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Sat Apr 05, 2014 at 05:09 AM PDT

GUS -- Saturday 4.5.14

by paulitics

GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. If you are quitting or even just thinking of quitting, please join us! We kindly ask that politics be left out.  

You can also click the GUS tag to view all diary posts, or access the GUS Library at dKosopedia for a great list of stop-smoking links. Check it out! Want to make sure you never miss us? Follow (♥) the GUS tag to keep GUS in your Stream and easily find the link to the latest one. It's just that easy!

A message to ALL quitters: You don't have to avoid GUS if you have a failed quit. We won't give you a bad time or nag you. We consider the failed quits as "practice" for the real quit.

Good Saturday Morning to all you Gussdeepfriedtwinkies...welcome to another lovely Spring weekend.  A quick glance at the national weather map for today looks a lot better than the past two days so get out and find some fun.

As part of our time here at GUS we manage our own experiences as well as encourage others when they're in the midst of a period of upheaval and the inevitable associated stress.  Often when things seem so haywire and in disarray a good option is to take a deep breath and step back for a bit.  A time for calm reassessment and regrouping.  We've all been there before. Nothing seems to be working, progress slows to a crawl, and the AGGRAVATION level starts to boil over.

Yes, the RESET button is your friend.  Lean on it as needed to snap out of a rut and regain your footing and resolve.  I'm going to follow that advice and step back for the month and assess a lot of things in my life, both ongoing and in varied stages of assembly. I'm taking a breather to recharge my juju and it's all good.  I'm in a rut and I need to regroup.

I'll be on hiatus from my Saturday GUS time slot until the second Saturday in May (5/10).  I'm just taking a month because it's not my intent to have a long-term departure.  It's only a break because I'd like one right now. I'll pop in and out of the comments during the week.

That's it!  Everyone have a great weekend.....

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Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM PDT

GUS -- Saturday 3.29.14

by paulitics

GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. If you are quitting or even just thinking of quitting, please join us! We kindly ask that politics be left out.  

You can also click the GUS tag to view all diary posts, or access the GUS Library at dKosopedia for a great list of stop-smoking links. Check it out! Want to make sure you never miss us? Follow (♥) the GUS tag to keep GUS in your Stream and easily find the link to the latest one. It's just that easy!

A message to ALL quitters: You don't have to avoid GUS if you have a failed quit. We won't give you a bad time or nag you. We consider the failed quits as "practice" for the real quit.

Happy Saturday GUS to all.  I hope you all are successfully dodging whatever weather is happening in your area, whether it be rain (east), wind (mid-west), or EARTHQUAKES (west).

April is right on our doorstep which is great news.  I'll pass on any early April Fools chicanery and leave that up to gchaucer2 for Tuesday.  Maybe she'll entertain us then with some silly food jokes.

I really don't have much else to report today.  It's a quiet weekend for me which is nice. Nothing but lounging around watching bad TV and tinkering in the kitchen.  I haven't busted out the slow cooker in a while so I'm going to make a chili or something similar.  Any suggestions are welcome!

I hope everyone in the midst of a quit or making an attempt are doing well.  Hopefully we'l hear from you in the comments today.  

A happy and healthy weekend to everyone!  

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GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. If you are quitting or even just thinking of quitting, please join us! We kindly ask that politics be left out.  

You can also click the GUS tag to view all diary posts, or access the GUS Library at dKosopedia for a great list of stop-smoking links. Check it out! Want to make sure you never miss us? Follow (♥) the GUS tag to keep GUS in your Stream and easily find the link to the latest one. It's just that easy!

A message to ALL quitters: You don't have to avoid GUS if you have a failed quit. We won't give you a bad time or nag you. We consider the failed quits as "practice" for the real quit.

Happy Saturday to all and welcome to another weekend in GUStropolis.  Sorry for the quickie today but like most Saturdays recently I just haven't been around enough to put a lot into it. Instead of not posting at all I figured a spartan GUS is better than no GUS at all, right? Somebody has to have SOMETHING of import to say....

It's lovely weather here in New England today although a bit on the chilly side.  The sun feels nice now that it's getting higher in the sky.  But lo and behold there's another winter storm on the way for the week.  Where it goes nobody knows!

That's it for now.  I'll be hunkered down tonight watching my UNH Wildcats take to the ice for the Hockey East Championship game.

Anything exciting going on tonight in your part of GUSville?

Have a great week everyone!

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Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 09:49 AM PDT

GUS -- Saturday 3.15.14

by paulitics

GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. If you are quitting or even just thinking of quitting, please join us! We kindly ask that politics be left out.  

You can also click the GUS tag to view all diary posts, or access the GUS Library at dKosopedia for a great list of stop-smoking links. Check it out! Want to make sure you never miss us? Follow (♥) the GUS tag to keep GUS in your Stream and easily find the link to the latest one. It's just that easy!

A message to ALL quitters: You don't have to avoid GUS if you have a failed quit. We won't give you a bad time or nag you. We consider the failed quits as "practice" for the real quit.

Happy Saturday to all Guszillas and welcome to the last official weekend of Winter 2014.  I don't have to say what a doozy it's been but there, I just said it.  Spring officially starts on Thursday and from what I can tell some people are already enjoying Spring-like weather.  It's very nice where I am today and it feels good.

The Spring is an appropriate time of year to set out on new journeys.  It's a time of rebirth and rejuvenation, a time for fresh starts and the first chapter of a new time in one's life.  For those who have recently embarked on a quit or are contemplating starting one this could be the right time as the following days and weeks will be filled with anticipation of warmer, brighter days. The darkness and grime of Winter will give way to trees of green and skies of sun.  Each and every one of our tomorrows holds infinite promise.

And with that I'll open the floor.  I have another busy day today but most of that entails being here at home so I'll be around all day.

Everyone have a healthy and happy weekend !!!

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Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 06:08 AM PST

GUS - Saturday 3.8.14

by paulitics

GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. If you are quitting or even just thinking of quitting, please join us! We kindly ask that politics be left out.  

You can also click the GUS tag to view all diary posts, or access the GUS Library at dKosopedia for a great list of stop-smoking links. Check it out! Want to make sure you never miss us? Follow (♥) the GUS tag to keep GUS in your Stream and easily find the link to the latest one. It's just that easy!

A message to ALL quitters: You don't have to avoid GUS if you have a failed quit. We won't give you a bad time or nag you. We consider the failed quits as "practice" for the real quit.

Happy Saturday Morning to all the fine residents of GUSville. I'll start out this morning with an apology for not posting last week.  A routine trip to the airport in the morning became complicated when my Mom arrived from her flight with a minor medical issue that derailed the rest of the day.  Sorry!  (btw she's fine).

Secondly, I'm not sure how the GUS Schedule is supposed to look at the moment.  If I'm not mistaken it appears people have switched days so any help with that is appreciated.  I haven't been around much lately so I'm out of the administrative loop.

I hope those who are currently starting or are in the beginning stages of their quit are doing well.  I understand there have been some ups and downs recently so I just wanted to offer support, albeit it virtually.  Sorry I haven't been around this week to check on how everyone's doing but it's been a crazy week.  Hopefully I'll get back up to speed in the Comments.

A reminder that next Wednesday, March 12 is No Smoking Day in the United Kingdom!  Show some solidarity with them by spreading the word far and wide that the happiest smoker is a former smoker!

That's it for this morning.  I'll add more if I come across anything interesting during the day. Everybody revel in the start of Daylight Savings Time tomorrow.  I know it's a much anticipated day for those coping with SAD.  It's been a hard winter for everyone.

Here's a British band named (appropriately) Saturday Sun.....

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Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 09:30 AM PST

GUS -- Saturday 2.22.14

by paulitics

GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. If you are quitting or even just thinking of quitting, please join us! We kindly ask that politics be left out.  

You can also click the GUS tag to view all diary posts, or access the GUS Library at dKosopedia for a great list of stop-smoking links. Check it out! Want to make sure you never miss us? Follow (♥) the GUS tag to keep GUS in your Stream and easily find the link to the latest one. It's just that easy!

A message to ALL quitters: You don't have to avoid GUS if you have a failed quit. We won't give you a bad time or nag you. We consider the failed quits as "practice" for the real quit.

Good morning everyone and welcome to another Saturday Gus For Gustronauts.  I'm sneaking up an Open Thread since I've been fighting with the site for the past hour and it doesn't want to cooperate this morning.  Something's rotten in paradise so we'll have to make due with witty, insightful conversation.  I think we can manage that just fine thankyouverymuch.

That's it from here.  It looks like a quiet weather day for everyone across the country so get outside and enjoy the weekend!

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Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM PST

GUS -- Saturday 2.15.14

by paulitics

GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. If you are quitting or even just thinking of quitting, please join us! We kindly ask that politics be left out.  

You can also click the GUS tag to view all diary posts, or access the GUS Library at dKosopedia for a great list of stop-smoking links. Check it out! Want to make sure you never miss us? Follow (♥) the GUS tag to keep GUS in your Stream and easily find the link to the latest one. It's just that easy!

A message to ALL quitters: You don't have to avoid GUS if you have a failed quit. We won't give you a bad time or nag you. We consider the failed quits as "practice" for the real quit.

Happy Saturday Gussineers...Welcome to another snowy (for the tired East coasters) edition of GUS.  Everyone at the Boston Meet-Up today better ask for the check and hit the road...it's getting slick out there.

Today is another slapped-together Openy-Thready mish-mash.  I've added some stuff in the Comments to get started and will add more as the day wears on.  My Saturday mornings have been busy lately so if it looks like I'm winging it, I am.  Guilty as charged.

Since I'm currently the only one posting on Saturday I guess it's assumed that I'll post in the A.M. like Effie always did.  That's proving to be challenging, at least lately.  So I'm adding a poll to see what people's preferences are for a time on Saturday to post.  I can't promise I'll follow the advice but I'll do my best to satisfy majority rule.

That's it for now.  I hope everyone enjoyed their Friday night and has a fine rest of the weekend.  Cheers!

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Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 10:57 AM PST

GUS -- Storm Edition 2.13.14

by paulitics

GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. If you are quitting or even just thinking of quitting, please join us! We kindly ask that politics be left out.  

You can also click the GUS tag to view all diary posts, or access the GUS Library at dKosopedia for a great list of stop-smoking links. Check it out! Want to make sure you never miss us? Follow (♥) the GUS tag to keep GUS in your Stream and easily find the link to the latest one. It's just that easy!

A message to ALL quitters: You don't have to avoid GUS if you have a failed quit. We won't give you a bad time or nag you. We consider the failed quits as "practice" for the real quit.

Good afternoon Guskimos.  Seeing as some Gussledders are home-bound today and there hasn't been a GUS Snowpile to play in lately I thought I'd put this up just for the heck of it.

Contrary to the forecast the snow is not turning to rain here in Boston and I have the picture to prove it:

So chirp in with what you've got and we'll take it from here.  Once again the pretty Spanish Forest snow picture to set the mood:
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Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 12:30 PM PST

GUS -- Saturday 2.8.14

by paulitics

GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. If you are quitting or even just thinking of quitting, please join us! We kindly ask that politics be left out.  

You can also click the GUS tag to view all diary posts, or access the GUS Library at dKosopedia for a great list of stop-smoking links. Check it out! Want to make sure you never miss us? Follow (♥) the GUS tag to keep GUS in your Stream and easily find the link to the latest one. It's just that easy!

A message to ALL quitters: You don't have to avoid GUS if you have a failed quit. We won't give you a bad time or nag you. We consider the failed quits as "practice" for the real quit.

Hi everybody...Happy Saturday to all Gussomatics.  I hate to do back-to-back hit and runs for Saturday GUS but today has turned out to be another crazy day.  Did I prepare something in advance just in case?  Of course not, so here I am again laying down a place mat instead. Sorry.  One would think that after all the prudent advice Vacationland has offered up about trying to be on top of things and rolling with the flow I would have learned something.  I guess not (!)

After what seems like weeks of being cooped up on the weekend because of weather woes, I (like apparently everyone else in the universe) decided to tackle a list of chores today that would be a strategic strike...get in, get out.  Fuggeddiboutit.  Everybody's out doing the exact same thing.

So I am home at last and will stick around while unpacking bags and tending to a seriously grumpy cat.  I think something may be bothering her because she's been more vocal than usual over the past 24-48 hours.  It might be nothing.  I hope so 'cos the vet ain't open until Monday morning.

That's all for now.  I hope everyone's enjoying their Saturday and has a nice Sunday to follow it up with.

I'm embedding this song because I haven't heard any OLD Beatles in a while, with this being the 50th Anniversary of their first voyage to America.  Take care all...

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Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 02:47 PM PST

GUS -- Saturday PM 2.1.14

by paulitics

GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. If you are quitting or even just thinking of quitting, please join us! We kindly ask that politics be left out.  

You can also click the GUS tag to view all diary posts, or access the GUS Library at dKosopedia for a great list of stop-smoking links. Check it out! Want to make sure you never miss us? Follow (♥) the GUS tag to keep GUS in your Stream and easily find the link to the latest one. It's just that easy!

A message to ALL quitters: You don't have to avoid GUS if you have a failed quit. We won't give you a bad time or nag you. We consider the failed quits as "practice" for the real quit.

Hi to all Gussocrats and welcome to an abbreviated Saturday afternoon edition of GUS.  I'm tossing something bare bones up for consumption since today has been non-stop running around as anticipated.  So go ahead and do your thang and I'll try to stick around for a bit!  I'll add to the diary if inspired as the night goes on but for now this is ALL YOU GET!!

Everyone have a great Saturday Night !!!

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Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 06:37 AM PST

GUS -- Saturday AM 1.25.14

by paulitics

GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. If you are quitting or even just thinking of quitting, please join us! We kindly ask that politics be left out.  

You can also click the GUS tag to view all diary posts, or access the GUS Library at dKosopedia for a great list of stop-smoking links. Check it out! Want to make sure you never miss us? Follow (♥) the GUS tag to keep GUS in your Stream and easily find the link to the latest one. It's just that easy!

A message to ALL quitters: You don't have to avoid GUS if you have a failed quit. We won't give you a bad time or nag you. We consider the failed quits as "practice" for the real quit.

Good Saturday Morning GUSPopsicles and welcome to another (chilly) weekend.  Everyone is dealing with the cold right now.  Everyone that is except GDbot since he apparently resides in some magical desert paradise near Area 51.

January's settling in as a slow month.  The extreme elements force people to slow their pace and hunker down.  One would think it would be perfect diary writing weather, what with all that extra time snuggled on the couch with the laptop fired up and inspiration tingling the fingertips on the keyboard.

Well it isn't.  I got nothing.  I did find a very cool picture of a snowy forest in Spain, so that's a plus.  And I added some George Winston piano music for some Saturday morning mood music. Thumbs up for that.  But beyond that it's just another gray winter Saturday.  But that's okay...it is the weekend after all.

Okay, have at it.  Talk amongst yourselves.  Or if you looking for a discussion topic, I've started leaving on the stereo for the cat while I'm out.  I've never done it before but she doesn't seem to mind it.  I'm leaving on the classical station at a low volume.

Does anyone else leave music on for the pet(s) when you're out, and if so what kind of music do you choose?  DISCUSS

Everybody stay warm and have a nice weekend.  P


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Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 06:47 AM PST

GUS -- Saturday 1.18.14

by paulitics

GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. If you are quitting or even just thinking of quitting, please join us! We kindly ask that politics be left out.  

You can also click the GUS tag to view all diary posts, or access the GUS Library at dKosopedia for a great list of stop-smoking links. Check it out! Want to make sure you never miss us? Follow (♥) the GUS tag to keep GUS in your Stream and easily find the link to the latest one. It's just that easy!

A message to ALL quitters: You don't have to avoid GUS if you have a failed quit. We won't give you a bad time or nag you. We consider the failed quits as "practice" for the real quit.

Good Morning all Gussacks.  Happy Saturday.  Unanticipated family obligations have altered my plans for the day so I have to toss up an Open Thread for today's GUS.  I was hoping to create a GUS masterpiece last night but got sidelined and now I don't have the time this morning to work some magic.  Sorry!

Everyone enjoy your weekend, and take a moment to reflect on the life's work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the remembrance for his birth is observed Monday.


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