Some redemption and other happy things


You may have noticed that I’ve had fewer Jiu-Jitsu stories to share lately. I suppose my getting better at it is to blame for my lack of entertainment for you.

We all knew it was bound to happen eventually. Probably for most people, it would’ve happened months ago.

However, I did majorly screw up recently. (Let’s pretend I did it just for you.)

I was partnered with Instructor’s youngest brother, Surfer Dude 2. The last portion of class is Mount Drills, where you try to throw the other person off. I had already successfully thrown SD2 once within the 60 second allotment and was prepared to do so again with a cool new move I learned from a Jiu-Jitsu video, not from class.

Farewell, my Surfer Dude friend. You’re about to get rolled.

Suddenly, I became aware of Instructor, SD1, and another upper belt standing there cheering me on.

I had SD2 locked up and ready to roll left, yet I kept attempting to roll him to the right. In that direction, he wasn’t going anywhere.

“Toward me, Betsy. Roll toward me,” came Instructor’s voice, yet I kept pushing the wrong way. Finally, I gave up and heard a collective, disappointed chorus of, “Ohhh,” from the bystanders. One lamented, “It was all set up,” before they walked away.

I was mortified. What the heck happened?! For the rest of the day, I couldn’t let it go. Several times, I asked Hubby to assure me that they’d forgotten the whole incident. (He dutifully complied.) The next day I dropped a fork or something, and he said, “Did that happen because you rolled the wrong way?” which, though funny, brought the memory of the embarrassment crashing down again.

My next class was a week later. I brought my youngest daughter with me for a trial class. It was an unusually small turnout, with only three other students. So, when Instructor needed a demo partner, he chose the most senior student there, which happened to be me.

I gave a delighted little hop skip away from the wall when he called me up. (Obviously, I was super professional and kept my cool.)

I was also, of course, nervous. He did the move on me from every angle; then it was my turn to demonstrate on him. Amazingly, despite my worry, I did the moves without having to think about them.

Thank goodness it was an easy class!

When we were done, he said, “Thank you, that was perfect.”


On the way home, I asked my daughter if it seemed like I knew what I was doing or if I looked awkward up there. She didn’t notice anything weird, so I’ll take that as confirmation of success. She would have, no doubt, told me if I had been lame. Also, she had a blast and wants to come to the next class too.

Now the other happy things:

This cute bunny in our yard–an unusual sighting.
Hubby put a couple of hair ties on his wrist before we left for the zoo, knowing that some female faction of his family would likely need one. How thoughtful was that?!
This incredible exotic flower I spotted at the zoo.
I don’t know what it was. It looked like lungs, but it smelled like heaven!
These mixed-color carrots we grew in our garden. They had different flavors, too. Huh, maybe now I understand the rabbit in our yard. πŸ˜‰

And finally…

This gorgeous photo sent to me by blog buddy, Chatter Master. (I highly recommend clicking the link to read her brief post. You’ll understand in a moment.) I texted her back:

And now an FYI: I’m thinking of overhauling my blog with a new name, URL, and pseudonym for myself. Mark will be happy to know I’m changing the blog name; HOWEVER, it won’t be to “Chex and Balances.” Also, I’m so not techy. Not entirely sure what I’m doing, so I hope I don’t lose my blog and all of you in the process. Stay tuned. Or not, I guess, if I happen to blow up the internet…

Questions: Do you think the Upper Belts forgot my disaster for real? Which picture did you like best?

Enjoy your week! πŸ™‚

58 responses »

  1. 1. No, the senior belts went home and wrote about your fiasco on their blogs. πŸ™‚
    2. Your husband is da’ best.
    3. I bought my mom some different colored carrots but she never let me know about the flavor.
    4. For real though the senior belts only pay attention to the ‘mistakes’ because they are opportunities to teach. πŸ™‚
    5. You’re my favorite today. ❀

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  2. I love how you put together the carrots with the rabbit! Great pictures and a very thoughtful hubby.

    As for redemption – love that you got it. There are no teachable moments without someone doing it wrong (or at least less right) and so you benefitted the class. In fact, it was like you were teaching them something important in that moment you couldn’t roll left. πŸ™‚

    Love that your youngest daughter loves JJ and is going back! Yay!

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  3. Fun post
    And the best thing is the hair ties!
    Oh how sweet

    And a while back I took a “centergy” class (yoga Pilates movement to music)
    And this lady after the class shared that she was miserable without a hair tie –
    We all told her we had some in our bags (kind of funny) but we never noticed her long hair all getting in the way – we thought she chose that

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    • Oh man. I can imagine how not fun that would have been with no hair tie. When I do martial arts, I would be miserable if my hair was down. So hot and uncomfortable, not to mention getting in the way. She should keep one around her wrist at all times, just in case she needs it. πŸ™‚

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      • I agree – keep one on the wrist or even attached to the yoga strap?
        I felt bad because so many of us had one to offer her!
        And one more hair tie stories
        Did an overnight hike with hubs to Mt Pleasant (good name- eh)
        And just so happened to have TWO hair ties (not sure how it happened but must have been just on auto pilot like your hubs)
        Anyhow / my husband’s earth runner show broke – the earth runner has that but if copper in the bottom to “ground” the body and are very primal – anyhow / the strap broke (because they were work a lot and the terrain was tougher than he planned for) and he used my back up hair tie around his toes and the sandal to make it down

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    • Yeah, they’ve probably forgotten. And at least I achieved some redemption in the eyes of Instructor. I highly doubt he’s going to tell the others, “BTW, Betsy was my demo partner, and she did great.” πŸ˜› But it’s okay. I’ll get over it. Eventually. πŸ˜‰

      That tree picture truly is divine.

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  4. I guess it depends on how many other β€˜fails’ the upper belts have witnessed. You might be low on the list, which would be a good thing! That flower smelled good??? I imagine it smelling like a skunk! Sometimes those tropical ones are the worst. I like your carrot picture. That’s awesome that you grew those. We’ve tried carrots numerous times and they look like little witches’ noses, warts and all.

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    • They probably have witnessed a lot of mistakes. That does make me feel better. Thanks, Bijoux. (Though I should be at the point where I’m beyond such basic mistakes, but whatever.)

      The flower was amazing. I was pleasantly surprised. Thanks for being the only person to comment on the carrots. Oh, many were still knobbly and weird. I’m guessing it has to do with the hard soil getting in the way of growing “grocery store perfect,” but they tasted just fine. πŸ™‚


  5. When do you start teaching Betsy? πŸ˜‰ Loved the carrots, I’ve never seen any like that but carrots never grew here so we stopped trying. Definitely the hair band picture of your husband for my favorite picture but the others were great too.

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    • The carrots were neat in that they had different flavors and textures. (Red were soft, white were hard, and varied in between with the orange and yellow.) Hubby was awfully thoughtful with those hair bands. πŸ™‚


  6. I’m all in favor of a blog name change even if it isn’t mine. I just changed my URL and people were still directed to my blog. In fact, I doubt anybody even noticed. You shouldn’t have any issues, non-techness aside.

    Your husband put hair ties around his wrist? Sure, that’s thoughtful. But did he plaster a Betsy tattoo on his arm, take you to work with him, and then blog about the experience? Nope!

    Love that last photo, and yes, I’ll be clicking on the link.

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    • Apparently I have to upgrade to a plan to change my URL. :/ I changed the blog name, FWIW. But I’m not sure it’s worth much if the URL doesn’t match.

      Hubby doesn’t have a blog, but he could probably figure out how to affix the tattoo properly. (Burn!) My birthday is coming up. Those tattoos may make a re-appearance.

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      • You can purchase your own domain for $20 or less these days and transfer to WordPress. I’m pretty sure I did that even with the free plan? Don’t quote me on that, though.

        I’ve never had a trickier time getting a fake tattoo to stay on! But I managed.


  7. Lol you’re doomed to be remembered as ‘The One Who Rolled The Wrong Way’, so your only recourse now is to continue down this path until you can one day remember a lower belt for doing the same thing.

    And I don’t know how something that looked like that (lungs) can smell like heaven. What a super weird flower! How did it smell like, exactly?

    Anyway, thanks for this post!

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    • That first part is not exactly making me feel better, Stuart!!! πŸ˜› You’re supposed to tell me they’ve long forgotten about it!!! πŸ™‚

      I wish I could remember what the flower smelled like now. My only memory is the impression that it smelled…. floral. Yep, I’m a writer. I know. Real descriptive.


  8. My thoughts are that you weren’t the first to do that so it was more of a relief than anything for others to see πŸ™‚

    I have been thinking of overhauling my blog too but I am so not techy and for sure the world would end and I would lose all my progress and following LOL.. so I am scared and therefore not doing it until i see you do it LOL .. the last picture IS breathtaking! But also I love the bunny and tri-colour carrots πŸ™‚

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  9. Yes! bridge under the water! or they will always think of you as the Little Engine That Could (just maybe not that day)

    Your husband is so very thoughtful and experienced! ❀️❀️❀️

    Love the bounty from your garden: different colored/flavored carrots are so fun! We sometimes get yellows & purples from our ugly grocer and really enjoy them too!

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