Monday, April 30, 2007
I really like the Fortissima. The bamboo gives it a sheen that your regular wool/nylon blends just don't have. I also like the Jaywalker pattern. It is only two rows, and so easy to memorize.
My backup OS cds arrived from Dell today. I didn't have time today, but tomorrow I will try to install them on my computer. Hopefully, they will work, even though I think my modem may be shot. We shall see.
In black belt class, we went over kusanku sai nearly the whole class. I just can't seem to get the hang of it. James picked it up pretty quickly, but I'm still struggling it. Must go practice...
Sunday, April 29, 2007
I apologize for the poor picture quality. This is why I usually insist on taking my own pictures.
I couldn't this time. As sensei's only active black belt, I really needed to be in this one.
then by the intermediate students. (As an aside, during class Thursday, sensei said we would have demonstrations from the beginning students, then the mediocre students, then the advanced students.)
Then the kick-a-thon began.
This is Bryce and Emma, sensei's two youngest children. Bryce will be two next month. He was born just a few days apart from my nephew Andrew, whom I haven't met yet since they live in Alaska. Every time I see Bryce, I think, "That is about how big Andrew is." Emma is 5 ish, and she is a hoot.
And finally, the obligatory group shot of all the kickers, plus Emma to make them look good.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Then we let the children practice actually doing them.
Finally, a group shot of the kids who participated:
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
The problem arose when I realized they are not sized like the regular student gis sensei usually orders for us. They are sized as S, M, L, and XL, but I don't know how that relates to the 0, 1, 2, 3, etc of the student gis. I know I wear a 3 in student sizes. There was a chart in the catalog that gave the corresponding measurements in inches to the sizes of the women's gis.
The further problem arose when I realized I don't know my measurements. "You wouldn't happen to have a measuring tape, would you?" I asked sensei. Nope, he didn't .
"Oh, wait, I do have one in the car!" I remembered.
I measured myself in the dojo bathroom to get my correct gi size--with my Stanley Power Lock 12' tape measure.
Well, it worked...
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
In the meantime, here are a couple of sock pictures to hold you over:
The firecracker socks, which would have been done by now if I hadn't had to start over.
And the Yukon Leaves sock, which is barely started.
Monday, April 23, 2007
So said one of my co-workers. The funny thing is, I am not losing weight. I'm actually gaining weight. I weigh 5 lbs more than I did this time last year. I got gung ho yesterday and did all my kata back to back, including my weapons kata. Then I went for a walk. I did my kata again tonight, but didn't go for a walk because it was pouring rain. I went up for black belt class, and sensei wasn't there. So I came home and did kata by myself.
In other news...
Mike got ahold of the guy who said he would buy my house, and he still wants it. He said it'd be about a week before he could come get it. That is ok, because the people who bought the bunk beds still haven't gotten them. They paid for them; they just haven't picked them up.
I still haven't gotten ahold of the computer guy. I heard he's hard to get up with, but he's worth it.
My firecracker socks are back to where they were before I discovered my mistake. I haven't been working on my Yukon Leaves socks because I've been watching TV. I can't see my socks with my glasses on, and can't see the TV with them off. So I've been working on socks I don't really need to see to do.
I know posts have been a bit dull of late, but once I get back on my own computer, I hope they pick up some.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
As much as I would have liked to, I didn't spend the whole day knitting. Cody and I went over and got most of our stuff packed up and moved out of the old house. My coworker kept saying that she wanted to buy it, but she never came up with the money. Mike found somebody who had the cash in his hand ready to pay me for it. I finally told my co-worker that she had until Friday to get the money into my hand, but she didn't. So I will ask Mike to get in touch with his friend and see if he still wants it. I hope so, because I'm ready to get rid of the thing and be done with it.
Around 4ish, Joshua called me and asked if I would come unlock the dojo for Barrett and him. Mr. Eiffling, a 4th degree black belt from Greenville, was coming to town to work out with them and help prepare them for their test. I must admit that I felt more than a little envy while watching him go over bunkai with them. I wish I'd had someone to work with me to prepare me for my test. But I was left in the corner to figure it out for myself. Fortunately, my own sensei tested me on bunkai, so I was able to get away with not knowing very much.
Mr. Eiffling asked me if I was going to come to Barrett and Josh's test. I said that I would be there with my camera. Barrett said, "Don't do that! We don't want any evidence!" Then Mr. Eiffling said that yeah, you think you did pretty well on the test but when you go back and look at the tape, you see every little thing and say to yourself, why on earth did I do that? I agreed, saying that after watching my test on tape, I felt it was a wonder that they even passed me. That's when Mr. Eiffling told me that they should have tested me (well, all of us who tested that day) on a different day. It was simply way too hot the day they did our test. He said that the dojo is hotter on some days than on others, and that day was unbearable. I didn't argue.
Just for the record, sensei was real generous with his cold. He gave it to Barrett as well as me. As far as I know, nobody else has gotten it. Blake has gotten a full time job at the hospital. It is a secretarial position. I just hope it doesn't stop him from coming to class. For all his faults, he is the only one in the class that treats me with the courtesy due a black belt. Blake seems to like the formality and the traditions that go along with it.
I don't think Erica will be back to class. Last Thursday (a week ago) when I was teaching, she and her friend got in to a big screaming argument after class. Seems that they both like James, and they both said that they liked him. They seemed to be trying to make James choose between them, but he said he didn't really like either one of them. Of course, each girl blamed the other for that, and the screaming began. I heard it from inside the dojo, and went outside and told them that they needed to take that off of dojo property. I said that I didn't know what they had going, but it needed to go somewhere else. Erica hasn't been back since. She even missed her rank test. I told sensei that I didn't think they'd be back and he was like, Duh...why? "Trust me," I said. "I know how girls think."
I waited and waited all day for the sky to do something interesting, but it remained a beautiful but cloudless blue. I almost waited too late to get a good picture.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Despite what it says, I don't really despise nerds. I'm just glad I'm not one.
Just a brief post today. I'm too busy playing with my sock yarns.
Heh heh heh...
Oh, I called the computer guy and left a message. Still waiting for him to call back.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Sorry about the poor quality. I took this with my camera. I can scan it onto my computer, I just can't get online to upload it.
I still haven't called the computer guy. I must confess my shortcoming. I hate calling people on the phone, even for business. I'd much rather send and e-mail or meet in person, or heck, even text. I've been this way for as long as I can remember. I just hate telephones. I'll have to do it soon, though. Cody is getting tired of sharing his computer.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I wore them today, and noticed that one side took the dye better than the other. So as soon as I got home, I put them into another dye bath. Then I forgot about them. For 4 hours. They should be really bright now!
The main focus today was a follow up visit to the allergist. But after that, I did a little shopping. I found the mall, but it was mostly clothes stores. There wasn't even a book store or a pet store in it. I told Cody that he wouldn't have enjoyed that anyway.
BUT...just up the road from the mall, I found a lot of good stores: Best Buy, Circuit City, TJ Maxx, and the like. There was also a Barnes and Noble's. Cody has been collecting the A Series of Unfortunate Events books, and the only one he doesn't have is #2, The Reptile Room. Guess which book was the ONLY one they didn't have in stock. That's right. The Reptile Room. I looked and looked for something else I thought he might like, but the ones I found, he already has. So I bought him a hardcover sketchbook instead. He was very pleased with it. He said it will only be for the best sketches.
I bought myself two Yarn Harlot books, the newest one, and one of the older ones. I also went back to the yarn store and bought three skeins of sock yarn. I'd been wanting to get some yarn with cotton, because I just can't wear wool socks to work. The two on either side are cotton blends. The one in the middle is wool/bamboo blend. I got it because I liked the color.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Black belt class last night was great. I was the only one there. Blake, purple belt, asked if he could stay as well. Sensei said he'd leave that up to me, so I said he could, for more reason than one. I don't like to be alone in the dojo with sensei. It's not that I don't trust him. It's the rumor mill I don't trust. I've been falsely accused enough times that now I prefer to err on the side of caution.
No pictures today, no sketches today, nothing interesting of any sort. Maybe tomorrow will be a better day.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
2. Irish Hiking Scarf
5. Branching Out Lace Scarf
6. Texas Longhorn Scarf
The computer is still sick, but I have a lead on someone who can repair it. He is called The Computer Doctor. I've heard that he is really good, but also that he stays pretty backed up. I'll be posting on Cody's computer for a little while longer. It's an adequate computer for a kid, but is a lot slower than mine. The good news is that I got my digital camera software installed on it, so I can post pictures again.
Well, back to something soothing--knitting and watching DVDs.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
I can't even get online. When I tried to reinstall my DSL software, it said I didn't have an Ethernet card. I know there was one on there before.
I'm posting from Cody's computer right now. But until I get things fixed, posting will be scarce.
Now, where did I put my digital camera software....
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
The good news is, we are working Saturday. My paycheck can sure use that overtime. My bank account is so tight it is squeaking.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The same pitcher as yesterday, only this time without the cup. I think it worked out a little better.
Sensei will be out tomorrow. He will either be sick, or in Nashville. Bill Pogue, who is the head of our association, is having a black belt seminar in Nashville this weekend. Sensei is going to go, if he isn't sick. I wanted to, but just couldn't afford it. Anyhoooooo, that means I'm in charge of class tomorrow night.
Speaking of class, Blake is falling back into his old patterns. He has begun leaving after the kid's class. He's too tired, or he doesn't feel good, or this excuse or that excuse. Too bad.
Further speaking of class, only 5 more days until the first black belt class. Woo hoo!