I had to spend my morning trying not to watch the news knowing because of the time difference, it would be many hours before I could call my loved ones back home (in NJ & NY). To help pass the time, I took my son to the movies and started making calls on the walk home. I spoke to my parents, sister and a few friends getting confirmation of my family's safety and most of my friends. I still can't reach my best friend who lives in Staten Island, NY. I've been trying to call her once and hour every hour for the last five hours, but still haven't reached her. Every hour that goes by makes me more and more anxious and I am beside myself with worry. I spoke to her yesterday. She was supposed to be evacuated, but chose to stay. I tried to talk her into going, but couldn't change her mind. I made her promise she'd call first thing in the morning, but it didn't happen. Large portions of Staten Island have been devastated by the hurricane and I can't say how helpless I feel not being able to reach her. All I can do is sit and wait.
I quit smoking when I moved to the UK, mainly because I promised my husband I would. I did it for him, but not because I wanted to. I enjoyed smoking. I missed it, but quit successfully for many years until I went through a stressful time and started again. My relapse lasted over a year. The whole time, I was ashamed of myself. I hated the smell. I hated how I felt, I hated the health risks and I hated my lack of willpower. I've known a few people who have tried e-cigarettes. I was a skeptic. I thought it was going from one habit to another. The people I knew that tried it, always had it and were constantly sucking on it. It seemed to me they were more addicted to it then they were cigarettes. I don't know any smokers that constantly had a cigarette in their hand. Then in January, I saw a piece about it on the BBC News. I watched with interest thinking they were going to say that they have found it to be harmful. What they said was quite the o