It has been awhile, I know, but not because I haven't been writing blog posts. Just because I haven't been posting them.
Things are good here. Quiet, but that is nice. We are headed into the slump, the beginning of the time when winter seems to last forever, and even I start planning imaginary vacations to Hawaii or Mexico.
Except, I guess, I do have a honeymoon to accomplish, so maybe it is not entirely fantastic.
The news of the day is that we finally got ice skates!
I have wanted a pair all winter, and today we were walking around at the glacier and went out on the ice (cause everybody else was doing it...) and I decided that I must have some skates. Now.
So I informed Ernie of my decision, and told him that there was a free pair of skates in it for him, and we drove straight to Play It Again Sports in Lemon Creek.
The very nice salesman helped us pick out some pond/hockey skates and fit them properly (there almost wasn't a pair left that fit Ernie, but I found the last size 11's in the bottom of a pile--I was not to be derailed), and within minutes we were skated.
Sadly, the guy who sharpens the skates does not work on the days when people are most likely to buy them, so we left with our blades dull.
The other salesguy seemed to think that it would be hilarious to watch us skate without our blades sharpened, but we figured it would be hilarious whether or not we had dull blades, considering neither of us have skated in over a decade.
We stopped at home to change our clothes, and headed right back out to Skater's cabin on Mendenhall Lake. We were hoping that there would be no one to watch us, but on a sunny, cold, day like today, there were a lot of people on the ice. Oh well.
So we strapped on our stiff new hockey skates, and gave it a try.
Skating is awesome!!!!!!!!
It took a little bit of time to get used to the feeling, but soon we were flying across the ice like we knew what we were doing. Until one of our skates hit a crack and got stuck, that is. But we would just pull our foot up and keep going. We both fell a few times, but it didn't really hurt (we were wearing our puffy coats), and we would just slide across the ice.
Skating is so fast and fun, and a great way to get out in the sun during the winter. Of course, we still have a ton of room for improvement (especially in the backwards skating department), but it should just get better and better.
And maybe next year I can play hockey. I hear the girls can be quite aggressive.
|Here I am, gracefully figure skating on the lake (before I bought my ice skates)|