Hey! Me too! We used to live in D.C. and having only one car made perfect sense (we barely needed that one!). Now we are in a more rural area (hopefully not for long) and I totally can relate. It is a big challenge to feel sane. I try to get out for walks, but hate the cold weather. Besides there is nowhere interesting to go....other than pacing in circles in our neighborhood. I really miss the urban environment when I could hop on a metro train, bus or taxi all the time and go anywhere.
The good thing is my husband comes home fairly early (usually around 3-4) each day, so I'm not too stir crazy. But still....
It really gets me thinking about how car-dependent most of society is. Having been not so for a long time, it is a big adjustment to me to live in an area where virtually everyone drives to and fro in their cars.
And then there is the baby angle. My LO hates her car seat! On the rare occasions that we go to D.C. and can metro/bus around easily, I just love it, and so does she. I swear I get more done in a few hours than all day in the burbs. No car seat to contend with, no parking, just pop in and out. Plus, I can focus on her and not be a slave to the carseat rules. One day we rented a car so I could go to a play date and pick a friend up at the airport. By mid-day, I realized how separated from my LO I felt. Granted, she was just in the backseat in her carseat, but I am used to wearing her, carrying her, being with her all the time. Then it occurred to me that if you are living like most folks do, their babies do spend a lot of time in car seats running errands, dropping other kids at school, etc.
As far as staying sane, I'm not sure I do! At least not as sane as I would be otherwise. I don't feel like the answer is another car....we don't want to go that route. For me the answer would be moving to another area where shopping, social interaction, etc. is walkable easily. Hopefully we will do that soon.. Working on it!
I too, would LOVE to hear some ideas about staying sane without the car!