Today, Reverend Mother writes:
"As many of you know, I have been experimenting with some severely curtailed Internet usage. I realized that I had gotten into some bad habits, which got me thinking about habits in general. I understand that a habits/random facts meme has already been going around. In the hopes that it hasn't hit too many of us yet, be as lighthearted or as serious as you'd like with the following:"
1. Have you ever successfully quit a bad habit, or gotten a good habit established? Tell us about how you did it.
I used to smoke. That's right. You heard me. Cigarettes. Menthol cigarettes. Virginia Slims. I started when I was twelve. My mother smoked. Like a chimney. My dad sailed on hazes of cigar and pipe smoke. Our house was so thick with it that we didn't have to cook our steaks. Just hang 'em up in the living room. When I turned 40 I started to think that maybe this smoking thing wasn't so good for me. So I cut back from a pack a day to a pack a week. Thought I was pretty nifty.
Then, at 45 I got pregnant. Even though I was a smoker I was militant about not smoking around children. Ever. That's where the habit starts. So I quit. Cold turkey. And have not smoked since. And I surely breathe better now, yes I do.
2. "If only there were a 12-step program for _________________!"
Grumpiness. It hits at the worst possible time. It creates an appetite for biting heads off. And it's not always hormones. Though at my age I get to blame everything on that. Even though I know better. Sometimes that's all that stands between me and jail.
3. Share one of your healthy "obsessions" with us.
I HAVE to exercise. My doctor says every day. That is currently impossible. Though I'm at three times a week now. So I obsess every day over my calendar looking for when I can fit in a yoga class, a resistance workout and my new Wednesday dance class? Takes precedence over everything. And I mean everything. If I needed brain surgery it would have to wait.
4. Share the habit of a spouse, friend or loved one that drives you C-R-A-Z-Y.
Only one? So unfair. I'll just give one really really hair pulling annoying one: My husband and the dishes: Since I started working, he is no longer the only one bringing money into the house. That used to be his unexpressed reasoning for never lifting a finger to do anything at all whatsoever to help with anything outside of putting salt in the water softener and once a month pulling some weeds off the hill (because he likes those chores). But now, I'm working and his not helping with any household chores is getting older than my grandma's toes. Here's how he will help with the dishes: The sink will be FULL of dirty dishes. The drying rack will overflow with clean dishes to be put away. He helps by pulling one dish out of the dishwasher. Washes it in cold water and puts it on the crowded rack to dry. Leaving the sink full and the rack overflowing. ARRRRRRRGGGGHHH
5. "I'd love to get into the habit of ___________________."
Sewing. Back to sewing. I haven't had time and my machine died last year. I love to quilt too. I so would love to get back to that. As a habit.
Bonus: What is one small action you might take immediately to make #5 a reality?
Eating better. I could start today. If only the world would cease making glazed buttermilk donuts.
Bonus 2: Try it, and let us know how it goes in a future post!
........I'll try. Trying to remember will be another good habit to start today.
CORRECTION ON #5 BONUS: I just get up too early in the morning and do this when my brain is NOT yet fully in gear. What I would do to make #5 a reality is to buy a new sewing machine of course!! Duh. Please excuse my ghastly faux pas!!