Okay, you know by now that I have Karate on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Have you ever noticed that events always seem to fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays? I read somewhere that there is some kind of unwritten (wait - if I read it, is it really unwritten????) But anyway, read that when planning events for schools, churches, community, etc. that more people will attend if you hold them on Tuesdays or Thursdays. And I'm starting to think there truly is some validity to that.
PTA meetings at my son's school are on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm. (Karate is Tuesday from 6pm - 7pm) Every single book fair, parent/teacher conference, play, etc. is on a Thursday night...EVERY SINGLE ONE.
My ladies' group meeting at church is on Tuesday nights at 7pm.
Okay, my point is this - not only did I recently miss one karate class, I missed two within 7 days of each other...last Thursday because I was late getting out of a meeting at work that was at a remote location, and last night, Tuesday, because I had a doctor appointment at 4:30pm and by the time they were late taking me in, done taking blood for labs, I didn't get home until well past 5pm and by the time I would have changed and got to "stick class", it would have been half over, so I did not go.
So, you see, I'm suffering from karate withdrawl.
To help with this dilemma, I have been practicing on my own. It's more difficult now because it is cold here in St. Louis - especially at night when I have time to practice. And where do I have room to really practice? Our yard, our garage - all chilly places to practice - especially if I want to go the purist route and do it barefoot. So, when I first get to work in the morning, before anyone else arrives, I tend to do a little bit of kata practice. It only takes a moment and I have a large area in which to perform it correctly. Sometimes the dress clothes hold me back from full out kicks, etc. but sometimes the stretchiness of the dress clothes is an advantage.
Anyway, kind of a boring post, but I miss the other students and hate to have this much time inbetween formal training. I'm looking forward to next Tuesday. But I'll be practicing Thanksgiving night - I am thankful for finding martial arts and being able to find a way to practice them wherever I may be physically.