Monday, January 4, 2010

Baby steps

So. I'm back from our annual ski trip -- one year older, six pounds heavier, but at least with no bruised ass this time. I'd call that a success.

Vince captured this video of me in the wild:

Okay, so after five (five!) years of trying, this is about all I can manage. Snowplowing on the baby hill. Good lord. And I'm still freaking terrified of the chair lift. But at least there was less "whooooaa, whooooaa, helpmehelpmehelpme" as I made my way down the green runs this time. Progress.

I just wish I could master the heave-up-on-skis-after-a-fall ability. This eludes me: when I'm down, it's not...attractive. I pretty much just roll around in the snow for a while until my instructor or husband loses patience and hoists me up like a drunken barfly.

Oh well. Onward.

How were your holidays?


Janna Leadbetter said...

LOL! Quite the picture you paint. But once again, I think your self-deprecation and honesty are really great. You're just down to earth and cool, you know?

June Kramin said...

LOL!!! You can't be great at everything, Wendy :) Love your play-by-play.

Debra Lynn Shelton said...

Wendy, Great vid! I learned to ski in Aspen, and I did have a brief, tumultuous love affair with black slopes. They loved me far more than I loved them. The blue slopes were my faves. Good for you for keeping at it. Now, I want to head back to the beautiful mountains of Colorado. ;-)

Melanie Hooyenga said...

That video made me smile. I love how encouraging everyone is!

The visual of the drunken barfly is hysterical. :)

Happy new year!

Allie said...

Don't feel bad. I still get a weird feeling in my belly when I get on and off escalators. And it's not like I only do that once or twice a year. :)

Happy New Year! And congrats on a bruise free ass!

WendyCinNYC said...

Janna-- thanks! It's either poking fun at myself or wallowing in self-pity. The former is more fun, ya know?

June--:-D Thanks for stopping by!

Debra--Black diamonds, I'm impressed! I have no such lofty goals.

Melanie--I know, right? I'm shocked my girls even wanted to ski with me. My older daughter had trouble gaining enough speed for her snowboard.

Allie--Me too! I watch the top of the escalator approaching and it kind of freaks me out. My mom must have scolded me for an untied shoe once, because now I'm paranoid about laces getting stuck in the grate.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I think you are doing great. I've never even put on a set of snow skis. (Heck I'm not even sure how to spell them.) If snow skiing is anything like water skiing, I'd be eating snow all day long. :0

colbymarshall said...

YEAH! GO WENDY! I'd break my leg on those things, I'm sure of it! GOOD GOING, GAL!

WendyCinNYC said...

Sharon--I grew up waterskiing, so I think it's much easier than snow skiing. But if I took it up as an adult, maybe it would be a different story.

Thanks, Colby!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wendy--My husband banded me from rollar skating a few years ago. I was not able to master falling forward. After my second spill, where I laid (stunned) on the floor for about five minutes, he said no new sports for me. Now I focus on fitmess classses. I rarely fall on my back in them. LOL