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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.

My husband has off tomorrow, too, so he is acting like it’s a big ‘ol party weekend that starts TODAY.

Also, my children (2/3 of them, anyway) were absolute monsters during the 5:00-7:00 P.M. hours…the time when my husband had conveniently stopped at a brewery on his way home from work.

This was the first time in the past week that I was seriously tempted to pour a glass of wine.

BUT NO! 




I did not. As much I wanted to, I wanted more to keep my commitment to these 30 days and this experiment.

It was really hard, though. And I know it’s only going to get harder.

The invitations for fun Labor Day weekend get-togethers are rolling in. 

Now we have a happy hour pizza party to go to, a ladies’ night pool party, a birthday party…all will have alcohol. 

Technically I don’t have to go to any of these. I could be lame and skip them, but I think that is kind of like cheating. 

I need to do these thirty days in the real world, not in a vacuum. I want to have fun and feel comfortable in social situations even when I’m not drinking along with everyone else.

Speaking of which, my friends and loved ones have had mixed reactions to me not drinking.

When I first posted my decision to stop drinking, I got a message from one of my good friends in the neighborhood (and one of my favorite drinking buddies) that said, “Ummm what’s this about you not drinking? You didn’t tell me you were going to do that!”

A few other friends were like, “Yeah, I should cut back, too.” 


My husband didn’t care one way or the other, although he said he would try to drink less, too.

I also think that my friends may feel weird hanging out and drinking in front of me, but it’s really fine. Like I said in my Day 7 post, if I’m committed, I’m pretty good about sticking to it.

But I get it. I always feel awkward drinking in front of the few people I know who are alcoholics and no longer drink.

I guess I shouldn’t feel weird? I don’t know. 

So it will be interesting to see how this weekend goes. 

I’m already giving my husband a hard time for his drinking tonight and acting very holier-than-thou…even though if I weren’t doing this experiment, I would’ve been right there with him drinking tonight!

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