In a day!
Let me semi start out with, I have not given up drinking, but I've kind of given up drinking. Not consciously.
It might be all the running. But since the Columbus Marathon, I've had eight drinks. Total. Last evening, I had two beers. The last time I had two drinks was the day of the marathon - to be clear after the run.
As for these two beers? My first alcohol of 2024.
The occasion? My new running group, which is seemingly quite social, held their annual banquet last evening........at a bar. Two drink tickets were provided by them, and I used them, though I wasn't sure I was going to.
There was dinner, dessert, the bar (obvi) and awards. All were fine and socializing was good too.
I will admit, I snuck out during a slideshow. At first it was of this couple who ran the Berlin Marathon last September - which was fine, since you know: running group. Then they traveled Europe and we had to watch their vacation photos.
I barely want to see my own. So I Sammy Jo'd my second beer and snuck out. I'm hoping no one noticed, but it'll be a week before I see most of them. Some I'll see this morning for the Sumday a.m rum, for which few people turn out. I think I did it deftly. Some might be envious I had the courage to take the leap.
A woman I sat with was very adept in her convo skills: "so, your 'significant other' didn't want to sit here tonight listening about running??". Good for her for making assumptions but not jumping to them. But I responded, "no. no he did not".
Honestly, I don't go out much anymore for just about anything, so it was kind of nice. The food was fair at best, but that's kind of to be expected. I kind of expected the beer to hit me more than it did, but that is good, since I drove.
I guess I'm feeling a little better than the day before.
Song by: Mary Chapin Carpenter