June 22nd, 2006


Is it only Thursday?

Tonight is the Yellow Belt test for the Howard clan. I think we're well prepared. All of the practice, however, has made my stomach muscles quite sore. That's a good thing :) My quads are also a little sore, but my legs always recover pretty damn quick. I've figured out that yellow belt means you know just enough to hurt someone, or get yourself hurt. Not enough to actually take care of yourself.

We have miles to go *laugh*

I finally got my neurotomy scheduled for my back. Believe it or not, I tried to schedule it around TKD. Class is on Tuesdays, so my neurotomy on the right side of my spine is next Thursday. I should be ok by Tuesday to go to class and do as much as I can. Then again two days later, on Thursday, they will do the left side of my spine. Class again on Tuesday. I figure those two classes are ones I'll have to take it easy in, but at least I won't miss any instruction.


Today is supposed to be a big layoff day at work. My whole group has one-on-ones with our boss. My hope is that since it is on the phone for me, and only 15 minutes, we are being told we still have jobs. For now. *crosses fingers*


OH! If the boys get their yellow belts tonight, I promised them ice cream as a treat. If I get mine, I'm going to treat myself to a massage tomorrow. I also need to go get a mani-pedi. Time to pay all of my bills and find out how much disposable income I have for the next two weeks.


Funny for the morning - The US is playing Ghana right now in the World Cup competition. A local radio station found a pub that was playing the game this morning, which had about 40 or 50 people watching the US play. They sent in a large black man, dressed as a Ghana fan, to loudly get into the game (ONLY Ghana fan in the place), and play the race card whenever calls were made against Ghana. Listening to it was actually pretty damn funny. You could hear the stunned silence from the US fans at times. That very uncomfortable silence as they try to figure out if he is for real or just teasing, but since it is a race thing, nobody is willing to ask. :)


OH! Second funny! Scott told the kids about something he did as a kid, which got him in trouble. He found a green anole outside and spray painted it silver. Then he called his mom to see the amazing silver lizard he had found. She was AMAZED. Until she figured it out. :)

This morning, Matthew had on his gecko shirt, which has some brightly colored day geckos on it. He wanted to know why our geckos weren't as colorful (we have crested and leopards which are more earthy tones). I told him we were not getting more geckos. Michael pipes up with an idea to paint our existing lizards rainbow colors. Ummm...NO! (followed by the very faint but well heard 'I would blister your bottom if you painted my lizards. That could kill them') Michael's response? Well, DADDY DID IT!

Great. Just great *laugh*



My boss went ahead and called me just to let me know that I'm not being RIF'd.

If you could see me bouncing around the house right now like an idiot, you KNOW you would be on the floor laughing.

Great day

We are now the 'Howard Clan of Yellow Belts'! All three of us passed our Yellow belt exam in front of the Black Belt board tonight. Michael and Matthew had notes on things they need to improve on, but they are FIVE. For five year old boys they did GREAT. I was so proud of them, and most of all, they were proud of themselves. The rest of the test board laughed when the boys got their certificates and Matthew yelled 'WOW! I got a gold medal!'

Matthew was surprisingly much better and more focused than Michael. His ADHD medicine must be REALLY working, and he must really like Tae Kwon Do, if he is remembering everything and performing this well. Usually it is the other way around, so I'm glad to see something where Matthew does better than Michael for once.

As for me, I finally broke through my quietness and yelled like I am supposed to. They told me to work more on looking mean. *laugh* My kicks were high, and with pretty good form, so I guess my work paid off. I have to admit I'm enjoying Tae Kwon Do! The self-defense stuff is just the coolest. To know how to handle yourself in the different situations and holds is actually very practical for a female to know.

I'm off to put my mini-yellow-belts to bed now. They've had a long day, but with the ice cream they were promised afterwards if they passed, they might not see sleep for a little while.