Roxanne Modafferi

The Happy Warrior

Japan trip 2: Slappycakes w/ Bri, Groundslam and Rising Sun training, restaurant meetings w/ Friends

Posted in cultural, friends, training on October 3rd, 2015 by roxyfighter

On Thursday I woke up at 2:00 AM, ate breakfast, took a walk, jogged, and did hotel-room yoga. :) Used Social media. Took a nap from 5:30-6:30. Went to my old gym Groundslam at 9:30 and Katsumura-san opened up the gym, wearing my T-shirt I had given him! :) He gave me his new one, a bright green one with his likeness as Charlie Brown. XD Seichiro Ito was there alone for a while, and then Tokoro and then Kunioku showed up! 😀
Katsumura-san put on gloves and sparred! It was so great training with him again.

It was awesome to get to train with Kunioku-san! He was my “trainer” for like 3 or 4 years, although I remember him not wanting to call himself that bu I still did because he always helped me and traveled to the US and London to corner me.

I think he only came in because I was there, because he had just fought. (I say “Just” but he actually fought a week before me, so he’s due to get back to training anyway. He won! Yay!) It was the first time I really trained “with him” as opposed to “be trained by him” in MMA. We had grappled with Rodney last year, but this was interesting. His takedowns were really top notch and cage work and I could not get away.

ground slam day 1
(left to right, Tokoro Hideo, Seichiro Ito, Me, Katsumura Shunichi, Kunioku Kiuma)
I showered and then rushed over to Hirama where I met my host mother 😀 It was so nice to see her again! She gave me tenugui and chopsticks as a present! 😀 😀 I love the chopsticks, but I never know what to do with the tenugui. :/ I don’t wrap anything (lunch boxes, my head, etc) with it like is suggested. I had just trained so I didn’t feel guilty about eating a lot of sushi. XD And chocolate cake!
roxy sushi

I went back to my hotel after that to rest, first getting an OUTSTANDING FOOT MASSAGE at “Relax hands.” Man, I can’t find a place in Vegas as good as the places in Japan. whyyyyy not? I also went shopping at Daiso in Lazona.

Then I met Meiko in shimokitazawa at 7 PM. Before that, I ate Red Mango’s new flavor of Mon Blanc frozen yogurt. omg.
red mango froen

so frozen yogurt is not popular in Japan but the company Red Mango just came over in November of last year. 😀 Meiko gave me a towel as a gift. It was so nice to catch up with her! 😀 Last time I met her in a group of 3, so it was nice to get one-on-one time with her.

meiko at restaurant
Friday morning I woke up at the crack of dawn as usual, and decided that I had enough time to see another movie. I forget which friend but somebody who I didn’t expect to recommended “Bakemono no Ko.” I saw it and it was really good!
bakemono no ko
It had a really Japanese-style sad ending but it wasn’t supposed to be sad. For Americans, it was sad. For Japanese, it’s supposed to be uplifting and teach a lesson. I know this, so I kind of forced myself to think of it in the Japanese style way.

I had some lunch and met Tsuru at Dotour where I ate two pieces of milk crepe cake. XD
tsuru cake

It was so cool just sitting and chatting! Last year when I visited, I only went to his restaurant but we didn’t get alone time because he was working and cooking.

Then I met Brittany in Shinjuku and we went to this pancake restaurant where we cook our own pancakes on a grill. “Slappy cakes.” I enjoyed that a lot.

pancakes brittany
very unique experience! and so nice to see Brittany again. We then went to Suidobashi to the Fitness shop and a pro wrestling shop to find a souvenir for Tom. Found some nice stuff and then the staff threw in a poster for free! 😀 😀

I went home, rested, and met Goto and we went to Rising Sun – Lion Takeshi’s dojo. I taught class, doing wall escapes and stuff. It was fun! It was cool to spar with Goto-san again! (far right, red and black)
rising sun lion gym selfie stick

On Saturday, I met Brittany at ten AM in Harajuku and spent most of the day with her.
bri and roxy in asakusa
We went to Kiddyland, and then Shibuya for shabushabu. YUMMY MEAT!
bri shabu shabu
Then Disney store. And Asakusa! My favorite places and favorite food in Japan!

Then in the evening I met Goto-san for sushi. so happy!

Japan trip 1: traveling (flight, taxi trouble), Lauren&Periscope, Sakura&anime paradise!

Posted in amusing, cultural, family and holidays, friends on October 2nd, 2015 by roxyfighter

I’m gonna write lots of details, so if you have a short attention span, just look at the pics. lol

I had to wake up at 1:15 AM on Monday Sept 21st if I wanted to have breakfast and do yoga stretching, so I went to bed at like 8 PM. I often get sleepy at that time, and in the past, when I fell asleep, I DID wake up at 1 AM naturally, so I figured it’d be no problem!

Wrong. I was so excited that I had trouble falling asleep! :O Hah! I hadn’t been like that before FIGHTS.

I set my reservation for a taxi at 3 AM. If I wanted to truly get to the airport two hours before my flight, which was at 5, I would have made the reservation for 2:45, but somehow I couldn’t bring myself to make anything for earlier than 3 AM. LOL

2:30 and no call or text. They always call or text. 2:45 nothing. 3:00 AM and no taxi. 3:05 and no taxi. Okay, I’m on a time schedule here. I start freaking out. I called the company and they said that they’d contact the driver and get back to me. 3:13 no call, no taxi. WTF I’m angry now. I called them back and told them that I need to catch my flight and if they can’t get a hold of the driver, send me another taxi ASAP. While I’m ranting, another call comes in and it’s the driver saying he’s almost there. He arrives at like 3:15 and is all lackadaisical. “You’re my first ride of the morning!” he said with a smile, and keeps me waiting while he takes notes on some notebook. I want to say, “Dude, you’re fifteen minutes late, making me 20 minutes late by the time you start driving. DRIVE.” So he drives really slowly away. I ended up telling him to start driving through yellow lights because he started slowing down WAY ahead of time. WTF dude. Then I questioned him about correct airport terminals so now he’s annoyed with me. hah serves him right.

I managed to clear security and check in and pretty much barely on time without having to run. :( I’m still miffed at the taxi driver. Serves me right for wanting to get another 15 minutes of sleep? -_-)

I chose the cheapest flight which sent me to TEXAS before changing flights to go to Japan. That sucked and added an extra four hours on to my trip because I had to back track. Was it worth $200? I guess so. 17 hours total travel time. *fallsover*

The flight was alright. No movies were on that I wanted to see ! :( So I finished reading “A New Spring” by Robert Jordan. RIP
narita express ride
I arrived finally and took the Narita Express.

My body felt horrible for sitting for 16 hours but I endured another 2 hours on the train, and FINALLY got to Kawasaki. It felt so amazing to be back in Japan! :) It didn’t really feel like a vacation, but more like visiting home. I knew all the train lines. I knew where to get what I wanted to eat. I knew the exact places in the supermarket to go and I knew what time everything closed. And thanks to me studying with Goto-san extra hard, thinking I’d do the UFC translating job, my Japanese was on point. Goto-san said that maybe I even improved?! How cool!!

I was so tired but decided to shop in Tokyu Hands near my hotel, the Toyoko Hotel.
I found stickers that cracked me up! XD
funny stickers from japan
The llama is saying “Ah?” and the giraffe “Hah?” In Japanese, it’s like “Duh?” or “Whaaa?” XD Look at their expressions!!

I went to bed at like 8 PM and woke up at 1 AM. lol Much like today (October 2nd) I walked around Kawasaki at night, which isn’t the safest place in Japan, but since Japan is the safest place in the world, I think I’m alright. lol I practiced using the selfie stick that Hannah got me. :)
kawasaki at night first night
At 3 AM I went back to bed and got another hour of sleep. at 7 AM I woke up, ate again. Yay Ministop convenience store near by! I love Onigiri! I saw the movie “Attack on Titan” in the theater at 9 AM. I was SO excited! Actually, I love the anime and had hoped to plan my trip to Japan around seeing the live action movie in the theater. Then my fight got set and my trip plans got finalized after it would already be out of the theater. :/ I was sad, but then found out that they split the movie into TWO. and the SECOND one was coming out 9/15~! What amazing luck! So with the help of a friend, I found the first one online, and then got to watch the second one in Kawasaki. XD
attack on titan poster
It sucked but I loved it! I mean, it was awesome if I look at it as enjoying seeing a real live enactment of my favorite series, but they changed the plot SO much and took out my favorite character completely, and changed someone’s personality! That was not cool. :/ I know most Japanese fans are really upset. OH well. They did a good job with Hanji. lol She made me laugh. And Eren was good, but not angry enough, and Armin, but I kept forgetting who he was because he didn’t have yellow hair in the movie. -_-;
hanji image
hanji live action

I’m also so glad that there was such an early showing! It let me be able to squeeze it in amidst my other plans!

I ate ice cream and then went to Yokohama to have lunch with Lauren and Ryuji at Harvest! YAY So excited to see them again! 😀 I met them on Live Journal, actually, haha! And they taught me about how to use Periscope, something other friends had been trying to get me to do, and I never wanted to.
lauren ryuji roxy
I loved the food…it was Viking style! which means buffet style in Japanese with many kinds of Japanese food. I loved everything!! and I got to eat lots of stuff that I missed!

So much fun with my new selfie stick!
selfie stick fun with lauren

Bumped in my my co-worker Max by CHANCE! in Yokohama!! how fantastic! He had emailed me asking if I could meet, and I told him I probably wouldn’t have time….and I was sad. So it was exciting I met him.
max and roxy in yoko
Haha him and his flexing pose! 😀
Then I went to Isami with them and got gloves for Tom.
Then I left my friends ;_; and went to Ikebukuro to meet Sakura! An old training partner from Keishukai days!!
She plotted to take me to J-world in Sunshine city, which I didn’t even know existed until I got off the train and saw an add.
roxy with naruto characters
sakura in jworld
We also did the Naruto haunted forest thing where we had to shine a black-light flash light around to find arrows that lead us around, and then open boxes with snakes popping out to find a stamp to stamp our little “scrolls.” At one point, a doll jumped out at us from the wall, and then something we thought was a doll started RUNNING AFTER US. We were like “…..AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH IT’S A PERSON!” Screamed like little girls and ran around the corner. It was still following us! We kept running! LOL and we missed finding one of the stamps, so when we got out of the haunted forest, the staff lady was like, “Sorry you failed.” and put a “FAILURE” stamp on our scrolls. LOL WHO FAILS a kid’s haunted house? XD That was hilarious. I had so much fun. hahaha Then when I stood next to Luffy’s SunnyGo ship the cannon suddenly exploded and I screamed and jumped. A bunch of Japanese girls standing right there started giggling. XD hahaha
sunnygo and roxy

My post-fight week,Thoughts,Sleep,Sponsor sales,Japan tomorrow!!

Posted in every day, fight on September 20th, 2015 by roxyfighter

So I’m going to bed earlier and earlier and waking up earlier and earlier, not intentionally. I fell asleep watching Bellator on a couch at a BBQ and I’m pretty sure somebody took a picture of me, which will pop up later. lol That’s okay.

Not training doesn’t help. Last night I went to bed at 9:30 and woke up at 3:30. ;_; Well, tomorrow my flight is at FIVE AM so that means if I wanna eat breakfast and do my yoga routine which takes me two hours total on average, I gotta wake up at 1:15 and hurry….. gah!! I couldn’t bring myself to call a taxi earlier than 3 AM so I’m gonna hurry through the airport.

Anyway, this week I tried to relax and mostly succeeded. Started to catch a cold but thanks to PAPAYA POWER, my immune system is kicking the virus’ butt! I have a stuffy nose, but I skipped the fever stage. thanks .

I lifted weights almost every day near the end of the week, as soon as I stopped feeling my full-body fight soreness, and I didn’t gain weight since my fight despite adding ice cream back into my diet. Whoohoo. ICE CREAM!! I woke up at 133 a few days ago. What??! That’s probably cuz I forgot to have carbs for dinner and was drinking a ton of water, which is like waterloading. lol So I had LOTS OF PIE YESTERDAY. pieeeeee

So I’m gonna be able to put a few pounds on enjoying Japanese food. 😀

I want to go back up AND gain muscle!

It took me a while to mentally process my fight. At first, I felt awesome, like a bad-ass. Then I felt bad, like I was too weak to finish the fight quickly, so I had to elbow her so much. That’s the my Japanese spirit/way of thinking, I think. But I DID finish the fight, and she knew what could happen when she signed up to fight me, and she would have done the same to me. Plus, I think the ref should have stopped the fight sooner. But Mariana is so tough! She never gave up! Maybe my strikes weren’t hurting her enough. We both have stuff we have to improve on as fighters. Her kicks are really strong. I’m excited to see her fight next.

John gave me a pep talk and I feel better about it. Then he taught me some more ways to make GnP more effective and hard. I think I will be more deadly next time and finish it faster. Or sub my opponent. We shall see.

I just got this pic from John’s camera, Tom and John and I all together after my fight!
tom roxy john after fight

I want to know when I’m fighting again! I want to fight four times a year, and I’ve only fought twice this year, so I’m hoping I can get a fight at least once more, realistically. :/

I’m really looking forward to visiting my second home – Japan! I’ve been saving up for it. Kind of an expensive trip, but when I lived in Japan, I always visited the US once a year. Now it’s the reverse. I’m not really going anywhere special, as far as I know. Just visit my old favorite places like Atsugi, Kawasaki Daishi, Yokohama, and meet friends. AND go to the UFC. 😀 I’ll get to train at Groundslam and also Lion Takeshi’s gym with Goto-san. Hopefully Bri-chan at some point!

I’ve been binge watching One Piece. Eps 630 through 663 within a week and a half. The Straw Hat pirates are on Dressrosa facing Doflamingo. Craziness!
and Bartolomeo and his fan-boy-ness cracks me up so much! XD He’s introduced as this bad-ass mean pirate and then sees Luffy and Zoro and goes nuts. XD
fanboy bartolomeo

Oh, two of my sponsors are having sales in honor of my win! Mei-Li shorts are 20% off with the code FINISHHER.
mei li fighting shorts roxy and liz

Also Herbal Papaya! %15 off liquid extracts, both seed and leaf. with the code LoveRoxy. It helps support me when people support my sponsor, so they like me and wanna keep sponsoring me. lol Why not get delicious healthy products at the same time? XD Click below for website
herbal papaya extract pic

My Invicta 14 blog! Mortal Kombat, fight! pics!!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14th, 2015 by roxyfighter

I had a fantastic time for many reasons.

I flew to Kansas City on the same flight as teammates “Lightning” Liz McCarthy and John Heath, and later Jamie Moyle came. On Thursday, coach John arrived and we had media day. I dressed up like Kitana from Mortal Kombat, and got John to dress up as SubZero. We both rocked our costumes and it was just as cool as I had hoped.
kitana and sub zero characters
Images taken by Scott Hirano and the other photo team members Cynthia Vance and Casey Leydon.
roxy and john as kitana and sub zero profile

I went in for my video interview, and then interviewer said to me, “So you’re fighting a Judo specialist. What do you think?” I was like, “huh?”

So when I was researching her, I could barely find ANYTHING at all on my opponent Mariana Morais. I know she’s from Brazil and doesn’t speak English, but I even shouted out to my Brazilian friends and tried to google in Portuguese but couldn’t find much. I found vidoes of her latest fights and watches those and I think we got a pretty good idea of her fighting style. There was nothing there that indicated Judo. Soo…..okay.

My friend Serena flew in from Philly and Rob, from Washington State!
rob serena jamie and roxy
In the evening, I hit mitts and felt amazing. Nothing hurt. I think it’s the first time in YEARS no body part hurt! Thank you so much to my chiropractor Dr. Jake Steckel and new trainer Luke Rooney for teaching me rehabilitation and strengthening exercises, and treating me. I’ve never felt so good!
last practice with team

The weight cut went alright. I feel like I suffered a little more than usual. I thought it was because I ate a little more for lunch and breakfast the day before, but now I think it’s because I put on more muscle since my last fight. That’s good! I had been trying to bulk up a little more.

Waiting around to do medical checks, Andrea gave me a gift! A Yoda box! I LOVE IT! 😀 😀 So touched she gave it to me and I love Yoda so yeah. I carried it with me on my lap for like an hour. lol
kgb yoda box

The weigh-ins themselves were amazing! 😀 😀 😀

Roxy-Kitana vs JinYuFrey-Chun Li in the back!
chun li vs kitana

I kept dropping my fans in practice because I felt weak from the weight cut, so I was a little worried, but I didn’t! 😀 When they called me, SubZero-John walked out first to set the stage, and then I did.
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After weigh-ins I had to run to my room to get something, but I had to be back for the rules meeting, so I blew by everybody trying to talk to me…and promptly collided with someone in a Scorpion costume?!? With big bushy hair that looked suspiciously like Serena’s?! And then somebody in a blue Mortal-Kombat-esque costume I didn’t recognize, and then shirtless Rob with “Johnny” written in marker across his chest…..and then I realized ALL MY FRIENDS ARRIVED AND DRESSED UP LIKE MORTAL COMBAT CHARACTERS.

omg. Love and warmth exploded and flowed over me and through my heart like sweet lava. They not only spent money to fly in just to see me fight from all over the country, but they spend weeks in preparation to MAKE costumes to support me??! WOW!!

When I got back, we all got pictures.friends as mortal kombat 1
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Candy couldn’t make weigh-ins but she prepared a Raiden costume!
candy as raiden
What amazing friends I have.

We hung out at dinner together.
Fight day was fight day. I hung out by myself a bit, with Jamie a bit, met Candy and Luz who flew in that day, went out for food with our cornermen John and Tom. Tried not to get a nervous stomach.

The fight did not go as I had expected. In previous videos, Mariana rushed at her opponent and was very aggressive forward and threw a lot of strikes. And a lot of kicks in a row. So I was planning to stay just out of range of kicks, or step in and then pull back to draw out her kicks. That worked, actually, and 90% of her kicks missed me. One caught me in the head but my hand was there so it didn’t feel too bad, and I ate a couple of leg kicks.
mariana kick roxy
I was waiting for her to rush me but she never did, so I ended up pushing it. When she got me in an upperbody lock, I thought she was doing to do some Judo throw, but I defended it and went for a throw of my own, thinking, there’s no way she’ll let me Judo throw her….oops I did.

Well…..if you think about it, I started Tae Kwon Do when I was 13 and I’m almost 33 now. That means I’ve been doing martial arts for 20 years. My opponent is 20. So that means I’ve been doing martial arts for as long as she’s been ALIVE. But you never know! I beat Jennifer Howe when I was 3-0 and 21 years old, and she was I think early thirties and 11-0. This girl coulda clobbered me.

Julie said as she commentated, “It looks like Roxanne is muscling Mariana around! We’re not used to seeing her be stronger than an opponent!” HAHAHAHA That could almost be a diss except it’s totally true. That cracked me and John up.

Two of Mariana’s hooks made me see stars, but I circled and recovered.
I got mount and all sorts of top positions and tried to finish the fight with punches and elbows, but it seemed like every time I was getting a good flurry going, she’d tie up a hand and pause the action and Big John McCarthy wouldn’t stop it. I was punching as hard as I could, but I couldn’t finish the fight! ~_~

My right elbow is swollen from smashing it into her skull. I was thinking, “How much do I have to hit this poor girl before the fight is stopped?” I was hitting her just not “hard” enough to make it seem dangerous? wtf *sigh* I tried to cut her with a slicing elbow. She was deflecting a lot.

(edit: I think now it’s because she kept fighting back and never for a second gave up. She never turned away and stopped defending, so that’s why the ref let it go. She’s so tough! I respect that.)

So I hate that….I’ve always disliked elbows. I’d rather get a submission. I don’t want to do things that cause pain to my opponent if I don’t have to . I want to make them give up. That’s just my belief, personality, and style as a martial artist. But in my last fight against Porto, her punches made my face swell up SO much that I didn’t want my mom to see my busted up face. I live with my mom and I knew she would feel pain looking at me. It made me angry to look in the mirror. Angry that my mom had to be hurt because she loves me and I couldn’t do enough in the fight. So I made a decision….something hardened inside my chest that I was going to elbow the sh*t out of my next opponent.

Well, I had that opportunity. When she turned over and gave me her back, old Roxy might have worked for a submission, but I just kept hitting her.
And I thought maybe if *i* started yelling, the ref would stop the fight. Yelling makes you stronger, though! In most anime, anyway…
gnp roxy on mariana

Finally in round 3 he stopped it and gave me the TKO victory.
roxy hand raised mariana
I’ve never won that was before and it was nice, but I wished I didn’t have to do that for so long. :( I want a clean KO! or sub. But I’m glad that I was able to show that I can be a dominant fighter. I worked elbows A LOT in practice, also from guard. So I’m really happy that I got to try what I practiced. Also in moving to avoid kicks, and guard work…..I did a lot of what I practiced. That’s why I fight! I’m very pleased with my victory. No mercy. In the fight business, we step on other people’s dreams to reach our own.

wood hug

Thanks to Coach John Wood and team Syndicate supporting me and nurturing me, I’ve turned my career around.
two coaches and roxy

My after party was FIFTEEN people! Friends came from all over the US to support me! I love you guys so much!!
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dinner 3

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dinner 5
I’m sad my teammates Jamie and Liz lost decisions, but they fought wars and will only get stronger! I can’t wait to train together again soon!
Jamie got fight of the night!
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last week of training, UFC fighters visit Syndicate, TV, dream

Posted in fight, friends, training on September 5th, 2015 by roxyfighter

I felt kind of burned out this past week. Mentally, I was like “Okay! I’ve totally prepared for this fight! I’m ready! let’s go!” but I was still two weeks out. *_* I still trained hard and treated myself to a gi jiujitsu class! As Brittany pointed out, I’m always stressed about my cardio, my weight, and getting hurt at the last minute. But all of them are fine…at the moment! For the most part. The weight is always a micro-managing task. I don’t want to be too light or too heavy.

I had a few bad experiences where my stamina gave out in my legs during a fight in the past, so I always freak out about that. But John assured me I was fine, after watching me train, and then I powered through a burpie set I did weeks ago with no problem, whereas before I was dying. And I flew up the stairs. I’m good.

It’s weirding me out that Mariana Morais is getting no publicity for this fight, but whatever, as long as the fight is on. She is in Brazil and stuff…. Some guy on my Facebook popped in to trash talk coach John…. wtf? -_- I wonder if he’s really Mariana’s friend or some fake account. I guess it’s too hard to trash talk me so he had to go after my coach. -_- Whatever, I’m only slightly irritated.

See below T-shirt 😀 John always makes me the most awesome T-shirts! We have them and he’s getting them up in the store soon!

The “FINISH HER!” is from Mortal Kombat, just before one guy wins. And the back is done in the Mortal Kombat font. 😀
raiden finishing sonya
mortal kombat t shirt
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Thursday I was looking forward to my last day of MMA sparring, but because Cowboy cerrone and his posse showed up, the coaches switched it to kickboxing sparring, which I did not want to do. -_- Oh well. Thank goodness I keep my gear in a locker at the gym so I had my gloves, and I borrwed hand-wraps from Jamie. Thanks, my friend! Saved my butt! And Steven sparred with me MMA because HE only brought his small gloves, and his style is very similar to my opponent, so it worked out very well. :)

Jamie asked me to take a picture and went to gather all our coaches together…..making me realize that this was a great opportunity since they were all there at the same time. NICE ONE, Jamie! I took one of her and then jumped in. 😀 And then we both went and asked Donald Cerrone for a pic. It’s so much easier to be a fangirl when someone else is with you. ^^ I wasn’t going to do it by myself, and then she said she kind of wanted one, I suddenly felt courageous.

coaches and jamie pic
John Wood (MMA), Chaz Mulkey (Muay Thai), Mike Pyle (UFC), Vinny Magalhaes (jiu-jitsu WSOF/UFC), Filthy Tom Lawlor (wrestling/mma, UFC)
I love this picturrrrrrrrrrrrrre!

cowboy cerrone and jamie

Then Joanna Jedrzejczyk walked in in the evening hoping to grapple but I was there getting chiropractic treatment and there was only the beginner’s class. I wanna train with her, but I stop training a week out from my fight! :(

I’ve been watching Once Upon a Time season 3! I love it! SO many crazy twists and turns. Kind of deus ex machina, but oh well… I love the characters.
I’ve started really liking Hook, and Charming and Snow white are starting to REALLY annoy me with arguing with each other all the time and then smooching long and romantic and making up. ewww -_- Just reaffirms my belief that relationships are a pain in the neck.

I used to have this icon for the longest time….”Love dodger!” 😀

The teaching staff for kids jiu-jitsu class is being changed and I think I’m getting shuffled back in! I’m so happy! I was prevented from teaching due to circumstances beyond my choosing, but I’m back. I love teaching in general, and also since I don’t have my own kids, it is a fulfilling part of my life to help take care of other people’s kids. And part-time job money is good….

So…..keeping in mind everything about love and kids that I’ve written so far, plus the fact that my coaches and friends are having babies, it’s not surprising that I had the following weird dream:

In the dream, I was standing on the alter, with our friends and family and team watching, about to marry….my good friend Hannah! LOL Why? Just because we both wanted to have a nice wedding and say we were married. And since we’re good friends, it made sense to help each other out. (that makes NO SENSE, THOUGH!) The priest said our vows and I was supposed to say “I do” then I had this sinking feeling and I whispered to Hannah, “Wait! We shouldn’t be here!! I can’t marry you, I’m straight! And you’re straight, too! We can’t get married!!!”


shock sakura

(For the record, I have no problem with gay or lesbian couples getting married.)

Anyway, life is good. I can’t wait for this fight next week.
I think a bunch of UFC fighters are visiting our gym today and I’m sad because I don’t really want to train hard…I just want to drill and go lightly, so I’ll miss out a bit, but oh well.