Tuesday, September 30, 2014

This and Thats

Please forgive my absence, I've been rather sick for the last week (which may have had something to do with my mood in the last post).  I've been hearing for a while now that a nasty upper respiratory bug has been in the region and I think that is what I had.  Today is the first day in a week that I'm feeling almost like my normal healthy self.

So, what to say...

Well, I did mention a couple posts ago that I had quit smoking again.  I got tired of all the phlegm, quite frankly.  I previously quit back in 2009, I believe.  I know I had been off the smokes for about two years when I started again in the first half of 2011.  And it wasn't that I missed smoking as much as just having two surgeries and looking ahead to another stressed me.  I didn't want to get addicted again, so I started smoking clove 'cigars.'  It was much later I found out that those can be up to two thirds tobacco, so even though I didn't smoke them as much or inhale nearly as deeply I found myself addicted again.  I had a doctor appointment last month so I had him give me Chantix again.  It's how I quit last time and is working well so far again.  I've been smoke-free for over a month now.

I also mentioned that I finally got my first cell phone, a smart phone.  I've been playing with it for over a month now.  No, it has not made me text crazy.  I have only shot one 'selfie' and that was for my first text to all I know so they would have my new number - still accounts for about half my texts total.  I bought a memory card and have been using my phone in lieu of my ipod recently, but I'm thinking of going back to my ipod for music and podcasts because the battery life on the new phone isn't the greatest, about 6 hours I'm told, and I've been doing more listening at work.  I've also downloaded and uninstalled about a dozen games so far.  Most games don't appeal to me, or they have too many ads, or they want money to continue, etc.  But I do get a new cool background from NASA every day!  Having a phone has not changed my habits, really, at all.  And that is nice.  I do not want to be one of the cell phone zombies that you see everywhere, and I don't think I ever will be.

Fall is here, on the calendar and outside.  It was nice this last weekend, but it was also most likely the last time we will see 80ºF until next year.  Leaves are falling and starting to clutter up the streets and walks.  Fall chores are coming up very soon and there is always much to do, but you can't rush things, either.  Still, I should make sure the snow thrower starts before it gets too late.

Okay, time to wrap up.  I guess this will be a 'This and Thats' post.  Goodbye September!
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This was my first ever text, I sent it to all I know their number:

'Whose got a thumb and finally joined the 21st century?  This guy!  Save my number!"

...Goofy-lookin' fucker, ain't I?


Blue Witch said...

Ah, everyone defects to The Other Side eventually ;)

While I have had a mobile phone since 1993, I have absolutely no desire to get a smartphone. My phone's battery is dying slowly (it's about 7 this model) but when I say dying, I mean lasts only 3 days now (it used to go 3 weeks when new), not 6 hours - this is the modern world?

Good luck with the smoke-free mission!

delcatto said...

Good luck with the no smoking!
I gave in & got a contract smart phone last year. I use it as a phone, to text & a sat nav with a lot of twitter use. I also use the light on it to find the cats in the garden at night. Otherwise 90% of it is wasted on me.

Scoakat said...

Hi BW and Delcatto!
I saw 6 hours on some review youtube video. That must be constant use. In reality it has no problem lasting all day for my use, but I do plug it in every night. The one time I didn't I did get a warning that the battery was low the next afternoon.
Thanks for the good wishes on not smoking. I really haven't had a problem with it yet. I did have a weird dream last night that my wife bought me a small pack of smokes. Small as in 8 in the pack and they were about 2 inches long, so I'm not fully over the hump yet!