Sophie and I went ice skating yesterday so that she’d have some time to practice her technique before her next lesson. The rink was a mob scene. Lots of little tikes low to the ground displaying no fear whatsoever while speeding around the rink like banshees. Lots of adults doing the same thing, but without the same talent.
Sophie survived her second ice skating lesson today. No thanks to me. After just a few short minutes on the ice, the teacher sought me out because her skates were to big. So I ran to the rental counter to get her a new pair. They fit her much better. Sophie returned to the ice, brave as can be. Shortly afterwards, the teacher sought me out again because I hadn’t tied her skates tight enough. Sophie returned to the ice a second time, brave as can be.
Sophie did it. She survived her first ice skating lesson. She fell four times, hurt her butt bone but after 30 minutes was able to make her way – albeit tentatively – across the ice. The relief on her face every time she successfully navigated 10-20 feet of the slippery stuff was palpable. In the video below, Sohie is the little one on the left.
Happy 2013. We’re tired already. Chloe and her friend didn’t go to sleep until about 3 AM. They kindly awoke me from my deep slumber when one of them fell off the bed. Needless to say, I struggled to fall asleep again – as is always the case now that I’m old.
As we approach the first minutes of 2013 after enjoying a lovely dinner among good friends and family, I have never experienced as much eager anticipation about starting a new year as tonight. Other than, perhaps, when I was 8 months pregnant with Chloe as 2000 ended and 2001 began.
Chloe found an app that makes cool photo collages. Budding photographer that she is, she took a bunch of pictures of Sophie and brought them together in a Warhol-style image of her little sister in all her expressive glory.
You have to hand it to people who think of these silly ideas. The basic video is free but if you’re so inclined, and have money to waste, you can upgrade to a premium version that offers more personalized bells and whistles. What a racket.
That said, watching Sophie react to Santa addressing her by name was pretty sweet.
Thirteen years after its short-lived life on TV, I have rediscovered “Freaks and Geeks,” a fantastic series developed by Paul Feig (of “Bridesmaids” fame) and Judd Apatow, and starring then-unknowns James Franco, Jason Segel, Seth Rogen and Linda Cardellini, among others.
When I arrived at work yesterday, my team asked me why I was there. I looked at them funny. “What do you mean?” They told me I had a day off marked in the calendar. And then I remembered.