slova ira

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October 1. October 1, 2012

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Sober-October (no drinking) and Stoptober (no smoking) in full effect.

Wish me luck.

 

new blog July 27, 2011

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i have two new blogs:

slova has moved to: http://slova.tumblr.com/

and i also have one about that time of the month: http://thecottonpony.tumblr.com

YERP.///

 

 

oh hai – it’s amazings! February 8, 2011

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Mishpacha November 27, 2010

Filed under: family,fotos,relationships — slova @ 11:36 pm

Early this year I created a photo book for my siblings. It has some old family photos preserved for each of us.  You can take a look at some of the old photos below in the preview:

 

 

 

Self-control. November 19, 2010

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He who overcomes others is strong, but he who overcomes himself is mighty.

-Tao Te Ching

Lao Zi Statue in Qhanzhou

 

Day 12 of not smoking. Feeling a bit overwhelmed with the amount of work at my job and the tight deadline for two presentations due the day after Thanksgiving. I am so happy that I get to visit my sister and her family in PA but I have to buckle down even harder this weekend to complete everything. I just need to make it through November…

 

I Can See the Light November 17, 2010

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Great Migrations

It’s Day 10 of me not smoking. Big whoop, right?

People don’t think of me as being a heavy smoker. I almost never smoked in the morning, at work even and sometimes went through the evening without a cigarette. I smoke socially, I would say. And think. The truth is, however, that I smoked a lot. I would smoke when I drank. I smoked when other friends smoked around me. I smoked in the car when boyfriend lit up. I smoke when I wanted a break from a stressful situation or even to pass the time when I was bored waiting for something.  If you take away all the tiny triggers, the big one for me is “going out.”  A cigarette and a drink, man.

Getting through a few days without a cigarette is something I have done before, but getting through nights out with friends without smoking is a small success for me. And I have done it THREE times already in the course of my ten day cessation.

One other tiny success that I will mention is that on Day 3, I had a required speech to present in my public speaking class. If there was ever a time I would want a smoke, it’s then. But I made it through. And I got an A. Hooray!

[The impetus for me to quit was silly, really. I went to Fun Fun Fun Fest and got sick, as I always do, from the dusty park and all the smoking. That and I have been saying I want to for months.]

I don’t feel magical at all having quit. I am still hacking and coughing and wheezing. In fact my asthma has flared up. But I know that it’s better. And my breath is better. And my clothes smell better. And food smells and tastes better. So that’s something.

I hear it takes 28 days to really break a habit. Dec 5th is that day for me.

 

Fun X 3 November 14, 2010

Filed under: blogging,music — slova @ 7:17 pm

This year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest at Waterloo Park had a great lineup. It didn’t rain and it was dusty as hell. In fact, my lungs were filled with so much dust I thought I was going to die after Saturday night. I actually quit smoking then (Thanks, Fun Fun Fun!)

Seeing Polvo, Os Mutantes and Yelle were the highlights of my weekend but I also managed to see these badasses:

A-Trak
Best Coast

Big Freedia
Deerhunter
Delorean
Descendants
Devin the Dude (4th time to see him this year. 5th time free?)
Dam Funk
Gwar
High on Fire
Jean Grae
Mastadon
MGMT
RJD2
Slick Rick
Pharaohe Monch
Toro y Moi

Hooray, music festivals!  But I gotta tell ya: my absolute favorite gem of the weekend wasn’t at the festival. I caught Bon-Jay at the Beauty Bar Friday night and that girl’s voice cut through me with sex-lasers.