That is the question our babysitter asked last night as she walked in to drop her teenage daughter off to watch the boys while I went to my womens’ bible study class (chuck was gone at an overnight staff retreat). She asked the question upon seeing a champagne flute in our dish drainer on the counter. I cracked up & admitted that it was me.
For those of you who know me, you know that I do not drink. I have never been a drinker of alcoholic beverages. I have tried many different drinks over the years, but overall despise the taste of alcohol and have never been drunk in my entire life. A year or two ago, I had a slight buzz after downing a Smirnoff Ice we ‘borrowed’ from some friends to see if we would like the taste, but that is the extent of any state of drunkenness for me. (which, for the record, i did like the Smirnoff, but have never had another one since then.) I’m not against an occasional drink, but just haven’t found anything I really like & don’t find myself in situations with alcohol very often.
So why was a champagne flute out, you ask? I have been dealing with (what I think is) a mild case of insomnia on & off for a while, but it has been a lot worse over the last month or so. It takes me sometimes well over an hour to fall asleep at night & anywhere from 30 mins to 2 hrs to fall back asleep if I have to get up to check on one of the kids in the middle of the night. In a matter of 2 days, 3 completely different people suggested that I drink a glass of wine at night to help me ‘relax’. Though I can’t stand wine, I thought I’d give it a try. On Monday, I bought a trial size bottle of blackberry Arbor Mist (a merlot) and a case of mini Bailey’s Irish Cream (at the suggestion of my brother & sis-in-law since they knew I don’t like wine). I have had a glass of wine the last 3 nights & have yet to see any difference, but I’m not going to give up yet. It doesn’t taste great, but it isn’t unbearable either. I am trying to think of it as medicine instead of a drink to satisfy my thirst b/c I would choose a cherry coke over wine every single time if I were drinking it for thirst purposes. I don’t think we have any wine glasses at all, only flutes & tea glasses that we registered for from our wedding… and I have NO IDEA where they are. I had to use a flute that was in a china display on a shelf in the kitchen. It was so dusty & had to be thoroughly cleaned before I could use it on Monday… that’s sad!
Chuck doesn’t drink either, but started trying to drink beer this summer. He has developed a taste for Corona, so he bought another 6 pack at the grocery this week also. I compiled all of the alcoholic beverages onto 1 shelf in the fridge this morning. I cracked up the entire time I was doing it because usually we have no alcohol in our house & now we have 1/2 a shelf full!! I probably will never be accused of being a lush, but here is the pic that I thought I’d never see from my fridge!!
P.S. the tall bottle in the back is a spumante that we tasted when we toasted my sis-in-law at hers & josh’s wedding 3 years ago. we both liked it pretty well (suprisingly so to both of us) so we bought this bottle that year for New Year’s Eve. Yes, THIS EXACT bottle was purchased almost 3 years ago & we still have never opened it!! Not really sure why I haven’t tossed it before now, guess I’m waiting for that special event where I’ll break it out. It’ll probably taste terrible by then!!