18 months – and a good good day. =D

Yesterday was crammed full of All. The. (Good). Things.

So much to tell.

First, I got a notification that it was my 18 month soberversary:

I know I’ve written often about all things substance abuse and sobriety – but this is different.

I was laughing at myself earlier because I used to have a drink cooler that I carried everywhere – and I mean EVERYWHERE – we went, filled with wine minis. My husband drove and I drank and talked.

Well, in the transition, I discovered I needed a road cooler big enough to hold my La Croix and my Kombucha instead.

Behold, Chico, yall. =D

And I lub him. Of course, my husband still drives while I talk – because some things never change. ๐Ÿ˜‰


In all seriousness, I feel incredible gratitude every day for this beautiful life. Even with RA pain and difficulty walking and working, the Lord has seen fit to send me so many wonderful interests and experiences and even just new likes:

  • Books.- I’ve read countless new books since I stopped drinking. My interests have been ever evolving.
  • Shows and Community Events. – Despite my pain, I love to go and do new things with my husband and daughter and Henry the Wonderpup and my bestie whenever I am able. In my past life, so much of it revolved around wine, now I’m free.
  • Pursuing my education. – Continuing my training in nutrition is wonderful. It’s really a dream come true literally.
  • Writing. – Whether it is here or for my book or for another site, it is amazing to see my writing dreams coming true as well.

So so many good things. Thank you, Lord

Unfortunately this week, especially with the rain, I’ve been battling some awful body pain as well. Just part of that RA life. This morning, as I was sitting and studying, I suddenly felt compelled to call my Rheumy’s office and check for a cancellation again – even though every day this week I’d been told the soonest I could be seen was my November 2nd appointment.

So I called.

And there was an appointment at 3:15 PM this afternoon. Glory Be. A TOTAL God thing.

Sara went with me – as she usually does because she’s the best.

Mini-Back that I couldn’t convince Sara to let me play with at the Rheumy’s office. It looks SO nifty. Maybe next time. . . =D

We had a long wait that was so worth it. We ended up getting some med adjustments made that I am hopeful will really help me.

I also learned that I’ve lost a total of nine pounds since my last visit. Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚

After the appointment, we planned to go share some fried pickles and chicken fingers at our favorite GF restaurant in Birmingham – but the appointment ran so late that my better half pointed out we would miss our pharmacy if we went there from the doctor’s office so we drove back home to the pharmacy first.

But we still REALLY wanted those GF pickles and chickens. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So we hopped on the interstate and drove back to our favorite little GF restaurant, Delta Blues. It had been awhile since we had been in and we just LOVE it. The owner gave us a big hug and directed us to “our table.” It’s that kind of place.

And our meal?

Super affordable as we were sharing – and super delicious:

My Buggle is the cutest!
We love Delta Blues!
Their entire menu is GF and their fried pickles are from heaven.
Their GF chicken fingers with their house honey mustard sauce. Oh. My. Word.

As we were sitting and talking, I suddenly realized that I can’t operate a calendar and it was the day of the Tim Hawkins concert at Samford University. #fixitjesus

Of course, this was really a God thing because it was 7:10 PM when I had this revelation, the show started at 7:30 PM, and we were literally about five miles away when we were sitting in the restaurant. Had we been at home, we would have never made it.

And Sara and I had REALLY been looking forward to Tim.

If you aren’t familiar with him, he is the Chick Fil A song guy:


We paid and made tracks to Janis the Bug quickly and got ourselves over to Samford. We actually made it about 10 minutes into the show. It was about 8 PM when we arrived and I expected the show would end by 9 or 9:15 but it actually lasted until almost 10:30 PM and my face was hurting from laughing so hard when we left.

Oh, and cellphone flashlights came out all over the Wright Center for the Chick Fil A song. Bahahaha!

9 28 10
Tim playing. So much fun.
The greatest $5 souvenir I believe I have EVER purchased – going on my office wall for sure. =D

After the show, we came home happily exhausted, to finally see my better half.

It was a good good day.

Today, I am very much looking forward to a home day of football and snacks and cheering and cozies with my honey.

And tomorrow it’s worked out that we get to visit our family again! ๐Ÿ™‚

Be well, everybody. Roll Tide and Who Dat!

Grace and Blessings.

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