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.