I feel so good today. It is relatively early on a Saturday morning. I've done the grocery shopping, made breakfast, mowed the lawn, taken a shower and now enjoying my second cup of coffee. I have no specific plans for the day and I'm glad for that.
I'm preparing for my birthday trip which is less than a month away and I'm starting to get excited. After work yesterday I went shopping for a pair of hiking boots for the trip. Yes, hiking boots. I never bought hiking boots before and I've been missing out. They are comfortable and will keep my feet warm and protected. This is going to be a great trip.
After I went shopping I treated myself to something that I haven't done since I stopped drinking. I went out to eat. I know that doesn't seem like a big deal but let me explain. Dining out has always been something that I loved to do. I'm a little bougie so I prefer going to places that have a nice wine list. Sitting in a dimly lit restaurant across from someone that I'll probably have sex with later on is a joy for me. Well, now that I'm single and sober, drinking wine and having sex are off the table. However, that doesn't mean that I can't enjoy the experience of having someone serve me food. I love having someone take my order and bring me food. I get so caught up in everyday life and eating my own cooking -- because I'm an awesome cook -- that I forget how nice it is to have someone else cook for a change.
Before the pandemic, before I became a vegetarian, before I stopped drinking and before I ended my relationship -- I was in restaurants all the time. Now, not so much and I miss it. Having to research places with vegetarian options is a pain and I don't want to go to my old spots and just have a boring salad. Anyway, I took the plunge yesterday after work and it was marvelous.
I ordered a caprese salad with avocado and a cup of tomato soup and for dessert I had a huge slice of cheesecake. A very simple meal but I did not have to make it. The simple act of being among people in a restaurant was what I needed. I may make this my Friday-after-work ritual.
September is National Recovery month. It's nice to have a month to celebrate recovery in all its forms. Lords knows I'm recovering from a whole mess of things. I talk a little bit about recovery on my podcast "Before I Go" which can be found on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Check it out.
I'm still waiting to get my new floors installed. I talked to the people yesterday and I should be able to set the installation appointment soon -- just waiting for all the materials to come in. I can't wait to get this done. I'm working on transforming my space into an oasis. I have a lot to do and I'm not in a hurry but getting these floors done is the number one goal.
Anyway, I hope you are having an amazing weekend.
Day 70 ... yo, I'm more than half way to 100 days without alcohol. Woo-Hoo!!!!