Alright friends, one update and one point of order. Listen up!
I talked about my journey to quit smoking in the ritual thread I put together...
...BUT I did promise myself that I'd update Pubski about it, which I'll continue to do. Until it stops being interesting, anyway. I went cold turkey exactly seven days ago.
The first three days after stopping were pretty bad. I was nauseous, I got headaches, and I think I was generally just an irritable asshole. I made it through without really snapping on anyone, but...Yeah, I'm glad that those symptoms have mostly abated. Doing some research, it seems like that was withdrawal? Well, withdrawal's done! On to a lifetime of resisting cravings, I suppose.
The last four post-withdrawal days have been...Pretty okay? Honestly, they've just been semi-normal days with the exception that I occasionally get distracted by an intense and burning desire to go buy a pack of cigarettes. But the distraction passes if I just ignore it, or redirect that energy towards something else. Coffee has become my savior. Nothing helps an early-morning craving fuck off better than a big cup of coffee! I suppose my addiction to coffee will eventually become a problem as well, but I can only deal with one thing at a time. My willpower is a finite resource.
POINT OF ORDER
Alright, for [WEIRD REASONS] I'm going to have a full, honest-to-god two week vacation with no obligations other than "Be at work on the morning of September 9." I don't think I've ever had a chunk of time without anything that I have to do and the freedom to do anything that I want.
I'll be going alone. My girlfriend will be in class, and my family/friends will be at work. I could search for someone to go with me, but I'm actually kind of excited about taking a solo trip - something I've never done before.
My two biggest resources are time and a decent chunk of change. I need to stay in the US because my passport is several years out-of-date, but I'm asking for suggestions from you all!
Where would you recommend a 22 y/o college grad go for a solo vacation in the continental US?
Any input is appreciated!