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Reconciliation, continued
2007-10-23, 1:16 p.m.

Day 1157

This early reconciliation business is like being on a honeymoon. Cindy is putting in an awesome effort. I canít help but to match her effort. Itís really cool. Weíre finding out that we still do like each other. Certain Ďaerobic activitiesí havenít been spectacular, but theyíve been very intense, very earnest, and really all I was ever hoping for to begin with. Iím sure the spectacular ones will come along from time to time. You just canít expect to hit every one out of the park. As long as there arenít too many strike outs, things will be fine.

Ok, enough of that.

I really must thank everyone for the comments, notes, emails and general cheering up and coaching everyone has provided. Amongst all the stuff each of us goes through on a daily basis, itís awful nice of yíall to drop a line every now & then. Does a heart good.

One comment I ought to address directly (okc) is that no, I donít really expect Cindy to quit smoking immediately. The quitting drinking for now is tough enough, and if smoking offers some sort of crutch to fight the urge to have a drink, so be it. On top of quitting drinking, sheís also maintaining her diet and has dropped in excess of 30lbs in the last 6 months or so. At some point, sheíll be secure enough in her recovery to tackle the smoking. I hope. In some certain Ďaerobic activitiesí, itís definitely a detraction. At around $6 a pack in these parts, itís a savings of nearly $200 a month.

No gym this morning. See aerobic activities as described above. Not quite the same as 30 minutes on the treadmill, but it beats having a bowl of ice cream for breakfast. (Donít ask. I have no idea what the hell that meant)

Have my regular Al Anon meeting tonight. Iím curious if Cindy is tempted to try the stunt she pulled last week? If for some reason she leaves the house before me tonight, you can bet I wonít be parking in the municipal lot. Iíve already scoped out a different place to park and think I can get to the churchís entrance without being easily seen from the street. Of course, I made all these plans last week, before things started to thaw out considerably. I really doubt Iíll have to execute Plan B. But it was fun working it out.

Also have that couples therapy session coming up tomorrow. I donít think Iím anywhere near as anxious about this one. I even have my homework done already. Probably ought to review it a time or three, but at least I have something on paper. Wasnít as tough to complete as I thought it would be. Then, after the couples session on Wednesday, I have my own regularly scheduled private session Thursday. I am really curious how thatís going to go. Seems that with us doing the couples thing most of my issues are being addressed. Wonder if Annette has other areas she thinks I need to tweak.

Todays lazy filler material is a meme I swiped from someone who swiped it from someone else who swiped it from, well you get the idea. If you really want to know where I came across it, ask me before I forget.

Here goes with 4 things:

4 Jobs I have had:
Cashier/stock boy/beer cooler wrangler at a Mom Ďn Pop grocery store
Medical Lab Tech in the Army
QA Tech for Clinical Blood Analyzers
Electrical Engineer (current)

4 Movies I love to watch over and over:
Crash (relatively new to me)
Not much else. Why watch the same old crap?

4 Places I have lived (for over 2 years at a wack):
Rochester, NY (Chili)
Ft. Lewis, Washington
Scottsville, NY
Rochester, NY (Gates)

4 TV shows I enjoy watching:
Any Hockey Game
PBA/LPBA bowling (really!!)

4 Places I have been:
Western Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, France)
Toronto, Ottawa & Vancouver Canada (yeah, I know, thatís three cities, but itís only one country!!)
Paradise, Wa (up the side of Mt. Ranier)
Paradise, Pa. (End of the Stroudsburg railroad)

As far as paradise goes Ė Washington wins.

4 Websites I visit daily:
Google News
Yahoo mail
Astronomy pic of the day

4 Favorite Foods:
Oatmeal Craisin/white chocolate chip cookies (recipe on the craisin package) Theyíre like crack!!

4 Places I would rather be:
In the mountains (Adirondacks would work)
The Washington coast
In my treestand, contemplating life while waiting for dinner to walk by
Not at work

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