Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Planning for the next week or so

I don't have to work on Thursday. Happy New Year, I suppose. I think I'm going to try and use that 'free' day to get some painting done in my house. We've been dragging it out for ages now. I'd really like to finish the stripe in the dining room. If we get really industrious, maybe we'll paint our bathroom, too.

For the record, painting stripes is hard. Get the laser level. You'll need it.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Things I'm pondering

I'm pondering what sort of quarter-sleeve tattoo I want to get. I know that I want to get one, but I have no idea what to put on it. I'm also pondering the best time of the year to get it. Should I do it when I have about 3 days to heal before going back to work? I don't really work at a sleeve-friendly place, so I'll need to keep it covered, but it needs to have air when it is healing. I guess that means I get the tattoo on a Friday evening when the following Monday is a holiday. Now, if I'm going to have to spend 3 days in sleeveless shirts, it will have to be warm outside. On top of these restrictions, it has to be a time that I don't mind taking a week off of BJJ. Maybe Andrew will teach rubber guard for a week. That would make the BJJ decision an easy one. Anyway, I want something feminine, but nothing from the 'top 10 tattoos for women', if that makes any sense. I'm toying with a magnolia blossom or a stargazer lily, except getting a flower of any sort still feels a little too girly to me.

Other things I'm pondering include which books I want to read next...right now, I'm reading Terry Brooks' Sword of Shannara trilogy on Brian's Kindle. Next is Anathem on Brian's Kindle. Cory Doctorow's Little Brother is also on there, but I think I'm going to have to give the Kindle back one of these days. When I switch back to books on paper, I'll read The Mote in God's Eye (after Brian finishes it) and the Dune series. Oh, and there are two Lois McMaster Bujold books coming out in January and/or February that I want to read (part of the Sharing Knife series). I also have three or four more Ender books on my iPod to listen to soon. Ack...I almost forgot Singularity. If I don't read/listen to that soon, I think Brian might kick me.

Finally, I'm pondering the things I want my next cell phone to do. I've been pretty happy with the Blackberry 8830, except I can't watch videos on Youtube on my phone, and there's no camera. Now, I don't watch Youtube videos at my computer, so I don't know why I feel like my phone needs this functionality, but other phones can do it, so I want mine to do it, too. Features I don't want to give up include the various IM apps (although I would like ONE app for all IM clients, including Gtalk, AIM, and Yahoo), GPS that talks to me, fast web access, and Tetris. Qwerty is non-negotiable.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Evidently, I like to say recap

That's right - three titles in a row, now. I'm a recapping fool, it seems.

In other news, Pandora (www.pandora.com) isn't blocked at work. This makes me happy. It's also saving my iPod during the day.

Holidays...Big Family Fun starts tomorrow evening. Brian and I will be heading off to family dinner on Christmas Eve and then spending Christmas day with his sister, her husband, their son, and Brian's parents. Tonight, I better pack and finish wrapping presents (after we figure out what that last present will be, anyway). On the bright side, I think we're going to have dinner at Texas Roadhouse tonight. It should be chock-full of holiday cheer and crap.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Weekend Recap

Brian is mostly recovered, but still not really feeling up to going places or doing things. We stayed pretty close to home this weekend. I should have done laundry yesterday, but I just read a book instead. Tonight, I'll do a little laundry, and maybe finish wrapping presents for Christmas. Speaking of Christmas...only one gift left to buy. Still have NO idea what to get. Ugh.

I went to class on Saturday, but only rolled with Andrew. He was nicer than usual.

Oh, and now we have a fish. Thanks, Cynthia!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wednesday day class recap

Well, ow. We started rolling at 2 PM and stopped at 3:45. Then, we did about 35 minutes of technique. We did 5 minute rounds with everyone, stopped for a 5 minute water break, and then did 4 minute rounds until 3:45. I rolled with Cheryl, Fred, Jose, rested a round, Andrew, Bryan, Dave, Parker, Antoni, Jackie, and Rachel. That took us to the break, I think. Then, Andrew watched everyone roll, to find a common theme for the lesson. I rolled with Cheryl, Fred, Jackie, Isaac, Parker, and Rachel. I think that's it. Andrew showed 3 scissor half guard passes when we were done rolling. It was a good class, albeit painful. I'm pretty achy today, but in a good way.

After class, I checked on Brian (who has been sick for days and days). His fever was back, so we went to Patient First. That was an experience. We were there a little over 2 hours. They took his temperature when we got there (101.3) and tested his snot for the flu. That came back negative, so they took some blood from his finger, swabbed his throat, gave him a shot of some anti-inflammatory to help with his head and body aches, gave him 3 super-strong Tylenol, and rolled in an IV. Two nurses tried to put in the IV, once in the left arm and twice in the right, but failed. The third (and final) attempt punctured through the vein, which allowed saline to leak into the tissue. That burns. Yay. They scrapped the IV plan (after repeatedly telling Brian that his veins were weird, etc.). Brian drank 2 cups of water and the bottle that I brought along, then got to pee in a cup, so that they could test his urine, too. Final result? "It's probably viral, and we can't really give you anything for it." Suuuuper. I'm taking him to his regular doctor at 1:10 this afternoon.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Going to the day class today!

On the last Wednesday of each month, my office has a release (that's an IT thing - it's when our new numbers/routing/whatever other changes the business needs all go live). Today, I came to work at 5 AM so I could do testing before the phone lines officially open. Getting up at 4 AM was painful, but it means that I should be off work by 1 PM. That means that I get to go to the Wednesday day class from 2-4. This is a gi class (unlike the Wednesday evening classes, which I no longer attend).

Anyway, I'm pretty excited about the day class. The format for this class is slightly different than the normal classes, because it's normally a small class, with more experienced students. It's also a lot of rolling. I'm just hoping I don't suck too much.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Personalized Plates

After much deliberation, I have decided to put GI CHOKE on my license plate. Dorky? Yes. Do I care? Nope.

Monday, December 15, 2008

So, I forgot that I have a blog.

That's right. I totally forgot.

Since the last time I posted, I thought I was going to have to have surgery on my foot, here's an update. No surgery necessary. It's been over 6 months, and my toe is still not 100%, but I'm back to training (sometimes) and I don't even have to wear wrestling shoes any more. I took the entire month of June off (and was really pissy about it, because I was finally in a good training groove through the spring). I came back to class on 7/2, and left in tears, because my foot hurt a LOT. I bought wrestling shoes the next day, and came back to class wearing those. Now, July is not wrestling season, and my feet are not man-sized. So, my very fancy wrestling shoes were a) for kids, and b) really obnoxious. Blue, white, silver, and black. For real. Oh well - they fit, and allowed me to train. So, I trained, babying my foot and hardly sparring at all for another month or so. Around August or September, I got into a gigantic BJJ funk. I hardly trained at all, because I was pretty frustrated with my foot (among other things). I am FINALLY getting myself back to training regularly, but I feel like I've lost about a year of training.

Now that I'm back to training, I'll try and be better about posting things here. It might even be about BJJ.

In other news, Brian updated www.educanines.com and made it into a Wordpress site. Wordpress truly does make you want to write. It's amazing. I've been posting a dog training tip there every day (Monday-Friday, anyway), and I love that I can schedule posts to appear on a schedule. I think I've written posts through 12/22 or so, and I have at least 15 more topics in the hopper, so to speak. I've missed the dog world. It's time to get back in there.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Good news and bad

First, the good news. I got a very cute hat in the mail today. Thanks a lot, Hip Threads! (www.hip-threads.com) It's a little big, but that's okay, in case I ever develop dreadlocks. Okay, so that's not going to happen, but the hat is still cute. In other news, I also got clothes from Soul Flower today. They ship fast, too. Unfortunately, half of my order doesn't fit, so I have to send it back. I have to stop ordering shirts online. It never works out. I thought I'd have a cute, spinny sort of hippie top to wear with jeans. Turns out, it's long enough to wear as a dress, but just makes me look pregnant. This is definitely not good news. So, back that goes. Oh well.

The worst news is that I have damaged a tendon and possibly torn a ligament in my right foot. That's right - looks like I'm in line for my first BJJ surgery. I'm waiting for an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon now, to discuss options. Quick version of what happened - I had a new guy inside my butterfly guard. I planted my right foot and pushed out to armdrag him. When I pulled his arm, he sort of fell onto my leg. My big toe (the hallux - that's right, it's a $5 word) twisted out about 90 degrees, but I didn't have to put it back. I thought this was a good thing, since it didn't actually dislocate and stay pointing the wrong way. I remember thinking that I'd need to ice that later, and continued rolling for another 30 minutes or so, until the end of class. I iced it when I got home, and took some Advil. By the next day, I couldn't really move my toe (or walk very well). I made an appointment with a sports medicine doctor on Monday, and saw him last Wednesday. I got an MRI on Friday, and got the results today.

This is what it says:

Multiplanar MR imaging performed of the forefoot with particular attention to the first digit. An MR visible marker was placed over the area of clinical concern.

There is subtle subcortical cystic chance in the first metatarsal head near its articulation with the medial sesamoid. Sesamoid signal intensity is normal. Remainter of metatarsal and phalangeal narrow signal intensity is unremarkable.

There is a small amount of fluid within the first MTP joint space. The flexor tendon appears intact. Definite extensor tendon abnormality seen. there is minimal fluid adjacent to the lateral margin of the first MTP joint and I cannot positively identify the lateral collateral ligament. The plantar plate appears to be intact.

Meh.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

I hate it when Andrew is right

About a week ago, Andrew (my instructor) told me I should start using the rubber guard setup. I have no idea what random thing the position is called (I've always sort of avoided learning any of the Eddie Bravo names, because they're silly), but it's the basic setup where you hook your arm outside your leg, and then under your knee to cup their shoulder. I know, that's hard to understand. If I weren't so lazy, I'd find a picture.

Anyway, we drilled the setup last Friday night, with the transition to the omoplata. Now, I'm 5 feet tall. I'm not 'leggy', by any stretch of the imagination. I can't easily wrap people up from a mile away with my legs, and I have to modify nearly every technique to account for my body style (as do most people). Moving on...I drilled the rubber guard setup Friday night, and retrained myself to get that setup instead of the normal way I break down the person's posture (I always do some weird thing that doesn't really make any sense to anyone but me, but it's natural now). I don't mean I have 100% cured myself of the weird thing, but that I can actually do this right, if I'm actively thinking about it now.

Last night, a guy that used to train with us pretty regularly came in for the first time in a few months. He's got 8" and 50 lbs on me, easy. I mentally prepared for a little smashing, but rememberd to use the rubber guard. Instead, I submitted him twice in 6 minutes. It works. Damn it, it works.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Do what you say you're going to do!

If you agree to do something, do it. If a task is assigned to you, do it. No excuses. Don't give me status on the item that is several weeks old, either. Finish shit. Don't expect me to clean up your damn mess.

That is all.

Friday, March 14, 2008

My official introduction to Blogspot

So, all the cool kids seem to have a blog these days. I've never really thought I had anything worth blogging about, but in order to stay on the cutting edge and crap, here you go.

I suspect this blog is going to end up being about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Thai food, training dogs, and the books I'm reading. Maybe I'll even flag them, so people can only read about the stuff that interests them. Maybe not. We'll see how it goes, but I make no promises.

Now, for the actual introduction: I'm clinzy. I train BJJ as often as possible. I run a BJJ/submission grappling tournament circuit with my husband and our instructor. We all eat a lot of Thai food, and rate the restaurants in our area. I've also been a dog trainer for around 15 years now, but I mainly just help out friends these days. I'm too busy with the 9-5 job, plus the tournament deal, plus BJJ training to train many dogs for money. One day, though. Well, there you have it. Make of it what you will. I'm officially a blogger. Yay.