Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Catching up

Tomorrow is the bi-annual belt-test, but I'm not testing this time. There wasn't as much push for me to do so this time, and I don't really feel ready. I've been busy helping others prepare, but myself I don't feel that much further along than last test - while I've had some improvement on breathing, kiais and stance, I've actually forgotten some of the techniques I was planning on using the last belt test. Generally I've been rather busy with a bunch of things. Oh, and I've got a rather hurt (broken?) toe again. It's taped and been recovering reasonably the past two weeks.

I'm still learning Chinese in exchange for Guitar lessons. I've been expanding my areas of interest - learning from Chinese Wikipedia using the Perapera addon for Firefox. Tonight he is not here though: he is planning on watching the soccer championships with a couple of friends. Watching soccer does not really interest me.

This last Monday I took a trip to Stuttgart to meet face-to-face with my coworkers for the first time in many months. It was rather chaotic, but I managed to have two relatively important meetings. There are two new possible projects to do research for, as soon as I am done doing what I'm doing now.

There is a new Baha'i in our community. Curiously, instead of declaring in person, she sent her declaration card in and we were notified by eMail. We're all happy either way. :-)

I feel like I've been wasting too much time - reading reddit and playing online games, instead of improving myself. My guitar playing has been stagnating, except for playing Classical Gas, which is slowly improving. I feel like I could be learning Chinese faster.

That's pretty much it - a rather scatter-shot post. That's how I feel at the moment, too.