I have given up drinking. Not in the way I normally give up, for a few hours every New Year, but this will be my ninth alcohol-free evening. It all started when Rupert was told by a personal trainer that he had to stop for a couple of weeks.
“I’ll do it too,” I said, ever the supportive wife.
Nine days later I am, well, hooked. I feel great. I am sleeping better, have lost a kilo and my skin is clearer (less red-faced some might say). It has been a total revelation. I can’t believe I have spent so many years thinking I can’t manage without a drink. Because I can actually manage better.
Having said that I am looking forward to a glass of wine once I get to France. There is a time and a place for everything and the time and the place for a glass of wine is at the hotel by the lake I have been dreaming about for weeks.
Feral update – last night they went to see Madame Butterfly. Olivia loved it, especially the love scene during which she stood up to get a better look. Bea sat through the first act and slept through the rest. They had a great time in Venice and are now in Rimini with estranged aunt and uncle in my grandmother’s old house. I love the idea of them there looking at the view I used to look at when I was just a few years older than them. I am longing to hear what they think of the Italian family.
On Sunday they go to my mother’s so I will get the verdict then but so far the combination of opera and shopping is keeping them occupied. When they’re not asleep that is.
Copyright: Helena Frith Powell 2009
Well done to you! I gave up last year for a few weeks, due to acid stomach, but I didn’t notice any difference. However, when I gave up chocolate, I got the same results as you did with wine! Different people,different poisons.
I’m really enjoying the tales of “the ferals”.
Lucky you, Mimi! I just can’t stop loving chocolate…
How amazing, did you eat a lot of chocolate? I can’t imagine that giving up my two pieces of dark chocolate a day will have any effect at all. It was tough last night watching my friends drink champagne followed by red wine but I got through it….Hx
When you are relaxing by the lake in France, hearing about the girls’ travels, the wine will taste better than you ever could have imagined
I’ve given up dairy on doctor’s advice because of digestive problems and have noticed a great effect on my skin. It’s hardest to forgo cheese. Not sure if I could give up the wine too. And my 2 pieces of the darkest chocolate each evening are absolutely non-negotiable!
A bar or two a day. I’d give up alcohol any day before chocolate. I agree with Antonia, you’ll enjoy your wine (or champagne) all the more by the lake for having been off it.
a bar a day? that definitely rings the bell! how did you manage, Mimi? just a question of common sense and will power? I’d much appreciate if could share your tips:)
by Barton Sutter
Farewell to the starlight in whiskey,
So long to the sunshine in beer.
The booze made me cocky and frisky
But worried the man in the mirror.
Good night to the moonlight in brandy,
Adieu to the warmth of the wine.
I think I can finally stand me
Without a glass or a stein.
Bye-bye to the balm in the vodka,
Ta-ta to the menthol in gin.
I’m trying to do what I ought to,
Rejecting that snake medicine.
I won’t miss the blackouts and vomit,
The accidents and regret.
If I can stay off the rotgut,
There might be a chance for me yet.
So so long to God in a bottle,
To the lies of rum and vermouth.
Let me slake my thirst with water
And the sweet, transparent truth.
“Sober Song” by Barton Sutter, from Farewell to
Brilliant! Am still sober….Hx
Elena- mostly will power, and a dairy-free recipe for chocolate truffles.
I’ve written a bit about it on my blog
Helena, I hope it’s ok to give my address on your blog, m
Of course Mimi Hx
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