Driving under the influence

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Dear Carolyn,

I can’t believe it! My new girlfriend is gorgeous, smart, funny and a blast to be around. Just thinking about her makes me start grinning. I’ve never felt like this about anyone before. She’s all I think about and sometimes I feel like I’m in a fog. Other times I get filled with anxiety that I’ll screw this up. I find myself drifting off into thoughts about her. My buddies say they’ve never seen me this crazed over a woman. While it’s great, I have to admit that my concentration is shot.
How long is this stage of love supposed to last? It’s been about three months and I don’t know if my nerves can take it for much longer. Oh, and I’ve lost about 20 pounds without even trying. I’m nuts, aren’t I?


Dear Charlie,
Oh dear. You are operating an 18-wheeler under the influence of new love? Argh, I know way too much to ever let my guard down when sharing the road with big rigs. Don’t worry; you’ll come out of this altered state. My advice is to enjoy it while it lasts and then ease into the more mature but way less nerve wracking phase of love.

Nice going on the New Love Weight Loss Diet! Just remember, what rolls off can roll back on.

I’m just say’n

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