be a running thread ? Whatever everyone decides is okay with me. I am good with it either way. I am going to let Larissa decide how she wants the Chat thread to go for this month. November is upon us and THANKSGIVING is just around the corner. Boy this year has flown by. HAVE A TREMENDOUS HOLIDAY EVENING !! Sending positive energy and emoticon to all that need them !! Take care and God bless, Deb

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Deb, how are you? How's Halloween going to go for you? How was the storm?

I'm exhausted. The latest I woke up last week was 5:30 am, and before last week, 8 was early. The first day it was 3:20, then 4:20, then 4:30, then 3:30, then 5:30 (Monday to Friday), then 5:30 on Saturday, and I was awake for a couple hours in the middle of the night on Sunday, but ended up sleeping till a luxurious 8 am. I'm doing well in my class for the most part... I'm getting good marks (the lowest I've gotten was on my test today, 78% on the hardest one, the rest are 80%-100%). I'm going to pass the class, so that's not an issue. I'm still worried about the physical part that comes next week, for 2 weeks, then the physical work after. I even went for a walk/jog on my lunch break today.

I don't know if I can do the half marathon. I'm super worried. I have shin splints now on both shins, thanks to running on a treadmill yesterday. I'm really upset. I have to rest, and I didn't realize it when I went on my jog today at lunch. I'm going to ice them in a bit, and I've been stretching. I can't do it in the time I'm supposed to, and I don't know if I can do the distance. I don't want to think about it, because then I want to cry. I've only done 9(?) miles? I don't even know anymore. My GPS says one thing, and another thing says another. Every thing I've looked at says a different distance. I have to do at least 10 for a half-marathon, at the speed I'm supposed to be at. I haven't done it yet, and it's in two weeks. I need two weeks to "rest" and let my muscles regain their glycogen. I just don't know.

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Good morning !!

It is drippy here today. We are supposed to have thunderstorms today, so I have already gone out and done my walking for the day early, early here. I would rather walk in the steady rain, than try to go out later in the day with heavy thunderstorms looming. We will have thunderstorms tomorrow too. Micah, my grandson, will be home from school tomorrow, because of a teacher planning day, so I will have him to entertain. He will play most of the day with his legos - building and already built. He made about six things yesterday, including a pirate ship, an airplane and a rocket ship. He is really into legos now.

Larissa, I hope that your classes are going well. Being a CNA is very rewarding work. It takes a lot of compassion and caring for your fellow man. You will be a great CNA. You listen and you are definitely compassionate, so you have that hands down. Helping people with their mobility and Actvities of Daily Living is so important to their comfort and security. You are definitely a busy, busy lady - especially now with the added classes and responsibility. Are you working in a facility as you take your classes, or are you going to become a CNA, then find a job? I applaud your efforts to improve your fellow man's life.

I hope that everyone else is doing well. Audrey, I hope that you have your kids all ready for Halloween and that they have a ball. I'm sure that it is a busy time for you. Kelly, I hope that you are ready for trick or treat too, with your son and that the weather is good enough to go out without freezing. Karri, hopefully your meds are working well for you and that the mixed episodes have gone away. A Halloween hi to all that I may have missed ! Sending positive energy and emoticon to all that need them!! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Deb, I'm about to get busier! I'm doing a class now for 8 hours a day, plus CoDA.. I don't know if it's too much. I might have to skip CoDA for a couple of weeks while I get it worked out. As for the escape room, I'm glad I didn't go and went to the movies instead. Your asthma attack sounds scary, which is why I always run with my inhaler, even though I haven't had an attack in years.

Karri, mixed states suck! I know firsthand... I hope you are feeling better now and your medication works!

Kelli, I try not to eat food that's not on my diet. It makes me physically and mentally ill. I love my salads anyway. Last summer my power would randomly go out, and then our cell phones would stop working, too! I don't know what happens, but when our power goes out, the cell phones go out, too! It's really scary.

I'm exhausted. I started my CNA class today, and I couldn't sleep. I've been up since 3:20 am, and it's just so much. I'm going to cook dinner soon, then go to sleep. I'm going to take some melatonin to try and catch up on my REM. Class was good, my first day. I got 100% on my test! There was a take-home test for homework and it was really hard. I get to hopefully sleep in until 5:45 or 6 tomorrow, so we will see how that goes. I have trouble with alarms in the morning, I always wake up way before them (which is why I woke up so early for a 5:30 alarm and couldn't fall back to sleep). I drove home safely, but I don't know if I'll be able to make my meeting tomorrow. I may come home and nap instead of meeting with my sponsor before like I normally do.

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Hi everybody !!

I thought that I would duck in and see what is up with everyone. I hope that you are all doing well and that every things are going good for all of you.

Larissa, I had to look up what an "escape room" was. This is the first that I have heard of one. I am uninformed here in Oregon. We have them here in Portland per the internet. They sound like a lot of fun and I might try one one of these days with my friend, Christine. They must be for any age and not have any limits. I haven't tried a Keto Diet, but I have heard wonderful things about it. It is unfortunate that your sister is jealous and it affects your relationship. You should eat the way that makes you feel right and good, so don't listen to the naysayers who might rock your boat. You're doing great !!

Karri, I hope that your meds are working okay and that you get some respite from the mixed episodes. I agree with you they are horrible to deal with.

Kelli, Wow snow !! I wonder if we will have a bad snow year. We haven't had one since 2008. It is the worst year that I can remember. I fell in the apartment complex parking lot that year and broke my wrist. It was awful. It has been 10 years, so it was a long time ago. We have some snow every year. It is usually worse up the Columbia River Gorge, where I raised my kids, though. Your weather sounds very unreliable. It must be cold if snow is in the air. I hope that your new meds for the Fibro are working for you and that you have less pain and more mobility.


The other day I was running late and had to get to the store before Micah got home from school. I had some meds that I needed to pick up and I left later than I usually do. I caught the bus just fine, but there was an accident on the main street that blocked the whole road, so they detoured the bus route. Because of the detour, it took longer, - time that I didn't have - than it usually does. The place that the bus driver had to let me off was over 3 blocks away from the store that I needed to go to. I was late already and I needed to hurry and do the shopping before the next bus came to get home. I ran the three blocks at full speed, then power walked through the store to get all the items that I needed. I never did get to pick up the meds, because the line at the pharmacy was too long. I checked out at the individual registers, rather than go through a register line. I ran all the way back to the bus stop again, so that I would not miss this bus. As I stood there trying to catch my breath, all of a sudden I simply couldn't breathe. All I could think about was no one being there to pick up Micah if I couldn't get myself under control. I was getting in a little air, but the majority of my throat seemed to be locked up. I kept coughing to try to clear my throat and I simply did not need an exercise induced asthma attack right at that moment, but that is what I had managed to do. I haven't had an asthma attack in several months and only once this bad. The bus came and I was still gagging and wheezing. There was a very nice man sitting next to me who offered me a Halls Metholyptus, which seemed to help a little. I could get a little more air and I tried very hard not to panic. I managed to get off the bus and get home to my inhalers, just in time before Micah's school bus arrived. It took about 20 -30 minutes, after I was able to use a couple of inhalers, for the attack to clear up. It really scared the heck out of me, because all I could see was Micah at home with no one and me on the way to the hospital in an ambulance unable to contact anyone. Just to be sure, I went to the doctor on Tuesday and got checked out. It was asthma, as opposed to a lung infection or something heart related. I will never go out without an inhaler again. I am in really decent shape and while I don't run, I didn't think that it would hurt me. So, now I am going to add running to my exercise routine and get in running shape.

Have a wonderful weekend !! Sending positive energy and emoticon to all that need them. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon



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10/14/18 5:07 P

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We live 3 blocks from a great hospital so if the electricity goes it out isn't for long. This weekend I have been stuck inside and not sticking to my diet. I hope I don't gain the weight back. It is very cold outside and it makes it hard to go pick up my son after school. I have to get there at least 45 minutes before school ends to get a parking spot. Its a new school and they have staff parking and parents are supposed to use it too. There are only about 10 parking spaces if all the staff is there. The school is pre-k to 5th grade.

I went to my psychatrist and gave her the meds that my new doctor gave me to take for fibro and I was too scared to take because of my Lyrica episode. My psychatrist said she prescribes it in low dose for anxiety and the doctor was doing the right thing to have me gradually build up. So I am taking it. The pain has been better and I want to go out and walk but its raining. I believe when it gets cold I will force myself to go walk as other people do here.

Kansas weather is not predictable. I watch the the news and they are never right. I have an hour by hour for my location and its never right. You can be driving and its raining cats and dogs and then there is a line where it stops raining. There is liter rally a line on the road where one side is wet and the other side is dry.

I live in a suburb of Wichita and there are several suburbs in my county which is largest county in Kansas. Wichita is in Sedgwick. On the news all the suburbs get different amounts of rain. Its 4 pm here and they say its 40% of snow. Last night it was 90% and it didn't happen. We normally get ice. We get ice so bad that big trees fall down in people's houses and roads. It is very hard to drive on ice as your tires have a hard time getting traction.

Larissa I know what you mean about eating food that is not part of your diet and feeling bad. I can't stand to go out to eat. Now I love my salads. Friday I fixed tacos and I ate a little bit of that to change things up then on Saturday I fixed a roast and ate a little of that. I would not go to a escape room. I haven't heard much about them despite them being everywhere here.

Karri and Deb I am glad you are back. You were missed.

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Hey all, I have to catch up on reading and seeing how everyone is doing, but I thought I'd drop you a line and let you know I haven't dropped off of the face of the Earth!

I had another mixed episode followed by a short but severe depression, by short I mean it lasted a little over a week, not several weeks. I'm starting to feel better now so am trying to get back on SP and catch up with everyone. My p-doc got me in early and changed some things around. I hope it works, because I do not want another mixed state episode. They are horrible.

Hugs!

Karri

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Hi all,

I am with Larissa when it comes to being surprised that snow is already a concern. Our weather has taken a change for the cooler. We are only in the low 60's here with full sun. So, the winter is coming. It remains to be seen if we get a lot of snow this year. We are due for a good snow winter. We haven't had one in 10 years, not here in Portland. It rained here at the beginning of the week, but that is normal for this time of year here. We didn't have any thunderstorms, so that was nice. I hate losing power during a storm. I hate losing power any time. It is inconvenient and irritating.

I took Micah to the park and for a smoothie yesterday. They had a teacher's inservice day, so there was no school. We had fun and today I am expecting one of my other grandsons too. Blaine will be here early so we can take him to his football game, where we will root and holler for him. The game is not until mid afternoon, but he will be dropped off much earlier than that. Sam, my son, and his wife are going to the University of Oregon Ducks game against the Washington Huskies in Eugene. They will be leaving early, so that they can meet Allie's Dad. He is the one who buys all the tickets to the games. Sam and Allie are both Ducks. So they are leaving Blaine here with us today. We will take him to his game, watch and then drop him off at his friend Quentin's house to spend the night. I will have him most of the day though and that is a special treat for Grandma.

Kelli, that is great about your dropping two pant sizes!! That is quite a feat. KUDOS to you!! I hope that you don't have snow so early in the season, but maybe where you live that is common place. You are near Witchita right? I just didn't realize that others worry about snow this early, but everywhere is different. I get horrible, horrible migraines too and the only thing that has helped me is cannabis, but it is not legal for most people unless you live in a medical marijuana state. We have both recreational and medical cannabis laws. So, it is not hard to get and use cannabis. I use it for anxiety, migraines, sleep and my bipolar mania. So, cannabis is NOT a solution for everyone, but it works for me. I am not a drug addict either, I just use the cannabis when and if I need it. I hope that your doctor's appointment went well, mine ended up with me being referred to a dermatologist. I will have to have them look at the mole and drain the cyst. I haven't heard from them and my doctor told me they would call me, but they haven't and it's been over a week, so I guess that I will call them, even though they told me not to call. I want this stuff taken care of, so I will just be proactive.

Rissa, you sound as if you've had quite the week. Your meetings and other obligations certainly keep you busy. You are going to codependency meetings and are all involved with Coda and that is to be respected and honored. It is such a bummer when you can't be heard. It must be very frustrating sometimes. Gratitude is such a great subject to talk about and to have in your life. It sounds like an off day hit you pretty hard. I hope that things in the meetings stabilize so that you can talk and be heard. You are a great personality, so don't worry about not being a rude, self involved person like these other women must be. You are wonderful and amazing. It is not right that some people feel more privileged than others and take liberties. How is the 5% challenge going for you? Today is weigh in day and I will have my work cut out for me the next 24 hours. It is also the beginning of a new week and a new destination. I love the excitement on the weekends.

I hope that you all have a sensational weekend. Sending positive energy and emoticon to all that need them. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Kelli, Snow? Oh wow! It was raining here, and there's thunder. I'm worried we are going to lose power.

I'm dealing. I just sent a difficult text.. My sister wanted to go to an escape room for her birthday, but the last thing I wanted to do was spend that much time with my sister! Especially in that kind of situation. And it was almost $40!! I don't have that kind of money! My sister is insane. I think literally. I'm trying to set up an interview for tomorrow, too. *sigh*

I feel like a burden. I can't eat "normal" food, and it's my sister's birthday hangout. She wants to do all this crazy stuff, and then go out to eat. I just eat salads and other keto food, and I know it throws it in my sisters face when I tell her that, but I have to! It literally poisons me when I eat other food. I feel like sh*t and I can't think. I HATE it! So I stick to my diet, and my sister may hate it, but I have to. She doesn't understand, and she gets jealous of my weight loss and how good I look. Well, you know what? F*ck her. I need to do what I need to do for me.

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The weather has gotten colder and we are supposed to get snow on Sunday. Iím trying not to weigh myself and judge by how my clothes fit. I went two sizes lower than what I had. I went shopping and I have pants I donít have to worry about falling down.

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Kelli, how did it go at the doctor's? I managed to drive a bit out of my way off the freeway and get gas for $3.59 instead. Not too bad for here! The cheapest in the whole city is $3.49, so I think I did okay (and LA is HUGE, so that's pretty good). I managed to get a bit less than 3/4 of a tank for $30. I used to fill up for $30, and I have to do it every couple of weeks, if not sooner.

I had the night from hell yesterday. Well, almost. The only thing that could have been worse is if my keys had actually been locked in my car. They weren't.. I managed to leave my back door unlocked, so when I put my keys in my purse (with my phone and everything else that I could have used to get in contact with anyone) in a deserted parking lot, locked the driver's door thinking my passenger door was unlocked and walked around to it just to discover it was locked! I go around testing my doors, and one of my back doors was unlocked! I crawl in, and then take like 10 minutes trying to figure out how to unlock the front (my car is weird, and I was wearing a nice dress). I walk the 10 minutes to Starbucks just to find out I left my phone in the car! I pay with my phone, too, to get the points and free refills. I try and find my Starbucks card in my wallet, and managed to drop it more than once, spilling stuff everywhere. I finally find it, get my coffee, and sit.

I get back to my meeting late (my refill takes a while), and the leader of the meeting this week is sitting outside. I tell him he's leading, and he says he's leaving. I thought he thought I wasn't enunciating properly, and then he tells me there's an emergency with his girlfriend. So then I'm secretary (who cancelled last minute), treasurer (my normal job), speaker (for the week), I have to find a new leader at the last second, I have to put the signs up to the new location, find someone to put their number on, timer, chip person (which I ended up delegating), and I'm stressed to the MAX!!! So I get upstairs, and I try and calm down. I delegate the stuff that needs to be done, and the meeting starts late because of all the chaos. I speak, kinda weird for the first couple of minutes, but get into my groove for the rest of it.

After the meeting, I go to fellowship and I'm talked over by this woman who ignored me last week. AGAIN. (There was another one involved, but not as much) I wanted to talk to her today, but at the same time, I don't feel respected by her so I don't know what to do. I should talk to someone about it, and I may tonight. I just don't know how to approach her. I kept getting interrupted, or when I took a breath someone else would speak. I would try and say what I had to say when I got a chance, but they just talked over me anyways. *sigh* I don't have a strong personality, and these two women do... I don't know if it's because I don't have one or if it's because I'm letting them push me over. Codependency sucks!

I get home, try and sleep with my new supplement, and find out that it puts my body to sleep but my mind is still racing. I can't sleep for a while, then I finally fall asleep. I wake up this morning at 7 am with a headache, feeling tired. I'm still tired, but not as cranky.

Last night's topic I spoke on? Gratitude! LOL! I'm just thankful today is better than yesterday!

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10/9/18 9:50 A

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It has been raining here nonstop. We are going to need boats to get around. I needed to go to Wichita to drop off my directv receivers but after reading the school closings and library closings Iím staying at home.

I see my psychiatrist tomorrow at 8 am. Ever since I stopped the Lyrica I havenít felt right. Hopefully there will not be any major prescription changes. Iíve ha horrible migraines and I hope she knows something I can take for that. Last night I felt so bad that the front door was part way open when my husband came home at 3 am.

I canít imagine paying that much for gas Larissa! I shop at a grocery store that has a gas station and you get money off your gas based on what you spend at the grocery store. One time I got 30 cents off a gallon. I donít drive out of town so I fill up one a month.

I hope Deb is okay and her doctors appointment went well.

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Deb, how did your doctor's appointment go? I live in a bus dead zone, so a car is nice to have! I may not like driving that much, but it's much better than having to ask for a ride everywhere, or having to wait forever for a bus, then be on the bus for an hour to get anywhere, and walk a mile to get to and from the bus.

Kelli, I have T-Mobile for my phone company, and they give you free stuff every Tuesday. It changes weekly, and one week in August it was a year of Pandora Plus! So I have Pandora Plus for free for a year now. It's nice. Most of the time, it's boring stuff, like $2 for Dunkin Donuts or a coffee cup... This week it's 20 pictures from Shutterfly with free shipping, etc. Angela is kinda spoiled, but I try not to spoil her too much since she's fat already lol. My gas station is $3.66 right now, and it's the cheapest one near me!

I think the more I sleep, the more tired I am. I got almost 9 hours last night, and I'm exhausted. Then again, I think my Fitbit was off. It could be. I'm not sure what time I went to sleep last night... I think after 11, but it said 10:30? Maybe, maybe not. I need to check. It's a slow day, kinda. I took my car in this morning, but it was okay. It just needed an engine clean as far as we know. I have to get gas soon, which is going to suck with gas prices what they are, but what can I do? It does beat taking the bus!

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Deb I hope your doctor's appointment goes well. I just wanted to add that.

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Deb you are lucky to get your appointment done so early. My appointment with my new doctor is at 11 am and I was so nervous that I got up early. I have three cats that are spoiled rotten. I have a long hair grey Maine coons (male) named Shaggi. Chloe is part simansee and they were going to put her down because she had been so abused that they couldn't give her a forever home so I took on the task. At first she hide in the spare bedroom closet for two months and I had to have cat litter, food, and water in there. Then she moved to my bedroom. Now she crawls on my lap and watches tv and gets jealous if I am paying attention to my ipad instead of her. She has turned into a great cat. Lastly we have Pocco and she is just a great cat with a good personality. She is a brown with black stripes tabby and she was 3 years old when I got her. All my cats were rescues.

Rissa its actually $2.75 in gas here. I feel guilty for complaining. I don't drive far but its nice having a car to get around. I love that freedom.

I got my new Fire Stick yesterday so I have been playing around with it. This gets me in a good mood because I love exploring new tech. I got my wireless to unlimited so I get Pandora for free. I love music and I have been listening to it and cleaning house. Our house is spotless.

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Hi all,

Good morning to you all !! I hope that the week has been good to you. It has been transitional weather here. It starts off partially overcast and then clears up to sunny skies and puffy clouds with a bit of wind in the afternoons. The wind blows the leaves everywhere. Our gardener for the apartments was out in the early afternoon on Wednesday and blew the leaves out of the parking lot and two hours later you couldn't even tell that it had been done. As a matter of fact, our fix-it lady even asked if he even been there.

I have a doctor's appointment today. I can't miss it and it is set for 8:50 am. I am going to have to get up early - which I am - to jump in the shower and get ready, before everyone gets up to get ready for their day - school and work - so that I do not interfere with the morning routine for everyone. I have to have a cyst removed from my back and a funny looking mole on my stomach looked at. I doubt that either will end up being a big thing. I have to order the Ninjago figures for Micah today for Christmas and those should be here by the beginning of this next week. It's a good thing we still have Christmas wrap, so that I can wrap it as soon as it gets here. Then, it is covered in my closet and it is ready to go for Christmas. The only thing that I will have to do in December is add a bow. Yay !! I mailed off for the Amazon card for Blaine's present earlier this week. So, that's two down. I have to make a new appointment with my counselor for this next week too. I have put that off long enough. I have been terrible lately making appointments. It is time for my meds to be renewed anyway, so a doctor's visit is due.

'Rissa, I am back at the gym. I won't go today, because I have my doctor's appointment so early this morning. I will have to leave as soon as Micah is on the bus for school this morning, or I won't get there in time on the bus. I am so fortunate to have a wonderful rapid transit system in this town. I can get anywhere by bus or Max ( our rapid transit train). It's just a matter of coordination and time. It isn't as nice as having a car, though. Gas here is 3.20 a gallon and it is the highest that it's been since 2014. Prices are outrageous all over. I like doing my Christmas shopping early. It takes away some of the anxiety and unease that I suffer from at Christmas time. Kudos on getting all your sleep, fractured or not, if you are getting your 8 hours that's all that counts !!

Kelli, I used to love walking my lab, Gus, when he was alive. He passed away several years ago, but I still miss having him around to play and go places with. I love animals, but we can't have the kind of dog that I want in these apartments, so I have cats. There are two cats in our household. We have a blue point Siamese, named Zeus and a beautiful gray, silver and black striped tabby cat, Odin. They are a lot of company, although neither one is mine, Odin hangs out in my room all the time. Zeus is Jeni's 11 year old cat and Odin is Micah's two year old cat. I will get a cat of my own for my mental health, when I get my own apartment one of these days.

Have a fulfilling Thursday. Hang in there and enjoy the change in the weather as we transition from Summer to Fall. Sending positive energy and emoticon to all that need them. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Deb, are you back at the gym today? I started Christmas shopping already too! Last month, lol (September). I gave the gift already, though, because that's what my friend and I do. It's the beginning of October, I should take another progress picture. I don't feel like it's showing anymore, though!

Kelli, I wish gas was $3 a gallon! It's $3.63 here for the cheap stuff at the cheap stations in the cheap areas! (I know where to shop... I got a really good discount and got mine for $3.27). The best I've paid since I got my car in May is $3.05 I think. Nothing under $3, and that's with 25 cents off a gallon. It's normally about $3.30 here, and it's more expensive now. Most places are in the $4 range. I fill up for about $35 per tank now (sometimes $40) and I have to do it 3-4 times a month. It sucks! I sometimes miss the bus! But I don't miss the freedom of a car. And it's going to be raining soon, so I have to drive in the rain (scary), but I don't have to walk in the rain (sucky).

I'm doing good! I have a bit of time before my Wednesday meeting, then I might have a study group. I've been getting 8 hours of sleep a night, but it's been varied times of waking up. Yesterday I woke up at 8, the day before at 6:45. But I'm getting my sleep, and that's all that matters.

Tomorrow is a rest day, and I'm going to try and go to Painted Brain (an art community for mental health) because it's the anniversary of my dad's suicide. It's a long drive, but for that day, it might be worth it. I don't want to sleep too much, because I've found when I sleep too much I don't feel good. So I have to get my butt out of bed, get dressed, and get over there. I'll have some cash on me, so maybe I'll go to the beach and say hi to my dad (he's in the ocean). I'm going to try and make the best of the day.

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Took two of my dogs on a walk today. I have a 3.5 mile route and I have great app that tells me my time on my miles and heart rate on my Apple Watch. I made a mile in 18:37. I was so happy! I have been cleaning and getting rid of stuff I donít need anymore. I even dusted and mopped. Today I tackled my desk. Iím really excited for the cooler temperatures. During the weekend I went out in the backyard to read. Iím ready for it to get cool enough to kill the mosquitoes as west Nile is a problem here.

Deb good job at getting the Christmas shopping done early. Iím on a tight budget too but I only have to buy a present for My son.

I love it when the trees turn colors. As a family we go on short road trips around Kansas. I hope we can go on one soon but gas here is almost $3 a gallon.

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Good morning,

Audrey, that sounds like such a great party with fireworks and everything !! How spectacular !! Micah is looking forward to Halloween, I'm sure that your kids are too. Elsa is such a pretty princess !! She is a good role model !! A dragon sounds fun. Does he have a long tail ? I'll bet the kids will be adorable. I'm glad that you got your meds after all that time. My daughter forgot to take hers over the weekend and yesterday morning. She almost had to come home from work to get them. She was feeling the side effects of doing without them for three days and found it very hard to focus. She has to get back on track today.

'Rissa, it's nice to be busy. It certainly beats the alternative of sitting at home and doing nothing positive. My condolences to Richard's niece ! I am so sorry for her loss. Keep up the great work. Your process goals are showing !!

Today is a bye day for me at the gym emoticon . I have to get to the grocery store and get some decent food in this house for me to cook emoticon . I got my food stamps yesterday, so today I can go crazy and stock up on my menu foods. I am ordering a couple of Christmas emoticon presents today. I have limited funds emoticon , so I have to spread my present emoticon purchases over a few months. I know that it isn't even Halloween emoticon yet, but I have to start early. I will wrap them and hide them in the closet until Christmas. I really don't even want to think that far ahead, but I have to. I love Amazon.

Have a great week !! Sending positive energy and emoticon to all that need them!! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Hi friends. Hope October is off to a good start.

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Deb, thanks! Just trying to get through! Many prayers are being sent!

Audrey, I hope you got your meds! Halloween sounds like fun!

I'm tired, and just watching some news before eating something, watching some TV and then going to sleep. I volunteer for the Red Cross tomorrow, then I have my CoDA meeting at night! Busy busy busy! Tomorrow is my sister's birthday, too, but I don't like her that much. She doesn't like anyone, really. I mean, I love her, she's my sister, but she just kinda mean. Anyways, I'm going to get ready to eat. Richard just went out with his niece.. she just lost her stepfather, so he's helping her with the arrangements. Just so much going on!

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Thanks for starting the new chat, Deb!

I've definitely decided that fall is my favorite season. We had a little party for Isis's birthday last night. She turns 5 this coming Saturday. We even set off some fireworks, and were back inside after dark by 7:30pm! If only we were able to wrap up Colt's birthday party so early.

The girls are both being Elsa this year. Colt is going to be a dragon.

I forgot to fill my Prozac last week. I've been out for a few days but I'm still feeling okay. Have to remember to go pick it up today. I called it in last night but I couldn't find the empty bottle and I had to leave a message on the pharmacy's system. They've changed it recently and I definitely don't like the new system they're using.

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Hi everyone !! It's that time again. September is over and we begin anew in October. Ghosts, goblins, witches and warlocks - the Halloween season is upon us. It is one of my favorite holidays. I love watching the kids in their costumes, out and about trick or treating ! It is a time of hot apple cider, caramel apples, and pumpkins galore. Do you have any special plans for October?It is the Harvest Season around here. There will be festivals and hayrides, pumpkin picking and carving. Micah will be Darth Vader this year, along with his light up red light saber. Welcome to the October Chat !!

'Rissa, CONGRATULATIONS emoticon on the running and completion of your 5K. KUDOS for coming home and doing even more work for your half marathon. You are so impressive !! Happy birthday to Richard, I hope that he has many, many more wonderful ones. Thanks for your best wishes to Micah. He's a tough little dude, so he is coming through with flying colors now. I am so excited for the Fall 5% Challenge to begin !! Did you get all your invitations sent? I got my first look at our roster and I think we will have an excellent team this time. We are split about three quarters to a half between newbies and returnees. I love it when we have new people to get to know well. These first couple of weeks are so exciting !! I can't wait for Saturday ! Good luck to the Cloverleafs from the Rowdy Rebels !! We are going to rock this Challenge !!

It has been overcast and raining here, which is no surprise for October. We were in the mid 80's just three days ago and now we are in the low 60's. It is Fall. The leaves are turning riotous colors here. This rapid change in the weather has me reaching for my winter clothes and dragging out hoodies. This is the Pacific Northwest and we will be dealing with overcast skies and rain from now through June. I love the tastes and the colors of Fall.

UNIQDRGFLY, thank you for the Friend add. I am looking forward to getting to know you better and hope to see you on the threads often.

Have a wonderful first day of October !! I hope that you are enjoying this transition time from summer to winter in your area. Check in and let us know of some of your October traditions ! Sending positive energy and emoticon to all that need them. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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