Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


A Busy Weekend

Filed under: Deep Thoughts,Geek Work,Linux,Personal,The Network Geek at Home — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Snake which is just before lunchtime or 11:56 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is a New Moon

I just had my last cigarette.
I sat outside with a cup of coffee and smoked my last cigarette just now. I’m about to leave and get my hair cut, for which I am woefully overdue, and I’ll stop on the way to get gum. Lots and lots of gum, to help me curb the oral craving for a smoke. (That’s item number two on my list of Resolutions, BTW.) Considering the amount of work I’m about to immerse myself into with the server install and conversion, it might not be the best week to stop smoking, but, well, I have to stop sometime.
Last night, I ran out with some friends to a noodle shop that I haven’t tried before. Of course, that meant I over-ate. Again. I always do that in noodle shops, which is going to make Resolution Number Nine a bit more challengeing, but, still, it was good. So, I won’t eat lunch today to make up for it. Tonight, I’ll head out to dinner with folks from church, since I’ve paid all my bills and still have money in my pocket.
Tomorrow morning, I’ll do my Driver’s Safety course via OnDemand, thanks to WheelsInMotion. While all that’s going on, I’m also doing laundry. And, actually, I have a load in right now.
Oh, I also went to Borders last night. I picked up a couple of books my head-shrink reccomended to me, to be added to the ever growing pile of Books To Be Read. As well as getting a book I ordered on Syraic. (That’s a language related to Aramaic, which is probably the language that Jesus spoke. Probably.) Not to mention a couple of magazines on Linux, including one that had a wall chart of handy Linux commands and Open SuSE install CDs. I love that OpenSource stuff! And, I got a couple of CDs, too. Three from the “Local Talent” section, which I’ll review when I listen to them, a collection from The Brian Setzer Orchestra and one from some folks called “Bowling for Soup”, just because they seemed interesting!
Well, I have a lot to do yet today, so, off I go!


  1. Good luck on the smoking thing! If you ever feel yourself slipping and need a shove back in the right direction just ask. I’m an expert at nagging! Haha…. 🙂

    Comment by Orion — 1/28/2006 @ 12:22 pm

  2. Think about all the money you’ll save.

    Comment by Mark — 1/29/2006 @ 7:25 am

  3. You know, I didn’t spend that much money on it, really. I only smoked about a pack a week. And, it’s not the health benefits I’m after, either. See, here’s the thing, if I stop smoking, that makes me more attractive to a wider range of attractive women.

    But, oh, this morning, I was so jonesing for a smoke! Held strong, though, and did NOT bum one off my roommate.

    Comment by the Network Geek — 1/29/2006 @ 9:23 am

  4. Good luck with not smoking~you can do it! I haven’t smoked since Christmas day…and it is still a struggle for me, even with the help of the Patch. But I used to smoke nearly a pack a day, so I’m definitely saving some $$…

    And I think you look just fine the way you are.

    Comment by aka_monty — 1/29/2006 @ 10:05 am

  5. I quit smoking 2 years ago and I still want one…. not everyday but you know, every so often. I like smoking. I’m bad. Bad. Sorry, I hope this doesn’t discourage you. I’m so bad. Bad.

    Comment by Deirdre — 1/29/2006 @ 5:42 pm

  6. Thanks, ladies, I appreciate the support. Today, while watching my Driver Safety course, I so wanted to step out for a smoke, but, instead, I picked up my Heavy Hands and did some shadow boxing. It cut the craving really well.
    Better that I don’t smoke, for a whole bunch of reasons, if nothing else, just to set an example for my future children! (Hey, a guy can dream…)

    Comment by the Network Geek — 1/29/2006 @ 10:44 pm

  7. Good luck with the cravings old pal!

    Comment by jale2ice — 1/30/2006 @ 5:25 pm

  8. I’m doing pretty well so far. Just a pack of gum in the space of four days. Not bad, really, considering how bad I’m jonesing…

    Comment by the Network Geek — 1/31/2006 @ 4:34 pm

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