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Monday, December 28, 2009

A year for...."I haven't done this for at least 20 years!"

Hello peeps C-Simi is posting once again.

I hope everyone has had a happy holiday season, and that the wonderful times continue throughout the upcoming year.  I definitely enjoyed my days off, I spent my time at my folks place.  I slept in my nephew Aidan's bed for two nights.  The cutiepie let me use his brand new Star Wars blanket, that he got for Christmas, so I wouldn't be cold while I slept.  Yeah, he loves me :)
If you are wondering, I no longer have a bedroom at my folks house, but my nephews (their grandsons) have a bedroom.

On boxing day, one of my cousins hosted a skating party at their house.  Lucky for all Calgarians, the weather held out, and it was sunny and warm.  Warm for Calgary in December, when a Chinook has not blown into town.  I don't own any skates, and have not strapped up laces for 20 years.    So, I watched the festivities from the snow bank, and throughly enjoyed every moment.  My dad, was feeling well enough that he showed up for a few hours.  That was incredible, as his energy has been so low that he has slept 20 hours a day for the last few weeks.  While he is awake, he has been a veritable bear, and it has been stressful, heartbreaking, and worrisome.

I bailed on the gathering and went for a 8.42km run with Pammie, as I am committed to getting in shape for our Death Run and The Ride to Conquer Cancer.  The run was amazing.  I struggled for the first 5km, but while I struggled I knew that the benefits would outweigh the torture.  Our team after all is called No Guts No Glory For The Cure.  Very appropriate, as I am a terrible runner, I don't love running, and only started running on a whim.  I haven't cycled in almost 27 years, and obviously didn't miss it, or else I would have started up sooner.  But, what I do love is how it makes me feel, and knowing that I can help people struggling for their lives.

I digress, as the point of this post was to discuss how I beat another 20 year absence.  The absence involves skating.  The last time I went skating was 20 years ago, after I polished off a couple of beers, and then we walked to the Olympic Oval.  Which, lucky enough for me, is attached to the University of Calgary, where The Den was located.  It was our hangout after class or labs, depending on the day.  So today, I went skate shopping at Play It Again Sports in Westhills Towne Centre. I purchased a pair of Softec ice skates for ladies.  I took my nephews to the local rink and strapped on my brand new skates.

For the next hour I skated, laughed, and played a little hockey.  Of course I was terrified of falling and breaking my head, so I was wearing my helmet.  I have another skating date, with Aidan and Connor,  organized for Jan 03, 2010.  I wonder what the next "I haven't done that for at least 20 years," will be.  What do you think it will involve?

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