Yesterday was the first day of spring for us Southern Hemispherians, and it felt like it couldn’t come fast enough. Could have something to do with the last 10 days or so of rain and clouds, give or take 1 or 2 in the middle. Can you say cabin fever?!
K and I decided to celebrate the new season by heading down to Currumbin Creek, and getting our toes wet.
Currumbin Creek, just around the corner from my house.
While we were there, we met up with a friend of mine, D, who had just bought herself a new toy.But first, let me give you the back story…
A few weeks ago, I called D, the convo went a little like this:
Me: Hey, let’s do stand up paddleboarding!
Me: You know, paddleboarding! I found a place that does lessons for around $15. It’s coming into spring, so the weather will be warming up, and it looks like fun. Plus, you like the beach and I think you would like it too. So you should do it with me!
Her: Ok, sounds interesting. Give me the info when I see you at the sports center opening, and I’ll check if I can fit it in to my schedule.
So the next time I saw her was at a school picnic (our boys are in the same year at the same school), and I told her the website, the cost, etc etc, and we sort of left it at that. She is doing a prep for uni course, works as a medical receptionist, and has 2 boys, so she had to check it would fit into her family/work/study life.
Fast forward 2 weeks, and she goes on a quick 3 day holiday with her hubby and kids to the sunny coast. While she was away, she posted some photo’s of them using the resort’s rental SUP’s. I commented, saying ‘Sa-weeeeeeeeeet! Is it AWESOME?!’ And she replied with ‘Hey, I forgot to check if I can fit in those classes! Lets sort it out when I get home.’
Fast forward a few more days, she has gotten home from her holiday, and tells me she has caught the bug. Her birthday is in a few weeks (from this point in the story. From today as I write this, it’s tomorrow), and she wants to get a SUP for her birthday prez.
So the last 3 weeks or so she has been sending me pictures and videos of various boards she has been looking at, and yesterday, after settling on one, she picked it up and we went paddleboarding with her. Only quickly, though, I went on it for about 15-20 mins, just in a little circle and out to the middle of the creek and back. I put K on it for a minute, as it is so wide he has no problem with balancing on it if he is sitting right in the middle. He seemed to really enjoy it, slapping the deck, peering over the edge, and looking around at the different view from the water as opposed to the water’s edge.
K on his first SUP experience
You are welcome to assume this is what I looked like on my first SUP experience
Ok so here’s where my big rant comes in…
I WANTED TO GO PADDLEBOARDING FIRST! I said ‘lets try it out’ so she goes and BUYS A BOARD. Just so you know, they’re not cheap. And the boards she was looking at? One of them had K’s name on it, as the brand name! His name is not exactly common. She sent me pictures of it, saying she was thinking of getting it, and isn’t that cool. Yes it’s cool. IF IT’S MY BOARD! The board she ended up getting was a different brand altogether, but it has a huge, beautiful turtle on it. And if you know me personally, then you know why that may get to me. I love turtles, and have them tattooed on me. And SHE picks out a turtle board! ARRRGH!
The turtle decal
I know it’s extremely childish of me to be irritated, and I should just be happy for her, but I can’t help but feel annoyed. I should be stoked that now I will have someone to do SUP with, but she is going to be killing it on her brand new, beautiful retro styled, wooden look, turtle decal SUP which is pretty much exactly MY dream board. While I am on a banged up rental. When I am the one who wanted to do it in the first place, and invited her to do it with me. She just had to go one better.
Last week I called her and said I had found a place around the corner from us that does ‘boxing for parents’. They take the kids off and do an Active After School program with them for free while the parents do the boxing. And the classes are only $3!! Winning. We are hoping to go to our first class next week. She said she had to make sure it fit in with her schedule first, but I am wondering if she is just giving herself time to go and buy a boxing bag, gloves, and some private lessons with Danny Green first. You know. So she looks the best. As always.