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I Have A Cold

Posted by TomW5.15.17 Sep 12, 2018

I know, not a very significant thing to blog about.  Except that this cold is different.  For 20-30 years, I never went more than a few months between a cold and/or the flu.  The cold I came down with today is exactly 485 days after my last cold.  Which also happens to be the exact number of days since my last cigarette.   My wife, who has never smoked, says this is normal.  I figured that I would get sick less often, and less severely, but I still assumed everyone got at least one winter cold/flu per year.  She said she hasn’t had a cold in 2 years, and can’t remember her last flu.


Side note:  Those of you who get flu shots know that you are not supposed to get one if you currently have a cold (or any illness).  My wife tells me this cold is entirely my fault.  Yesterday at breakfast, she asked me if I had gone to get my flu shot yet.  I said I had to put it off until Friday because of work commitments.  Then I added, “Hopefully I don’t catch a cold in the next 3 days”.  Me and my big mouth


Feeling grateful

Posted by TomW5.15.17 Sep 8, 2018

I'm in the super busy part of my work year, and rarely have time to post here much.  Just wanted to share a little gratitude I'm feeling this morning.  It's pouring down rain here, and my commute to the office took 3 times longer than usual.  And that was before I got stopped for 10 minutes at the railroad crossing 2 blocks from my office.  A year ago (yes, even 4 months into my quit) I would have been reaching for a cigarette several times (a real one prior to 5/15/17, a phantom one after). The thought of smoking never entered my mind until I pulled up to my office and saw 2 people standing in the pouring rain smoking and looking miserable.


I'm grateful that I never had even the slightest urge to reach for a smoke during the drive.


I'm grateful that I didn't have to choose between rolling my window down a little bit in the pouring rain, or filling my car up with smoke. 


I'm grateful that I wasn't envious of those 2 smoking outside today.


For many months into my quit, I could never imagine writing this post.  I was beginning to think I would be miserable forever.  So glad I was wrong (cause, you know, being of the male species, I rarely am ).  And for the newbies, No, it didn't take me 16 months to feel this way.  Maybe 6 or so for me?  But it does finally happen, and this morning I'm feeling grateful for it.