I wish I had more sober-tastic news to share but it's just been me bodging around my housewifey life the last few days.
I did go out to a bar one night last week with a girlfriend (after a spot of late night shopping) and had a delicious hot chocolate while she enjoyed a red wine. And another evening I went to a gathering with some other girlfriends where they all drank fancy wine while I enjoyed a sparkling lime drink. It doesn't really register with me any more that I'm depriving myself of the opportunity to drink alcohol…I don't feel nostalgic about the stuff.
Stupid dumb alcohol that lies to us and makes us believe it has all the power to make events fun.
Got sent the final page proofs from the publisher to check over before my book goes to print. Once again I'm having to trawl back over my last miserable drinking days and hard-going early sobriety days. I made myself cry again. I'll sure be glad when it's signed off and committed to print - then I'll never have to bloody read it again!
I'll just have talk about it all the time with other people who have. That's ok. I soooooo loved doing The Bubble Hour I think I'm going to relish the opportunity to talk about being sober and our awesome online recovery community as much as I can.
I've confirmed with friends who own a bar/cafe in town that I can hold my book launch party at their place.. and we're going to get Mr D's cousin to DJ again so we can dance like crazy to 80's pop tunes all night - yeeee haaaa!!
I want to have a party coz I'll be a bit nervous when the book comes out.. and I think pulling all my friends and family together to send the book on it's way will help me to 'own it' (if you know what I mean).
Lots of people ask me if I'm going to have a dry book launch party and I'm like 'No way!' My whole point is that living sober is very personal for me but doesn't mean others can't do what they want. Fact is most people drink at parties and I certainly don't want to be the fun police. So I'll provide a nice mocktail at the start and after that a cash bar will be running so other people can drink what they want. I don't care what other people do. I have always just focused on fixing myself and my dreadfully unhealthy attitude to booze.
Actually I was quite chuffed when my publishers said to me 'I don't think we've ever had a book launch party with a DJ before. Or a book launch party on a Saturday night for that matter!'
How ironic that it's the sober author of their new recovery memoir that is doing just that. Maybe I do have some sober-tastic news after all.
Love, Mrs D xxx
P.S. Check out this awesome post by Drunky Drunk Girl who is nearing her one year Soberversary and planning a party in a wine bar to celebrate. Sober-tastic indeed!