February 26, 2007

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I’m still a little sore from krav maga last Sunday. I don’t think it’s
just the strain, although I’ll stretch more and get used to the pain
of attacking or defending. I had a hard time sleeping last night, too.
A series of nightmares…

After learning a tiny fraction about defense against a knife, of
course my mind goes and constructs a knife attacker to see how that
might work. In my dream, I felt the fight-or-flight response (and
definitely leaned toward flight!). The strange thing was that it
didn’t stop there… Rather, I ended up flashing back to the last time
I felt a really strong fight-or-flight response, which had nothing to
do with knives and everything to do with overhearing my name in
conversation. That really sucked; I just couldn’t stop my heart from

And then I ended up dreaming someone I know was really really sad, and
I just couldn’t figure out how to explain things to cheer her up, and
I just felt terrible.

So yeah, not quite restful sleep for me yesterday. Strange, isn’t it?
A knife grabs attention, but it’s worse to wake up and realizing that
your phantasms are less obvious and more real.

Walking science museum

Wayne’s daughter was with him last week, and I enjoyed spending time
with both of them. It was a great way for me to explore all these
sides of me, too—artistic, musical, linguistic, mathematical,
culinary, even physical… =) We played board games and card games,
and in between, I kept an eye out for interesting things to share.

I’m a walking science centre! I *love* capturing a teachable moment,
provoking wonder, or even just trying to figure out how to make an
abstract concept real for her. For example, last night, I couldn’t
resist the temptation to try and teach her more about fractions.
Sixteen oranges divided in various ways… =)

Anyway, that was tons of fun. Definitely among the best ways to spend
my evenings. =)

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Krav maga

One of the things my mom occasionally reminds me about is the need for
self-defense classes. Yes, even in Toronto. Not only is it important,
but it’d also be a good workout and confidence-booster. Finding a
self-defense class was on my list of goals for 2007.

I attended a free Krav Maga seminar last Sunday on Wayne’s
recommendation. It’s a form of self-defense developed for the Israeli
army. Quite a workout, too. I have a small bruise and my shoulders are
sore, but if I keep at it, maybe I’ll get better at dealing with
things like that. It was fun, although I kept apologizing after
hitting my partner.

I’ll settle into my life here and get that sorted out first, but if
there are more free (or inexpensive) seminars, or self-defense
seminars particularly for women, I might try to figure out how to fit
those into my schedule and budget. =)

Worth doing again.


I either can’t or don’t want to move. I’m not inclined to figure out
which right now. I think chores will have to wait until tomorrow or

I should make a practice of scheduling in days with ABSOLUTELY
NOTHING. And yeah, chores count as something…

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I haven’t danced tango in a year. Hadn’t realized how much I’d missed it until today, when I decided to show up at the loonie tango milonga of the U of T Argentine Tango Club. I dug my shoes out of a bin and threw them in a bag, then headed to the party in jeans and a T-shirt. No wearing a flowy skirt in this weather!

The people I used to dance with have improved so much. I’m envious! What have I been doing with my life? Hmph. I danced with a few new faces as well, and I managed to follow decently.

Love it. Will definitely drop in for at least one class. I wonder if I can drag anyone along, actually.

Oh goodness I can feel my feet… And my shoulders, too, but that’s krav’s fault (and another story).

Two days of lots of activity and exercise. I definitely deserve some downtime for blogging and doing chores…