Christmas catch-up with friends tonight. I took along a pumpkin, pesto, spinach and lentil salad. Despite over cooking the pumpkin so that when I stirred through the pesto it all went slightly mushy, it tasted great. Looks aren't everything, after all.
It was easy to navigate the food choices, but I still find it tricky about the alcohol. I haven't drunk for a dozen or so years (I breast fed continuously for 9.something years and simply lost the taste for it) but because we don't socialise all that much, not many people know. It doesn't come up in conversation - and why should it? It's a dead-boring stand alone fact. But last night I went through the bubbles/beer/wine options pre-dinner, during dinner and post dinner by both the unfailingly generous hosts. It would have been far easier to say, 'Thanks but I don't drink, I'm fine with water' the first time, but I didn't because I don't want to sound like a wowser. Or worse, a wowser who thinks they have the moral high ground.
If anyone has a good reply for how to decline things gracefully, I'd love to hear it. Actually I'd love to hear from anyone reading, anytime, about anything really. Go on, click on 'comments' and say hi.
Indigo Kate x