1. Laurie, this was so hilariously true! A terrific reminder not to take ourselves to seriously! I couldn’t agree more on the snow. I actually used to be a mail carrier (you know snow, sleet….whatever we have to drive in it!) and I am petrified of driving in the snow! My husband used to save his vacation days for snow days so that he could take off work and drive me (all without getting caught by my boss). I hate it so much it was the driving force behind moving to SC! Today it’s 18 degrees, but at least no snow!

    • Laurie Stone

      Rena, What a blog post! How your hero husband would take his vacation and drive you around. Hilarious. I completely understand your phobia. I’d be crying if I had to do what mail carriers do.

  2. I STILL talk to myself more than is psychologically healthy…LOL. This usually leadd to awkward moments when I am driving and yapping to myself about something on the radio, or something else bothering me! Since people have speaker phones in the cars these days, I figure I can always play it off as just “talking” on the phone to someone. 🙂

    • Laurie Stone

      Darlene, I’ve used the “speaker phone ploy” more times than I care to admit. I think for very passionate people, we need an outlet! I doubt I’ll change. Glad I’m not the only one.

    • Laurie Stone

      Liz, Isn’t it amazing how our talent grows depending on how alone we are? I just had a big Diana Ross moment the other day.

  3. I talk to myself way too much, always cry at the end of It’s A Wonderful Life, and won’t even try to parallel park. I renewed my swinging skills when I had grandsons and love to stay inside on a snowy day (like yesterday). And yes, I sing in the car. And sometimes when I’m shopping to keep me from swearing. haha! We are soul sisters.

    • Laurie Stone

      Molly, We are definitely soul sisters, item by item! I also cry at “Its a Wonderful Life” by the way. Didn’t see it this year but will have to catch up one of these days.

  4. If there’s one thing I am thankful for this week it’s that I live in New York City and I don’t have to drive right now!

    And yes on the occasionally turning into a 5 year old

    And OMG yes on the talking to myself too much, I’ve lived alone for a long time now and it’s easy to fall into that habit! I also talk to my computer at work too much, and generally it’s not kind things I have to say to it. Have to try to work on that now that my division has moved into our renovated space with a much more open floor plan!

    • Laurie Stone

      Bonnie, I also say snarky things out loud! Thank God I’m not the only one. Yes, being alone a lot (or in front of your computer as a writer) seems to bring out these charming qualities. Gulp.

  5. Laurie we are kindred spirits! A few years ago I was parallel parking my small Mini Cooper and there happened to be some homeless guys watching me from the sidewalk. It took me several attempts to get in and when I did the guys were laughing and applauded me!

    • Laurie Stone

      Haralee, We obviously live in parallel universes. Isn’t it nice to add a little humor to someone’s day?

  6. I share at least 3 of your embarrassing quirks.1) I can’t parallel park to save my life. When I took the driving test—you know, back in the Miocene Era or something like that, we didn’t have to parallel park to pass the licensing exam. (I also can’t back up very well. If I pull into a parking lot and they say, “Just back in over there”, I have to stay, “Um, it would be better for all concerned if you backed in there.”) 2) I abhor driving in the snow—and the rain, and after dark. 3) I know I talk to myself because my husband and I now share a home office and he often asks me to stop talking out loud to myself so he can concentrate. 4) I not only sing in the car, I also dance. I don’t really car if other motorists notice, but if one of our sons is in the car, they start to slump down so no one will see them driving with this crazy lady. 5) I hate bananas. For some reason, some people find this disturbing.

    • Laurie Stone

      Suzanne, Hilarious! Love the dancing in the car. I’ll have to try this. We are kindred spirits, no doubt. My poor, long-suffering husband also has to put up with my “mental patient ramblings.” So funny.

  7. Giggling Fattie

    Yes to all of these!! Except the Wizard of Oz thing. I don’t think I’ve ever cried during that movie 😕

    • Laurie Stone

      I’m not sure why that movie gets me every time, but it does. I also go crazy over “Its a Wonderful Life” and “Forrest Gump.” Copious tears at certain parts.

  8. I don’t mean to brag (ok, maybe I do), but I am a great parallel parker. I’m not sure why, but I usually nail it on my very first try. I guess it’s my superpower… I would have preferred invisibility, but I got parallel parking.

    I love to swing – both the dance-type and the kid’s playground type. Fortunately, where I live, driving in the snow isn’t required, because I’m pretty sure I’d hate it just like you do.

    • Laurie Stone

      Janis, I am in awe of your super power. Wow, first time, every time? You have been blessed. I’m glad you like to swing too. I notice not many people have remarked on that, so it might be weird. So glad you like it too!

  9. I am so glad the backup camera was invented, it makes my parallel parking experience much better. As for winter driving, I learned to drive right after a blizzard happened, remember 1978 in CT? I thought the driving instructor would cancel, but he didn’t and the first thing he had me do was make a U-turn up a steep driveway to pick up another student and then had me drive back down that steep driveway. After that, every year when winter starts, I do a practice ride. I speed up on my sleepy little street and then hit the brakes really hard so I start skidding. I then practice coming out of the skid. Fun. (And yes, I still get on a swing any chance I get!)

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennifer, Yes, I remember the Blizzard of ’78, senior year of college. Sounds like you had a savvy driving instructor. I’ve always said if you can learn to drive on CT roads (especially in winter) you can drive anywhere.

  10. xo jc

    OK, you have straightened me out. I listen to NPR too much in the car and see a swing as a danger. I like the challenge of driving in the snow and feel accomplished when I get through a skid decently. It has never occurred to me to cry at Wizard of Oz. I cannot even imagine where. I’m a coin toss on a parellel park but I often go for it, making it a hundred eek park.

    I have lost my sense of imagination, fun and simple adventure. I don’t surrender to my frailties and out and out joy. Talk about missing out… I am going to slow down, listen, watch movies ( I hardly do this, so obsessed with the politics of the day, as if I can somehow impact it) and I don’t sing much, except for church and I wonder how they can jump from octave to octave as they do!

    Thank you for illuminating my way too serious take on life. What’s with me? Laurie– do you have a karaoke song? I don’t, but sounds like something you might boldly have one, like, Over the Rainbow.

    • Laurie Stone

      Joan, As we get older with all its challenges, its easy to lose our sense of fun and adventure. Sometimes its a struggle. I wish I had a karaoke song, but pick something off your I-pod and go to town in your car. No one will see… hopefully. Miss you! Would love to see you soon. Love, Laurie

  11. I’m always singing along to music in the car! It is hard for me not to singalong to my music when I’m in an aeroplane too – I have earphones in and I lip sync instead 😳… oh, and I always have music on when ironing….

    • Laurie Stone

      Linda, I’ve actually had to stop myself from singing along to music on airplanes, while wearing my headphones. I’ve also had to stop myself from “dancing” in my seat. It gets embarrassing. Glad I’m not the only one.

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