(The three children aren't being much help on the packing front. They are horribly overexcited about having found a Special K which looks exactly like Ukraine, and are busy posting photos on Instagram).
I thought I'd leave you with some of the best things I've read this week....
The first, sent to me by lovely C, now 7 months sober, is for anyone who was interested in last week's debate on the word 'alcoholic'. It's a fabulous piece from Holly at Hip Sobriety entitled: My name's Holly and I'm not an alcoholic (because no-one is). Click here to read it.
I also have two blog recommendations.
Anyone who hasn't already met Lily at alcoholfree2016.com should check her out here, and here is a fabulous new blog from mommyisaquitter who is currently wading her way through Day 5. Pop on over and give them both a virtual hug.
Finally, I had an e-mail from J, which she said I could share.
J tells a story about accidentally taking a sip of real booze and how much it messes with your head, which I can relate to. I vividly remember getting my Beck's Blue confused with a real beer back in the early days.
Here's J's story:
I just thought I would contact you to recount an event which may be of interest to others on the sober journey : My reaction has rather staggered me ….
We were last week on a river cruise (40 years married) I had thought through my strategy to resist temptation and to have a fab sober time.
All was going well (harder work that I had expected with lovely elegant wine glasses laid out each lunch and dinner and waiters/waitresses constantly topping up chilled whites and ruby reds: However they served Becks Blue on request, so that was lunch sorted and Fever Tree Ginger beer with lots of ice was working with dinner.
Part of my strategy was to enjoy a non alcoholic cocktail at the pre dinner drinks - and credit due, there were 4 to chose from. ‘Virgin Mary’ was very nice (don’t know that the stick of celery added anything :-) ‘Shirley Temple' also very nice. Then I thought to try a ‘Cucumber Fizz’ - well it took a while to arrive and when it did one sip shouted out GIN!!
I gave it to my husband to confirm and we sent it back ….. then the strangest thing … I thought ‘Shit I am going to cry’ !!! I took a walk round the deck really struggling. I rallied for dinner with the new friends we had made (interestingly no comments had been made that I always had soft drinks and I didn’t say anything either).
The next morning I woke up weepy and was so for the most of the morning and typing this am filling up a bit. My husband said that one sip didn’t spoil my record of 325 days. I hadn’t thought of that but was a bit scared the one sip had let the wine witch reassert herself. However logic told me that the one tiny sip was not enough to let her back.
So my only conclusion is that some sort of mental switch was thrown - a grieving process?? I don’t know. I do feel a bit cross that this happened but don’t know if I am cross with the bar staff’s error or my reaction.
So my reasons for emailing - I guess just to share the event, maybe others have had similar and are just as confused and this 63 year old Granma who is actually thoroughly enjoying every minute of being sober.
Oh well there we have it - onwards and upwards (my younger son is taking me on a trip up the Brighton 360 to celebrate my first year sober) how wonderful is that!!
Huge congratulations to J on 40 years of marriage and on 325 days sober. What incredible achievements. You rock, J.
And so do all of you.
Love SM x