Thursday, July 13, 2006

I'm a Quitter and kind of proud of it

Way back when I first started posting to this blog regularly, I reporting on my success at quitting smoking. Well, I talked about it a few times, then dropped the subject because I started smoking again.

Well, I've done it again -- quit smoking. This time I did it on my own little program. I used a self-hypnosis tape, a few nicotine patches and some breath mints. Last time I quit, I had relied on the patches, which I became allergic too. I got hives and it was horrible. This time I used a couple of full patches and then started cutting them down -- downing my dosage. It worked pretty well --- no hives this time.

The cravings come at the oddest times. When that happens I take a couple of deep breaths and get on my way. Sometimes I suck on a breath mint to occupy myself a bit.

Here's a peek at my progress to far.....

---2w 1d 19:17 smoke-free, 320 cigs not smoked, $72.00 saved, 1d 2:40 life saved

I have a little program called QuitTime which tracks my progress. It displays on my computer all the time which gives me a little boost while I work. So, in the midst of my little funk, I have done something right -- hopefully it is the beginning of more good stuff.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Safe is Risky; Risky is Safe

In my current funk, I found this little post on Creating Passionate Users pretty interesting.

There is a point where being safe is risky. No new experiences, no new ideas. Ever hear about those pack rat people who never leave their house and just accumulate newspapers. Eventually someone goes to investigate and finds them crushed to death underneath their papers. What was Safe became very Risky.....

In a Funk

Okay, I haven't posted in a while. I can't explain why, but I'm kind of at loose ends, looking for a clue or something. Just to say that some things sneak up on you when you aren't looking.

I'm doing my best to get back on track here, if only I could get a clue as to where that track may lead.......

(image from quilt "Funky Motif" by Carol Taylor GongPages/gong1.htm)