I didn't deal with every single area, but I dealt with the ones that were bothering me the most -- the vanity bench that doesn't do anything except collect junk, the top of my dresser (same thing), the top of my pseudo-nightstand. The dust was thick, but gone now, and the vacuum got a damn good run.
It feels great.
Imagine the wry smile when I opened an apparently seldom opened vanity drawer and found this. It'll be two years (!) next month since I quit smoking. I realized that the milestone was approaching earlier this week as I bundled up at work to go to the mailbox and one of my co-workers (also a former smoker) reminded me that I used to do that several times a day just to go out and smoke!
I do wonder, sometimes, how I'd be handling some of these situations in my life if I were still smoking -- less angst, more angst? (I know I'd be thinner in any angst.) Smoking, "taking a break," always gave me some time and separation (however brief, since at 2 minutes per, I was one of the fastest smokers on the world) to blow off steam, cool off, think things over -- I wasn't as apt to blow up or end up with a mouthful of my own foot. Alas, I won't be testing any theories or anything, but I do wonder. And still miss it once in a while, but I am amazed at how infrequently I think of it these days -- even in times of great stress.
Back to the nicotine patches. There are 12 of the advertised 14 of the clear, Step 3 patches unopened, still in the box. They actually expired in October, but I'd still use them if I needed them. Does anyone need them?