Sunday, January 09, 2011
So the new addition has become firmly established in my house. We named her "Rani", Punjabi for "Queen". She had some health problems - pyometra, an upper respiratory infection and on top of everything an ear infection, but she's getting over those problems and through it all she's been an amazingly loving and affectionate cat. It's hard to imagine how anybody could have abandoned her. She even gets along with the dog!
On the lifestyle front I've been sticking pretty close to my goals. Fortunately all the Christmas goodies have been eaten, and mostly not by me although I had my share. Now it's onward and upward, down the home stretch to my black belt grading. In our style there is no testing on grading day. Anybody who gets graded has proven time and again that they're at the level they need to be for whatever belt it is they're getting. But I have to put together a program to show off my strong points, so there's a lot of planning and special practice!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I wasn't looking forward to my first Christmas in twenty years without cats. Two days ago somebody posted at work that there's a cat in a shelter who desperately needs a home as she was really depressed and in danger of getting sick. Bad news: she's black and apparently lots of people don't like black cats.
Long story short; I went to the shelter, fell in love, and now she's busy exploring my office. She hasn't met the dog yet but she can hear him through the door and she appears interested rather than scared.
After Grumpy died I didn't want to run out and actively look for a new cat but I was always open to helping a cat in need. Cats have a way of showing up when it's time. Seems it's time.
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Well, I went and tried indoor rock climbing today. For the first time it wasn't too bad I think, although I only got about 20 minutes of actual climbing in. For one thing I had to learn how to use the equipment, and then I had to get up my nerve. I got about halfway up the beginner wall when I realized how high up I was. That's when I remembered I'm scared of heights.
I let myself back down and did some deep breathing before I tackled the wall again. And again. I'm sorry to say I didn't get all the way up - no rational reason, just didn't have the nerve to do it. Stupid - I knew I couldn't fall, but I just couldn't overcome the fear of being so high up. Next time I'll have to go with somebody so I'll be too embarrassed to chicken out. Because there definitely will be a next time!
Friday, December 03, 2010
Oh man, the jet lag really got me this time. I'm so glad I took another week off work. Normally it doesn't bother me so much, but I think because it's so dark anyway it makes it harder for me to adjust. When I go to Germany in the summertime, I get back to much more daylight which helps.
Monday: trying to remember what day it is and what I'm doing here
Tuesday: went to my karate class - first horse stance in three weeks - ouch!
Wednesday: walked the dog and cleaned up the yard; wanted to go to the gym in the evening but went to bed instead (at 7pm :( )
Thursday: went swimming and walked the dog
Friday: a long walk with the dog and karate class again - horse stance a lot better today but kicking practice was painful
Tomorrow: I want to try rock climbing; it's supposed to be lots of fun.
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