Friday, December 23, 2011


These are some tiny pecan pies I baked for tomorrow.  My sober daughter is coming over and we will have Christmas Eve together.  The rest of the family is scattered across the globe.  We will make the best of what we have got and try not to regret what we don't have.

She is going to another state for an AA meeting marathon on Christmas.  I don't know why she needs to go to another state because just about every AA club in town has meeting marathons for Christmas, but she thinks that this one is going to be  the best.  OK.  I am not going to argue with her going to meetings all day long.  And she did ask me if I would like to join her and her friend.  No, thanks.  I don't want to be on the road on Christmas.

I am used to being alone on Christmas because of all of the divorce years - the years when I got the kids on Christmas Eve, and he got them on Christmas day.  It is nice to have nothing to do on a day like Christmas - nothing is even open - except for church, and I will be there early in the morning.  I used to go to the meeting marathons in younger years - and I enjoyed them tremendously.    I will probably head down to the club for at least one meeting on Christmas day.  I don't know if I have ever missed a meeting on Christmas since I have  been sober.

I got some very good news today but I don't want to share it until it is set in concrete - and it isn't yet.  I texted my boyfriend, who is also in another state, and he called me immediately.  It was nice to share some exciting news.

I am tired and ready to go to bed with my book.  I am loving the latest Stephen King book - and I don't read Stephen King books - or any scary books!  The book is 11-22-63.  And I guess if you are much younger than I am, this date means nothing to you.   But if you are my age or older, that date is just as indelible on your brain as 9-11-01.  It is a great book.

So, I have many reasons to thank God tonight.  I am sober, I am healthy, I have good news.   The advice I got when I was new has never failed me - "Ask Him in the morning, and thank Him at night." They say God is a sucker for gratitude.  I happen to believe that.


Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Best to you , MC. Hope your whole holiday season gives you just what you need ; I continue to be thankful for sobriety and my loved ones. Thanks for your blog and each day a reminder that it really is better when we're sober by choice.

Annette said...

The movies are open on Christmas day and we are going to see Sherlock Holmes after our big Christmas breakfast. Maybe go for a long walk with the dogs and thats about it. I am looking forward to it. I hope you have a good simple day that is meaningful to you in all of the right ways.

dAAve said...

That book must be very interesting with King's twist on that date.
Merry Christmas, Mary Christine.

Mary LA said...

Those pecan pies look delicious. I'm glad you had good news. That date is one I remember too.

Syd said...

I am glad that you have good news and are happy. You are not alone, MC, but you know that. Your HP is right there. Have a nice Christmas Eve and a wonderful Christmas Day.

Trailboss said...

Merry Christmas Mary. Havw\e a wonderful day tonight and lots of fun tonight.