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Ok, so I am not on the super positive high I was on yesterday, hehe 🙂  I finally floated back down to the surface of the Earth sometime this morning LOL.  Still, I’m in a great mood, relatively.

I decided that with this post I would flesh in a little bit more info about my daily life.  I know that being an anonymous blog I keep things pretty vague, but sometimes that might be a bit confusing so I figured that I should explain at least a few things.

You may have noticed in previous posts that I keep mentioning “going to the lake”.  This refers to my Grandmothers house.  Here is the deal.  I’m a city boy.  Lived there my whole life.  My Grandmother lives by a very small town out in the country about an hour and a half away.  She lives in a nice house on a great point of land on a beautiful lake.  This is the house her and Grandpa retired in.

Now she is 92 years old and still living at home alone.  We always came over to visit at least a few times a year.  Starting a few years back I began to visit more often.  I was coming up once or twice a month to help her out with things.  Since I was the only one in the family who never got married and had kids I had the flexibility to do this.

Two years ago I made a big decision.  I left everything behind in the cities and moved out into the country to live with Grandma.  Within a few months of that I was working again and moved into my own apartment in another small town that is just 12 miles away from Grandmas place.

I just got a new job about two months ago and it happens to be in the town by my Grandma.  So now I am driving over to her neck of the woods 5 days or more a week.  Monday and Tuesday are my days off.  The new routine that is starting to develop is that I stay at my apartment during the week and then spend a 3 day weekend with Grandma so it saves gas cutting out 3 trips back to my town.  Plus, I’m spending much more time with Grandma now.

This works great for her as well.  Now that I am coming over every week and spending multiple days at a time I can help her out a lot.  We go shopping, I help around the house and yard.  All that kind of stuff.  And of course we have our time just hanging out.

So, in previous posts when I made mention of going to the lake, or being at the lake, I’m talking about when I am staying at Grandmas.  She does not have Internet so I tether my cell phone to my laptop.  It’s not the best connection, but it is good enough to blog while I am at the lake.  That works because the blog really is the only thing where I need the laptop because I am typing so much.  Most everything else I just do from my phone.  Facebook, email etc.

This current arrangement has been great when you add sobriety in the mix.  I’m obviously much more useful and mindful with my Grandma  🙂  I also enjoy the serene environment here at the lake.

In the 90’s before my drinking crushed most everything I was high flying with the tech boom.  I mostly did Web site development and some other Web related programming and database work.  I did a lot of freelance work because I also produced the graphic designs and layout which allowed me to be sort of a one man show.  As one of my hobbies I pursue photography.

This is why the sober blogging community and the idea of starting my own blog appealed to me on so many levels.  I’m an Internet techno super geek.  It’s just that alcohol shattered all those pursuits, and only now am I starting to pick up the pieces.  Where the fuck did the last decade go?  Sheeeesh.

This blog has been a great start, but now it is time for me to really shake off the rust and re-train myself on the current development languages.  It’s also time for me to fire up my graphic editing programs and start practicing that too.  I plan on getting back into Web development in a big way.  I’m going to start at least one other blog along these lines.  I’m also interested in moving into such areas as Android app development and tying my photography and graphic work into all of it.

Writing is another area of interest for me so the blog was a platform I could use for practice.  As I expand in this area I am sure I will be writing more outside of just this blog.

So there you have it.  Just a little background that I thought would help shed some light on what the hell I’m talking about in my blog some days 😉

P.S.  The massive sugar cravings that consumed me for a few weeks seem to have abated.  I’m eating fairly normal again and already lost the 10 pounds I gained.  That’s a good feeling.

P.P.S.  The Loons are calling outside.  I love the haunting sound of their call.

– BST

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At the Mall of America.

The weather decided to cooperate and I got out for a great walk today.  Took tons of pics.  I’ll post a gallery at the end of this post.

I went to a park along the river, and then walked up into downtown.  Stopped for some excellent coffee while downtown.  Now that I live in the country it’s fun to sit on a busy corner sipping coffee and watching the hustle and bustle of the city go by.  Ended up being a fairly long walk.  I think I got my exercise in today 🙂

Went back home for dinner, and then decided to go see a movie at the mall.  I went with “Pacific Rim”.  I expected giant robots beating the shit out of huge monsters.  I got exactly what I expected 🙂  Walked around the mall a little bit.  Things look good.  Far fewer empty stores compared to just a few years ago.

Tomorrow I head back home.  As much as I love the city, I just know that it will be nice when I get back out into the country.  When you leave the city behind, and cross into those wide open spaces, it seems like your heart rate goes down a few notches.  Then, when I round the corner into my small town I always get that “I’m Home” feeling.  But, I’m happy that the city is close for those times I do want it hehe 🙂

I’ll put up a gallery of the pictures from the walk in this post.  Then I’ll put up another post with a gallery of some mall pics.

– BST

Yesterday was the big exciting day.  Hit up downtown.  Check out the city.  Then going to the baseball game.  It was a full day.

Today was totally chill 🙂  I spent almost half the day teaching my Mom how to use Pinterest LOL.  Then visited a few friends in the evening.  Nothing big.  Just kind of a nice low key Sunday.

I’ll be here another day or two.  If the weather cooperates I’ll go out and shoot some pictures.  I may even venture forth to the Mall of America.  I’m one of those weirdos that actually likes malls 🙂  Especially big ones!  I enjoy people watching, and I can window shop for hours.  I even relish the crowd.  The MOA also has one of my favorite movie theaters.  It is for one simple reason.  As far as I can tell they crank their volume more than any other theater in the metro area.

I got my monthly dose of White Castle tonight.  Now it’s time for tunes, sliding into sleepy time.

Peace

– BST

Today was a pretty huge day.

I’ve been sober a week!  Woohoo!

My favorite drinking buddy finally called and we had the “big talk”.  It went well.  He was supportive of my decision, and did not give me any shit at all.  Clearly, I won’t be able to hang out with him as much as I did, but I think as time goes on things will work out.

I have not stepped into my favorite bar since sobriety started.  That will be another big milestone.  Some people make it sound like once you go sober you can never enter a bar again.  Well, that’s just not gonna work for me.  They have awesome food, and I have friends there.  I will go back.  I just want to have some “cool down” time first.

Besides bars, think of all the other things.  Festivals, state fairs, sporting events, fishing, hanging at the beach, playing poker, and BBQ with friends.  These are all events that I would normally drink at.  I still want to go to such events.  I’m just going to have to do them sober.  Truth is, I think I’m going to have a better time doing all these activities sober anyway.  I’m going to a baseball game next week.  Think of all the money I’m going to save!  🙂  I suspect I will buy more food though, hehe.

Speaking of saved money.  It was my day off today and I took Grandma out shopping.  Besides getting my usual stuff, I purchased a handful of bonus items that suddenly I could afford because I had not spent my usual $100 to $150 bucks on alcohol last week.  It felt awesome!!

I purchased a new clock for my living room.  I really wanted this because I had no clock in that room, and it was driving me nuts 😉  It’s right in the middle of the wall and you can’t miss it.  Plus, I can hear it ticking.  Every time I hear that clock tick.  Every time I glance at it.  I am reminded of the fact that the clock is hanging there because I got my shit together.  Nice.

Here’s to another week!

– BST

Made it through the weekend. It’s late Sunday night. Gonna listen to some tunes and crash.

Blogging from the phone again. Tomorrow evening I’ll be back home, and back on the laptop.

Going shopping with Grandma during the day. I have the day off. Gonna keep my eyes peeled at the stores for a nice little treat to celebrate day 7 🙂

I’ve been eating more chocolate lately lol!

Keeping it short tonight.

Onward!

– BST

Happy Friday!

I had the day off today.  It was a good day, and I got most everything done that I had planned.  I still did not wake up as early as I would have liked, but I’m gonna have to just keep working on that one.

Today is officially day 4 of my sobriety.  I think it’s the first day that I started to feel physically better.  Like I felt healthier.  I’ve been having trouble sleeping, and last night that was an issue again, although I did not stay up as late as I did the past few nights.  Could be a sign it’s getting better.  Tomorrow morning I’m going to attempt to force myself to get up earlier even if it means being tired all day.  At least that way I should be able to get to sleep at a reasonable hour.

Besides writing my blog I took some time to read the other blogs about this topic that I have found through the Tired of Thinking About Drinking blog.  That was the first blog I found on this subject, and it led me to find many others, and also get involved in the 100 day challenge.  There are many great blogs out there, and when I read them it really helps keep me going.  I am thankful for all the people out there who take the time to write.  It is one of the reasons I have been inspired to do the same.

Went down to the local meat market today to do some shopping.  I’ve noticed that shopping seems to be a much more fun and fulfilling task when sober.  When you live in the moment all those wonderful items in the store just fill up your senses.

On the way out the door they were serving Bratwurst to raise money for some school sports.  Man those Brats are yummy!

For the next two days I will be away from my computer.  The only Internet access will be from my phone.  Not sure if I want to attempt writing a blog from my phone, so my next post will either be Sunday night, or sometime on Monday.

Enjoy the Weekend!

-BST

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