Friday, July 04, 2008

This n that

Well I've laughed. The first time was when Charlotte crapped her pants in Sex and the City. I may have giggled once or twice in Get Smart too. Then yesterday after Serge went to his (free perk from work) therapist, he told me that as he was listing all the things that are stressors, when he got to "my spouse quit smoking", the advice from the therapist was, "Just try not talking to him. He doesn't want to talk right now." Oh how that tickled me. I could never get away with just demanding that he not talk to me without bruising egos and feelings.

The Montreal Jazz Festival is going on. We've been the last two evenings. Can you wander around listening to live bands playing music for 12 hours a day for 12 days, FREE, anywhere else on earth? No, I don't think you can. Sure the food and booze is pricey at the kiosks, but you don't mind since you get so much free entertainment. We saw this awesome acapella (sp?) group called Naturally 7. This is a group that sounds like a whole band but doesn't have any instruments. I'm sure there are youtubes of them somewhere.

Anyway, just keeping busy, keeping moving, and running a little matra in my head.

I can live with the occasional desire to smoke or I can smoke. There are no other choices.

18 comments:

latt├ęgirl said...

Wise advice from the therapist!

Love the Jazz Fest... miss it. The weather is supposed to be fine over the weekend, so you're sure to get in lots more quality shows.

CoffeeDog said...

He gets a free therapist through work? What does he do that is so stressful they need therapists where he works? I have often said they need to dole out free valium at my job, that would be my dream!

Good job on the no smoking!

RJ March said...

I love "occasional desire." I might co-opt it for something, like today's blog entry. It's wickedly appropriate.

Don't talk. Keep laughing.

Anonymous said...

Just a reminder: You can do it! The Tobacco Company is hoping you'll falter but you can do anything you really want to do.
Now it is time that Serge set a quitting date. Ed

Laverne said...

Day by day my friend, day by day.

So, is Serge taking his therapist's advice?

truthspew said...

There is the Newport Jazz Festival and the numerous musical events in the capitol city that are free.

Got to see Roy Ayers at Waterplace Park a few years ago.

Roxrocks said...

How ironic is it that you quit smoking and he go to therapy? LOLOLOLOL!!!!

And no, to answer your question, there never seems to be the "right" kind of weather here lately!

Patricia said...

Love, love, love the therapist's advice.

You may not be 100% American anymore, but every day you go without smoking is a real independence day for you. Corny, but true. :)

"Just David!" said...

Great advice from the therapist. I was fortunate to get thru all the withdrawls and bitchiness before I got home from vacation. Of course, it took 2 years before I was allowed to return to St. Barth's but they like me again now!! Ha!

GayProf said...

It's nice when therapists provide helpful advice.

Lyvvie said...

I'm sure I told you my trick for dealing with ciggie cravings is to suck a few white tic-tacs and then put your face in the freezer and inhale deeply. It Works!

Good Luck! stay Strong. I'm Shutting up now.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Keep it up.

And Happy 4th, too!

David said...

It's all about the choices, ain't it?

dykewife said...

yay for the therapist!!!

saskatoon's jazz festival may not be for 12 days, or is it?...but it attracts some top players and lots of music around the downtown area.

Butch said...

Therapists . . . well, when they're not talking but listening, they can be helpful as well. ;-)

Keep up the good work! You are physically, pretty much past the addictive part, now the hard work is on the habit of smoking. I quit back in 1970 and five years later after finishing dinner with friends, I absentmindedly reached for my shirt pocket for a cigarette! The habit and motor-skills associated with the act were still in place after all that time. I had to laugh since I hadn't touched a cigarette in five years. ( or since. . .) Good luck to you!!

A Bear in the Woods said...

It's A Cappella, dearie, and it means of the chapel(where the sanctified atmosphere would be compromised by the addition of vulgar instruments).
I used to be a music teacher, and my head is full of such tidbits.

Sad and frightening thought, isn't it...

Doug said...

I'm sorry I've been absent for a bit. You've got my admiration and good thoughts and support in your war against the urge to smoke. *hugs*

Mark in DE said...

Wow, free jazz for 12 days AND universal healthcare??? Canada rocks.

Mark :-)