January 16th, 2012

It is cold and clear, a high blue sky day with temperatures below freezing but sunshine and crystalline air. I love these days, and the only thing that would make it more perfect would be snow on the ground. It won’t snow today, of course, or tomorrow – these beautiful days are usually the result of a high pressure zone hovering above Switzerland and keeping away the clouds. The cloudless sky is lovely but it carries no snow.

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The whole family went skating yesterday – R has been learning, seeing suddenly that two hockey-playing sons and a skating wife is going to mean a lot of weekend days at some ice rink somewhere, and he wants to be part of it. He and Boychen are good partners right now, and I can still keep up with the Small Boy in skating, but his hockey skills have already surpassed my rusty ones. We were playing a pick-up game of one-on-one yesterday, fighting over the puck in a corner of the rink, pressed up against the boards, when he hooked his blade under my stick and flipped my stick up off the ice and away from the puck. He snagged the puck and skated off. “Hey! Are you even allowed to do that?” I called. “Sure,” he said, truly surprised, “Herr Trainer likes when we do that.” Well, shoot. He’s actually learning how to play hockey down there on the ice. How about that.

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I went drinking and dancing with some girlfriends Friday night and was reminded that I need to do that more often (also: I need more fun clothes). As Australian Friend put it, I like to talk and be serious, but sometimes it’s good just to go AHHHHHH! It was a bit rough waking up and heading off to hockey school the next morning, but luckily my end of the rink is half in shadow.

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Now it is sunny and clear and cold and SB is at school and Boychen is with the Tagesmutter and I am at Starbucks about to close my computer and pick up my copy of When the Only Light is Fire by Saeed Jones.

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I kind of love that I’m a person who plays pick-up hockey on Sunday and reads and writes poetry on Monday.

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Life is good.

One Response to “Snippets”

  1. Julia@kolo on January 17, 2012 5:52 pm

    It’s cool to be that type of person, I so agree. Thank you for your snippets!

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