I finally convinced DSB to go to Thanksgiving today. In direct defiance of some of the posts I have written, I flat-out begged. It was just too important for him to be there, to me. He went and didn’t have a bad time, but said he paid particular attention to the way my family treats each other and saw things he didn’t like.
My mom being bossed around by me and my sisters. My mom’s advice being discounted and thrown away. My stepdad making fun of the way Mom looked. The lack of help in the kitchen department from my stepdad and myself. The demand that the Big Dawg be the first to eat.
All true. All shamefully true, and if I could have it back, I would do it differently. My brain is operating on a funny wavelength, born out of nicotine withdrawal and the disappearance of my steady comfort and escape route, my forays out into the cold to smoke “real quick.” I didn’t have any such breaks today, save for one, when I went and puffed on my e-cig while DSB smoked a “real” cigarette.
I didn’t have anything to hide behind and it was painful. I wanted to do more but felt tied to my chair, sitting on my hands. I wanted to give more, but I didn’t feel anything within me to give. I was spent and the entire day went that way.
My sister and her husband ended up staying a good while into the evening; whereas, I hauled ass about an hour after dinner was done. I couldn’t wait to get home and watch a Grimm marathon and maybe eat a little pie and be in a place where I didn’t have to pretend so much. And then DSB and I started fighting.
And we fought and we fought. And he threatened to leave and I threatened to kick him out and it was altogether horrible. I don’t know that we have mended that fence yet, but no one is leaving. As of yet. DSB has little tolerance for my nicotine-deprived moodiness and I have little tolerance for his holier than thou approach to the holidays. It is an ugly time of year for us.
For the past few days, things have been sliding downhill with DSB. We have argued more than we have said kind things, and it is wearing on me. I know it is wearing on him, too. I know it is the quitting smoking, and even how that has affected him. I asked him to smoke outside and it is quite cold out. He doesn’t feel he should have to do that and, really, I feel bad asking him to.
We made an arrangement today that the only place in the house where people can smoke is the dining room, where there are many windows that can be opened, a ceiling fan, and a lot of space. I think this will work out well, too, for when QoB comes over because this is generally where we will hang out and then I won’t have to ask her to smoke outside, too.
I didn’t think this was going to be that complicated. I was just going to quit and that was going to be that. This hasn’t been just that and I am constantly revamping how I am doing things, hopefully for the better. I am just ready to be rid of cigarettes for good and I can’t stand smoking one anymore. I know this because I tried. And no, I’m not resetting my quit counter for a couple puffs of a cigarette, although the Cig Nazis in my support forum would say I should. I’m just not, and that’s that.
I know all of these posts lately have been about cigarettes and I do hope I’m not boring my three readers to death with all of this, but it is important to me and this blog is, like I’ve said a million times, for my benefit. If I wanted to blog about the migration pattern of flamingos (which is actually quite interesting) for the next decade, then I will.
I hope DSB and I can come through this and be okay. I hope I haven’t offended my mom too much with being the apparent brat that I was today, and I do hope I’ll get to see my sister again before she pops out that baby. I love her to death, but am always just so uncomfortable around her, to the point that it is painful. And now she is doing something I can’t do, having a baby, and it almost kills me inside to see her round happy belly.
Don’t get me wrong, because I am happy for my sister and her husband and my soon-to-be nephew, but I can’t say it doesn’t hurt that this will never happen to me. And I’ve accepted that as a part of my life. I had to or it would have killed me. Literally.
Oh the tremendous emotions I am rolling on today. I have been up since 4:00 a.m., hoping to end the fight that got started last night with DSB, and have been up and alert ever since, just hoping for some peace. He went to bed really early and I’m left to wander around and to my own devices. I have ordered two books from the library, so maybe it’s time to just go snuggle in bed and read a good book.
Three days, 10 hours, 24 minutes and 5 seconds. 206 cigarettes not smoked, saving $26.16. Life saved: 17 hours, 10 minutes.
13 thoughts on “Nicotine-Craving-Induced Blah Blah Blah — Beware”
Ugh! The holidays always bring this up in families. I so relate to you. I’ve totally been there. It took me many years, therapy, and the courage to maintain healthy boundaries with my family so that I wouldn’t leave from a family celebration frustrated. One day at time girlie! You can do it! 🙂
Thanks for the encouraging words, Dream. Maybe next year will be GREAT. 😀
Honey…there is no way I could go cold turkey. I would be in prison after one day with hubby, or anyone! You are amazing. I on the other hand have been smoking more analogs today. Not sure why, maybe just lazy excuses. Another day tomorrow! Hugs
Yes, cold turkey would lead me to prison, as well. I’m doing well enough not to rip DSB’s head off as we speak. And we are BOTH amazing, because you are quitting, too! So today wasn’t the best day, just wait for tomorrow!
I did really bad with a lot of analogs yesterday. What is it about him being home that stresses me so? I am going to do better today, I hope. Vape, vape!
You aren’t used to an idiot in your space, is all. 😀 Just Vape as much as you can today, make up for lost time!
LOL…even HE admitted it was because he is here. I feel kind of bad that he would say that, but I guess it’s true. I don’t know why, but I feel so stressed when he’s home. sigh
Well heck. You shoulda said in response, “So then when ya leavin?” 😀
Don’t make me laugh. I feel guilty enough that I am wondering that!
Oh c’mon, Kim. The entire blogosphere is wondering!! 😀
Check the comment I left for you on Facebook!
Family dynamics can be so stressful and complicated, the last thing you need during the stress of your quitting, but Thanksgiving can be such a special time too. I’m sorry that you are having stressful times with DSB too. It must be stressful for him as well, but I hope you will be able to get the support that you need. I loved how you ended the post–so positive! And, yeah, it’s totally up to you whether to restart your counter and what you write about. Congratulations on the progress you’ve made!!!
Thanks, Marcy! The stuff with DSB is hopefully getting worked out, but Thanksgiving really was super stressful! Thanks for the validation about the quit counter…I was getting some static about that and I think you’re right…it’s up to me!