I slept well last night!!  Wooohoo!!!  I think I am almost back to a regular schedule, thank goodness.  I didn’t wake up at 3 a.m. twiddling my thumbs and was out until at least 6:30 a.m.  Happy dance!

Even though it is only spring, summer is very much in the air.  There are so many things to do outside and festivals are popping up everywhere you turn.  I’ve also noticed some traveling fairs taking up station around town and I’ve been dying to attend one.  Ferris wheels have especially become an obsession of mine.  When I was a child, even as a teenager and young adult, I was absolutely terrified of them.  Just looking at one made me break out in a cold sweat.  I have a memory of when I was about 9 or 10 and I was talked into riding a kiddie version at the state fair…I screamed so loud that they had to stop it to let me off.  And it was only like 20 feet high.  There was something about dangling in the air by a wire that really freaked me out.  I have another terrible/funny memory of riding the sky buckets at Six Flags over Georgia as a teenager with a boy who thought it’d be funny to rock it back and forth.  I am pretty sure I broke out into hysterics and had a major panic attack.  🙂  But something has happened over the last year or two – I’m not afraid of ferris wheels anymore.  Well, at least not too afraid to ride one.  In fact I did my first ever solo ferris wheel ride last year at Bonnaroo and it has turned into one of my favorite life moments.  I remember standing in line waiting for my turn thinking – I can do this, I can do this.  I hopped on and rode it all the way up… and didn’t breathe for one second.  When I reached the top I could see the extent of Bonnaroo in almost every direction, tents as far as the eye could see.  The sun was setting as Mumford and Sons played in the distance.  I did capture one of my rotations on video, which you can watch here.  Such a perfect moment.  I can’t wait to be at Bonnaroo again this year!

There aren’t too many things that scare me like that anymore, which made me want to write a list of the things that I’m still petrified of doing.  Sky diving makes that list, as well as deep sea diving.  I was careful to not include things that would also make me sad…just things that would scare the living daylights out of me.  🙂  Adrenaline is an awesome thing.  There is nothing like catching a natural high from taking a risk.  Races give me that feeling as well, especially concurring a distance that I’ve never done before, or beating an old best time.  Doing a full Ironman actually scares the living daylights out of me, which is why I’m hell-bent on doing one one day.  It is hard to wrap your brain around doing such crazy distances for long periods of time.  It is a test of physical and mental strength on every level.  Just thinking about it makes me excited.  This is not the year for that though, but I have a feeling in the next two to three years I will be giving it a shot.  2012 feels more like a year for relaxation for me….which I have no complaints about.