Thursday, April 8, 2010

swim lessons

yesterday was a historic day.

yesterday i took my first swim a 30 year old.

i dreaded yesterday.

i dreaded the chlorine.

i dreaded being cold in the pool.

i dreaded the swim cap and goggles.

i dreaded feeling too old to be learning to swim while little children were taking lessons all around me.

but now that it's all said and done, i must admit, i didn't hate it as much as i thought i would. it helps that it it was an adult beginner swim class. i mean, can you imagine learning to swim with a bunch of 5 year-olds who take to the water like fish?

it also helped that there were only 2 of us in the class, so there was much opportunity for the instructor to tell me things like "you need to keep you legs straight, not bent at the knees when you kick" and "you keep looking forward when you should just look to the side, breathe and then stick that face back in the water."

overall, i feel a sense of accomplishment, mainly because i finally took the first step in learning to properly swim. i always considered myself as knowing how to swim because i could hold my own in a pool...and if nothing else, i could float. it wasn't until a very close call in the ocean on our el salvador trip that i realized learning to swim is not a hobby or an option; it's a matter of safety and one that could potentially save my life or that of someone i love dearly in the future.

plus, i really want to be able to go snorkeling when we go to maui in a few weeks...

this could have been me...

but instead, this is what we've got, folks!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

doggie bag surprise

i (almost always) LOVE surprises! so, imagine my delight when on monday, in my mailbox should appear a package from an un-named sender...

ok, well, technically, the package was sent from "your favorite sister...????" but seeing as how i have 6 of those and my birthday isn't for another 5 months (wait, only 5 months?!) i had no idea what to expect...i was gleefully surprised!

turns out, my crafty & talented sister Naomi who lives in chicago (waaaaay too far away if you ask me) decided to surprise me with a hand-made bag/tote...but not just any bag, a bag on which she stitched zoe-girl's face. to say i love, love, love this bag is a huge understatement!

thank you SO MUCH, Nomers! you are definitely my favorite sister. ;)

MUSE concert

Saw MUSE in concert for the first time this past Saturday, and they were frikn' awesome!! Seriously, probably the best concert I'll ever go too, and without a doubt the best rock show I'll ever attend!

I've loved their music for a few years now; the talent these guys possess is incredible, and that was made even more evident seeing them live. Seriously, i get excited goosebumps just thinking about it now, 4 days later!