Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Recapturing the magic? Not so much.
Yesterday was an interesting day. The Mr took the day off so we could hang out and just do whatever we wanted to do. We knew it was "swamp ass" hot out but since it was kind of cloudy too, we decided to sunscreen up and go to the zoo across town. A lot of the animals were hiding in the shade but some were sticking their heads out and giving a show. We decided to get a membership so when we wanted to spend a day walking around for exercise we could just go there and have stuff to look at, like these beauties...
We had a great day and about an hour or so before they closed, I saw they opened up this old part of the zoo with some carnival type rides. Since it wasn't too crowded anymore, I thought this would be the perfect way to see how we would do on carnival rides. Would we fit? Would we be able to handle it? We started innocently enough on the tilt a whirl...
We got to spinning pretty good for a while and we were screaming and laughing. Well, I was. The Mr wasn't being very vocal. I had to lay my head back because I was so dizzy. When we got off I looked over and the Mr had no color in his face and was sweating. I asked if he was okay and he said he was queasy and lamented getting "old." We took a minute or two then headed to the Scrambler. (You know, that star looking thing that slams the person on the inside to the person on the outside while you go around in a circle?) That was always my favorite as a kid! I used to ride it with my mom all the time. We were relieved that we could just barely buckle the seat belt over the two of us and the inside bar was able to be lowered. Score! I was the one cramming into the Mr. and I kept apologizing. He said he was dizzy again and I told him to focus on the back of the car in front of us but closing his eyes helped him more. When we got off, he really needed to sit. He was starting to shake a bit. It had been about 6 hours since we ate and he used to get like this quite a bit when we were heavier. It was like a low blood sugar kind of thing but nothing would make him feel better until he fed the beast. I was getting a bit of a migraine but I didn't care. He rested for a few then said on to the roller coaster. Now this thing was OLD SCHOOL. Super small, wooden coaster and no way in hell we were going to fit next to each other so we each got a seat. My knees were crammed into the seat in front of me. Thankfully the bar latched across my lap so that was good. Then it was up up and away...
|Nice sunburn, girls!|
|The Mr hunched over trying not to lose his cookies...literally.|
We had to run to the snack shack and he got some animal crackers and some Gatorade to help settle his stomach. He felt better and we decided to do one more ride...the Himalaya. You know, that thing that goes around in a circle that is at every carnival. I loved it. The Mr was holding his mouth trying not to puke. I laughed and told him I think going to a "big" amusement park may not be in the cards for us as a weight loss goal. He said some of it was the hunger but most of it was motion based and it really sucked. I know this really depressed him because as a kid he loved riding rides but now, hell, the poor guy gets queasy on the swings at the local park. (Sadly, so do I if I do it for too long.) I was a little dizzy myself but not like him. I think if any roller coasters are in our future, it will be for a half day and to say "checked it off the list." I think we thought that once we were thin(ner) that we would get season passes somewhere and ride rides all summer long and relive the youth we lost to fat. (We haven't been to an amusement park since I was 18 and even then, we couldn't ride everything...it was a shitty reality check for your 18th birthday.) So yeah, those days of recapturing what fat kept us from so long may now be lost due to age. Life can be a bite in the ass sometimes, eh?
Have you ever gotten to a goal and it turned out to be lackluster or not as great as you thought it would be?
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