no regrets monday

I slept 12 hours last night. This is a very good thing. I baked cookies this morning, 5 dozen shortbreads with crystallized ginger. If you’re on the micro-email mailing list, you have head-start notice as to WHY i’m baking cookies. just saying.

after cookies, I went shopping for mini jars of jam. I made a trip to the post office. I bought sausages to make an easy dinner.

It is school vacation this week, which brings a certain calm to the city. No kids playing outside at recess. Hardly any traffic. Stores are empty. And it’s gloriously sunny and warm (pity those who have planned ski vacations).

I still feel a bit jet lagged from my Friday night catering. It was a huge success — I catered an anti-valentine’s dinner — and it was the first time since i’ve been doing this (3.5 years) that everyone ate everything. Put food on their plates? All gone. Usually there’s someone who eats the pie but not the crust, or who shuffles the fennel to the side of the plate. Not this time. Ten people, ten empty plates. No leftovers. Shocking. They fought over the pie — not “oh that piece of pie is too large” but “that piece is too small.”

and 9 out of 10 guests were drinking tea (with me) by 10:30 pm. I can assure you that NEVER happened when i was consuming alcohol. I’d have kept filling up glasses, including my own, and then at 10:30 pm I would have brought out the port. Switch to mint tea? On a Friday night? Never.

So it was super successful all-round.

If you’re new to the blog, i’ve told the story before about how i pretty much had to quit drinking in order to pursue my part-time catering fun. i couldn’t face being up at 6 a.m. baking bread or working overnight shifts when i was constantly hung over. it’s like the universe made me choose between wine and baking. and i picked baking! which is hilarious if you knew how much i liked wine. but i found something i liked MORE.

no regrets monday!


Happy Day 50 to Susie!

Happy Day 50 to Em!

Happy Day 50 to WorkerbeeSC!

Happy Day 50 to Jano!

Happy Day 50 to John!

Happy Day 50 to J!

Happy Day 50 to Jenna!

Happy Day 50 to Susie!

Happy Day 50 to Tennismumsie!

Happy Day 50 to Winkle!

Happy Day 50 to Sekinggraceagain!

Happy Day 50 to LG!

Happy Day 50 to Traci!

Happy Day 100 to Christine!

Happy Day 100 to Tina!

Happy Day 100 to Pickleball!

Happy Day 100 Brid!

Happy Day 100 Ebaliff!

Happy Day 100 Caro!

Happy Day 100 to Norman!

Happy Day 100 to Annabelle!

Happy Day 180 to Rachelle!

Happy Day 300 to Erin!


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

  • Wow, look at all of those 50s and 100s. That is seriously cool. How lucky are we to be brought together by such an amazing lady!!! No regrets Monday has a different feel for me as I’ve had some trouble this past weekend. But, I will not be defeated. I am here. A serious CONGRATS to all of you here and those of you celebrating significant milestones. And for those of you starting over or struggling like me…don’t give up. You are not alone. You have a community of people who are in your corner. Oh, and, Fuck you Wolfie. I got two new tools today.

  • Awesome, good for you! I wish I had one of your cookies right now! Congrats to my girl Annabelle too on 100 Days! (and all the others too) WE are having sausage too tonight! I need to try mint tea~ That is one I don’t have.

  • Cooking has become my way of coping with too much time. I never thought I could cook without drinking, but I find it easy now. The witching hours are taken up by radio, soup making and fruit tarts… I can finally enjoy my entertaining because I am focused, calm, and I remember the conversation.
    5months and happy! Jenny