Catching My Breath

I ran myself ragged this past weekend. Between running on Friday evening, kayaking on Saturday, and going for a 24 mile bike ride on Sunday, I burned the candle at both ends. Part of the reason I push myself so hard is because I know I can do it. However, I forget that I’m getting older and that I don’t recover as quickly. I spent yesterday after work at home relaxing and trying not to use my aching right shoulder. Tonight we’re going to go see Willie Nelson at Wolf Trap. Husband and I have sung this song to each other for a few days.

We’ll relax under the stars as we sing along. Willie definitely knows how to chill.

Nose plugs are a good idea

Valley Mill Kayak School’s social sessions are a great way to work on skills and I went tonight to see if I could get more instruction on how to roll.

The evening started out well as there were only four “students” (including me) and the instructor. The instructor was one of the teachers at the second class I took two weeks ago, but I didn’t have the opportunity to work with him then.

After two hours of him patiently trying to teach me the rolling basics, I now consider him my favorite instructor. I spent so much time floundering in the water and regretted leaving my nose plugs at home. I found it difficult to pay attention to his instructions when I was self-conscious about water streaming out of my nose and sinuses for what felt like an eternity. I’m still not there with rolls, but my paddling skills are improving and my fundamentals that will make rolls easier are getting better too. I consider it a good session when I’m still laughing as I haul the kayak up the hill away from the water to the trailer after a humbling two-hour session.

I’m already looking forward to next Saturday.

Would I Survive No Internet for a Whole Month?

TIME FLIES…………………*

While difficult, I could definitely live without the internet for a month. Before doing so, I’d have to prepare.

I’d have to find good phone books for my area. I’d have to transcribe all of the important phone numbers for friends and family who don’t life in my area from my phone into an address book. I’d have to write down the operating hours of several establishments in my neighborhood that I frequent. Essentially, I’d have to revert to the tools we used before the internet became the replacement for phone books, reference books, and all of the other things we use it for in modern life.

Adjusting to actually calling people on the phone or trying new restaurants without reading reviews online would be huge. I would probably be disappointed more and would spend more time on some tasks than I currently do.

The real question is not “could [I] live without the internet for a month?”, but “do I want to live without the internet for a month?”

The answer to that is no. For all of the good things and despite the bad things the internet has brought modern society, I don’t want to live without. But I could definitely stand to not use it as much.

On that note, adios.

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