Monday, May 11, 2009

Is it Weird

that I'm a little bit nervous to take up driving again when I get home?

I haven't driven a car for almost 4 months now...

But today I missed having one. I needed to get laundry detergent, but the grocery store on the corner didn't have any liquid detergent. (And I would have purchased powder--ick-- but I don't know if it would mess with my landlord's machine, so I didn't dare.) This means that I had to walk 10 minutes in the annoying overcastness that is covering Paris to the other grocery store for a $10 bottle of laundry detergent. (Which, by the way, only costs like $3.50 at home). This wouldn't normally bug me, but I have a cold, so I'm all irritable, sniffly and tired already. Walking all over my chilly neighborhood just so I can come home and do laundry wasn't my idea of a super fun evening.

"Oh, please. Cry me a river, why don't you?" you're thinking. I know. It's not the end of the world. All I'm saying is that it made me miss my car.

I still think I'm going to walk to the grocery store when I get home. Go, grocery chariot, go!


TheQueen@TerrorsInTiaras said...

In February, when I was taking some of the drugs for my headaches, I couldn't drive for three weeks. Even after only that long, it felt really weird to drive again. But, it was just like riding a bike, easy as can be.

Denise said...

Isn't it strange that we think nothing of walking fr blocks in Europe to get places, but at home we drive 5 blocks to church? I wonder if it is just that we have such a tight schedule when we are home. Something is really wrong here.

Sarah said...

Queen, that makes me feel a lot better.

And Denise, I agree 100%. All of the walking I do here doesn't phase me at all, and I'm hoping to stay in the habit of walking more once I'm home. (Keeping my fingers crossed.)

Sarah said...

Oh, Denise... one more thought I had about your comment on schedules being more tight at home. I think that's true to a certain extent, but here I HAVE to figure on at least 45 minutes to an hour of travel time to get anywhere. So, if I figured the same amount of time into my errands, commute, and outings at home, I think I could manage to walk a lot more (thought I'm not going to lie--public transportation in UT is nowhere near as reliable as it is here, so that would be a factor FOR driving more...)