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June 2020 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

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TinyBadger

From: TinyBadger

Aug-26

Glamping isn't totally my gig but I admit I've done it. I have never slept in an RV or 5th wheel, but I have a friend with a battery powered curling iron and we tease her relentlessly. If you're just gal paling around it serves it's purposes. I'm about 1 hour and change from Bozeman depending on the route. As far as bigger cities go, it's my favorite. There's a restaurant called 5 on black. It's basically a build your own bowl if Brazilian is your gig. You get lots of choices, mostly vegetarian, and the portions are huge and everything is from scratch. Delicious. They have one in a few cities round here. The thing I love is called a jet boil. It boils water in about 90 seconds and is amazing. Great for oatmeal, tea and dehydrated meals. Soups and rice too. They have a ton of different products for packing and cooking in the outdoors. I don't drink coffee but my husband boils water in the jet boil and then uses the aeropress. He likes the aeropress so much he makes coffee at home with it sometimes. He loves bones brand coffee, too. If you look it up on YouTube, don't be discouraged beause some nerdy people have some pretty crazy ways of using the aeropress to make a brew. Jet boils aren't the cheapest thing out there but they've never failed us. Nothing better than coffee and cooking in the rain. Screw building up a fire for a cup of joe, especially if you plan on hiking. They also have connection tubes to hook to other outdoor cooking devices. I'm a walking advertisement, sheesh! I do not bathe when camping unless we go swimming. I don't mind and neither does my husband. That's half the fun- adventuring in your own filth. We honeymooned in glacier, and we go there every year. Usually at the very beginning or end of the season., It's less busy then. That's gods country, right there. I hear that Yellowstone has a week where it's only open to cyclists and it's pretty neat to get that close to nature without a million cars. But glacier is more my gig. Also, there is this tiny town a little way away from glacier called Somers. It's got one cafe and a couple of bars. Great fresh fish. It's right on flathead lake and it's gorgeous. Sometimes we rent a cabin there as a homebase then head to glacier. I feel like 90 percent of people would get some peace from spending even one night in the outdoors. Even car camping is good for the soul. Or.go to a park, sit in the sun and read. Or maybe go to an outdoor BBQ. Outside is great for anxiety and depression, stress and mood. I speak from experience.

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Aug-27

Well, now I think I’ve heard it all. Battery powered curling iron? Not sure even what one could do with that as an “off label” use. Start a fire in a tight spot maybe? Doubt it gets hot enough. Stick it in a cup of water and heat the water for tea? Probably not hot enough for that either. Probably couldn’t even light a smoke with it if I still smoked. For me it would be useless and another gadget to end up in a landfill some day like 90% of the crap made. To each their own as they say! 
That restaurant sounds fabulous but surprises me almost all veg and Brazilian to boot. I’d definitely give it a go if I ever get there. Only Brazilian restaurants I’ve seen are places with pretty much all meat dishes. 
I don’t go without my coffee ever. Not anywhere. Think I’ll put that little stove on my wishlist. The one I have is pretty old and this one looks lighter and more efficient. One of my colleagues uses an Aeropress every day at work. Works great. 
I agree Tiny. The outdoors is good for the soul and anxiety and depression and I would say anything that ails one. Only been to Glacier once, and yes, definitely god’s country. Will you be going this year? It’s about a 13 hour drive for me. Our National Parks are treasures for sure. Olympic National Park is what brought me West. Did a report on it in 4th grade and told myself and my momma then that I was gonna live near there for at least 6 months of my life. She said “make it happen”. Ended up 10 years where I could see the Olympic Range every day the sky was clear, and even not so clear across the Sound.  Many many hikes and lots of camping there. It may well be god’s brother’s country. 
Will never forget the first time I saw a Banana Slug. Would make you and X run screaming for sure if you think those 3 inch cockroaches are something...

Have a great smoke free day. You and Hubby are a force to be reckoned with in this Quit and I’m very very proud of you. Have really been enjoying reading of your adventures and tribulations.

xvaper

From: xvaper

Aug-27

Hi Tiny,

Thank you for sharing your experience. I decided to tell my friend upstate, the one I am going to spend a few days with, to refuse to give me a cigarette if I falter and ask for one..just to be safe. I have been busy the last couple of days which really helps, I have no time for cravings! 58 Days!!!

I't like 92 degrees here today I am not leaving the A/C for one second.

xvaper

From: xvaper

Aug-27

That is inspiring. And a cautionary tale. You learned your lesson and you seem to really be firm on NOPE.

xvaper

From: xvaper

Aug-27

I never thought of it that way, only after I quit and started reading all the scientific papers, and going on this board. That is why Lori and I agree, we can never be none smokers, the same way a Heroin addict can never be none addict. It's scary but it's the only way to success. Some people can smoke one, then not another for months, I know them. I do not know why their brains are wired differently, but it doesn't matter because mine does not work that way.

xvaper

From: xvaper

Aug-27

WHAT!!!??

Glamping is for princesses like me, who would never go on a regular camping ( self deprecating here..)

Toilette, showers, stylish tents or huts.. to my defense, I grew up I was forced to go on school camping every year, and I hated it.

We made our own tents from old army blankets, stones, ropes and stakes. We ate canned food, and there were no showers or tiolette for a week. I am scarred for life!

CC to TinyBadger
Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Aug-27

Haha! 
Yeah I’ve done my share of grunge camping for sure. Still do it except now I call it “Grunge Luxury”. The equipment made nowadays is amazing and if you come out and go with me and give it a go I promise you will heal some of that scarring and not be disappointed. Two things: we would eat simple (but good) and you have to potty outside. Other than that...you will be completely comfortable and warm at night all while carrying everything we need in. Just ordered that Jetboil thing to take down near Crater Lake next month. Want to come??

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xvaper

From: xvaper

Aug-27

Thank you so much for inviting me I would love to sometimes, but dear as you are, I will not be without toilette.

Other than that I would LOVE to come!! Maybe another time we can organize something more glamp-like..

I like to cook and I am a vegetarian border line Vegan, so I am good with simple foods. 

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Aug-27

Yeah. I’ve lost 2 quits with the just one thinking over the years. Almost 7 years quit between the 2 and both times it was “just one”. Came close this quit twice now in 6 months and really meditating on the past and really focusing on the addict part of me is what brought things back around. Hoping to stay focused for the rest of my days now...as “just one” does not work for me. I’m very lucky to have recovered my June day of smoking. It is the first time I actually threw smokes away and not finished a pack, so that helped. Gave me a sense of liberation, that act, as I did intend to smoke the whole pack that day. This is definitely a journey. I’m looking at it as I played roulette and got lucky in June. Nothing more. I believe too that writing about it here helped a lot as I’ve never had a place like this before and am forever grateful for this find and for those that put up with the natter. Seems at least once a day I come write something and am not sure if it is evident but generally I am “writing off a smoke”. Either in the form of Agaves, or visiting Aunt, or protests, or blown up Whales. It is all just distractions from the addiction...just set my mind to romancing something else and keep my eyes on the prize while I live what is still the illusion of freedom. Hope remains for sure, but I am not one who can or ever will solely rely upon that. This takes vigilance and many other attributes in my opinion.

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Aug-27

Ok. We can car camp. In a place with toilets. Not sleeping in an RV though and will not tolerate a generator. Deal? I eat fish but that’s it for my meat. Not giving up my milk ever either and there is only one real butter in my opinion. Daughter was  Vegan for a year. My Salmon broke her though. One thing I love to cook and do it better than any I’ve ever had anywhere. Figure I have to cook at least one thing really well as I don’t like cooking. Don’t hate it...just don’t like it. Oh...I eat Tuna too. And Shrimp. Guess that makes me pescatarian....? 

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