My friend Soybomb and I often celebrate our birthdays together. We are both Scorps born in November. My day is the 8th. Soybomb's is the 13th. Sometimes we try to celebrate our birthdays together. We don't always exchange gifts but this past year I gave her a giant ceramic pig I found in Chinatown. It was similar to these. She gave me some great albums (yes, LPs) they were similar to these.
We had a great dinner with our friends that night. And I gave myself a gift too. On November 13, 2005, I quit smoking. I haven't talked about it much because I didn't want to jinx myself. I figured I would covertly enter my new life as a non-smoker. My life as a non-smoker (or former smoker if it makes a difference to you) has been relatively stress free but lately I have been jonesin' for some nicotine. I don't know why but I want some cigarettes...NOW.
Don't worry friends, I don't plan on giving in to the temptation. This is one of the longest periods that I have gone smoke-free. My eyes are clearer. My breathing is easier. And my singing hasn't been this strong in ten years.
Other advantages to quitting: Cigarettes are expensive, yellow teeth and fingers are gross, and smoking causes wrinkles.
Nicotine is not my friend and these days I only want to be with friends.
I will smoke today. Don't worry, I'm smoking ribs and a couple of lamb shoulder chops.
I'm also enjoying my first weekday off in over a month. This past Saturday I enjoyed my first day off in over three weeks. I'm going to smoke my meats, paint a chair and do laundry. At the end of the day. I may order a limo jet and see the town.
P.S. the Limo Jet link is also a gift from Soybomb.