Today is Smoke-free Day 165.
I have no real particular reason to be in a good mood today, but I am. It's early, but we put up our fake tree last night (yes, I live in the Northwest where we are kind of known for the real trees - call me a cheapskate or rebel or even giggle and stretch it to environmentalist if you don't know how obnoxious I am in real life about that kind of thing or whatever sounds good), and then put on all the ornaments, which we then had to remove because we hadn't yet put the lights on the tree. After the twisted up bundle of lights were untangled and on the tree, back on with the ornaments. You know, adult kinds like Hello Kitty, Spider Man, Yoda, that kind of thing. Whatever, it put me in a good mood that lasted through the night apparently.
I say all that because I don't want to talk about the idea that the increased tuggings of the past handful of days might still be here this morning, even with my exceptionally good mood. I kind of think they are, those little tuggers. But I'm sort of tired of it now, and I don't really want to think too much about it, so I won't. I'm still busy remembering things like how thrilled I am not to be standing in the rain that could turn to snow at some point this week (sadly, probably not on a work day) and how thankful I am that Chantix coupled with my cooperation and follow through probably gives me a better shot at even more Christmas seasons to enjoy. And I do enjoy because I focus on the parts of it that mean something to me while mostly successfully disregarding the parts that don't - that's just my strategy so that I don't feel as miserable as I know lots of folks do amid both the hype and melancholy that seem to swirl to the point of nauseousness this time of year. It helps that Tom and I are each approximately 4 years old this time of year, too. And that there is such thing as eggnog lattes. And Santa.
I remembered to soak the damn beans last night, so if all goes according to plan, and since there's been a request, I will share the results of the Calico Bean Soup Recipe made from the Calico Bean Soup Mix - if it works and tastes yummy, it could make a very nice little gift that can be appreciated (by recipients something like me, I guess) without costing too much.