I’ve been skiing at Lake Tahoe the last few days, and I’m flying back tonight.
So, this will probably be a skiing-themed thankfulness post!
This week, I am thankful:
for a body healthy enough to ski
Sometimes when I am flying down the mountain at 50+ miles per hour, I think about how many things in my body have to be working right for me to do this.
For example, I’m adjusting to the terrain, adjusting to the conditions, watching out for other skiers/boarders, and balancing, to name just a few things.
And so much of it happens without a lot of conscious thought on my part, which is kind of amazing.
for no schoolwork to do
Last year on this trip, I took an anatomy and physiology exam in the Las Vegas airport, with the slot machines jingling in the background.
But this year, I have noooo tests to do at all! And no studying! Woohoo!
I might not be able to come skiing for the next few years because of nursing school, so I’m grateful I could squeeze a trip in this year.
I am not a reckless skier, but sometimes when I am zooming down the mountain, I think, “Hmmm, it would really hurt if I fell right now.”
So I am always grateful when I get to the end of a ski trip without hurting myself.
Full disclosure: I did fall down in the parking lot. Ha. There was a sheet of ice I did not see and, well, ski boots have zero traction. So down I went.
But I did not sustain any serious injuries, thank goodness. Imagine the embarrassment of coming home from a ski trip with a parking lot injury!
that we all wear helmets now
I’ve probably said this before, but: when I was a kid, almost no one wore helmets on the slopes.
But now almost everyone wears a helmet. I really like this development not only because it’s safer but also because helmets are wonderful to wear.
They keep your ears warm, they protect your forehead from sunburn, they provide a nice seal around your goggles…lots to love!
for a break from being the responsible one
A nice thing about going on a trip with my parents is that I am responsible for very little. I basically just have to buy my plane ticket and lift ticket and that’s it!
My mom kindly plans and cooks the meals (although we do help with prep and cleanup), and my parents reserve the condo and rent the cars.
for the privilege of learning how to ski
My parents took us skiing when I was a kid, so I feel very comfortable on a pair of skis.
Since skiing isn’t the cheapest sport in the world, I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to learn. It’s not something to take for granted!
for lots of snow
Lake Tahoe has gotten a respectable amount of snow this year, so the skiing conditions were really good.
Good conditions make skiing so much more fun. And safe!
for…learning I don’t like the front row of a plane
On my first flight, I saw an empty seat in the front row, I said, “Ooh.” and I sat down.
But then I learned that you have to put all of your stuff in the overhead bins, even your small carryon. And that’s annoying if you have stuff you wanted to access during the flight.
Also, there’s no tray table, which makes drinks a little difficult.
I unthinkingly ordered both water and cranberry juice, so then I was sitting there with both hands occupied by beverages, unable to read my book.
So, now I have learned to stick with my usual strategy: walk to the back of the plane until I locate a window seat.
That’s what I did for my second leg, and I was especially grateful for the tray table!
(I fly Southwest, which does not offer assigned seating.)
for sunny weather
We only had one day of clouds, so yay! Skiing is way easier when it’s sunny; the sun makes it so you can see variances in the snow, whereas clouds make everything look flat.
Skiing in flat light is more treacherous and also not as fun.
for the joy of going home
I’ll get to sleep in my own bed! Be in my regular time zone! See my girls!