Just a follow up to a very alcohol-FRIENDLY weekend. I shall begin with Friday evening. Monthly Book Club. Always wine flowing at this gathering. I even brought a bottle. Now, how gracious was that?? 🙂 My friend always has some Crystal Light handy, so I put some ice in my wine glass and filled it to the brim with Crystal Light. And the evening goes on without a thought. Even though EVERYONE else is enjoying the spoils. I must say, each of these ladies is so well behaved when it comes to drinking. They have a max of 2 glasses every time and on limited occasions, a 3rd. It’s always a wonder how they can do that. Normal people, sheesh. But, it didn’t bother me much. I got over it once everyone had poured their first glass, and we had commenced eating dinner. Hm, do I see a change in my future?
Then Saturday. The BIG holiday work party. Again, I brought wine. Amazing to go into a liquor store and buy a bottle knowing you are not even going to get to taste it. Anyhoo. The booze was flowing again at this party. This time it was really flowing. It was catered, so the staff was constantly refilling everyone’s glass. Most drank wine, but I saw a few hitting the Scotch. It actually didn’t bother me that everyone was drinking. And I mean EVERYONE. I mentally reminisced about last year’s party where I couldn’t wait for the server to refill my glass – continually.
What I did notice that evening was a young girl, not out of her twenties. She was with a guy I work with. He is in his early 30’s. Now, this guy can put away the alcohol. He is quite the drinker. By the time he and his girlfriend showed up at the party (taxi driven), I had a feeling they had already kicked back a few. And, hey, that’s cool. It’s the holiday season after all, and they were being responsible. I was introduced to her early in the evening. We spoke briefly. What a sweet young woman. Well, through the course of the evening, she continued to try to keep up with his drinking. While still at the dinner table, she came to sit and visit with me. Her speech had become slurred. Later, she kept hugging me. I SO saw myself in her. It was so sad. Her date did eventually bring her some coffee, but that was well into the evening.
It was just all so familiar. As I was driving home at 9:30pm, I remembered how last year I stopped off to get a bottle to share with myself once I got home. A little topper to the evening. Not so this year. I got home, watched some TV and went to bed. Slept soundly and didn’t get up until 8:45am 🙂 Now, that’s the way to end a Saturday night and begin a Sunday!!
In summary, I did good. It was relatively easy, and it is possible to go to a party, have a great time and still go home sober 🙂 A. MAZ. ING. !!!!
I have one other alcohol-included event next week. Bunko. Another chance for me to make it through an event sober and add it to my toolbox! That should be it. The rest of the “season” will be quiet. Don’t have any plans for New Year’s (never do), so it should be a quiet ringing in of the new year.
And what a NEW YEAR it will be, huh?