Ali's Adventures

April 29, 2012

Hilights of the week – April 29th

Filed under: Gratitude,Hilights — by Alison @ 10:55 pm

1. Long conversation with a good friend, that turned into an impromptu Skype chat with H and her son.

2. E had a friend over after school and they walked home together holding hands.

3. My roller derby practice.

4. I toured JFK’s Air Force One at the Museum of Flight. (More on this incredible place later this week)

5. I have a Seattle twitter follower that I know in real life.

What was the hilight of your week? Or just something that made you smile?

Much thanks to Ann for the inspiration.

April 23, 2012

Hilights of the week – April 22nd

Filed under: Gratitude,Hilights — by Alison @ 4:55 pm

A wonderful woman I know through Twitter created A Reason to Smile Today. She then challenged others to share their gratitude journals. It reminded me of an exercise I did in a sports psychology class. We had to create a hilight journal and hilight the best parts of our day. Some days it was difficult to come up with the best part, other days there were so many good things to choose from. The purpose was to focus on the moments that can brighten up a day. I love the concept but am not great at daily blogging. Instead I’ve decided to pull together a weekly hilight package and post on Sunday. So without further ado, my hilights for last week.

1. I got to go roller skating. First by myself at the roller rink and then at the PFM Foundational Skills night.

2. I passed the skills assessment and get to practice with the full group next time.

3. H told E that he “lost her” one afternoon, because she was at school when he was looking for her.

4. E did an amazing job with her reading at the school mass. I was so proud.

5. In music class, H clapped after the teacher finished every song. He also told her “good job” and “nice singing”. His politeness and encouragement make me laugh.

6. Dan and I watched a movie together. He’s also reading a book that I’ve already finished and we get to discuss it. I just have to be careful not to spoil things.

7. There has been more sun than rain this week. Makes a big difference in my mood.

8. I found Mexican Coke at the grocery store for a lot less than the corner store.

9. My brother has started planning his wedding.

10. I booked our plane tickets home for the summer.

What was the hilight of your week? Or just something that made you smile?

Much thanks to Ann for the inspiration.

April 17, 2012

Roller skating is here to stay (or it never left)

Filed under: Adventure — by Alison @ 8:37 pm

Last night I went to an honest-to-goodness roller rink. It was incredible.The set-up was straight out of the 70’s. Half the building was a brightly lit bowling alley, but then I went through the doors into the coolest place. It was very dimly lit, with a disco ball and laser lights over the rink. The other part of the room, had the skate rental area (which was well-lit), and some diner booths with candles on the tables. Between the rink and the carpeted parts of the room, there were some guard rails and red carpeted benches. As well as the gaps to get onto the rink.

The rink (I hope that’s the correct term) was a large rectangular wooden surface, similar to a basketball gym. Skating was uni-directional, except for the 5 minute reverse skating. Going left was a bit more challenging. The centre of the rink had two ovals painted on it, this was the track for the newer skaters. The far end of the rink had ‘face-off’ circles painted on them. I’m not sure what purpose they had. In the front right corner, was a DJ booth. The music was a lot more entertaining than at any public ice skating I’ve ever been to.

The real treat was the other skaters. There were inline skaters and quad skaters, and a huge mix of abilities and ages. It was an adult only skate, so only 18+ were allowed. Some of the other skaters were incredible. There was a guy on quad skates that was practicing some sort of artistic dance, he may have even done a salchow. He definitely jumped, I’m just not sure what it was called. There was another gentleman in his mid to late-60s who skated backwards the majority of the time. There were women practicing for derby, newbies in full equipment and others skating super fast. There was a women in pleather pants and she was rocking the quad skates and another in a skirt doing tricks on inline skates.

I didn’t feel out-of-place. When I was having trouble stopping someone showed me the plow stop. I watched another skater practicing backwards skating, and she encouraged me to try as well. My only difficulty was getting from the inner oval off the rink. I waited until the DJ announced the special skating before I tried.

They did three special skates – ladies speed, mens speed and backwards skating. I sat out the speed part, but did skate backwards. During the mens speed, there was a guy on quad skates who skated sideways. I’m not even sure I can get my feet and knees to turn that way, let alone outskate the rest of the crowd. It was the weirdest skating motion I’ve ever seen. I can’t even explain how he was moving. Maybe one day I’ll be able to do it.

And the highlight of the evening for me, was that I stayed on my skates the entire time.

I went to Lynnwood Skate and Bowl for the adult skate. The place has been around since 1956 with the roller rink added in 1958. It was revamped by new owners in 2006, but is still a really retro place. There are three other roller rinks in the Seattle area, plus the derby practice rink. I think I’ll also try Skate King and the Southgate Roller Rink.

April 6, 2012

House Guests

Filed under: Move,Vacation — by Alison @ 6:56 pm

Our first house guests arrived last night. We prepped the house for them. The shower room/laundry room was tidied.

Not sure you can see the claw feet.

The guest bedroom was emptied of boxes and assorted unrelated items.

Probably the most comfortable bed in the house.

Their favourite foods were purchased (grainy bread, and bananas).

That’s right, my parents are here!

It was so great to see them at the airport, it’s been a long time for us. When we lived in Ottawa, we’d see them at least once a week. Skype has been good but it’s not the same as seeing someone in person. E was awake when we got home, so there were hugs and much excitement. It took a little while to settle her back down and I wouldn’t have bothered except she had school this morning.

So far today, we’ve taken E to school and met some of her friends, wandered the neighbourhood, had donuts, been to a Good Friday service, watched a movie (while H napped), made Easter eggs and now they are at the park. It’s been a very good day.

It’s E’s school holiday next week and I’m looking forward to showing off Seattle and visiting places we haven’t been to yet.

Now that the guest room is ready, we’d like to keep it in use. Let me know when you’ll be in the area.

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