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May 15th, 2011

it was good that i stopped drinking, I’m telling ya. three weeks today, wooooooooooo-hoooooooooo. I feel better, lighter, my skin looks less blotchy, all good.

booze = crutch, but for me, the bigger issue is booze = health problems. (diabetes on both sides of family, alcoholism on both sides of family, my heart thing, weight, on and on.) And i’m sorry, i really don’t mean to be all preachy here, but when you’re turning to “mommy needs a little drinkie” every time you’re stressed out, it’s a bad example for the kids. I haven’t been doing anybody any goddamn favors, especially not myself. And the cost! Booze is so expensive, damn. So there is no good reason for me to drink, and a whole lot of bad reasons to do it.

there are different, better ways to cope. i’ve been working out every day, even if it’s just a weigh-in with the WiiFit and a fast walk, and getting enough sleep (what???) and, yeah. It feels good. It feels like a big weight lifted off my shoulders. We’re surrounded by booze, references to booze, “I got so drunk last night!” all over Facebook, and yadda yadda. We are cocktail nation.

I’m sticking with the virgin mojitos and virgin pina coladas this summer — looking forward to it. I’ve already confounded 2 bartenders by ordering virgin bloody marys at restaurants. (hint: you leave out the wodka is all, so easy!) “What? What? You mean… like with the olives and everything, and just tomato juice?” omg.

I’m in it for the olives, okay? and the celery, and pickled asparagus. Just no more pickling of the liver.

anyway. eating healthy is something we’re always striving for at Chez Wacky. Compared to the rest of Americans, we’re doing pretty well (vegetarian for Steve and the kids, mostly veggie for me, limited fast/junk food, limited processed foods, eating locally, in season, buying in bulk, blah blah blah). However. We have a long way to go.

here’s a good start:

Ultimate Detox Recipe: Easy Wilted Garlic-Sesame Salad

Toss dark green leafy vegetables in hot, garlicky oil for a cleansing — and delicious — dish.

4 servings, about 65 calories each

1 tsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb. spinach, stemmed,
or 1 lb. Swiss chard, stems sliced, leaves torn
or 1 lb. mixture of spinach and watercress
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 tsp. sesame seeds for garnish

Warm oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and stir until lightly browned, about 45 seconds. Add greens (do in two batches if necessary) and toss until just wilted, 2 to 4 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Find more healthy recipes with the RealAge Recipe Finder.

I’m telling you, if it wasn’t for Facebook and all the goofiness over there, I might run out of ideas for my blog. (that’s where I found that recipe, thank you… Kris? I think :) Please go “like” Wacky Mommy if you haven’t already!!! pretty please?

what else? we gardened yesterday, it’s coming along. and went to the farmers market, which was kicking and in full-force. Oregon strawberries, tasty and sweet; sticky, addictive kettlecorn; monster-sized collard greens; more sticky icky kettlecorn; leafy parsley; dark purple new potatoes, just dug the day before and still wet from their wash… good day. Always nice to see our friends, and the vendors. Our favorite is the bug guy — we bought another praying mantis pod (will hatch 200 mantises, most likely) and 1,500 little lady bugs! I am hoping they stick around in the yard and don’t just fly away home. Make this home, girls! Get those aphids off my roses!

Now, to write. Cleaning up spelling errors still, tenses, all that. I don’t mind the tinkering and tightening up, it’s kinda fun. And it’s done!!! I am reveling in that. Damn. Happy Sunday, y’all.




  1. Dan Hortsch says

    Good for you, WM. I have a couple of friends who said they quit when they realized they were reaching for one more glass of wine than they needed or should have; or two. (Well, “needed” is how we think of it.) My own habits are so moderate that I don’t give it a lot of thought; one glass of wine with dinner, say, or one beer. But the calories add up, and sometimes I have that attitude, maybe after a busy day, especially in a restaurant, and order a “needed” martini or mixed drink. Just one (with an hour or 90 minutes or more before driving), but still…..
    A while back I received a cell phone photo message from someone I did not know. Clearly it was sent in error. The photo was of a young woman, 20s, blonde, holding a beer (Bud Lite), apparently in a bar, with the caption, “I am so drunk!” She looked it, too. I wrote back, “Who are you?” But of course she did not reply. Perhaps she was embarrassed enough to think twice next time. About how many beers, not about sending cell phone photos.

    The recipe sounds great. Thank you.


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  2. Betsy says

    Glad to hear that you’re pleased/inspired by the detox results thus far…am doing my own gradual ramp-up towards other detoxing, for much of the same reasons you list above.

    Go go go!

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  3. WackyMommy says

    thanks you guys. I am so *not* drunk!

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  4. The Other Laura says

    I’m so glad you’re feeling good & having fun!

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  5. LIB says

    Way to go, Nancy! (On the not drinking) And the working out and the getting enough sleep are so important. I’m amazed by how much we, as a culture, under sleep–and how much we pay for it.

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  6. Nan says

    Day-um, you know, I think I might stop drinking too. For all those reasons. Because, really, who needs it? And? I’ve been drinking too much coffee. With CREAM. Dude. Herbal tea week!!!

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  7. WackyMommy says

    LIB, I read a statistic not long ago that said most car accidents in U.S. were caused by people who hadn’t gotten enough sleep. Scary if that is the case.

    Nan, you’re on :)

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  8. edj says

    That salad sounds so good. I am making it tomorrow.

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