do *normal* people drink while doing daily chores?

poll results:

thanks to everyone for voting in this really informal poll. here are the results:

piechart(oh and i’m the one who voted ‘go away and be quiet’)

So i’m going to follow this chart … most of the micro posts will go on the blog… and then some bits will go out by email if you’re on this list.

from me:

i had a very relaxing weekend. i’ve been dealing with some irritating medical issues that seem to have been made worse by having a cold. so this past weekend, i made a little nest for myself in the bedroom with a comfy reading chair, Christmas lights in the window, and I can prop my feet up on the radiator (nice and warm). There’s a Tupperware container beside the chair that’s tall enough to act as a side-table to hold my tea. my husband brought me toast and refilled my mug. and that’s where I sat most of the weekend reading my mystery novel from the library!  who says sober chicks don’t have fun! The good news is that the cough and scratchy voice seem to be gone and so i’m feeling better. I even ran both days on the weekend and am feeling more like my old self … this is probably the best i’ve felt in months! And hooray, two more weeks until Christmas vacation. can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait.

from my inbox:

Cactus Garden (day 9): “Hi Belle, I didn’t have any difficulty at all on my first sober Friday. My husband and I used to sit in the living room and drink one after another while talking and listening to music or watching a movie or hanging out with friends.This was the ritual. Last night only one thing changed….I had several glasses of limeaid! And guess what? I had just as nice of a time as always, if not better. Headed with my husband and kids to pick out a Christmas tree, feeling revived.”

NoMoreGames (day 6): “Was a bit irritated when I couldn’t have a drink while doing laundry, paying bills, etc. like *normal* people would be able to have. I had to laugh at myself when I realized that most *normal* people don’t drink while doing daily chores. That made it easier — made me feel, well, normal. No drinking today.”

EmAnne (day 21): “Three weeks…..21 days sober today! Holy shit, eat my dust Wolfie (I’m flipping you the bird wolfie!) Unless I was pregnant I’ve never gone this far without drinking & never in a million years would I thought I ever could. I love this community and everyone’s personal stories & wisdom. And I love you Belle for being my pen pal and being the creator of something so awesome (( hugs)).”

Happy Day 100 to Toni!

Happy Day 100 to Penny!

Happy Day 100 to Zentient!

Happy Day 101 to JacksterT!

Happy Day 101 to ErinS!


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

  • I get your comment–nomoregames–had a mini-trigger yesterday–finished some Christmas shopping (crowded stores–not my fav) and found myself driving home and automatically thinking–“can’t wait to get home, open a beer and get some things done. A 100% auto thought from out of nowhere at 3:00 in the afternoon. Funny the things we automatically associate with our drink of choice. Luckily it wasn’t hard to push that thought away.

    Congratulations to all on your sober successes.

  • Happy 100 to you all who have made that esteemed goal. Couldn’t be prouder of you !~! Keep the ball rolling and enjoy the fruits of those labors. Isn’t it great to wake up clear-headed? That’s still my favorite part: no hangovers. And better hair.

  • A huge congratulations to you four!! You are inspiring the rest of us to keep going, it can be done! Hope to hear your stories too. (: wow! Day 47 here, going zip lining today, I’ve had the gift certificate for two years but somehow shooting down the mountain and through the redwoods with a mild or giant hangover didn’t sound like fun? Haha! – Hana