Wednesday, September 15

Want to win some Avon? Check this out:

This is an old post - giveaway ended Oct 15, 2010!

My sister-in-law is giving away some Avon goodies on her site ~ check her site out!
She is giving away THREE different goody bags, and all you have to do is subscribe to ShawnAnn's World via email. Plus, you can get extra entries for other things (follow her on Twitter, retweet the giveaway, "like" her on Facebook, etc.) if you'd like to increase your chances of winning! The giveaway ends on October 15, so you have one month left ~ if you Tweet, you can retweet up to 10 times daily.... and each tweet counts as a separate entry :D

Not enough time for a family update tonight, but I wanted to toss this out for everyone. Click the button above for ShawnAnn's World to go right to the Avon Giveaway, and I'm going to put her button here in the sidebar as well so you can find her anytime. Good luck, and have a great day!

Monday, September 13

September 9, 2010 - I quit.

Maybe it's still a bit early to say so, but today is Day 5 without a cigarette - only using nicotine gum - and I wanted to mark the date here. Who knows, this may even get me to write a little something every day for the next few weeks!

I did try to quit (cold turkey) 3 years ago but that time didn't stick. Here I go again, and it's a little easier this time around.
I started smoking regularly the summer I turned 12. A few months ago, I marked the start of my 33rd year. That's 21 years too many!
Mister Twister was born a few months after I turned 21, so that seems to be a good number right now and will likely help my mind stay focused on quitting. The kids are already proud of us for not having smoked only a few days yet - it's good to have the little reminders from them about breathing better and all that... they are smart kids!

Nicorette Coated Gum 2mg, 100 pieces (Fresh Mint)

It feels a little easier this time, and probably because I've known we were going to quit for a few months now. Ardeo and I wanted to quit smoking before the big move, but in the midst of trying to plan and move that far, we never did "get around to it"; the best we did was found nicotine gum on sale for $10 off early in June. We went from saying 'we ought to quit soon' to 'we really should quit now' to 'well, we're poor and this isn't helping' - so I pulled out the boxes of gum for us. 2mg for me, 4mg for him; on Wednesday, 9/8, we smoked the last of our cigarettes before bed.

Nicorette Coated Gum 4mg, 100 pieces (Fresh Mint)

I've never been the kind who could wake up and *immediately* go out for a smoke. I snore like a man, so I would often wake up with my throat hurting even if I hadn't smoked much the previous day. Thursday morning wasn't bad for me; I think I had Miss Hurricane off to school before I even thought about 'needing' that drug. All day I think I only had 4 or 5 pieces of gum; once it's chewed so many times, it gets very difficult to chew anymore, like any "old gum". There's also the side effect (personally) of heartburn and hiccups. Also, I'm a gum-popper and I can't blow very good bubbles with this stuff!

All righty... today begins Day 5 for us; 4 days was my previous record for not smoking, so I think I'm well on my way. I'll write more tomorrow ~ it's time to get the boy off to school!