Friday, January 12, 2007

Le Goodbye and Studio 60

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

It is sad when you have to say goodbye to cigarettes from your life, especially when they feel like a relief and constant companion. According to my Angel Meditation cards they were my angel of Sharing:

Sharing is a sacred moment. To give and receive becomes the most intimate communication between two or more beings. Whoever communes participates in the One Spirit of Life.

The description fits. I will definitely miss smoking, I mean we have been together for like five years. It would be rude not to miss it a little. Especially how it had the magic ability of making the bus coming faster and at the same time making a cup of coffee last much longer. There is something about sitting at a café with a pack of cigarettes that says, "to hell with life, I am living for the moment". Though there is also something about coming home after a smoky night out and tasting and smelling like an ashtray. It was time to let go.

Tomorrow I will be getting a bunch of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip episodes. I cannot wait!! I love that show and am stoked that NBC has bought it for the entire season. And I will also be going to IKEA tomorrow. Which means I will spend my weekend in a furniture store and then in bed watching TV shows. Bet you’re all really jealous, because there is no way you can top that. But that’s okay, I would be too.

Have a lovely weekend!



Blogger Adrian said...

Well, I wish you success in your goal to stop smoking. Good idea to blog about it - your blog will make you feel guilty now if you cheat.

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on quitting smoking!! But I guess breaking the nicotine paths in the brain is not easy. Read here from

[...] Nicotine leads to a burst of receptor activity [in the neurons of the brain]. However, nicotine is not regulated by your body. While neurons typically release small amounts of acetylcholine in a regulated manner, nicotine activates neurons in many different regions throughout your brain simultaneously. This stimulation leads to:

* Increased release of acetylcholine from the neurons, leading to heightened activity in pathways throughout your brain. This cholinergic activity calls your body and brain to action, and this is the wake-up call that many smokers use to re-energize themselves throughout the day. Through these pathways, nicotine improves your reaction time and your ability to pay attention, making you feel like you can work better.

* Stimulation of cholinergic neurons promotes the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the reward pathways of your brain. This neural circuitry is supposed to reinforce behaviors that are essential to your survival, like eating when you're hungry. Stimulating neurons in these areas of the brain brings on pleasant, happy feelings that encourage you to do these things again and again. When drugs like cocaine or nicotine activate the reward pathways, it reinforces your desire to use them again because you feel so at peace and happy afterwards.

* Release of glutamate, a neurotransmitter involved in learning and memory - Glutamate enhances the connections between sets of neurons. These stronger connections may be the physical basis of what we know as memory. When you use nicotine, glutamate may create a memory loop of the good feelings you get and further drive the desire to use nicotine.

You see, these small molecules are not exactly behaving as your best friends (because the tabacco also destroys the lungs and is a toxic for other body cells).

---- Maybe we could again for a coffee some of these days ? After all, coffeine seems to be less naughty :)

For the rest, I think weekends in beds are one of the better inventions of mankind.


4:37 PM  
Blogger Renia said...

How are you going with the non-smoking?

3:43 PM  

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