Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Today is Smoke-free Day 183.

After previous attempt at winter camping in a yurt were sidetracked a couple weekends back (actually, thankfully we did not go, because we would have been stranded or even much worse, and so many people are still recovering from losing everything that weekend in places like Vernonia, Oregon), we finally made our yurt dreams happen this past weekend.

We had a blast. Yurts are as awesome as I thought, and I want to own and live in one of the not canvas camping kinds (who knew they could be so deluxe? - **note, no, ours was not even remotely as deluxe as those in the picture - that's just what I would love to actually live in someday**). There was heat, but it was still chilly. Since I no longer smoke, in theory, my circulation is better, so my hands had a better chance of being warmer. That was welcome since I needed my fingers in order to beat Tom's butt at Scrabble.

The funny thing about the campfire, and I *love* campfires, was that I always used to enjoy being able to sit around and chat with Tom while still being able to smoke because it blended in well enough or something that it was just different and less annoying. Even in the earlier Chantix days of my quit over this summer (I quit smoking June 18, 2007), I marveled when fellow Chantix bloggers talked about camping and not smoking. Fast forward to now, and this time, I found myself kind of avoiding the smoke from the campfire and even concerned about breathing too much of it into my lungs. And then I had a little chuckle at myself because it wasn't so long ago that I willingly and (approximately hourly) deliberately breathed in smoke along with lots and lots and lots of chemicals and poison. I guess today I just care more about my body and don't want to go out of my way to be so abusive to it as I was as a smoker. Thankfully, I think there is plenty of room for a little campfire once in awhile. And a toasted marshmallow.


  1. What an interesting post Maggie, I just knew you were earthy.
    I did the camping thing as a kid and then again when I was a Girl Scout Leader and took my troop camping many times.
    My idea of camping is a LaQuinta when I'd rather a 5 star hotel.

    You aren't becoming one of "those" ex-smokers are you?

    Congratulations on another day of your Quit Maggie, you're doing fantastic!!!!!

  2. i'm in awe! you were in like Penthouse yurt, dear! i didn't even know they existed so fancy!
    darn, i gotta make it up to OR sometime!
    glad to hear about you in your usual cheerful posts!

  3. Hi Maggie,
    Just a quick note to say I'm 20 days smoke free. I've not taken a Chantix pill in 3-4 days, I feel ok, some craving, but I think I'll be ok. I removed my blog, I can't keep up with it. I hope Stan is doing good.

  4. I didn't grow up camping, but found it as an adult and love it! Nope, I won't become on of "those" ex-smokers, ever. I believe in personal freedoms way too much and think we have already gone too far in trouncing just one class of folks in taxes and ridiculous laws and rules.

    Stan, the picture was nothing like where we stayed, but that's what I said I would like someday. The one where we stayed was canvas, but that one is an actual house made of sturdier materials.

    Pat, congrats on 20 days! I'm really sad to hear that you decided to take down your blog.

  5. I am glad you and Tom had a wonderful trip! I could get behind the Yurt camping....they looked beautiful! I am definetly way to old for tent camping! Besides, I had enough sense to gave my Marlboro tent and sleeping bag away. LOL

  6. Hi Maggie! I wanted to say thanks for the Chantix posts. I've just started my Chantix journey (and corresponding blog). Your blogs have been very informative and helpful!

  7. MzDiva, the yurt we stayed in was nothing like the one in the pictures - those are just the kind I'd love to own and live in someday. I do love tent camping, but just not so much when it's so cold. I wouldn't want Marlboro camping gear, either.

    Brandie, I left a longer comment over on your blog, but I'm wishing you the best of luck!


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