Posted in Karate, Life, tagged house, wedding on October 9, 2008|
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I’m not dead, nor have I disappeared. Mark and I in fact returned from our honeymoon last Saturday, and we’re working on getting back into real life. Some stuff I should blog about in more detail:
- the kitchen remodel
- the wedding
- both of these things together
And I do promise I will talk about them in great detail, with pictures! Probably soon to be followed with needing to talk about the yard, which is our next major house project. But first I need a chunk of time with my camera and my computer both in the same place.
In other news, the reason we came back from our honeymoon at Nags Head on Saturday instead of waiting until Sunday is that I’ve started teaching a women’s-only karate class on Sundays, and this past weekend was the first class. We have a large Muslim population of students at our school, and the moms, older sisters, etc., can’t take a class with men or boys there. As one of the only two female black belts at the school right now, I was nominated to teach. I’m kind of nervous about this, because I know I do some things quite differently from the way the owner of the school does, but as has been pointed out, he can’t come to this class, so how will he ever know? And the other big black belts keep assuring me that I have a legitimate black belt in this style, whether I do everything exactly the same or not, so I need to be more confident in my opinions when asked for them. I never used to have this problem, but taking what ended up being an 8-year break from actual training and finding things had changed since then has been kind of disconcerting.
Anyway, for this class we now have some big curtains to cover all the windows along the front of the school, and I lock the door when it seems like everyone has arrived. There was only one woman at the first class, but it turned out that was because it was the day after the end of Ramadan, and most other people who had intended to come had forgot about it. I should have more students this coming weekend.
Speaking of the end of Ramadan, our sensei can now eat again, and as a result he seems to have decided to try to kill us on Tuesday. Why, yes, a high cardio class after I’ve been gone for most of month is just what I needed! In my defense, though, I wasn’t the only one. There was one point in the class where I got dizzy first (probably due to dehydration), and then another student had to sit down right after me. His comment? “Two down! Let’s see if I can get the other three of you! … No, no, just kidding, everyone get some water.” I go back again tonight; I wonder what we’ll do this time.
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