Sunday, March 4, 2012

February Wrap-Up

So I have never really been a winter lover.  In fact, I'm quite sure that I have post traumatic stress from a horrible winter in Ogden while I was in nursing school!  Or maybe I just have PTSD from nursing school in general.  But I'm working through it :)  What I'm saying is that winter just isn't my season.  But because I'm a Utah lover and I never want to leave, and winter will continue to come every year as long as I live here, I have decided to embrace it.  So to support my new goal of being positive about winter and embracing everything about it, my parents bought me a brand spanking new beautiful snowboard for Christmas, along with all the corresponding equipment (and trust me people, that stuff is not cheap).  But I must tell you, I have never been snowboarding in my life.  Okay, I went one time in 7th grade but that's only because I wanted to ride the bus with my friends and get out of school.  So needless to say, I didn't learn much and I haven't been since.
But I love to wakeboard, and I caught on pretty fast with that so I figured, "how hard can snowboarding be?  I'm sure I'll be fine after a few runs."  WRONG!  Talk about sore quads, wet bum, and bruised pride!  Geez, the five-year-olds were zooming passed me like I was standing still.  Well okay, I was standing still or rather I was sitting still wishing a small avalanche would break loose and put me out of my misery!  I literally couldn't stay on my feet for longer than 5 seconds and Kacee, the boy I was with, had to keep pulling me up only to have me crash and burn again.  I'm telling you, it was a disaster!  And yes, my sassy-baby-of-the-family colors came out like never before...I had a snowboarding meltdown.  But Kacee was very patient and kept giving me encouragement to which I would discount with a sassy frustrated remark (don't worry, I apologized profusely later)!  Anyway, I got a little better as the night progressed, but not much and I was left with a sore tailbone, sore quads, and absolutely ZERO dignity.  And no, I haven't been back, but I hear that it takes three or four times to really get the hang of it.  I'm just not sure I'm willing to expose myself to such cruel and unusual punishment all in the name of optimism toward winter!  Anyone looking to buy a brand new snowboard?! :)

This is me during a meltdown...I happend to muster up a smile!

Perfect form?
Okay, so on a lighter note, another February highlight was the Valentine dinner that Tania and I hosted with all of our friends.  We sent out pink polka dot festive invitations and asked everyone to dress in formal attire so it would be a little different than our usual dinners.  We hung white lights and filled the house with rose petals and we even bought a disco ball and and turned our kitchen into a dance floor (nobody wanted to dance except us, but we forced the boys to slow dance with us to the classic Martina McBride song "Valentine".)  And even though true love wasn't in the air, it was still a magical night with good friends and good food!