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Comment by booklover on November 9, 2012 at 4:04pm

Patricia, you have a wonderful attitude!

Spud, I LOVE coffee.  I know Steph does too.  I think a lot of people like the smell, even if they don't drink it.  My husband doesn't like coffee or the smell!

They just called and asked my son, he's 18, if he wanted to work tonight (bagger at a grocery store), because someone called in.  Today was his only day off of work and school, but he said yes right away.  I wonder whose kid he is?! LOL  I would never have said yes.

Comment by Patricia on November 9, 2012 at 4:04pm

Quitting smoking was not hard for me....I just decided that those stupid looking sticks were not in control of my life & that was that.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 3:20pm

Booklover, glad to find another goal-hater :)

I never liked the smell of cigarettes, but I enjoy a small whiff of gasoline, skunk, and a sewerage treatment plant.

Coffee is another thing I enjoy smelling.  When I was mormon, I often thought of indulging in the "sin" of drinking coffee because it smelled so good.  When I finally escaped the Morg, I tried several kinds, but was disappointed.  I don't like it at all.

Comment by Patricia on November 9, 2012 at 3:16pm

Mammos were always painful until I had a 3 lb. breast reduction in 2000, then they were fine. 2005 found the one cancer contained within a tumor & the second cancer developing on the outside of the tumor & very deep down. I had the full right side mastectomy, (10 lbs. of weight,) & chemo. Then I had another pound & a half reduction on my left breast which makes a total of 14 & a half pounds of tissue removed from my chest! Any wonder I had shoulder/back/neck/rib problems??? Now I'm a D size with the prosthetic to match up pretty well. I don't wear it at home, as I figure this is my reality now so that's the way it is. I'll answer to One Barrelled Sling Shot, or if you feel musical.....Flat 'n' Sharp! I wear fake teeth, fake fingernails, wore a wig during chemo, but am still a real person, so we won't mention the glass eye or the wooden leg!!!! Hahaha!!!!

Comment by booklover on November 9, 2012 at 3:01pm

Chris and Patricia, great job quitting smoking.  I wasn't a smoker, but I liked the smell of it.  Weird, hunh?  I didn't grow-up around smokers, which was good.

Spud, I hate setting goals for the same reasons you do.  I really do need to lose some weight.

Patricia, so glad the mammogram found your cancers!  I do them every year, and for some reason, they don't bother me.  It doesn't hurt me at all but some women find them extremely painful.  I love this new Women's Center.  It's SO pretty, and I was in and out in under 20 minutes.  About 2 hours later they called and told me it was normal.  Such efficiency!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 1:43pm

Congratulations to you too Patricia.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 1:37pm

Joan, I got some rain & snow here as well (1/2 inch H20), but the snow is mostly melted now.

About setting weight-loss goals, with my personality, It seems to be counter-productive for me to set goals.  I've not set any goals for many years now because I often fail to meet them, and it depresses me when that happens.  That depression makes me quit trying, so it seems to me to be better to just try my best without any goals.

If you want to do something like brag to each other about what we've accomplished each week, I'm willing to try that.  I imagine it would be best to do it in the health section of Atheistnexus.

Comment by Patricia on November 9, 2012 at 1:31pm

I quit smoking as well....18 years now.

Mammo found my cancers, without it I never would have felt the lump until my death bed. I had two types, both very aggressive, so like it or not mammo is a regular yearly part of my life.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 1:27pm

I think you should be proud of kicking the cigarette habit Chris!  I've read that it's harder to kick than any other drug, so I'm glad I was raised in a non-smoking family and never touched any tobacco product.

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2012 at 12:35pm

! Good news for you, Booklover, I'm glad! I hate those mammograms.

You're lucky never to have started cigarettes, Joan! I grew up among chainsmokers - they probably thought that the temple of the lord must be tarred inside and outside - but I kicked the habit at last and haven't smoked for over twenty years, I'm still proud about that.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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