I haven’t forgotten you, I promise!
I know I haven’t updated you all week and I am terribly sorry I have neglected you, but it is not without good reason.
I worked a 13 hour day AT WORK on Tuesday and the rest of the week we were HOUSE SHOPPING!!!! Yes, HOUSE SHOPPING!!! My mister and I have just bought our very first home! I am just so excited, I can’t even tell you. We will be moving in August, so there is lots to do in the next 45 or so days….like retire Scrammy! We will move into our new home SCRAM FREE!! I don’t have to arrange for a home phone, I don’t have to worry about those pesky monthly $300 payments, I won’t have to call Pecharelyse anymore (although I will miss her), no modem beside the bed…and the BEST part??? I will be able to FULLY enjoy my brand spankin new whirlpool bath! And I FULLY intend to….possibly every evening before bed! Yay for two-legged baths!! I haven’t enjoyed a two-legged bath in….oh, around 135 or so days. I miss it!
And I can even put smelly lotions on after my bath! Oh, it’s the simple things in life that we take for granted. I long to be able to use perfume again. My Narciso Rodriquez probably smells more like roast beef these days, than something you would want to snuggle up next to. I may need to get a brand new bottle for Scrammy’s retirement party….which is in about 45 days…did I mention that?????? I really am sad, dear Scrammy, but SO looking forward to getting back to “normal” life. Only my “normal” life will not be my “normal” life as I knew it pre-Scram…..my new normal will be one of sober living. On my own! No one to hold me accountable but YOU, my friends!
Which reminds me….one of my blog celebs, Joe Neighbor, has expressed interest in whether or not I am going to continue my blog, post-Scram. Well, the answer is OF COURSE! Y’all are my peeps, I’m not just going to disappear into thin air! You’re like my little invisible family now and I look forward to sharing my tales of sober living with you. I know that there will be ups and downs, days where I feel tempted to drink, but I know that I have people routing for me, cheering me on, hoping for the best. Plus, I hope to be able to continue to share my story and crusade to stop drunk driving.
Speaking of which….remember these guys???
Well, I have some SUPER exciting news….
Remember when I said I was determined to get the Tipsy Transit listed on the National Directory of Designated Driver Services Well, our friends at Drinkinganddriving.org heard my plea and got in touch with our pals at The Tipsy Transit (Okay, y’all, this is California contacting Georgia….California is like worlds away, but somehow they heard me! And they answered!!) Anyway, DADO (that’s what their peeps call ‘em for short….I think I can officially call myself “one of their peeps” ) called the Tipsy Transit and voila…..just like that…there they are…on the list!! I received an email from the president of DADO, telling me that he’d called and chatted with the Tipsy Transit dudes and that they were now officially on the list. I read that and I was beaming, grinning from ear to ear!
I have never been a part of a community where I have felt so much support. The folks I have met just since I started writing this blog have inspired me in so many ways. In her book “Unwasted”, Sacha Scoblic describes the support group that forms around her as her “Wolf Pack”. She says “Alone, I am a lazy git. Together, we are powerful.” (Now, I’ll be honest…..I like to think I have a pretty advanced vocabulary, but I was not familiar with “lazy git” so I looked it up. The Urban Dictionary defines a “lazy git” as someone who likes to sit on their sorry ass all day and watch the match while eating bags of chips…..hmm, a most appropriate description of who I was as a drunk!) As I read this, I thought of what I, along with the help of my “Wolf Pack”, had just accomplished….my town is now “on the map” of the National Directory of Designated Driver Services! I put it out there and they heard me and they helped me do something about it! Together we made a change! I realize this may be small, but it’s HUGE to me and what I am trying to accomplish!
As we were driving home from our Friday night dinner together as a family, my mister, our son and I were talking about cars. Our son is looking for a new car and was saying that he didn’t want an SUV, rather he wants to get a car….not only that, but a FAST car. At that point, the words of my father came out of my mouth…”Speed kills!”. Me, the girl who used to take curves with reckless abandon, especially when I was drinking. I told him that no matter how good of a driver you are, speed kills. That was my father speaking, but it was my voice. What the heck, where did that come from?
Then of course, I had to follow that up with….”and PLEASE, whatever you do, DON’T drink and drive!!!” I admitted that perhaps I sounded like a public service announcement, but that it is SO true and SO not worth it. I pleaded with him to never ever under any circumstances, drink and drive….EVER!!! I love our son so much and I don’t want to see him go through what I have gone through. I hope he uses his brain when faced with the situation. I hope he calls me from a bar, if he chooses to go to bars. I don’t care if it is 3 am (closing time in TN) and he is falling over drunk. I will get out of bed and GLADLY come get him, no matter where he is. The sad thing is that I know my parents would have done the same for me. I never called them though. There were many many times that I should have. But I didn’t. I hope my sweet son will call me if he needs me.
Okay, I suspect that I am rambling at this point, so I will leave it at that.
Do you have any cool services near you for toting drunks home?
Is your town on the National Directory of Designated Driver Services?
If not, let me know, I may be able to help…… (I’ve got peeps now!! :) )