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Nov. 22nd, 2009 06:35 pm
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I've started taking tae kwon do with my kids the last few months. Yesterday was the belt test. They let me skip from no belt past white belt, so I tested for gold belt right along with Son the Younger. Even though testing is about much more than just breaking a board, you can't help but see it as a major milestone. StY is not quite big enough yet to break a board yet, but he gave it a good try. Son the Elder was testing for red belt, at a much more advanced level. It's actually quite impressive what he can do at a mere eight years of age. He wasn't quite able to break the board, but it cracked pretty audibly.

They give the grown-ups wider and thicker boards than the kids, but I still gave a nice strong stepping side kick and broke it on my first try. It was much more satisfying than I expected it to be.

DH isn't doing tae kwon do, but I had bought a large blue Hubbard squash that I was having difficulty cutting up. He grabbed the big cleaver and hacked away at it, yelling and everything, and now there are bits of squash all over the kitchen. Good thing it's his job to sweep the kitchen floor.

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Sep. 16th, 2007 10:38 pm
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  • Saturday morning was the belt ceremony for DS1's tae kwon do school, so he finally got the white belt that he successfully tested for. Now, he just needs to learn to tie the darn thing.

  • I finally got a haircut, since it had been over a year since the last one. I even have the disembodied ponytail to show for it. I should remember to donate it at some point. Anyway, now it's nice and short and out of the way. It's funny, the last time I this much hair cut off, I felt a real sense of loss. This time, I just felt relief.

  • DH has re-organized the big code I've written. Here's where being married to a computer scientist comes in handy! It practically looks like a software package a code developer might have written! Until you look at it closely and realize that no, actually, it's still spaghetti code that a scientist hacked together, just served on a fancy plate with decorative drizzles of sauce and sprinkles of garnishes.

  • DS1 had his first sleepover Saturday night. Two of his best friends (twins) live just down the street, and they had been begging their mother to let him sleep over. Now, I suppose, we should invite them over. Except that those two boys are normal, rambunctious first grade boys, while DS1 is a quiet, well-behaved, bookish boy. So having them over here will be a significant perturbation from the status quo than DS1 going over to their house. I am afraid. For now, I still have the excuse that we don't have a fully working bathroom...

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