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    Chihuahuas have grown on me the past few years. I used to hate them. The older lady who lived on an adjoining farm when I was a kid had one and it was the nastiest little animal and that stuck with me for a long time. I don't like them enough to have one though. The only non doxie I've had was a min pin that I also got off death row at Orange Co. Poor thing was in really bad health. She only lived for a few months after I got her but I'd like to think she was happy for those few months. Doxies are one of the breeds that are statistically the likeliest to bite someone, it's just because of their size they can't seriously injure someone. I have a sign inside my front door that has a silhouette of a doxie at the bottom and it reads "death from the ankles down."

    I slept better last night than I did the last two nights. Still took me about 20 minutes to fall asleep even with an Ambien, but I ended up with about 7 hrs of sleep and was up pretty early this morning. I have to put in a half day of work so that gave me plenty of time to prepare a decent breakfast and run errands. I was never a morning person, but then again, I've been binge drinking since I was 17. It's amazing how it's not an ordeal to fall asleep at night and get out of bed in the morning when you're not "sleeping it off."

    It poured rain here on July 4, so the July 4 fireworks were rescheduled for tomorrow night. I'm planning to go if the weather holds, but there is a tropical wave (unlikely to develop) down around Cuba that could potentially bring us a ton of rain anywhere from tomorrow through Tuesday.
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    Hope everyone out there (at least in North America) is having a great holiday weekend. I just got back from seeing the postponed July 4 fireworks (it stormed like a son of a bitch on July 4) and the timing couldn't have been better since a passing shower hit as I was walking back out to the car. A nice hoorah for the end of summer with fireworks, loud music and way too much junk food. Am going to watch the Florida State-Virginia Tech game tomorrow with some people from the local chapter of the Alumni Association. I tend to be kind of a recluse (though I actually don't mind being alone) so it's probably good for me to get out and actually meet some new people. Enjoy what remains of the weekend everyone!
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    Heres a firework war video you may get a laugh at. Android still is cooperating si here a link .

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    Wow that is insane. My friends and I did shit like that when we were kids, but not to that degree. I was telling the friend I was with last night how we were playing with stuff we had no business playing with, like M80s and cherry bombs. She asked, "Your parents let you do that?" They didn't know. We'd just ask for money for fireworks and we got what we wanted. Kids these days (at least in cities) are so sheltered it's unimaginable anymore.
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    Oy vey, that Florida State game was depressing. 24-3F. They made it to the goal line twice and couldn't score a touchdown either time. The only points FSU scored were from a field goal first half. Over half their offensive plays netted either no yards or negative yards. I'll piss myself if they're even ranked tomorrow. Damn those Texas schools (A&M in this case) and their deep pockets luring Jimbo Fisher away from FSU. I remember when University of Illinois was a top ranked team in the early 1990s until Texas lured away John Mackovic and they just crumbled for a long time after that. Virginia Tech was just unstoppable offensively and defensively, so congratulations are in order for them. I should have just gone to Refuge Recovery and come home and watched RBG, which was broadcast on CNN tonight, but it was nice to meet some new people and fellow alumni and be around non-recovery people for a change. I really do need to get my life back.
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    Yeah that was a piss poor offensive performance. Kudos to FSUs defense though they played lights out most of the game under difficult conditions. I don't see Taggert lasting long down there.
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    Yeah, FSU's decent defense is what kept it from being a completely lopsided blowout, but still. They play Samford next, which I always just assumed would be a lopsided blowout, but after last night, I'm not taking anything for granted. The polls haven't come out yet, but all the commentators are saying FSU most likely will fall from the rankings. Taggert has a very short window of time to make up for last night's performance or yeah, he's not going to last. And that's a tall order coming up against Clemson and Miami in October.
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    Thank you to everyone who dropped by and contributed to this thread. I think it's time to let it go because I haven't been detoxing for quite a while. I may be going through a touch of PAWS as I'm finding myself easily irritated by others. I'm always irritable to some degree, but to the current degree is unusual and I've found myself avoiding groups of people. The last AA meeting I went to, I walked out. A well-meaning friend asked why I left, and I wasn't diplomatic, telling her when someone says something worthwhile, I'll stay. I did apologize to her for that snarky comment but I can't say that the sentiment behind it has changed.

    Irritability aside, the change in my psych meds has helped dramatically otherwise and while my sleep is still up and down, even with medication, overall, it seems to be improving. I actually got more than 7 hours of sleep last night (usually average between 5 and 6 hrs) and didn't stay up watching Netflix on my phone for 45 minutes while I wait to get sleepy enough to fall asleep like I usually do. And morning routines are becoming less and less onerous. In the past, I wouldn't roll out of bed until the last possible moment, but I don't mind getting up on the early side now to prepare myself a decent breakfast and take the dog on a long walk to tire him out for at least part of the day while I'm working and to make sure he's gotten all of his bathroom needs taken care of. Work is much better since Adderall. I got "a talking to" as we say in the south, about statistical accuracy issues a few months ago, something that is just slightly important when it comes to standardized testing, but thanks to Adderall, I'm not having problems with functioning at 8:30am and that 3pm haze.

    I'm not signing off from SL. Just figure since this is labeled a detox thread, unless I fall off the wagon, it's run its course. If I have anything earth shattering to share, I think the monthly threads will be a good place to do that, along with my non sequiturs on hik and LHL's threads.

    EDIT: Anyone along the coast of the Carolinas and Virginia, be safe. This hurricane is a monster. We had our turns in the barrel last year and the year before with Irma and Matthew.
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