May i present you with … day 173

When Amy started her sober adventures, she reached out to me by email. I suggested that if she needed a pen pal (someone to email progress to), that I was happy to hear from her. She has been emailing daily… and she’s doing great. Head over and show her some love.

She also asks interesting questions, and presents challenges that i haven’t thought of so much since my first sober days.  it’s good to revisit the early days’ thinking … this must be the part about ‘service’ that AA talks about. just talking to someone who’s getting started is so freaking helpful.

Here’s one piece of shared insight:

Amy wrote that she’d gone for a run, felt ridiculously good, and knew that the honeymoon would be over soon but was enjoying it nonetheless.

I wrote:

There’s no end to the honeymoon period, it’s a relief and a truly uplifting experience to get and stay sober.  it’s hard to convince someone who’s still drinking … but those of us who are sober know that the shitty part is THERE (in drinking land), whereas WE have a secret:  i.e. that it’s actually ‘better’ here in SOBER land …

🙂  Happy day 173 to me.  nearly 6 months (which will either be in 7 days, or on January 1st, depending on how you calculate a ‘month’ … and assuming we’re all alive after the end of the world tomorrow)


I want to put this online, to hold myself accountable. I want to document the noise in my head. I'm tired of thinking about drinking. date of last drink: june 30, 2012

  • Hello Belle, I’ve been lurking for a while now, trying to go back and read your earlier entries to see what it was like for you in the beginning. I’ve had a few days of sobriety here and there, at times a week or two, which I absolutely loved but then I woke up Dec 26 totally hung over and resolved. I know what I want/have to do and its so wonderful to your blog as a resource. Thanks very much. Congratulations on day 173 ~ Lucy

  • Thank you thank you thank you for sharing my blog, and for taking the time to write to me every day. And congrats on that 173! Your strength and courage (and emails!) will help make that day possible for me, too. I’ll be talking to you in the morning if I haven’t been eaten by zombies. 😉

  • Congratulations!!!! And we’d better still be here tomorrow because if we aren’t I’m going to be really pissed that I got sober.

    Just kidding.


  • Happy 173! When you add those number’s up individually it’s a perfect 10! Wow! It does get better and better, doesn’t it? Sometimes it gets trying talking to newbies because they just won’t be convinced. “Jesus, why won’t you believe me? Why won’t you believe the hundreds of people on the message boards?” How quickly we forget how we clung so desperately to the thought that we were different, we were the one person that couldn’t be happy without booze. I’m so glad I finally took the leap of faith and believed, and I’m glad you did too!

    Sorry I haven’t checked in much lately, I’ve been crazy busy but I’ve missed my blog friends, if today is really the last day of the world, you’ve made a difference in my life. Thank you.

    • thanks Mary, nice to hear from you : ) (and does 1 + 7 + 3 = 10? if so, i’m all for it!) i’m thankful when newbies reach out, cuz i flailed around for a long time before i figured out that asking for help was the ticket OUT. And happy end of world to you, too! see you tomorrow!