Thursday, April 17, 2008

Two Addictions and a Bad Habit

Alright, this adoption process has made me realize that I may have an addictive personality after all. I never thought I did - I never drank too much, smoked, shopped too much (quit laughing) or played video games (eewwww)etc.

But I have come to realize that I may have a few little issues- and well the first step is admitting you have a problem!!

Two Addictions

1a.) Message board/Blogs - I count these as one addiction (it makes me feel better about myself). I am part of a wonderful on-line adoption community. This community is a great place for support, advice, general info and friendship - when I first joined the group I checked the message board once or twice a week - hmmmmm....ya now I check it once or twice an hour - I can't stop myself before I know it I have signed in and am perusing the different areas...usually not much has changed - but the glee when I see a new post is probably not healthy. It is my link to sanity sometimes. There is also the anticipation that someone will have posted about their recent referral - this is always gratifying and I love seeing dreams of family come true - but truth be told I am just as happy because it means that we are one step closer as well! The line in front of us has gotten just a wee bit shorter.

1b.) Now, after I check the message boards I have to check some of the wonderful blogs I follow of fellow adoptive moms! I love to read about the events in their lives and see how they are handling/coping with the wait. Some of these people I have never met, yet I feel a deep kinship to them - like we are soul sisters! I check these blogs for sure once a day. Sometimes I comment sometimes I don't, but I always feel like I am not alone in this process. Thanks ladies!

2. Mah Jong - That is right Mah Jong - not any Mah Jong - online Mah Jong! I can't get enough of it...when I need a break from work (the stacks are piling on my desk oy-vey) and really feel like I shouldn't check the message boards (again!) I play Mah Jong - I just like saying it MAH JONG! There is one game in particular that I am obsessed with - Cat and Mouse - and the reason for this is because it is one of the few games I can't finish - it beats me every time - aaaarrrrgggh! If you want to see what I am talking about click on - Mah Jong - I always use the Explorer symbol for my tiles - don't even try Bridging or the Castle no one has a chance.

Note - Mah Jong is not the same as a video game - it is much more sophisticated and involves great attention to detail and an eagle eye to match the tiles.!!

A Bad Habit

When I was young - much younger than now - I used to chew my nails. My momma tried everything to get me to stop. And I do mean everything!!! I mean I even chewed thru the really bad tasting nail polish that they use to make....I chewed my nails until they bled. Then one day in my early 20's I decided to stop. Really it is a very horrible looks isn't sanitary... and your hands look frightful!!

I have started again - since our dossier went to Ethiopia - I have started AGAIN!!! Being much older and wiser now - I don't chew them right to the bottom - but I am still chewing them! I hate it but I don't know how to stop - I think the only thing that might make me quit is a referral and a child home - in our house! However, I am open to any and all suggestions so feel free to pass them along!

So, there you have it - Two Addictions and a Bad Habit!


Rhonda & Kristin said...

Message Board Obsession = I AGREE!
Mah Jon = HUH?
Nail Chewing = I am a chewer, my mother is constantly rapping my knuckles and trying to give me manicures to cure my wicked ways :)


haze said...

HA HA HA!!! Oh how I can relate to so much here.

I've gotten over my messag board obsession, thank God, but the blog reading? Not so much. It's a wonder I get any work done in a day. And then there are always new ones (like yours) and I think, 'well, I won't read that one as much as the others' but then I can't help myself. I LOVE your blog, btw.

I used to be ADDICTED to SimCity. Like CRAZY addicted. I'm fine now as it's not loaded on my laptop (not for lack of trying but it's not Vista compatible). I did click your Mah Jong link. If I become addicted I'm going to have to blame you!

lovesmukiwa said...

I won't post about any of my bad habits or addictions - it would take too long!
I am checking out your link to Mahjong. I will admit I am addicted to internet games (I play on when I need to "get away" from the piles on my desk.

Shannon & Dan said...

OK I am going to be strong and not click the Mah Jong link. Two obsessions are enough for me. I don't have time to squeeze in a third.

Shannon & Dan said...

Damn you, I clicked it!

Rana and Yvan said...

muh wah ha ha ha! you will all be addicted to mah jong soon enough...Rhonda...I will teach you the ways of the Mah Jong

The Warren Family said...

Haha, I am a nail chewer as well. I have a brand new bottle of the stuff that makes them taste yucky just waiting to be used.
I am also turning into a blog addict myself! I totally get where you are coming from with that one!

sandi said...

I totally hear ya on those message boards. I like the yahoo one, because no one can see that you are on there for the millionth time that day ;)

I love blogs. Sometimes I read a non adoption related blog, just so I feel that it's not part of my adoption obsession....

Wish I could help ya....


CinnamonOpus said...

Dude. That's nothing. I am addicted to THE INTERNET.

That's right. The WHOLE THING.

I spend most of my day online, surfing from site to site, blog to blog, scrolling through page after page. (Once I even found the end of the Internet. I did. It actually said "Welcome to the End of the Internet". So I had to turn around and go back.)

I plan to start a 12 step class. Maybe there is one online...?

Rana and Yvan said...

Cin - I can't believe you found the end of the! that must have been a shocker...that little bit made me guffaw out everyone in my office thinks I am weirdo - well o.k they already know I am!

Sandi, we should read blogs together someday ;)

Shannon - send me some of that gross nail polish - kidding it wouldn't work!!