Ice-Skating (take 1)

We have a couple of indoor ice rinks, and during a few months in the winter, there is a small rink outside in the downtown area of Sacramento. I have been wanting to go ice skating but just haven’t gotten my butt out to the rinks. In 2015, they added a huge ice rink over at the baseball field. It was “The Biggest Show on Snow!” the rink was large enough that they had a hockey game from 2 nearby teams.

A friend and I went and bought the full ticket that included 3 slides down their man-made hill and 1 hour of skating.

Went to the slides first. Got our tubes, got up there, and the helpers asked if we signed a waiver. At first we thought they were kidding, nope, so we had to go back down and were pointed the way to the table to sign and get a wristband saying we are aware we are taking a risk to our lives.

Back to the tube, back up the stairs, and then a quick bounce down the hill. The first time I went face toward the bottom. The second time was away and going backwards. The third time, the guy pushed me off in a way that caused me to spin in circles on the way down. It was fun!

Then onto the skating. Thought I got the correct size skates, but later saw a sign saying to go one size down from your normal size. whoops. Got on the skates and started walking to the rink. Well, tried walking, it was more like wobbling and realizing I need to work on my balance. We stepped on the ice and I was already preparing to fall down. Like many of the others there, I kept close to the wall to help with the balance. I was hoping to get out to more the middle of the ice, because I knew it probably would be smoother ice to skate on. That wasn’t gonna happen this time. I did push away a few times and skated, but then my ankles turned on me, my feet cramped up, and I started wobbling again. I fell a couple of times. One of the times a girl was close by, skating in circles. I put out my hand toward her because she was coming my way and I didn’t want her to fall on me. She took that as needing help, as she she first asked if I was okay, and then helped pull me up. That was a little humbling, but very nice of her to treat her elders so well.

I made it about halfway and I knew I wasn’t going to make it a full hour of skating time. My friend had lapped me twice already. By the time I made it back around to the entrance gate, I was done. My feet cramped and my ankles and lower calves were hurting. Not to mention the knees I fell on. I believe my friend lasted four or five go-arounds. We were done.

My friend suggested that before trying to skate again, I should work on strengthening my ankles and my balance. So, that’s my new plan. I can cross off ice skating but I really want to do a better job and get a little videoing of it. If I did video this time, it would have been perfect to send to America’s Funniest Videos.

Have you gone ice skating? indoors or outdoors? funny experience or able to do twirls and jumps like a professional?

Have a truly amazing one-night stand

This was an item I wasn’t sure I’d ever post about, much less have a photo to share with you all. But I was with a guy in New Orleans and it was amazing!

13237649_10153416660671152_2811673625233803526_nGet it? He dressed as a 1-night stand. Ha, ha. In case you aren’t sure what I dressed up as, it was a zombie, in need of coffee.

Halloween in New Orleans was so much fun.

Monthly List: January 2013

184 Bathe in the Ganges
188 Become a Monty Python expert
187 Bottle your own preserves
189 Buy a $100 bottle of wine and share it with your oldest friends
209 Call a radio station and dedicate a song to your mom
181 Dance in the gazebo while on The Sound of Music tour in Salzburg
201 Don’t shave for a few days
190 Grow a beard
200 Grow an amaryllis
207 Have a designer create your personal stationery
194 Have a local restaurant deliver breakfast in bed for two
186 Have a truly amazing one-night stand
208 Have someone else clean your place from top to bottom
198 Have your palm or tarot cards read
195 Hire a violinist to play while you and a loved one have dinner
182 Ice-skate by candlelight at midnight
206 Leave your umbrella and take a walk in the summer rain
202 Order yourself a birthday cake
193 Provoke
197 Read Lady Chatterley’s Lover
204 Rearrange all the furniture in your living room
196 Send someone a “just thinking of you” card
191 Shave off your beard
185 Sit in first class
192 Ski by torchlight
203 Smoke a big fat cigar
183 Stay at a Spanish parador
205 Stomp some grapes in Tuscany
210 Take a bateau ride on the Seine
199 Walk on the beach in winter

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.