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To Do at Stoplights

 
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  • Pick something about your day to make a Permies post about when you return
  • Long light? Maybe make a note on your car window with a dry-erase marker
  • or make note in your car notebook stowed carefully in the glove box
  • Ask the "5 Why's" about your errand, and see what this tells you about your life
  • Think of 3 things you are especially grateful for today
  • Recall one of your funniest memories and chuckle over it (bonus points if you can share it with someone in the car)
  • Call somebody you really like
  • Pat yourself on the back if this errand is one you've been putting off for awhile




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    When I was in school, I would post notes on index cards and attach them to my sun visor.
     
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    Rachel Lindsay wrote:

  • Think of 3 things you are especially grateful for today
  • Recall one of your funniest memories and chuckle over it (bonus points if you can share it with someone in the car)



  • I like these two.

    The others suggestion are good though I would have to pull into a parking place so as not to be holding up traffic for an hour or two ...
     
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    Back when I owned an old Jeep, stop lights were an opportunity to do minor repairs and routine maintenance.
     
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    I'm with Anne, that either my stop lights are too short or my thoughts are too long!

    But after having twins I had diastasis recti and found that I could do Tupler technique exercises while seated in the car. That's what I did at every stoplight and I no longer have diastasis recti. I did the exercises only at stoplights over the course of three years.
    My twins are now 18 so this was a while ago. I had a 1972 VW beetle at the time and I've very short legged so I sat pretty up right to reach the clutch which had to go all the way to the floor to work.
     
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    I'm an old fashioned idiot -- I listen to the radio when I'm driving. Yeah, I have every mode of recorded/stolen music at my fingertips, but where's the kick in hunting through channels for just the right song, dodging ads, and railing at DJs when they natter over top of the best intro ever.

    And sometimes when I'm rocking out to the right song, and singing along, I'll look around to the other cars waiting, and somebody else is obviously rockin' the same tune, to the exact same beat, and singing along, and there's a bond for a fleeting moment as we glance out of our side windows.

    Some of those fellow people-who-get-it are a lot younger than you might think, and have all music available, but dig the thrill of the hunt. And the side glance of community. Good luck topping that, Spotty!
     
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    A week ago I started to shut off the radio while driving and the realized how distracting it was. Since my commute to work was a half hour, that was an hour of good strong thoughts I was robbing myself of.  I just bought another house that will be my primary residence, and now my commute to work is only 18 minutes, but going without a radio has really made me realize how much time I was wasting. Even 18 minutes, twice a day, five times a week, for fifty weeks adds up to a lot of thought-generation time.

    That is just something to consider I guess: we only have 24 hours in a day so if you are going to be in a car, consider shutting off the radio and generating thoughts instead.

    (Note: said by a guy who dislikes music anyway.
    So does my girlfriend)
     
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    When the light is red, I floss.

     
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    We have changed our normal routine of only going to town when we have to, which was three to six months to going once a month because dear hubby really likes to have breakfast.

    That is the only time we might see a stop light, though actually unless we go to the big city, I don't think there are any.

    We like listening to audiobooks for the two-hour trip.  Usually, we listen to Bill O'Reilly's series of books.

    Since I am a big music fan and dear hubby is too if we are not listening to the audiobooks we listen to the one radio station or a CD.
     
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