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  1. Ice, Baby Ice... and Aleve... and Excedrin

    by , 07-06-2014 at 10:54 AM
    Day 4 of caffeine detox. This time, I fell off the wagon when I returned to work and had a long drive and thought 2 bottles of Diet Coke a day would NOT lead to bad withdrawal symptoms.

    Yeah. Go ahead. Laugh at me. I should have known better.

    The knee is not swollen but it still feels like someone had been hitting the front of it with a rubber mallet so I'm continuing to ice, rest, elevate, and Aleve it. I've also gone through my vast collection of braces (I am ...
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  2. Making book

    by , 07-05-2014 at 08:42 PM
    My blank pages book in which I kept my post-lesson notes is literally falling apart so I've been working on compiling them into a more logical format.

    Alas, this is not going well. Fiction stories have a beginning and a middle and an end (although the beginning might be told in the middle as a flashback and... oh, never mind).

    I've tried to find logical ways to organize this. [Why are you laughing?]
    I bought a small notebook and some tab sheet and divided this ...
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  3. Dumb (temporarily I hope)

    by , 07-03-2014 at 11:23 PM
    Experts say that fine wines often go through a period where they taste “shut down” and “dumb” for a time after they are bottled. I think both my fencing and my refereeing are going through that phase at the moment.

    It's really obvious in my (fencing) refereeing. A few weeks ago, I realized I needed to focus on and clean up my mechanics, particularly the signals, if I’m going to work anything more than club tournaments. Up until now, my calls have been OK, but my signaling has ...
    Tags: novices, refs, vets
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  4. Legs!

    by , 07-03-2014 at 09:38 PM
    I have been logging steps with my Fitbit for over a month. A week ago I started doing a daily exercise routine, really supposed to be a warm-up but I find it pretty hard. I have been logging my food every day, and not losing weight, but the goal was simply to log the food (I was logging it before, but with the goal of losing weight, and not losing weight then either). I have to be much fitter than I have been, and this is when I get serious about training hard.

    Yesterday, I slipped ...
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  5. Planning for Veteran Worlds

    by , 07-03-2014 at 09:17 AM
    Yesterday, a friend contacted me. He had qualified for the Veteran World US team, and wanted to get any suggestions for planning.

    My first suggestion is: Plan like crazy, because you are responsible for getting there at the right time and being prepared.

    My second suggestion is: Don't expect anything. No, expect something will go wrong. Because it will, despite the good will and positive intentions of everyone involved.

    My third suggestion is: OH GOSH ...

    Updated 07-03-2014 at 09:32 AM by Peach

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