I haven’t mentioned it here, but I stopped drinking any alcohol for the month of November. I overdid it really badly on our company offsite retreat in Alabama, and I couldn’t stand the smell, sight, or thought of alcohol for days. And then I had a series of night sweats that I thought might have been detoxification. And so I thought I should probably dry out for a while, so I decided to give it the whole month.

And I really don’t miss it. Much. Well, sometimes when I get home from work after a particularly stressful day I think about pouring a vodka and tonic, but the thought actually stops there. With mixing the drink. I think I get just as much enjoyment out of preparing my drinks as I do from drinking them.

I don’t know, though. It’s getting close to the end of the month, and I’m kind of looking forward to my first drink in December as a test to see if I’ll still have the taste for it.

Hitching my liver to the wagon

13 thoughts on “Hitching my liver to the wagon

  • November 28, 2006 at 11:22 am
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    I too had a weekend where I way overdid the whole drinking thing. I spent a Sunday lying in bed feeling like hell, and now I’ve quit drinking. Kind of odd for a girl who used to drink 2-3 times a week. I dunno if I’ll pick back up with it in December or after the first of the year or at all.

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  • November 28, 2006 at 11:39 am
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    Unrelated, but awhile back did you mention a liberal progressive church you went to in Nashvlle? It may have been years back and someone else…not sure.

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  • November 28, 2006 at 11:50 am
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    Naw, you won’t catch me in churches of any kind unless it’s for a wedding or a funeral. Must’ve been someone else.

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  • November 28, 2006 at 12:09 pm
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    I decided to stop drinking for a few days, then a few weeks and it stretched to four years. It was really important that I did that and you’ll just have to follow it where it leads.

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  • November 28, 2006 at 12:54 pm
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    Good for you. I hate it when I over-indulge. So much so, that the last time I did so (mid-October), I decided to quit drinking altogether. It’s just too easy to overindulge, and even if I do so only occasionally, it really adds to my weight and my migraines. I thought that, for me, it just wasn’t worth it.

    I’d be interested to see how your first December drink goes.

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  • November 28, 2006 at 8:17 pm
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    I never drank much, but I do miss being able to have a beer or glass of wine and not think about it or plan it. For over nine months (while pregnant and in the first many weeks post-partum) I had no alcohol at all. In the past month or so I’ve had a half of a beer, few sips of champange, and a small glass of wine. I have to time it so it get metabolized before I nurse (and one drink is not considered an issue anyhow, but I am being extra-cautious) and I will admit that I miss being able to just have a drink when I want one.

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  • November 29, 2006 at 8:44 am
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    Hey, how is your post-flu vaccine ickiness doing? I hope it’s all gone!

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  • November 29, 2006 at 12:24 pm
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    A friend of mine recently had a “I was drinking with friends and the next thing I remember was waking up in the hospital in a bed with an IV in my arm” experience.

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  • November 29, 2006 at 2:46 pm
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    Oh, it’s gone. Took about a week to work its way out of my system, but it’s gone. Thanks for remembering and asking!

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  • November 29, 2006 at 2:46 pm
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    Yuck, and scary! Alcohol poisoning, or what?

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  • November 29, 2006 at 2:47 pm
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    Yeah, that’s kind of the way I’ve been looking at it. Thanks for your perspective.

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  • November 29, 2006 at 2:49 pm
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    That would be my guess, yeah. I’m not positive though.

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  • November 29, 2006 at 3:00 pm
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    Kate,

    I am pleased that you shall take my perspective into account and will look forward to observing your actions from afar.
    Write soon,
    Sir Habberdasher McFondlebutt

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