If there’s a car in the fridge …

I’ve never understood how someone could have a box of chocolates in their fridge for more than a few days. How do they do it? Give me a box of chocolates and the whole lot is gone in about 24 hours. Then what usually happens is I get a headache and feel sick and swear never to eat chocolate again. Until the next box of chocolates comes along and I end up wolfing it down in 24 hours as well. The only solution to this cycle is never to buy chocolate and this is exactly my strategy. I have no self-control whatsoever.

The same thing can be said of cars. Buy a car and you’ll end up using if for trips that you don’t need to. I did it in Auckland. The school was about a 10 minute walk from our house but as soon as it started raining, I’d drive the kids down to school. No self-control.

In Aberdeen we don’t have a car and this temptation is gone which is wonderful. If we had a car we wouldn’t have done the lovely coastal walk to Dunnottar castle the other week. We wouldn’t have cycled to the University of Aberdeen either. There will be times when we rent a car and this is exactly what we’re going to do over Christmas as we’re planning to spend Christmas in the lovely Cairngorms and I’m very excited about this. But on the whole, it’s easy to live in a city like Aberdeen completely car-free and so the temptation to eat the car in the fridge has vanished.

I’m a bit opinionated, I know it. Sometimes I wish I could keep my mouth shut and just have a quiet life. I’m worried that I might alienate people by expressing my opinions so publicly. But I hope that it’s ok to disagree with others and still be friends with them. So I was very pleased when one of my blogging friends recently said that she was glad I couldn’t keep my mouth closed. Thanks, Lady Sighs! I’m very happy to hear it 🙂

31 Replies to “If there’s a car in the fridge …”

  1. Yesterday my calendar said ‘ I’m not opinionated, I just have better ideas’ -whaddya reckon about that!? To me, people are either chocolate lovers or ice cream eaters- I could take or leave chocolate anywhere and even ice cream in our own freezer- yet, if I come back from a trip in the wops or go somewhere out of the way, I can’t resist a gelato…even in winter! Your hubby happens to be the fastest ice-cream eater I ever came across!

    1. I’d go for both chocolate and ice-cream. I’m a sucker for desserts so I just have to make sure there are none in our house. And yep, Ben knows how to eat ice-cream!

  2. Wow, I see lot of my own thoughts echoed in this post. Chocolates and expressing opinions.

    I always face this dilemma: broadcast opinions and alienate people OR shut the mouth and be nice to everyone. I end up doing the former more often than not. Although in the recent times I have been filtering my thoughts aggressively and think twice about anything I am going to post or tweet. Hence the silence on my own blogs and slowdown in my tweets.

    1. However I love sitting squarely on my arse behind the wheel, with heater on, esp. when it is raining outside. 🙂

    2. I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one! Perhaps the trick is to choose words carefully so that we can express our opinions and not aggravate those who disagree with us too much. Or maybe we just need to express our opinions selectively and only with people we know.

  3. I think you show remarkable restraint in taking 24 hours to eat a box of chocolates. I can wolf down the lot in an evening. Used to do the same with ice cream. Now I don’t have anything in the house other than fruit that I can snack on.

    There’s nothing wrong at all with being opinionated. You just have to be prepared to wear the consequences of expressing them. I’ve found that, in some environments, it’s best to keep my opinions to myself.

    1. I was probably being optimistic about the 24 hours. 🙂

      Yes, that’s a good point about consequences and as long as I can deal with those and I think I largely can, then I’ll carry on expressing my opinions 🙂

  4. The more I read your posts, the more I like it, exactly because you think and let us know what it is. And you give us very good opinions as well as food for thoughts. If anyone complains about you being ‘opinionated’ I would take this as a huge compliment. There are already too many people who gave up their own ideas to follow mainstream BS. Stay the course.
    PS. I love chocolates too. The only way is not buying them…

    1. Thank you! That’s great to hear. I must admit that I also like hearing other people’s opinions even if they disagree with mine as they make me question my own.

  5. Not buying just takes a few minutes of discipline, not eating 24/7.

    I guess that is also why the tobacco industry likes cigarette machines so much. (They are legal in Germany. 😦 ) Makes it much harder to stop smoking.

    1. There are a great many more smokers in Europe than in Australia and New Zealand. I don’t know why this. Perhaps cigarette machines are legal here too?

  6. Is it possible to express opinions with a mouthful of chocolate. Enter the keyboard, may it’s name live on in infamy. 😛

    1. Yep, you’ll never know whether I’m expressing my opinion with a mouthful of chocolate.

  7. first, great post title. i had to stop and ask myself, ‘what the?’ which made me read on. second, the connection to self control and driving is interesting. i’ll keep driving but i’ll cut back on chocolate. third, i’m still trying to find how i want to express my opinions on my blog so it’s nice to read how others do so on their blogs. ok gotta go drive my truck to the mail box 😉

    1. haha, enjoy your drive to the letterbox 🙂

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post. The post title is very important, I do agree. We also seem to have opinions about expressing opinions on blogs and that’s great.

    1. That video was really good, thanks! Interestingly my sister tells me that I was very good at delayed gratification as a child and always held onto sweets for a long time while she’d gobble them down. I don’t remember this but I must have lost this skill as I’ve got older 🙂

  8. Usually, I am just like you. I over eat something. With cookies, I have to eat an entire row. With a chocolate bar, regardless of how many squares I could break that into, I usually eat the whole thing. However, lately, I have managed some control. I’ve got a couple of boxes of Lindt chocolate (thank you Swiss students) and I have resisted eating them (mostly by not breaking the seal on the box). I would give them away…but they were a gift… and they are delicious.

    1. Gifts. They’re my undoing. You can stop yourself buying chocolate but what do you do if someone gives you chocolate as a gift? It would be rude not to enjoy and eat them 🙂 Enjoy your box of Lindt.

  9. I finding this post very encouraging with my idea of giving the car up when I move (hurry up mystery buyer, wherever you are :-() Makes me feel more hopeful and I can picture myself without a car now.

    1. You’ll love having no car. It’s liberating and also great not sitting in traffic everyday. There are no car-related expenses either which is particularly nice.

      1. If I don’t have a car, it makes me feel so different about moving around the place, it’s like an adventure.
        My only cheat is that I am going to ask a colleague if I can share petrol money with her on the way in to work – otherwise I am looking at leaving 50 minutes earlier in the morning. Like you, I also love my job!

  10. I’m very glad too Rachel, it’s why I love coming over here…you say what you mean and mean what you say 🙂

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