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April 1 is our nominal anniversary; though the actual date is sometime shortly before Thanksgiving, we enjoy having the April date as it's about halfway between our birthdays, so we have two months of gifts and love to enjoy. Yes, we spoil each other. This year's anniversary gift was ordering silverware that matched the set we have now, which goes to show that we've finally resigned ourselves to growing up and caring about housewares and such. Yay.

That date also marks my 15th year of not smoking, which I chose to reward myself with some foodstuffs ordered from Japan. One of them arrived today, in fact. It's Sakura Confiture, a jelly made from sakura blossoms. Getting authentic sakura flavor out here in the US is hard to do, this gift to myself is one I get to give to my friends as they probably don't know what it's like. As of this moment, I haven't tried it yet; I'm waiting for Beemer to get home so we can have it together. I'll update after we give it a shot.

In the meantime, here's my silly photo for your enjoyment.


Update:
This jam is very, very sweet, meaning that we would add this to other goods to add a gentle sakura flavoring to the food. When adding a small amount to heavy cream and mixing, we found this to be true. At a later point, I'll attempt to make some sakura cookies or some such.
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On a whim, I purchased a box of Japanese do-it-yourself confectionery treats called Popin' Cookin' for Beemer and myself to enjoy for an evening's entertainment and dessert.



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Still here

Aug. 1st, 2014 05:30 pm
kung_fu_monkey: (B&W profile)
Yeah, I've been quiet, but I've been busy.

I've redesigned the school's website; it's now modern and updated, but nothing so fancy that I need to obsess over it. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and I'm pleased with that. This, of course, makes me Head Web-Monkey for the school, which evolved to also include Head Social Media Monkey, giving me access to our FB, G+, YouTube, Vimeo, and Twitter feeds. So, yeah, I'm working to keep our signal broadcasting and our audience engaged.

Training for the upcoming first TSD black belt test looms in just 2 months. I've got the technique, I've got the drive, I've got the knowledge and history, but I need to hit the cardio just a bit harder than I have. It's not bad; it just needs to be better to ensure my success. (Of course, then I need to maintain it for the next one in Sept.) So close to having two black belts! So close!

I bought some neat armor for my sparring matches: two lovely padded leather grappling gloves, a nice set of headgear, and a lightweight armor shirt. The shirt isn't as padded as I'd hoped it would be, but it's fine for our Super Happy Fun Light Sparring sessions. I kept my heavier chest piece for fights during test or Full Contact matches. Pics of them soon(-ish).

Oh! I've also been given permission to teach the kwan dao form to the kung fu students. This is positively exciting; I don't recall our instructor giving any other student permission to teach a new weapon before, so I'm both honored and nervous. No, it's not part of our traditional syllabus, so they won't be officially tested on it, but I'm not going to complain.

I was toying with the idea of doing some tournament competition, but I'm not quite there yet. It's tougher to prepare for those when you're 40 than when you're in your 20's, and I'm definitely noticing my body changing from age. I'm now aiming for the September event.

Aside from all the work stuffs here, I've been puttering about the house and spending lots of lovely downtime with Beemer. We're nearly finished beating the new EDF (Earth Defense Force 2025) on both Normal and Hard difficulties, and we're huge fans of the new classes and weapons. Now if I could just get him to stop hitting me with his missiles...

Anyway, we're off to see [livejournal.com profile] bryree and his wife a bit later tonight, so I'm signing off here.

XOXO,
Monkey
kung_fu_monkey: (Evil Jerry)
The sushi in front of you have different ingredients hidden in the rice.

Some have mayo, some have wasabi.
Some have chili oil with garlic chunks.
Some have a mix of tuna, mayo, and green onion.
One is stuffed with salt.

You may begin.

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kung_fu_monkey: (timmy)
X-Men: DoFP manages to be a great film in it's own right, fixes two bad films, and sets us up for a potentially solid sequel. That's quite the feat!

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Breaking Seminar by Kansai Monkey
Breaking Seminar, a photo by Kansai Monkey on Flickr.

Beemer and the Boards of Education.



Saturday was the annual Breaking Seminar at the school and though we were quite busy instructing our students the proper breaking techniques for their attacks, I did manage to get a few videos captured of Beemer and myself. I'll toss these behind the cut.

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kung_fu_monkey: (timmy)
It's been a hell of a trip, but we're back. I've got 95% of the photos uploaded to Flickr, arranged into bite-sized chunks for each town we were in or adventure we had. There's a some commentary, but we'll be happy to answer any question you have on here or over on Flickr.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/kansaimonkey/sets
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We've a tradition here to send our mothers photos of our family each Mother's Day, so here's us doing what we do. Happy Mother's Day to all you mamas out there!
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kung_fu_monkey: (Huh?)
Beemer, stepping out of the shower: SURE!
Me: ...what?
Beemer: Sure!
Me, looking confused: Sure...what?
Beemer: What?
Me: WHAT??
Beemer: Sure, I'll join you with your workout at the studio. That's what we were talking about before I stepped into the shower, right?
Me: I don't know! Yes? Maybe?

*this is a typical day in our house.
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Today was our annual Breaking Seminar at Saeng Myong Martial Arts! We had about 20 students participating, and I've uploaded all pics and vids over to my Flickr account. We've got some impressive breaks from senior students, videos of our very own [livejournal.com profile] dr_tectonic performing his first ever board breaks, and a few images of me doing my usual thing. Lots of fun and no one got (seriously) hurt!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kansaimonkey/sets/72157632896290675/

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This coming Saturday is our martial arts school's annual Board Breaking Seminar. The primary purpose of this function is to act as a diagnostic tool for students to improve their breaking ability (say, for a demonstration or test.) It's a well organized event that lasts a few hours, breaks up the students into beginner and advanced groups, and lets each student get specific feedback on their breaking style.

Naturally, I'm all over this. Though usually seen by some as ostentatious/overly macho, I find it utterly empowering as you progress in ability to snap several boards with a single attack or reduce bricks to so much rubble; in short, it nicely reflects your current ability and is quite rewarding. Perhaps this is why I find it so confusing to encounter people who don't find any entertainment in the act, but I have to try to remember that these individuals might fear the possible damage they'd incur from faulty technique (or, worse, those who view this 'vulgar' act beneath them).

All that aside, I'm excited for the seminar because I was given permission to have [livejournal.com profile] dr_tectonic participate in the beginner section despite his not being a student. Sure, this could be a trial to see if we can gather some potential students to the school for a rewarding event (in so long as they sign all the appropriate waivers), but for now, I'll rejoice in the fact that [livejournal.com profile] dr_tectonic is *looking forward to it!* He'll be given four boards, close supervision, and see why I'm all about the kicking and punching various building material.

Yay!

XOXO

Feb. 14th, 2013 06:46 pm
kung_fu_monkey: (Evil Jerry)
Beemer: Happy V-Day, monkey!
Me: Yay. I got you a fridge.
Beemer: Yay! Thank you!
Me: Now I'm going to shove you in there...
Beemer: What.

Happy V-Day everyone!
kung_fu_monkey: (Evil Jerry)
Beemer: Hey, can I have some of your gelato tomorrow?
Me: I thought you hated coffee.
Beemer: What?? No, I love coffee ice cream!
Me: Since when??
Beemer: I've always loved coffee ice cream!
Me: *glares* I'm getting a strong Alias vibe... Are you a spy? Did you kill Beemer?
Beemer: What? No!!
Me: YOU KILLED BEEMER!! I WILL FUCK YOU UP!!
Beemer: No! Calm down! I just don't like caffeine late at night.
Me: *glare*
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Beemer and his co-workers had to attend a conference up in Estes Park at the (in)famous Stanley Hotel. Since I don't often get to tag along on these trips (and will be missing his trip to SF next week for AGU), he wrangled it so that I could tag along and stay at the hotel with him. Sure, the conference was off-limits, but that just meant that I had two days to explore.

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With the test come and gone, I had foolishly thought I would have some spare time. Ha, no. Thanksgiving had us take a trip over to Nebraska to visit B's parents for the holiday dinner. They're currently living in a tiny town (population around 150) surrounded by miles of pretty much nothing, and I'm fairly certain I only saw 10 people moving about during our three day stay. Good socializing, but not a lot to do.

It's also that time of year when B finds himself frequently traveling to assorted conferences, leaving me to keep watch over the house as he heads off to San Fran, Austin, etc. Normally I don't get to travel with him as our schedules rarely sync up, but this week turns out to work in our favor; a quick 2 day trip up to Estes Park is in our future with us staying at the (in)famous Stanley Hotel! B will be busy getting his science on and being all professional which lets me explore the hotel, taking the hotel tour, and generally putting about the city at my leisure. Despite living in Colorado for as long as I have, I've never been there, so this will be a fun bit of exploration.

Today's temperature was around 29 degrees (F), leaving these poor monkey joints stiff and sore. I did manage one of my 2 mile jogs, but I'll have to pass on tonight. Ouchie.
kung_fu_monkey: (Chibi avatar)
All's well here despite the internet silence. Beemer made a smashing dinner the other night which you can read over on his journal. Nom.

I've been stressing a bit on the black belt test this weekend, not because I've slacked on my training, but because I'm getting a bit of fatigue from it all. We can't have burnout at this point, can we? Ah, well, it's just one more week.

Dishonored for the Xbox 360 has been my current choice of games, though in a few ways I've found it a bit lacking. Certainly the game offers a diverse array of skills for many playing styles (stealth, action, tech, mystical powers, lethal or non-lethal take-downs) and the levels are reasonably accommodating for clever players to reach their goals, but I find the story to be a bit lacking. The plot twist could be seen coming almost at the beginning of the game if one thinks about motives for a moment, leaving me controlling a shockingly dim-witted, mute, faceless assassin in a predictable world. Well, okay, that's not entirely fair since the mysterious supernatural element is a nice touch, the source for the steam/electric-punk energy is unorthodox, and some of the male models are kinda hot, so it's not all bad. Just, you know, the allegedly engrossing story.
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I'm taking the month off from my contract at the library to focus on getting the black belt, and given that workouts and running routines are keeping me fit, I should be ready barring unforeseen circumstances. That said, today's classes focused on the tempo of the sword form to improve the slow/moderate/blast speeds at appropriate points. Previously my efforts were okay, but today's session solidified it into an elegant, dynamic form that somehow remained hidden from me.

To help with the training at home, I've cleared out the downstairs even more than it was to give me LOTS of room to do forms. It's a bit inconvenient to do weapons forms right now as there happens to be a lot of junk in the way, but B-kun promises to help analyze/dispose of most of it tomorrow.

Sorry, I'm a bit distracted. Our lil' girl cat, Ioliel, is lightly snoring next to me with an almost gentle *sigh* on each exhale. It'd be downright adorable if she wasn't such a hellion today, but it's still cute.

B-kun and I went to see Wreck It Ralph with [livejournal.com profile] heypyro and a host of other local guys last night. Fun movie, well paced, a bit too saccharine at times, good comedic timing, and plenty of cameos to keep any gamer's eyes actively looking at all the background characters. 3D added some nice layers to the race scene, but it's not a requirement for viewing.

I've been plodding through Darksiders II for the Xbox 360 with mixed reactions. Using the formulaic progression found in the Zelda titles, the rich settings and spooky background like the Legacy of Kain series, and the loot-collecting properties of MMO's like Warcraft, I can see how the dev team at Vigil took the best aspects of many games to create a reasonably fun title. Sure, it's a visual treat and a heroic tale, but the core mechanics aren't different enough to make the elements distinct from the inspiring games. At one point I acquire the Deathclaw ability. It's all glowy purple and ominous and whatnot, but it's little more than the Hookshot with a fresh coat of paint. Not to say that Vigil didn't try, but I think there could have a bit more innovation here.

Let me add that some of the missions/plot points are annoyingly tedious and feel like busy work; King X wants me to acquire his 3 Y's before he can get me to plot point Z. However, Y2 wants me to find his 3 lost A's before he'll come with me, all of which are IN HIS OWN MAZE. You'd think he'd know where they are, or at least have an easier time finding them than I would, but, no, like all protagonists, I must do everything for everyone despite being the Death, one of The Horsemen of The Apocalypse. Seriously? Fetch quests? Yawn. Gripes aside, it's a fun treat with plenty of customization available, tons of optional side quests, and some impressive stages to admire.
kung_fu_monkey: (animated)
Me: Touch of Death!
Beemer: Arg!
Me: Touch of Love!
B: Aww!
Me: You're still going to die.
B: Hey!
Me: But I still love you.
B: Hm.
Me: Loving Touch of Death!
B: GO AWAY!
kung_fu_monkey: (animated)
(This post was originally created just a day after we acquired the cats. Now that the photo uploader is working, I'm posting it.)

The Almost Home Adoption agency is located on 88th and Harlan, rather close to us and therefore was our first (and only) stop. I had expected a small handful of cats skittering about a home-like office with a nice staff keeping them company, but it turns out it's much more than that.

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kung_fu_monkey: (animated)
Just got home from the adoption agency having a acquired a male black cat with beautiful pumpkin eyes, and a female tortoiseshell . Both about 1 year old and fixed, both currently hiding our upstairs library. They'll probably stay there for at least a day until they get used to having been adopted.

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