Ice Skating for the First Time

I live in the deep south. Our winter sports involve the TV and hot wings. Yesterday we traveled to the state capital for the State Bible Drill. None of our team made it to nationals, but it was a great experience. Afterwards we went to the mall for ice skating. That’s right ice skating. It’s already creeping into the mid 80s, yet three hours away they have a year round ice skating rink.

I love to watch ice skating. It’s graceful and beautiful. I’ve always wanted to try it. Unfortunately, I am accident prone. My sweetie tried to talk me out of it and I’m glad I didn’t let him. I loved it. I was terrible at it and spent most of the time hugging the wall, but those brief seconds I was gliding across the ice was amazing.

That ice is really slick. Really slick. I inched along the wall, shuffling my feet too afraid to pick them up. It took my youngest and husband all of ten minutes to get the hand of it and start zipping around. After twenty minutes I finally made it three feet away. I was drenched in sweat by the time we left.

It was fun and totally alien to me, but I’m glad I gave it a shot.

Round 2 Goals:

Red highlights were a total failure.

Blue highlights were either constant progress, which I count as a success or completed.

  • New Release to publishMissing Children is now available. So happy.
  • Promotion. I need to make a plan for this. I’m thinking about an Amazon giveaway.
  • Camp NaNoWriMo.  I need to write 6,000 words a week. Yes! Less than 5,000 words to go.
  • Read 4 books a month.Almost there. Finished Hurricane Force, book 7 in Miss Fortune Series. Loved it. 4/4
  • Spend 15 minutes a day decluttering. 2/6 days.
  • Spend 15 minutes a day on moving my behind.  I went ice skating and kayaking. 2/6 days
  • Write two posts a week, not related to Row80. yes.
  • Stop binge watching Netflix. Seriously! I just finished watching season 2 of Daredevil. I did Okay.
  • Cut the processed foodsThree meals a week with no processed junk. Yes!
  • Eat fresh veggiesTwo meals a week with something fresh. No frozen! Exchange one snack a day with a healthy snack. So so, I did have ice cream this week, but I also had low fat yogurt.  Nope!
  • Stay on top of Critique group. At the moment I am caught up.

I consider this week a big win. I published my new short story and spent some time with the family. It’s all good. If I finish my Camp NaNo project next week I’ll consider it a success. My youngest is in a play that will take over our lives. She love sit, so we do it.

What activity have you tried that was alien to you?


4 thoughts on “Ice Skating for the First Time

  1. Canoeing in the Everglades, and hitting an alligator in the eye with my paddle. Descending the 60 foot cliff alongside Mooney Falls on Havasupai Indian lands in the Grand Canyon, using chains driven into the rock with railroad spikes. Spelunking on two coasts, and scuba diving in the Keys and northern Florida. Wearing shorts on Christmas (being an upstate NY girl, that was weird and warped!) Experiencing a Wyoming winter (Oh, please, NEVER AGAIN!!!) Making people.

    Most recently, publishing my Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction on an actual fan fiction site. HUGE big deal for me – I used to hide that kind of writing behind cupboard doors. The fact that people are reading and enjoying it is so very cool, but just doing it was a major leap of faith.

    I’m not a fan of ice skating, but my daughter, almost 12, is.

    Boldly Going Through the Alphabet!
    Part-Time Minion for Holton’s Heroes
    shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos


    • You win. I have been kayaking with gators but they were kind enough to stay out of the way. I have never been scuba diving but it’s on the top of my list just below surfing. For the record, I love Star Trek! Never be ashamed of Start Trek.

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      • We laughed the rest of the nine-mile paddle over that gator. He was NOT happy with us!

        I haven’t been diving in years, but, now that the kids are getting older, it’s something my Accomplice and I might pick up again. In Pennekamp State Park, we saw a barracuda – scary, but cool, too!

        Unfortunately, my parents weren’t at all accepting of my Trek love, and gave me lots of negative messages to overcome.

        Fortunately, I have Vulcans. And it’s hard to argue with Vulcans (just as McCoy or Tucker!)

        I’m absolutely loving posting these stories, and the feedback that’s coming from them. Good for the writing, and good for the soul, too! =)

        Boldly Going Through the Alphabet!
        Part-Time Minion for Holton’s Heroes
        shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos


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