Last night, I would normally have gone through a bottle of wine alone and woke up with a massive headache this morning. Instead, I went out late with my family to a Halloween related event at the local theme park. I genuinely enjoyed it. I watched my kids smile, laugh, and have a great time. I laughed my arse off as we went through a pretty sadistic haunted house (not much can scare me I guess). I stayed up until past midnight… sober! I can’t believe it. Though I admittedly was dying for a drink while I was walking through the theme park. But I am glad I didn’t do it. Although, I still woke up with almost the feeling of a hangover! I guess my body has just gotten used to expecting one. My head was killing me this morning more or less. BUT… I did have a therapeutic moment and actually COOKED a REAL breakfast this morning. Homemade potatoe hash, homemade apple butter, country ham, mmm… I felt like Betty Crocker. It helped me realize something - cooking is a great replacement for drinking. Trade in the hangover for some “me” time getting creative with things in the kitchen. I am volunteering at an Octoberfest charity event tonight. There is going to be a LOT of booze around me… I’ll check in here to let everyone know how it’s going. I figure this is the best way to keep me on the straight and narrow.
Well done! Good luck tonight! Remember the great feeling sober creates!
I’ll be asleep in Northern Ireland but look forward to reading your updates in the morning. you got this
Here you go
Excellent work!!! I’m in the same boat, when I want to drink I’ll cook or bake instead, preferably something shareable so I can combine food, friends, and family! So glad to hear you’ve found a new hobby to further enrich your life
How’s this evening going for you?
Laying my head down with not a drop of alcohol tonight I ended up drinking two Cokes to keep my hands busy. I’ve been reading “The Sober Diaries” to help me through this, and in the book Clare drinks hot chocolate at the end of the night frequently to reward herself for not drinking wine. Ironically, as I was wrapping things up to leave the party this evening, a lady offered me hot chocolate! I kid you not. I took it as a sign
Get it, girl! I hope you feel proud tonight - and waking up clear and sober tomorrow will be such a gift. Love the hot chocolate from the universe!️
I’m reading this right now too! I love it and identify so much with her!
Awesome job! Keep it up
Here is a first that happened with me this morning that also happened in that book - I woke up feeling great. Husband wakes up complaining about how hungover he is.