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Saturday, August 04, 2012      30 comments

Thousands of hours of training Hundreds of classes Years of sweat Countless bumps and bruises One Black Belt ... Read more
Do or Die Time
Saturday, August 04, 2012      17 comments

Today is my black belt testing. I have been preparing for this for almost exactly 2 years. I feel sick. I want to curl up into a fetal ball and cry for my mommy while being physically ill. I want to just give up and run away, telling myse... Read more
Warrior Dash results
Wednesday, August 01, 2012      6 comments

For the Saturday race I came in 196 out of 966 women in my age group, 1033 overall (women only). I was 3331 in the co-ed overall out of I don't know how many thousands since I didn't have the patience to scroll all the way to the bottom. Finis... Read more
Warrior Dash and Taming the Jungle
Monday, July 30, 2012      15 comments

The Warrior Dash on Saturday was, if anything, even more awesome than last year. The course was a slightly different route and some of the obstacles were new. They got rid of the on where you had to go hand over hands down a rope from the 20-3... Read more
Warriors - Prepare for Battle
Saturday, July 28, 2012      12 comments

It is ON! Once again Warriors from all over Michigan assemble to battle to the death as card carrying members of Warrior Nation. That's right, today is the Warrior Dash, billed as "the craziest frickin' day of your life". In just few... Read more
More Differences in France
Thursday, July 26, 2012      14 comments

Now on my previous list I should have been clearer that the differences are based on what I have experienced in a very localized part of France. It is like comparing a large town / small city in the Midwest USA to New York City...what I observe... Read more
Sports in France
Thursday, July 26, 2012      7 comments

On my initial "look & see"' visit to Compiègne I received a ''Sports Guide'' listing all the clubs and teams available. It is quite a bit different from where I live in southeast Michigan. Some of the possibilities include: * several typ... Read more
Moving to France, part 1
Monday, July 23, 2012      41 comments

I am in the process of moving to France for work. I was offered the opportunity a few months ago...with no specific position named at the time but a promise of one to be found...and since I work for a French company an international posting, to... Read more
Going it alone
Wednesday, July 11, 2012      11 comments

At the start of last night's karate class I & one of the other black belt candidates had to re-do our push-ups. Neither of us was able to do the required 50 during the pre-test. Unbeknownst to me at least since this was never mentioned or done... Read more
I'm Home!
Tuesday, July 10, 2012      12 comments

For a few days anyway, after an 8.5 hour flight with a crying toddler in front of me who finally fell asleep 10 minutes before landing. I left the airport by 2; by 2:50 pm I pulled into my driveway and saw this: ... Read more
Checking in
Sunday, July 08, 2012      10 comments

I know I've been MIA lately. So much going on, not enough time to do it all. You all know the story. Had black belt pre-testing last Saturday. I was to chicken to read the results until today. You know how it is when you take any sort o... Read more
Push-Up Challenge - The Payoff
Friday, June 29, 2012      10 comments

As you may remember for I few months I did. Push-up challenge with some other Spark members, which ended sometime in June. The challenge was for consistency, not quantity and the goal was to do a minimum of 4 sets of pushups 6 days per week for ... Read more
May Goal Results
Wednesday, June 13, 2012      7 comments

1) Maintain my weight at +5 / -14 pounds emoticon still ~5-6 lbs over goal range at month end but this has chan... Read more
Getting things done
Thursday, May 31, 2012      8 comments

Finally. I've always known I work better under pressure. And now that I have deadlines things are finally getting done. Not necessarily the way I would have done them had I had plenty of time to save for the materials I wanted, but at leas... Read more
Friday, May 18, 2012      7 comments

I'm as busy a bee! I have so much going on I don't even know where to start. HR is finally moving on the paperwork for my new position / move. And I actually know w... Read more

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