I haven’t posted in about a week. Last Wednesday, I had a great time at practice, but ended up with a few injuries. I didn’t realize just how bad they were until the next day. It turns out my toe was fractured and I had bruised rib. I figure things like this are bound to happen, so I’m taking a few days to partially recover before going back to the gym. My goal is to get back on Thursday for boxing, and hopefully conditioning before hand.
On a completely unrelated note, a couple of months ago I had a hardware meltdown on my web server. I started comparing the cost of hosting it myself with the cost of a remotely hosted machine, and it appears to come out pretty even. Yesterday, I discovered Webfaction and decided to switch back to a remotely hosted service. As of now, this site is being hosted at Webfaction. So far, I am very happy with the move. They support PHP, which most of my blog sites are using, and Python/Django. You have a shared plan, but can host multiple domains, so it works out pretty well. At $15 a month for the second tier plan, there is no beating it. Hopefully speeds and reliability will stay up. All in all though, this allowed me to finally drop cable TV at home. That’s a move I am glad I am making.
Friday night was great. I got to do the usual drumming with the boys of Out of the Darj and a new student, Malek. I’m really impressed Malek’s ability to pick up the techniques. He’s going to be really good if he sticks with it. He certainly seems pretty motivated so far. Next Saturday night we play at the Zivah hafla. It should be great show.
Apparently I needed sleep this weekend. I ended up skipping Boxing for the sake of sleeping in Saturday. I did get up about 5:30, to go to the rest room, but soon realized my arms and quads were really sore. The thought of having to climb 600 feet on Jacob’s Ladder was night something I could bring myself to overcome. Too bad, as I really missed going, later in the day. I did, however, get to spend most of the afternoon at Rairoad Park. Birmingham has really done well this time. The park was full of people. Deanna and I had a nice picnic of Purple Onion and met Megha, Vikas, and Jasmine for some frisbee time. Deanna and I finished the evening by receiving our $150 store credit at 2nd and Charles (for a bunch of books we traded in) and having coffee and the Powerful Stuff at J Alexanders.
Today was freakin’ awesome. We slept in, had some coffee, and then went to Yoga. I had a good time and got a great stretch. I don’t go so much for all the psycho-babble, but it is decent exercise. I spent a little time in the afternoon working and preparing for Tuesday’s Android presentation, and finally went to the park to run. Today was the first day I’ve managed to hit 3+ miles without stopping in over 10 years. It felt awesome. I could have even kept going, but I think that was enough for today. Now, relax away the rest of the weekend and get ready for work, MMA101, and BJJ tomorrow.
Today was awesome.
Wednesday I decided to take the day off. I went to the track, in Leeds, and ran a little. I didn’t make two miles without stopping because I ran a full mile all out. Man, I’ll be glad when I can get two miles up to that pace.
Thursday was conditioning and boxing. I gad a great time, but I feel it today. Sparring at the end of class was great. The guy I was boxing was a lot better than me (but hell, most of them are) and caught me with several great head and body shots. I like getting hit though, because it reminds me to keep my guard up. I’m looking forward to Saturday’s boxing class. I can’t get enough.