Monday, November 05, 2007

Overweight Housewife on Wheels . . .

Don’t look now, but I dug out my pair of Rollerblades. I haven’t been on them since August of 2001. I wish I could say that it’s like riding a bike, you never forget. I didn’t forget, exactly. Instead, I tried something new. Added a challenging element. My dog. (That’s us in the photo to the left. Note my hand in the “stay” position. Yet dog is somewhat blurry due to movement.)

After a couple spins around the driveway, we were off to visit my parents – an uphill climb all the way. (I took a pair of shoes in a plastic bag so that I could walk home. It’s hard enough to stop just going downhill without adding a dog to the mix.)

What a rush!

I got a little giddy. Even found myself humming a few bars of, “I’m Alive” from Xanadu. (Xanadu is a cheesy movie from my childhood. Anyone else know the song I’m talking about?) Anyway, once wasn’t enough. Later this afternoon I strapped on my blades again. The second time was even better.

I’m seriously considering getting Annie a halter to wear instead of a collar so I can train her to pull me. (Mush, Annie. Mush!) Hey, I could get a used pair of cross-country skis at the ski swap and Annie and I could mush on the fields behind our house this winter. Or up Green Canyon. (I’ve found that running is a great way for her to burn off some of her puppy exuberance prior to obedience training sessions.) I wonder if she’ll be able to pull me in one of the kid’s snow sleds?


Science Teacher Mommy said...

I wear mine and push my jogging stroller. Great exercise! I call it strollerblading. I never did this in Logan--too hilly, but I love it here where it is nice and flat with a biker-friendly public.

Did you have Helen Cannon for English at USU?

Doreen said...

Yes, yes, great exercise. Do you think maybe you should have gotten a horse instead of a dog, though? :p

Christie said...

Yes, I had Helen Cannon for English. She even tried to set me up with her nephew. But I was already engaged to Safety Man.

And doreen, my dad has horses. They leave awfully big piles to clean up. Dogs, believe me, are better.

Science Teacher Mommy said...

Helen and I have stayed friends all these years. I still write to her several times each year and we share TNY ideas. Plantboy was her gardner this spring and she was so good to us during our last few months. When you said you read the magazine in college I just knew it had to be her influence.