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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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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 »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 5}

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My thoughts on an interesting and timely article that came my way today…

A friend who knew I was doing this sobriety stint alerted me to an article she saw in the Huffington Post a few days ago.

The article was “The Way Americans Drink Alcohol Is Changing And Experts Are Worried.” 

In it, two different year-long studies are compared, one from 2002 and one from 2013.  Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 4}

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Day 4 was the hardest day for me yet.

The fourth day of my sobriety experiment, Saturday, was definitely the hardest so far.

It was a day where wine would have flowed so seamlessly into my plans.

My friend and I took our daughters to a birthday party at Sweet & Sassy in the afternoon.  Read More »

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9 Best Things About Back to School

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Here are my favorite things about the back-to-school season!

Here in Virginia we started school last week, but I know a lot of other people are just starting up this week or next. 

The back to school season can come with a lot of stress and anxiety, so I am trying to remind myself of all the good things about this time of year.

(Other than the fact that it’s time to switch over from my trusty Sauvignon blancs to Chardonnays for the cooler weather. Or it would be if I wasn’t in the midst of a thirty day break from drinking.)

Here are the nine best things about heading back to school! Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 3}

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I gained some insight from a helpful book.

First of all, call off the Amber Alert– I did find Lilly’s lunch box. I went back to the last place I remembered her having it, her gymnastics camp a week earlier.

BOOM. It was right there in the same cubby she put it in.

Thankfully, there were no disgusting food remnants in it. Just a water bottle and an empty bag of Doritos.

#momoftheyear Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 2}

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The first day of school usually ends with a celebration of sorts…not this time!

Ahhh, the first day of school…such a momentous occasion in the life of a stay-at-home-mom. Or any mom, really!

THE KIDS ARE BACK IN SCHOOL!

THEY ARE NO LONGER IN THE HOUSE!

IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE! Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 1}

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Hangovers…the reason why I am quitting alcohol for thirty days.

Honestly, if I didn’t get such bad hangovers, I probably wouldn’t be doing this sobriety stint right now.

But I get a hangover whether I have two glasses of wine or five…only the severity varies.

Maybe I’m sensitive to wine, but no matter how much I have, I will always have interrupted sleep and a dull headache the next morning. Read More »

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Flying Without a License A.K.A. My Costco Card Saves the Day

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That time I found myself flying without a license…

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to try to catch a flight home at 8:00 AM when you’re hungover and realize you lost your license (and only acceptable photo ID) the night before? 

Well apparently I was curious about this particular situation because that’s exactly the pickle I found myself in on a Sunday morning in June.

To backtrack a bit, my husband and I had flown to Boston for a friend’s wedding on a Friday. We were very excited for a kid-free weekend in a hotel with lots of my childhood friends from New Jersey. Read More »

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Am I Doing This Wrong?

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I feel like I messed up vacation.

I’ve been home from vacation for over a week now and I’m starting to reflect on my trip.

Expectations were high…eight days and seven nights at a lovely Turks & Caicos resort with NO KIDS.

Just me and my husband in paradise for our anniversary. Did I mention we didn’t have our kids with us? Read More »