I haven't been updating this here ol'blog lately because I have been pretty ill the last week or so. Eating became a hideous chore because after having the Hurly Whirlies (great name for it April), I am now all of a sudden lactose intolerant. Yesterday was the first day since last Friday where I could eat without consequences. I've enjoyed my first soymilk latte and feel so much better. Yay! I promise never to take good digestion for granted again.
So all that time not a lot of knitting got done, but I am 13 straight repeats into my clapotis. I am thinking that I will do about 16 or 17 and then finish it up. I've got 7 skeins of Silk Garden and I am into my 5th now.
I haven't been writing much about Kung Fu lately because I have been slightly disallusioned with it lately. Not kung fu itself. Tai Chi has become ultra boring. I haven't learned anything in that class since Septemeber and the people that are in it haven't caught up despite the fact that new material hasn't been introduced. It's frustrating and boring and I get a bad attitude when I get bored. Moreover a bunch of new people have joined lately and this just adds to the repetitive numbingness of the class.
I don't think people are practicing on their own and all they do is follow me and another guy in class. If the instructor made people do their forms solo, then they would learn them because they would have to establish their own mental cues and such. Oh well. So I haven't been going which is sad because I love Tai Chi, but it's not worth it if it drives me nutso.
One thing I have been enjoying lately is weapons class. we've been doing a lot of stick fighting and bought some kick ass kamagong ironwood fighting sticks. They are quite heavy (1.5 lb?? 2 lb???) and barrel through rattan sticks, but watch out if you hit yourself. Ouch!!!
But talk about a work out. I am building up a lot of grip strength and forearm strength. so much so that I picked up my heavy sword the other day and it felt light!!!! I can really use it now. Well I can try to use it now. I am so excited. It's such a lovely work of art. Don't you think? Anyway, now I am thinking about getting a real broadsword. The one I have been eying is 2.5 lbs by the same maker as my dual edged.