Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ex-Smoker, Day 45

I'm sitting here on Thanksgiving alone waiting for Molly to get home so we can start on our Thanksgiving dinner, listening to Sunset Rubdown (God bless them), finishing watching the Titans destroy the Lions (I felt embarrassed watching it), just being well-rested drinking coffee after a long nap after only a half day at work (didn't get the full day off, but half off is half as nice), and I'm trying to figure out what I should write about since it's been a while and thought I should do a quick catch-up post. And you know what? I still don't smoke. And I really had to think about it to remember.

It's been 45 days since I last had a cigarette, and it really isn't a big deal anymore. I'm still on the Commit lozenges (step 2 of 3), but I barely notice taking them (cherry is better than mint). In fact, I've only had two since 4am.

Occasionally I do get tempted, but that passes quickly. Now I actually notice getting bothered when I'm around smoke at bars or on the street. I notice that my clothes don't smell like anything. I don't cough as much. It's easier to wake up, not thinking about rushing out for a smoke. I like saying "non-smoking" in restaurants without following up with "no, no, it's okay." It's just all nice.

Sunday, November 09, 2008


I had to work half the day yesterday so I haven't had the time to do much this weekend. Last weekend was great though. We went to Maymont Park because the weather was perfect, and I wanted to see the autumn leaves. It's literally down the road from our apartment, so it's definitely one of those places we take for granted. Thought I'd share some pictures we took...

The Japanese gardens were amazing.

The bears were not camera shy.

Neither was the little gray fox.

Rooster with a comb-over.

Saturday, November 08, 2008


I mean, just look at that thing!!

I was out of room on my CD shelves and desperately needed something new. Good thing too because I never really liked the shelves I had. They were ugly and took up way more room than they needed.

So has anybody noticed how hard it is to find CD shelves at stores? Nobody sells them anymore! And if they do, they are not at all what I want. Got lucky at Circuit City though. Not only can this shelf hold all of my CDs, but it also has no wasted space. Now our library (or converted dining room) looks way more open. Even though it takes up much less space, it just looks more impressive that what I did have. I keep looking over at it all proud and stuff.

Friday, November 07, 2008

New World

Another blog with a posting about the elections? Sure, what the hell? I'm just so excited! I am still dancing!!

Not only did I finally vote for the winning president after three tries, but I almost had a clean sweep. My senator, mayor, and even school board candidates all won (city council was unopposed, so I guess that counts as a win). The only one I lost was my U.S. representative candidate (screw you, Eric Cantor).

You know, I have a pretty good voting record since moving to Virginia. I helped vote both Tim Kaine in as governor and Jim Webb in as senator. I sucked in Missouri! I can't think of anybody that I voted in, except the late great Mel Carnahan (take that Ashcroft... hmm, that has me thinking...).

Now as far as the presidential election goes, don't you just feel like an eight year weight has been lifted from your back? Don't you feel just like everything is going to be okay afterall? Don't you just feel... good? Don't you feel like singing??

Take it Johnny!!