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January 7, 2016

Quit Smoking the Easy Way Part 1

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I initially posted this in October 2015, but since today is my 2 year anniversary, I am posting again for all the folks out there in cyberland who decided to quit smoking for their new years resolution 2016.

I am happy to report that today marks 1 year 9 months since I last smoked a cigarette. An accomplishment I am very proud of and I am going to share with others who are attempting to quit smoking but struggling with the task. So if you are a non-smoker you might move on to another site, but then again you might wish to share this site to someone you know that is attempting to quit smoking.
I found that when I decided to quit, created the intention to quit smoking and focused on the task at hand the solutions came my way quickly.

I was smoking one pack a day at the time, and I was going though a severe chest cold which seemed to a fairly regular event at back then. I also had been smoking for over five decades, yes folks, more than fifty years without ever seriously attempting to quit. So here is my solution to quitting which turned out to be easier than expected.

First I met a doctor that had organized a group of folks that under her supervision had quit smoking using a medication named Wellbutrin. The instructions were one pill a day for three days and then start with two pills a day and continue to smoke. When the third day arrived I had already cut down from 20 to 15 cigarettes a day. I found that I had a reaction to taking the second pill and the doctor said to just stay with the one a day. Within 10 days I was at 3 cigarettes a day and seemed to get stuck at three.

Then one day I was on my Facebook page when I saw a symbol on the right side that was a cigarette with a red crossed “X” over it. I stared at the symbol because I never click on those “pages you need to visit” symbols, but I went with a gut feeling and clicked on it. I then went to a page about quitting smoking by Alan Carr and it led me to a PDF download of a book named “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking” written by Alan Carr in 1985. I downloaded the file and read the book in one sitting. I have not smoked a cigarette since completing the book. (Thank you Allen)

Click here for a link to the Quit smoking site PDF File

What this book did for me was to point out that all the thoughts about why I liked smoking or why that cigarette with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning tasted so good, or yeah there is a chance of getting cancer, but not me, etc. The answer is those thoughts are coming from your ADDICTION! Yes your addiction is pointing out how much you enjoy smoking and how special you are for smoking without any issues and of course you are so special that cancer is not an option.

So the actual quitting was easy. I found the tough part was about 2-3 weeks later when I felt an urge for a cigarette when a situation occurred that when I was smoking, would smoke a cigarette. I have talked with other people who said this was the part that when they felt some stress, they automatically went back to smoking thinking they would attempt to quit at a later date. My though was “I did not quit smoking to go right back to it!” So what I did was I immediately noticed the situation that was causing the urge and then stopped what I was doing. I sat down and started a simple meditation where I focused on my in and out breath knowing that the urge would pass in about 20 seconds. Sure enough, it did and the next time the same situation came up the urge was non-existent. I did this ever time I had the smoking urge and eventually it was a rare event.

These days focusing on your breathing during a meditation is called “Mindfulness Meditation” and classes on how to do Mindfulness Mediation are being offered by most hospitals across the country (For a fee). If you are luck enough to live in or near Redwood City California the Insight Meditation Center offers classes for free (Donations are accepted). Check their web site for more information

Click here for a link to Insight Meditation Center Redwood City California

If you are interested in on-line classes here is a link to the Google Mindfulness online course, yes folks, Goggle has a course on mindfulness and from what we understand they support their employees in using this method to meditate. You even get a certificate when you complete the course.

Click here for Google Link

We have nothing else to talk about at this time, but we invite you to post a comment if you would like more information or have a question or two. Be sure to include your email address and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as we can. Also if you don’t want your comment made public, please include a “NOT”.

NOTHING is better than a smoke free environment!”

December 31, 2015

The 25th Annual Remote Developer Ugly Sweater Competition Final

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Finally we have a winner after several recounts since Christmas Eve Day

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Congratulations to Roberto who is this year’s winner and will get a 1st prize check of $7.25 (Thomas has your check). Normally he would have received a trophy, but since the trophy was an ice sculpture it melted on Christmas day. It was one of the best “CDS095” images ever made from ice and because CDS095 freezes up once in a while, the material fit the subject matter. The good news is before the melt-down a small cube was saved and placed in the refrigerator in the cafeteria. The bad news is, there was a small Christmas celebration and the cube was used to cool a drink. (Next year we need a freezer on hand just in case).

Plans are already in progress for next year and because Joe S. had the drink that used the small trophy cube, he is in charge. Voting for the trophy image will begin on January 5th.

We have nothing else to report except to wish everyone we know a Happy New Year and the same to everyone we don’t yet know.

Just too clear up any questions on the amount of the 1st prize check which is normally $10,000.00. This year’s check is a net amount with the following expenses deducted: The daily fees for renting the voting machine, which was on hand for five days of recounts, the sculpting of the trophy, and operating fee (Don’t ask) all came out to $9,992.75.

December 16, 2015

The Voice Final 2015 — Jordan Smith wins it!!!!

Filed under: The Voice — alaboutnothing @ 2:44 pm
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Jordan Smith
Jordan Mackenzie Smith is an American singer and musician. In December 2015 he won season nine of the singing competition The Voice, which brought him to wide national attention. Wikipedia
Born: November 4, 1993 (age 22), Whitley County, Kentucky, KY
Parents: Geri Smith, Kelley Smith
Another GREAT season for The Voice and way to go Jordon!!!  This guy was way above all the other contestants.
We have nothing else except to wait for Jordon to be in concert soon.  See you soon Aaron.

 

December 11, 2015

Happy Birthday Aaron !!

Filed under: Family — alaboutnothing @ 12:00 pm
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AARON and we hope you have the greatest birthday since forever!

We have nothing else to report except to say see you soon and maybe, just maybe, you will get a great gift next year when the CUBS win the World Series!!

November 9, 2015

The Voice Fall Season 2015

voiceIt’s official Blake and Gwen are dating even though a few weeks ago when rumors were flying they said they were just friends.  That goes to prove you can’t trust what two single people seen sneaking around say.  Will this tip the scales when it comes to judging?  They are now on the same team so to speak.  It will be interesting to see if Adam or Pharrell will even mention it.

At least the talent is awesome this year and it’s really getting intense as the “live” shows get near.

We also have been following X-Factor except it’s tough to follow their scheduling on Sunday and Monday at the start to Saturday and Sunday now from what we understand.  Simon Cowell is a judge there and will be coming to the US to be a judge on the next season of America’s Got Talent.  Kind of a long commute from London to New York,  but he probably has his own private jet to cruise around in.

We have nothing else to report except to give a shout out to the Northern Michigan folks.  Because I spent so much time in the Upper Peninsula I been following a sight that posts various sightseeing photos of places like Copper Harbor, the end of US 41, the copper mines, etc.  and now I want to go back and visit.  Maybe next summer.

To all the veterans out there in cyberland we say THANK YOU!

October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween 2015

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Wishing all of our friends a very Happy Halloween.  My costume this year is Sponge Bob Square Pants so if you see a sponge walking down the street, please deposit 10 Reese’s  Peanut-butter Cups in the bag.  We will be a happy camper.

We have nothing else to report except too say to everyone to have a safe Halloween. For those folks out there doing any driving, please watch out for the children out there trick or treating.

October 28, 2015

The Voice 2015 Fall Season — The Knockout’s

Filed under: The Voice — alaboutnothing @ 4:16 pm
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voiceNow we know why they call these shows the “The Knockouts”, it’s because as a avid viewer we are just plain knocked out by the concert level vocals by the contestants over the past two nights.  WOW!  We are sure glad we are not judges.

By the way did you see Blake, Adam, Gwen, and Pharrell on the Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show Tuesday night?  If you missed it we are sure you can catch it on YouTube, it was a roar watching Blake sing Y.M.C.A.

This season has certainly not disappointed us, in fact we think it’s way better than any other season, but then again, we say that every season :)

We are wondering if the car pool crowd is still watching? Have not heard anything, but they are a fairly quite bunch anyway :)

We have also been watching the X Factor – England, but it’s on such an odd schedule, we have missed many episodes.  Sunday and Monday shows and without a doubt Monday is The Voice night and there is no way we are watching the X Factor other than recording it on the DVR.  Then we play catch up because we have recordings from the weekend, and of course Tuesday is out because The Voice is on that night also.  Oh well, the X factor does not get very interesting until the “Live Shows”.

We have nothing else to report except to wonder how many folks have quit smoking recently.  If you used our advise from a few weeks ago have you noticed that it feels like a load has been removed now that you don’t have to worry if you have enough cigarettes? No more searching the entire house, rifling through all your old coats sweaters, drawers, and dress suits looking for a smoke.  No more needing to run to the 7-11 in the middle of the night to get a pack of smokes because your search came up empty.  No more planning an evening out based on if the restaurant has a smoking area and no more yellow junk on the paper towel when you clean your car windows.

 

October 27, 2015

Our Awesome Friend in Need in Ohio….

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gofundmeThere is a person I worked with who I also consider a friend and she needs some help right now.  She is fighting cancer and her family is supporting her, but as we all know when you start Chemo it gets really expensive and she needs the help on the medical bills.  A post went out locally in Ohio and I am taking it to another level and asking the cyberland folks to give a buck or two, or three or four.  Anything helps.  (Prayers included)

Here is the link to >>>> “Stomp Out Cancer!” <<<<<<<<<

I don’t think we have ever asked for help for a friend, but you know there are thousand out there in cyberland that could sure use a little something to help them along.

God Bless everyone of you that donates a few bucks and God Bless everyone of you that say a prayer for our friend.  We have nothing to add except Namaste.

 

October 15, 2015

The Voice – 2015 Fall Season – Battle Rounds 1 & 2

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VioceWOW !  WOW ! Folks !  The first two nights of “battle rounds” have been GREAT !  YIKES !  The talent this year is beyond outstanding !  Have you seen your favorite yet ? Once again a concert every night!

The rumor mill was implying that Blake and Gwen were having a romance, but when Blake was asked he said they were just friends.

Onward and upward,  so lets enjoy this season and all the great talent, including Team Gwen, Team Blake, Team Adam, and Team Pharrell.  Next week the battles will continue and we have a list of singers we want to see.

The mentor / judge competition of words is really entertaining and the “steals” have begun. Making a choice by the team leader looks to be a really tough job.  We would just flip a coin.

We have never mentioned this before, but we think Carson Daly is one of the all time best hosts of any reality show.  It is really cool when he cheers with the families of each contestant when they were performing.

We have nothing to add right now except we strongly suggest that you take a few minutes and watch this video >>>>CLICK HERE<<<

October 12, 2015

The Voice 2015 Fall Season — Let the Battles Begin!

Filed under: The Voice — alaboutnothing @ 1:22 am
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VioceFinally our favorite format of The Voice – The BATTLE Rounds.  The blind auditions we great, but our favorite part of The Voice is the battle rounds.  This is what sets The Voice apart from other vocal reality shows and with the great talent this year is going to be way over the top.  The judge / mentor steals are also going to be interesting.

We have nothing else to report except to say to you all out there in cyberland, see you tomorrow night for the start of the battles.  Thank you for not smoking while visiting and if you were smoking, why don’t you think about quitting? (Scroll down to the Quite Smoking the Easy Way Post a few days ago)

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