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Pretzel time - Tactical Ninja

Jan. 7th, 2013

10:01 am - Pretzel time

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You know the fancy new ceramic stove top that I bought when I first moved into the apartment a year ago? Maybe you don't, but take it as read that I've been quite happy with it and it's doing a fantastic job, and because it's fairly new it looks nice as well.

Or at least, it did. I'm sure some of you know where this is going..

Yep. On Saturday evening, the YoT accidentally dropped a bottle of olive oil on it. I know it was an accident and I'm not mad with him, but I am crying internally because the hob now has a chunk missing out of the edge and a crack running across the corner that only just misses one of the elements. We've done a bit of googling around and it turns out that this is a fairly common problem (olive oil bottles even being the main culprits). However, there doesn't seem to be a common solution in terms of repair. This makes me go WAHWOEISME because while you can probably get a replacement for just the glass, who's to say it won't happen again? Also the crack could potentially affect the use of that element, which is one of the ones I use a lot. And now it's not perfect and WAHWOEISME! *sadface* I don't know whether to replace it or live with it till we redo the kitchen - which could be several years. I've no idea how much replacement is, either. ;-/


This term I've decided not to do the handbalancing class, because I feel I've got to the point where I will probably benefit most from spending a few months just doing the drills and working to consolidate the skills I've learned before going back to build on them. To that end, I've been doing tuckups. WTF is a tuckup? Well, google isn't really all that helpful in this because every discipline has its own version. But the version I'm doing looks like this:



Well, it should look like that. When I do it, it's not quite that slow, controlled or graceful and I don't go to a full handstand - I stop in tuck position because I have no trouble completing the move, it's the first part where you get inverted/vertical with your shoulders open that I'm trying to work on. I've done literally hundreds of the bloody things over the break and I'm finally seeing myself improving - the move to open the shoulders (which comes from the centre back by the shoulder blades) and the maintaining the tuck as the body goes up, are coming together. I need to work on keeping my legs together because I tend to split them and fling one up to help get off the ground, but I reckon another three months of doing those several times a week and I'll be ready to take the next steps to pressing.

The other thing I lack is flexibility. I know that a lot of people planche when they press, then muscle out of it. This is what Amazing Ben does. That looks like this:



See how his shoulders don't open until the last minute when he finally pushes his weight upwards? Yeah. I doubt I'll ever be strong enough to do that, although I am working on it. The other option is to be flexible enough so that when you start you're halfway there, and using the strength and flexiblility of your back/core to lift your hips up over your shoulders, thus:



It's interesting that almost all of the planchers are men and as soon as you start talking flexibility, the demos switch to women. Anyway, I suspect the second option will be the one that works best for me. But this requres me to be more flexible.

Enter tieke, with the suggestion that I attend this class. She's been attending and talking it up for a while, and the proof of the pudding is in the fact that she can now kick herself in the face. And finally, I think I'm in a position where I will be able to use the benefits for something. So I'm going along tomorrow. Apparently I can expect equal measures of pain and progress, and a fantastic endorphin rush at the end. I'll let you know how I get on.


Meanwhile, yesterday I finally backed up my LJ using LJ Book. It took a lot longer than the 12 minutes allowed, but eventually it got there and I now have 10 years of posts in pdf format. It's 8500 pages long! That does include comments, because if I'm preserving my LJ for posterity, in a lot of cases the comments are the most interesting thing. But realistically, the chances of anyone being interested in it in the future are pretty small. Here are the ramblings of a person in the early 2000s. My how quaint. Etc.

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From:rivet
Date:January 6th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
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I hate the first crack/scratch in a new thing :(
However, my stove on the Terrace worked with a crack for 4 years, so it may have little functional impact...
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From:tatjna
Date:January 6th, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
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That's what Joel says too. I guess the only way to find out is to try it and see if I can cope with seeing the cracked bit every time I cook.
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:January 7th, 2013 01:29 am (UTC)
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I can see how kicking yourself in the face would be a useful skill to have. ;D
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From:tatjna
Date:January 7th, 2013 01:30 am (UTC)
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I guess with a bit of work you could kick people behind you in the face?
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From:meathiel
Date:January 7th, 2013 08:09 am (UTC)
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Wow ... nifty thing that LJ Book ... Have to remember to do that when I'm at home. Even better than backup at DW ...
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From:tatjna
Date:January 7th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
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It's pretty cool, it grabs all your pics and puts links in as footnotes so you don't lose any of that either. It didn't pick up icons but I guess if it had, the thing would be 16,000 pages!
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From:hullabalo_o
Date:January 7th, 2013 01:33 pm (UTC)
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that lj book looks pretty cool! and I dream of the day I have my own hob now thats a bit sad isnt it! hahaha! (renting crappy places for the win!!)
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From:tatjna
Date:January 7th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
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This is my first ever 'own hob', and I've only had it a year and now there's a crack in it. *sob*
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