Yes! You read that right - I passed my black belt test. My daughter pointed out that there was little chance of me failing as I had completed everything on the test. Then I pointed out that she was just as excited and relieved after her interview where she officially passed. She then agreed.
The ceremony is on Saturday. I will officially receive the belt that has been tied to a post on the wall for weeks now. I will get my new uniforms. I can officially wear black pants! This is something only black belts can wear in our dojan. I do not think the guys truly understand the difficulty with white pants.
This is a weird period - being a black belt but not a black belt. Half the time we are included with the black belts and the other half the red belts. I almost always choose the wrong group and have to be asked to change (or I see where all the kids went). Soon that will be over.
There are articles about how nothing changes when you are a black belt. I do not have the belt on my waist and I disagree with this. Just realizing that I passed the test, five hours of total endurance, has taught me that I can go furhter. I pushed a little harder when I ran yesterday and went further than ever before without having to stop to walk it off. I go harder in class, work more, and feel more confident. I did not magically become amazing at taekwondo, but I learned that I can push myself to be better.
I cannot remember the last time that I spent an entire week reading just one book.
Although, I suppose that technically is not the case. I am reading another audiobook (No One Cares About Crazy People) and I am reading a book about Flash Fiction and Science Fiction Magazine.
None of that is the point. I spent one week reading mostly The Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.
To be fair this book is over seven hundred pages. It also did not need to be seven hundred pages. I enjoy Sarah J. Maas, but. . . well that will come out in my review.
I am currently two audiobooks over my five reading list. I should have included more audiobooks on my last list. I have two more Kindle books to finish before I will publish a new TBR list. I have started The Psychology of Time Travel and The Poppy War is still waiting to be read. I think I kept that one for last because I can't wait to read it. Weird logic, but it stops me from just ignoring The Psychology of Time Travel.
I have finished 122 books already this year, so I have no pressure on myself to read. I have actually watched some TV. I did some bing watching of Atypical on Sunday. My thoughts are mixed. I may just do a series review when I finish. Just for fun, since I am not a TV nerd at all.
How is your week going? Any fun and exciting books that you are reading?
Without the N.E.W.T.s reading challenge I fell less push to read. This is a good thing. I feel myself drawn more to books that will take more time to read. Those that I will have to dissect not just devour.
I have finished two of my five books. I still need to write a review for both. For now I will say add Vox to your TBR. It is an adult dystopian/contemporary mix that is very timely. An amazing debut novel that I am glad I picked up in hardcover. I will be reading it many times. Right now my teenage son has the book. I am interesting to see his take on it.
I am in the middle of The Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. It is the third book in the series, and by far the longest. I am enjoying it, but I do not feel like there is more to the book to necessitate the extra pages. There always seems to be some catch at the end of her books, and I am only half way in so too far to really know. With the series ending, I wonder what it would be. My one note - how could they not have realized about Elaine. I knew long before they did. Even after they knew they didn't know. That was a bit too much for me.
I still have yet to start The Psychology of Time Travel or The Poppy War. Both are on Kindle and I won't start until I finish The Court of Wings and Ruin. So, I started a different audio book. I am listening to Becoming Brilliant. This is an educational psychology book that focuses on early and elementary school education. I am fascinated and frustrated by this book at the same time. I am moving at a slower pace since it is just a when I need an audio book read and not one of my current reads.
I have started writing some more also. I was very active when I was younger and won several awards. I planned on becoming an author. Then I had kids. Then I had special needs kids. Then I lost the ability to use that part of my brain and I got my degrees in psychology. Now that they are older I find myself needing to write again. It is nice having that part of myself back. I have used blogging and reading to fulfill that part of myself.
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