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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 24}

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Trying to figure out what to do for the Sam Hunt concert tomorrow…

The day before the Sam Hunt concert had me thinking a lot about what my plan would be.

Should I drink?

Should I not drink? Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 23}

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If you decided to cut back on drinking, would you have a support system?

Thursday is always the unofficial start to the weekend in my house.

It feels like you’ve almost made it through the week, plus my husband has off every other Friday from work.

Even during the times when I don’t drink during the week and only do it on the weekends, that means I can drink on Thursdays. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 22}

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In Chapter 5 of “Almost Alcoholic,” things start to get real.

Today is Wednesday.

I’m still slowly making my way through Almost Alcoholic.

I really like this book because it acknowledges the fact that you can be a person who is going through a “problem drinking period” without it meaning you are an alcoholic. Read More »

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Fall Must-Haves

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Treat yourself with these ten fall must-haves!

The fall weather has arrived and with it comes pumpkins, apple-picking, fall clothes, and not shaving your legs.

Woohoo!

Now go get yourself a Pumpkin Spice Latte (if you’re into that sorta thing) and check out my list of Fall Must-Haves for this year…. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 21}

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I’ve been a little short-tempered lately.

I’ve been writing and talking a lot about the stress of the 5:00 dinner hour at my house.

If I had thought that being sober would be a magical solution to making me yell less and be a better mom, I now know that I was wrong.

It is Day 21 and I’m still struggling at the end of the day, still yelling, still feeling like I have zero patience. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 20}

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Lisa was my virtual drinking buddy until we both decided to stop.

I met my friend Lisa through blogging several years ago, but I can’t pinpoint when or why we started chatting daily on Facebook messenger.

Eventually, we started talking about drinking.

We shared a love of wine, yet a hatred of how it wrecked our sleep and made us feel like crap the next day. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 19}

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Ahh, the start of football season…

 

So many things are deeply entwined with alcohol in my brain.

Brunches. (Mimosas!)

Concerts. (Tailgating!) Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 18}

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Drinking is a way of life here.

Day 18 was Saturday. 

I got up and ran SEVEN MILES by myself, which is more than I have run in close to two years.

I felt so good during the run, too. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 17}

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My husband is not happy with me.

My husband is not happy with The Sobriety Diaries.

First of all, let me say that during the four years I’ve been blogging, he has made a comment about my blog less than five times. 

And it’s never a good comment. It’s always something negative. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 16}

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Alcohol is everywhere in Virginia…and that’s part of the problem!

Back when I lived in New Jersey, getting alcohol was an inconvenience.

I had to go to an actual liquor store in order to buy wine. 

It was not sold in the grocery store, or in Target, or at Costco by the (cheap) case. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 15}

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My children drive me to drink.

If nothing else comes out of this alcohol detox, I at least now know why I drink.

It is my children.

My children drive me to drink. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 14}

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Tuesday evening was full of activities and running around…would’ve been nice to relax with a glass of wine!

Tuesday night was the busiest night I’ve had since the school year started…and it didn’t go as smoothly as I would have hoped.

My six-year-old daughter started gymnastics on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:00 P.M.

Guess which night her Girl Scout Troop meets?  Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 13}

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Thankful that the holiday weekend is ending…

I woke up Monday morning happy that it was a holiday and happy that a Labor Day Weekend without alcohol was almost over.

I ran four miles with my neighbors, making my grand total for running over the weekend twelve miles…more than I had run in a whole week in ages.

The thing I have noticed the most about these past thirteen days is that I am getting SO. MUCH. DONE. Read More »

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Bowlero Hits the Sweet Spot

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Looking for a fun night out? Check out Bowlero, the hottest bowling around.

Bored with traditional date nights?

Want something fun to do with the whole family? 

Need a girls’ night out?

Planning a unique outing for a corporate event? Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 12}

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I used to hate finding wine glasses in my room when I woke up.

I used to hate waking up and seeing an empty wine glass from the night before in my bedroom.

It was like a visceral reminder that Ugh, I was drinking late at night and now I probably have a hangover.

Yep, the wine glass on the nightstand was never a good sign. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 11}

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My kids drive me to drink!

I want wine. Like really badly.

I now realize why I usually start drinking around 4:00 or 5:00 P.M…because my kids are RAGING LUNATICS at that hour!

I seriously thought I was going to have a meltdown, which is why it is 6:16 P.M. and I am hiding in my bedroom typing on my laptop. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 10}

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Social events without alcohol are always a little awkward…or are they?

Our neighborhood kicked off Labor Day Weekend with a happy hour pizza party shindig tonight. 

I was a little apprehensive about going, because I used to hate social situations without alcohol.

You feel like you’re the only one not drinking. Which was actually true tonight. (I think.) Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 9}

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It’s about to get a little tough with Labor Day Weekend coming up…

Day 9 is when things are starting to get tricky.

UGH. 

It’s Thursday. It’s almost Labor Day Weekend. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 8}

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Here is what has changed in my eight days of not drinking…

One full week of not drinking has come and gone.

So what is different about my life?

I have noticed a bunch of small changes. Of course, they may not be entirely attributed to sobriety. I’ll never know. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 7}

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Is it difficult to not drink each evening?

Today is Tuesday, the seventh day of my journey.

I’ve made it one week without alcohol! 

It actually wasn’t as difficult as I thought. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 6}

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Some sobering thoughts from a book I’m reading…

So I have mentioned several times that I’m reading a book during this period of sobriety. It’s called Almost Alcoholic.

I’m going to warn you now– do not read this book if you aren’t prepared to hear the ugly truth about your drinking habits!

If you’re like me, you assume that since you aren’t an alcoholic, then there isn’t a problem with your drinking…even if you drink every day. Read More »