Hey everyone (if anyone is still out there) I wanted to take a minute to do a couple of things…
Update you on my whereabouts – I’m still alive. Still sober. Still happy. Nothing has changed. My two absolute youngest will graduate college next year. One will go on to medical school while the other will go on to build theatre sets. Yes, they are twins and no, they could not be more different. My oldest at home is working full time and paying rent (wow). I’m up to seven grandchildren the oldest of which graduates in June and has been accepted to my alma mater and will also join their cheerleading team (SEC school – hoping to catch her on TV in the fall for football or the spring for basketball). The youngest turned one this past weekend.
We’re getting our house ready to put on the market to try to get out from under a big mortgage and downsize. Longtime readers know that I’ve been underwater since moving to the Charlotte, NC area nine years ago and the market may have finally gotten to a point where we can either sell or, at minimum, refinance for better terms. Downsizing feels weird to me as well as the fact that, for the first time in my adult life, I don’t have to worry about school districts when making the decision about where to live. In fact, the only considerations I do have are crime rates and commutes. I have to admit it’s somewhat refreshing.
I joined Weight Watcher at the beginning of the year and I’m down 15 lbs. on my way to…where ever. I’m not putting a lot of crazy goals ahead of my health. I’m also aware that my body will tell me when I’m at an optimum weight and I’ll have to accept whatever that weight is when I get there. I’ve found a certain peace with diets and food and while I still struggle with self-acceptance, I’ve come a very long way.
The hubs and I just celebrated 33 years together. Dang I love that guy.
Thank you – Even though I’m no longer posting in this blog, I want you all to know how grateful I am that I had this experience and that, make no mistake, I would never have stayed sober AND happy had it not been for this outlet. Blogging and more importantly the support from the blogging community has been the single greatest reason that I stayed sober. Not only have I made lots of real friends out here, there are even a couple that have carried over into real life and I know, no matter what, they will always be there for me and I for them. If anyone is reading this and is thinking about how to get and stay sober, try blogging. Read them, write one, comment on others. Unless you’re an idiot you won’t be sorry. And even if you are, remember that we were all once drunken idiots and the blogging community said, “Welcome! We love you! And we have cookies.”
Anyone wishing to stay in touch can email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Steps – I’m finding that I have nothing to add to the sober world anymore. There’s a new crop of writers who are supporting one another to get and stay sober and I say YAY! Go on wit yo bad self! It’s just that when I try to post, or comment or even just read I find myself getting all preachy and teachy and I hate the sound of my own voice. I feel like one of those old timers in AA meetings who think they know everything there is to know about getting and staying sober. The truth is that they DO know (at least what worked for them) but they are no longer really relevant. What’s relevant are the people around you who are going through exactly what you are going through RIGHT NOW. Those on whom you can call and vent and who will say, “OMG! I know just what you mean! Last week when I …. “ Not those who have to really dig back into their memory banks to recall not only an event that relates to you but also the specific way it tasted and smelled and felt so that you KNOW they get you. I find myself in that second category. My relevance out here has waned.
I’m okay with that. In fact, I’m happy. As my farm-boy husband would say, “It’s the circle of life”. To which I generally reply, “The circle of life sucks”, or “Bite me”.
Not this time though; this time he would be right.
But of course you know how much I LOVE to write and pontificate and curse so I will definitely blog again. I’m thinking maybe an interior design type of blog or a house hunting one or maybe cooking or Weight Watchers or…ALL OF THE ABOVE! I’m not sure where I’ll land but I know I’ll be writing somewhere.
Right now however, it’s time to close this chapter and move on to the next. To all of you who have supported and commented and lurked I say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the last 4 ½ years of love. I couldn’t have done it without you and I’m glad I didn’t have to try.
So, for the last time…