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Time to Fly

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 13 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Climaxed submitted this awesome topic : Someone has come up with a potion (Harry Potter style) that will bring luck to anyone who drinks it. You’re offered a free test if you write about your day on your blog with the caveat that you wait for something pretty important going on–meaning the company doesn’t want you to take it and write about a regular but super lucky day at home. They’re really wanting you to test the boundaries of the potion and show your audience what it can do. What might you use yours for? Write about your luckiest day.

Here goes….

“Today’s the day!” I think as I pack up my gear for a day at the hill. I’m going to go and attack the jumps and features for the first time while snowboarding. Normally I’d just head over and ride, starring at the tow rope pulling people up to the top of the terrain park. Normally I’d watch on the lift, cranking my head around as far as I can, in awe of people in the park.

Today…I’m doing it. Because today…I get to try the “Potion.” Since I’m not allowed to enter politics or the medical field on this trial of the potion, I can’t find the solution for world peace or the cure for MS or cancer. I’m supposed to make a day extraordinary by pushing my boundaries within my own world. I decided if I can do these things I’ve dreamed of doing, have worked towards but not yet achieved, and succeed with this potion, there’s hope for making it happen without the potion too!

I’m a decent snowboarder. I can get out of most anything I get into….except that one time when my son had to rescue my laughing self when I got into too thick of trees. (He heard me “cackling” and found me, found us a route out, and marveled I had gotten that deep without hugging a tree!) It may not be pretty or perfect, but I love a good challenge and will take on moguls and steeps with a smile on my face and in my heart.

Boxes, features, and jumps….uummmm nope. I have done some boxes – at the speed of snail – going so slowly that I fall due to lack of forward motion not balance.  Jumps…I dream. I dream of finding that right combination of physics, fear, exhilaration, and skill.

Today I do. I’ve decided this is the test. My personal ultimate test of the “Potion.” Today will erase the memories of being stuck with a child on an icy hill, not visible from above, not able to get her to move, as people and their harsh words flew around us. Today will replace the days of doubt and make the mountains of bruises worth it. I will jump and feel like I’m flying. And it will be awesome.

I put the potion in my front pocket, ride the lift to the top, and get off. I am so terribly fearful of the lift – it’s really ridiculous. But I don’t want to waste the potion on something I should not fear and have conquered several times over. I strap in, drink the potion down, and take a test run.

Okay. This is okay. I can do this. I carve a little. And back to to the top we go.

Back up. To the top.

Time to fly.

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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:


Baking In A Tornado

The Bergham Chronicles

Spatulas on Parade

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Southern Belle Charm

Confessions of a part time working mom

Sparkly Poetic Weirdo

The Lieber Family Blog

Never Ever Give Up Hope

When I Grow Up





  1. Hey Joy, great to see you back! Such a fitting turn you took, using that potion! Here’s to your flying!

    • eviljoyspeaks

      August 8, 2016 at 6:19 am

      So glad to be back! It’s been an insanely busy year and I’m feeling fortunate to be back in the fold! Hope you’ve have a great year!

  2. First of all, congratulations. I LOVE your new site.
    Second, it’s perfect that you used your potion on an activity you love. I know you push your limits all the time on the slopes, wouldn’t it be great if the potion really did exist . . . just once!

    • eviljoyspeaks

      August 8, 2016 at 6:21 am

      THANK YOU! I am excited it’s up and running! Here’s to great, new things on here! Snowboarding really has changed our lives. It would be so amazing to drink a potion and fly. But I’ll put in the work and one day, I hope to be flying!

  3. That’s awesome! I’ve never been skiing or snowboarding, but I’ve always wanted to try it. I bet it’s amazing, but I think I’d be more like the real version of you.

    • eviljoyspeaks

      August 8, 2016 at 6:19 am

      Get a lesson and try it! It’ll change your life! (Have you seen Point Break?) I hope to do some of the features this year and learn more but I am focused on learning to carve this season so we’ll see what happens!

  4. I’ve been skiing a couple times and have to say you are incredibly brave to even consider this!

    • eviljoyspeaks

      August 8, 2016 at 6:18 am

      I love snowboarding. It’s newish to our family – we’ve been riding four seasons and just planned three trips out west for our fifth season. Reading how you like to do things – you should totally try it!!!

  5. Have fun! I tried skiing once. I hated it. I spent the whole day falling over. That afternoon when I turned in my skis the attendant told me they were way to big for my size. I haven’t tried again since then!

    • eviljoyspeaks

      August 18, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      You’ll have to give it another go! It’s been life altering for us. We used to dread the long winters here in Wisconsin and now……..We LIVE for winter. I have honestly never skied so I can’t speak to it but my first few seasons of snowboarding involved a lot of falling…but snow is soft….sometimes! Have a fabulous day!

  6. I would definitely need a potion before trying out snowboarding. haha. I am not very graceful when it comes to anything athletic, and I’m pretty sure I would end up on my butt more than actually doing any sort of boarding.

    • eviljoyspeaks

      August 18, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      So…my first time….I broke multiple things….my wrist, my elbow…tailbone…but I can’t imagine life without it now….(and I own some impressive wrist guards!). I fell a lot and still do once in a while but the joy of flying….makes every bruise worth it!

      Have an amazing weekend!

  7. Welcome return!! Awesome post!! Love your use of the potion!! That’d be an awesome day on the slopes. I just hope you buy a lotto ticket at the end of the day!!

    • eviljoyspeaks

      August 18, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      So glad to be back! Hoping someday it’s a true story instead of fiction….and I would so be buying multiple lottery tickets!

      Happy almost weekend!

  8. I’m far too big a klutz to try skiing but I love watching it — does that count? Nice to see you back. You were missed.

    • eviljoyspeaks

      August 18, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      You can totally watch! And throw snowballs…because snow ROCKS!

      I’m pretty klutzy myself but sometimes the stars align and the snow is just right…..and magic.

      I’m so thankful to be back….missed you all!

      Have a great weekend!

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