It is well known that alcohol lessens your inhibitions and best intentions. One of our community members wrote:
"..my 1st 2 attempts were ended suddenly by those famous last words in a bar... "would you mind if I stole a cigarette"... both times I didn't want to be a grub so I bought my own pack by the end of the night saying "of course I'll throw them away in the morning" and 2 years later, here I am on my 3rd attempt!!!"
Please don't take a chance. You really don;t know how much alcohol it takes for you to start thinking, "just one won't hurt." It always will.
When I was raising two teenage daughters on my own, I started taking my shower at night, because trying to get three of them in the morning caused all manner of turmoil.
Fast forward to both of my girls being launched and I STILL took my shower in the evening because, I thought, it was nice to go to bed all clean, and it was just easier to get ready for work without the time needed for it. Germaine to the story is that I smoked until I retired.
Fast forward to my retirement, and I am STILL taking my shower in the evening - until Thursday.....when there was yet another AHA MOMENT in my quit journey. The REAL reason I still took my shower in the evening when my girls were in college, was because ------wait for it................................................................................................................................
I needed a SMOKE first thing in the morning......almost as soon as my feet hit the floor. Thursday night I was feeling the effects of a long day, and just didn't feel up to 6 sets of stairs (1 1/2 up and down - twice) ....so I took a shower Friday morning. AND enjoyed it! AND just tonight realized the REAL reason I took that shower in the evening all those years.
I am chagrined to realize what a hold this addiction had on me! WOW, just WOW! What things in your life totally revolved around YOUR addiction, I wonder?
This photo was on Twitter this morning and reminded me of my trip to Europe a little over three years ago. We got there by paddle boat. Such wonderful memories - unsullied by smoke, too!
Here is the poem written by Lord Byron describing his incarceration in the cellar of this castle when it was used as a prison: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43842/the-prisoner-of-chillon. I saw the column to which he was chained - and saw the imprint on the stone as he walked 'round and 'round it. My daughter made me read the poem (all of it!) the night before we went there.
in reminding everyone not to drink alcohol this weekend:
"I thought well I can smoke and then stop after that night...... that was before I was at the gas store buying a pack of my favorite smokes ...................... I was back at smoking 2 + packs within 10 days I think"
You really don't know how many drinks it will take for your addled brain to tell you, "just one won't hurt" and you BELIEVE it. Better safe than sorry.
"But the groundhog and his handlers get it right more often than not. In 118 years of available records, our calculations show Phil and his translators have been correct about 64.4 percent of the time.
Unfortunately, there have been years where the president has misinterpreted what Phil said," retired handler Ron Ploucha previously told PennLive. "Because Phil's never wrong. Phil's prediction is 100 percent correct, and we blame the variants on the president's interpretation of Phil's prediction."
Having just two options can make the forecast difficult. Either Phil sees his shadow and winter continues for six more weeks, or he doesn't see it and an early spring arrives. There isn't room for nuance, as would have been needed last year to foretell of an early spring followed by more winter.