Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ah, Spring

I love this weather we're having.  It's mild and sunny.  Being outside is so nice right now.  Davan and I didn't go anywhere today to enjoy the weather, but we did head down to the yard for lunch and hanging out.

I just like to say that having a yard to hang out in but not have to maintain?  Heaven.

Ranger came with us, of course.  She likes this weather, too, but wilts if it gets much hotter.

She's discovered that there is a hole in the fence behind a bush which she can get through even when on her lead and muck about in the neighbor's garden.  We have to keep an eye on her.  Wily dog.

One of the HOA board members had someone from Home Depot come and give an estimate on new windows for the halls - windows that would open, which would be a great relief in the summer when the halls are oppressively hot.  What is pertinent to my story here, though, is that he had the HOA ladder out.

Davan was quick to check it out once permission had been granted.

She enjoyed herself up there.

I also asked her to work on my holds with me again.  This time she said I could throw and sweep her if I liked, so I did most of the time.  This is a video of the first half or so of the holds I need to do in less than 6 minutes to achieve my next rank.  I did edit out some parts where we went off screen or got new "weapons," but it's mostly a straight run through of as many holds as Davan could remember to throw at me.  It's great to get it on video because I can see where I've messed up when I watch myself.  I've got a few things to try to fix for next time.

As you can see, this was no where near the sort of time I need to do it in, being nearly 5 minutes for just that first half or so, but when I do it for time in class, I'll have multiple attackers who don't need any coaching about the holds, so I'm hoping it'll be faster than this.  :)  I've done a run through in class once, but we didn't do it for time.  I'm excited to give it a try and see what my starting point time is.


  1. Love Davan on the roof! Great song too. Love JJ!
    I bet it is great having a yard you don't have to maintain!

  2. Watched the videos and the music even worked for here. The grass out back will be nice and ready for you guys when are out in June. I am looking forward to being home. Even though it turns out to only be about 3 and 1/2 weeks I will be there.