Yet Another Project

In 2016, I thought long and hard about starting a specific project. Originally, I wanted it to last a month, but couldn’t seem to find one upcoming calendar month in which it would work easily.

I then realized that the project wasn’t supposed to be easy. It was supposed to be a challenge, so why half-ass it? I decided it would last all of 2017, mostly because I was about to come up with a name for it that I liked and thought sounded good: Sober ’17.

That’s right! One December 1st of last year, I announced my intention to not drink alcohol for an entire calendar year. The morning after the ball dropped, I reflected on why it was easier (both as an introvert and as someone becoming sober) to skip being out and about at midnight. I’ve marvelled at how easy this challenge has been so far, mostly because I did some work leading up to it, but already have some disappointment that I can’t try the local brew with traveling to Boston later this month. I reflected that wine has been half of my go-to self medication on a monthly basis, and thought of some ways around it. I shared my fear about doing silly or untoward things while being tipsy. I’ve even pondered about the conversational shorthand our society uses, in which “drinking” tends to mean “drinking alcohol,” and made some random, off-the-top-of-my-head hypothesises as to why that might be.

All of this is to say that I am writing again, and hope to continue writing about this sobriety throughout the year, so if this topic (or it’s intersections) interest you, take a look. All blog posts for the first month of the project are linked above.



OctPoWriMo #12 & #13

OctPoWriMo #12

Today was about absorbing words
So they might mingle with my soul
And I wasn’t ready to part with
A single syllabol

OctPoWriMo #13

Awake an hour now
And my vision is blurry
A nap is the human version of
Turn it off and on again
Although it is well before noon
I am considering this option;
There’s no sun anyway.

Another Rant Poem

OctPoWriMo #10

I know you try
To have a low
Operating cost
But my experience
Would be much better
If I didn’t have to
Strip this top bunk bed
At 6am
In the dark
Without waking others.
I’ve worked in a hostel –
This is much easier after check out


OctPoWriMo #9

Funny how bunk beds are fine
They are even expected
(Although I’ve slept on far better)
And a lack of personal lighting
Or power plugs is fine…
But as soon as there is no wifi
And breakfast starts hours later
Than when I am awake
Due to how uncomfortable
The aforementioned bunk beds are
– the breakfast and wifi are what
Put this hostel on my
Not Again list.

Hostel Sleeping

OctPoWriMo #8

Everyone leaves the light on past midnight
As I get lost in parody fanfiction
And drunk bunkmates return way later
Thinking they are whispering
Or simply forgetting other people exist
I’m up before the sun
Fueled by excitement and strange noises
And can’t wait to spend all day with geeks.

#ggc16 starts today!


OctPoWriMo #7

Rippled clouds
Tears of joy
Dancing in place
Adorable cursing
Giggles turn to heartfelt cackles
Tissues tucked in bodice
An audience four time zones away
Gorgeous love

Congrats, Laura and Jen. Thank you for letting me Skype into your wedding.