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Entries from August 1, 2009 - August 31, 2009


If You Are Counting, It's 3!

There was a time when I often looked like that picture above. It was three years ago today that I decided to finally quit smoking once and for all. And I have been smoke free ever since.

Just last weekend I was at work by myself and out in the warehouse I saw a pack of cigarettes sitting on the shipping table by the back door. I walked over to it, opened it up, pulled one out and just stared at it. I put it between my fingers. It felt good. Inviting. I wanted to smoke it and no one would know if I did.

But I didn't. I snapped out of it. It felt like I was in a trance and then I woke up.

Smoking is a very strong addiction and I can tell you first hand it is not an easy addiction to kick. But it can be done. Maybe not the first time you try. Heck, maybe not the 20th but if you don't try to quit then you never ever will.

Here's to another year.


Brother and Sister Day - The Vlog

Last night as I was out at the movies I asked my kids to record a video about Brother and Sister day.

Here it is. Please post below if you celebrated Brother and Sister day or if maybe you will take up this tradition next year.



You Tube Tuesday #134

I hope this clip makes you smile as much as it made me smile. By the end I was cheering them on and actually applauded!

This was sent to me by my mom. Thanks mom!



The Truth About D Blogging

Here's the thing. I try my best to post daily not counting weekends. Most weeks I do pretty well but not only is it tough to find the time but I also find myself writing and deleting posts figuring no one will want to read them or that they are dumb.

I cannot do that now, because I realized something last night.

I miss some D Bloggers.

Now I am not going to call out anyone by name but there are blogs that I STILL check in hopes of a "I'm still here" post. Not that I expect any blogger to post every day but I miss those people who are a part of my D family but have not posted in a long time. "You never call or write!" :)

So if you are reading this and you are feeling like I could be talking about you (you're right) consider dropping a post soon. Even if it's, "I have nothing to say except Hello and I'm okay."

Like I posted yesterday, I consider my D family and those of you that have not made contact in a while are still on my mind and in my heart. I would love to see some posts from those of you that have been gone for a while.

In fact, I recently read a post from a member of my D Family who had not posted in a while and I cannot express how great it was to hear from them.

So please do not feel any pressure as far as content goes my blogging friends. Keep em coming even if it's an "I don't know what to write about so I guess I can write about not knowing what to write about" post, it is still keeping the connection alive.

And I love our D Family too much to let members disappear.


So Many Reasons

I have had relationships on my mind a lot lately. Maybe because my wife and daughter have been gone up north all week visiting my in laws. Maybe because I spent all of last week lying on the couch and my bed thinking about stuff. I am not sure what it is. But the Type 3’s in my life, some of who are type 1’s and 2’s too, help more than they know. And some don’t even know they are type 3’s.

Recently I tweeted that I have the most awesome friends in the world and I meant it. My friends are not only the people that come over to watch funny You Tube Video’s with me on Apple TV, or past X-Files episodes. They are not just friends that I play Bocce Ball with or people I chat with on Skype. Not just folks I rap against, are in musicals with, or who share my love for all things bacon. They are not only the people I go on vacation with, who share the same blood as I, or the person I have chosen to share my life with.

No, all of these people are people that come into my head when I am feeling down. They are the people who remind me that I am worth fighting against this disease for. They are the people in my life that make me laugh, cry, and want to be a better person.

My friends are like family. And all of my family are also my friends. Sometimes this disease makes me want to give up, lay down, and just end it all. Once, I took a large amount of regular insulin and decided to just give up the fight. A friend saw how I was feeling, recognized the low and almost killed me by shoving candy down my throat. That will never happen again.

I have so many reasons to live and to continue on. So many reasons to fight, to strive for better health, and to want more than anything to wake up tomorrow. So many reasons.

You are one of them.