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OKAY, I LIED, I wasn’t going to do this, but I hav…

OKAY, I LIED, I wasn’t going to do this, but I have uncontrollable fingers that type things against my own will…and we are back to smoking and / or NOT SMOKING.

I am proud to say that last night was the first night I actually slept with the patch on.

(I didn’t do that before (sleep with the patch on) because I was afraid to have nightmares. Truly, I do not sleep that well, or that often, so for my limited sleep to be disturbed in any way what-so-ever was something I wasn’t willing to chance as I have a full time job and I am a full time single mother and I require sleep in order to function well for both of my “jobs”)

But, I did it. And guess what? I didn’t have the dreaded nightmares, AND I didn’t wake up wanting a cigarette either!!

I woke up (freezing) but, well rested and not a crave in sight.

When I got in my car heading out to work, I lit one out of habit. (as soon as I buckle my seat belt I push in the cigarette lighter) then, I threw it right out the window… not.ONE.drag!!!

I jumped on the NJTPK and I still didn’t want one. I didn’t even have to do the “trick my self” into thinking I will smoke, or force myself to wait…. “I won’t smoke until I get to exit 8, now I won’t smoke until I get to exit 9, not till exit 10…”

I just didn’t smoke, or even think about it. (Maybe it’s because I was so distracted by the new Madonna Confessions tour CD, that I am IN LOVE WITH) added bonus, there was NO TRAFFIC today! (where were all the people? was there some kind of holiday? a national call out sick day? did I miss out?)

So…. I made it into work… safe and sound and smoke-free.

1st crave hit about 10am. Denied it! with LIFESAVERS (yes, irony also works for me.. not just sarcasm and dares)

Damn it wish I took a picture of that roll of savers before eating all of them in an hour!! Would look PERFCCT HERE…damn!

2nd crave hit at noon (as always). So, for lunch, I had lollipops at my desk to avoid going outside where the smokers prowl

3rd crave hit about 345pm, after demolishing a good 15 accounts on my desk. I was determined to ignore it. But, I was not as successful. I smoked HALF of a CIGARETTE.

So, I said, to myself, it’s OKAY… it’s OKAY…..Just go back to the pops….(white stick in my mouth)

4th crave hit quicker 445pm, on the drive home… shit, another lollipop in mouth and seriously sugar coated teeth, now,,,, where’s that CD?… fuck! where IS that CD? not gunna smoke, not gunna smoke… okay, here’s A CD… fine….

Oh …. right! THIS is why I love RAP music!! It’s half past close to impossible to be depressed when MOVE BITCH GET OUT THE WAY is playing in your car. (an oldie but a goodie) It’s even better if you sing a rap song as if it was an opera-church-choir-tone of voice. (but I’d have to do that in person to demonstrate how its done and there is no way in hell I’ll YOU TUBE to post here that kind of thing!!)

I didn’t smoke in the car and I made it home, safe and sound and smoke free

It’s now 7:50pm and I have only had HALF A CIGARETTE.

As opposed to the 4 I am currently “allotted.”

Now that is PROGRESS bitches!


YUP! That’s right! My favorite place in the whole wide world. The worst fucking pharmacy ever.

But I have figured out a much more effective way of obtaining prescriptions after the last 5 other posts about the countless hours waiting in the parking lot, 75 trips back and fourth and the headaches.

I called in my refill at 8am, and the automated person requests what time you’d like to pick up your medication, so … I faked them out. I said 330pm, damn well knowing I wouldn’t be there until well after 6pm. And it WORKED. I gave them 10 hours to refill one script! 10 HOURS, that’s the KEY! IT WAS READY WHEN I GOT THERE! Yeay!

However, the lady in the car next to me was having HER first Wallgreens experience. so-not-happy! She was flipping out! Much like I have been forced to do!

I promise you this, one day, and it may not be one day soon, but it will happen. Walgreens will have made one too many people wait for 3 or more consecutive hours in a parking lot, missing insurance information, computers crashing, and send people on wild goose chase chores to kill time when someone or someone(s) will just snap.

I can see it now, the next time I go to pick up my prescriptions, the lady in the drive up window will have to tell me I need to wait

“Ma’am, I am sorry, but we’ve just been attacked by an angry mob of people, our computers have been smashed, now that the stabbings have stopped we have people bleeding back here, and we seem to have been looted out of all the good meds, its gunna take like seven to ten days to refill this one. Can you come back another time, oh, and call 911.”

why don’t they just put an ADD in the PAPER and HIRE HELP?

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  • Michael

    Hey what happended to your AC post? I was trying to post a comment on that from work but the server there kept crashing it. Good work on the smoking, though!

  • Leslie

    Love the brainy office pic. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Glad to see you only smoked 1/2 a cig up to 7:45 today.

    Proud of you.

    Keep it up sweetie.



  • meleah rebeccah

    AC post back up Michael!!!

  • meleah rebeccah

    Leslie… I know can you believe I have to WARE glasses to READ! ouch! Im old!

  • meleah rebeccah


    well I had a whole ONE during HOUSE…

    so thats ONE and a HALF cigarettes
    (from 6am till 943pm)

  • Anonymous

    Love you. smoked a couple today myself.

    Lee V

  • meleah rebeccah

    Aww..Lee!! You were doing so good!!

    Eh! Fuck it…

    LESS is BETTER than ALL (no matter WHAT qnet says)

  • Anonymous

    Glad to know the patch is sticking through the night! I can’t BELIEVE I haven’t smoked in 9+ days, it is shocking. My husband smoked ½ a cig (or so he says) yesterday as well as Friday. He’s given up on his patch too…it’s only a matter of time before he totally goes back to smoking I think.

    I on the other hand am somehow miraculously hanging in there! I don’t get it!

    My friend Rich joined quintet yesterday, he quit on New Year’s day and needed some help, I also showed him your blog and he’s now addicted to it!

    Hope you are doing well…hang in there!


  • meleah rebeccah

    I’m so happy for you!!

    That sucks for your funny husband though! Oh well, maybe he will make it one day!

    I am really so proud of you!! Way to go! Rock on, Kick ass! (and whatever else the “young people” say these days !…. FUH REALZ or something?)

    Congrats to RICH…qnet really does help, and hey THANKS for giving me ANOTHER “fan”

    seriously! knowing people read this crap, and LIKE it, THRILLS ME to no end!

  • Anonymous

    He likes your “rack” too…ha ha


  • meleah rebeccah

    SO DO I!!

  • Anonymous

    No problem, and good luck with it. Any cut back in smoking is an improvement over smoking all day no matter how you look at it. I don’t wish you to lose the bet – I hope that it works for you and that eventually it will help you to quit completely. I just had different experiences with it because I was weak in my previous trys, but we’re all put together differently 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I think you did great Keep it up!


  • Anonymous

    hiya Meleah,

    I can’t believe your almost 4 hour experience with the worst pharmacy ever runabout.

    OMG I would have shot the pharmacists. I have a lot of patience but come on, that is just not right!! let me at those asswipers please…

    So the more I’ve read the more interesting you have become too bad you don’t date anyone from myspace 🙁

    It would be great to meet you though, I have a million questions to ask you but like I said you don’t see anyone from myspace.



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