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7 Things You're Not Supposed to Talk About

Monday, November 11, 2013

There are (apparently) 7 things you're not supposed to talk about in polite conversation, because nobody really cares (except you), and it's self-indulgent, droning, boring conversation. Well, I never got the memo. I'm embarrassed to say that I not only talk about boring subjexts, but also blog about them ad nauseum. Well, maybe not route talk. The list, if you are like me, and don't know about it:

1. Your period
2. Diet
3. Your health (unless it's something serious & you're a friend)
4. How you slept
5. Your dreams
6. Route talk (the route you took to drive somewhere)
7. Money


If you haven't nailed every workout or had the best nutrition, welcome to the "I'm human" club. No expectations, no judgement. Just do your best today, and press the repeat button. Focus on what's going right. There's 7 weeks left to 2013. You can still finish the year strong. Just the fact that you're still here is great. You're still working, you're still trying. As long as you're showing up, and not quitting, you're a winner.


I was going to talk about my aches & pains, and follow it up with how my weight stayed the same this week. But instead, I'm going to give you route talk.


Route Talk

I'll be driving from Macomb, IL to Ridgewood, NJ for Thanksgiving. It is approximately 15 hours. I take route 80 most of the way. There are a few tricky parts. One is at the beginning. I take route 34 north to 74 west to route 80. It's counter-intuitive to go west to go overall in an easterly direction. Then around Portage, IN, after 80 & 90 merge, you have to take exit 16 to stay on 80, or risk driving right up to MI. Been there, done that. The other place is just west of Youngstown, OH where you have to take exit 218 to stay on route 80.

I've missed those exits, because when I'm on 80, it doesn't make sense to my mind to take an exit to stay on 80.

I should add that I have a terrible sense of direction.

I can drive the whole way in one day, but usually it's on the return trip in the summer, when I have more daylight, because it's summer & I'm heading west. Going east, I often stop overnight in OH. In Elyria, OH there's some quite affordable hotels. That's a little more than half way there. I'll have the dog with us, so they have to be pet-friendly.

Jersey Girl is a yellow lab, about 85 pounds. She loves car rides across country, but takes up as much room in the car as a person.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BURBANOVSKY 11/20/2013 4:29PM

    That was hilarious!

And even though I KNEW it was going to be all about something I really didn't care about and would have no impact on my daily life, I still read it. Isn't that something. LOL! It was good humor all the same.

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LIS193 11/12/2013 9:49AM

    I would add religion and politics to the list :)

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CARRIE1948 11/12/2013 8:03AM

    You're really brave to drive that far

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A_NEW_JAN 11/11/2013 9:18PM

    It sounds like you'll do fine.
Jersey Girl will be a good travel companion!

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WILLOW49 11/11/2013 7:22PM

    Have a safe trip! We drive that route sometimes when going from NY to near South Bend. Inlaws live just over the border in 3 Oaks, MI.

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JEN_ORR 11/11/2013 4:50PM

  I always thought that list was religion, sex and taxes.

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KATRINAKAT23 11/11/2013 4:36PM

  I have driven a few times across the U.S. to Mexico with a dog and cat and never had trouble getting hotel rooms. I don't think I was ever turned away. Have a safe trip!!

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MERRYMARY42 11/11/2013 4:15PM

    actually I found your route talk, quite interesting, I guess I must be a very boring person, emoticon and I will check out that site, sounds like I would like it. Thanks

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/11/2013 3:37PM

    I've driven 15 hours straight before to Florida but decided to nix that and arrive rested. So I always stayed at the Holiday Inn in Cullman, Alabama. It's very pretty there.

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