I'm not trying to be funny at all...but you should seriously check out the Savage Love Podcast (Dan Savage) and listen for awhile. You might get some really good ideas or send your canoeing challenge to him. I'm amazed at some of the stuff I hear and some of the really good ideas too.
I have to admit, hubby and I just took a kayaking class this last weekend (and brought along FIL) so I did have quite a snork about canoeing and kayaking...with my FIL to boot. Eeek!
A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.
OP, I think you should look into your hormone levels. Also, is DH still fun for you to talk to? Has he let himself go? Have you? Have you thought about canoeing as different people? Have him pick you up in a bar or something, or take you on a date, and then go home and make out like teenagers.
I was thinking about the chicken thread when I read that this might be the greatest thread ever. Second only to the chicken thread.
Why are you stressed and tired a lot? Work? I think that is huge. When you don't have enough time to sleep or commit to yourself it takes a lot out of you. Although, I'm an introvert, and I need a lot of sleep, so not getting enough sleep and being super busy kinda turns me into a robot zombie.
And I think the advice about the kayak is a good one! I've heard about this sleeve that enables one to canoe alone, probably a bit like a kayak.
Sounds like you need a break from more than just canoeing. Can you talk to your husband and formulate some kind of plan to help you enjoy canoeing more? Does he even know that you are not enjoying canoeing as much as you used to? It might hurt his feelings a little to know- but any considerate canoeing partner should be concerned and want to help.
P.S. I just read the OP to my boyfriend and he thought it was about canoeing, like, with a boat.
I can sometimes get tired of canoeing, too...especially with work, horses, teaching lessons, cleaning stalls, etc. Taking a trip, getting the heck out of Dodge, and just being somewhere where I don't have to THINK helps with the desire to canoe.
I apologize if I have permanently altered anyone's view of canoeing
Having written this all out, I am thinking that stress/ tiredness is probably the number one issue. Right now, DH works 75/80 hour weeks and I'm not far behind. Plus we have our farm and a few of his relatives that live with us (whole 'nother can of worms there).
So I had him read this thread last night and at first he was like "you put this out in public" but after I explained the whole alter thing to him, he was okay with it. Then we decided that we are going to take a much needed vacation together later this month but we aren't going to go canoeing until then. Ironically enough, I think we'll probably go kayaking on vacation (hey people- I mean real kayaking- get your minds out of the gutter )