Today is Smoke-free Day 178.
Tom doesn't go out much, so it's really rare for me to have a whole night to myself to just be a girl. Don't get me wrong. I miss him when he is gone because I actually like him, and I hear every little noise with super suspicion, but I do still enjoy just doing my thing once in awhile all by my little lonesome (well, with the meow-faces). Historically, this has been wrapped into my whole "me time" thing where smoking was much a part of the night and seemed guilt-free since there was no one to see how often I lit up or do that nose thing at the stench when I came back inside. In fact, not once, but *twice* I've ended decent-sized non-smoking streaks on such Girly nights. Once was the "big one" after quitting for my longest at well over a year (quite a few years back) and another time (last November, I think) was after about 2 or 3 months quit or something. I suppose having "Girly Night" is almost as much a trigger for me as alcohol (and casinos, particularly me in Reno, where I'm still not sure we will go in February), but not only did I make it through the night no problem, I even had fun and look forward to next time.
In honor of my big night, I made this yummy little menu (update 12/16/07 - pictures here) for myself (all simple and non-Tom things but all stuff I love: avocado, tofu, pears - next time including the zucchini), worked some more on Christmas surprises that have sort of swallowed my existence lately but that I cannot discuss because one certain beloved family member does read (will share with all after Christmas if I remember or if a curious someone asks), and then my dear friend J called, so we talked for about 3 hours. He was recently traveling on business in Puerto Rico and came oh, so close to lighting up, but he didn't. Smart, smart guy. He survived, I survived, today we both have happy cilia (been awhile since my favorite topic of the freedom of the cilia), and life after Chantix is good for both of us. And lots of you all, too, which is beyond won-tacular!
Oh, and Santa's coming soon, even earlier to our house the night of the 21st because he likes us best and because we are both 3 year olds without (sadly) our own 3 year olds.