On day 9, and I have to say, this is a bit better than expected. Went out and drank two beers last night with a friend. I definitely wanted a cigarette, but chewed on a cocktail straw instead.
I'm concerned about a couple of things going forward. 1) I've obviously been avoiding bigger social occasions since I quit. Even the thought of being around a lot of friends, with alcohol and tobacco present, makes me think that I won't be able to enjoy myself in these situations. (At times, it makes quitting feel hopeless, since I convince myself that I'm destined to slip up during events like these.) 2) I'll be starting up work again soon, and the environment there can be very stressful (and it provokes a fair amount of anger). I'm really afraid that either I will perform like crap, or I'll allow myself to smoke.
I'm usually pretty confident about my quit, but when I start thinking about these things it make me realize that it's still really fragile. I can't avoid these triggers forever, so the plan is to prepare as best I can for them. (I tend to use healthy substitutes a lot.) I'm still nervous about them, though.