The Skate Date

It’s a long weekend here (Monday is “Family Day”) so I have taken a couple days vacation to make it an extra long weekend. I got started yesterday with a skating date with my pal Hannah.

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You may remember Hannah from the time the two of us went to a cat show (and had the best day ever)

We ventured downtown in the early afternoon to the Natrel Rink at Habourfront Centre, right on Lake Ontario. I have not been skating for years and years, but I was immediately taken back to my days of pretending I was Kristi Yamaguchi.

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Just like riding a bike.

I fell a LOT, but not necessarily because I am a horrible skater (though I was a little rusty), more because I have no regard for my own safety and I get a bit daring and try to attempt the spins I was able to do as a child in the thick of my figure skating lessons. It did not work out every time (read: most times). But it was very fun.

It was absolutely gorgeous outside, or at least gorgeous for this winter. Especially considering it has been either -30 or a crazy snowstorm since November. Minus three and sunny felt like summer compared to that.

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I have definitely been hanging inside a lot this winter due to the crap weather, so it was great to get out and be active. Even the ducks and the swans were enjoying the sunshine.

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They are beautiful. I would like to have a pet swan. That is one pet that Winnie might actually go for…

Hannah’s roommate and her boyfriend met up with us, and the four of us had a skate party for about three hours. I have forgotten how much I missed skating. I want to get out more often. It felt like just yesterday I was skating on the lake where I grew up (and accidentally blowing across it).

Hannah and I practiced our ice dance routines…

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I’m a very graceful skater, I know this.

We took a break midway through and headed in to the Habourfront restaurant for beer, wings, and my favourite Canadian delicacy, poutine.

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Ohh yes. It has been far too long since I have eaten poutine.

It was such a fun wintry day.

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Now, Happy Valentine’s Day to you all from my Nana!

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She took a card that a child had made for her, whited out the original name, added “Nana” and gave it to me one year for Valentine’s Day. I will cherish it forever and ever (full story here). Have a great day filled with love and chooclate!

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6 responses to “The Skate Date

  1. Sounds like such a fun time! I’ve never tried poutine, but now I want to. I love reading about your adventures!

  2. The card is fantastic. It reminds me of my uncle scribbling out “birthday” and writing in graduation on a card for me. I wish I had kept that one

  3. That’s hilarious that your Nana recycled a card. My in-laws would never sign cards they gave to each other so at some point in the future they could give it to someone else. I think the white out is awesome!

  4. Your Nana is hilarious!

  5. Haha. Your Nana is the best!

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