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November 19, 2009

Thanks for your words and ideas, they are very helpful, encouraging and uplifting. I am finding alot of comfort in all these posts since finding this site 2 days ago and being able to talk about this for the first time. Like many I thought it was just me, never really met another picker that I was aware of. I actually like puzzles and the process of putting the puzzle together does have a similarity to the picking, it was such an accurate comparison. My husband of course hates my picking and in the past we enjoyed doing puzzles together, so I thought. But, after a few really big puzzles he admitted to me that the way I do them, with the intense searching, trying to insert a piece, discarding them in a pile, well, he just hates it. It really bugs him and gets on his nerves, so I no longer did a puzzle with him ever again. He is Bipolar though so it's not all me, ha,ha. I can do a puzzle by myself though.
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November 24, 2009

That's pretty funny about your husband. Yeah, the puzzle idea has kind of gotten buried--literally. My most recent one is under a bunch of other stuff. (I also have big clutter issues) Anyway, it's still helpful to keep thinking of ideas because it keeps me focused on quitting for good, someday, hopefully. It's easy to just give up and get in that rut again. But, as my daughter gets older, she's going to start asking.....and I just don't want to have to have that conversation. Anyway, came up with another idea, but haven't tried it because it would involved buying something. But, wood carving would totally get a similar feeling I think. Ironically enough, I hate accidently cutting my fingers and that would be a very big possibility with that. Oh well, thanks for responding, and I hope you find something that helps you.
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November 24, 2009

I know what you mean about the clutter, right now there is not a clean surface large enough to even do a puzzle right now! LOL. Your original post got me thinking though of other ideas, my husband once told me to put paint in a bucket and let it dry (his Dad was a painting contractor) and then pick or peel it. He was being rather sarcastic at the time due to his frustration about this. I never have done this and it might seem like too much work but you could just pour some paint into an old aluminum pan or shallow, plastic dishpan. Also popping the bubbles in Bubble wrap, I am always ordering things online and usually recycle the bubble wrap but may start keeping it for myself. I don't think I'd be much of wood carver in the sense of actually creating anything nice but Whittling a stick would work too. So far we have Puzzles, Wood Carving/Whittling, Bubble Wrap Popping and Paint Peeling. Please add to the ideas everyone, thanks.