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Octonopers 2018   Quit Buddies Unite

Started 11/1/18 by ModAndrea; 161282 views.

Hey JR,

BIG Congrats and Happy 2 year Anniversary on being a quitter. Hope you staying safe during this pandemic and not losing your mind during this election season. I am not going to watch anymore election coverage on TV. I early voted and can hardly wait until Nov 3rd. President having Covid and not cooperating with staying safe or contact tracing was making me angry. So will not watch any debates, election stuff period...I am done with that like we are done with cigs. I am still trying to stay safe until we can get thru this pandemic stuff. Can't let up off the gas now. I have seriously been thinking about wearing googles as your Dr. suggested. If I was around someone who tested positive, I would gladly wear goggles. If Dad got sick, would have to keep caring for him. Got my N95 masks ready for the Real deal...just being prepared. So I will have to buy goggles when I see them again. I like to be prepared...don't like unexpected curve balls.

Enjoy some chocolate cake to celebrate your milestone. Take care. I left you a message in July group as well.

Let's keep kicking Cig Butt!!

Gloria

Freedom, Peace & Joy since 30 July 2018....How Sweet it is!!sunflower

JR (DPartonFan)

From: JR (DPartonFan)

Oct-11

Gloria,

Thanks for the congrats! I can’t believe it has been two years. Time seems to be going by fast at this point. Remember how sloooooow those first few weeks and months crept by? We definitely don’t want to start back at the beginning. Have not had my chocolate on chocolate yet but that is on the agenda to get on Monday. Yummy! :)

Hey quit sister, I agree with you completely on this election crap. Tears me up and sometimes makes me want to smoke but as much as I want to quit watching the stuff I can’t because I’m too emotionally involved in it. I come from a family of red neck Republican Trump worshippers and I don’t think like they do at all. I bought 2 t shirts. One says “You can’t fix stupid but you can vote it out!”  The other one says our veterans are not suckers or losers. I’m planning to early vote as well but in Tennessee it doesn’t start until Oct 14th. The 15th will be the first day I can actually get to the polls. 
 

As for the pandemic I think it would be good for you to get a pair of goggles to wear if you have to be around people who won’t wear a mask. We still have folks around here who still think this is a hoax. As my shirt says... you can’t fix stupid. Lol Glad to hear you are staying safe through this mess.

Talk to you soon.

BlueDahlia29

From: BlueDahlia29

Oct-12

Hi JR! Huge CONGRATULATIONS on 2 years of blessed freedom! I'm so grateful I was on the journey with you and our fellow Octonopers. I wonder how the rest of us are doing. Anyway so happy we've made it this far. Keep kicking ASH!!!

Love, Blue

JR (DPartonFan)

From: JR (DPartonFan)

Oct-12

Hi Blue! It’s great to hear from you. Thanks for the congratulations and congratulations to you a few days early as well. We really have done this and I am proud of all of us. I got my favorite dessert today for my celebration. Chocolate cake with chocolate icing and chocolate syrup. 
Hope you and your family are doing well through all of this pandemic. Stay safe and we will celebrate your two years on the 20 th.

JR (DPartonFan)

From: JR (DPartonFan)

Oct-18

Hey Overdoz,

Just wanted to check in with you and see how you are doing. I haven’t seen you posting in a while and wanted to say hello. 
 

It’s that time of the year to be cooking winter foods so I made a big pot of beef stew this week. This dang pandemic has made regular cooks out of a lot more of us. Thankfully I finally got a new dishwasher installed and don’t have to hand wash the dishes. 
 

Hope you are doing well with your quit.
We are also at the time of the year where having to go outside to smoke is miserably cold....well at night anyway.

JR (DPartonFan)

From: JR (DPartonFan)

Oct-20

Blue,

Congratulations on your two year anniversary today. It was a long road at the beginning but you have made it to the point where it is 80% likely that you will never smoke again. You have done a great job with your quit. Hope you have had a chance to celebrate!

BlueDahlia29

From: BlueDahlia29

Oct-21

Hi JR! Thank you so much for remembering my quitaversary. Hard to believe it's been 2 years for us! Wonder how everyone else from the Octonopers group is doing? Nothing really too special planned to celebrate, going to do some crafting and cook a nice dinner for tonight, mexican chicken. I also was able to kick alcohol to the curb and celebrate 4 months with that tomorrow, so good stuff happening. Hope you're enjoying the fall weather and it's not too cold where you live. For us it's just starting to cool off a little, at least in the mornings and evenings but the days are still warm. Keep in touch and I'll do my best to do the same. (((Hugs))) Blue

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Nov-2

Hi JR,

Just reading through things randomly and fighting a little crave. Always so helpful and good to see you folks a couple years out still here, so wanted to say thank you. I’m also a Veteran, so...without saying too much controversial here, thank you for what you said about other things too! 
 

JR (DPartonFan)

From: JR (DPartonFan)

Nov-2

Loreficent,

Thanks for your post. First and most importantly is fight that crave you are having this evening and know for sure it will pass soon. Even though I don’t post much anymore I still watch the current month of new folks each month. I read the political post that was posted a few days ago before his post was deleted.  Normally I would not post anything political other than to say the political situation in our country is creating tension for everyone in our country and it does make it harder for people who are trying to quit smoking.  Anxiety is always a barrier for folks when they are trying to quit. 
I really didn’t think anyone would see my reply to Gloria because our group is so old now nobody posts there much anymore. 
 

I want to say thank you for your service to our country. Our country is built on a foundation of service by people like you and you are definitely not a sucker or a loser.  I believe you are all heroes. 
Take care and keep on quitting with the nicotine. Sometimes being a “quitter” is a good thing, especially when we have quit something that was hurting us.
 

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Nov-2

Thank you much.

Truthfully I felt a tad bit guilty barging in, but what you said just resonated with me quite deeply. Yes, we’ve lost sight of some important things in recent years, and it saddens me, as I do remember a time we were not so divided. I agree, it does heighten anxiety with the quit right now, but at 8 months there is no way I will give either outcome cause for me to do something like smoke which would serve to make me feel very disconnected and not united here with my Forum Family. 
I take a lot of pride in being a Veteran, so thank you. It was the best and only way at the time for a kid from a poor farm family to better myself, and I am grateful I had that opportunity. I will not however be recommending it to my 17 year old, for many reasons. Hopefully that day where I would recommend it to young folks will return! 
Thanks again. I will definitely stay the quit course! 

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