Friday, May 21, 2010

Finding My New Normal

I used to drink. Often. I don't think I was an alcoholic. I didn't need any help to quit. I just needed to be told that one of my health problems was pancreatitis. If I drink I could die. Simple.

Chris has been off on vacation this week so we decided to go camping for a few days. I was worried. When we camp we drink. And I really, really wanted to drink. I was in a manic phase of my bi-polar, which happens very rarely. My manic is full of happiness and chatter. I was happy, but we were camping, so I wanted to drink.

We were driving out of the park to get firewood. Do you know what the closest thing is to the entrance of just about every state park? A party store. Heavy on beer, wine, liquor, ice, firewood and usually bad pizza.

I was going to have to face down a party store & leave it without buying any beer. I so did not need this.

Out of the park we go & onto the main road. What's the first place we see selling firewood? Pizza & Cream. 35 flavors of ice cream and pizza. No beer. Across the street? The Polka Dot Cow. Again pizza and ice cream. No beer. Kitty corner and the last building at the intersection? A sit down restaurant featuring frog legs (blech).

I beleive God knew that I might not be able to stand up to the temptation, so instead of a gas station/party store to buy wood, He gave me ice cream and pizza.

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I chose the Play-Doh flavor. Bright yellow vanilla flavored ice cream with bright bits of sugar cookie dough. My happiness remained, my sobriety remained unchallenged and the Play-Doh ice cream rocked.

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31 comments:

He & Me + 3 said...

God is so good like that. So glad you didn't have to worry. That playdoh ice cream does sound good,
Hugs,
Mimi

MargoPego said...

Praise God! He does come through & keeps us from temptation, eh? :)

Thanks for stopping my blog, too. :D

BTW, my family nickname is "Mimi" as well.

Amy said...

yeah...

I love the ice cream and pizza deal also..

covnitkepr1 said...

I use to smoke...then I realized my money was going up in smoke. lol
I’ve enjoyed looking over your blog. I came across it through another blog I follow, and I’m glad I did. I am now a follower of yours as well. Feel free to look over my blog and perhaps become one as well.

Sally Ann said...

Did my beloved Oskar get a taste of ice cream?
Sally Ann

Suze said...

Now that's what I call a "SWEET" tender mercy!

Therese said...

Well done! Thanks for sharing so honestly. And thanks for the visit today :)
Now I have an ice-cream craving...

Michelle Faith said...

Pizza and Icecream go right to my backside...I'd go for the Beer, but it wont kill me. Your a strong gal to do whats right for you over what you want to do.

thanks for stoping by! love meeting new blogging friends. :) I Love your layout!

ReadingRosie said...

Okay, it is just too weird that we both have two sons, take photos of doors and our dogs are named Oscar. I believe you are my long, lost twin...LOL. Thanks for visiting Reading Rosie!!!!

sara said...

He is so good to us and knows us so well!

the Play Doh ice cream sounds interesting!

Rebecca Jo said...

Love that God put ICE CREAM there for you!!! :) What a way to sooth a troubled soul!! :)

I really thought that was play-doh there for a second!!!

Carolina said...

So... God is sort of a pizza delivery guy?

I'm happy for you that you were able to withstand your craving for beer because of the irresistable ice cream and pizza supply, but I'm not at all sure you can hold God responsible for that. But what do I know? I'm not a believer. However, if God could make the (not so fantastic) restaurant located within walking distance of our house an ice cream and pizza place, I'd be tempted to become one ;-)

Don't eat too much of the ice cream and the pizza. You'll end up in hospital with all kinds of new symptoms ;-)

Good for you!

Kristy said...

Beautiful blog! And I love this entry, very honest. Hope you had fun camping! Thanks for stopping by my site!

Retro Girl said...

When in doubt...get the ice cream out! lol. Works for me!!

Love your blog. Thanks for the SITS welcome...and for entering my keychain giveaway!
Gonna enter yours!
Following!

hipchic~cynde said...

Praise the Lord he is always there to help us out when we need it the most. And ice cream works:)
I just found you by way of SITS,
I love your blog have a greatly blessed weekend.

Kat said...

God does work in strange ways, doesn't He? He allowed you to have a wonderful time camping without the added temptations that usually brings. He really is pretty fabulous.

So glad you were able to spend a few days away (and not in the hospital) and have a great time too.

You know that neon yellow ice cream really does look good. I may have to try making something like that in my new Vita-Mix (if I can make it lower-cal/lower points)

Just Breathe said...

Good for you, I am glad that God was watching out for you. I am so proud :)

Sweet Tea said...

Good call.
Love me some ice cream.
You must be feeling better these days if you're camping. Great!

Joy said...

Brava!!

Caroline said...

Mimi! Love your blog! I completely understand temptation and the Lord being so gentle to not even let it in! Be strong sister, our King fights for us! Thanks for stopping by my blog and blessings to you!

Caroline
Vanilla Bean & Ers

Natasha said...

Good on you! Stay strong and enjoy that delicious ice-cream! Wish I could join you for some.

Best wishes and happy Sunday,
Natasha.

rachel... said...

Glad that made it a little easier for you. Play-Doh flavor looks like one my kids would enjoy!

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

God is Good...all the time. I think that Play-Doh ice cream looked pretty yummy.

slommler said...

Praise the Lord! That is great! And I can think on nothing better than ice cream and pizza! Good for you!
Hugs
SueAnn

Cindy said...

Hi Mimi, so glad u stopped by..and I am so happy God gave you pizza and ice cream!

Beth in NC said...

I'm glad you didn't have to face your biggest temptation! Ice cream would be MINE. Especially chocolate. :o)

Great-Granny Grandma said...

Isn't God awesome! I love hearing these testimonies of how He comes to our rescue when we need it the most.

Queenie Jeannie said...

That's a fun looking flavor!!! I'm glad you weren't tempted - that's always nice! Hugs!!!

Fran said...

Hi there! Just popped by to say hi and that icecream looks really scrummy :-)

Jenn said...

I love God's sense of Humor! :)

Brenda said...

Love that you are completely honest in your writing. I find spilling it all in my blog makes it so much easier to handle in my head. Here's my latest vice: Mocha ice blended coffee. I'm sure it's 1200 calories. But SO YUMMY!

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