Smoking

After trying to complete the Three Peaks Challenge and failing due to my lungs I have taken it upon my self to finally quit smoking – again!

At first I tried to go cold turkey and completely stop smoking. That didn’t last too long. By 4pm that day I was outside smoking again. Failure. So I decided to go down another route.

I have been speaking to people who are now smoking those e-cigarette things. Asking such questions as how do they compare to proper cigarettes / tobacco. Do they provide the same type of hit that normal fags do etc, and they sounded quite positive about the whole thing.

I wasn’t too convinced at first, but I thought fuck it. I really want to quit smoking and this seems like an option, and by this point I’m willing to try anything to quit, so I went and bought one. It cost me about the same as a pouch of tobacco, which is good.

The lady in the shop help me set it up and showed me how it worked as I have never tried one before. She understood that I was new at it and was very helpful. She asked me to bulk e juice online as it would cost me cheaper and I could choose the type of flavour I wanted to smoke — Undoubtedly one among the best investment I have made till date.

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I am now three full days without smoking a single cigarette, and I’m feeling good for it. I still get the craving every now and then, but as long as I’m busy and I chug on this e-cigarette thing I’m generally ok.

They say after 28 days without smoking you’re a hell of a lot more likely to quit for good, and this is what I want. Lets hope that I can achieve it! Wish me luck.

Have you ever tried to quit smoking? Do you use one of the e-cigarettes – if you do how are you finding it compared to a proper one?

Three Peaks – What happened?

As you know I was going to attempt the National UK three peak challenge with several of my colleagues from work. July 4th was the date picked for the challenge, but we decided to head up to Scotland on the 2nd to have some social time drinking and having a look around the local area.

We left from work at 6.30am, which was just after I finished my 12 hour shift. I was quite surprised by the lack of traffic on the journey. We hit the morning rush, but even that wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be.

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We hit the border of Scotland at 4.20pm after a couple of stops to change drivers / breakfast and fag breaks, and arrived at our chalet shortly after 7pm.

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Our first port of call after checking into the chalet was to find out where the local shop was, and to grab some drinks for the nights entertainment.

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After dinner the drinking games began. I ended up drinking close to three quarters of a litre of vodka, half a bottle of Mikey Finns, and a glass of Disaronno and God only knows what the others drank!

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Needless to say it got very messy. None of us got any sleep until around 6.30pm the next day.
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CSCS Certificate

It’s now the 7th of May and at 11am this morning I had my CSCS test, and as I had hoped I passed my test. This is great news for me as it opens up so many doors for me within the company.

Now that I have my CSCS certificate I will be arranging with my supervisor’s permission and assistance days out with the crews and inspectors, at least that’s the goal any way.

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Within the next 18 – 24 months I would like to start moving my career towards becoming an inspector on the roads, so learning how the MRT’s and the inspectors do their jobs will be very handy when a position does become available, but as we are nearing the end of the contract with Highways England I don’t know how this will turn out. Either way, the experience I have currently should allow me to get a job somewhere else if all goes to pot for the rebid next month.

The bucket list – Is there any point?

Is there any point in a bucket list these days? Of course there is! We’re not all immortal gods and have unlimited wealth, so some of us mere mortals have to plan for the future and do things to make us feel good before we die.

I have compiled my bucket list below in no particular order. For now there shall only be a few things, but over time the list shall grow and accomplishments shall be ticked off. I hope to do all of them before I die.

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  1. Reach the peak of a mountain – Mount Snowdon – 05/07/2015
  2. Go sky diving
  3. Fly in an aeroplane – I flew to Switzerland on the 11/11/2015 – Take offLanding
  4. Fly in a helicopter
  5. Travel to Scotland – Attempted the National Three Peak Challenge – 02/07/2015
  6. Travel to Italy
  7. Visit the Colosseum
  8. Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  9. Visit Vatican City
  10. Travel to France
  11. Travel to Spain
  12. Travel to Germany
  13. Travel to Iceland
  14. Visit the Blue Lagoon
  15. Travel to Switzerland – I travelled to Geneva to visit C.E.R.N. 11/11/2015
  16. Visit C.E.R.N. – I visited C.E.R.N. on 11/11/2015
  17. See the ATLAS project
  18. See the ALICE project
  19. Travel to The Netherlands
  20. Travel to Amsterdam
  21. Get stoned legally
  22. Travel to Norway
  23. Travel to Finland
  24. Travel to Sweden
  25. Own a sports car
  26. Own a motorcycle
  27. Drive a super car
  28. Own a house– Bought a 2 bed flat in July 2017
  29. Walk my daughter down the aisle
  30. Hold my grandchild
  31. See the human race reach Mars
  32. Go to Disney World / Land
  33. Weigh 90 Kg or less
  34. Quit smoking
  35. Learn an instrument
  36. Go scuba diving
  37. Go on a cruise
  38. See the Great Pyramids in Egypt
  39. Do something for charity – Raised £500 for Charity for the National Three Peak Challenge – 02/07/2015
  40. Visit the Eiffel Tower
  41. Visit the Louvre
  42. Travel to the USA
  43. Visit the Smithsonian
  44. Visit the Lincoln Memorial
  45. Visit the Statue of Liberty
  46. Visit and Tour the White House
  47. Celebrate New Year in Time Square
  48. Own a real meteorite
  49. See an active volcano in person
  50. Climb an active volcano
  51. Look into the caldera of an active volcano
  52. Witness the aurora borealis
  53. Witness the aurora australis
  54. Witness a tornado F3 and above
  55. Be on television
  56. Be on the radio
  57. Go on a drifting course
  58. Go white water rafting
  59. Eat sushi– Took my Mum for lunch on 28th September 2016
  60. Try LSD
  61. Go to a concert at the O2
  62. Travel to Peru
  63. Visit Machu Picchu
  64. Hike the Valley of the Incas
  65. Travel to Australia
  66. Visit the Great Barrier Reef
  67. Swim with turtles
  68. See an orchestral performance in the Sydney Opera House
  69. Travel to Canada
  70. Travel to New Zealand
  71. Live near my children so I can see them daily
  72. Go to Alton Towers – I went there for the weekend with Ryan – 25/03/2016
  73. Visit the Grand Canyon
  74. Visit Yellowstone National Park
  75. Own my car outright – Paid the final payment on 10th September 2015
  76. Go bungee jumping
  77. Get tattoo sleeves
  78. Go on a ride in a hot air balloon
  79. Go to China
  80. See the Great Wall of China
  81. Visit the Forbidden City
  82. Learn to use chopsticks
  83. Eat an entire meal with chopsticks
  84. Complete a food challenge – Completed the 32oz Steak Challenge at Flaming Grill – 08/02/2016
  85. Get my tongue pierced again
  86. Travel to Japan
  87. Climb Mount Fuji
  88. Summit Ben Nevis
  89. Summit Scafell Pike
  90. Learn how to dance the Tango
  91. Learn how to take photos of the Milky Way
  92. Photograph the planets and moons
  93. Travel to Mexico
  94. Visit the Mayan Pyramids
  95. Tour the ancient ruins in Greece
  96. Go Zorbing
  97. Go Snowboarding / Skiing
  98. Ride a horse
  99. Take my son camping in the Highlands
  100. Blow glass
  101. Work on a pottery wheel
  102. Read a whole novel
  103. Visit Madame Tussauds
  104. See Swan Lake
  105. Visit a castle
  106. Sleep in a castle
  107. Write a recipe book
  108. Learn the alphabet in sign language
  109. Learn sign language
  110. Have a brief conversation with someone in sign language
  111. Go rock climbing
  112. Take an archery lesson
  113. Visit all seven continents
  114. Visit the Hoover Dam

Last updated 010/01/2020