One of the big things you have to do when you get sober is to re-adjust the image you have of yourself.
I've always seen myself as a rebel. A bit naughty. Slightly wild. Ever since I first started smoking behind the bike sheds at school, playing practical jokes on the teachers and 'customising' my school uniform.
Last night we were staying with lovely friends in the country. There were twelve of us for dinner. We got through twenty three bottles of wine.
Or, rather, they did. I drank water. Which didn't bother me. I'm pretty used to that now.
Shortly after midnight, as it started getting a bit raucous, I decided to slink unobtrusively off to bed.
Sadly, slinking unobtrusively is not my forte, and one of my friends yelled out "Goodnight, SM!" at which point they all turned round to stare at me. The first one to leave the party.
I woke up at 3am. The lack of snoring and alcohol fumes alerted me to the fact that Mr SM was not there. I walked down the corridor to the bathroom and could hear laughter and voices from the dining room two floors down.
And I felt sad. And square. And boring.
I don't want to be the good one, the reliable one, the predictable one. I still want to walk on the wild side.
This morning did, as you can imagine, make up for it. I felt great, while everyone around me was crumbling.
We all went out for a big Sunday roast (back at the Soho Farmhouse), and I didn't have to have the customary stand off with Mr SM about who was going to drink and who was going to drive back to London. Because I was going to drive. Obviously.
Good old, boring old, reliable old SM.
I had a lovely weekend. I really didn't want to drink. I had great fun with great friends and all our children. But I'm feeling sad.
I have to remember that, given the huge proportion of people who drink, I'm actually still the rebel. Still zigging while others zag. Still breaking the rules.
And if I want to shock people a little, make sure no-one sees me as boring or predictable, all I have to do is publish this blog. That would put the cat among the pigeons...
HAPPY SOBERVERSARY to fabulous Silver Birch! Awesome work, girlfriend :-)
Love SM x