Weekend Wrap-Up

It was a pretty chill weekend in our house.  It was one of those weekends rarely comes around where there isn’t much on the calendar.  Friday night, I got my hair cut.  Saturday, my daughter had hockey practice.  Sunday, I didn’t get out of my sweat pants.  It was the perfect weekend to attack my very long and neglected to-do list. What I should have done and what I actually did were on opposite ends of the spectrum.  While I wasn’t a complete sloth, my to-do list was still pretty neglected.


I did take manage to take advantage of a nice MN Spring day and go for a run with my daughter.  I am using the term run very loosely.  It was more of a 3 mile walk with 5 bursts of running.  Let me define “bursts of running”, it was a minute or two of slow, pain full running.  It was tough.  This body has gotten big over the last few years and moving it requires a lot of effort.  I survived but it kicked my butt.  Evidently, I am too slow for my daughter.  She took off without me.

I have some big plans this spring and summer that is going to require me to dust off the running shoes.  My motivation is starting to come back as the snow goes away.  I may have to keep bringing my daughter because she was a good coach.

One thing I didn’t do and I am now regretting it is playing hockey.  Our team won the state championship!!!  I marked myself as unavailable since we had kid commitments.  But when the calendar cleared, I never changed to be available as I thought it might be nice not to be over-scheduled.  I think I still made the right choice, but I sure missed playing and so wish I could have celebrated with the team.  I vowed that next year I will be a full-time player again.

Even though I didn’t get much done it was still I good weekend chill.  I am not sure when I’ll get the opportunity to laze around again for awhile!


My Hockey

My kids aren’t the only ones that get to have fun on the ice, I also play ice hockey on a women’s team.  This is my 3rd season with a team of awesome ladies and we play for WHAM (Fun fact:  The Women’s Hockey Association of Minnesota is the largest women’s hockey only league in the World!).  I did not grow up playing and started in my 40’s with some girlfriends doing an into to hockey class.  What looked like a midlife crisis in the in making actually turned into a fun hobby.


The unfortunate part of playing adult hockey and having 3 kids that also play makes my hockey schedule last in the pecking order.  This year, I played more as a sub and jumped in when I had the opportunity (which was almost never).  I was finally able to hit the ice a couple time in the past week after not lacing up the skates since October.  It was fantastic and I was reminded how much I love playing.  I didn’t realize I missed it so much!

A Few Thoughts…

  1.  I am WICKED out of shape!  The huffing, the puffing, and the sweating…and that was just putting my gear on.  The skating is no joke!  It looks easy but it is some “gargle your heart” cardio.  I just about cried when I played a game with only 9 skaters.  The every other shift business just about killed me.
  2. I look like a big red Grimace in my hockey gear.  GAH!  Hockey gear is not supposed to be slimming but I still don’t want to look like a house.
  3. I am not as fast as I think I am.  I was catching wind and my jersey was fluttering as I glided on the ice.  I felt pretty speedy!  My daughter captured a few videos of me skating and I thought they were in slow motion.  Nope.  Just my normal skating.  It is a humbling sport.
  4. Getting a goal is one of the best feelings ever!  I don’t get goals often, but when I do, I so wish I could do the celly on one knee like the pros!  I don’t do it because I would not be able to get back up.IMG_5382.jpg


    The regular season is coming to a close just as I am able to start playing.  Go figure.  Thankfully, there will be a spring league where I can get in a few games!