Saturday, February 7, 2009

Icy Fun.....

I haven't been here lately....It's not that I have writer's block. Quite the opposite as a matter of fact. I've been pounding away on my crummy thesis. The last hoop I have to jump through before I'm awarded that elusive Master's Degree I've been working on like...forever!

Actually it's not even the thesis itself that has kept me so busy. It's writing the darn proposal (which is about 10 pages in and of itself.) I'm writing about art advocacy. You know...why the arts are important and should not be the first thing layed on the proverbial chopping block when budget cuts are made. Timely this rough economic landscape we're living in right now. It was the only thing I could think of that I'm even subtly passionate about.

Once the proposal is submitted and I get the okay to proceed - I have to pound out about another 80-100 pages by the end of April. I SO do not want to do this. But if I want to graduate and get permanent certification in New York state....I must.

Okay. Enough of that gibberish.

Last night I put my bathing suit on.

Winter white


In a bathing suit

T'was oh so tight.

It wasn't a pretty picture. I went to my sister-in-law's for a pj party. There were 5 of us gals. We kicked the men out and then sat around the kitchen table and ate and laughed and ate some more. Then we went out side in the 13 degree temperature and hung out in the hot tub. The water was steamy and delicious but the air was frigid! My hair had mini icicles forming on the wet ends.

At one point two of us decided to be daring and hopped out into the snow. We were going to make snow angels. But it was so darn cold and we sunk in the snow up to our knees. We made a quick U-turn right back into the hot tub. Funny thing - at the time I wasn't even thinking about what I looked like. Blubbery thighs and all against the snowy back drop.

I thought about it this morning though. And decided that I don't want to get too comfortable in this body. You see...I gained a lot of weight fairly quickly when I met hubby 7 years ago. Like about 30 pounds. And up until recently, I've always viewed it as temporary. As in - not who I really am. But like I said - I'm starting to feel like I belong in this chubby little fat-suit. And that's not such a good thing. Because then I get complacent. And complacency does me no good.

I guess it's time to get serious.


Manuela said...

I love your poem!

Good luck on finishing the proposal and then the thesis--I know how much work goes into it. I know that as a teacher you are so pressed for time to get everything in and I hate that the arts are pushed back. One of my goals is to try to incorporate as much of that into the core curriculum as possible!

Don't worry--spring IS just around the corner and we'll be ready for it :)

grammy said...

Snow angels,,,haha. I have been enjoying the hot tub at our rec center. In You are working hard. Hope it all goes well for you. I am with you about getting serious about eating and exercising.

RunningNan said...

and we are here for you!

I am jealous of the hot tub...

JC said...

Lora, I can just picture you with ice in your hair. WOW!! Good luck with your writing. I've been there done that well sorta. I opted for the comphensive exam instead ot the thesis. I should have gone this the thesis.

autumn said...

You can do it, the all girl night sounds like a wonderful time

Big Girl said...

that hot tub looks wonderful. good luck on your thesis, want a great topic.

Hanlie said...

That looks like serious fun!

You're right, this is the year to challenge our comfort zones!