Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sunday Skate

Yep! Amazingly, my back was pretty darn fine today. Kinda being careful with it still, but I definitely felt fine to skate today. I only got an hour in but it was darn near empty so I got to work on everything in relative peace, which was heavenly.

It was my first skate since deciding to skate out, so I had to totally reframe the game in my head. I'm forever stopping in the crease and looking out at the ice, imagining plays developing in front of me and people shooting at me. That's where I've been playing the game in my head for six months!

Today, I stood at center ice and the blue line and looked at the goal and tried to imagine shooting at the net. Hell, I'm just trying to figure out how to skate AND move the stick/puck with my hands. Needless to say, I've got DH's old ball hockey stick and a racquet ball that I'm shoving around the hardwoods. I'm pretty sure I'm better cut out to be a defenseman as I've always had more of a defensive mentality in sports, but seeing as how I can't skate backwards worth a damn...

Anyway, there was a very sweet family of Minnesotans at the rink. Dad had on these seriously old school hockey skates. Like, I swear to god, these were skates that Rocket Richard would have worn. But I had on my Wild Gaborik t-shirt (you know, because I like to invite comparisons between my skating and Gabby's because I'm a glutton for punishment) so they asked if I was from Minnesota. I told them that, no I'm just a huge Wild fan, but I have learned a lot from the Minnesotans I've met, including how to make hotdish. He asked if I was going to make lutefisk next and I said, no, I have boundaries and that's on the other side.

It was kinda funny. This was the blondest, most wholesome, sweetest family I think I've ever seen. Is that what it's like in Minnesota? I guess I'll see when we go up for some games this winter (which Mr. Conduct is on board with and we're going to start planning when the schedule comes out next week). I can't wait to go up there!


Life_As_A_Redhead  July 7, 2008 at 6:54 PM  

Minnesota is AWSOME. I've only just been across the border from South Dakota, but Nebraska, SD and Minnesota, the people all look about the same. There taller than most places, and quite a bit friendlier. (Once when I was in SD there were no Hotel rooms available in Vermillion, so a gas station clerk called for about 20 minutes till she found one for me, in the next town.) Most of them are blond, so all the men are kinda hot, and I'm jelous of the women. I wish I could finish my collage at SD State.

Kirsten  July 7, 2008 at 10:33 PM  

Minnesota is basically the greatest place on Earth. You would be most welcome here if you should make it up for a visit.

Ms. Conduct  July 7, 2008 at 11:14 PM  

Okay, that's a big statement, Kirsten! I'm a proud Texan down to my bones. But I have found Minnesotans to be similarly proud and in love with their state. I respect that even if I seriously doubt I'll ever be converted. :)

Very much looking forward to our trip up there.

Kirsten  July 8, 2008 at 8:24 PM  

I didn't mean to say that Texas is not also a great place, but I just like it here. I found this out the hard way by going to school in Oregon.

I just had a proud Texan up for a visit, and she loved it here. She wasn't too sure about winter, though. She's pretty glad she came in the summer, I think.

When are you coming up?

Ms. Conduct  July 8, 2008 at 8:36 PM  

Oh, I know what you meant, Kirsten. :) I think it's great. Not sure I could handle the winter either. I've had one icy wreck. Spending the rest of my life purposefully avoiding another.

Not sure when we're coming up. I hope to know once the NHL schedule comes out next week. Looking for a dense home stand so I can fit in as many games as possible. Hopefully a 3 games in 4 days situation.

Got all in a frenzy after reading Russo's blog report of the development camp going on and had to make hotdish for dinner. Mmm.

hipcheck  July 8, 2008 at 9:18 PM  

Lutefisk? Ewl. They were definitely norweigan! There is a lot of scandanavians there, so yes a lot of blondes! Some fake, some natural.

Lefse is a much better norweigan food!

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