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Day-to-day life of the average hookah smoker.

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Brooke

New Years' Eve

Hello hookah forum!

    I hope you're all having an amazing time celebrating the very last day of 2017! It's been quite the busy time at my family house, but it's also been an amazing Christmas season. I celebrated with the usual - multiple bowls of shisha and catching up with friends over text. As a side note, I love the fact that hookah smoke smells as amazing as it does - even if I don't necesarily like the flavour itself, the smoke always smells incredible. My absolute favourite smell is the banana, coconut, grape, and two apple flavours.

    2018 is going to be an amazing year. I'm sure I mentioned being a student in previous posts, but I'm hoping to go back to school to work my way into nursing. I'm hoping to get into school in September 2018, and I'm really looking forward to building my education, starting out in a yearlong course as a PSW, which will hopefully lead into nursing. Anyone in this forum have any advice?

    As expected, I got nothing hookah-related for Christmas, but I did get a lot of loose leaf tea. I am an absolute fiend when it comes to loose leaf tea and hookahs - the bigger of my two vices would have to be the hookah. But I wouldn't change smoking hookahs for anything. For me, smoking it is a non-negotiable. I'm curious to know - did anyone get anything hookah-related for Christmas? And, who will you be smoking it with this New Years' Eve, if that is your plan? What are your top 3 things you're looking forward to in 2018?

    Gonna head offline for a bit. Hope your 2018 is an incredible year!

Brooke

Hello again forum!

    It's relatively early Saturday morning, and Christmas is only two days away! I'm not necessarily anticipating any hookah-related items (in fact, my mother is beginning to suspect I have one :S), and truthfully I have absolutely no idea what I want. I said I wasn't sure, so surprise me. This will be an interesting Christmas! (As an aside, a puppy would be great!)

    So I'm a fan of Pentatonix - I love the band! They put out tons of great content and have really incredible work out there, and they still do have some amazing stuff coming out. But, if you haven't been following them for a while, Avi left the group in May. And it just hasn't been the same since. I'm watching and listening to some of the content that Avi's been uploading since he left the group, and it's a bittersweet feeling to see him performing with another group. It's been a dream of mine to see PTX perform, and I would have loved to see it back when it was the original group. Still though, maybe this could be a good thing? Let's see how this goes. <-- Do I have any other Pentatonix fans out here in this forum? :lol:

    On New Years' Eve 2016/2017, I have to admit, I went into a sauna and did a session there. It was a really chill way just to usher in 2017. I remember it was the rose shisha I was using, and it was one of the best smoking sessions I've ever had. The atmosphere was really chill, really relaxed, warm and comfortable. I just love the hookah in general - and I love how the smoke of a hookah is one of the only ones that smells incredible after it's been smoked! It really does. One of my absolute favourite ones for amazing-smelling smoke is the rose - surprise surprise. I also love the Two Apples flavour once it's been smoked, except I feel like being a fan of black liquorice would have to be a prerequisite to getting this flavour. You wouldn't think by looking at the package that it would taste like that, being a new smoker. The banana one I just bought isn't bad, but it's not as flavourful as I thought/was hoping it would be. I'm not a fan of the peach or lemon one I have. The orange isn't bad (pretty sure it was on the shelf too long before they sold it to me, because it's a little dry. Good otherwise!) and I realize that I love the grape flavour.

    Alright, I'm going to head out and start my Saturday. Hope everyone has an amazing day!

Brooke

Hello hookah forum!

    Does anyone else have the problem where they magically just find themselves in a hookah shop or a head shop that sells hookah things .... and they're looking for hookah parts/shisha/other hookah items before they get most, if not all, of their Christmas shopping done? That's a perfect description of how my holiday shopping is going right now. I'll sooner find myself almost accidentally in these types of shops before I've even gotten any other shopping done. These shops can actually be the coolest thing though! As an example, I mentioned in my "New Flavour!" entry that I had this really cool mini "supermarket" that made me feel like I was somewhere in the Middle East. Their hookahs are gorgeous! I have never been more tempted to buy one, even though mine is perfectly fine and works well.

    I occasionally (key word for "more often than I'm willing to admit") look up ornate hookahs on Google Images. And as much as I have this massive urge to go online and just buy it (Christmas gift to myself! Haha) I wonder how difficult they must be to clean. I otherwise probably spend an unhealthy amount of time Googling online hookah shops, YouTubing hookah sessions, looking at antique and ornate hookahs on Google Images, and even researching starting my own hookah lounge. This is my life currently, but it's honestly a place where I don't mind being. Everyone needs that time to relax and do something they enjoy. Mine currently is smoking a hookah at night. I wouldn't trade that in for anything else. I love what it means to be involved with the hookah culture.

    One thing I would absolutely love to do is actually go to a place where hookahs originated from. Imagine going to the Middle East and having a traditional smoking session there! How cool would that be?! And yes, I've also YouTubed and Googled this, and that is where this whole interest came from. It would be the most amazing experience to just get out of the comfort of my own home and experience a culture that is so radically different from my own. I can say that it will be an absolutely massive culture shock to go from the cold Canadian climate and familiarity of home here to somewhere like Turkey or Arabia. And being someone with a pale complexion, thanks on both fronts to genetics and a colder climate, I know I'll be facing a massive sunburn for most of my trip there - and I probably wouldn't be allowed back into Canada because I won't even look like my own photo by the end of the trip. Totally worth it? Maybe once the sunburn fades. If anyone has actually had this experience on a vacation/other type of trip, drop it in the comments!

    Gonna head off to continue my day! Have an awesome one, everyone.

Brooke

Guilty Little Habits

Hello blog!

    I am definitely one to indulge in guilty little habits. If smoking a hookah didn't automatically qualify, drinking excess amounts of caffeine might! I absolutely love drinking Monster energy drinks. I bought six a week ago (No Frills had an amazing sale on them!) and the cashier gave me this look, like I was nuts. Hey, I never said I was gonna drink them all at once. And, they make great morning coffee replacement drinks, especially since I don't always have the time to make one in my French press (hint: get a coffee lover a French press. Some good ones can be bought for cheaper like at Winners/Canadian Tire/thrift shops/stores that sell kitchenware).

    As much as it makes me tired the next morning, I love relaxing, binge-watching YouTube videos, and having late-night chats over text with friends while I smoke. And I love trying new flavours. There was a coconut flavour in the store I bought the banana stuff from that I didn't see till the lady took the banana one off the shelf for me. I have no regrets except not having enough money to spend on it right away. I could've bought it, but it's also the Christmas season *cries a little*. I wish I had more people in my immediate circle that appreciates the hookah the same way I do! *Sigh* for now, I'll live with it. As a side note, I'm 100% looking for flavour suggestions, so feel free to post your favourite/recommended flavours in the comments. (Another completely weird off-topic and fun discussion point, what are some of the weirdest flavours you've seen? Not that I've tried it, but I've seen pumpkin spice. I almost bought it, but I'm still a broke college student. AND it's the Christmas season.) <-- Feel free to comment about flavour recommendations and weirdest flavours you've seen :)

    There is something to be said for a decent hookah sesh at the end of a long day, especially in winter. It's hovering around the 0-to-below-six range here in my little hometown, so it's really nice to be indoors and using the coal at the top of the hookah to warm my hands whenever they get cold. Plus, it's an amazing feeling to just sit down and relax while blowing smoke. I completely enjoy it, if you couldn't already tell. It's always hard to answer the question, "do you smoke?" That question normally implies smoking cigarettes, so asking, "Smoke what?" is my go-to answer. It drives some people nuts to answer a question with a question, but in this case, it's a worthy cause.

    I'm going to continue doing pretty much nothing (again), so I hope you all have an amazing evening :)

Brooke

New Flavour!

4:15 pm, Friday afternoon

Hello fellow hookah smokers!

    The nice thing about where I work is that we have this little Middle Eastern "supermarket" store close to us that's actually got TONS of authentic hookahs, lots of shisha brands and flavours just behind the counters, and REALLY cool Middle Eastern foods, pastries, and other items that literally made me feel like I could look out of the window and see a street that's somewhere in Turkey or Israel. I felt really out of place with a coat and a red nose from the cold in that store .... that's how cool it is over in Canada. Oh how I LOVE the (below) freezing weather! Ahaha, not :S

    Anyway, I'm super excited to say that I've picked up what I consider a "classic" flavour and a flavour I've never tried before in the store. What I mean by "classic" flavour is that it's one of the first ones I've tried, and it reminds me of just when I began smoking the hookah with the friend that introduced me to them. It's the Al Fakher brand of two apples, and it takes me right back to some of the earliest, most "classic" memories of smoking it with a little bit of vodka or beer (my favourites were coolers - still are) with a group of close friends in the summer. I've got some good times smoking these things. The other flavour that I've never tried (and that I was REALLY hoping I'd be able to at some point sooner or later) is the Lewis Marie brand of banana flavoured shisha. Yes, I’m quite the “girly” flavour enthusiast. I can’t wait to try it later!

12:11 am, Saturday

    Just finished smoking a bowl of the banana stuff! And I really, really liked it. Couldn't say I loved it, but it definitely was really great. The BEST part of it was smelling it once it had been smoked. It honestly smelled like candy.

    Our furnace is broken here at home, so we have a fireplace going. I keep hearing my parents walking around upstairs, checking the main fireplace, so it sketched me out a bit. I have never seen them up this late so energetic before, and I kept waiting for a parental unit to walk downstairs and discover that I was smoking a hookah in the bathtub! It affected my session, and not in a good way. But hey, the bowl was actually pretty great, so other than trying to keep the noise down and a slightly pounding heart, it wasn't a bad session. My dad caught me once, and he figured it out pretty quickly. My bathroom smelled like rose-scented charcoal smoke, and I swear I don't magically walk out of a bathroom leaving it smelling like that on a regular basis. HUGE tipoff right there, but so long as neither of us told my mother, he was cool with it. Again, he was a smoker (he recently quit cigarettes. YAY! Cigarette smoke definitely does NOT smell nearly as good as hookah smoke does) so I'm sure he understood the whole "why" behind smoking to begin with. He's never smoked a hookah, and I've never smoked cigarettes, and I'm sure they're really different, but there's gotta be some sort of mutual understanding between people who smoke .... even though one is completely different from the other. For those who smoke both - obviously they're both different, but in which ways are they the same? Different?

    I LOVE this blogging option. Gonna keep updating. In the meantime, I literally need sleep more than I can verbalize. I have been getting pretty much none for the last two nights, so I'll update later! Write soon!

Brooke

Late-Night Reflections

    Hello again to my readers!

    I've begun to realize that my favourite kinds of smoking sessions are late at night, especially when they hover around the midnight-to-one-am hours. I know the night is still relatively young to be smoking, but here I am, doing my own little session in the bathtub (yes, that's how I do things 'round here .... if anything catches on fire, at least my bathtub also has a shower option I can turn on just in case). I'm smoking a lemon-flavoured Shisha right now. It's not my absolute favourite flavour to be smoking, to be honest, but it's definitely not my least favourite. One of the first flavours I smoked was the two apples flavour, which tastes like black liquorice. That flavour, plus the rose and mint, will always be my all-time favourites. Those three will always be the "classic hookah pipe flavours" to me.

    Late-night lone sessions are when I get most of my thinking done. Nighttime, listening to the house settling as I smoke a bowl,  is how I settle down and unwind after a stressful day. I know in a "perfect world," I tend to thrive on structure, including structured sleeping .... but in reality, I'd actually rather smoke a bowl and just reflect on the day before bed than just go straight to bed. A combination of smoking and writing does wonders to how well I sleep, I recently discovered. As far as I'm concerned, even if the number of hours I sleep appear to be less by "normal" standards, I figure it's quality over quantity. And thus, this blog has been born out of that theory - smoke a bowl, clear my head, and be asleep for a "power nap" in replacement of what most call "real sleep." Who needs sleep when you have the internet and a good bowl?

    Some of my favourite memories of me and other friends have come from smoking the hookah together. There have been so many amazing back porch memories of when we would sit around and smoke the hookah together, discussing a range of topics as wide as TV shows to very serious life chats. I love the idea of just being able to sit down and talk with someone in a comfortable and quiet environment to get to really know someone better. As much as I am a coffee and tea enthusiast (I own my own French Press and an embarrassingly large collection of loose leaf tea), I think there's something to be said for sitting down and smoking a hookah together. Definitely a fan of it!

    I swear, the next entry will be more focussed on real life than on the hookah (although, you can expect at least one or two honourable mentions in the next post!)! Have an amazing holiday season!

Brooke

First blog post

    First blog post here in the forum! While it's not necessarily my very first blog post ever, but definitely one of the ones I can count on one hand.

    It's a beautiful December day in the GTA, 2 in the afternoon, and my day's barely gotten started. Productivity does not exist with me today. So, in lieu of that, I decided to at least do something with my day - hence the blog post. It's something to keep me busy and productive as I chill with my dogs on a Sunday afternoon.

    A laid-back Sunday afternoon is usually the perfect time to smoke a bowl of Shisha, but I have family in the house who don't necessarily approve of the hookah. It's still my favourite thing to smoke, above and beyond anything else I've tried (which, admittedly, isn't very much else outside of the hookah). Even though the parents don't necessarily like it, I think my dad is more accepting of it than my mom, him having been a smoker of cigarettes for a lot of his life. Either way though, I try to keep it out of their sight in hopes that they won't permanently ban me from using it while I live under their roof.

    I personally love the hookah. I love the ritual of setting it up, sitting down to enjoy it, and having conversations with friends as we do a smoke session. I love the way the smoke tastes, I love the flavours, and I love how exotic it looks. I love how it's the best way for me to relax right before I get to bed. There are few things as relaxing as smoking a good hookah bowl before bed. I've had a lot of good conversations with people as I smoke it, but lately I've run out of company to smoke with, as circumstances in their lives caused them to move away or become too busy for the most part to come over. So yes, recently I've started to miss the company of a smoking partner or two. I'm looking to get into college for a one-year PSW course within the next year or two as a stepping stone to get into nursing, so I'm hoping I can either meet people who've tried it themselves or turn people into hookah enthusiasts while there.

    It's now time that I continue doing absolutely nothing in my day. I'll update this blog probably tomorrow or the next day. Have an awesome day, everyone!

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