NYC | Blades of Glory

Today I was able to knock yet another item off my 26 list.  This item was also actually on my Holiday To-Do List (President’s Day counts as a holiday, right?!) AND my NYC To-Do List – is that cheating?  I had a successful ice skating experience at Citi Pond at Bryant Park this morning!


A lot of items on my 26 list are “successful” blah blah blah – successful ski trip, successful sushi experience (check to both from my 25 list); successful camping trip (will probably be transferred to my 27 list) as a redemption for experiences I had when I was younger which didn’t go exactly as planned.  I *think* the last time I ice skated was with my Girl Scout troop way back in the early ’90s.  The way I remember it, I tried it, fell a few times, and quit so I didn’t get hurt anymore or embarrass myself further.


For some reason, getting hurt and being embarrassed doesn’t matter to me anymore so I decided to sign up for a volunteer opportunity through work (also an item on the list, to volunteer more) to help out with an ice skating event in Bryant Park.  Last night I was hesitant about my decision to sign up because of the forecast for those dreaded words, “wintry mix”, also known as snow/rain/sleet.  Luckily, it ended up just snowing – did you ever think I would say it was lucky that it snowed?!  I was thinking I was going to sit out for a little and watch people first but one of my friends convinced me to get out on the ice right away.


It was awesome!  I picked it up pretty quickly and ended up staying out on the ice for about three hours – in spurts of course, since there were breaks for presentations and ice-cleaning.  Here’s the most amazing part.  If you know me, you might fall out of your seat right now…I only fell once!


9 Responses

  1. your ice skating picture is SO cute!! i hope you are documenting each item on your list so you can print out the pics, caption, compile them, & make a coffee table book 😉 or at least something to show your children à la how i met your mother. missyoumuch, xx!


  2. […] Go ice skating!  Ice skating at the Bryant Park pond was one of my favorite things this year.  If you don’t mind waiting in really long lines and being on the ice with tons of other people, you need to do this.  I was lucky enough to do it as part of a charity event at work and did not have to wait or share the ice with thousands.  Hope this opportunity comes again soon. […]


  3. […] Ice Skating – I’ve only been ice skating a few times and all I remember is falling a lot. I’d like to attempt this again, now that I have learned a little bit of balance from having to ride the subway everyday. There are a bunch of options in the city, including The Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center, Central Park’s Wollman Rink, and The Pond at Bryant Park. […]


  4. […] I stumbled upon a winter festival one of the nights of my visit by following the sound of Bruce Springsteen music (hi, I’m from Jersey) to Wiener Eistraum or “Vienna Ice Dream” skating rink in front of the massive and beautifully lit-up Rathaus, the city hall. Along with Bruce and other tunes, I found a ferris wheel, inflatable snow-globes, hot chocolate, and jelly-filled doughnuts with my first initial on them in powdered sugar. The rink was shutting down for the night or I might have gotten on the ice myself, as it’s been a while. […]


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