In March, I attended my first ever Sock Camp. It was amazing and I loved every second of it. There were times where I didn’t like a particular food or thought something was really weird/odd, but the truth is that I wouldn’t change any of it. I was able to meet so many wonderful people. I flew into Seattle where I met up with Hizknits’s mom and we were picked up by a super friendly, calm, and caring knitter from Canada. The weirdest thing that I’ve taken from camp isn’t leaving little hats or chickens around, but hooping…hula hooping. After a bizarre and embarrassing afternoon, the amazing JC Briar told me to try her hula hoop. I hooped. I couldn’t believe it, but I did. Plus, I have two witnesses. It’s a fact.
I came home really wanting to make my own hoop. JC made it sound so easy. I went off to our local hardware store with my beloved, who was trying really hard not to tell me I had gone bonkers. He really believes in that whole exercise thing so anything that will get me off of my knitting chair and sweating is a good thing to him. Sadly, we couldn’t find ¾” or 1” tubing….we did find 5/8” and thought it should be dandy. It was quite dandy, until I filled it with some water and made a lovely little fountain out of tubing in the living room. Yep, I did continue to pour water for a second or two after seeing it fly out of the other end.
I made a hoop, but it was a little leaky and little woobly for it to be any good. A week of inactivity passed, but I convinced beloved to take me to the sports store. I would try to hoop in the store. I found a weighted exercise hoop, I hooped. Then I followed him around as he looked at hiking things and exercise equipment, hooping for a bit in each spot. It felt like forever, but was only a few minutes.
It’s day four of hooping. Day 1 consisted of 5-10 minutes of trying to pelvic thrust like a pro. Day 2 was good with some steps and consistent hooping for 30 minutes. Day 3…well I procrastinated a bit and didn’t hoop until bed time. I was able to hoop and floss the top teeth together. The same cannot be said for the bottom teeth. Their tricky jerks and the hoop wouldn’t stay up. Day 4 will involve some turning, some hoop dropping, some Torchwood to keep me steady, and hopefully another 30+ minutes of hooping.
In other news, some VERY exciting things are beginning to happen. I cannot believe they are happening to me, but they are. Keep a watch out because I am so very amazed and excited to have these opportunities.