The wife and I were at REI spending some gift cards we'd gotten for Christmas (and then some) when she sort of double takes. "Do you have a black eye?" "Nooo.." I walk over to a mirror.. "yes, it would appear that I do." I don't remember getting popped in the eye, but it's there.
I had a great Christmas. I missed being with my family, but it was great being at home. Santa Claus brought me a new jacket, and some camping gear, I negotiated with him, and the birthday gnomes, and got myself a new down mummy bag I have never been able to get a mummy bag before. I'm too broad to fit in 99% of them.
Christmas Eve I rolled with the instructor at my school for the first time. It was very educational. He let me set up some things and then would defend them in degrees, to see what I knew, and what I could execute, gave me pointers as we went along to clean up my game. Afterwards he was very complimentary. It was really great. I feel like I'm learning a lot, every class I get better and better. There is some talk about going to PanAm's. I don't know if I'm going to be ready, I don't know if I want the stress of competing.. I go back and forth.. long story short (too late) I'm undecided.
I hope you all had a great Christmas.