Welcome to the EX Café Monday 02.06.2017
WOW! What a game!
My team didn't win but it was a nail biter! What a comeback!
Kudos to Tom Brady and all New England Fans!
I'm so glad I didn't have to smoke during the commercials -
They were great, too!
And Lady Gaga! Not my favorite genre but what a performer!
I wonder what Mike Pence was thinking????
OK I got that out of my system for another Year!
Other than take two wounded veterans to the game, what did Pence do?
Good morning, I got Mason and hubby out the door whew I'm getting too old to be on a time limit trying to get a 7 yr old up, dressed, vitamins, breakfast and teeth brushed and out the door so he's not late for school or hubby for work. I'm pooped already and haven't even started my day but that's A OK, because now I get to relax at the ex cafe with a few of my friends and fellow Exers, could I get a coffee please and maybe a frosted cinnamon roll?
I could use the sugar high this morning then I think I'm going to make a chicken stew and a batch of biscuits and get my day started.
How is everyone doing? I'm finally getting around the platform pretty good, how about you? Is there anyone new here visiting the cafe this morning? I wish each of you a blessed day and if any of you are having a rough start to the day, deep breaths and I hope that the rest of your day will be much better, let's all of us remain vigilant in our precious quit while going about our daily business......
Happy Monday everyone! Thomas3.20.2010 here's a cup brewed just for you
Hi MarilynH We aim to please - here's something straight from the oven for you
Thank you, here's enough to pay for my coffee and cinnamon roll plus a fair sized tip for the great service.....
I don't think football fans will likely forget this one any time soon!
Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a great start to the week. Some strong Cuban coffee would be nice to start the day:)
The wait staff is serving this at your table, Mortalzeus, so that you can see that it is indeed the good stuff.
Perfect! You never fail to impress!
Good morning everyone,
It's good to be here.
I hope everybody has a good Monday.
I am trying to enjoy my week's vacation.
Maybe when the mall opens I'll go window shopping.
Have a good day.
Hi mikecity! Love seeing you here this morning! I forgot you were on vacation this week - you'll have to let us know what adventures you get up to.
Enjoy your vacation, Mike! I hope you are feeling better!
Good morning all-
Hope everyone had a great weekend! I'm crazy busy on the work front today but wanted to stop by and say hello to my amazing ex-family. A cup of black coffee would be great when you get a chance. Have a wonderful day everyone!
Good morning to you too, RachelMB. Since this is a virtual coffee shop, I have brought you your coffee on the virtual veranda, in virtual paradise. I hope you can take a minute to enjoy this busy Monday.
Apparently on Pixabay they don't allow you to hyperlink an image on another site. You'll need to either download and then upload the image to our site (and ensure you provide proper credit to the original author) or choose another site that allows hyperlinking/hotlinking.
Someone was reporting the other day that their images weren't working. Wonder if this is what was happening.
MarkEX Community Manager
thank Mark, probably.
Hi RachelMB. This image is not showing up for some people. I see it at EX on my pc, but not from my phone. Never fear, I have another shot from the veranda, below. It's a very popular spot. I thought I had linked a copy of the public image but I grabbed it from the wrong site. You can enjoy this view, no worries.
Hey Pati - hey friends! Good morning!! I have had a fair amount of coffee already, so I would love some juice and a nice continental breakfast if it's available.
Sure is, susan_m. The a la carté buffet had a long line, so I thought I'd drop this off. Hope you like everything bagels.
Well, My Monday Morning Mates, I'm off to the doctor. Just checking treatment options for my poor aching spine, no worries.
See you all around lunch time. In the meantime, don't forget to visit the buffet!
Good luck at the Dr - and thanks for all that you do.
Hope you find out what you need to know, Pati! See ya later!
Thank you very much c2q. Best of luck today at the doctor.
Good Morning. This is my first visit to the cafe.......I really like this!
Couple of comments:
great game (my team didn't win either Thomas and I (too) loved Lady Gaga. What do you think....was she really singing or was it lip syncing?
Hope you all have a great day!
Before I go, I want to post a link to a couple EX hot spots
To blog or not to blog!
The Daily Pledge February 2017
Hope you get a chance to stop by there
Thanks for plugging The Daily Pledge February 2017 Pati! Have a good Dr. trip!
Thank you so much Patti, you are a sweetheart c2q, huge hug.....
Good Morning Everyone! Hope your Dr. appointment goes well Pat. I'm having a relaxing morning, but hope to get moving and get out for a walk in the snow today. Hope also to clean out the fridge, do laundry etc.
Wishing you all a great day! Oh yeah, didn't have to drive hubby this morning, he is doing good today!
Will try to help in Pati's absence, since I am training to be a barista on weekends. So, please be kind to me if your order is not as close to perfect as our owner does it!
Welcome everyone, have a wonderful new week, and may you all be able to raise to the challenges ahead!
Here is our breakfast buffet to make up for my potential misses as a brand new worker here!
thanks, Daniela. Getting your name sewn on your apron as we speak . . .
well, good morning, my friends...... I'll be forcing myself to work this morning, but I found this little ditty that I thought was pretty darn cool
Pati, I too would like to join your team and pull some part-time hours on Saturday mornings! I will try to keep it under 30 hours so you don't have to pay benefits:)
that is an EXcellent plan. More discussion to come later today. Thanks!
Good morning! I stopped and got me a fresh cup of coffee at the counter. Yesterday was a good day. Had fun celebrating my mom's birthday. Stayed a little longer than I wanted too as I wanted to get home before the roads got to slippery. It was a slippery ride home in some spots but not to bad. Slow and steady got me home safely. Had to do my tension relaxing techniques through out my 2 hour ride home. Relaxing techniques sure works better than smoking!
Have a good day everyone!
Good morning, all. I am off to my doc's appointment this morning, really dragging from working the weekend and, I will admit, I kept checking on the game. It was pretty amazing although my team did not win. I LOVE Lady Gaga and her versatility, she is a performer for everyone (in my humble opinion). Have a great Monday.
Sorry Ellen, I did not see you, if anything I should have seen you twice, with my watery eyes making me see double :-)
I hope your Drs' appointment went well, can I serve you anything?
Lori, I absolutely love that plate, we should make it a staple of our EX café as it reminds me of some of our male friends here!!!
Zeus, thank you for the help on Saturdays as I never worked in a Café, and don't have the confidence to do it all right!
Trudy, thanks for helping yourself, and glad to hear you got home safe!!! It's really tricky on some roads this time of the year, when it is warm during the days and it freezes later at night! As for the relaxation techniques while behind the wheel, I guess they work if they don't put you to sleep
Never too late for a cup of coffee. Good morning/afternonn all!
Good morning/afternoon Sharon, I am sorry I missed your entrance, had to go to the Drs too, your cup looks wonderful, your presence here even more!!!
Am I the only chocoholic in attendance? No problem - more for ME!!!!
(but I'll share if anybody wants some)
Yum, Nancy - thank you!! Did you see the chocolate croissants Pati served the other day? I'm still drooling over those.
Yum, yum and yummy, save me some room at your table YoungAtHeart because I'm definitely a chocoholic and can eat my fair share and then some more, delicious!
I. want. some. now.
Nummy, number, num on the chocolate c2q.....
I am sorry Nancy for missing the chocolate breakfast items, but here are some for a later evening snack:
Thanks c2q for the wonderful scenic photo.
YoungAtHeart-I will definitely get in on the donuts. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Nancy for bring the chocolate, I had so much sweets yesterday at SuperBowl.
I think I have a sugar hangover. Was that a game or what-Whew
No smoking today
That was supposed to be Nummy, num, num, hummm I should've checked before posting c2q....
I just had to quickly stop by before I do my work-out and share this picture that my nephew who also is my BFF made for me. He made for me a very special snowman. Broccoli eyes, a carrot nose and blueberry mouth and buttons. I tried to make the image smaller but.....
Beautiful snowman, and cute little man by it! How did he finish such tall snowman, I bet he had some help
Sorry I missed breakfast and lunch, had chiropractor appointment. Love looking at all those goodies, but glad they are not going on my hips!!
My attempt here was to add an evening buffet for all of the late comers like myself today. My oh My, I see that I have missed out on a lot of the scuttle butt here in the cafe today. Rumor has it...I am going to be the new barrister for Tuesday mornings! Make no mistake...I am sweating this. I certainly hope that I don't screw it up. Have mercy on my tired old bones fellow EXers!
Nobody should be hanging out here and be hungry, thanks for making sure of that
Back from the store and wanted to drop by and say hi and grab a black coffee please, How are you all this fine and sunny afternoon?
There you go Terrie, I hope you enjoy it!
Awe, it's great, thanks! Have any new quitters stopped by?
Good afternoon stopping by to send I love you all and appreciate y'all teaching me to chit chat and please just glass of water with lemon slices on the side thank you
Thank you so much for stopping by, it is good to see you, and here is your order!
Thank you that looks so GOOD
Great to see all the action here today! The café becomes more and more . . . ours! indingrl, it's so nice to see you here. Daniela2016, hopefully you are available to talk more tomorrow. This day has been non-stop. Your barista is showing!
Tomorrow Pops is running the joint. Be kind, be helpful, and keep him on his toes, please. I'll be here, too, but the shop is Pops.
See you tomorrow! Don't forget - the doors are always open at the EX Café.
Does anyone know why Sheri (dancingthrulife) deactivated her account? I am so sad......
I have no idea Jennifer, she's such a big part of Ex and always inspires and uplifts us and has a powerful message for each of us. I am very sad too, I can't @ you because it won't work, huge hug for you....
She just commented on Marilyn's blog this morning! So it must have been very recent. Sheri has taken breaks before and hopefully she will be back.
not just a break Sootie - she had admin deactivate her account. I am so sad.
Hi Jennifer, she wrote a blog, she was thinking about everyone (mostly you, the elders)'s roles here, and stating there is room for everyone, she started liking the new features, then she just evaporated! Mark told us he deactivated the account at her request, not many of us had a chance to respond to her blog, my comment did not reach her anymore...she was already gone. But I am hopeful she'll come back soon, I do remember she said her good byes (I do not remember how long ago, but it has not been one year since I joined and that was probably at my 6 months mark), telling us she will be back. And she was gone for a while, but maybe not even a month. I am just hoping her departure now will be similar. She might just need to take some breaks from us , I will miss her anyways.
Yes, Sheri does take occasional breaks from here, Sheri leads a very demanding and busy life and she's very good at it. I've never seen her deactivate before. I hope she is okay! I miss her already!
Sheri has been in and out for Years! At least the whole time that I've been here. And yes, sometimes she has left for long periods of time. That is what she needs and I respect that! She mentioned that she feels shy and awkward. That comes from something in her life that has nothing to do with us. So let's stop speculating and just respect that Sheri is taking care of Sheri! And That is Good!
I found you all yay!!! Well i get lost fast lately on here.....I Know i'll get the hang of where i'm going it will get easyer as i go... i hope...so one Question i do have i don;t really know where i belong.... i am on 142 days free. At the point where i don't know what to do i don't really know what to say in a blog anymore. any suggestions of how i can help... are what i should read i do still get the urge some times to smoke but i know thats a GREAT BIG NO NO...so how can i help if i still get the urge to you know that awful word that i won't say any more but what to do??? anyone ?
Hello All---I am so late the Cafe is probably closed. AND----let me just say I am SLOW and have not had much time to explore around the new site-------so, perhaps you already all have this info.........
That being said, I noticed tonight that new members are posted at the bottom of the HOME page on the right. And, now that the "following ban" has been lifted (yes it WAS a ban and yes it WAS lifted!) we can message the new people. I have sent a sort of standard message to them inviting them to the Cafe. Please join me if you have not already reached out to them. And, if you have...so sorry. As I said...I am slow. while we are exploring and learning we can't forget why we are really here. I feel like the newbis can' t find us........so, in case that's true, we need to find them.
hello any one here? where do we go to talk to some one? guess everyone went to bed.
Nope Arizona here, how can I help you dear?
i'm on 142 days smoke free what do u do when you hit 100's....i want to help people but yet i still get the urge i do read what i can but what else can i do?
First, let me say Congratulations on being 142 days into your recovery, that is an amazing accomplishment!
Don't worry about helping people (even though by reading their stories, and sharing yours with them or try to guide them through earlier days of their quit is a constant reminder for you of how far you've come on your own path and actually helping you with your own urges).
Your main concern is to nurture your quit, and use all the tools your put in your tool box for these times.
Do you exercise at all; any kind of physical activity helps release dopamine (the feel good hormone), even if it is just a short walk. Did you pick up a new hobby? I'll give you my example: I love to bake and used to do it very often till I got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, so I had to stop. I went out and got coloring books and crayons, and sharpies, and started coloring. I also like to knit, and while AZ does not have the long/cold winters, I did manage to help mom finish a sweater for her. It does not have to be too expensive or complicated, just to keep you busy for these times when you feel the cravings coming. Change what you do at that time, move away from the spot where you are when the urge is taking you by surprise.
Learn to meditate. Practice deep breathing, this helped me a lot. It is almost like smoking, without the toxic effect. If you start counting your heartbeats at the moment the urge it hitting, and start deep breathing, you will notice your pulse go down, your heart relax, and the urge will pass.
It is all about moving the thought away from you. You no longer have the physical addiction, the "urge" is just a thought about smoking. Chase it away with whatever method works for you.
And do not worry too much, you will soon be out of No Man's Land, and the urges will no longer be so frequent, or so demanding, they will space out.
I hope you got some ideas, sorry it took a while, my laptop decided to re-starts in order to apply some updates and did not wait for my approval...
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