snowy days

February 10, 2010 at 7:55 pm 2 comments

Every college and school within a 200 mile radius is cancelled today.  Except mine, of course!  Sigh.  But, it is only snowing lightly, so it would be rather funny to have school cancelled.  And, I did get one class cancelled because the teacher lives an hour and a half away and didn’t want to drive.  Yay!  So I won’t complain. 

I was definitely ready for spring, but it is fun to have a winter blast.  I kind of wish I could see what was going on at home, because apparently they have about three feet.  We probably don’t have two feet, but still, that’s a lot of snow! 

I haven’t been in any snowball fights yet, though I was (accidentally, I hope) smacked by a snowball on Friday.  But I have been doing other wintry activities!  Like sleeping in on Saturday in my cozy bed, and drinking hot apple cider.  And going ice skating.  Oh, yes, I had my first adventure with ice skating over the weekend.

This is what I think of when I imagine ice skating:

Beauty, flying, grace, fun, pretty costumes – all that kind of thing.  I was smart enough to know that I would not quite be doing that on my first time on the ice, though.  And I don’t have pictures to show you what it really looked like, because I told my friend with the camera that she wasn’t allowed to take pictures of me falling down, and she promised.  (Hey, I only fell six times, okay??)

I also imagine pretty skates:

And this is what the rental skates were:

(sorry for the tiny picture!) 

But despite the ugly shoes and the bruise I’ve discovered on my entire right knee, it was spectacular.  I got off the wall, which was a triumph.  (After only 20 or so minutes, too).  I got up immediately and kept going, every time I fell.  And I was complimented and told that at least I fall gracefully; most people “just go splat”.  I’ll credit that to my dance training. 

I did learn one immensely important piece of advice, though, for all the other wanna-be ice skaters out there: go with someone who knows how to skate.  Seriously.  I went with three friends; two of the guys were decent skaters and they tried to grab me whenever I started flailing so I wouldn’t fall.  Another piece of advice is to try not to trip up your friend skating next to you, or crash into them because you can’t steer the skates yet.  They will probably fall over with you.  You will feel bad.  And the aforementioned good skaters might not notice because they might be racing each other backwards. 

Anyway.  This will definitely make me appreciate the upcoming Olympics (whee, I’m so excited!) more.  And, I fully intend to go back soon – maybe often – to practice so I stop crashing into people.

And you should be impressed that on my first time ice skating, I did a spin.

Even if it was accidental.

What have you been up to lately?  Are you enjoying this snowy weather, too?


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  • 1. Joanna  |  February 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Yep, we just got 2.5 inches yesterday (all of our previous snow except our snowmens’ heads had melted). But not good playing snow – can’t sled, can’t make anything. I guess this snow is good for three things: 1) pretty, 2) easy driving, and 3) feels like winter, for a change!

    Dearest, I highly commend you on your first ice skating experience. In my meager (three times) experience, my first time I fell a LOT…and I have a bit of advice:

    don’t let an ice skater who is skating backwards (and showing off, you know) knock you over…because it hurts!

    Anyway, my third time skating, I was speeding recklessly around the rink and didn’t fall at all! It was a blast (in more than one way). Annabelle and I keep saying we really want to go, but haven’t been able to drive there yet.

  • 2. Joanna  |  February 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    P.S. Good idea about going with someone who knows what they’re doing…in previous times, people caught me a few times, too! Sorry for the bruises, though…I know how they feel.


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