Saturday, April 05, 2008

Will I never learn?

Driving home the other evening from my son's house at the other end of the village, I reflected yet again on how badly I drive, as I am constantly riding the clutch, with the result that my engine frequently over-revs. My son says he always knows when I drive into his yard because the engine is over-revving. How humiliating!


Then I thought, and that's not the only thing I haven't learned to correct after so many years of living. (I've been driving for over 40 years.) I also haven't learned not to cross my ankles when sitting or lying in bed: bad for the circulation and conducive to thromboses. I was told about that in hospital 16 years ago when I first had trouble with my heart. You would think I would make a point of breaking that bad habit, but my body just doesn't feel comfortable at rest unless my ankles are crossed - never mind the risks. I do try. Every time I notice what I'm doing, I uncross them, but back they sneak again a moment or two later.


So what else, I asked myself? This is almost a blog's-worth here. Ah yes! I have this terrible habit of giving things away and then wanting them back --- AND asking for them sometimes. Isn't that beastly? Not straight away, but later when I think they may no longer have a use for them - still jolly bad form. I am really ashamed of that one. I think I have managed to modify it slightly in recent years, but I wish I could undo some of the early occasions.


I am sure I can push this score up to five, was my next thought. Well, yes, I have a tendency to say too much ..... and I interrupt people ..... and I talk with my mouth full. Well, that's three in one, and quite enough for today. I don't know how I can show my face on here after this.

Anyone else like to 'fess up?


11 comments:

Granny J said...

For one thing, I never learned to drive. First it was gas rationing during WWII, then I was a poor student and, finally, I lived in the big city where public transportation took care of most travel -- and my late husband took care of the rest, expecially going out into the boondocks.

Maggie May said...

I must confess that I never stop eating when I am full!
I often put things off until tomorrow.
I believe that tomorrow never comes!
I spend far too long each day blogging & neglect to do other non essential things, like house work!
I have a tendency to exaggerate!

Lucy said...

Well you and Maggie May have already covered quite few of mine. Not only do I cross my ankles but I sit with my legs curled under me in incredibly contorted positions which put no end of strain on the furniture, the computer chair is all wonky now and the ties on the dining chair cushions are all broken.
I wish this were the least of my bad habits...

Pam said...

This all sounds somewhat familiar Judith!

Anonymous said...

My list is much too long to go into here, but really Judith, asking for things back! LOLOLOL. Now that's a new one. teehee.

Grandma Julia said...

I enjoyed reading your blog. It put smile on my face. Expect me to be back again and again. I am glad to have found a company.(Am ninety)

Till next time

happyhippychick said...

I over-rev too... much to the amusement of the teenager I gave a lift to the other week

Plus... big confession here... I am 45 and I STILL suck my thumb!

Oh, and I talk too much, gesticulate wildly and procrastinate... the list goes on, on and on...

herhimnbryn said...

J. All sounds perfectly normal to me:)

Cindy Sue Causey said...

Found you while searching on the catch phrase, "Not Dead Yet".. Your blog is adorable..

My bad habit.. Biting my nails, ugh..!

Cyber hugs from the US.. :)

Mandibles said...

I love reading your blogs, I found you while searching Jake Thackray.

Bad habits, eh? There are a few I daren't admit to, but the worst must be always looking for the negative side to anything. I also want things back once I've given them away, but have never been brave enough to ask - yet!

Avus said...

I suppose the answer to the "slipping clutch" problem would be to get an automatic?