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The Cat Came Back (They Thought He Was A Goner) [Jan. 13th, 2011|07:43 am]
[mood |determineddetermined]
[music |None]

I have decided to look into moving back to Toronto, ideally North York. This idea has been stewing in the back of my mind for some time. I am looking to move there for 3 - 5 years, maybe a little longer. Basically, I want to cut my expenses as much as possible, so that I can make a serious effort to save up the down payment for my own home.
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I Am Alive, And Full Of Goo! MISSION GOO! [Nov. 23rd, 2010|08:11 am]
I had my fitness assessment on Monday. I lost 14 lbs. My next ass4essment is in January. I am also planning to grade for my Green Belt in March.

I am also thinking about whether or not I will be attending any cons next year. AC and MFF are pretty much out. They're both too busy, and too crowded. I seriously doubt I would really get to hang out with anyone. Condition and WTF are also out. I don't really want to travel out to London, or Montreal, unless I know for sure that I am going to be spending time with friends.

I am still considering Furnal Equinox, and Feral!. FE, at least, has the advantage of being close enough to easily leave. I am not sure I will get to hang out with anyone there, but, at least I can drive home in about an hour. Feral! is only a possibility because I would love to take some time away to train out in a more rustic setting. If I go to that con, I'd end up bringing some training equipment with me, and spending most of my time by myself training, or practicing.
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More Than I Realized [Apr. 24th, 2010|09:56 pm]
[mood |goodgood]
[music |Psychic Lover - Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger theme song]

The last two weeks have been hard on me, especially this week.

I hadn't really given any thought to what would actually be involved in completely my recovery. I had unconsciously assumed that once the doctor gave me the 'all clear', I'd just go back to work, and training as usual.

These last two weeks have shown me I'm going to need more time. I'm not just going back to work, and my training. I am going back to my usual job AND changing my sleep schedule AND getting used to being on my feet for long stretches AND going back to working out at the gym AND going back to training at the dojo AND changing my eating schedule, and habits. Its actually quite a lot to take on all at once.

I almost over did it this week. I have to be careful about balancing my recovery with pushing my limits in training. I have lost quite a bit over the three months I was laid up. Its going to take time to get back to where I was before the accident. However, I think I am doing a good job so far. As long as I don't get 'locked in' to a specific recovery schedule, I should be fine.

There is also some unexpected news in all this. By chance I happened to see a copy of the dojo's "teacher's contract", for lack of a better term. I now know the teaching requirements at my dojo. I can now plan my training more specifically, and I can work to meet some of the requirements outside of my dojo training.
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Stephen, Its Good To See You Back In A Gi. That's Where You Belong. [Apr. 12th, 2010|08:45 pm]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[music |Aya Kamiki W Takuya - W-B-X ~W-Boiled Extreme~]

I wholeheartedly agree with Sensei Leo's sentiment. It felt very, very good to be back to regular training at the dojo.

My feet were very sore, both from the hardwood training floor, and my 11 hour shift last night. I have also lost a lot of flexibility.However, many of my skills, and techniques still remain.Though, they are looking kind of rough.

In a few weeks, I sure I will be right back to 100%.

It feels like I have my life back again. I am looking forward to going to the gym tomorrow.
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Approved For Return To Active Duty [Apr. 6th, 2010|03:47 pm]
[mood |excitedexcited]
[music |Aya Kamiki W Takuya - W-B-X ~W-Boiled Extreme~]

The doctor has cleared me to my regular work. That means that starting this weekend, I am back on the Midnight Shift.

I think I will take a half day Friday, so I can go to a small birthday party for my Grandfather.
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Plan The Work, Work The Plan [Apr. 4th, 2010|07:42 pm]
[music |Psychic Lover - Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger theme song]

Its a cliche saying, but its also very good advise. I usually try to plan out what I am going to do, and I find that sticking to the plan is the best way to get things done. I have, however, not really been able to approach my physical training this way.

That is, until now. I found a book recently that has given me a lot of the information I need to plan, and organize my own training routine. When I go back to the gym, I think I may still get a few personal training sessions, mainly so I can ask some questions. Then, I will start working on setting up my own workout routine.

One of my goals, and motivations, for buying my own is to set up my own workout room. Eventually, I want to simply be able to do a complete workout in my own home. I think I have recently shown that keeping myself motivated to workout will not really be a problem.

On an oddly related note, I recently bought a CD single with a version of my favorite Kamen Rider theme song. The CD included a sticker of one of the characters from the series. The character is the strongest in the series, and his sticker now adorns the front of my workout journal. Even my workout journal says a lot about me, and my approach to training, I think. Its a steel clip board with a built in cover.
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I Should Say How I'm Doing [Apr. 2nd, 2010|09:45 pm]
[mood |chipperchipper]
[music |Nogami Airi and Naomi - Double Action Coffee Form]

I went back to work last week. The first couple days were kind of tough. Mostly, it was just having to get up so early. Everyone was very glad to see me back.

I found out that there were the usual 'doom and gloom' rumors that you'd expect, but there was also one that made me laugh. The two 'doom and gloom' rumors were that A) it would be 2 years before I could even walk again, and B) that my feet had been cut completely off. I laughed when I heard a third rumor, though. One guy had, apparently, been told that I was so calm, and collected when the accident occurred that I had been found reading a book when they came to get me out from under the steel.

The Production Manager has told me that he wants me back at my old job on Midnight shift ASAP. I am hoping the doctor will take me off restricted duty when I see him next. My left foot is fully healed, and my right foot is only slightly swollen right now. I am hoping by Tuesday the swelling will be completely gone.

With the great weather we have been having lately, I have been looking a little closer into what would be needed for me to buy a house. Its still going to be a few years off, but I still plan to buy one. I am also beginning to consider possibly renting a house until I can afford to buy one. The second option, though, requires a roommate.

I've also been reading a book on traditional Okinawan training tools, and methods. I definitely want a house with a decent sized yard. There are at least two tools that are built from tools, and can be 'planted' in the ground. I would definitely want them outside, so that I could use them in different types of weather. It has been a long time since I have had an opportunity to do a kata barefoot in the snow, or in the rain. Especially with the second you want to be close to home, so you can dry off quickly when you're done.
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Writer's Block: Destined for greatness [Mar. 28th, 2010|02:47 pm]

Do you believe that a higher power controls our fate or that we choose our own destinies?

I believe that people do have the power to choice their own destiny. However, I also believe that most people choose not to decide their own destiny, or fate. Rather they allow themselves to be pushed around by "circumstances", and/or the opinions, and expectations of others.

Usually, the choice is an unconscious one. People are often too lazy to do the work that is needed to take charge of their lives. Many times, people set their hopes, and expectations too high, and set themselves up for failure. They then blame others, or 'circumstances' for their own failure.
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The Happiest Place Oh Earth? My Apartment!!! [Mar. 24th, 2010|09:28 pm]
[mood |happyhappy]
[music |Gomez - See The World]

I can finally go back to work tomorrow. I'll be on Day Shift for at least 2 weeks.

My left foot has completely healed, as far as I can tell. There is some stiffness in the ankle, but I expect that is simply due to a relative lack of use the last three months. My right foot is still a bit swollen, and its still a bit painful if I walk on it for longer than a few minutes. However, I think that by the middle of April it will also be completely healed. I am hoping the doctor will take off the work restrictions after my next appointment. However, I would not be too surprised if he decided to extend the restrictions a while longer.

I am working at the dojo to strengthen my ankles as much as I can. I am also starting to take longer, and longer walks. I am trying to use the cane less, as well.

Lately, I have been watching episodes of the American version of "Whose Line Is It Anyways". I really enjoy it, and I missing my old improv days. Unfortunately, the group basically broke up. I am debating seeing if I can form another group.

In April, I will be able to start regular karate training again, as well as going back to the gym. More than anything else, I am growing impatient to get into a proper training schedule again. My accident occurred less than a week before I would have started training again. It put my training on hold. It also prevented me from starting to work with Cadets Canada. I will have to talk to my sister again, about setting that up. Once, I am back into the rhythm of training again, I will talk to her.

With the weather warming up again, I find that my planned cruise for next year isn't often far from my mind. It will be good to get that set up as well.
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Just Some Stuff [Mar. 20th, 2010|10:11 pm]
[mood |angryangry]
[music |Nickleback - If Today Was Your Last Day]

I think I may be slipping into a depressive cycle. Its not surprising, considering that I my right foot is still keeping me hobbled.

I am waiting for paperwork from the hospital to get to work so I can return to work. However, its been a week and a half since my last appointment, and the paperwork has not made it. I suspect the doctor is intentionally withholding the paperwork in order to give me more time to heal. I can't say I blame him. On the other hand, I am tired of being 'disabled'. (Yes, my foot is still swollen, and still hurts quite a bit.) I want to get back to work, the gym, and back to karate training. I am sick, and tired of being cooped up at home, alone.

I have found myself becoming unjustifiably enraged. I have also been having bizarre recurring dreams. I really think I need to get out, but I have no where to go, and no one I can go see.

I wonder what trait, or quirk of my personality leads me to constantly keep people at a distance. I rarely make friends, and even when I do, I usually end up pushing them away. I wonder why that is. It rarely bothers me. Usually, I am too busy with work, and my training to notice. However, times like this, being injured and unable to do much, I am left to wonder about it.

In other news, I have begun looking into different options for my cruise next year. I have discovered that the total cost for a cruise for 2 people is only slightly more than the cost for 1 person. It would be nice to have a traveling companion when I go on the cruise, but I am not sure if that will happen.

I've basically narrowed it down to one of two options. Either the same cruise I want on last year, or maybe a cruise along the west cost of the US. In May or June, I'll go talk to my parent's travel agent, and get some more details.

I am also looking into different options for moving. For a one bedroom apartment, I am not really going to get a better price than what I am paying now. If I want a cheaper place, I'm going to have to look into renting a room and sharing a house. I'm a little hesitant about sharing a place, given my previous experience with roommates. I'm especially hesitant, because right now my only option is to share a place with complete strangers. I did notice something odd, and very surprising. I found a 3 bedroom house for rent in Bradford. The price was actually within the upper range of what I would be willing to pay. I can only assume the house is completely unfurnished with no appliances.

Though, moving is not really an option, right now. I need to wait until my feet are healed, and I can walk normally before I really look into moving.
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