Crisis averted

I have a ropey top to tie me up in July! Yay for desperate messages on fetlife.

Unfortunately the workshop needs minimum numbers of attendees so I don’t actually know if they will be going ahead. I can haz sum rope pleaz?

It’s a long weekend in Australia and I went to the gym and did body pump and cx works this morning. It has been a loooong time since I’ve done those particular classes and I’m expecting to be incredibly sore tomorrow. I used to be a pump bunny who had 30kg on her bar during squats. Now I’ve got 7kg on my bar and I’m barely making it to the end of the track. Yeah…

I’d planned on going to the gym yesterday as well, but a 9:30am dentist appointment put a spanner in those works. I was at the dentists for and hour and a half for a clean and scale! An hour and a half!!! I was getting to the stage that I couldn’t take it any more when she finally announced that she was done. Due to my heart murmur I have to have a big dose of antibiotics before ‘invasive’ dental treatment so for the rest of the day I was zonked out. It’s a weird sensation that they give me, kind of like being overtired combined with low blood sugar vagueness.

Why the sudden gym bunny behaviour you ask? Well…rope in July. I’ve got two and a half months to make myself presentable and try and get my core strength up a bit. The race is on!

I put day 5 up there as well.

You know what would cheer me up?

Rope.

And I discovered on the weekend that Kazami Ranki, one of the shibari grand masters, is coming to Perth to do workshops in July.

And I really want to go!

It’s times like this when I wish I had a friend who knew rope and was in need of a bunny on a regular basis. M has given me his blessings to indulge in rope in whatever and however way I see fit, so I’ve put out a general distress call on fetlife for someone to tie me up.

What a girl has to do to get tied up!

The recent spate of earthquakes around the world has been devastating. Ecuador now seems to be much worse off than Japan. I got in touch with the last of my clients today and things are ok. I hope things settle down now for a while.

I’ve put Ohenro day 4 up. 3 days left.

Preshock-aftershock

Yeah…so there was another large earthquake in Japan. The one that happened on Thursday has been now downgraded to a “pre-shock” and the one that happened this morning (Saturday) at 1:30am is officially the “earthquake.” In between there have been 142 pre/after shocks of level 3 or more so I’d be pretty damn jittery if I was anywhere in the vicinity at the moment, the vicinity being Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu.

To pre-empt some questions, no, it wasn’t really close to where I did my pilgrimage and yes, I’ve been there. You can see I’ve marked Tokushima in the map below and Kumamoto is just to the east of Nagasaki on the island south west.

Kyushu

In my work trip to Japan last August, we actually visited a place that is about 5km from the epicentre in Kumamoto. I also have lots of clients and clients of my clients in the area. I spent a lot of Friday trying to find out if everyone was ok and except for the company with an office closest to the area, everyone responded that they were ok. I couldn’t actually make contact with that office, but I have a feeling they had other things on their mind than letting their Australian supplier know they were ok. I’m also mindful of not clogging up phonelines in emergency situations like this. After the official earthquake this morning though, I’m fairly worried.

Kyushu island is actually the area in Japan where most of my clients are. I go there a lot and you might remember last year I spent my post-work trip time in Fukuoka city which is to the north and in the most populous part of the island. There are a lot of volcanos dotted around Kyushu so it’s a hot-bed of seismic activity and hot springs. Of particular concern is the active volcano Mt Aso since it is so close to the epicentre which was at Mashiki  (just to the east of Kumamoto city).

Mt asao

Apparently there has been a small eruption since the earthquake so fingers crossed nothing big happens.

These sort of disasters happening in Japan always upset me. I can watch things happen in Australia, which should affect me more, and be very chill, but for some reason I’m a lot more emotionally invested in Japan and its people.

Anyway, I uploaded Day 3 of Ohenro last night while I was still in an okay mood, but after seeing the pictures this morning of collapsed buildings and landslides, I’m not feeling very jovial to write much else.

Ohenro

Hello again!

Holy crap, it’s been so long since I did a proper blog that I’d forgotten how long it takes. I just did the first of the pilgrimage blogs and I swear it took me three hours (not helped by the fact that I’ve discovered that photos you take on your phone don’t like being rotated and so you have to first save them as a bmp file after rotating them before resaving them as a jpeg in order to upload to wordpress…that..makes..me..so..annoyed…*deep breath*)

Anyway, the first blog is a bit of a ramble and is mostly info about the preparations more than anything, but I’ll continue to put the pilgrimage blogs up in the menu to the right under Ohenro.

And, did you see that Outlander Season 2 has begun? Squee!

And, GoT is starting soon? Squee!

It’s a good time to be alive (and I’m glad I didn’t fall off any of the mountains.)

Filling in the blanks

Hello! I’ve been away for a while.

“No shit.” I hear you say.

Actually, I have a fairly legitimate excuse.

There’s been some of this:

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Some of this:

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Some of this:

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And lots of walking up this:

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While I looked like this:

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It’s all now much clearer, right?

Yes, I went to Japan for a work trip (which was a complete cluster fuck that I don’t want to talk about) but after the work was done, I took some time for myself and did a temple pilgrimage known as Ohenro on the island of Shikoku.

I think I may have mentioned the pilgrimage here many, many years ago, saying it was something that I would love to do one day. So after the events with M’s health and my resulting mental state, I thought a few days climbing mountains and chanting the heart sutra would do me good.

The whole pilgrimage is about 1200kms and it takes a good 45-50 days to travel to all 88 temples, and I couldn’t take that much time off, so I did the first prefecture, Tokushima,  around 2250kms in 7 days and visited 23 temples.

I’m planning on doing a blow-by-blow account of the whole thing here on the blog and I have something like 500 photos that I took on my phone to share, so prepare yourselves, photographs are coming!

M has been good (thanks to everyone who was concerned!) Things are pretty much back to normal as far as his health is concerned. We skyped every day while I was away and I skyped him a few times from the pilgrim trail so he could share in my experience (most of the time, I was just too breathless to talk and skyping really wasn’t an option.) He went to the doctor yesterday and got a reasonably clean bill of health. We’re still working out what combination of meds will be best for his diabetes, but the doctor wants his kidneys back to normal before we play too much with that. He was brave while I was away: cooking, showering and even feeding himself! It’s cute. He still plays the, ‘I’m sick!’ card when he wants something i.e. “Change the HDMI cables over for me?” “Change them yourself.” “But I’m sick.”

The pilgrimage was awesome. I really don’t have words to describe how great it was.  Serene. Magical. Restorative. Those are some of the words I have thrown around when talking to people about it. And the people I met during it were just wonderful and giving. So friendly and memorable.

Of course, it was tough, super tough, physically. Every part of me hurt and a couple of mornings I woke up and wondered how I was going to walk at all, let alone walk 30kms to my next lodging. I was tired to the point of delirium on one evening and I spent a great deal of time in the foetal position after finishing my distance for the day, curled up, on the floor not able to move. But I did it and you know how I love me a good challenge! I’m really looking forward to when I can go back and do the next section/prefecture.

So yeah, that’s what’s been happening. Stayed tuned for temples, temples, temples.