>Day 5 Of the Stop smoking Saga , Zumba & Zuma


>Alrighty then welcome to Day 5 of the stop smoking saga.  Yesterday I did alot better, back down to 1 1/2 real cigs, seems like I do alot better when Bill is not around.  Still am not using the thing constantly, only having one or two puffs at a time.  The real test will start tomorrow, when Bill is off work. I am going to try and go without any real cigarettes the rest of today.  Then no more of those!  Speaking of Mr. Bill, its his birthday.  Yesterday the boys and I went out to get his cards and a present.  The boys picked out the card they wanted and the present.  And they paid with their own money. Apparently, that was the hardest thing they have ever done, Aden just doesn’t like parting with his money lol.  The card was cute, and for the present, they chose a nifty little safety orange colored ice cream scoop.  I think from now on I will let them pick out the presents we get for Bill.  He loves ice cream and we didn’t have an ice cream scoop before this morning.  I know, that’s a bit retarded, but I just never remembered we needed one while at a store.  I only seemed to remember when trying to scoop out ice cream with a spoon.  Which does work, its just a pain.  So Bill was happy.  We will make him Devils food cupcakes with chocolate icing later today.  We are hopeful that he will be home before 9 pm.  Tomorrow, I will make Chicken Marsala, Garlic rolls and Italian green beans with tomatoes.  The green beans are the very last  from our garden last year.  I think I have done a marvelous job hoarding them :). 
Yesterday, I didn’t feel like doing Pilate’s or yoga or Tae bo.  So I took a look around online and found some of the beginner Zumba videos on YouTube.  I am freakin’ hooked!  I loved it!  Aden and I moved the table in the dining room and we did Zumba for about 40 minutes, Aden just loved it, but then like his mama, he does love to dance.  Evan mostly wrestled the dog and ran around screaming like a banshee.  Then in the afternoon, we walked down to the store for Bill’s stuff.  its not a long walk, only about 6 blocks and all downhill until you want to get back to the house:)  About 2 blocks from the house on the way home, Aden stopped turned around to look at me and said, “I was really wrong”.  I asked him about what and he said, “Five year old kids do get tired,  my legs are all jiggly”.  He had told me before while we were doing Zumba that Five year olds don’t ever get tired, especially him, because he is so strong”.  I did understand the jiggly legs, my legs felt like jello too.  But it was still fun. 
Aden just had to show Bill the video we were doing yesterday, Bill wanted to know if he could watch.  I told him, perhaps in a few weeks 🙂  So pretty much, I can just go ahead and get whatever I want to do the Zumba.   So I got a Dvd from Ebay:)  should be here by Monday 🙂 
My beautiful sister-in-law in Germany, sent me this invite to play a game on facebook.  We had been playing Bejeweled Blitz, which I just love, but she sent an invite to a different game.  I think I should be very mad at her.  The new game is Zuma Blitz.  I am so addicted it is a wonder I get any sleep at all.  I actually got up the other morning at 3:30am and was playing it.  That is sad and very pathetic.  I have no life.  Another issue with the game, Aden likes it too.  Now that he has figured out how to work the computer and find what he wants, he does.  I caught him yesterday on facebook, playing bejeweled.  He was playing that because he couldn’t find the Zuma, it was to far down on my apps list.  I am so screwed when he really learns how to read well.  I should have logged completely out of facebook instead of just closing the window.  Thats just one more thing to remember, Aden is sneaky. Lock Down the Computer!.
But I still love the Zuma game & Zumba!!!!  Speaking of which, I think I’ll go and do that now 🙂

>Stop Smoking Day 4 and Gravy


>I have Decided that Bill is a very bad influence!!!!!  I did horribly yesterday.  I smoked 3 real cigarettes and only used the e-cig twice.  Wait, maybe that isn’t such a bad thing…3 is less than 5, or it used to be, so maybe I did pretty well and I just didn’t realize it.
So, much for Bill spending the day with us.  After the boys got back from speech we did the Wal-Mart run, the cover charge was more than usual. After that, Bill had to go to work, four and a half hours early. 
I actually got the entire downstairs vacuumed, mopped and dusted.  I was pretty proud of myself.  But it was a complete waste of time.  Within 15 minutes Evan dumped a cup of juice on the floor.  Then while I was upstairs with the boys cleaning their room, Sam decides to use the dining room as her own personal toilet.  Nice, Just Lovely.  She doesn’t have accidents in the house.  So why did she just have to right after I mopped?  I have a theory.  She hates the smell of pine sol.  That has to be it.  Ha HA. I got her, I had to re- mop everything, so I used pine sol again!  That will teach her.
I was very surprised that I actually got to mop in the first place.  Trying to keep the boys still for more than 30 seconds is practically impossible.
I still ended up with foot prints & paw prints on the floors, but at least they were clean for a minute or two.
Moving right along, Gracie has decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps.  When we got Mama fixed, she was about 8 years old, right after we brought her back home, within 3 days she had brought home some stray kitten she found, Dart.  Dart has his own little story somewhere else on the blog and I’m not going to get into that now.  Anyway, we noticed a small gray, very adorable kitten hanging around the porch about 3 days ago.  Normally, Gracie and Monkey won’t allow another cat on there porch so it seemed a bit odd.  The kitten looks to be about 3 or 4 months old , maybe.  Yesterday evening, I looked out the window and there was Gracie, bathing this kitten.  Then I watched her scoot it over to the food dish.  Dammit! We do not need anything else that eats! Or needs Shots, or medications of any kind!.  I didn’t say anything, I didn’t chase it off.  I was kind of hoping that she would get bored with playing mommy and the kitten would wander to someone else’s house.  No such luck.  Aden & Evan saw Sam sniffing like crazy at the door, so they had to investigate.  They saw the kitten.  Dammit Again! For about 1 hour, it was referred to as Gracie’s baby.  They wanted to know if it was a boy or a girl and when Gracie had the baby.  After explaining that I have no idea if it is a boy or girl, because I haven’t tried to check, they insisted on knowing when Gracie had the baby.  They do understand that babies come from the mother’s belly. But I can’t seem to make them understand “fixed” lol.  I kept trying to explain that Gracie can’t have babies and she probably found the kitten and brought it home, or the kitten wandered over and she kept it, or she might have even stole the kitten.  Wrong choice of words.  Aden said we should call the Animal police, right then, Gracie should go to kitty jail. That took about 20 minutes to explain why that wasn’t going to happen.  But, it was decided that the kitten’s name is Gravy.  I have no idea why, that’s just what they came up with.  We will have to see if it sticks around.

I decided yesterday that I would do Pilate’s.  Another poor choice.  Today I’ll just a little yoga. Tomorrow, I am not doing anything other than walking.  The boys and I will probably make a library run:)
Okay the natives are getting restless, I’m off to play referee.

>Day 3 of the Stop Smoking Saga & Quality Time with Billy Banks


>So Day 2 went pretty well, only cheated  for 1 whole regular cigarette, but I did make it last all day:)  But was able to get by with the e-cig the rest of the time, without killing anyone.  Although it did seem like I was hitting that thing every 10 minutes for awhile, but it is alot less nicotine than what is in a cigarette.  I still can’t seem to make myself sit down and actually smoke it. Whatever, I got alot of crap done.
So since I have clearance from the doctor to start exercising again, I did.
But, being the complete dumbass I am, instead of gradually getting back into it, I figured I’d just jump back in.
Not one of the smartest things I have ever done.
Back last September I got a Billy Banks DVD, the Billy’s Bootcamp, Billy’s Blaster Ball Workout.  I never got to use it, because that is when all that pain started getting really bad.  Anyway, I blew up the big workout ball thing, and that alone was a workout and probably why my arms feel like they are going to fall off now.  It has a manual pump, a very small one.  Its not even one of the big balls.
So, after that was done, the boys and I moved the furniture around and bit and we got started.  They loved it.  They weren’t exactly doing what they were supposed to be doing, but hey, I had the ball. 
I think there was a printing error on DVD.  It says “Blaster Ball”  It should say Ball Blaster.  First, the ball is too small for me to be doing alot of the things he was doing with his ball.  But I did try.  There was alot of improvising.  I have never used one of these ball things before.  I am thinking that a wise course of action, would have been learning how to balance on the damn thing before actually attempting to use it.  I am grateful I had the foresight to close all the curtains before I got started.  I believe that I delivered a $10,000 performance, too bad no one videotaped it.  American’s Funniest Home Videos would have loved it.
I did, in a very strange and bizarre way, enjoy it.  But, it was probably not what I should have started with after 6 months of sitting on my ass.  Tomorrow, I will do Pilate’s, Wednesday Yoga. Maybe if I can move by Thursday I’ll spend some more quality time with Mr. Banks.   Just a little tidbit, while I am writing this it is still Monday night, thought I would get an early start on Tuesday’s bloggy thingy.
I would like to not do anything but, I have a feeling that if I don’t do something Tuesday, I will end up in full rigamortis, now its only partial. 
But I did make it through the whole workout.  I am surprised I can type.  But then I am not moving my arms, only my fingers.  My Fingers are in outstanding shape, since that has been the only thing working out during this whole surgery/recovery time.  Knitting.  My fingers have been knitting.  Just thought I would pull you back out of the gutter 🙂
I am off to read stories to the maniacs, before they destroy my room.  I’ll finish this off in the am.

Tuesday morning.
Alrighty, so we are up, the boys are eating and despite my constantly telling them Nana doesn’t live here, they are eating completely different things.  Why do I do this to myself??  Aden is eating Mini wheats mixed with Life cereal and Evan wanted cheesy eggs.  Fine whatever keeps the arguing down to a tolerable level.
Mama surprised me last night by following me upstairs & actually jumping on my bed.  She can actually jump up on the bed.  I was shocked an amazed.  I had no idea she could still jump that high.  I was a little concerned the bed would collapse once she landed, but it didn’t.  She stayed up there all night and managed to take up most of the bed.  Bill wasn’t even brave enough to kick her off the bed when he came home.  She scares everyone.  But at least it was some exercise for her, our stairs are pretty steep and there are 17 of them.  She is still up there.
So today Bill doesn’t have to be in to work until 5 pm so we at least get him until 4pm.  Which will be really nice!.  I wanted to have the errand running at a minimum, but we have to go and get groceries.  I literally have nothing to eat.  So I see a wal-mart run in our immediate future. The boys have speech this morning so I hope to be able to use the 30 minutes they are gone to figure out how to use that silly ball thing and not kill myself.  It came with a 20 minute workout dvd, so I think I’ll give it a try.  As long as I don’t need to use my arms I’ll be okay.  They still feel like they are going to fall off.  Nothing else really hurts, which is really surprising.  But there is a good chance it just hasn’t hit me yet 🙂 I’ll do the 20 minute thing anyway.  It may actually be better to use the ball when the boys aren’t here. 
Okay so with the smoking/not smoking thing, I think I doing pretty good, other than I cheated again this morning and had about 3 drags off a real cigarette when I took Sam out.  I know I should just grab the e-cig and take that out with me, but Sam is pretty frisky in the morning and I don’t want to end up with that liquid nicotine in my mouth. because she jerked me and it tipped.  I could just not take anything outside except her, but I get bored really easily.  But Still from 5 down to 2 in two days is pretty good, I think.  I would like to be off everything by my birthday, but I am not holding my breath.  If Bill doesn’t quit that is going to be a big issue. 
Still not sure about what to do for his birthday.  He actually works on his birthday, so we will have to do whatever it is on Friday or Saturday.  So far it appears as though he will be off work those days, but you just never know.  I did convince Bill’s mom to at least try my e-cig, and she said if she likes it, she will get a kit.  I really want his parents to switch. I really would like them to quit, but the odds of them quitting are about the same as monkeys flying out of my butt and fixing the roof this week 🙂  Speaking of which, Bill will be talking to the roofers today so hopefully we’ll have a start date nailed down.  Surely the replicated pieces are done by now 🙂 We just need 5 days of clear weather with temperatures 40 degrees or above. 
Sam is getting better with mama, or maybe its that mama is really just ignoring Sam better, not really sure.
Either way there was alot less blood.
Today I am going to try not to smoke any more regular cigarettes.  I still haven’t had to charge my battery yet, I am impressed 🙂  its on the same original charge from Saturday.  I need to go and get busy.
And Remember,  Shop Smart.

>STopPing Smoking.., Day 2..


>Okay, so I did pretty good yesterday, I only smoked 2 regular cigarettes.  One when I took out Sam first thing in the morning and then when I took her out the last time, at night. 
So far its not to bad, except getting the liquid in your mouth, that is just unpleasant.  I had to rinse my mouth out 3 times yesterday.  According to the manual, getting the liquid in your mouth is caused my tipping the  unit and not holding it level, completely horizontal.  I am learning that that is very important.
Still on the same vanilla cartridge.  Battery is still working.  I wonder how long before the battery dies???  I only have one, but I guess that isn’t that bad of a thing, surely I can go without it for 2-3 hours while it recharges lol.

So Bill got up this morning and did not go outside for a cigarette.  He did however pass by the e-cig 3 times.  Finally, I just told him to go ahead and try it.  He did, the look on his face was priceless!  He said it wasn’t bad and we discussed it a bit before he left.  He thinks he will give it a serious go this weekend when he is home.  LOL  Now if I can only convince his mom and dad to switch! 

I do have some concerns.  I wonder if I am going to turn into one of those asshole ex-smokers.  You know the ones that glare at people for smoking or make snippy little comments if they see someone smoking??  I already glare at people, and I have really hard time Not making snippy little comments, I just usually don’t target smokers, unless of course they are doing something really stupid.  Like smoking in the car with their kids.  Although the people I see smoking in cars with their kids, usually don’t have them buckled in or in car seats either.  I will probably continue to glare and make comments to those people, I don’t see a problem with that:)

So Mama decided that her old, fat butt was going to stay on the couch last night.  This would be the second night in a row.  She has been wandering out right after Evan goes to bed.  Aden has slept on the couch for the last two nights because he wanted to be with Mama.  He can’t do that tonight though.  Sam is loosing her mind.  she kept jumping up and trying to get on the couch with Mama.  Mama wasn’t having it.  I just couldn’t figure out what Sam wanted.  I had the boys go sit on the other side of the couch this morning and I just watched Sam and Mama for about 5 minutes.  Then I figured it out.  Sam, was trying to lay down next to Mama on couch.  OMG.  Really, oh my poor, pathetic puppy.  It is very sweet.  However, its a good way to get herself, maimed.   She just doesn’t get it.  I am starting to think that pet insurance might be a good idea.  Sam isn’t so bouncy if I stay in living room with both of them, but if I leave the room, she starts bouncing all over the place, I am hoping it will get better pretty quickly.  Its hard to sit on the couch and knit with all the bouncing and fighting 🙂

I did cheat a bit this morning and had about 1/4th of a real cig while I had Sam out.  But, I am really not even craving a real one, yeah I know I’ve only been up about 4 hours, but still, I used to do most of my smoking in the morning.  I think its an improvement anyway.
Alrighty, I am out of here 🙂 

>Day One…The Stop Smoking Saga Begins


>Yesterday, the United States Postal service was kind enough to deliver the electronic cigarette kit I ordered, on Tuesday.  Outstanding.  Because I am female, immediately after opening the package, I read the instruction manual, all of it, word for word, cover to cover.  I am mentioning this, because if I was male , I would have just winged it, without reading anything. Anyway, So I read it, and plugged in the battery part to the wall charger and figured I had about 2 1/2 to 3 hours to wait until the battery was fully charged.  Surprise, it took about 1 1/2 hours to fully charge.

Step two.  I unplugged the battery thing and tried to decide which flavor pack I was going to try first.  I decided on Vanilla. So I put that part where it was supposed to go and it appeared that I was ready to go.
For some reason, I just put it back in the holder part of the package.  And looked at it.
I just wasn’t sure if I really wanted to put that thing in my mouth.  It has a battery, I have always been told you don’t put batteries in your mouth.  It it plastic and metal, with a microchip and then a little plastic thing filled with poison (the nicotine, glycol, water stuff).  None which sound like things that you should put in your mouth.  So I took the dog outside to pee and I lit up a real cigarette while I contemplated this electronic thingy and any possible consequences of putting it in my mouth.

After much contemplation, well okay it was about 3 minutes worth, I decided that I would actually use the thingy and see. 
But, not right that minute, I just had 1/2 of a cigarette.

About 2 hours later, I needed to get dinner started so, I picked up the e-cig and gave it a quick, little pull.  Hmmm not too shabby.  It didn’t really taste like vanilla.  It tasted more like a swisher sweet. Which I have been known to enjoy on occasion.  The little red light lit up like it was supposed to, and there was just a little bit of the smoke stuff, which isn’t smoke at all, its a water vapor.  It was like your breath, outside on a chilly morning, not much at all. In fact if you aren’t watching closely you will miss it.  But, I noticed the hit of nicotine immediately and after one hit, not 1/2 a cigarette.  I can see how this would work. Well for some people.  I am not now , nor have I ever been a heavy smoker.  Maybe 5 cigarettes a day, that’s why I chose to go with the lowest dose they carried, that still contained nicotine.  They have flavor cartridges that are just flavor and no nicotine. 
So I tried to do just use the e-cig for the rest of the day.  And I did do pretty well, except I did have the rest of my real cigarette about 8:30 when I took Sam out. 
This morning, I didn’t use it I had a real cigarette.  The e-cig is still in its little holder.  I will try to use it most of the day.
There are couple of things I don’t like about it.  Its @$#%ing heavy. I can’t hold it like a regular cigarette, my hand aren’t big enough.  When I say heavy, I am not joking, it is also  a bit bigger than a regular cigarette. 

Real Cig on Left- E-cig on the right

As you can see the electronic one is alot bigger.  I am not saying I don’t like it.  I just have to use it more than I am.  I still haven’t just sat down and smoked it like a real cigarette yet.  Maybe that is my problem.  I rarely can just set down and smoke.  I stand outside, take 2 or 3 hits and come back in.  But I also don’t want to use the e-cig in front of the boys.  Maybe I should start doing it in the laundry room 🙂

So that is the update for today.  I would like to switch over completely by Monday.  But of course I would also have to use the thing more than once or twice. 
In case I haven’t mentioned it,  I am using the South Beach Smoke Premium Starter kit. 
Let’s see how today goes.