Part way through

The support on my blog really helped me get through last night. I kept sneaking back to my computer and rereading the comments. Thank you all so much.

So, here I am on Saturday afternoon, otherwise known as Day 12. Yes, my friends, I survived. I must admit, I was struggling. When my visitors arrived, armed with SIX bottles of wine, I knew that I would have to tell them. But it wasn’t until they’d had their first glass of champagne, and I’d had my glass of AF fizz unnoticed, that I spilled the beans. I wasn’t drinking. But then – guess what? – it transpired that they were in the middle of doing Dry January, but had decided we’d be too disappointed and had therefore given up their quest temporarily and were drinking this weekend. They had drafted an email to warn me they were doing Dry Jan but had then deleted it, thinking it sounded silly. So if we’d all been honest with each other beforehand, we could have shared and celebrated a sober weekend!

They and my husband proceeded to drink the rest of the bottle, then wine. I was ok with my alternatives. Did I feel left out? A bit, I guess. I found it hard to relax into it, and felt on the edge of having a nice time. But I stuck to it; I didn’t let myself or you guys down.

The weekend is not over yet. I don’t feel stronger as we close in on Saturday night. But I have suggested that we all have a mocktail by the fire this evening before they dig into the wine. Small, small steps.

20 thoughts on “Part way through”

  1. Oh my goodness! Just goes to show that we can’t ever assume what others are thinking or doing. I bet your guests think you’re super strong for sticking with AF. Good for you, Annie. I’m so proud of you. You did it! Xxx

  2. YAY ANNIE!!! So glad you go thru that challenge. Sounds like things might be a bit easier this evening. You are doing so, sooo well, and you are such an inspiration to me :). Thank you and have a great afternoon and a lovely sober evening. Let me know if you need another sober penpal – the six hour difference is not THAT daunting!



  3. Annie, I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am to hear this news, it’s amazing, you’ve done so well. And just like Bea says we can’t assume we know what people are thinking or feeling.

    I shall toast you tonight with a valancian orange and ginger number! XxX

  4. Oh I am so pleased for you Annie. As much as you will be happy to spend time with friends, in my experience these weekends go do quickly that before you know it, it’s Sunday, everyone has gone and you’re left feeling bloody awful for the start if another busy week. When I had people for new year it was hard but because I wasn’t drinking I felt great when they’d gone and still had some of the weekend left to myself, with the bonus of feeling healthy, as opposed to avoiding mirrors and wondering how much more damage I had done to my poor body. It’s just one weekend. Your health and peace of mind are much more long term and therefore important for now πŸ™‚

  5. Awesome!!!! Sounds like what might have helped a bit was rereading comments, I think it gave you a lot of strength. In several situations like that I have done the same thing, even checking my phone for new posts from the various blogs I read, including yours. Some have been timed so perfectly that I’m sure they came from above! Belle has even told me to email every half hour if I need to to get through an evening. The only person you would disappoint would be yourself, we’re all here for you no matter what. Anxious to hear how wonderful you’ll be feeling tomorrow.
    Mary. πŸ’—πŸ’—

  6. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ And wow!!!!! Great, it reads like an adventure with a very good ending.

  7. That is fantastic. You should feel really good about yourself and hold on to that great feeling to get you through tonigh!

  8. Good for you, Annie. I had my wino girlfriends here for the last 4 days. They just left yesterday. I towed the line, and I still had fun..and I was awake and energized the whole time. Great job!!

  9. That’s really funny about your guests, there are a lot of people who drink a lot and worry about it. But just don’t talk about it. I wish people would, it would become a lot more socially acceptable not to drink. Functions might cease to revolve around alcohol. Good for you for being the survivor out of that group, they were probably jealous.

  10. 1030 here. You are already through your Saturday night. Let us know how it went. I admire your strength through this “test”.

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