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a little bit here

May 29th, 2003 by

i continue to claim a vast plethora of social events as the reason for my slide into utter decay….

sunday at peeto’s bbq i managed to juggle balls (well, sacks) for the first time in my WHOLE LIFE, and this was very exciting. i would have done martial arts monday, but the gym was closed for memorial day…

and because i couldn’t do martial arts, i would have swum or worked out, but i couldn’t, because the gym was CLOSED for memorial day. pfui.

tuesday i just didn’t do squat (well, i baked, but that don’t count).

but yesterday i did karate and aikido (and then a lot of lifting after, but that’s enough about that). in karate we had nine students (and all three senseis) which for us is a very large class. at the end we did a mock tournament style thing for our kata, where those of us who are going to the tournament performed the kata for the “judges”, aka mostly the white belts 😉 however, i “won” this section, which was cute. just incidentally, i am going to do wansu kata for the tourney. and also probably compete in sparring.

also, susan born is still coming to class, and today she was sporting a brand new shiny starchy gi. so we helped her tie her belt down in the locker room, and then leave because we are done. when she comes up to class she is wearing the gi, all nice and whatnot, and also a big floppy hat. i must admit i giggled a little, but it was so very susan born (also, when she came into the locker room, she busted her gi out of a briefcase….very styling 🙂

aikido was. i’m still not managing to do anything very *well*, but at least i feel that i am starting to begin to do the things they ask, as opposed to just flounder and never quite get it.


May 24th, 2003 by

i continue to be stupid lame.
i think too many social events and nasty weather are conspiring against me.

wednesday i did karate. and thursday i swam, which was a lot of fun, because it devolved into jenny hu and i acting like 7 year olds, and squirting each other with water and all sorts of fun. she also showed me how to do flipturns again, which was cool. i would guess i swam ~1000 yards. i know it was at least 800, and then i swam a bunch more but wasn’t keeping track.


May 20th, 2003 by

last thursday i went with the late night sailing crowd (jenny hu convinced me to go….) and got hit in the face with the boom as i was getting into the boat. “ouch”. fortunately, the bruise and the cut are healing up nicely….

friday i did in fact go to aikido before descending into the ethanol induced haze of the rest of the evening…

the aikido class was a lot of fun, it was much smaller, one brown belt, three blue belts, and me. we did a lot of stuff in rondori (sp?) style, which means one person in the center, and other people around them in a circle, taking turns at being the uke. for the first time, i feel like i finally got a grip on a couple of throws.

saturday i failed to go to karate, due to still having, um, “illness” problems from the night before, getting over them, and waking up like 10 minutes before class and deciding discretion was the better part of valor.

sunday walked out to esplanade and picnicked with everyone. i blew bubbles.

monday jenny hu started teaching me to juggle pins. i have always been hopeless at juggling, but i was getting up to being decent with two, although not quite up to multiple tosses. i will have to practice more! and then in the evening, karate and aikido. both fun, more or less normal. i guess in aikido we were doing a lot more ki type stuff. one of these involved basically pushing at the shoulder of someone and trying to move them (and them not trying to move). the black belt i was working with kept exhorting me to push harder, but i *was*, and she thought i was going easy on her or something. *blush* i feel weak; i should go work out or something. karate was about normal, good fun. susan born was there!

annabarr: Laura's Picnic - May 18, 2003 &emdash; people

Edited 11/22/2013 – People at the picnic! so many peoples.

that’s a negatory, captain

May 14th, 2003 by

ok, so , monday , karate + aikido, went about as normal. jake participated in kumite (sparring) for the first time. i need to work a lot on that. i wonder if i should compete in kumite at the tournament though, or just stick to kata? hrm.

and then aikido. the first half of the class was as normal, then they had their testing. very different than our isshinryu ones. people are tested one at a time, first for ki, then for knowing things. then they have ukes come up to practice throws against, then they have a freestyle section. and you can cheer! i wish we could cheer at karate testings, that would be wicked fun.

muscle soreness from hiking was high, but has since decreased. but as of tuesday, my knee decided to eat the stick, and really hurts quite a lot. i was going to go swimming, but jenny hu punted on me due to hosage, so i punted due to lameness and pain. of course, i still biked all over cambridge. today no specific work. did sell raffle stuff for karate in lobby 10, which was fun in it’s own way. no karate today cause i went to the movies instead.

so i damn well better swim tomorrow, or i will have to kick my own ass…

green bathtubs (and mt. liberty)

May 11th, 2003 by

yesterday karate workout was keen. only me and dave and the three senseis, which meant they didn’t have to work on the ever-slightly-more-basic things they work on with the lower colored ranks. which of course meant it was bitch hard, but it was nice to get the attention. i mean, i love teaching, but still.

today , me and jake and benazeer went hiking. we were going to climb mt osceola, but jake being a bit or a doof, failed to check that the road that went TO the mountain was open yet, so instead we went back to my liberty. this is the same hike i attempted a while back. but today we made it to the top! 8 miles round trip, 3000+ feet of elevation gain to get to the summit of a 4459 ft mountain. some amazing views as well, which you only see right as you get to the top. the descent is pretty arduous though, and i was quite glad to get back to the car. there was still a lot of snow at 3500+’, which made for some “fun” once we got to nearer the top and especially the last .3 of a mile along the franconia ridge trail. the clouds rolled in about 5 minutes after we got to the top, so we only stayed at the summit for 15 minutes or so. and no one fell in to the brook this time.

annabarr: Mt. Liberty - May 11, 2003 &emdash; summit

Edited to add : here are the three of us on the summit! (11/23/2013)

a moment

May 9th, 2003 by

may 8th:1200 m swim

today: replaced punctured tire on bike (tire died on ride home from dangerhaus last night). patched punctured tire to create spare. cleaned and lubed bike a bit. funfun. hooray for tire levers!

well damn

May 7th, 2003 by

a little bit of biking, but really only too/from boston.

went to both karate and aikido. very very tiring karate workout, i was getting really close to my “gah, want to pass out now” limit. which is probably good for me. i’m also noticing for the first time a definite increase in my flexibility, which i am really enjoying. i wonder if the ballistic stretching from aikido is helping? cause i haven’t really noticed much from ~2 years of karate stretching, but it could have been that it has been incremental and i am just noticing now….

they are having an aikido belt test on monday, which i will watch. i have never seen one, and apparently spectators are also participants, in that they are the uke for the testees being nage.

also, DAMN, there was a lot of sweating. i weighed myself before and after (3 hours of) classes. i lost 1.5 lbs straight up. i also drank 1 L (2.2 lbs) of water in that time period. damn. that’s lots of sweat.


May 6th, 2003 by

swam today, but only 900 meters, as i started to get a fairly bad stitch in my side. i keep staring at bananas in la verde’s on swimming days, and then not getting them. eit. must increase potassium intake!!

also finally went to aikido again. a bit sad that i haven’t been able to go in more than a week, but that’s life i guess. it was a smaller class today, the first time i have been to one this small, and that was kind of cool in it’s own way. i should also be able to go tomorrow, but then monday they are having a belt test, and i can’t go this friday or next wednesday, so tuesday next week will be the only learning day next week. ah well. seeing the testing should be a lot of fun and a cool experience in itself, as i have never seen an aikido test before.


May 5th, 2003 by

on sunday, i swam 1400 meters. it is cool that on the weekends they actually open up the lanes the long way. it is much harder to have only half the breaks. but probably good for me. i had one of those “euphoria” moments at about 1100 meters, the kind you get when/after running, when the endorphins kick in. it only lasted a little while, but it was cool nonetheless.

not so much

May 4th, 2003 by

weekend fairly low key.

mudwrestled on friday, which was enormously fun. although getting *all* the mud off took more than a day….. that stuff is really pervasive. also, wrestling caused my wrist issue to really flare up again. but i got at least 10 really positive comments over the course of the evening, so i guess it was worth it 🙂

karate on saturday, which was jake and katherine’s belt test, so i mostly sat in the back and tried not to fall asleep (due to roast activities of night before). i did hold a pad for katherine to do wansu kata against, and lisa told me i did well at that, so yay.