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Pushy Projects, Country Thoughts

Well, after really-o truly-o believing I'd jump into SAND this week, that book on stress and nutrition decided it needed work.  I didn't think I wanted to work on non-fiction right now.  I want to play with stories!  But stress wants some work, so work it shall get.  Grump.

The garden is managing to look like a garden still, despite the lack of rain.  I refuse to clean it up by tilling under the grass and clover that is growing between rows.  I think that's the only stuff holding moisture in soil.  So I dusted everything with diatomaceous earth and let it be.  I also surrounded the house with the stuff to keep the bugs out.  Best non-toxic solution ever!

My mother and I went to Nashville (IN, not TN) weekend before last, and it so solidified how much I miss the non-rural parts of life.  Nashville, and nearby Bloomington, offer a neat mix of country and city.  I miss easy access to music, theater, and restaurants that are a few steps above what passes for fine dining in my current little town.  On the other hand, I can't imagine living in the middle of a city again.  I mean, my current neighborhood is twelve homes, each with a half to full acre, in the middle of agricultural fields, and sometimes I think the neighbors are too close!  On the third hand, I'm tired of driving forever just to see a show, or find a store more diverse than WalMart.  And on the fourth hand, I don't want a day in the country to involve a two-hour drive.

The fifth hand says I'm likely looking for a place that doesn't exist, and should quit bitching. :-)

On the karate front, I just learned I can help my instructor teach his classes as karate camp...and we're doing stick and sword!!  I said my yes-sir with restrianed enthusiasm, then squealed when I got in the car.  Four days of stick and sword!  Woohoo!!


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Jun. 20th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
Four days of stick and sword? Talk about research!
Jun. 20th, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
Yes! Isn't that incredible? It's close-in stick and sword, too, with movements that can be translated for knife fighting as well.

Sensei and I worked some of it last night. Unlike sparring, where he can hit me three times before my brain registers the fact he has moved, I managed to score points (which likely means my inability to score in sparring is a mental block more than anything else).
Jun. 20th, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
I was never any good at sparring, unlike fencing. Part of it was dealing with the mask and my glasses joggling, but part of it was the instinctive want to protect myself, which oddly wasn't as strong an issue as with fencing. (But that could have been age, too.)
Jun. 20th, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
I understand what you're saying, totally.

Sensei's theory is that my strategy working with sword involves using the techniques I've learned, while my sparring strategy sees to be "HIT THE OTHER GUY NOW!" :)
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