I spent a bit of time reading through some old stuff here this weekend, appreciating the fact that I had been recording the goings-on of my family, my training, and life in general throughout the years. It was disappointing to see the large gaps, and I wondered what I would have written during those phases. Realizing that I was currently creating one such gap, I am taking some time to catch up now, and hopefully be a bit more conscientious about putting something down from time to time that I can look back upon later.
I'm still training at both schools, but the balance has shifted very far over to BJJ. Some weeks, the only time I get into JSD is Monday night with my CardioPal, who also recently started taking women's BJJ with me on Sundays. We've been spending more time together this last year, which has been nice. I've done another 2 months of PT for the shoulder, and I competed in our in-house tournament in February. I lost both my matches, but this time on points and not by submission. Small successes. Competing at blue belt level is definitely tougher and I'm still a "young" blue belt with a crappy shoulder. In any case, I'm there at least 4 days per week, and at JSD for cardio and sometimes morning classes. I also started taking a spinning class Friday mornings.
The family has been busy. Middle has spent this year as the Communications Chair for the high school's Mini Thon program, which has been a huge undertaking, on top of his schoolwork and job at the new hipster wine bar. This weekend was the actual event, and they raised around $300,000 this year - more than they had expected. Savageman and I were there as parent helpers and stayed up all night so we could be there for the big Reveal at the end. It was exciting to see all the hard work paying off. Super proud of the kid, and excited to find out what's next for him. So far, he's been accepted to Pitt and Penn State, main campuses for both, and VA Tech, where I did my graduate work. Waiting now on the others.
Little is enjoying his 8th grade year in public middle school. The academic part has been a struggle, but we're working on it. He's still doing BJJ and has some nice friends from there.
Eldest is working full time at a local cafe and just spent a week with the girlfriend, who was home from PSU for spring break. She'll be graduating this year, so it will be interesting to see what's next for him (them) as well.
Savageman has taken up yoga, and does that 2-3 times per week. Netflix and chill every evening together is a nice way to end the day.
Which I should do now. Goal is to write more consistently