When I purchased Garbanzo his ticket to go see his 95-year-old Grandmother in San Diego, I did it knowing I would be left alone with the girls on a taekwondo tournament day. I knew that was a crazy thing to even attempt solo, but looking at the calendar, I knew it was either this weekend or sometime in May. And, we have other plans in May.
Here was this morning’s schedule, in case you are curious:
- 6:30am – Get the kids up and going
- 7:30am – Leave for the tourney, but not before DJ gets mad because she can’t find her TKD jacket and my super-mommy psychic powers were not working as she thought they should be working.
- 7:45am – Argue with the registration lady. Even though we registered ahead, they had a problem with the credit card number Garbanzo had written down. Instead of calling to confirm that the number was correct, they set it aside. This meant we were technically a “late entrant” (even though her name badge and everything proving that we got it into the headquarters in time). Cost of “late entry”: $80.
- 8:00am – Get a coffee in an attempt to start the morning anew. The lady beat around the bush to the point I was going to kill her, so I decided I needed to start over. Kids beg cocoas and “2nd breakfast”: $15
- 8:30am – Buy tickets to get into the tourney. DJ doesn’t need them, but we do: $10
- 9:00am – Leave arena because there is not enough seating. Oh, and learn that sparring, DJ’s event, isn’t until 1pm.
- 9:05am – Intervene in the first sibling fight.
- 9:12am – Tell Indigo to leave her sister alone.
- 9:24am – Separate Indigo and DJ.
- 9:30am – Send DJ off with two blackbelts her age warm up.
- 10:00am – Discover that they have not closed registration as they said they were going to do, thus the necessity of us getting there so early.
- 10:05am – Take girls away from all people so they can eat and fight without drawing attention to us.
- 10:20am – Indigo is in time out.
- 10:30am – Opening Ceremony begins.
- 11:30am – Opening Ceremony ends.
- 11:45am – Go find lunch. $15
- 12:15pm – Go get DJ’s gear so she can start warming up.
- 12:30pm – They announce they are breaking for lunch. Starting Sparring at 1:30pm now.
- 12:35pm – Send DJ and her friend to go get geared up and warmed up.
- 12:40pm – Tell Indigo for the 10th time that she does not need to warm up, so should go color.
- 1:30pm – Sparring starts. But not before they announce that pads must be worn on the hands as well as forearms. This means, I have to find DJ gloves: $30
- 2:00pm – DJ spars.
- 2:01pm – DJ loses.
- 2:15pm – DJ gets bronze medal for her her age and belt class.
- 2:30pm – We leave. Parking: $8
Time spent for her 1 minute sparring: 7 hours.
Cost of bronze medal and loss of my sanity: $158
Speaking of ying-yang, probably the most humorous part of their friendship – everyone thinks Brook is a girl, and DJ is a boy. When they correct the person, the person usually argues with them. Thankfully they both have a great sense of humor about it.