Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Wintery Mix

Meh. Snow/sleet/ice is falling from the sky. I do not like this, Sam I am. I do not this wintery sham. I do not like it on the road, I do not like it with a toad. Okay, that's the best I can come up with in my grumpy, I-hate-winter mood.

I'm kind of excited that the US Grappling event season is shaping up for 2009. We already have 7 events officially booked for the year, and that's just the tip of the grappling iceberg. I need to get to work on the venues in other cities, though. Those are tough.

Good news about training last night - I trained with a kid who has been coming for a few months now. He got his first stripe last month, so I guess he's been around a while now. Anyway, last night was the first time I had trained with him. He's not at all a spaz, which is super. Down side is that he's going to be kicking my ass within a few months. I better keep training. Anyway, he's a small fellow, so he's a good partner for me.

Other good news about training last night - I defeated Vince's stupid butterfly hook from half guard. Once. He swept me with it about 4 other times, though. Still, one hook defeat for someone who Brian and I have decided must have 6 feet is a win for me. I love rolling with Vince. Love it. Every single time I roll with him, I learn something. I see things that he's doing that are so simple and effective that I try to remember them.

Bad news about training last night - I can't do a damn thing with Parker. Nothing. I flopped around like a fish out of water the whole time we rolled. Sigh. Oh well. Guess I need to suck it up and roll with him every time we're both there.

Monday, January 26, 2009


Right this minute, my pink marks and my purple marks are tied. I've already made Friday and Saturday purple days, since we'll be out of town, and I'm counting those, too. That means that as long as I train tonight, I can't finish worse than .500 (I prefer to think in terms of batting averages, instead of test scores). If I train tonight AND make it to the Wednesday day class, I'm up two classes! It's been a while since I trained this many times in a month, so it feels good to be training regularly again. I think it's going to average out to training 3x a week. I haven't been training like that since last spring, before I hurt my foot. Even better, Brian has trained every day that I've trained. I don't remember how long it's been since he was able to train this often. (Of course, he's just ignoring all of his parts that hurt, but he's still training!)

Let's see...I don't really have anything else worth mentioning, except one more week to FTE status.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I've tripled my reader-ship!

That's right, folks. I went from one reader to THREE. Woo. I should be loaded off of this blog any millenium now.

In other news, today is dress-up day at work. We have 'visitors', so everyone had to wear 'business professional' clothes. Interesting to see what my team thinks that means...2 ties (not counting my director), 1 sports jacket (with a tie), 3 guys in blue shirts & khaki pants (shocking), one woman in a dress, one woman in a suit (me, but it's a fairly casual one), one woman in a girl's sports jacket sort of thing, and a few 'nice' sweaters.

Also, I am still a lazy bum, and I didn't go to no gi last night. Now I have 3 purple marks in a ROW. Sigh. I'll go tomorrow (famous last words at this point, eh?).

Only one more week until we go to Vegas. I'm pretty curious about seeing what all the fuss is out there. We're staying at The Signature @ the MGM Grand, which is their little boutique hotel that doesn't have a casino in it. It looks really nice, though, so I'm glad that our travel buddies were able to get us such a great rate on the room. Anyway, no casino means we'll be heading over to the MGM Grand to check out that hype, along with watching BJ Penn and GSP beat the tar out of each other at the UFC. Lots of firsts for me next weekend!


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Laziest weekend ever

So, I skipped BJJ Friday night, Sunday (open mat), and last night. That's right. I trained 1 of the 4 times I could have trained over the weekend. Lame. I felt very bad making all of those purple marks on my calendar this morning. I mean, so bad that I'm considering going to no gi class on Wednesday night to get an extra day back. Sigh. Sad times when I'll go to a no gi class on purpose.

On the bright side, Netflix rules. Seriously, it's a lot of fun to poke around in there and find new movies. It's fun to rate the movies. It's just fun. Dan in Real Life? Crappy. Not fun. Not at all.

Oh, I also went to Wal-Mart yesterday and got new lenses for my glasses for about half the price that my eye doctor wanted. Good grief.

Friday, January 16, 2009

New and Different

First, it seems that I'm going to be a real, live employee of an actual company, instead of being a contractor. Sometime next month, I should be officially official.

Second, Brian just ordered Dish Network. We had satellite when we first moved to Richmond, until cable became available. Then, we switched to cable. Since our cable bill is ridiculous, we're getting rid of the cable and the cable phone. We'll keep our internet with them, but that's all. The Dish plan is WAY cheaper, and has plenty of channels. Plus, I think they're all HD. Woo!

Okay, that's not so much new and different stuff, but I don't have loads of time. I'm really looking forward to the three day weekend here. It's been a pretty taxing week at work, what with the HR dealings and all. I'm really looking forward to training for the next 4 days in a row, and (oddly) toward doing pushups tonight. I sort of like them. Sort of.

Monday, January 12, 2009

I'm officially getting old

I went to the eye doctor this morning. My eyes still read at 20/20, but they also still don't know how to relax (much like the rest of my brain). So, he's increasing my prescription for my reading glasses once again, and made me promise to actually WEAR them when I'm working on the computer or reading a book. Since this averages out to at least 60 hours or so a week, I'm going to do it. Anyway, he also pretty much described my glasses-wearing history exactly, even though he didn't really know much from before 2005 (when I moved here and saw him for the first time). He said I had probably been given reading glasses when I was a kid (true, 7th grade). He said I had probably outgrown wearing them (true, by 9th grade, I didn't need them any more). He said that after 3-5 years, I probably needed them again (true, 11th grade, I needed glasses again). Then, he said that every few years, my eyes would need a slightly stronger prescription (which has been true over the last 8 years or so...I bump up one notch every visit to the eye doc). The worst part? I'm going to need bifocals before I'm 40. He checked me today to see if I needed them already (I don't), but told me I won't make it to 40 (which is somehow the magic year for bifocals for most people). He said I might make it to 38, 39 if I'm lucky. This is just peachy, since I'll be 35 next month. So, yep. I'm old.

In other news, the hundred pushups seems to be going okay. Tonight, I do 5 sets that look like this: 14, 19, 14, 14, max to failure (minimum of 19). I get 90 seconds of rest between sets. Wednesday, we'll do the last day of week 3 (which is actually week one for us).

Tomorrow, I'll do my initial situp test. I'm aiming for, oh, 10. Yeah. 10 would be good. I think I can do more than that, especially if I put my feet under the edge of the couch or something, but ugh. I need my abs for BJJ.

Speaking of BJJ, my calendar system is working well. I have lots of little pink highlighter blobs on there, indicating how many times I've trained for the month (6 so far), and only 2 purple blobs, indicating how many times I could have trained, but did not. I'm counting open mats in here, too, and one of those two purple blurbs was the open mat yesterday.

Yesterday, Brian and I went to VB and rebuilt two of the computers in his sister's office. Brian spent ALL day working on a third computer, trying to clean it up a bit, but we couldn't rebuild that one yet. Brian will have to go back for that soon, I think. We took the dogs with us, and they were great. Hung out in the office all day, then came with us to Brian's parents' house for dinner. They crashed on the floor and pretty much slept the entire time we were there.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

More than BJJ

We're one week in to the new year, and I've trained 4 of 5 possible times. This is pretty good, I think. I didn't go to Trey's on Tuesday night because after training 3 days in a row, I figured taking a day off would be better than ending up needing a week off. It sucks to miss training with Trey, but he's covering our class on Saturday. I won't miss that.

As the title indicates, I'm actually doing something more than BJJ. Last night, I did 2 situps. Sure, that doesn't sound like much, but today I'll do 4. Tomorrow, I'll do 6. We'll keep going until we've added 2 situps for 100 days. It works out to 10,100 situps in 100 days. Oh, holy crap. What have I gotten myself into? In addition to that, I started the one hundred pushups training program. Last night, after bjj, I did 2 situps and then maxed out on pushups. I maxed out at 25. I think I could have done a few more, but my form was still pretty good at 25, and I just didn't want to do any more. Pushups aren't easy. Anyway, since my baseline is 25, I start at week three. You can read about the plan here: www.hundredpushups.com. Friday, I do something like 12 pushups, then 17, then 13, then 13 more, then max out, with a minimum of 17. I get a 60 second break between the sets. Yay. At least this program is only three days a week.

Brian is also doing the situps and pushups, and so is my friend, Jennie, in Virginia Beach. It will be interesting to see how long we stick with it (especially knowing how MANY situps we're going to be doing). I just figured out that our last situp day is April 16. That seems so far away right now. So very, very far. At the end of all of this, I should have great core strength and abs and crap though, right?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Back in the BJJ saddle

I'm tracking how many classes I attend now. I never bothered before, because back in the beginning, if there was a class when I wasn't at work, we were at it. Then, we started getting banged up one way or another. Anyway, my system now is to just hit my calendar with a highlighter on the days that I train. It takes 2 seconds, and every time I look to my right, I see how many times I've trained for the month. It will also be interesting to look back at the end of the year, I bet. Anyway, in the last 5 days, I've had 4 opportunities to train, and made it to 3 of them. Not bad. I'm planning to train tonight at one of our affiliate schools, too.

Also, guard passing month is over, and now we're moving into open guard for January. I'm actually toying with attending a few of the no gi classes for this, believe it or not. Maybe I'll do 2 of the 4 or something. Oooh...that actually works, since I'm going to have to be in to work really early on two Wednesdays, which will mean I can be off in time for the 2 PM class. Super.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Food and when to eat it

I have a lot of rules about what can/should be eaten, and when. For example, pizza is not a breakfast food. Neither is spaghetti. Now, I don't actually like your standard breakfast foods too much (eggs, grits, toast, oatmeal), but I still have clear ideas on what should and should not be eaten for breakfast. Growing up, I liked to eat soup for breakfast. Specifically, Campbell's condensed chicken and {insert pasta form here}. It heats up fast, it was better than eggs (ick), and more filling than cereal. I'm not sure when I got away from the habit, but for the last few years, I've been eating a muffin most days. Muffins, while tasty, are not what you could call 'diet-friendly'. So, no more muffins. (It helps that Starbucks has discontinued the cranberry orange muffins, too.) I think I'm going to have just get over it and start eating oatmeal and/or eggs. Sigh.

Moving on, not only do I have ideas about proper breakfast foods, but also what foods go with what weather conditions. Everyone knows that snow days call for something warm and comforting. Foods that fall into this category for me include chili, mashed potatoes, and fresh donuts. When I was a kid, we would make donuts at home on the first snow day of the year, which was always sort of magical. Anyway, I'm not sure why I even like chili so much, because I don't like most of the things in it. I pick around the tomatoes, I don't like biting into onions...gah. Still, I like chili. I like it on rice, or mashed potatoes. I like it in a bowl with sour cream. I like it with chunks of steak in it (but prefer no ground beef). I like it with beans. Huh. You know what...I like Campbells Chili Beef soup. THAT's where my chili love began. I like this stream of consciousness writing stuff...you just never know what's going to come out.

Today, it snowed. I brought a salad for lunch. These two things do not go together. I ate my salad anyway, but now I want something warm to eat. I'm wondering what will happen if I put an apple in the microwave. I probably won't do it, but a baked apple sure does sound nice right now.