Dreamer’s World October 27 2016 – The Pleasure of Vaping

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I have smoked for a really long time. I know all about the risks associated with it, but I just haven’t been able to find the willpower to finally quit. Recently I broke down and purchased a vaping stick from one of the local shops and I think (and hope) that I might be onto something good.

Smokers or former smokers know that the hit of flavor and nicotine is what keeps pulling us back to the habit. I have become conditioned to behavior patterns that are hard to break. Since I began vaping, I find that I can almost completely simulate the feel of smoking and still get the nicotine hit that I need. I know that vaping cannot be any more harmful than cigarette smoking, and that has made me focus my efforts to make the complete switch.

I am becoming more comfortable with vaping each day and I find that I am smoking fewer cigarettes as a result. Since I have smoked for a very long time, I am not so unrealistic that I believe that I can stop smoking overnight, but I am noticing a real reduction. I can vape indoors in the apartment without upsetting Hal (person) or The Stooges rather than running outside when the urge hits me. As the weather turns colder this will be even more of an incentive to completely quit.

I have to admit that the biggest adjustment was the coughing when I started vaping. Since I am just inhaling vapor, it caused me to cough quite a bit in the first few days, but I am better now. I will gladly go through this adjustment if I can finally quit smoking for good.

I was lucky enough to find a good store to get started with vaping. It is called Eco Vapez and is located here in Alexandria. The people who run the store and the employees are almost all former smokers, or are quitting like myself. It makes a real difference being around people who are going through or have gone through the experience themselves. Initially I was hesitant about the upfront cost, but I realized that I would be spending as much on continuing to smoke, not to mention the long-term costs down the road, so I broke down and bought a nice medium-priced kit to get started. I am still using nicotine juice, but I hope to eventually get away from that as well.

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Dreamer’s World October 25 2016 – Feeling So Much Better

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Where to begin? The last week has been a blur of things that were going on around here. I suppose that I will start with the news that the new bed frame and mattress are finally here. I have never had such great sleep, and this has really turned my life around in almost every conceivable way. The bed frame itself came from a company called Zinus, and I am attaching a YouTube video that shows just how simple it was to put together. I thank the person who posted the video to YouTube.

https://youtu.be/MC4t9cd0NEs

Setting up the frame took less than 15 minutes from unboxing to completion without having to use any tools at all. The frame sits 18” off of the floor so there will be room to put two small mini-dressers under the bed and save that space in the rest of the room for something else. The mini-dressers are arriving from Target hopefully by tomorrow. I will get pictures once they are in place.

https://youtu.be/MC4t9cd0NEs

The mattress came from Brentwood Home in California. It is a memory foam and gel mattress and I absolutely love it.

https://www.brentwoodhome.com/products/bamboo-gel-13?variant=4749615555

The mattress arrived vacuum-packed and the setup was incredibly easy, as shown in another YouTube video I found. I thank the person who posted the video to YouTube.

https://youtu.be/MVcSzSRLSw8

All of the efforts I have made to improve things seem to be paying off as I feel better. Of course a visit to the Chiropractor on Monday also helped. I noticed that I was very sore from moving furniture around over the weekend when I went to bed on Sunday night, but when I woke up Monday morning to go to the Chiropractor, I have no pain after sleeping on the new bed and mattress.

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With all of those things finally taken care of, life seems so much more manageable right now. As of next Monday I will start my new earlier work schedule and that will also help to improve things overall for me. Shifting my hours to the left will stop the late afternoon blahs when I sometimes barely make it through to the end of the workday. It will also ensure that there are more daylight hours to get things done after work as well.

I continue to boycott the MSM and their infoporn. I have walked away from political conversations rather than stoop down to the gutter and know that nothing I can say will change anyone’s mind. I have learned that I am responsible for my own life and happiness, everyone else has to decide things for themselves and live with the results of their own decisions. This has been part of the lack of writing recently, but the sheer exhaustion I was feeling also contributed a great deal to that lapse as well.

As for the rest of this week, I am hoping for some time to get caught up and ahead on some of the projects that I have lined up right now. I attended a company town hall meeting earlier today and will be attending an off-site employee function on Friday afternoon in addition to my normal meeting with the client tomorrow morning. All of these events should make the time go by faster and keep the exhaustion away from me.

This evening is still up in the air as far as plans are concerned. Going out for a quick dinner is not out of the question, but I will wait to see if there is anything that Hal (person) wants to do as well. I am not terribly interested in the World Series this year because the narrative of “Cubs vs Indians” will be over-hyped to the point of nausea and I have no reason to get involved. I hope personally that the Indians win because I have never cared for the Cubs and their “lovable loser” mentality over the years. If this means that we spend an evening doing something else such as listening to music or talking, that is just fine with me.

At any rate, things are going very well. Since my back feels better I might start off walking again. I was up to nearly 9 miles per day when I hurt my back earlier this year, and I hope to recover quickly once I get started again.

Dreamer’s World October 19 2016

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The halfway point to the week has arrived. Although I will be working an extra hour this afternoon in order to have time for my chiropractor appointment on Monday, I will still leave work 1 hour earlier than the normal routine. I am hoping for a quiet evening here at home unless there is something that Hal (person) needs to do when I am finished.

On the down side, the delivery of the new mattress now appears to be Friday rather than tomorrow, at least according to FedEx. I wish that this would turn out to be a mistake, but it doesn’t surprise me anymore about a delay in getting relief for my back. The only immediate impact this will have is that we will wait until tomorrow to take out the old mattress and box spring and then disassemble the old bed frame. This will give us the time to install the new bed frame and have it ready for mattress delivery on Friday, unless that is delayed once again. In the meantime I will be sleeping as best I can on the spare bed, but that isn’t helping my back much. The pain is not as great when I sleep on there, but it still not acceptable to me either.

At least I am ahead of things here at work with some time to work on projects that normally fall by the wayside. This will allow me to stay ahead of everything that is on my plate. I already have the meeting slideshow for tomorrow completed, although I will proof read them once again in the morning before I send them out. I find that the last review often discovers some small item that I missed.

I am nearly through with the last hour here at work. I am going to suggest that we stay home this evening and I might take a nap if I am able. I do know that I will NOT watch the clown show between Clinton and trump this evening. There is enough negativity in the world without adding more to it.

I will hope that somehow the new mattress arrives tomorrow after all, but that hope is rather fleeting right now and I am prepared for another night of attempting to sleep rather than actually getting a real night of enjoyable and relaxing sleep.

This last conference call would be the perfect thing to put me to sleep if it were bedtime right now. Just another example of the meetings that I am required to attend for the sake of form, rather than substance. I checked with Hal (person) and we are not going anywhere after work, so I am happy with that answer from him. Perhaps I will write more later this evening if I have the energy.

Dreamer’s World October 18 2016

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I am so glad to report that my new mattress is finally on the way and that it will arrive here on Thursday. After an evening of pain, I did finally fall asleep and I slept extremely well, but that was more due to exhaustion than anything else. At any rate, the new bed frame is here, the non-slip pad for the mattress is here, and now all that remains is to get the new mattress on Thursday when it arrives via FedEx. Once that happens, we will disassemble the old bed frame and then put the new one in place, put on the pad and then place the mattress on top of that and everything will be done.

The morning is good so far, my back is not hurting as much, but we will see how that fares through the rest of the day. I have several meetings to dial in to, of course, but I hope that my back will hold up and not give me any more trouble. I am looking forward to getting more and better sleep soon.

It is another beautiful warm day here in the DMV. We will have 2-3 more days of this before fall weather really arrives by the end of this week. As is usually the case around here, we go from one extreme to another overnight. I will be ready for the change because there is no alternative to it, just a part of the changing of the seasons around here. The only drawback is that I am still working until 1730 and that means less time to enjoy the daylight after work. My schedule will change on October 31, but by that point the weather will be cooler anyway.

I hope that after work I will be able to relax and that I will NOT be in pain again. Tomorrow I travel to meet with the client and I hate being there when I am uncomfortable because it impacts my performance. If things are terrible in the morning, I might have to cancel my appearance there. At least I have everything ready to go for the meeting.

I am nearly finished with the day. All things considered, it has been a good day. My back pain is still present, but much less than yesterday.

Dreamer’s World October 17 2016

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Another week has begun. I am getting ready for work and am happy to report that my back is not acting up as badly this morning. With luck, the new mattress will be here by Friday and I can begin adjusting to it and getting better sleep. This will be great since I will be going in for my regular chiropractic appointment a week from today. When the mattress does finally arrive it will be time to disassemble the old bed frame and haul out the old mattress and box springs in order to put the new bed frame in place. With the new frame, there will be no more box springs and I have no problem with this.

As sleep becomes more and more difficult most nights, I get more and more exhausted with each passing day until I have an occasional night like last night when I do feel somewhat refreshed and not in pain when I wake up in the morning. Until things are corrected, I realize that this is only a temporary reprieve from the pain and discomfort, more of a way that my body expresses total surrender for a night before resuming the issues later. I will try to get things done at work today while I am feeling better because I know that this will not last long.

At least the weather remains brilliant here, in fact, it is supposed to be warmer today than it has been in about 2 weeks, with temperatures reaching the lower 80s this afternoon. I don’t know if we will be doing anything after work, if not I will do some cooking that I have been putting off here at home. I don’t know how many more days like this we will have before the cooler weather really arrives.

I will be glad once things calm down and I am more relaxed. I am looking forward to more and better sleep sometime soon. Until then, I will try to keep my focus on the important things, such as Hal (person), The Stooges, and then work. If I am not happy at home, no amount of satisfaction from work will make me feel better.

Of course, it would not be Monday without some type of technical issue with the network. I hope that my trouble ticket gets a response quickly because I am suffering from one of those annoying things that happens from time to time when on a VPN and settings have been changed or a software update has caused issues. As is the case most of the time, I managed to get the problem resolved before I got a call back from corporate IT.

I am hoping that the day remains relatively quiet. I am getting some things caught up here at work, and I have maintained my decision and tuned out the MSM bullshit info-porn garbage. I am hesitant to even go onto Twitter because of all the paid trolls that are out there attempting to ruin the experience for everyone. My sanity is more important than their immature rantings. The election cannot get here and be over with soon enough.

At least I am now halfway through this workday. It is amazing how much I can write when I am taking a lunch break. I hope that the afternoon meetings go by quickly and painlessly for a change. There are no plans for after work, but as always, that can change very quickly according to what Hal (person) wants or needs to do. Regardless, I want to get another good night of sleep, if that is at all possible as I await the new mattress.

The meetings are dragging along, as feared. I really wish that I was no longer a required attendee at these things, but I have asked to be excluded before without success.