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Christmas Junkie

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Ok, I'll admit it. I'm a Christmas Junkie. There. I've said it.

As soon as the weather turns cold, I get the irresistible urge to go shopping (mostly on line these days), start craft projects and bake traditional German Christmas goodies. I'll restrain myself from decorating the house until the 1st Advent Sunday and I'm rejoicing when it comes early, like this year it's November 27th. I go to Christmas craft fairs and if possible take in any Christmas Markets in the vicinity. Last year I was in heaven because I actually was in Germany in early December, thanks to my mother's foresight to have a birthday in November. This year I'll be checking out the Vancouver Christmas Market.

I LOVE the special foods we only get on Christmas. Even though a lot of them are around all year now, I won't buy or make them until the Christmas season.

And I know every driver will curse me but I LOVE snow. I love the stillness it brings to the landscape (until rush hour starts) and how clean and bright it makes everything look. I love having a snowball fight and I love seeing the lake all frozen and my dog trying to walk on it with a goofy expression on his face ("The water is hard!" - sorry Walt Disney).

So now my secret is out. But I don't care. I'll be too busy knitting scarfs in Vancouver Canucks colours - this year they'll win the Stanley Cup for sure! And I'l be busy baking and decorating and sitting by the fireplace just enjoying the season. And any Scrooges out there can just go and jump in the lake - as long as the ice is thin enough!

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23KAIYA 11/23/2011 3:04AM

    I love snow, Christmas seems very materialistic and being in the stores will get me agitated but I love baking and enjoying my toes warming by the fire :)

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SENSEIIRENE 11/21/2011 8:42AM

    Kindred spirits. I wonder if it's a Canadian thing.... I doubt it. :) We got to put up our tree last weekend (so it has been up for over a week) because DD was in from out of town and it was the perfect opportunity. She was thrilled. There were many laughs as it went up. As a result, we've been "all decked out" far earlier than usual, but I LOVE IT.

Not nuts about the snow, but we get a LOT more of it than you folks do....

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SOPKAMANJU 11/20/2011 9:23PM

    I like Christmas too... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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New Kata

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Last night I learned Jutte, my 3rd black belt kata. Sensei is really keen on me learning them all quickly so we can practice together. He misses his son, who used to be his pracice partner, but who's now going to school halfway across the country. It's a little sad; we used to have a few black belts in the club but they've all drifted away - not sure why. Well, one family of 4 moved to Ontario; that was a big loss for the club.
Anyway, the reason Sensei needs a partner is because his memory isn't 100%. Of course we do have a lot of katas and the moves are sometimes very similar; t's easy to switch to a different kata halfway through. If he's relying on MY memory though he's in trouble :)
Fortunately this is the 21st century and not the 17th, so we're able to use technology to help us. We do have a DVD with all our katas performed by our previous Sensei. Last night I brought my laptop in and after all the kids had left we started working on the kata, going back and forth to doublecheck we were doing it right. The end result was quite recognizable.
Two more black belt katas to go!

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23KAIYA 10/22/2011 5:34PM

    Our kata are like that too, I've started one, inserted another midway and finished with the ending of a third! My limit is 1 every 2 weeks or so, or I jumble them all up. It's going to be interesting when I return next week, I have 10(or so) to re-learn.

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Jack of all Trades and (maybe) Master of one

Monday, October 17, 2011

So as if I didn't have enough stress in my life I've started a Master's program in Health Informatics. It's online, hugely expensive (but fortunately there is a fund available at my work or else this wouldn't happen) and lots of work. I've spent the last 4 weeks working on this assignment worth 40% of my grade. There is only one other assignment worth 60% (yes, I do know math). Finally submitted it last night, 5 hours short of the deadline which is some kind of new record for me and now I'm waiting with bated breath for my mark.

WHY am I doing this? Well in Germany we say "when the jackass is doing too well he'll venture out onto thin ice" (or jennyass in my case I guess). Anyway, I'll wait for my instructor's feedback and then I'll decide if this is worth my while. It was a great incentive for exercising though because after staring at my computer screen for two hours I had to get moving. So maybe it's all good.


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CHATTIEGIRL 10/20/2011 9:12PM

    hi Jenny;

I did a program online and very expensive and went no where. Lesson learned I stay away from the online businesses because they are scams most of them. good luck and I hope you get a very good grade. Stay with your healthy life style. God bless you always. Learn something new every day.

Smile Joyce

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The best laid plans gang oft awry but what the heck...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

So my vacation wasn't exactly a shining beacon in my fitness journey. I had the best intentions but I'm not motivated when I'm by myself.

Never mind; I've started up again with karate class on Tuesday which I had to teach - a great way to get over jet lag! Yesterday I decided to try a 5k walk/run and did it in 43.5 minutes. Not my best time but still under 45 minutes. Today I've joined the 5k run program and I'm aiming to do a 10k next April.

Group power today and karate/weapons tomorrow.

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23KAIYA 10/13/2011 2:28PM

    You're picking right up where you left off and only in my dreams could I get a 5K in under 48 minutes!Good for you emoticon

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3RDBABYWEIGHT 10/13/2011 12:43PM

    I hope you had a great vacation! It sounds like you got right back on track!

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5k my way!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Today was race day. I decided to heck with the numbers and just ran for as long as I could. Most of my runs were 5-7 minutes long, with 2 min recovery walks. Considering that I started 5 weeks ago with 1 min runs and 4 min walks that's pretty darn good!

I've done the 5k walk/run three times now, and my time went from 45 min to 40 min 30 sec today. Karate is starting up again tomorrow but I'm planning on at least one run per week, trying to improve. And definitely when I'm going to Germany I'll be taking my running shoes!

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OUTDOORGIRL70 9/5/2011 7:16PM

    Good job.

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