Endeavoring Vertically

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  1. Lone Grey Squirrel says:

    Heehehe! Enjoyed this post very much. I like how you convey something of immense value like the intimate relationship between you and your husband and yet keep us smiling and laughing. Indeed the lesson is better remembered cause we had so much fun reading it.

    My wife joined me for a 8 hour hike to the top of the tallest mountain in the State when we were dating. She walked funny for the rest of the week and hasn’t gone hiking with me since.

  2. BeachMama says:

    You are a brave girl. I too may have done it once, may have. But, I truly prefer hanging out reading a magazine. I’ll go for hikes, but no rock climbing for me :).

  3. oreneta says:

    That was beautifully written. Strangely enough my husband and I also did a bunch of climbing while we were in the courting phase, and on into early marriage…we only stopped when I couldn’t fit into the harness anymore with grublet number one growing too big inside me. Seems I liked it more than you did. We unfortunately were indoors at a gym…a shortage of climbable stuff outside in the immediate area….

  4. Hammer says:

    You’re braver than me 🙂 I get vertico on tall escalators.

    Sounds like you have a cool realtionship. groomeo lol that’s clever 🙂

  5. Jill says:

    That’s really funny. Courting just seems to bring out the adventurer in everyone, doesn’t it? I’ll never forget that mountain bike ride from hell. When I said I liked to ride, I really meant ON THE ROAD, not on a mountain.

  6. Em says:

    I’m most impressed! I do not have a love of heights…so I’m thinking I would NOT do what you did. But I applaud your efforts and your courage.

  7. marvin says:

    “…but mostly stared at the ceiling and let me muddle through” made me smile. I recognise this!

    Thanks for a great post.

  8. lime says:

    wonderful. sadly i dont get to go rock climbing with mr lime anymore because i dared to show him up on ledge walking. twas not my intent to dash his fragile male ego against the rocks but it seemed to work that way nonetheless….

  9. my4kids says:

    Loved the post. I liked the word groomeo also, to funny.
    I haven’t been rock climbing but plenty of hiking just not that into heights. I still kinda close my eyes on road trips that take us around the sides of mountains. Really I don’t want to see down.

  10. lushgurl says:

    You guys sound like so much fun! You are far braver than I am though, I’ve been offered Bungi jumping, hot air Balloon riding, white water rafting….UMMMM NO I think NOT!!!
    I will hppily do all of these things vicariously through people like you LOL

  11. Logophile says:

    Mr. Logo started me on an outside rock face AT THE TOP.
    By the time I got to the bottom I had to sit and de-rubberize my knees so I could climb

  12. Pendullum says:

    I heldmy breath and just kept uttering Wow..Wow…
    Oh Wow!

  13. Jazz says:

    I’d like to go down, but without havng to climb up. I’d no doubt kill myself on the way up…

    Hoomjux! that’s the word verification. Hoomjux… Bwah!

  14. Diana says:

    Ah. A marriage made in heaven. As my own groom hates heights and our only mis-hobby was that he loved to lounge on the couch, eating doughnuts and watching football, I had it much easier. I can get behind lounging and doughnuts, no matter what’s playing on the TV. I’m very awe-struck by the heights to which you literally went.

  15. Tracey says:

    Wow…no rock climbing for me, not for anyone.

    And…I’m handing one of those thinking blogs back to you. I know, I know…you’ve got one. Maybe two or three. But, hey, I got three in less than 24 hours and need to get rid of them. So I’m picking on you. If you can climb rocks, you can handle a few more thoughts =)

  16. Glamourpuss says:

    You’re such a good read.

    Actually, ‘beavers and seeds’ sounds very much like my weekend.


  17. furiousBall says:

    You just sank my battleship. You included a Babyshambles and Grease reference in a story about rock climbing…

  18. BlogWhore says:

    you are soooo from MN.

  19. Princess Pointful says:

    Very impressive.
    I am not particularly good with physical coordination, nor with taking lessons from love ones in regards to skills related to physical coordination, so you have won my respect!

  20. ldbug says:

    Aw he sounds perfect! A guy who will let you muddle through. I always get pissy when a guy tries to continually give unwanted advice!!

    btw I hate climbing down, that is really, really a talent to be good at it!! 🙂

  21. Mother of Invention says:

    This is such a hoot! I loved it!
    It’s kinda like when I told my Jock husband (he was actually in Human Kinetics but was a long distance runner and rugby player)that I was on the university volleyball team and he believed me ’cause I was tall! I told him my nickname was, “Spike”!
    It was too late when he found out I wasn’t actually that athletic…the rest was history.

  22. Dorky Dad says:

    So do you edit his papers or e-mails in exchange for that? In what way do you flex your muscles around the house?

  23. choochoo says:

    hehe – maybe I should just forget about grad school and become a naturalist

  24. Dan says:

    And, thusly, our vows were written.

    And then, of course, you went out and got yourself some powdered donuts (like Kate and Pete) and washed them down with sugared soda at the mall. Right?

    You write beautifully Joce. Just beautifully.

  25. velvet girl says:

    LOL!!! I love the fact that he’s into People. Groomeo sounds like a well-rounded man.

    So… the climber in me has gotta ask… if you were on a toprope, why didn’t he just lower you to the ground?

  26. Diesel says:

    You know how you can tell which side of a tree faces north, right? It’s the side that Kate Moss is snorting cocaine on.

  27. susan says:

    You know, I’ve climbed a lot of stairs for my true love, but that’s as high as it’s going to get!

  28. Top cat says:

    I’m always amazed at the lengths we will go in the early stages of courtship to prove our worthiness to our prospective mate.
    You did well grasshopper, you not only grabbed the pebble but the whole rock.

  29. Claire says:

    I very much enjoyed reading this. My hubby is a jock who always enjoyed beating me at everything. Now that we’re old, I can beat him in badminton and I love doing so.

  30. actonbell says:

    Oh, that’s wonderful! You proved your love in a most fascinating way:) I would neverever rock climb. You da Woman!

  31. urban-urchin says:

    I learned to repel on a school holiday adventure trip to Devon, England. I HATED it and, began what must have seemed like a severe acute attack of Tourette’s when I shouted every curse word in every possible combination all the way down that cliff. Up until that point I had been completely silent as I watched classmates disappear over the cliff one by one.

    You are a brave woman. Oh, and I kinda like Us Weekly…

  32. jen says:

    In actuality, it was replete with suckage.

    this is one of the best lines i’ve ever read. i was a climber in a past life, and fell and whacked out my shoulder. but regardless of that, while i never became one with the rock like some do, i saw it’s intrinsic appeal.

  33. Malnurtured Snay says:

    What if you’re the Jocelyn with another name?!

  34. Anonymous says:

    How many people read your blog? Impressive following. Always terrific and smoothly written. Have you read ‘encyclopedia of an ordinary life’? I think you may like it. I hope you write a book. I mean, serioulsy, just do it.

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