I'd start each and every day with a relaxing, full body massage. Ahhhh. That's how my day started yesterday and, man, was I ever mellow! We had a great little weekend get-away. It snowed overnight on Friday and was still snowing a bit on Saturday, but not enough to hinder our plans. We drove up to Sturgeon Bay in the afternoon; visited a yarn shop, some antique/junk shops, a great little coffee shop, and an art museum. I had two fiber destinations in mind, but only one was open. It had cross-stitch supplies, too, kind of all mixed together and a bit unorganized, and there wasn't anything out of the ordinary. I spent a fair amount of time there, but didn't buy anything. The other shop was more intriguing, carrying supplies for weavers and spinners as well as knitters -- I saw lots of looms lined up on the enclosed porch -- and I felt that they held more promise. I'll just have to go back someday!
Our big antique purchases were an old door latch (DH) and a couple of old cabinet photos (me) for a grand outlay of $4.00. The door latch will actually be put to use on the upstairs closet door. The photos... well, I'm a sucker for babies and fashion and they'll just join my burgeoning collection of orphans!
Our room at the B&B was a third floor loft -- more spacious than any B&B room I've ever stayed in -- one gable end for the sleeping area, fireplace, chaise; another smaller gable end with a futon couch, TV, music, small fridge with chilled glasses and wine; a small table and chairs between those two areas (at the top of the circular stairs that led to the room); a huge bathroom was in the gable end opposite the futon area; and just outside the bathroom door was a whirlpool tub. It was really great. This little treat was a Christmas present to us from my mom and stepdad.
Dinner on Saturday night was on my dad and stepmom (I earmarked their Christmas gift for that purpose!). We went to a really great restaurant that didn't look like much on the outside (it's in a strip mall), but was very cute and cleverly decorated on the inside! Wonderful food, too. And we had a celebrity sighting -- in the booth right behind DH was the celebrated running back for the Packers! Most of those guys don't hang around here at this time of year, so it was even more of a surprise.
I did do a little knitting, but mostly I did ripping. I think I ripped the back of Opptuna for the fourth or fifth time on Saturday night. I had wonky stitches (again) and I decided that it was too narrow. I'm on track now (that's my final answer!) and have progressed just past the armhole decreases.
Though not as bad as Day One, Day Two of Not Smoking was hard. I had to keep reminding myself not to feel sorry for myself, that I'm really doing something very good, and that I'm not being punished -- that's kind of how it felt. I was a little mopey on and off -- lots of sighs ("poor me") and deep breaths. I did much better on Sunday; today, meh. I do have three days under my belt, though, have handled a couple of stressful situations, and I haven't blown up at anyone yet. I have noticed some triggers that I was never even aware of -- coming to the end of a row of knitting once in a while or DH heading out the door to take Mickey for a walk are two things that make me want to jump out of my chair and head out to the porch! It seems that a reduction in my consumption of Diet Coke (almost always caffeine-free) has occurred as a result of this change, and I'm drinking more water -- not as much as I could or should, but more than I have at any other time except when I was active in Weight Watchers. I seem to be experiencing more frequent heartburn, but that may be in my head, or because I've eaten out much more in the past week than usual. The bottom line is, I haven't smoked since Thursday and that's good -- neither has Ann, and neither has my sister! Yayforus!
I'm going to have to move Terby's Blog-a-Thon interview to tomorrow!