Friday, January 24, 2014


Last night we were working on a move called Halfsie, which is like a pullover,but only with one leg. You wind up hanging upside down with one leg hanging onto the hoop. It's pretty uncomfortable -- so much so that I could only do it on one side (the right leg over).

Which led to a funny conversation. Do I have higher pain tolerance on one side than the other?

Last Friday we were sparring at karate, and it went on for quite a while. The longer you spar without a rest, the worse your control gets, so I was blocking badly and wound up covered in bruises. I went home and iced my left forearm and my left foot, and then it was bedtime and stripping down, I noticed that my right arm was also swollen. I hadn't even noticed!

Maybe it's because, being a lefty, I use my left arm more?

But I also tend to fight in right stance if given an option, which might be protecting my left side more. Weird.

Trying to add a picture. It will work better later.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Carmel apple smoothie

2 cups milk
3 scoops vanilla frozen yogurt
2 red delicious apples, cored and quartered
1/4 cup caramel sauce
1/4 cup peanuts
1 banana

Blend for 30 seconds, minimum.

Serves 3.

Constant readers will notice a theme with all my smoothies...

We learned a new acro trick this week: Front roll headspring! The videos seem to be mostly martial artists, which seems funny, though coach Dan did say it's an old trick, and the younger coaches wouldn't even know it. He puts a bit of effort into finding new, interesting things for us recreational people to do.

Friday, January 03, 2014

In Process -- Dec 2013

First Draft
“Limering”. I’ve got about 22,500 words or thereabouts. 

“Wind/Water/Salt”. Spellchecked. This took far longer than it should have. I thought I was going for low-hanging fruit, and then I spent something over four hours at it.
All my editing time this month seems to have been spent knitting gift socks. I read five and a half chapters just so I could say I’d worked on it at all. 2014 will be better. This pass through will be another low-hanging fruit effort, mostly just deleting the repetitive bits and using up the notes.

I suppose SFContario didn’t end until Dec 1, so I can say I did something. 

2 out there.
9 rejects for 2013 so far.
I’d like to get 50 for 2014. That would be awesome! 

Hella Fair isle dress in Kauni. Peplum ¼ done. Need to do the neck and armholes, too, and then block and seam and it’s done!
Carousel socks (knitty). Finished.
Farmer McGregor socks (socktopus). Finished. Had to buy an extra ball of yarn because they were a gift.
Crowley socks (socktopus). Finished gift, four days after Christmas. Poor Ed, always gets his socks last, and late. But at least he got some, the boy says, who I suppose will get them for his birthday.
“Kaffeklatsch” (self-designed).  Started as a travelling project.
“Ribbon Chase” (self-designed). Started as a whim, a sweater based on the same principles as the carousel socks.
“Ceremonial Armour”. Ignored.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

What I read -- December 2013

Kind of a slow reading month -- I blame knitting socks for Christmas gifts. 

“Midnight Blue Light Special” by Seanan McGuire. For some reason I find these hard to start, but once I get going they don’t get put down. I found this one more stressful than the last.

“The Invention of Murder” by Judith Flanders. This was recommended by Sarah Monette, so I got it out of the library. It was kind of a slow read because of its data richness, but the authorial voice was charming and the theme was fascinating. It took various true crimes from Victorian England and showed how they changed and evolved in the press and in fiction and theatre. Anyone who’s interested in where stories come from should read it – I learned a ton.