Tid Bits

Way behind in my blog reading so to all my friends and fellow bloggers…sorry about that.  Honestly, one of the best parts of my day is when I sit down (usually at lunch) to read your blogs and comment.  Unfortunately we’re coming into our busy season at work so reading blogs, and even writing mine, may slow down quite a bit until fall.

But as they say, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.  For now I’m content to come into work a little early so that I can get my blogging done before the paying j-o-b starts. 

Not much going on here today so I’ll keep this short.  I’m trying not to clench.  I caught myself yesterday when I felt my headache coming back so I did some jaw opening exercises and in about five minutes the headache had dissipated.  Amazing.

I’m kind of in a fog today.  I was stuffy last night so I took a benadryl before bed.  Big mistake.  It did to me what it does to little kids if you give them too much, kept me awake instead of making me sleepy.  (I took ONE.)  But my nose dried up!  So I was breathing really well while I laid there watching the clock change and getting pissed off because I couldn’t fall asleep.  I think I finally drifted off about 1:30 am and was back up at 6:00.  I need at least seven hours of sleep to function properly so…yawn…wait…what was I saying?

Let’s do a round of “things you might not know about me”.

  • Age: 51
  • Number of children: 6 (not all biological)
  • Number of grandchildren: 6
  • Height:  5’4 1/4″ (that 1/4 is very important)
  • Weight:  yeah…right
  • Teen Heartthrob:  Donny Osmond (still makes my heart go pitter patter)
  • Favorite Movie:  Casa Blanca
  • Favorite Actress:  Audrey Hepburn (followed closely by Katharine)
  • Favorite Actor:  John Wayne
  • Favorite Music Genre: Motown and Rat Pack
  • Favorite Recording Artist:  Sinatra
  • What I wanted to be when I grew up:  Teacher
  • What I want to be when I grow up:  Writer
  • Astrological Sign: Taurus
  • Chinese Astrology Sign: Ox
  • Best Physical Quality:  Eyes
  • Best Emotional Quality:  Empathy
  • Hometown:  Washington, DC
  • Age I took my first drink: 16
  • Age I took my last drink: 49
  • Why I blog:  To process what’s rolling around in my head so I can make sense of it; and if it helps even one person to at least think about getting sober…that’s a bonus of epic proportions.

Your turn.  Cut and paste this into the comments and tell me a little about you.  Or not…I’m easy.



9 thoughts on “Tid Bits

  1. The jaw clenching reminded me of the first week or so I was on effexor for depression. It made me feel so wired and I had to constantly unclench my jaw. I can't remember if the jaw clenching ever went away because I switched to another medication due to other side effects. Were you always a jaw clencher, or could it possibly be a side effect?

    I love your 'about me' section. I don't think I've ever met someone actually from DC before. We're headed there this weekend…I grew up just outside Annapolis, so I miss going there every year for field trips. Gotta love those free museums.

  2. Age: 50,almost 51
    Number of children: 5 boys (two biological)
    Number of grandchildren: 6
    Height: 5'5
    Weight: Perpetually more than I want it to be
    Teen Heartthrob: Bobby Sherman
    Favorite Movie: ? (The cap'n tends to re-watch movies over and over, so if I had a favorite movie such as Four Weddings and A Funeral, I have now watched it so many times that I scream and run when I hear the opening score start up.)
    Favorite Actress: Meryl Streep
    Favorite Actor: George Clooney
    Favorite Music Genre: Country
    Favorite Recording Artist: Jerry Jeff Walker
    What I wanted to be when I grew up: Veterinarian
    What I want to be when I grow up: Writer
    Astrological Sign: Aries
    Chinese Astrology Sign: ?
    Best Physical Quality: Boobs but they are quickly sinking to finish in last place
    Best Emotional Quality: Empathy (Me, too)
    Hometown: Liberal, KS
    Age I took my first drink: 14
    Age I took my last drink: 49 (Me, too)
    Why I blog: In the beginning it was to become sober, although I had no idea how that would work, but it did. Now,it is because I need someone to listen and you guys out here in blogworld are the only ones that “get it.”

  3. I'll play along 🙂 Always nice to feel more of a connection!

    Age: Just turned 45
    Number of children: 1 16 year old daughter
    Number of grandchildren: none!
    Height: 5'7 and 1/2
    Weight: As you said, yeah right…working on it!
    Teen Heartthrob: Scott Baio
    Favorite Movie: Love Actually (though I have many sub-favorites)
    Favorite Actress: Glenn Close
    Favorite Actor: Jude Law (maybe more for his hotness)
    Favorite Music Genre: Country/Folk/Hip Hop
    Favorite Recording Artist: Lady Antebellum
    What I wanted to be when I grew up: Teacher
    What I want to be when I grow up: Caterer
    Astrological Sign: Capricorn
    Chinese Astrology Sign: I can't remember – I think monkey?
    Best Physical Quality: Legs
    Best Emotional Quality: Giving
    Hometown: 45 minutes north of Atlanta, GA
    Age I took my first drink: 16
    Age I took my last drink: 45 (still on the merry go round)
    Why I blog: I started a private blog. Finally decided to start a public blog in an effort to connect with other peole (mainly women) who faced my struggles as well. Stopped blogging when I started drinking again. Just started back up again – I am most definitely a work in progress and appreciate the wonderful people in the sober blogging world from whom I gain immeasurable support. Did finally realize that the blog is for ME. I need this forum to sort through my thoughts and feelings.

  4. Whether you're drinking or not…KEEP BLOGGING! There is no shame out here…only support. Write how you feel, your thoughts, and ask for help. It's always here.

    Good luck and remember that you're worth more than you think you are right now.

  5. Age: 50
    Number of children: 2
    Number of grandchildren: 0
    Height: 5'8
    Weight: about 14stone
    Teen Heartthrob: Barabara Bach!
    Favorite Movie: Nightmare Before Christmas
    Favorite Actress: Helena Bonham Carter
    Favorite Actor: Johnny Depp
    Favorite Music Genre: Prog Rock
    Favorite Recording Artist: Marillion
    What I wanted to be when I grew up: Guitarist
    What I want to be when I grow up: Guitarist
    Astrological Sign: Libra
    Chinese Astrology Sign: Tiger ( I think)
    Best Physical Quality: NONE!
    Best Emotional Quality: Caring
    Hometown: Medway, Kent, England
    Age I took my first drink: 13ish
    Age I took my last drink: 41
    Why I blog: To talk about guitars, to just talk about my headspace and clear it out

  6. Hey – here's mine. (I figured out why we “get along”! I'm also an OX and an earth sign).

    Age: 39
    Number of children: 2
    Number of grandchildren: 0
    Height: 5'8
    Weight: more than I like, but less than I should
    Teen Heartthrob: so many: Scott Baio, the karate kid, kirk cameron
    Favorite Movie: I'm without at the moment…I loved We Bought A Zoo
    Favorite Actress: Angelina Jolie (because she's hot and kick-ass)
    Favorite Actor: Russel Crowe (for hotness)
    Favorite Music Genre: girl-power anthems, top 40, and Mumford & Sons
    Favorite Recording Artist: Mumford & Sons (until I get sick of them)
    What I wanted to be when I grew up: Doctor
    What I want to be when I grow up: definitely not sure
    Astrological Sign: Capricorn
    Chinese Astrology Sign: Ox
    Best Physical Quality: legs
    Best Emotional Quality: positivity
    Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    Age I took my first drink: 20 (I know! I also started smoking then)
    Age I took my last drink: 36 (it seemed so old then! now it seems young enough)
    Why I blog: I started blogging because I wanted accountability for my sobriety. I didn't know anyone I could trust enough at the time. I kept going because other people's blogs had helped me so much. Now? I'm not sure. I hope I figure it out.

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