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Someone asked Feb. 7th, 2008 @ 11:15 pm

What do I get out of my martial art (Ninjutsu)?  Interesting question.  Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

Balance, mind, body and soul.  I know it’s a horrible cliché, but it’s true.  I’ve learned things about myself that I otherwise wouldn’t have ever even imagined.  And the esoteric side of the art even ties in with my heathen spiritual beliefs/practises.  Oh and being able to run down a muddy embankment in the dark is a nice bonus :P

My spatial awareness is fantastic (though not flawless).  I like being able to jog at night and know exactly where I am by the feel of what’s under my feet.  I like being able to walk into a club and move freely, even though the place is packed.

I’ve learned humility.  Alright, you can stop laughing now.  By humility I mean that I understand that there is always someone else out there that can beat me soundly in any given field.  Not just know it, I respect it, I acknowledge it and I do my best to be ready to learn form those that are my betters.

At the same time, I’ve learned to respect and value myself and my skills.  I’ve learned to be proud of abilities and not to short change myself.  

I train in a martial art that can kill people.  But I’m not about killing anyone.  I train because it’s a way to make myself better one so many levels.  In training, I’ve gained a kind of second family, and if anyone of them called for pizza or for help, I’d be there in a heartbeat.

The thing is, it’s not just a martial art.  It’s even more then a life style.  It’s a way of BEING.

That’s what I get out of it. 
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

Feeling good about myself Feb. 7th, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

So I’m holding steady at the 7km in 42minutes jog time.  Apparently this puts me at an average speed of 10km/hr.  Not exactly fast, but a damn sight better then the 8km/hr I’ve been letting myself get away with for the last year.

I’m going to stay with this route/speed for the next month I think.  I really want to increase my cardio.  As it is, I’m puffing pretty hard at the end of that 7km, which isn’t good.  So the goal now is to get my lungs to chill and the muscles to work their best.  When I’m not out of breath after finishing, I’ll think about lengthening the route.  Hopefully I can up the speed too.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

Sore Feb. 5th, 2008 @ 11:21 pm
So at the dojo tonight, we did some things that none of us have done in a LOOOOONG time.  Namely assisted rolling.  That's where your partner grabs your wrist, torques it and you roll out.  Not only did I and the others get VERY dizzy, but now my pecks are KILLING me.

Someone remind me why I pay for my own torture? :P
Current Mood: soresore

I'm back Feb. 4th, 2008 @ 11:17 pm
And I'm going to try to do better with my updates.  However, I make no promises about deep insights :P

So what's new....  NExUS (my pagan group) is going great guns.  More people are joining and now I need to look into how one goes abotu applying for non-profit status.  That's step one to charitable status.

We had a lovely, if improve Imbolc ritual in which I got to bet my HP with a stick :P  A staff fight was part fot eh ritual.  Good thing he had padding on.

And this Friday I get to meet the landlady of the apartment Matt and I are thinking of moving into.  We'll see how that goes.

Also, I'm trying really hard to get back to my fic writing.  So I've made another LJ AiyokuSama where I will be posting ficlets and updates.  Warning, this new journal will contain everything from G to NC-17, het, slash and...um....other things :P  Just so you know.  Don't bitch at me if one of my fics squicks you.

So yeah, that's me.  Catch you laters!
Current Mood: awakeawake

Right then! Jan. 6th, 2008 @ 04:50 am
I guess I should give everyone an update on me.  The job is going good and I've had my first raise.  Yay!!!  Still with the boy friend and we are planning to find a place together in April....which is when we should have some luck, what with the students being out of classes and moving back home and what not.

NExUS is moving along every well, with lots of enthusiasm and good cheer.  We seem to have found a very good mix of personalities and will have our official founding ceremony in....April!  What can I say.....It's going to be a busy month :P

Haven't been making any runes, that's been put on hiatus.  But I have been painting minitures.  It's a good activity for at night when everyone else is trying to sleep.

I've also taken on three newbies as part of the mysticwicks mentoring program.  It's still early in the game, but they seem like good people.  Of course, this is me and if they haven't run screaming yet, they'll probably be alright.

So yeah.  Nothing major to report...yet. 
Current Mood: awakeawake
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» Erin’s going on vacation!
So, after much effort to get in touch with the organizers, I finally got confirmation and I’m off to the Gathering next month :)   Whoohoo!  John Lund is coming and I’m dragging my poor Anglican BF along.  There will be food, fun and SWIMMING.  I think I would go just for the swimming there if nothing else.  But I also get to see Lisa and the Pagan Mafia, take part in workshops, browse the merchant stands and make new friends. 

I’m soooo excited!

» Woohooo!!!!
I did it!  I passed the pre-trip inspection exam.  I now have my class four licence and am just waiting on the medical form to take to my doctor.

Weee!  It's done!  <does happy dance>

» Glass half full

So, just a quick update.  I had my class four road test today, which I aced :) what I didn't ace however is the pre-trip exam that you have to do  I missed a bunch of things, some because I was nervous and forget and some because there weren't in the hand book and I didn't know about them <grrrrr>

Anyhow I just have to redo the pre-trip and now that I know what they are looking for it'll be MUCH easier.  So life is good and I can get back to my normal routine.  Laters!

» I feel like a success!

I know, I’m bad. But I’m here now and here is the update on my life. As the title says, I feel like a success, as though I am were I should be. No, it’s not that everything is peachy. I still have a lot to do and more then a few glitches. However I was driving to work last night I just felt, accomplished.

So what’s lead me to this conclusion?

Speckle has come out of her shell and is actively seeking attention, playing and being a happy little cat in every way.

I’ve been at work over a month now and it’s going great. I also found out how the raises work and things will be quite cushy in about 6 months. And I’ve successfully change my sleeping pattern to sleep during the day.

I’ve gotten back into writing with an RPG that I joined that has some awesome writers which is challenging me to ramp up my own skill. And I’ve started my own fic based RPG called Shades of Gray, which is an urban occult. SoG is underway but I’m always looking for more players, so if you want to join, click the link.

What else….

Oh, I’ll be taking my Class 4 Driver’s test soon. I’ve got the time off for going to the Gathering and in general, life is just good J

So of course when life is good, I just have to go and make ti difficult for myself. I’ve decided that I want to resurrect the Temple of the Lady, a once wonderful organization that fell pray to petty power plays and politics. I’m going to rebuild the Victoria spiritual community, one member at a time.

So there, that’s my life in a nutshell. Laters!

» For anyone interested....
My schedule looks something like this now....

Sunday 2400 to Monday 0800.
Monday 2400 to Tuesday 0800.
Tuesday 2400 to Wednesday 0800.
Wednesday 2400 to Thursday 0800.
Thursday 2400 to Friday 0800.

To accomplish this I've become a day sleeper, and I try to be asleep from 10:30am to 6:30pm.

I'm on-line for a very limited time in the morning (I mostly just check and reply to email but IMs are open) but am usually on in the evening before work.  the acceptions to this will be Tuesday and Tuesday (I'm at the Dojo) and Saturday which is D&D night.  But I am around, I promise :)

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