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What are you currently avoiding?

Asked by tedibear (18069points) September 13th, 2010

Right now, I’m trying very hard to avoid some self-destructive behavior. I should be working to overcome those feelings and yet, I’m not. But I’m not indulging in the behavior either.

How about you? What aren’t you doing that you need to be?

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ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Getting dressed. I avoid getting dressed at all costs… but I have an appointment in 2 hours that I need to be getting ready for.

chyna's avatar

I’m avoiding finishing painting my kitchen.
Ok, that’s it. I’m off here and going to paint the kitchen. If you see me back here today, tell me to get off and paint the kitchen!

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

Sleep. It is 12:30am, but I really don’t want to go to bed. I go through this nearly every night. I don’t enjoy sleep any more.

Ben_Dover's avatar

AIDS and VD.
And doing rather splendidly, I might add.

rainbowspirit's avatar

Right now I’m avoiding the two days worth of paperwork that I need to do! Strangely I am not feeling very inspired!

TheMadShatter's avatar

Doing anything constructive….i just can’t be bothered working today.

erichw1504's avatar

On the road, avoiding these crazy drivers and their texting!

Sent from my iPhone

rts486's avatar

My sanity.

Frenchfry's avatar

A cousin, Everytime we go out I end up paying for everything. She has been calling everyday now. Why don’t we go out? You need to get out of the house.Blah.. Blah.. Now She is calling . I see her number I am not answering.

CMaz's avatar

I am avoiding cleaning my kitchen floor, cutting the grass in my front yard, bathing the dog and falling in love.

janbb's avatar

Rereading Edith Wahrton’s House of Mirth prior to teaching it.

zophu's avatar

A loss of faith in society. Trying to convince myself there is a purpose in participating other than avoidance of loneliness.

Aster's avatar

I am avoiding doing the dishes, which I detest, & cleaning up the bedroom but I’ll go do some laundry now since I enjoy it.

janbb's avatar

Edit: Wharton

AmWiser's avatar

I’m avoiding trying to put together a resume. I want to go back to work but I seem to be procrastinating.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I’m avoiding all my housework today. Instead I am spoiling myself by getting my hair done along with a manicure and pedicure (aka getting ready for R&R)!

muppetish's avatar

Studying for the G.R.E. I’ve less than a week for the General. Guess I’ll whip out the flashcards again.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I’m avoiding dealing with the paperwork associated with our fourth attempt to get a refinance loan – I hate brokers and banks.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Major life decisions!!!!!!!!!

nebule's avatar

oooh me too !! I’m not doing a very good job though I have to say! But I’m also avoiding my final essay that needs writing by Friday…a shed load of house work, dealing with emotional baggage and the constant reoccurring thought that I am terribly unhappy with my life.

Bluefreedom's avatar

Vacuuming the house and cleaning the bathrooms. Oh wait, doing laundry and washing dishes also.

erichw1504's avatar

I’m avoiding getting in the middle of the battle that @Simone_De_Beauvoir and @ChazMaz are having about my Mario question.

Pandora's avatar

Everything except this question.

tedibear's avatar

@Pandora – Thank you for not avoiding my question along with everything else! :D

CMaz's avatar

@erichw1504 don’t worry. I’m out. LOL

Pandora's avatar

LOL, I do what I can. :D

CherrySempai's avatar

I’m working very hard to avoid a form of jealousy/exclusion.

Two of my closest friends keep excluding the rest of us when they do things, say they’re going to bed only to stay up for four more hours talking in one of their rooms, sit next to each other everywhere they go, and one is always touching the other in some way (hugging, arm over shoulder, leaning against, playing with hair, etc.)

They’re both girls, so it’s not like they’re developing romantic feelings for each other, but we’ve all (eight of us) have been friends for a pretty long time, and now it’s just like these two are leaving our “group” and becoming best friends. When we’re all together, they don’t even talk to the rest of us, and it keeps bugging me to no end.

I’m not jealous because I want what they have, but because I can’t see why they can’t talk to the rest of us or just be apart from each other for two minutes. Maybe it’s more hurt than jealousy.

When it’s just the three of us, I feel like an absolute third wheel, and I hate that feeling. I have no idea what to do about it.

So, I’m working to avoid feeling this way and just ignore what’s happening right in front of me. :)

It’s not working.

Scooby's avatar

Sleeping! :-/

downtide's avatar

going to bed

tedibear's avatar

@Scooby , @downtide go to sleep! You need your rest!

Scooby's avatar

Lol, you’re very right! I’m off now….. Keep up the good work yourself ;-) G-Nigggghtttttttt

tedibear's avatar

@Scooby – Pleasant dreams!

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Ironing some clothes items and taking a bag across town to the dry cleaners.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Opening the mail. I’ve got a box of it that I haven’t opened.

nebule's avatar

@CherrySempai it’s possible that they’re lesbians no?...just a thought…they might be keeping it secret? but if not…then I thoroughly sympathize…time to get some new friends maybe? love the name btw!!

CherrySempai's avatar

@lynneblundell Haha, thank you. :) And they’re definitely not, we had that theory for awhile last year, though. (Well, I know for sure one isn’t, but I still have doubts about the other.) They’re wonderful friends, just not when they’re together… :(

@hawaii_jake Oh gosh! Just bills and ads, or letters from people, too?! Getting a letter in the mail is one of my favorite things…!

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@CherrySempai It’s nothing important or personal. Just ads and such. I haven’t received a real letter in the mail for years.

Jabe73's avatar

I don’t live my life feeling I need to “conquer” everything in my path anymore. It is alot less stressful for me that way. The only things I worry about conquering or getting over my fear of are things that I am motivated or interested enough in to begin with. Not just for the sake of proving I am “confident” or fearless. One such issue here for me would be my fear of driving in larger areas/cities. I always had a fear of driving in areas with heavy traffic or multiple lanes. This is why I avoid cities at all costs (unless I absolutely have to drive there for some reason).

partyparty's avatar

Right now I really need to start typing a book for someone. I have the dictation here on my computer, but I don’t have the motivation… it’s more fun here on Fluther LOLL

nebule's avatar


Neizvestnaya's avatar

Buying new tires and windshield wiper blades for my car.

nebule's avatar

@Neizvestnaya I’m avoiding that too!

Aster's avatar

Avoiding getting a flu shot which uses Thimerosal as a preservative.
Thimerosal is the preservative of choice for vaccine manufacturers. First introduced by Eli Lilly and Company in the late 1920s and early 1930s, the company began selling it as a preservative in vaccines in the 1940s. Thimerosal contains 49.6 percent mercury by weight and is metabolized or degraded into ethylmercury and thiosalicylate. Mercury, or more precisely, ethylmercury, is the principle agent that kills contaminants. Unfortunately, mercury also kills much more than that.
The Department of Defense classifies mercury as a hazardous material that could cause death if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Studies indicate that mercury tends to accumulate in the brains of primates and other animals after they are injected with vaccines. Mercury poisoning has been linked to cardiovascular disease, autism, seizures, mental retardation, hyperactivity, dyslexia and many other nervous system conditions. That’s why the FDA rigorously limits exposure to mercury in foods and drugs. Some common sources of mercury include dental amalgam fillings, various vaccines and certain fish contaminated by polluted ocean waters.

The toxicity of mercury has never been in question. The real question is precisely how much mercury-laced thimerosal is toxic, and what are the possible consequences for our children at low doses?

Eli Lilly and Co. supposedly answered this question for us back in 1930. Concluding thimerosal to be of “a very low order of toxicity . . . for man,” the company hired its own doctors to perform thimerosal experiments in Indianapolis City Hospital on meningitis patients during a severe outbreak in 1929. This 60-year-old evidence was still quoted on the company’s brochures as recently as 1990. Andrew Waters, who is involved in a lawsuit against Eli Lilly, claims that most critical studies on the toxicity of thimerosal were suppressed by the company until now.

Banned around the world, but not in the United States
That might explain why thimerosal was eliminated in many countries 20 years ago. In 1977, a Russian study found that adults exposed to ethylmercury, the form of mercury in thimerosal, suffered brain damage years later. Studies on thimerosal poisoning also describe tubular necrosis and nervous system injury, including obtundation, coma and death. As a result of these findings, Russia banned thimerosal from children’s vaccines in 1980. Denmark, Austria, Japan, Great Britain and all the Scandinavian countries have also banned the preservative.

nebule's avatar

dissecting the Cartesian theory of the mind

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