A few months ago, my husband got a new laptop. It has Windows 8, a touch screen, and all sorts of other cool features. I have not yet figured out how to use it, and if he’s not home, I spend considerable time fumbling around until I mange to get it to do what I want it to do.
One feature is that it has apps, just like the Kindle Fire or an iPad or a smart phone. One app – our favorite app – is some bartender program. You can tell it all the alcohol and mixers you have on hand, and it will tell you all the drinks you can make with them. After checking off everything we had, it told us we could make over 80 different drinks. I’m taste-testing them, one-by-one.
The latest is a Cosmopolitan: 1 shot of Cointreau, 2 shots of vodka, 1 shot of lime juice, and 2 1/2 shots of cranberry juice. I have opened the cranberry juice, so all drinks for the next week will have to include it.
However, I am learning that one drink is more than enough, especially on an empty stomach. While waiting for my still somewhat frozen meatloaf to bake, I decided to have one. Well. My cheeks are tingly, and it doesn’t bother me at all that the children are on their 4th straight hour of watching tv. It’s thunderstorming, and it’s Sunday, right?
We all managed to get to confession yesterday. For the second time in perhaps 6 months, I had a priest (different one each time), tell me I needed some “me-time.” (Last time, the other priest suggested a vacation. Not a family vacation, but a real MOM vacation. That never did happen.) Part of my penance this time has been to seriously consider how I can do this. (Side note: dear, wonderful priests: I don’t mind you telling me to think about such things, but I really appreciate a penance I can do right after confession. Three Hail Marys, a decade of rosary, cartwheels on the altar: something concrete and complete. Giving me a vague “think about it” penance leaves me wondering if I have done enough yet…am I forgiven yet? Just a suggestion.)
Anyway, I’m wondering if having 2 or 3 shots of alcohol a few times a week is good enough “me-time”?
Am I forgiven yet?