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17 March 2011

And then there were six

Six years ago tonight I smoked an after-dinner cigarette with my brother and his wife on my mom's driveway. It was Michael's birthday and, though I don't specifically recall, we likely had corned beef and cabbage -- which I sometimes like and sometimes hate. It has everything to do with the corned beef. (I never love it.) What's up with corned beef?

I might have smoked another cigarette on my way home.

I know I smoked another cigarette at about 11:00 on the walkway between my house and the garage. I smoked that one very thoughtfully. I knew it was my last. And then I said good bye to the rest and tossed them into the trash.

I've been smoke-free ever since. Sometimes it's been really, really hard. At first it was. Man, I remember wondering if I could ever think of anything or do anything again without it somehow leading to a cigarette. Get the mail, talk on the phone, have a beer (or any other beverage except milk), take a walk, need to think, wanna get away, vent, cry, laugh, cry, yell, celebrate a touchdown, argue, relax, pick me up. Heh.

Now, I am always surprised when I realize how infrequently I think about smoking.

I can't say that I'd never have done it without the blog -- in particular, without the urging of my fellow quitter Ann (*sniff* there's no purlingswine domain anymore???) and the invaluable support of Cara, and each and every person who helped with their comments and emails -- but I know I wouldn't have done it six years ago.

Man, I love you guys! XO

Comments

Congratulations, Vicki! What a terrific accomplishment. You have much to celebrate. HUGS to you!

I'm so happy for you and for the years you have added to your life! I will be glad to have you as my friend for every single one of them!

Congratulations on 6 years of no smoking!!

Congratulations, Vicki! It can be very hard, I remember when Dale quit. It will be 14 years next month for him. I know he sometimes still thinks about it, too, but not much.

Woo hoo! Congrats! It sounds like it was a great choice for you and you're doing well.

The years have gone by SO quickly when you think that was six, truly SIX years ago! Way to go, grrl!!!!

Congratulations - way to go! Having lived through my husband's quitting ;o) I know it's a really hard to thing to accomplish.

Woot! That is a huge accomplishment. Congratulations!

That is fabulous for you! Congratulations!

Congratulations on 6 years!!

Forgot to say I love corn beef. But then again, I only have it once a year.

So proud of you!

After I quit, it took me about 20 years to stop periodically thinking about having a cigarette.

CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN!!

I think I might have begun following your blog right about that time...I was fresh from celebrating my 1 year anniversary of quitting smoking, and I remember being happy to encourage you (and everyone else I encouraged back then - and since!).
(((hugs)))

Congratulations! I can't believe it's been 6 years.... seems totally amazing!

Good for you, Congratulations!!!!! I quite 15 years ago and it was the best thing I've ever done for myself. But it's strange once in awhile I'll dream about having one. I can't believe it, so I know how you feel even after all this time.

Congratulations! That is really awesome...quite the accomplishment.

Good for you! Six years is awesome.

well, I did it! I have officially given up on the typepad micro blog and am back over at wordpress. I'M BACK BABY! stay tuned for erratic blogging!

Sincere congratulations. Think how much cleaner your lungs are, and how much nicer your yarn smells. :-)

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