Come Sail Away....
Life as a reformed Zookeeper. Now living a life as a working mother who dabbles in karate, scrapbooking, and Coors Light!
OK, so I cancelled Orchard Beach State Park in Michigan, and reserved East Harbor State Park in Ohio instead. This one will be within walking distance to the beach, too. Lake Erie's beach. Someone tell me if there is a trash contamination there, too, eh?
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME????
...ok, Alaina? Perhaps a 4? The pic is to prove that my whining about acne at 31 is not an invalid complaint. And Katie? It's close enough to 31, babes....
........Acne at age 31. Who's idea of a cruel joke is that?
........Kids at an ADULT karate class. Kids who don't act remotely like adults.
........Not being able to pay the internet bill ONLINE. Seriously, dude?!
.........Kids who won't clean their rooms, yet go ape shit when you put a toy in the wrong place.
The list is seriously neverending right now. Am on a very short fuse, and people do their best to light it for me. Am in the process of trying to gain some perspective. Am hoping to get a good night's sleep tonight, have a productive work day tomorrow, and enjoy having eight of the next nine days off work. We shall see.
....guess who's tied for second in the state in sparring??
...so the weekend's been fairly relaxing. After we picked Collin up we hung out at home, getting his gear cleaned up.
...so I got my car back already. All fixed. Handed over my 500 bucks, and called it a day. I'm still so very upset with myself for the accident, but what's done is done.
...so am lucky enough to have driven my car around yesterday and not have the hood fly up and smack my windshield. Apparently appearances on my car were deceiving, as they've deemed it unsafe to drive. Picking up rental car at 4:00 today. It's always a surprise on what you're going to get with those.... like Christmas!
...because honestly? There are worse things that could be happening to me than what are. I am still quite down in the dumps, despite all the rationalization that's going on in my mind right now.
...so we went today. Here is a little snippet of me in action. I lost this sparring round, and wound up with third place out of four. I got first place in chanbara (padded swords) out of three women and third place out of five women in kata (think dancing with punches in kicks). Not a shabby showing, but feel like I could have done better. Let me just say that I'm crying laughing while I watch this!! Despite my hilarity at this, I do feel like I'm actually a contender. Moreso than when I went to the tournament in February. I've learned a lot. I do not take it as seriously as some of the women (the other in this video, for example) that come.
....Collin leaves for Boy Scout camp tomorrow morning. Aaron and Collin spent the last week amassing all of the necessary things. And it seems like the list was never-ending. Every time we turned around, we needed to shell out more money or go buy more stuff. But it will be worth it in the long run for him, I suppose. Poor Collin will never ever get an allowance though, at this rate. Or else he will certainly have to find some way of supplementing his income. Because he is getting expensive.
....last night found us drunk at the Fleck's house. Their new house is awesome for those with kids. They play either in the back yard or in their basement, and you NEVER know they're there unless they're asking for food. Given that there were about ten kids between everyone who was there, we got asked for food a lot. But it's better than in my house where we're all on top of eachother! It was a fun and relaxing time. And we stayed. Way. Too. Late.