Two More Things

The best thing about birthday cash and gift cards is they keep the celebration going…

I found a little down time this weekend to surf the net for something I need for my martial art training. I’m currently studying karambit, which is an Indonesian knife. This knife is best described as having a curved blade “resembling the tooth of a saber tooth tiger, ” it also has a ring at the end of the grip. Like other knives it can be a fixed blade (traditional) or a folder (tactical) . I spent some birthday cash on a fixed trainer (dull blade). I have two other trainers but like a lot of things in martial arts they are designed for men. My hands are small and the trainers I’m using are difficult for me to manipulate. Hence the internet surfing and I finally found one on e bay!

I’m guessing some of you are thinking, what does a nearly 60 year old woman want with an   Indonesian tactical training knife?  Believe it or not I find this training very stimulating and the flow is beautiful like some crazy dance. It is also a “new” lane for me a new challenge and yes I will admit to crazy! (#5)

The gift card spending was a little more in line of what might be expected from me;  A Sunday afternoon spent at the happiest place on earth, Barnes and Noble. It was there I found #(#6) a debut novel called The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. I’ve read the reviews and I can’t wait to start reading it. I love discovering new authors – Its like meeting new friends!

I also looked for a couple of old friends I bought Work by Thich Nhat Hanh, an exiled Vietnamese Buddhist monk who wrote one of my all time favorites Peace Is Every Step. I’m looking forward to learning new insights from this enlightened man. This book is about how to work mindfully – Using Buddhist practices to modern life issues.

Then there was light reading one of the many cozy mystery series I follow; The China Bayles Series by Susan Witting Albert – Besides the fun story lines you get some great recipes and knowledge on herbs!

No visit to Barnes and Noble would be complete without stopping for a Starbucks coffee at the cafe – Nothing new just a grande ice coffee and a chocolate chip cookie…

There you have it two more things, and a continuation of birthday celebrating .


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