Hooray on the silver lining! And good luck on the moccisins. I think I failed to mention that those boots you posted earlier are AWESOME!
Well, if you took feminist courses, then you probably know what the solution was for hysteria. So next time you feel hysterical, just ask your boyfriend to play doctor . . .
I'm with you on the emotional suppression. I'm sure at least some of it is the New England Stoicism. But I think part of it is also that we're only supposed to show positive emotions. Unless we're emo or on a reality TV show. Then we're allowed to be depressed or a bitch. I'm like you, though- no poker face at all. So if I show ANY emotions, I tend to show ALL of them. Including the ones we're not "supposed" to have. Just a thought.