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{October 21, 2010}   The Trouble With Withdrawals

Hello everyone, welcome.

It has been a day, a whole day. Twenty four hours without a scratch off lotto ticket! I’ve always thought the first day was the hardest…..I was right. I had to stop by the Flash Foods because I had to turn in some winning tickets I had bought over the weekend. Proud to say, I walked out scratch off free and twenty three dollars heavy. I can get used to this.

I think I may be going through withdrawals though. I have a headache and my back is killing me. Those are symptoms of withdrawals, right? I’ve had to stay busy today. The fact that I had 6 loads of laundry had nothing to do with it, I was just doing it to keep my mind off scratch offs.  Now that I think about it, the scratch off tickets must have been keeping me down and lazy. I mean, that’s the only excuse for letting laundry get THAT piled up. Makes sense to me.

My blog isn’t going to be very long today. After all, I AM going through withdrawals! Surely, you guys understand how difficult it is to work through withdrawals. It’s tough! Headache is growing by the minute! I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that it is 2:30am and I have yet to sleep. No, it has to be withdrawals.

So, due to my deteriorating condition, I ask for your understanding if this blog is not up to par and is less than you’re used to. You guys are great and give me such support feedback. That’s why I know you’ll understand the difficulty trying to work in such uncomfortable conditions. I mean, my hands have been itching all day!

Tomorrow will be a better day, I just know it will. I will give you the blog you deserve tomorrow. Right now, I’m going to go take some Tylenol and go to sleep. Hopefully, these withdrawals will let me get some sleep.

Until next time….Peace 


Hello everyone, welcome.

They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. Well, hold on to your seats because I have an addiction. I am ready to finally deal with my addiction. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

So, what is the addiction I have let control me? Could it be drinking? Is it drugs? Could it possibly be a perverse affection for wearing men’s underwear? Let me set your mind at ease. My addiction contains none of the above. So, what is it? Scratch off lottery tickets!

Seriously, I have a real addiction to scratch off lottery tickets. I have to buy tickets every time I go into the store. Sometimes, I go to the store just to buy lottery tickets. Of course, I come up with a good excuse to go to the store. I have to pick up my daughter at school; I pass the Kangaroo store on the way, might as well stop and get a ticket or two.

The crossword tickets, power play crosswords and bingo tickets are my favorite. They take a long time to scratch off. At least, the way I do it; one letter or number at a time. I have to take extra time to make sure I evenly scratch each letter or number and it has to be done the same way each time. Guys, I seriously have a problem. Not only am I addicted to these, I am obsessive about them. If I let my children scratch one for me, I have to tell them the “right” way to do it. “Clean the outsides lines first off all the scratch off stuff then only scratch off to reveal two numbers or letters at a time”.

You also have to use a dime that has a well defined edge to it. Not a quarter, they are too big. Not a penny or a nickel because the edges are too smooth. Are you guys getting my point here?

I find way too much enjoyment in each scratch off ticket I get. My kids have even noticed this. Of course, it’s hard to miss. They are starting to talk. I don’t like hearing my kids talk about me having to buy these tickets or roll their eyes when they see me coming out of the store with the lotto tickets. Therefore, this HAS to change. I have to get control of this!

So, I have admitted I have a problem. What now? I usually am at my best if I stop things ‘cold turkey’. So I am putting away my special “scratch off” dime. I have too for the sake of my children and my pocket book! 

I hereby, pass the torch to you as my “scratch off” protégé. I am hanging up my clip board. Did I mention you have to use a clip board as to press on to enable a firm surface for even scratching? Jeez, I have a serious problem, and it is far that just an addiction to lotto tickets!  

And to get you started out on the right foot, there is a $20 scratch off called “Gold Rush”. Gold Rush has the very best of odds…..1 in 2 chances of winning. Every other ticket, the minimum is 1 in 4 chances of winning. People, I should NOT know this much information!!!

As hard as it will be, I am done with buying scratch offs. I may have to pick up cigarettes again, but at least I’ll no longer waste money on scratch off tickets and maybe, just maybe, show my children your addictions can be controlled. On that thought, I guess I will NOT be able to pick up the cigarettes!

Cold turkey, it is.

Happy scratching !!!

Until Next time…..Peace


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