Ep 0136 – Many Shades of Unsexy Grey!

Laurie in her straw hat and sunglasses grins along the trail
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Following a day of rain, it’s all smiles and sunshine on the mountain for Day 136.

Podcast Recap

The unexpected rain causes me to change the day of my hike. I ponder the effects of rigidity and over-flexibility in my life. Dawny greets our new BCs from last show and updates us on her health. Kevin replies to Sue from the U.K. and Dawny who both supported him on the Bravery Report. The importance of BCs supporting each other and 6 tips to help do that. Welcome to new BC Mar. Dawny has special Foolish Fun for bird watchers! Special guest Mark and I reminisce about the many different shades we’ve experienced in our 23 years of marriage.

Purple wildflowers bloom amongst sage brush

Wild flowers blooming along the trail. Always reminds me to ‘Bloom where you are planted!’

Smiling - Laurie and Mark under the twinkle lights of the ballroom

Mark and I celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary in style by ballroom dancing under the twinkle lights in Pasadena.


Last show and comments

BC Kevin’s Story on the Bravery Report

New BC Mar’s comment on Day 5

Ways to send audio to the show for Foolish Fun, Laurie’s Stories etc.

Ways to support the show financially


Host: Laurie Weaver
Foolish Fun Announcer: Mark Weaver
Foolish Funner: Dawny
Special Guest Interview: Mark Weaver

Main Theme: I’m Letting Go by Josh Woodward from The Simple Life Part 1 Used by permission of Josh Woodward under a Creative Commons License

Sounds used in Laurie’s Foolish Fun Intro

  • Slide Whistle sounds
  • Background Tune/Beat
  • Girl’s Laughter
  • Phone Ring
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6 thoughts on “Ep 0136 – Many Shades of Unsexy Grey!

  1. Dawny

    I love love love that I was able to learn a weeee bit more about you. And the coming of your beautiful loving marriage. Your such a gem Laurie.

    Wowsa. Such funny jokes. Yay. Ha ha. I live foolish funnnnnnnn

    Hangry!!!! Sometimes I think we are twins of a distant life lol. You described it nicely. It’s funny because I know how I feel, but my husband knows how I act when I reach hangry. And I get really defensive when he comments in it or about meal timing or whatever when really I shouldn’t because it’s real. Attitude and all lol.
    One Friday we went to this seafood buffet. The line was craaaaazy long. Seriously like 45 minutes. Ok so I totally witnessed another line stander guy go from happy, laughing, joking…..to HANGRy. It was really eye opening to me to see that in someone else. And for my husband to confirm yes Dawny that’s what you do…. who you become. Whoa!!! The good thing is I sure try to be more mindful of my status lol

    Thanks for sharing your life with us Laurie.

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      Yes, it is interesting how panicked I feel from true hunger. Hmmmm…..wonder if it is all related? Mark can go hours and hours and forget to eat. Not I! Thanks for the sweet comments about our anniversary interview. Of course we put our best spin on things 🙂 We have our roller coaster troubles like most people, but have come to understand one another over the years. xoxoxoxoxo

  2. Mary S

    I loved how you showcased your marriage… I felt such joy for you both!! What a sweet, cute, amazing and inspiring story to share! I think I hear more stories about bad marriages than the good ones, so I just enjoyed this so much! Tell your awesome guy that I also have become more and more introverted the older I am, too. 😊 I can totally relate!

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      Mark says to you, “It’s sure nice to hear I’m not the only one!”

      Tell your awesome guy that I also have become more and more introverted the older I am, too. 😊 I can totally relate!

      I’m glad you enjoyed our marriage segment. There are days we wonder what the heck we were thinking and days when we can’t imagine life without one another, so it’s cool to hear you enjoyed our partnership. Like all else in our lives, it takes whopping does of patience and letting go! xoxoxoxox

  3. Jo

    Awwwwww! What a lovely and genuine talk about your 23 years of marriage. So many of the comments and thoughts about your time together mirrors mine and hubby’s relationship. We have been together over 20 years and married coming up 14 years! I also came to the realisation a few years ago that he is not me, and that difference is what we have built our relationship on. I was trying to shape him into being more like me, more sociable, more active, more chatty, more emotionally engaged etc etc …. This caused resentment, mismatch of desires, being out of sync with each other and generally me having my life and him having his – parallel with very few cross overs!
    It all came to a head a few years ago and as I drove away with bags packed in the back of my car and wedding ring off (horrible feelings) I called hubby and said I wanted us to be together. That night we had a long chat and ever since then I have stopped controlling him and his actions, accepted him as the fabulous person I fell (and still am) in love with. It is so much better – I give him choice or explain my desires and he can make his decision on that. We are having much more fun and spending much more time together – marriage is so much better than ever now. He is my best friend, he is my support and even when he does not understand everything about my compulsions and behaviours he loves me for who I am. I am the lark and he is the night owl – your ships in the night comment made me smile and laugh out loud!
    Sometimes our assumptions and compulsions are not in line with the true path of someone else’s life and that just means you need to recognise and appreciate the differences are going to make the relationship blossom and grow and is not necessarily a bad thing!

    You and Mark sound like you truly appreciate each others differences and make time for each other and have fun together. You are lucky to have found him and he is lucky to have found you – joyous celebrations

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      Yep, our situations seem to have a few similarities. Mark and I, like most couples have our ups, downs, and in-betweens. We are amazed we’ve been together so very long when we are so very different. But like you and your hubby, we try to let respect be second (after love) and see what happens. So far, what happens is another year 🙂 xoxoxoxo


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