Friday, August 28, 2015

Checking Off My Bucket List

I'm generally the kind of person who has big ideas, but thinks them through for quite a while. That means, that nothing may come of my big idea.
I can't explain it, but for a few months now, I have been wanting to try paddle boarding. Particularly, stand-up paddle boarding. Like this girl:
I don't think I'll look like this girl on the paddle board, but I hope to be able to stand up.

I'd been thinking that we should go to the beach somewhere to try it. But I work Mondays and Fridays starting next week and I get very little time off, which I need to save in case I'm actually sick. So we do not have time to drive to an ocean, 8-9 hours from here, learn to paddle board and drive back on a Saturday and Sunday. 
But Labor Day is approaching. I know that Earl works, but Grace is starting a new job, so she can take a few days off in between. 
I mentioned it to her, and, although she feels bad about leaving her old job early, I convinced her to come along. 
I asked my cousin who lives in Charleston whether she would be home that weekend. No luck.
Instead, I booked a hotel in North Carolina for three nights, and I've already made my reservations for the stand-up paddle board lesson on Sunday morning. 
It's so impetuous of me. I thought about it. I made the reservation without torturing myself. 
I'm thrilled, and a little scared.
Now to find out what kind of exercise I should be doing to get ready for paddle boarding. I suspect I'll need to do more planks!


Sim Carter said...

Sounds like fun; I watched some girls —maybe one of them posed for the picture you posted?—doing it while we were down in the Florida keys. Depending on the wave situation it looks like a breeze. Pray for calm waters!

grammajudyb said...

You can do it! You can do it! Have a great mother-daughter weekend. Let us know how it goes.

Jeanie said...

I see people doing this on my lake doing this often and it looks so peaceful. I also know if I fell off, I'd never get back on!

Paulita said...

Thanks, Gals. I figure I can get back on, but it won't be pretty. Throw a leg over and hoist myself up. We'll see. My very buff son who went to school in Florida said it's hard to get back on, so I'd just better stay on.

Noreen said...

I had an opportunity a few years ago to try paddle boarding, but decided against it after watching other couples attempt it unsuccessfully. It just looked too frustrating to me at the time, but now I wish I would have at least tried it. I hear it is a major ab workout, so planks would be good preparation, and and you might also want to work on balance. Just saying.

I prefer to use the term "dream" list rather than "bucket" list ; )

Just Me said...

Good for you Paulita. I know you'll have a great time. Thrilled you didn't ask me to join you like that crazy new way to run class we took.

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