Question of the Day

Did you make any New Year's resolutions? If so, what were they and how are you doing so far? If not, why didn't you?

I don't ever make New Year's resolutions, because when I decide to do something, I just do it, and if I'm putting something off, no arbitrary day is going to end my stubborn procrastination. If there's anything I hope to accomplish this year, though, it's to spend its entirety smoke-free. I quit on Thanksgiving and I'm still going strong, as is Mr. Shakes. His dad even sent us our favorite brand—which can only be bought in Britain—for Christmas, and we chucked them right in the bin.

To give you some idea of the intensity of my former habit, when The Onion ran I'll Smoke Anything—an op-ed by a guy who smokes anything and everything on which he can get his grubby little hands—literally like half a dozen friends independently gave me copies, invariably telling me, "This is totally you!" Everyone I've told about quitting has responded with, approximately, "Bullshit! You stopped smoking?!" I was sort of a hardcore smoker, heh.

So, yeah, if I can make it through 2007 without a cigarette, I'll be damn pleased. And I'm pretty resolved to do it, even if it's not an official NYR.

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