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New Career?

It’s been nearly two weeks since my last cigarette and I’ve started doing things a little differently. First of all, I haven’t written much of anything despite my good intentions in the evenings. Work has me stressed out to the max which means by the time I make it to my humble abode, I feel as though any attempt to look at a computer screen would result in my brain leaking out of my ears. So no, I haven’t written anything, but I am brainstorming. The weird, Chantix induced dreams have helped with that bit.

Now that I don’t smoke, I find myself singing more. I have a long drive in the mornings and afternoons and instead of puffing away on my cigarette, I flip through the radio stations to find songs to sing along with. The unfortunate side effect of this is that I can’t sing and I hurt my own ears which means I can only turn the music up louder to keep from hearing myself. Which means I then sing even louder.  Add to this my strange urge to listen to hip hop. That’s not a bad thing…unless you feel the need to dance while you’re listening to it…behind the wheel of a car going seventy plus…yeah, you see my problem?

Today feels like Friday for some reason, but that might just be wishful thinking.

Anyway, I stumbled across this funny video for a song I really like and thought I’d share it with y’all. It has nothing to do with What’s Playing Wednesdays despite the band’s name. I just thought the video concept was great and the song is wonderful. There’s something about this band that really draws me in. I think it has to be the singer’s voice combined with the distorted guitars, the lyrics and the almost old school rhythms. Whatever it is, I love The Black Keys and I hope you’ll like Tighten Up.

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I’ve Finally Lost My Mind

If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you missed a major announcement last night. I’m going to try to quit smoking.

It isn’t the first time I’ll quit. I managed nine months about three years ago, right about the time I began writing seriously. Then the holidays rolled around and my good intentions went down the hill. This time though, I’m going to do my best to stick to my guns.

And I’m not doing it all alone either. I’ve talked with my doctor who prescribed Chantix to help me quit. We’ll see how that goes. I’m also going to take up knitting again. It’s something I used to do to relieve stress, but it’s been so long that I’ll have to learn all over again…which could lead me to wanting a cigarette. Oy. I’ve warned everyone around me, friends, family, coworkers that I’m not going to be the most pleasant person to be around in the upcoming weeks. I think if I can get through the first week, I should survive. Should.

Because have I forgotten to mention that a lot of my coworkers smoke? And a lot of my time is spent around them? Oy. And I’ve chosen a Monday of all days to start being smoke free. Ay-yi-yi.

But it’s okay. I’ve got this. I’m not going to be a slave to the cigarette anymore, desperately searching for a place to light up. I won’t get those disgusted looks from non-smokers who just don’t understand how much I need that nicotine. I also won’t be preaching to smokers the way a coworker does to me. This is one of those habits that you have to want to quit. Someone can’t make it happen no matter how many lectures they’re given or how many horrible commercials are blasted on the television.

Wish me luck cause I’m definitely going to need it.

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