Monday, January 31, 2011

I'm how old? No really. Yikes!

For the most part I do not mind getting older. For the most part.
The first look in the mirror in the beginning of the day can be....well...... an eye opener. Yikes! The dark discoloration under your eyes really stands out. The "crows feet" wrinkles  and "laugh lines" wrinkles seem a little deeper. The grays hairs you keep saying you are going to touch up are standing straight up saying "well good morning old lady." ( they are very rude and disrespectful that way )
If I was out and about the night before, and God forbid, had a few drinks you can just multiply the signs of aging three times the next morning and the following three mornings as well.
I have various aches and pains. Some random and other normal signs of aging. Aging sounds of clicks and pops coming from a knee or hip. Sometimes an elbow depending how I move. A groan, an umph are aging sounds heard too.
When Kick boxing age is evident in speed or the lack there of. Just not as fast as the younger fighters. No getting around it. My strategy is older and wiser. The confidence acquired by age and the confidence I acquired from Martial arts training make me an aggressive fighter. Patience and observation is key. You may say aggressive and patience doesn't make sense together.
But it does because as I steadily move in throwing basic techniques seeing how they react and defend. When do they drop their hands? Do they check my kicks or lean into them and absorb the force? What combinations do they like to throw? Where am I screwing up? When I am getting hit? How must I adjust? With the acquired knowledge I step up the fight. I move even more aggressive to achieve my goal. Winning.
I kick box the way I live my life. Always learning. Then I take that knowledge and use it to my advantage.
And you know what, I am pretty old. I have learned a lot and will use all knowledge to my advantage.
I plan to win the game of life.

Keep learning. Use what you've learned

Saturday, January 29, 2011

wonderful, first rate, very good....

Today was a great day.
Did I get a new car? No.
Did I magically lose ten pounds? No.
Did I get my dream job? No.
Did I get huge inheritance from an unknown relative. No.
Did I win he lottery? No.
Actually I .....
Taught a good class. (Karate heart beating strong)
Trained hard. (Block, back hand uppercut, hook, cross)
Got done what I needed on a Saturday, including a little video games. (Mini Ninjas)
Spent a wonderful time with my seventeen year old daughter. (Found rare video game and went to dinner)
Today was a great day.

You may think it is pretty low key.
I think I am lucky to have these experiences.
It's all relative I suppose, but imagine if for some reason you were unable to experience the simple pleasures of life.
Today would be pretty awesome.
Shared knowledge.
Improved upon my skill.
Accomplished my responsibilities.
Connected with my daughter.
Yep. Today was a great day.

Be great

Thursday, January 27, 2011

starting tomorrow I will......

Lying in the MRI machine today listening the large spectra of noises as it did it's magnetic imaging thing, I decide it was a good time to reevaluate my life. Couldn't do anything else, you're not even aloud to move. Heck, I felt guilty for breathing. I am not going to bore you with the details. (You're welcome.) But it made me think, how often do we reevaluate ourselves and how often do we follow through with the changes we inevitably swear we are going to make. More questions arose. How often should we evaluate our lives? Yearly, monthly, weekly, or daily? And what about those people who are more apt to  follow through with said life changes, do they have that much more self discipline. Those who tend to falter more regularly on those said life changes are we weaker. Are our reasons for faltering valid? Or are they empty excuses with no real merit. Then I started reevaluating the whole process of reevaluating. Yet more questions. Does it matter how we got to this point in our life? It's done. We are here and apparently we are not satisfied with certain decisions we have made. Causing unsatisfying results.


Sooooooooooooooooooooo, I decided to stop reevaluating. I don't care anymore how I got here. Life is what it is and if there is an aspect of life that is causing a degree of unhappiness then it will be dealt with, changed, or eliminated whatever the case may be.
I believe that's what a Ninja would do. And everyones knows I'd rather be a ninja.

Be happy

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

you couldn't wait one more second?

At least once a day I walk by the microwave, door open and one second left on the timer. Never fails. What this means is my  teenage son made a microwave pizza (10 for $10) as a snack and just couldn't wait one more second to eat it. It takes 3 minutes to cook. If he put it in for 2 minute and 59 second would he still stop it a second before it beeps? I would say yes.
It is a now world. It has become difficult to wait. Even one second more.
Technology is responsible. I am not going to go into if this is a bad thing or a good thing. Not my thing. I enjoy the benefits of technology and guilty of checking my email,  Facebook and favorite websites throughout the day. If I want to know the weather I go online and find out now. I do not wait for the end of the news program. The whole concept of waiting for information is alien to my kids.
But what I do warn my kids about is to WAIT for all the facts. Because information is fast and furious these days and before you react make sure ALL information is available. Process it and vet it. (Vet -to appraise, verify, or check for accuracy, authenticity,validity.) 
Because that's what a Ninja would do. 
Ninjas do not proceed, act, or initiate a plan on hearsay. They have patience to make sure all information is validated to make an intelligent decision. To develop a well thought out plan of action. A ninja would not respond in a rash fashion. 

Be patient

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Aspiring Ninjas need not apply

As I was looking through the online ads for employment today, I can honestly say there was not one company looking for an aspiring Ninja. Not one. It was very discouraging. I did apply to a few positions that were more realistic and I do have experience. Strangely, it was discouraging as well. Go figure.
So I decided I just need to start my own business. It's that simple. I have an idea in which I will turn into a plan. I will put that plan into action and be a happy little Zilly Ninja.

Be happy

Monday, January 24, 2011

Being Ninja

Read this today.

My Magic is Training...
My Body is Control...
My Strength is Adaptability...
My Weapons are Everything That Exists...
(extracted from the Ninja Covenant,
from Jay Sensei's Tiger Scroll of the Kogo Ninja)

How freaking cool is that?!
To say those words knowing each syllable is true.
Knowing this is who you are.
To have that degree of self discipline and perseverance to achieve the title of Ninja.
But it is a title or a way of being? I say it is the latter.

I want to be Ninja.

Book I read it from...
The Ninja
The Shadow Warrior.
by Joel Levy

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Was that part of the plan?

Household chores done - check
Saturday errands done - check
Family fed - check
Laptop on - check (obviously)
Ipod fully charged and to  my left - check
Adult beverage on my right - check 
Pajamas on - check
Favorite blanket across my lap - check
What does all that mean?
It's time to blog, people. Are you with me?
Later...late night video games. Mini Ninjas is on the schedule for tonight.

Routines, Habits, Rituals.
Everyone has them if they know it or not. They may be barely noticeable but they are there.
I like routine. I like knowing what I need to do, how I am going to accomplish it. This is what I do Saturday. I know before I sit down with my Saturday night ritual certain things have been done and accomplished. Responsibilities have been fulfilled due to my Saturday's routine. It is a habit. 
But there is nothing like a surprise. An unexpected event. A wrench in the machine. A glitch in the road. 
Everyone has them as well. It makes life a little more exciting. A little more unpredictable. Are you up for the challenge? Can you deal with the uncertainty of the situation? Yep.
 I am curious to what will happen now. What will be my role and how will it all effect me?  
Life can be such an adventure. I am my own superhero. My cape is tied on tight and I will conquer all adversaries life throws at me. 
Kind of like a......NINJA!  
They have a plan but when things do not go as expected they don't give up, they adjust their strategy and still get the mission completed.

Here's to unexpected glitches in the road. It may be bumpy but what a ride, my friends.

Be your own superhero.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

snicker snicker tee hee hee

Ninja humor time.........

What did the ninja say to the pirate?
Nothing . he was sent to kill him.

Not many good ninja jokes out there but I keep looking. 

I also love vampire jokes.
All vampire jokes even if they suck.

For example
Did you hear about the vampire with a broken heart?
He had loved in vein!

 Smile  v v

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Going Ninja

I am a very peaceful person. Truly I am. But sometimes, yes sometimes I would like to Go Ninja. When someone insults you, or are amazing rude and inconsiderate. Co workers throwing you under the bus. Bosses not appreciating all that you have done and sacrificed for the company. The list can go on and on.
In my head I jump in the air, throwing a round kick to their head then I draw my sword and swoosh the body drops and their head rolls across the floor. They are not rude, inconsiderate, condescending or insulting anymore. Like you never had thoughts like that before. Talking to someone and you just want to shake them, punch them in the mouth or smack them upside the head. I just put a little ninja spin on it.
But it is all in my head. I am a big believer in karma. You get what you give. The universe is patient and bides it's time. So if you think you are getting away with your bad behavior and you think you are above the simple rules of respect, consideration and appreciation of others. You are so wrong. Because when the universe finally decides to smack you up side your head, it is so gonna leave a mark.

On the outside stay calm, be cool.
On the inside there is nothing wrong with going a little ninja on their a$$.
And know the universe is the most lethal ninja there is and always wins in the end.

Be cool
Be well
Be stealthy

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

the cats will have to do

I love dogs. I love cats too but in my heart I am a dog person. Unfortunately my husband is allergic to dogs. So I have three cats. I may be over compensating.
The cats names are as follows  Muttonhead, Nightshade, and Bug a boo.
Muttonhead is easygoing, chill kind of cat.
Nightshade is the prissy little girl with serious attitude.
Bug a boo, simple put is insane.

I do enjoying watching kitty grappling (wrestling)
Cats are great ninjas. They are stealthy. They have amazing balance so they can maneuver over many obstacles. I have watched them lay low and wait for their intended victim for long periods of time. Waiting for the perfect opportunity to pounce on them.  At another time I will go into the whole cat ninja thing later.

 The link below my daughter hooked me up with. It has to do with a kitty.
My daughter loves cats. After viewing the video. I was in a cat video mood. So I took sometime to YouTube.
I can not tell how many videos out there are Labeled - Funniest cat video ever or something to that effect.
Most were marginally entertaining. Some were really bad. The one below, my daughter hooked up with, is smile worthy and entertaining.  Enjoy

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Thinking of ninjas today (go figure) and came to the conclusion a ninja must have a great deal of confidence. A ninja must be confident in all their abilities. There can be no doubt. A ninja has a plan and executes it with no hesitation, no uncertainty. There is no room for second thoughts, what ifs. When doubt creeps up into your thoughts your odds of failing go up. Believe in your abilities, believe in yourself. Confidence is one of the many weapons in a ninja's arsenal.

*But don't get cocky cause that just annoying.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Video Game Saturday

Saturdays I scrape together a small amount of time for my little guilty pleasure. Video games. Yep, video games. Forty four years old wife and mother and I love me some video games. Usually I can get in an hour before I have to get back to the real world responsibilities. Errands to run, wash to fold, bathroom to clean, food to cook. Kids to drive one place or another. Not complaining. It is what it is. It is a part of life and I do it with a smile. Except vacuuming, I never smile when I am vacuum. It just irritates me. Hey, I'm not perfect.

So guess what video game is my favorite? 

Mini Ninjas. 

I thought not. I have it for the XBOX 360. 
Excellent game. Highly recommend it. Good story line and progresses along smoothly. Fun Fun Fun.
It's not gory either. When I defeat the enemy they revert back to their cute little forest animal selves.

I may play my favorite game on a the XBOX 360 but my favorite System is The Nintendo Wii. 
I love having to move about while playing. Rayman Raving Rabbids series of games are a ton of fun.
But I love my Mario games. Super Mario Galaxy is a blast. I love games that make me smile. Make me laugh. No Halo for me. Not saying Halo is not a great game. I think the amount of sales alone says a lot in itself. Just not my style. Maybe it is yours. Who knows? 
Enjoy your day and set aside a little time for yourself. 

Off to play
Mini Mini Mini Ninjaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Driving my teenage son to school this cold winter morning, because he missed the the bus; I contemplated the word Stealth. Another trait befitting a Ninja. It's definition is secret, clandestine, or surreptitious procedure. I found this morning was a perfect opportunity to test my stealth ability. But is was not about moving about secretly and out of sight. It was about blending in with the masses this morning not being notice. Just another car on the road. Just another mom driving her teen to school. I called it blending into the shadows of society. So I drove the five to ten miles per hour above the speed limit like everybody else. I used my turn signals diligently. I watch all cars around me so not to be involved in any type of vehicular accident. 
I am please to report I was successful in my endeavor. I was not notice in my early morning excursion. Now you may ask why was it so important not to be noticed this morning? Well when you're wearing flannel Tigger Pajama pants, a tee shirt that says 'I'd rather be a ninja', hiking boots and an old sweatshirt. Obviously not showered and a brush barely ran through your hair, you so don't want to be  noticed.

Be Stealthy

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


A must have quality for a Ninja

...and a sense of humor.

Ninja Joke Time!
2 ninjas were talking about there up coming plans. The First one says "Man I'm swamped. I have 2 murders and 3 assasinations this week." He turns to the second ninja and inquires "What's your schedule look like?" In response the Second ninja replies "Nothing yet, looks like I've got time to kill."

Monday, January 10, 2011

One reason I would be a good ninja

I am a K.I.S.S. kind of person. Keep It Simple Stupid.
I get the job done in a quick and timely fashion. No muss no fuss.
Quiet and efficient.
No complicated over the top scheme. No ridiculous monologue explaining my reasons.
I think this an important attribute for a ninja.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

When I grow up

When I was very young I wanted to be a thief. You know the kind they glamorized on TV. As a teen I wanted to be an artist. I would live in New York. Have an amazing Studio and galleries would line up to show my work. I am in my forties and now I would rather be a Ninja. 
What would rather be?