Learning how to turn

I’m recovering from a weekend at Lake Tahoe and trying to regain focus on my tasks for the week. Billy and I almost never travel anywhere by car, and for some reason the driving (ok, driving in pouring rain and later snow) left us both completely exhausted. We were smart enough to rent a four-wheel drive Subaru Outback from Zipcar, since our own old and dented Honda Civic has become less and less trustworthy. And when mountains and snow were involved the poor old Civic really wasn’t ever a vehicle we had much confidence in. The Outback was great and made the drive smoother, safer, and probably faster…but still we both collapsed into the couch when we got back yesterday afternoon.

Or maybe it was the skiing that wore us out? I haven’t skied since I was 11 — ahem, more than 20 years ago — and managed to successfully make my way down a slope with the careful tutoring of a friend. I did much better than I did at age 11, I think, which I am quite proud of. At least I did not have to use trees as stopping points/handrails. I turned without falling over. I turned, period. My brief forays into skiing as a kid did not, I don’t think, ever involve me learning how to turn, which I now see is kind of important and explains a lot about why I was unsuccessful in skiing before. Don’t laugh, skier people, I’m serious.

But not skiing for 20-some years (combined with not living in a snowy climate) means I didn’t really have the appropriate gear for skiing and the wet snow (which was falling so hard we couldn’t see the bottom of the short beginner slope from the top) quickly soaked through all of my layers. I didn’t last that long out there.

In any case, the weekend has left me feeling fuzzy-headed despite the skiing milestones. I know I have promised nonfiction-related posts — some of the ranting variety — and plan to write them soon. But today I am focused on finishing some freelance work and getting some energy back. For now, I offer this random link, which if you are a Food Network addict like me, you will probably find amusing: Anthony Bourdain’s honest assessment of the channel’s food personalities.

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