Always tweaking something!


Day 4756

That’s one duration – 4,756 days or 13 years and 1 week – how long its been since I quit smoking.  For real.

Here’s another one: 21,440 or 58 years, 8 months and 12 days – how long I’ve been hanging around in this life time.  Significant only in that it is also the same amount of time my dad had before he passed away.  Massive heart attack that was really a complication of diabetes.

There’s another duration, length as yet unknown.  That is how much longer I’m going to put up with a certain persons poor choices when it comes to drinking.  I need to get my butt back to some Al Anon meetings.  The ones I frequented before were all on the west side of our county.  I live there, worked there, found meetings close to work & home.  It helped.

Now, I still live in the western side of the county, but work has been re-located to the far eastern side.  On a good day it’s a 30 minute commute, not the 5 – 10 minute jaunt I had become used to (or the 25 minute bike ride that was such good exercise!)  The first meeting I ever found started at 5pm, took me 15 minutes to get to and was easy to pass off as “working late”.  Now?  Not so lucky.

Maybe I should just say the heck with it and go back to the group where I spent the most time.  Meets at 8pm.  I’ll just have to tell that certain person I’m off to a meeting.  That cold hard slap in the face might actually help her.

To publish or not to publish?  Eh, she doesn’t even know this places exists.  Publish.


4 responses

  1. Congrats on the smoking! I talk a lot about drinking but I go weeks without. Like now while dieting off my “vacation” fun of too much food. No drinking. I couldn’t handle someone who has to drink. I have gone months without a drink. So I hope you find comfort and strength in these meetings to do what you need to do. I am not certain how I would handle this. I wish you strength and a great outcome for you both!

    August 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    • Brian

      Thanks. I’m enjoying the not smoking bit. Now if I could just get off my lazy ass and exercise a bit . . .
      I enjoy my drinks too – anything from good beer to good wine and some good bourbon. Like you, I can have a couple every now & then and stop. But this ‘need’ to get to the point where standing & walking is a challenge 5 nights a week – I don’t get it. Frustrates the hell out of me. The meetings help, at least I can commiserate with folks in the same boat.

      August 30, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      • I assume there is not talking to her about this huh? Intervention perhaps? I”m sorry you are going through this. I don’t like to feel out of control, being the big control freak I am. So having to walk as a challenge is outside my scoop for sure. ((hugs)) to you my blogger friend.

        August 30, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      • Brian

        Been there, done that. Worked for a while, then the counselor moved to Virginia and it all came undone.

        August 30, 2017 at 4:37 pm

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