kicking the alcohol habit

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23/02/2006 at 14:59
Great new image B.

I bet your the fastest cross country archaeologist in your class! Here... have a jammie dodger or a jaffa cake if you like?
23/02/2006 at 15:07
Thanks. I'll go with the jammie dodger. I wonder how jammy I can make this ere keyboard.

I'm glad you like the image. The temptation was too great to resist.
23/02/2006 at 15:19
Laura will be upset - she must be busy -we normally have at least a couple of posts by now.
23/02/2006 at 16:06
Oestrogens kicking in. Feeling betterer now! Back from the school run and have house full of kids to cheer me up!

Hi Bunbury! That does sound frustrating. Still thats academics for you, you have to be enthusiastic about something you don't give a sh*te about to get those letters after your name though, then when you do get to writing about what you love, people will pay more attention and give more respect to what you have to say.

Quote of the Day:

Cheer up yer 'ol bugga
Worse things happen at sea ya know!

Monty Python.

Not quite as sufistikated as you Buns.

23/02/2006 at 16:30
hallo all

yes indeed i have been actually doing some work today STILL not happy as back is agony....its been going on for 2 months now and i need to get back training properly. have run out of ideas of who to see now...anyway, enough to a freud seminar tonight for something to do maybe i can learn something to sort out your hubby FF? he sounds not so nice to you-he should support you, not belittle your obvious attempts at being fit and something you love. are you waiting till you can start "living" till your 40s cos of the kids? i do feel sorry for you. havng on in there...oyu derve better.

Bunbury-what you do sounds really interesting...i wanted to go into academia (i studied theology) but as always get swept along and money mainly takes you other ways.

Gareth-welcome! yes its true crossing any race line beats a hangover or even the buzz of alcohol but its when you cant run (like me now) that you realise how much you miss that feeling.

JD-I have just had a jammie dodger! lovely. could eat the whole packet.

heres to another alcohol free night!
23/02/2006 at 16:31
Yep, you're right FF. It is a means to an end. I think I'm just a wee bit stressed at the moment and irrational and political Heads of Department don't help the situation. I've got a friend to meet me in the pub after work, so I'll have a couple of J2Os and chill out. These are the days when I miss alcohol the most, but hey, life moves on.

Sufistikated? Well, the quotes WERE from WH Auden, but on the other hand, the first one was about going down on someone...



I met my love by the gas works wall
Dreamed a dream by the old canal... ;)
23/02/2006 at 16:44
whats the photo of bunbury or am i being thick?

enjoy the J20s...without vodka....
23/02/2006 at 16:48
See, sufistikated porn! Shame how office politics can get in the way of enjoying an otherwise dream career (I can sympathise).

Hiya Laura! bless you. I know I deserve better, but to be honest, if he didn't drink so much I'm sure I'd be happy with Mr FF (even if he is 12 years older than me, going grey and flabby, I still love him). In the meantime, yes I'm waiting for kids to be a bit older (when I'm 40 they will be 22, 21, 18 and 12), then if its still the same, I'm outa here! Unless things get unbearable.

Sorry about your back hun, I had shin splints for a while and just couldn't cope without running. Running is my release valve and the stupid thing is, if I couldn't run, I wouldn't still be in my marriage, so Mr FF doesn't realise what he's asking for when he gets jealous of my running.

Lets all get im with the tazer.

23/02/2006 at 17:10

Laurac - it's Shane macgowan in ref to earlier post - I must admit it's a bit stretched

23/02/2006 at 20:51
I thought it was just the general Shane McGowanness that made it look like that, but on closer inspection, it is a bit stretched! The quote at the end of my last post was the first two lines from 'Dirty Old Town'.

I've just left the pub and am now in a library, faffing for a bit before going home. Felt more like a drink tonight than I have for a long time, but hey, I probably look like one too.

Tomorrow's going to be fun. This afternoon's machinations from academics will put the librarian (my colleague) near explosion point. She wasn't here this arvo but I told her about said shenanigans, so she has time to get used to it before the morning. Hopefully that'll stop her going off at the deep end on my behalf, but who knows? I think I'll have to feed her coffee (possibly diluted with Valium) to keep her on an even keel and ensure that no students get their heads accidentally bitten off. Ah, the wonderful world of universities.

I'm off home now - up at six to run. :D Now there's a positive thought to end with. :D



Was Christmas Eve babe, in the drunk tank
An old man said to me: won't see another one...
23/02/2006 at 21:07
To my shame I own a pogues record/CD - read your lines and went to find it.

I hour later - no work done - put CD in machine and it's scratched. When I bought this thing tomorrows world was spreading jam on the bl@@dy things and saying they were indestructable.FFS!!!!

Therefore, although I have a full set of lyric sheets I can not answer you with a verse as I'm too Pi$$ed off.

Today has been a F^ck up - not because of the pogues but just people in general querieing invoices and stuff while I'd rather be on the RW forum.

Anyway I've got a meeting in london tomorrow with a whisky company - Maybe I'll tell them they are peddling in misery (only joking)

Hope your day goes well tomorrow Bunbury - I'll pick up tomorrow evening to find out what happened
24/02/2006 at 10:11
<walks in room with head hung low in disgrace>

Got a bit pi&&ed last night, soz. Feeling really cr&p today and not going for run :(

Buns and JD: Hope you have fulfilling day today. The jam thing was all lies JD!

Laura: Sorry

<crawls back under rock promising to try better next time>
24/02/2006 at 10:29
FF- DONT BE SILLY!! you have nothing to apologise about...dont add to your guilt or whatever you may be feeling by feeling any way that you have let us down-we are here to support you!! I know how you feel indeed we all do, and dont dwell on it...try and go for a short run, even a jog, it'll make you feel better. if not, make yourself a nice cup of tea and bacon sandwich.
24/02/2006 at 12:29
fanks Laura! Not sure what come over me. I felt a bit 'fluey' last night and just wanted to snuggle in my pj's with a big glass of room temp red wine and nearly did a whole bottle. Normally this wouldn't effect me too badly but where I've cut right down it went straight to my head!

12 year old son had me up in night with tummy bug and I think I've got a cold so have taken the day off of running. Gave my dogs (pappilon'Tilly' & pug'Dudley') a bath and hair cut, brushed Tilly's teeth and one fell out!! eewwwww! Still she is 10! Went and bought her a new collar and lead. Feeling a bit better now.

Cup of tea and bacon sandwich in process of being eaten thanks. xx
24/02/2006 at 13:51
Ello all.

FF - Laura's right. From what you've said about last night, I know the feeling. You've got no need to apologise, so stop it now! :P No-one does it overnight - I certainly didn't. The fact worth remembering is that you've made the decision and you are stopping. If you think about it, you've made incredible progress already and it's not going to be long before you'll be able to put drinking behind you. As I've said, I still have bad days, but coping with them gets easier and easier over time.

So far, today has been surprisingly bearable. Nobody's been eaten yet, at least. I've also calmed down considerably since last night and am now feeding my rebellious streak by eating a large sandwich in the back of the library. Simple things.

I had my run this morning, in the snow. The trails were nice and muddy - had to stop at one point, lean against a tree and empty the water out of my left shoe. I remember running along, thoroughly enjoying myself and wondering if I'd finally lost it. It's finally happened - this is what they warned me about - all those drugs in my youth have left me capering about in a wood at seven in the morning, one foot sloshing, snowflakes dripping off my hair and into my eyes, with a big grin on my face. It's a good way to go!

I hope the sarnie helped, FF. :)


24/02/2006 at 14:39
JD, did you know that you're currently on buy one get one free in Tesco's? I've just weakened and bought some. I took them into the main office and an academic remarked (while eating one) that the quality ones have cream in as well as jam. What madness is this?!
24/02/2006 at 16:16
Hi Buns! I'm fresh back from Tescos and noticed that too. Thought of you JD.

I ran to the gym yesterday and by the time I ran back (about 3 miles each way), there was a heavy snow flurry going on and I was thinking exactly the same thing! I wasn't able to look where I was going as the snow kept going in my eyes, I could see drivers giving me the weirdest looks. Heaven knows what my nips were up to, I think they were feeling for lamp posts for me as I nearly ran into a few (sorry, I know thats probably too much information but I'm sure Laura's with me on that!). And all the way, I had the biggest grin on my face thinking sanity is for the shallow minded!!!

Who needs alcohol to lose the plot huh?

BTW, as you can probably tell, the sarnie and lazy day has helped immensely and I'm looking forward to my morning run tomorrow. Filled my trolley with lemon spring water!
24/02/2006 at 16:25
i have often wondered whether it was the drugs that made me nutty (in a good way if there could be such a thing!) or forgettful...but i think i was just like that before!

i bet that was brilliant bunbury-thats whats lifes about not getting wrecked in a sweaty club with randoms on a chemical high. i never thought id say things like this but its true.

FF-i wear an enell which is like a corset so cant see anyway...!!! highly recommended.

have fun on your runs tomorrow-its the national cross country in london and im doing it...just joggin as i cant really run still, but should be a good day out (of sorts!)
24/02/2006 at 16:26
Good one! :)

I'm glad it's not just me who thinks that way...a gang of nutters is much more fun. :P

The aforementioned academic has just e-mailed me this link.


24/02/2006 at 16:43
Thought of getting an enell for that reason Laura but they're really expensive. However, if it sorts previously mentioned problems out it may be worth the investment .... I will investigate.
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