Ah, Mint Mogul. The 1994 Olympics were grand, weren't they?
As a certified (and certainly certifiable) Momzilla who skates, I feel that I am in a uniquely qualified position to offer advice to those who yearn to become a Future Momzilla Who Skates, despite a deathly fear of all things cold and slidey.
As an adult skater who has experienced multiple on-ice injuries (each one more silly and embarrassing than the last). I feel confident that I am sufficiently expert in the epic battle between fear and a desire to master a Kwan-esque change-of-edge spiral. Here are some words of advice.
First, invest in kneepads, wrist guards, and possibly protective headwear. It is easier to enter into an undertaking that ultimately results in falling, if the falling ultimately doesn't hurt that much. Gel kneepads are quite thin and wonderfully effective, and you don't get that "I'm-Auditioning-for-A-Chorus-Line-in-Volleyball-Garb" look of the foam square kneepads we all loved as youthful rollerskaters. Wrist guards have become oh-so-chic since the advent of Rollerblades. And lots of adults wear helmets. If you are from the fashion school of my dear friend who declared, "I would rather risk brain damage than wear a helmet to learn to skate," you may be interested in opting for the sleek foam-donut headband contraption that similarly promises to protect your noggin and save you from certain tragedy.
Next, invest in lessons. Lots of rinks have adult classes, where you can at least feel like you're not the oldest and/or least fit person in the building. If you're feeling up to it, you may even want to take private lessons with a coach who is nurturing enough to understand the terror that underscores early adult skating, yet pushes you to move forward...and backward...and in small circles. (I happen to know that several fine-looking retired competitive skaters teach in close proximity to Mint Mogul's 'hood.)
As far as technique, keep two things in mind. First, you can never bend your knees too much. Good things will happen if you keep your knees bent. Second, when you are lucky enough to be under 5 feet tall, you really don't have that far to fall.
The great thing about adult skating is that no one really expects anything from adult skaters. So when you have a moment of brilliance, it is glorious and celebrated...like the 1994 Olympics.