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Saturday, November 10, 2007


You know what they say. When your heart feels a bit cold, go ice-skating. That way you can introduce the rest of your body to lower temperatures and balance it all out.
A bunch of us, I think we were up to 10, decided to hit the skating ring this afternoon. This was gonna be special...because it was Gretar's first time.

You are kidding me, right? Whose grand idea was this? We live in Iceland. Are you expecting me to take this seriously?

I don't like the look of this. Now would be a grand time for anyone of you guys to come and help me off this ice. Anyone?

Just so you know...when I get out of here, I'll be having contact with the children protection agency. Ok, one foot slides to the side and then I drag the other along...check!

Out of my way...this is so much fun!

See, what little Gretar did not know is that he was born with it...sliding over ice is the third foremost DNA cocktail passed on through the generations around these shores. And once he found his slide, he joined the rest of us trying to push each other off our skates.

Happy weekend everybody!


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At 00:21, Blogger Doug said...

What fun and those are some cool blue skates. I don't think we had that training set-up when I was small. Well, or maybe my parents thought it was funny when I fell.

At 00:36, Blogger Tom & Icy said...

It must be an instinct, that little fellow caught on fast! I figured you guys naturally grew skate blades instead of toe-nails on your feet.
Oh, and it's even funnier now when Doug falls. Extra padding helps.

At 03:49, Anonymous quilly said...

I was taught to roller skate by being abandoned in the middle of the rink. I didn't have a handy brace to hold on to, either! I had every intention of killing people when I got off the floor -- except by the time I made it to the edge I was skating and having too much fun to bother with blood shed. I'd say you're dang lucky it works that way!

At 05:18, Blogger tsduff said...

Um - do they make those training things for Grandmas?

At 14:56, Blogger Minka said...

Doug, there's an image. Can we put a red clown nose on you and push you onto the ice?

Tom, evolution has a hard time catching on here, I guess...being born with blade son our feet, sure would be an advancement.

Quilly, I know our parental theories can be questioned any given time and it is not like we really abandoned little Gretar, he was on close watch and eventually he even let go of the support and grabbed our hands and flew between us all over the ring. If you know your child-and you knwo how he systematically took his first steps and wanted nobody to help- you know how to boost his intrinsic pleasure. he fell once, I fell three times! :)

terry,I saw a couple of elderly ladies on teh ring, with just such an equipment. They come in different sizes. I'll take you next time you are here.

At 09:03, Blogger Theresa said...

That's a great idea. I learned to roller skate before learning to ice skate, but I didn't get such a nifty device to help me along. My mom once told me that when she was young people used to hold on to the back of a chair when learning to skate, but this seems much more stable. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. :)

At 11:37, Blogger actonbell said...

Cute Gretar:) That's a neat balance-tool he's got there--I need something like that! Great idea.

I hope you had fun--it certainly looks fun. It's dark--are you outside? I notice that you called it a rinG and not a rinK. It's not consistently cold enough here to have something like that, either. I'm a little jealous.

Happy Monday!

At 13:53, Blogger AP3 said...

Gretar is so cute! Looks like a good time.

At 17:04, Blogger TLP said...

Cute! But I could so seriously use that skating aid!

At 18:34, Blogger Minka said...

Theresa, i love the word nifty...it is a rather handy device and does teahc them the right kind of balance fairly quickly. It astounded me how quickly he moved those legs right. I started ice-skating at the tender age of 21 and "un-graceful" is teh image that springs to mind :)

actonbell, well in winter we do have outside places, but thin one was inside, we turn teh lights off and play that funky music...it invides for a lot of laughter, newly invented spins and quite a bit of finger pointing.

AP3, oh it always makes for a greta time and yes...Gretar is his aunt's nephew!

TlP...I doubt that, I have seen you walk, you know ;) And as long as you get that tiny spot behind the cupboard in yoru kitchen, I won't even listen to complaints :)

At 19:42, Anonymous neva said...

now that's what i call a good time!

glad to see you in "play" mode, dear Penguin! thinking you needed a little of that, if only to take some of the edge off an especially difficult week! : ) xox

At 23:04, Blogger Minka said...

neva, you bet....falling on my rear and sliding into teh next person, bringing them down too...what's more fun than that?

At 00:16, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I like that walker thingie that Gretar was using to help him keep his balance.
I've never seen one of those before.
He sure is a cutie!!
I'm sure you all had lots of FUN!!!!
It's still nice and warm here. We had upper 70's today and on Wednesday it's supposed to be 80!!!
After that, a cold front comes in.

At 02:37, Blogger Minka said...

Jamie Dawn...It is actually very warm for this time in Iceland. No snow, no ice yet on the roads. I bet it is colder in New York by now!

At 07:37, Blogger I Dive At Night said...

Great pics! I haven't been skating in years. ;-( But I'm glad to see you have been. It warms my heart....

.... speaking of which, sorry to hear yours was chilled!

At 12:01, Blogger Minka said...

Morgan, all the more fun!


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