Stitch and Frame, my LNS, had a Happy New Year sale on January 1. Just so happened that I got some money and a gift certificate for Christmas, so what better time than this to go stash shopping?
The holiday break is just about over – back to work tomorrow. It really doesn’t matter how long the break is, I’m never ready to go back. The good news is that we will have a holiday on January 18, MLK Day. Then there’s the stitching retreat to plan for in mid-late March!
Quit Smoking update: A big thank you to so many of you who offer encouragement and support. Someone from an email group asked me how it is going. This may be a repeat for some, but here’s some of my reply:
November 13, 2009 was the date of my last cigarette. After only these few days, my nasty cough is gone and my shortness of breath is better. Even get more stitching done. I was never one who smoked inside the house, but those outside breaks do take time! During this type conversation, this topic never fails to come up. I smell better!!
I quit once using a combination of bupropion and patches. Personally, that way was harder because you still have the withdrawals and strong desire. I know it's hard to believe but with the Chantix, you just don't want them anymore. The medication blocks the nicotine receptors in the brain. My son tried to tell me how they worked, and I still didn't think it would work for me. During the first week of Chantix, you can smoke as much as you want. As bad as we all know they are for us, as much as I did want to quit, and as unappealing as they were after the first few days, it is a scary thing to know that "tomorrow will be the last". I don't really know the psychology behind that, whether it's the fear of failure or the addiction saying “You can't do this,” but that was the hardest part for me.
If anyone else is interested in quitting, I encourage you to do it! What a brave way to start the coming new year!!
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