- Mindless shopping in person. This is especially not good at Trader Joes or Costco. The other day I came home with a huge glass jar of artichoke tapenade from Costco. It seems like once you open it, you have to eat it fairly soon. Maybe I can volunteer to bring the hors de oeuvres (never knew how to say that as a kid) for this New Year's party we're going to.
- Mispronouncing words the way I used to as a kid. I've been a big reader since I was in grade school. As a result, there were words I knew that no one ever said in real life, or if they did, I didn't recognize them. Like there was this word, va-sea-shus, that my mom used "(April, don't be facetious!"), and there was this word facet-us, that I read. It was years before I put them both together as facetious. More recently, I was talking to someone about the Annals of Internal Medicine, but I pronounced it "Anals."
- Eating weird things mindlessly. Like watching TV and eating cashews and an old package of swirled chocolate-peanut butter chips I found in the back of the cupboard.
- Shopping mindlessly online. I love eBay. Love it enough that as of next week I will own one Garnet Hill silk dress, one pair of Gentle Souls pumps, two pairs of Levis, and two pairs of Cole Haan flats. All for a price that is probably one-tenth retail. Still.
What are your stress reducers? Maybe I can adopt some better - or at least different - ones.