Monthly Archives: February 2012

Arena Snacks

We have a hockey playing son and a speed skating son which means we are at an arena a minimum of four hours a week.  I make no bones about how I feel about some of the snacks parents bring … Continue reading

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You Talkin’ To Me?

A couple of week’s ago we were doing 222 m sprints – twice around the track.  Because it was such a short distance everyone in the class was giving it their all. Before we did our third set, E. told … Continue reading

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Sometimes The Miracle Comes When You Least Expect It

For 12 years I had an eating disorder.  I was anorexic and bulimic and at the height of it my weight was in the double digits. If you want the full story, it’s over here. The short story is I … Continue reading

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Well….Thanks For Not Telling Me I Suck, I Guess

Wanna know why I love my family? Because of their undying support and how apparently for the past year they have refused to tell me how much I actually sucked when I started speed skating.  Not even just sucked but … Continue reading

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Lose Like A Winner

When we were at Winterlude this past weekend, we stayed at the Ottawa Marriott which has an awesome games room for kids.  Honestly, we could have driven to Ottawa and done nothing but play in the Teen Room and swim … Continue reading

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Walking: It’s No Big Deal, Right?

We are a family of walkers. I make my kids walk to school every day, even when it’s raining or in the midst of a snowstorm. I even bring them on Adventure Walks.  When they complain about the walking — … Continue reading

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There Are No Stupid Questions Only Stupid People Who Refuse To Ask Them

I skated for months leaning into my crossovers with my shoulders and not my hips.  Months.  Other skaters would tell me I needed to lean in with my hips but no matter how hard I tried, my shoulder would dip … Continue reading

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The George Costanza Of Sports

I have no natural instinct when it comes to sports. None. Nadda. Zero. Nothing. In fact, any instinct I have when it comes to athletics is usually 100% wrong. My instinct to buy new skate boots/used blades:  Wrong Put all … Continue reading

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STOP! No Seriously, How Do I Stop?

I don’t know how to stop on skates. At all. Period.  I must have known how to stop when I skated as kid but the few times I did skate it was on small outdoor rinks without a lot of … Continue reading

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Supporting Speed Skating

How can I not love a club that has given so much to our family.  The support and sense of community they have given us.  We have watched Speed Skating Son gain confidence, learn lessons about hard work and make … Continue reading

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Simply The Best Husband Ever

This is probably one of the most awesome gifts I’ve ever been given. I mean, aside from the gift of my kids. And the gift of marrying my best friend.  And… This is probably one of the most awesome gifts … Continue reading

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Waiting For Will Ferrell

My competitiveness can sometimes get the best of me and it totally did this week. I’ve been so stressing out about eventually skating in a meet and doing well — a meet that’s a year away I might add — … Continue reading

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Competing With Myself

This is not to be confused with dancing with myself which is completely different and happens in my office pretty much every day between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. Dancing by yourself as a midday pick me up? It’s better than … Continue reading

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Want To Know What’s Faster Than My Feet?

I mean, besides EVERYTHING ON THIS PLANET? My fingers. I get a whole lotta emails every day. Not as much as I used to when I was Editor-in-Chief over at YMC but still, on average, a couple of hundred per … Continue reading

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