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Single Shoveling
Once again, Juicy and I were the last ones in the lab this evening, so we started chatting back and forth.

"You look stressed," I told him. "You should eat some chocolate. That always makes me feel better."

"Chocolate makes you feel better? I thought you eat chocolate to calm down."

"No, that's why I drink," I joked.

"I thought drinking makes you forget."

"Well sure if you drink a LOT it will make you forget. I don't drink a lot though, almost never. But honestly, sometimes I find a drink when I'm really stressed out will really help me unwind and relax."

He looked dubious. I know his religion forbids drinking, so I worried I might be making him uncomfortable. I changed the subject. "Actually another good way to de-stress is exercise. That's a lot healthier, too."

"Exercise is hard work -- but that makes you relax?"

"Sure. It gets your blood flowing, loosens up all your tense muscles and stiff joints. It's good for you." I looked out the window. It had been snowing all day today, and there was probably three or four inches collected on the ground outside. "You know what you should do, you should give it a try. You can come over to my house and shovel my driveway!"

He laughed at the suggestion. Then he commented thoughtfully, "That is probably a lot of work for you, all by yourself."

"Yes, it can be sometimes."

He shook his head at me and teased, "I told you to get married, and you asked me why. Now you see why."

But I failed to convince him to shovel my driveway, even though he's just staying in a hotel which should shovel for him... so eventually I gave up and did it myself.

Actually, that's not true. As I left the office, he asked if I needed help with my snow! What a nice guy. I thanked him but refused, and after dinner I successfully shoveled my entire walk and driveway myself. That was some heavy wet snow, too. Exhausting, but good exercise! I needed the workout, so I'm pleased with myself.

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behindthefool From: behindthefool Date: December 16th, 2005 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I know it's a pain for you, but sometimes I really wish I had a driveway of snow to shovel.

renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 16th, 2005 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Darling, you can come shovel my driveway anytime! (; Until then, I'll toss a couple of shovelfuls for you also.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 16th, 2005 04:30 am (UTC) (Link)
But why? I didn't actually make him shovel....
elizilla From: elizilla Date: December 16th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I like shoveling. It's much nicer than going to the gym, because when you're done exercising you have something to show for it Right Now.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 16th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I definitely agree. The only bummer about snow is that it comes when IT wants to, whether or not it's convenient!
From: nicegeek Date: December 16th, 2005 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
This looks like a job for The Shoveller:

"God gave me a gift. I shovel well. I shovel very well."
johnridley From: johnridley Date: December 16th, 2005 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I shovelled for 1.5 hours last night. I could have stopped after about 20 minutes, but I decided that if I didn't scrape down to pavement with the chipper, I'd have ice for weeks. Scraping down 75 feet of driveway and shovelling up the broken chunks takes a while...

I also rode to work this morning. So I'm feeling good and destressed now!
devnul From: devnul Date: December 16th, 2005 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Been studying Twain lately? :)

I only wish I had all the problems associated with homeownership instead of peeing away rent every month. Somehow I suspect that if I end up a single homeowner, however, I'll not have time for any of the things I like to do, so I don't know, actually, and dang if this sentence isn't running-on, wouldn't you say?

Now, if anyone would like to scrape the layers of ice off my car this morning...
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