Archive for February, 2010
Today is the first day of ‘Operation Stop Smoking’. It is long over due but I have finally decided that I am sick of letting my money burn away while it destroys my health.
So I decided that blogging about it, might help with the frustrations, as well as, help out with retaining the will power I desperately need.
Will power is a funny thing. You start off with so much of it that it seems to ooze out of you, but within 2 hours your brain (the desperately addicted part, anyway) starts trying to coerce the rational part of your brain into believing that the entire thing is unnecessary.
Desperately Addicted Part of Brain: Why are you putting yourself through this?
Rational Part of Brain: Because I WANT to stop smoking.
DAPB: But why? You like smoking?
RPB: No… you like smoking! I like being able to smell, and being healthy, and not having to sit in yucky smoking sections, and not being dependent on something as ridiculous as a cigarette!!
DAPB: But maybe you should try to quit another way… like cutting down first. This Nicorette Patch thing is really difficult and if you fail, then you won’t try again.
RPB: No, the Patch is cheaper and I am sick of burning/ smoking my money away!
DAPB: You’re just going to end up spending the money on things like food and other distractions anyway – and then you’ll get fat!
RPB: Crap. I remember that from the last time I tried to quit. Dammit I’m already thinking about food! Maybe you have a point!
DAPB: *Happy Dance*
RPB: No, it doesn’t have to be like that! I will not give in DAPB! BACK OFF!!
So for now I am winning and I will kep on winning, until the DAPB is gone for good!!!
Yes… that is what I shall continue to chant to myself… over and over… until it is, in fact, the truth
So Yesterday was interesting. I foolishly thought that it was going to be a fantastic day as the sun was finally rearing its head from behind the murky and very unwelcome, clouds. I drove to work merrily – all 50km’s without a single complaint – and when I finally arrived at work I was feeling ready to face the week ahead.
The day went on and I was feeling productive and content, well, that is until approximately 11h00 when the clouds over powered the sun and once again won the battle that has been going on since early January.
The rain came down in buckets… seriously, it was like a flash flood. I decided not to let it bug me that just as it was getting time for me to go home, it started raining, so I just ignored it cheerily.
At 12h00 (home time), the rain had slowed to a spit and I made my way out of the basement parking. I drove the few 100m’s to the dreaded William Nicol- Montecasino Boulevard intersection and turning left ,I was accosted by a rather deep and unpleasant puddle. I didn’t think much of it, other than the fact that it was an awful reminder of the Sun’s losing battle, until I reached the robot before the N1 highway on-ramp.
I turned into the newly opened construction lane and slowed down to stop (the robot was red, of course) only to have my car stall. Ignoring the sudden rush of blood to my face, I tried to start my car again, and you guessed it, it was dead. There wasn’t even a hint of the usual grinding-key turning sound.
Now, I don’t know if anyone has ever been stuck on William Nicol, but if you have, I am sure you will agree – It is rather scary! I am not the extremely paranoid type but I also don’t really like it when my car becomes the leaning/resting post for the hoards of men selling stuff at the robot. Especially when only the day before I saw those same men getting chased by the cops!
Anyway… I ended up waiting just over an hour for my designated tow truck to arrive (Thank God for Roadside Assist), only to get home (after a long, awkward, drive) to find that my car is in fact, fine. It was just behaving like a cat and died of fright when it was dragged through the puddle!
I didn’t go to work today, for fear of my car dying again, but I am going to have to face it tomorrow! So let’s hold thumbs that tomorrow the Sun wins!