The flesh, it is weak.

I had this notion back in May that I might stop drinking for a month, from June 11 through July 11, making my birthday, July 12, an illustrious return to form. This wasn’t so much for health reasons as it was a great impetus for daily blogging – ErinirE’s adventures on the wagon. As a side benefit, I’d save money, lose weight, and give my liver a much-needed respite from abuse. Clearly, this never happened. In fact, I’m drinking a PBR right now.

I also think about quitting smoking. I’m not the type to nic fit or whatever, I smoke mostly because I’m bored. Cigarettes are a great diversion from whatever you’re doing, be it an uninteresting conversation at a house party or a maddening excel spreadsheet at work. And in the car? I mean, there’s nothing to DO but smoke. A costly hobby to be sure, but, as they say, it’s better than crack.

Today I went to Starbucks. I’m totally cash-strapped, to the point where I’m asking whether or not this soda comes with free refills, but nevertheless I couldn’t bring myself to order something cheap. I wanted an earl grey tea latte, dammit, and even though it’s a dollar more expensive than iced coffee, an earl grey tea latte I did have. One could make the point that if I’m so broke I probably shouldn’t be going to Starbucks in the first place, to which I would say: point taken. But I REALLY WANTED that earl grey tea latte.

The point? I’m completely unable to do anything I don’t feel like doing. This generally isn’t a problem in a workplace sense, ’cause damn if I don’t love to work, but in every other sense it’s a huge hindrance. From my bad habits to my penchant for Target tank tops, I should absolutely be exercising a modicum of self-control… but hey, what can I say. I’m a hedonist. And honestly, I like it that way.

5 responses to “The flesh, it is weak.”

  1. There’s nothing wrong with hedonism – unless it starts impacting your health. You have to be around to enjoy more hedonism – enlightened self-interest!

    So now I know that if you start smoking when talking to someone it means they’re boring you…

    Hey, didn’t you smoke while we chatted outside at Katsumi’s party?! πŸ˜‰


  2. I’m completely unable to do anything I don’t feel like doing.

    Exactly. And I’m an unrepentant hedonist as well.

    After a 9 year hiatus, I’ve decided to take up smoking again, but only in combination with booze or coffee.


  3. One of my favorite quotes by Oscar Wilde: “I can resist everything but temptation.”


  4. I had the same thoughts about drinking this past month….but you know what, I like summer, I like wine, and I like drinking wine in the summer, so I am not going to deprive myself. I figure, that somethings are probably not good for us to do, but if you don’t do what makes you happy, then what is the point of life?

    I also agree with you about smoking. Having a cigarette was always a nice distraction for me, whether it be from driving, from a party, or from life. Although I do think that may be work giving up. πŸ™‚

    I have started to create a weekly allowance for myself so i can feel better about indulging in my expensive habits. I have $11 left this week. I am currently packing my bag to go to Starbucks to get coffee, and them am going to stop on the way home to spend my last $7 on a glass of wine.


  5. Well – my drinking hiatus is almost over – we must celebrate afterward!!!! I think what you should do, try finding a cheaper indulgence to replace the expensive ones. πŸ™‚


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