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Today is Day 2 of no smoking.
Generally, I am fine. I am distracting myself with tv, cleaning, blogging and Twitter. Thank the lordess for Twitter! It is quite possible that I am doing worse than I think- true, I’m not smoking but I am also an emotional mess. I think I cried last night when the Flash plugin crashed and I lost a life in Candy Crush. It’s a little crazy around here. After all this I’ll probably do something very nice for the husband for dealing with me.
I have tried not to replace smoking with eating too much, but at one point I just gave up and ate a bunch of pumpkin bread slathered with butter. We all know that just won’t do. I can’t eat bread for who knows how long! All those carbs! All that gluten! (Just kidding I love bread and don’t give a shit about gluten)
What will really get me by is a large amount of delish sugar.
Say “Hello” to my little friends!
Okayyy that was horrible and I apologize.
Besides the obvious changes that will be happening in the next few weeks (HELLOOOOO employment possibilities!!!), one very big change is happening with me right now….
I have decided to quit smoking once and for all.
Cigs and I go way back and for most of it I wasn’t a heavy smoker. I would have called myself a moderate smoker. I know of people who smoke like 2 packs a day and that has NEVER been me. In the past 2 years, however, my nicotine intake skyrocketed (still not anywhere near 2 packs a day so don’t worry your pretty little head about that). I was smoking more because I had nothing else to do. I was bored a lot and smoking filled in the gaps.
I have realized (albeit, slowly) that I have been nicotine’s bitch for far too long. I also feel like I’m too old for that shit. I need to be taking care of my body because I ain’t gettin’ any younger. Or as my Grandma would say, “I’m no Spring chicken”. To tell you the truth, a lot of my decision to quit is purely vain and shallow. While I’m not scared of aging normally and naturally and gracefully, I am terrified that smoking has sped it up or made it worse. Of course there are the major physical consequences that concern me. We all know what they are, so I’m not going to repeat them (and please don’t feel the need to “remind” me- I haven’t forgotten). Those worries keep me up at night sometimes.
Last night we went out and things got hazardous- because of 3 beers, I should mention- and I was doing a lot of chit-chatting and social/drunk smoking. This morning I woke up somewhere between 6 and 7am dying of thirst, and realized that I felt horrid partly because of that third strong beer, but mostly because I had smoked so many cigarettes. I won’t get into the details of exactly how I felt because it’s pretty gross. Somewhere in between still drunk and hungover, I decided right then and there that I would not buy any today and that me and cigs were DONE.
So far, it’s been pretty good. I had one craving that was like a little alarm going off reminding me it was time to smoke right after I finished my lunch, but I simply reminded myself what the deal was and just rode it on through. It wasn’t so bad.
We’ll see how I feel tonight or tomorrow….
If I could choose a soundtrack to my life, the Twilight Zone theme song would start playing right now.
Last week was sort of crazy.
It started out with Mathieu defending his PhD (which went great and he is now Doctor Husband!). We also had to have refreshments after his defense for his bosses and mentors, friends and family. The day before I had some friends come over and help with the cupcakes (thank you Dimitri and Agnès!!!). More on that later.
A couple days later, Mathieu flew to Vienna for the day for his formal interview and for me (since he is always calm about everything) tension was high because I just wanted an answer! I wanted to know for sure that we were moving to Austria and I didn’t want to wait anymore. Thank the lordess that we heard back that night! It’s a done deal and I am ready to get going.
The rest of the week was full of illness… FYI, don’t take ibuprofen on an empty stomach because you might feel horrid for 3 days. Even though it’s common sense and we’ve all heard it before, seriously, don’t do that.
Now for the baking. I made cupcakes for his post-defense-party because of course I did. I had decided to do three different kinds, and mix it up with a couple crowd pleasers and one sort of “out of the box”, crazy mix of flavors (for the French, anyway).
So, I settled on:
- Green tea matcha with raspberry pastry cream filling and raspberry butter cream
- Super chocolate with chocolate mascarpone frosting and topped with a “pi” sugar cookie (since the husband has his doctorate in math)
- (Here comes the “crazy”…) Beer cake with maple buttercream (with delish maple syrup actually from Canada, thanks to Agnès!), topped with beer candied bacon
Thanks to Dimitri and Agnès, I have awesome photographic evidence of our Sunday Funday Cupcake Extravaganza Bonanza! I need them to teach me how to use my camera like this!
Anyone feel like a fist bump? I do! Pound it. It’s official: we are moving to Vienna next month!
Things that make me want to jump for joy about Vienna:
Getting a job
So, basically a lot of shopping
Finding a new apartment and making it our own
Yay! Go us!