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Cindi    Posted 07-07-2003 at 18:54:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
..months I get an urge to have a few drinks. So I call the husband, will you please stop and pick me up something from the liquor store. We don't keep it in the house. It comes in in small bottles and is usually consumed fairly quickly. I don't drink often, but when I do it, I do it with real integrity.

"Whaddya want?"

"I want some Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, but if you're dipping in to your lunch money they have a knock off called Admiral Johnson or something and basically I'll take what I can get."

"I'll risk the money thing. I'd rather pay for the Captain Morgan than have people think I'm a cheap drunk."

"Okie dokie then."

Then I call my daughter who has a grocery shopping list that she's supposed to fill and bring home.

"Hey add a half gallon of orange juice to that list you have."

Snicker snicker.


"Orange juice huh? I know why you're buying tha-aaat."

"What are you talking about?"

"You're gonna get drunk aren't you? You only buy orange juice when you're going to have a drink."

"Jillian Maree! First of all I buy orange juice all the time, and there is a big difference between getting drunk and having a drink, and I want you to name one time in your entire life that you have EVER seen me drunk."

"Well okay, you're gonna get giggly then."

Giggly I can live with.

"So? Would you rather have me giggly or snarly?"

Pregnant pause and then...

"What kind of orange juice?"

The truth is, it has just been one hellacious week, I mean the cat got all torn up and took a ride out of town, and then Jill with her PAUL thing, and then Jake with his MOUTH thing, and Bear with his GETTING OUT thing, I mean, that was my week, and add to that feeding twenty some odd screaming pigs everyday and four dogs and two cats and five people and then Fred was gone for four days which left everything to me to do, and I've got two turtles on my bathroom counter belonging to my neighbor who is off on vacation, and that same ripped up cat dragging his mangled body around the bathroom, and I'm also feeding the neighbor's dog and her fourteen stupid cats, and I didn't even mention that a strange cat crawled up by my front porch and went on to his maker right there by my front steps....gasp....and is there any doubt in anybody's mind that I have earned a little relaxation? Even if it comes in a bottle with a pirate on the front? Well, just to to pry it from my fingers.

Willy-N    Posted 07-07-2003 at 21:26:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just remember using the excuse that I had a bad week to drink is a sign of weakness not a social reason for drinking. This is coming from a person who has been sober for 20 years. I had all kinds of reasons other then social to get drunk, that is why I drank just to get drunk. To set a good example to your daughter tell her you changed your mind because you did not need it any way it was just a fleeing thought. I still have those once in a while but I know better. Drink the Orange Juise instead it is better for you. I just see you in this post justifing a reason to drink and that is not good because in the back of your mind you know a reason why you should not. Think befor you tip. Sincerly, Mark H.

Cindi    Posted 07-08-2003 at 05:20:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark, I woke up this morning feeling like I actually slept last night. Some days I just get to feeling like one of those old clocks that somebody over wound, and I know it's coming when I feel like I haven't slept for a week, and I probably haven't. Not quality sleep anyway.

My dad was a recovered alcoholic, I used to find bottles of booze all over the house. He probably thought he was a lot worse than he actually was because I would dump them out when I found them and put the empty bottles back in his little hiding places, so I know exactly what you're talking about. As for my kids, I'd a lot rather have them see me buy a small bottle of alcohol twice a year or so, than keep narcotics in the medicine cabinet all the time.

Jill, for one, knows about alcohol, her best friend's dad drinks beer EVERY day, never a day passes that he doesn't drink have a screaming match with his wife, and pass out on the couch. It's really sad. I know they are going to have their experiments with alcohol when the time comes, I'd like to think they feel that twice a year is enough too, time will tell. When I buy it, Fred will sometimes have one too, but that's it, so it's not like they see it every day.

I'm glad you turned it around. But you did get me started thinking. Maybe this morning I will talk to her about it.

Willy-N    Posted 07-08-2003 at 06:58:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cindi; Just remember I am not telling you not to drink, just some of us can't anymore and only you know. I can go to a bar and have a blast not drinking, it seems I pick up on the effect with out it?? My mother used to have a glass of wine to sleep better at night but my father was a different story along with both my brothers. I just decided it was better not to do it at all one day. I woke up after not remembering what I did for the last time and poured it all down the sink and just quit right there. No AA meetings just said I don't drink any more and that was it. I just could not limint myself and that was the problem so I figured I would just not do it any more. Mark H.

Cindi    Posted 07-08-2003 at 12:38:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ummm....good for you, that takes an honest man with a good deal of willpower.

Jimbob    Posted 07-07-2003 at 20:35:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nothing wrong with 'tipping' once in a while. I lost my taste for say 'the buzz' 10 or more years ago. Darn, never found anything to replace it!

cowgirlj    Posted 07-07-2003 at 19:58:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Cindi.....

Cindi    Posted 07-07-2003 at 20:03:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks cowgirl, and I'm off to bed as my tranquilizer has kciked in. Cheers to you too, my dear perosn.

Ron,Ar    Posted 07-07-2003 at 19:04:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like ya earned one, just hide the keys to the car er.. tractor. Knew a guy once that when he started his wife would raise the Jolly Roger on the flagpole just to warn folks. We went by anyway just to watch the show. They were always funny drunks, never mean or obnoxious.

Cindi    Posted 07-07-2003 at 19:08:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm basically useless, onch I reach my limit of about four or twelev ounces I go to sleep. I laugh a l,ot and my speklling goes to heck in a hand cart.

Ron,Ar    Posted 07-07-2003 at 19:22:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
he he he remember....little eyes are watching.

Cindi    Posted 07-07-2003 at 19:26:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh yes, I haven't forgotten. The only thing they will see is mom giggling a lot. I don;t do full out drunk. In the first place it;s not pretty and in the second place it's not pleasnat the next day. I dont think twice a eyar or so is setting too bad an example.

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