Category Archives: addictions

Cleanse Day 17

What’s most revealing about this process is discovering the foods I really crave and those I never think about. Meat, for instance: Don’t need it, never crosses my mind. Cheese, pasta, bread and sweets (except for a brief infatuation with a slab of fudge last night): same.

Wine, though, a deep red on a winter’s night, or a fizzy Vinho Verde after work. I miss the way it alters my mood, mellows my jangliness. I imagine a Friday without a nice glass of something and it feels like a desert of virtue. Work, followed by more work, followed by finally folding myself into my covers, as sober as a vicar. I think I’m a wino.

 

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the always available elsewhere

“When you sense that a lull in the conversation is coming, you can shift your attention from the people in the room to the world you can find on your phone…You can put your attention wherever you want it to be. You can always be heard. You never have to be bored,” From the NY Times article, “Stop Googling, Let’s Talk.”

We see families at restaurants or even — if we’re honest —in our own living rooms lost to their own devices. In each others’ company but communing with others: texting, posting, Instagarmming. The Times laments the rising generation and its inability to converse. But it’s just as prevalent among my generation and in the company of my own husband. He needs to know something that, in his mind, will add to the conversation, bringing up a relevant fact or YouTube clip. But it’s distracting and even the kids hate it: “Stop Googling,” they say.

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cheers

This just in from the American Journal of Public Health: binge drinking rates for women rose nearly 36 percent between 2002 and 20012, with a “binge” described as consuming four or more drinks per sitting (or slumping at that point). Unhelpfully, this Huffpost article conflated a different admonition from the CDC, which deems eight or more drinks per week “excessive.”

One source felt this was “really, really scary.” Another, a guy who sounds as if he were piped in from the 1970s, pointed to changing social norms — “it’s now more acceptable for women to drink in the manner it’s long been acceptable for men to do.”

I’ve been thinking about drinking, so I popped over to Amazon to have a look at a book written by yet another of the article’s sources: “Her Best-Kept Secret,” amused to see as also recommend a book called “I Need to Stop Drinking!”

I have nothing to add at this point but it makes me wonder if this is another Meryl moment. Would anyone care if this were about men?

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