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Just a quick reply to wish all a happy holiday and echo everyone's wish for a better new year in 2021. Funny, I saw a tee shirt with the line, similar to rotten tomatoes, rating 2020 as one half star, not recommended for viewing.
Its been a strange year and holiday. Our boys did come over for the last week, but we agreed on a strict quarantining before hand and while we are all together. Everyone works from home these days, so isolating, (except to go to the store) was easy, no shopping malls, etc. Cross our fingers that next year will be more closely to norm.
I imagine that I would have used the COVID issue as an excuse to not quit smoking, or starting again, but thanks to this forum and all of you, I don't have to deal with that. I really don't think much about smoking. I played golf the other day with two smokers and thought how long it had been since I even smelled cigarette smoke.
I really hope all are safe and healthy and were able to share the holidays with loved ones, albeit differently this year. Let's still keep first things first this next year and have another great smoke-free year to relish. What ever comes at us, we can handle without having to light up.
Take care and stay safe.
Hello Friends and Happy Holidays! It was really nice to see the post from Brian. I do miss you all and haven't checked in for a while. Not too much has changed here in snowy Ohio. Still working from home....grateful to have my job because we've laid off so many people. With no foreclosures, my company's business is really hurting. I know it's just temporary but our staff is down to the bare minimum. Happy I've survived so far.
Holidays were so-so. Didn't see my daughter or family. My parents are struggling with health issues down in Alabama and refuse to come back to Ohio. They are so dang stubborn so I'm dealing with that frustration. Hubby is still smoke, smoke, smoking away. Sometimes I'm jealous and think about having just one, but I know what that will lead to and I'm never going back there. Also still dealing with putting on weight so I need to get that in check pretty soon (before I grow out of my fat clothes....LOL). Other than all that, things are good.
One other funny note, I just finished the Queens Gambit on Netflix (great show!) and it just struck me funny how EVERYONE in the 60's was smoking everywhere. It was crazy and so socially accepted. Just a random thought I wanted to post.
Hope everyone is safe and healthy and enjoying the holidays. Sending big hugs to all of you!!
I was so happy to see Brian,s note to say hello to all. Happy New year! Will be so happy when this year ends. I am happy to share with all of you that I have absolutely no need for cigarettes at all. The price per pack here in VA is almost seven dollars. I have gained 50 pounds and was given a “Noom “ app so I am trying to lose a bit of weight. More good news is that my youngest 34 years old) went back to school to become a teacher and is no longer on a street. In a program to deal with the drug addiction. His wife has taken him back in but he has many expectations he must follow in order to stay. “My three grand babies” are no longer babes. Kathryn is now in kindergarten, Owen will be three in April and Charlotte will be 2 in February. I have not been able to see them in person since 2/25/2020. Thank goodness for FaceTime. To say I am sad is an understatement. Cindi, I feel so bad for you not seeing your daughter. I hope that your parents will soon end up with you and closer to you at some time soon.
I was teaching in March Of 2020 and was thrown into virtual teaching. At 61, I was totally unprepared for working with disabled children using a computer but survived and taught during the summer of 2020 as well. My program allowed disabled kids back into the building in October dur to aspecial Education Law. I continue to struggle with technology but am in the classroom and on 3 support plans. My principal told me that he will keep me until the end of the year. Anyway, this is my last year in teaching. I am hoping to somehow learn to work or foster dogs when I leave this field. I made is 38 years. In the meantime, my divorce is final as of 12/17/20. I will be moving back to Maryland or NC in June. Overall, I am ok. I am proud that I did not go back to smoking. I did start drinking for about a month but it had no appeal. Many now, are on CBD oil. I am trying to stay away for that. Suffered a concussion on October 30th at work, One of our students (disability) had a breakdown and slammed my head into the door frame. I am waiting for MRI. I did not want to end on a negative note. I want to thank all of you and all those who were with us along the way for saving my life. It was a journey worth taking and will never forget all of you. If any of you see this, please pass on to Cazza and Suzie It will be three years this February. I cannot believe it. The quit and my fellow support system saved my life ! Thank you.Sending hugs to all. Happy New Year 2021. 2020 cannot go away fast enough
I just remembered that I went to the mall for last minute shopping. Parked the car and was just about to get out but I saw a man sitting in his car smoking a cigarette. He finished and got out of the car and walked away. Oh my, how I always did that! Before going inside to any place I had to smoke to get my fill. I sure don’t miss that as well as a lot of other inconvenient things smoking created. So happy about all of this!
That’s got to be so hard to live with someone who smokes. I hope he at least smokes outside. Keep up your strength!
Thank you. He does now (not smoking in the house) but didn't at first. We just bought a new car and I told him no way is he smoking in the car. It's tough sometimes but I'm hoping I'm past all of that. Like Marilyn, it will be 3 years this upcoming Spring. I still have passing thoughts.
Marilyn, so good to see you. Wow that's so much! I actually didn't know your kids had so much going on. If they are anything like you, I'm sure they will get through it.
Thanks for your reply. It's been a while since I was actively exchanging posts with fellow quitters, but this forum was my life line for several months a couple years ago and I still like to connect with the friends I made here. It appears that you are doing everything you can to attack this addiction. I always remembered Winston Churchills quote, "When you are in hell, keep going!" We all hung on each other and many of us have been smoke free for years now and I foresee you being in the same crowd as you win this battle.
After all the times I tried to quit over 40 years of smoking, this forum led to my only success and it has been a while since I thought about cigarettes or smoking, I love it. Living in Oregon, USA here, we don't have the number of smokers that many other states or countries may have, but since I live on a golf course and play often, I do run into smokers. I don't evangelize quitting to others, but certainly note the smell of smoke. I can't believe my past life was surrounded by that smell, in the car, on my clothes, etc.
I needed to believe the following to quit, "IT WILL GET BETTER AND I CAN DO THIS!!" Once I truly believed this, I was able, with the help of fellow quitters here to hang on until the magic happened - the addiction went away and I began to live without thinking about cigarettes. If you are having any troubles, do not hesitate to reach out to the March 2018 Warriors and one of us will reply as soon as possible. Good luck and never give in.
Gloria, Molly, David, Lori, JR,
CONGRATULATIONS! What a great way to bring in the New Year!
Hi Molly, Marilyn, Brian, Cindi, & Denim
Happy New Year & 2021 to All!! I was gonna get on here in Jan to send good wishes to all and to celebrate surviving 2020 (What an AWFUL HORRIBLE year for most!!). I was SO hopeful, positive & looking forward to 2021 being so much better than 2020!! And guess what happened on Jan 9th??.....We got snow here on Jan 8th but it did not stick on road and most melted the same day. On Jan 9th when I went outside to put fresh water in my dogs outside water pan, I slipped and fell on some refrozen black ice on a stepping stone in my backyard. I was on the cold ground and could not get up for 5-10 minutes. I kept trying to get up but couldn't. I kept looking at my left foot and kept noticing it was at an odd angle. I could not get up because I had broken my ankle. I am single and live alone except for my 2 little doggies. I was in my back yard and it was early in morning. No one could see me from the front yard and street. One neighbor could see me if they were outside. I was trying to figure out how to get up off the cold ground. I thought about yelling hoping one of my neighbors would hear me and I thought about crawling back to my house. I decided not to panic and just kept trying to get up. I was finally able to maneuver to get on my R knee and was finally able to get up (adrenaline) and hop back to the house. I texted my family and told them what happened and that I was going to get myself together and go to Urgent Care. My family came like the calvary. Was hoping I had a bad sprain but figured it was broken as it swelled so fast and I could put no wght on it. One bone was cleanly broken. So on top of this dam pandemic, I now had a broken ankle. So 2021 started off pretty badly for me. Was unable to help take care of my elderly father like before...and I felt so guilty as I was one of his primary caretakers. So my siblings had to take up the slack. It has now been 10.5 weeks and I am slowly healing. I wore a BIG boot for 8 wks...now in a brace for 6 weeks. Doing physical therapy 2x weekly. Had to board my 2 little dogs for 3 weeks as I was unable to care for them and take them outside 5-6x daily. They would run thru my walker and almost trip me. They were also afraid of the walker when I walked towards them. So this has been an experience. This has been really hard living alone and trying to do household chores and ADLs. I thought I was patient but really had to learn patience.