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Friday, April 24, 2009

Yes, I am Still Out Here....I Cannot Believe its Been Six Months Since I Have Posted!

Hey There Everyone!

Let me just say, I feel sooooooo disconnected from this blog! I logged on and was reading some blogs of people that I met when I was actively blogging and realized how disconnected I feel from blog land! I am more determined than ever to reformat this blog and start posting again! It was my goal last year but now that summer is coming, its time! I miss hearing from everyone and hope you guys are doing well.

For anyone still reading, I am still a non-smoker! I did have one slip up recently when I found one of those thinner flavored cigar type things that I had hidden in a drawer. I managed to convince myself that I wasn't really smoking and lit it up! Boy, it was disgusting! I was really scared that smoking the cigar was going to trigger a big smoking episode but it didn't. I took like five puffs, and was like, "Gross!" I called a few people to discuss the incident but have not picked up anything since. I still think about smoking a Marlboro from time to time but I know how hard it is to stay stopped so I just leave it at just a thought.

The school year is just about over and I am really exausted and burned out! I survived the year at a big school. Speaking of school, there were thousands of teachers out here in California "Pink-Slipped" and people are really afraid of losing their jobs. It is a scary economy and time. Our union members are voting for a one day solidatary work stoppage strike next week. The strike would be held on May 15th. I really feel like I need to stand with the people who are in serious danger of losing thier positions. I did not get a pink slip and feel grateful but know that if GM is talking about closing its plant for a few months, ANYTHING is possible!

I am still trying to get into work out mode and am thinking about registering for the Avon Breast Cancer walk. It is a two day walk and it would force me to train! One day you walk either 26 miles or 13.5 miles. They next day you walk another 13.5 miles. I know a few people who have done it and it seems like a great idea. I would train all during the summer and the actual walk would be in the middle of September. I would need to raise at least $1,800 dollars but think I am up to the challenge. We will see!

Lastly, this summer I did not apply for any academic fellowships and just plan on chilling! I am going to the Oregon Coast and Portland for two weeks and am not sure what else I have planned. I hope all is well with everyone!



Tina-cious.com said...

Happy to see you posting!!

Congrats on sticking w/ the quitting! Girl you're an inspiration! :)

MamaFlo said...

Hey Diva!!! I'm so glad to hear from you and even happier to hear you are still quit. I'm still quit too and in Sept it will be 2 years - can you believe that!!! I have cravings every now and again but they last only for a few days and then they are gone again.

Maggie's Mind said...

Good to hear from you and to hear good news, too!

Antonio Howell, M.D. said...

We still love you diva

Sherri said...

Welcome back, Diva! We all need down time, enjoy your summer. My youngest daughter is now 28 days tobacco free, still on the nicotine patch. She is doing so well and I am encouraging her as much as possible. Good for you for ignoring those Marlboro urges. Can't wait to read more updates

Chris said...

i was just thinking of you this morning and wondered what had happened to you. so i looked on your site and saw that you posted just a couple of weeks ago. hope you get back to blogging soon, and that all is still well.
Chris x

lynda w said...

Good to hear from you, Diva! Yep, I'm still smoke free and going strong! Summer vacation has been a blast for us - hope it is going well for you.

I haven't updated my blog in ages and have been using facebook regularly. Didn't you say you have a facebook account? If so, email me at lmweth24 at aol dot com and I'll friend request you, if you like.

Brandie said...

I disappeared too! I've only recently come back to blogging. It's been quite a while since this post ... are you coming back anytime soon?

It's Septemember now, are you doing that walk? It does sound like such a fun idea, and a great thing to train and get in shape for!

Congrats on STILL being smoke free. I hope to hear from you soon.

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