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Post-Sobriety Diaries {An Update}

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An update on my life since I finished 30 days of being sober…

If you followed along with The Sobriety Diaries, maybe you’re feeling like you’re in withdrawal (alcohol joke– ha!).

I haven’t written about drinking in over a week, so here goes…

My thirty days without alcohol ended and I resumed my drinking life.  Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 30}

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I made it…sort of!

Well, the day has arrived. Day 30.

Even though I cheated at the Sam Hunt concert and had a teeny tiny bit of beer, I still feel proud.

This past week was definitely challenging. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 28}

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I know why people turn to alcohol in times of grief.

On Sunday I got the news that an ex-boyfriend of mine had passed away.

As friends and family reached out to me upon hearing about his death, I repeated each time that “I’m fine.”

Which I really felt I was– just fine. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 26}

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My old attitude towards having a drink used to be…Why not?

On Sunday morning we packed the kids into the car and went to Costco for some grocery shopping.

As is usually the problem with meat or produce I buy there, the pack of ribs we bought to grill for dinner was way too big for our family of five.

So I invited my neighbor and her family to join us. 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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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 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 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 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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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 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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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 »