Happy Friday + Unboxing Video

Happy Friday, everyone.

What are you doing this weekend to support your alcohol-free lifestyle? I’m supposed to be working on my year-end accounting but the doorbell rang and a box of books arrived (or a books of box, as I flubbed up in the video).

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Otherwise, I’ll be enjoying a quiet house while my husband is away at the Grey Cup celebrations (that’s the BIG GAME in the Canadian Football League, and I don’t even know who is playing).

I’ll be busy doing the much-hated bookkeeping, editing some special holiday episodes of The Bubble Hour that I’m super excited about, and watching season two of Succession (so good!). I should probably plan something “people-y” to do on Sunday because a quiet weekend sounds lovely when it starts but often feels lonely before it’s over.

My Christmas tree is up and I’m eager to start planning the gifts to buy and make. I have a vinyl cutter and can create custom t-shirts and water bottles, etc., which is quite a lot of fun. Maybe I’ll make something for myself! If you want to lose a few hours, head over to youtube and search “custom vinyl projects”. You will realize that your life has not been complete without a cutting machine.

Speaking of YouTube, I will likely also spend some time watching instructional curling videos this weekend. I’ve been curling for 30 years now and I am a strong intermediate player. Recently, however, I joined a seniors league. It seems that being the youngest player on the ice (at 52!) is an invitation for the old-timers to mansplain the game to me. It was cute at first, kind of fatherly. But after the 6th or 7th time it happened, I’d had enough. I more than hold my own on the ice and need to consider how to set some boundaries. Meanwhile, I’ll watch a little Curling Canada and lock in what I already know.

I’m also working on a project with my mom, who wanted to create a recipe book for the grandkids. This is volume two and will include photos of the older relatives and their family recipes. For a sneak peek and a cool story about it, visit my Instagram page.

So it seems that my sober weekend is not exciting or splashy, but it will be productive, creative, fulfilling, and enjoyable. Have a great weekend!


  1. Just listened to Monday’s Bubblehour. Wow, thank you for the great ideas for the creative energy! I’m actually going to do a cookbook for my husband with our favorite recipes and pictures and memories. I’m so glad you gave this short update and am looking forward to the last three episodes of the year. Are they interviews from the beach? Huge congratulations on getting more than one episode per week done in 2019! Rock on, sober Sister!! Enjoy your skiing over the holidays.


  2. Congratulations on your book! I ordered it the other day and it arrives today or tomorrow! I’ve been following
    your blog and The Bubble Hour for years in my on and off again struggle to be alcohol free and cope with anxiety. Thank you for all you do.


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