Ready? Ready!

Getting closer to our due date, Mike and I are settling down and enjoying our time together at home.  And I realized that means I haven’t blogged. 

The other weekend, Circuit Broad threw for me a great baby shower with many of our derby friends. 

I got a lot of great gifts, and books and so many breast milk storage options! Oh, and I may have pretended to let Cookie Rumble try to catch my baby in the WFTDA Division 2 Championship Trophy.

I love all of the derby mom’s that have been so inspiring and helpful.  And I’m grateful to call them my friends.  Not to mention, they really bring a good time. 

Mike was busy over Christmas break and finished the floors, including the trim.  We did a little electrical work, changing out outlets and fixing some 3-way switches that weren’t working.  And this past weekend, the house got a deep clean. 

At our last doctor’s appointment, the ultrasound estimated that Colt was weighing about 6lbs.  Every thing seems on track for a natural delivery.  We’ve got another appointment Wednesday.

At work, we’re gearing up for my pending leave.  I’m training another woman in the department, and I think it’s going to go really well. 

So now it’s just a waiting game.  Get up, get bundled up for the cold, work, come home, Mike cooks dinner, pj’s, TV, and then it’s back to bed again.

Making Progress

The house is coming along nicely, we finally have all of the kitchen cabinets painted, and Mike is in the process of re-hanging the doors and replacing the drawer fronts. We still have to paint the wainscoting once we get the giant work bench removed.

Mike had needed a place to paint the doors and drawers when it got ridiculously cold out the other week, so a giant piece of plywood has been spanning my kitchen table. It’s also where all of the counter stuff ended up when we sanded and painted the actual cabinets. Once that is gone, it will feel like a kitchen again.

As for the baby’s room, I have finally sorted through 12 large bags of clothes given to me by a friend.  What I decided to keep was organized, washed, and finally put into drawers and bins. What was left, my mother went through and kept a few things for keeping at her house. The rest was donated today.

Yesterday, my sister Jessie came over and we finalized some baby shower things; centerpieces, favors, prizes, etc. We met up with my mom and bought some other things we’ll need. All we really need now is the food.

Now I just need to finish up procrastinating and start making the house presentable (read: clean) for all of the family and friends that are sure to be over during the next week.

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

On the Go: Fourth of July Weekend

Mike, Diesel and I headed up north to Camp Grief over the weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July along with our neighbor’s wedding.

The weather was perfect. The ceremony was quick and to the point. The couple were excited and had a great time.  There was great food (a pig roast), and a lot of fireworks (so many).

The rest of the weekend was spent hanging with friends and family, doing a little garage sale visiting and generally having a good time. 

Obligatory New Years Post

Happy New Year Readers!

Better late than never right?

So while I am snowed in this crazy cold night, I figure I should get this post out.

I started writing this New Years Day but didn’t feel motivated to look back at the year. I know kind of silly.

I had a great year with plenty of ups and downs.

I got to travel to a bunch of really great places with some great friends thanks to derby.

I upped my officiating skill by NSOing at the WFTDA Playoffs.

I finished out my second season with DDG and was elected co-head NSO with Circuit Broad and Mayor was elected co-head Ref with Geo.

Mike and I started fixing up both our relationship and our home.

But I guess I just have more things to look forward to this year, that I can’t really seem to find the words I want to use to reflect back on the past year.

I am looking forward to the new expansions on out house and hopefully to our family.

I am starting at a new job in a few weeks. It should be an exciting new challenge.

I will be resubmitting my application for certification in February, and hoping to finally earn my stripes.

And maybe in the meantime, I will do a little more traveling, keep working on my NSO skills. I want to keep taking more pictures, and writing as often as I can.

Heck, maybe I’ll even get that motivation to do a real nice write up on my adventures last year.

Up Next for me is another bout on Jan 18th. Star Wars themed once again, with my friend Doug’s band, BuzzBangPow playing at the bout and after party.

Thanksgiving

With all the hustle and bustle I wasn’t able to get this post up yesterday. So I guess you could say that was the first thing to be thankful for.

I’m thankful for having the means, and the ability to cook for my family an amazing Thanksgiving feast. We had three turkeys; two smoked, one roasted. A smoked ham. Mike loves to grill/smoke meats, what can I say. I made stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts with quinoa, and cranberry sauce. My mom brought pumpkin pies, and a salad. My sister Jessica brought beverages and cheesecake bites. Jerrica brought spinach and artichoke dip, and taco dip. My mother-in-law brought a Michigan Four Berry pie. Paul helped in the kitchen chopping up all of the potatoes.

It was a mighty feast and I am thankful for all of the family and friends that helped make and eat it!

I’m thankful for having a warm home for hosting such an event.

I’m thankful for all of the hard work that Mike has put into our home. The new garage being an awesome way to fix our lack of storage space.

I’m thankful for the puppy snuggles from our old dog, Diesel. He was such a good dog around all of the people and food. He’s been the only dog to win my heart, and it’s from the cool demeanor like yesterday that did it.

I’m thankful for everyone that was able to be over yesterday. My mom, sisters, brother-in-laws, mother-in-law, Mike of course and Paul. And I’m thankful for all the people that were busy with their own families and that I was unable to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to.

I’m thankful for all of the friends that I have made thanks to Derby. And all of the friends that have put up with me since I started this crazy adventure.

I’m thankful for all of the cool places I’ve been able to visit. Miles on my car that have been completely worth it. I’m thankful to, for my car that continues to start every morning, and gets me to work.

I’m thankful I have a good job, maybe not the one I want forever, but it pays well, I have great benefits, a ton of days off, and it’s close to home.

I’m thankful to be laying in bed still, next to my slumbering boy, writing this post on my smartphone, appreciating the quiet and calm of the late morning.

I’m thankful to have you reading this post. I appreciate all of the people that take the time to read my blog. Comment. And offer their opinions and suggestions.

I’m thankful to have another year to keep on living. And I’m looking forward to all of the new adventures, people places, foods, and experiences. And I’ll try to keep writing about them!

Monthly Update

Or…

Things I should have been blogging about all month and didn’t.

Early in October my sister got married. It was a beautiful autumn wedding. Her accent clot was red. Both families had a wonderful turnout. The ceremony was cute and straight to the point. The food was great. The hall was perfect. And we danced the night away. I’ll post more when the pictures come back.

The following weekend was the Detroit Derby Girls Season Opener. I was Head NSO and Mayor was Head Ref. The D-Funk Allstars narrowly beat The Pistolwhippers. It was a close game. Hard fought. And everyone felt good about it. The after party was at a place called 3rd Street. They are known for their ‘dangerously delicious’ pies. And they were really good!

The next weekend was spent in Chicago. The Detroit Derby Girl Allstars played in a double header against Windy City. Circuit Broad, Jack Asster, and Robyn D’Cradle all drove out to NSO. We also had Hi-Death and AK 40oz along with us to announce. Our friends, Nora Leaf and Phil in the Blank were nice to offer us their home to stay at for the night. The doubleheader went really well. And the after parties were a blast.

That Sunday, Nora made us a tremendous breakfast buffet and we enjoyed telling stories and laughing the morning away. That afternoon, the six of us headed down to the lake shore and took in some sights. We ate a great sushi lunch and got back on the road to Michigan. Albeit, a little later than planned.

This weekend, Mike started the construction on our new garage. Or as Mike calls it, not new but ‘bigger, better garage’. This new addition to the house will open up our spare bedrooms from having to be storage rooms. This will also give us the excuse to tear that disgusting enclosed porch off the back of the house and build a deck.

Oh, and it is also my birthday today. I’m 31. I’m not ashamed of my age. Those are 30 incredible years behind me. I’ve lived, learned, and loved so much. I cannot wait for the next 30.

Up Next: Halloween, Jes & Bri’s Halloween Party, WFTDA Champs in Milwaukee, and DDG’s Double Header.

Community

As I am preparing for my 3rd and final playoff tournament of the season I can’t help but reflect on the community that derby has brought me.

Today, I checked my email and was happy to see all of the posts in the tournament Google group of people helping each other get rides from the airport to the hotel. People willing to wait a few hours for another person so that they can share rides together.

Me, I’ll be driving with my good friend and road trip companion, Wishbone Breaker.  She has been at almost every away game I have officiated at. Very few have been without her. And we might not have traveled together, but more times that not, we have.

West Coast Avengers!

West Coast Avengers!

Earlier this week we had been discussing our travel arraignments and at one point were talking about leaving a day early.  This would mean another night on the road but a little less drive time all in one day. I was flattered to know that there were friends in Ohio willing to put us up for the night should we need it.

Every trip I am on, I hear new stories about how this official helped this official with something and the good karma seems to be passed along over and over.

We are a very trusting bunch of folks. The officials that is. I think this has a bit to do with the nature of the sport. Usually when we work a bout, the crew of officials is made up of referees and non-skating officials from both teams. We have a little over an hour or so to get introduced and start working together. We know what each of us are supposed to do and we trust each other to do it.

We understand each other. We know how tired and stressed someone can be after a long day of tournaments. We remind each other to sit, take a break, and eat. We share cloths and derby gear if you lose or need something. We offer hugs and shoulders to cry on. We make each other laugh and can be the best of dance partners.

I love my official friends, and skater friends too.

Fort Wayne

Another Busy Weekend

It was a good weekend for friends and derby.

Friday night I got to spend some time with my dad while he was in town for a bit. We had dinner up at Doons where I ran into an old friend as well.

Saturday morning I woke up to a message from Ian asking if I wanted to get lunch at BDubs.  It was great to hear from him and I thought it was the perfect timing.  We had a great little lunch and caught up on the happenings over the past few weeks.

Pitzy, HNSO

Pitzy, HNSO

Saturday night I got to Head NSO for the first time, for my 75th and 76th bouts at Wings Stadium.  The Killamazoo Derby Darling took on the Motor City Disassembly Line and the Motown Wreckers.

The Motown Wreckers beat the Killa Crew and MCDL took a hard loss to the KDD A Team.

Not only was I Head NSO, I also did two jobs that are not high on my experience list, Box Managing, and Jam Timer.  The Jam Timing went pretty good, but I did have one mess up during a Jammer Bounce while Box Managing.

But, I guess that’s where practice, practice, practice comes in.

Yes, I am aware I don't know what the park is calledSunday morning, Diesel and I took a nice walk through River Woods Park.  I am grateful to have such wonderful parks near my home.

Sunday, I got to pour beers for the Woodard Avenue Brewery with my fellow Detroit Derby Girls at the 3rd Annual Pig & Whiskey event in Ferndale.  All of the tips we earned went to supporting our upcoming season.

It was a ton of fun hanging out with my league mates, trying different beers, and interacting with the customers.  Everyone was having fun and the event looked like a success, not only for DDG but for the WAB and Ferndale.

IMG_20130721_204655I’m back home now, resting my tired legs, applying burn cream to the pinkness slowing appearing on my pale skin, and enjoying a quite night in with the boy and the dog.

ECDX Road Trip

Monday, I got home from an amazing road trip to Philadelphia. I was there to attend the Officiating Clinic as well as the East Coast Derby Extravaganza.

I had a blast!

There was a few delays Wednesday morning waiting on Diamond Dust’s train to arrive, but we had no problems getting on the road once Sticket Pickett arrived.

Let this Pioneer predict your future!

Fortune Teller from the Past!

About midway through PA, we decided to stop at Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park and take a cavern boat tour.  We had fun using our imaginations to see the neat little cave formations, as well as heckling our adorable teenaged guide. After the tour, we got some pictures with the bison and headed back on the road.

After a strange little stop in a strange little town, (See: On the Go: Rural Pennsylvania) we grabbed some food at an interesting little bar, that was obviously meant just for the locals.

And back on the road we were once again. We made it into Philly around 7ish. And the three of us relaxed and got to bed early for our first night.

In the morning, Diamond and I headed off to the Clinic where I was happy to see many of the officials I have come to call my friends. We learned some things, and caught up on all of the new rules and standard practices.

Margaritas Pass the Time Nicely

Margaritas Pass the Time Nicely

That evening, a bunch of us gathered for dinner and talked about our future officiating plans. I had to kill some time before heading into Philly to pick Private Itchy up from the airport. His flight kept getting delayed due to stormy weather.

At about 1:30am Sticket and I were back on the road and finally picking up Itchy from the airport. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, when we were oh so close to reaching our hotel home for the night, my car made a huge pop, smoke poured out from under the hood, and refused to start. We waited for the tow truck, we chatted, and eventually had an entertaining taxi ride back to the hotel at 4am.

The next day started much too early, with a quick 2 mile walk to the car rental place, a rushed drive to the Officiating Clinic and multiple phone calls to multiple dealerships in an attempt to find my car, and then have it fixed.

I did my best to pay attention to that days lessons, and by the time scrimmage was coming to an end, I was on my way to the dealership to pick up my car. A vacuum hose had popped off the manifold. But once my car was back in my possession, the rest of the tournament turned out to be a blast.

I watched some great derby, drank some beers, took a dip in the pool, and bought some cool merch.

There was also the Roast of Judge Knott, where my derby father, AK 40oz was a riot. And speaking of derby relationships, AK introduced me to a few more distant derby family members, including his Derby Wife, Bulldog.

There was also the trip to Philly to have a side-by-side comparison of the two competing cheesesteaks, Geno’s and Pat’s King of Steaks with Meow Ka-Pow, Geoknitter, and Itchy.

ECDX 2013!

I loved the nerdery that came with trying to breakdown what makes a French Mimosa so French with Kill C. Grammar and GalVaTron. As well as language lessons from the Canadians.

And even if AK 40oz drives me mad some days, I didn’t even mind playing the “Where’s AK?” game Monday morning before getting on the road back to the Mitten.

And all of the talking AK and I got to do along that 9 hour drive home, actually made the time go by quite quickly.

Oh, and while in Philly, I got some great news that I can’t wait to share with you all next week, as well as some news I can share right now!

I was elected DDG’s Co-Head NSO along with Circuit Broad. And my congrats also extend to Mayor McSmartass (my most awesome hubby) and GeoNo UDi’int! on their Co-Head Ref positions, and to the returning Rusty Wheeler as Head of Stats.  Season 9 is looking like it will be an amazing season!

You can check out more photos by clicking over to my Instagram page! 

Dancing, Drinking & Derby

What a weekend! So full from the time I got off work til my head finally hit the pillow last night.

Shortly after I got home on Friday, Tig O’Hitties and I headed up to Clubhouse BFD for some beers and eats before getting ready for the night. That night we were guests at the Metro Times Best of Detroit Party at the Motor City Casino.

The Metro Times is a weeIMG_20130520_214502kly newspaper that polls Metro-Detroiters annually on the best places, people, foods, drinks… you name it.  This year, DDG’s Tiny Ninja was voted Best Local Amateur Athlete.  And “the local roller derby scene” was voted the Best Overlooked Story.

Tiggy and I met up with more of our league mates at the casino. We tried all of the food samples; from pizza to macaroons, sushi to toastadas. There were free drinks and plenty of dancing.

Saturday I spent the morning with Vera Toss.  We ate brunch at Social in Birmingham (I would add a link, but despite the food being good, it was way over priced for what I got. Sad face.) Then we did some shopping, before I eventually headed home and got ready for the bout.

The Grand Prix Madonnas were taking on the Detroit Pistoffs for the Season 8 Championships.  The GPMs pulled out a big lead during the first 30 minutes. Halftime was just what the Pistoffs needed to rally in the second half and even take the lead briefly.  In the end, it was the Grand Prix Madonnas taking home Olive with a 163-114 win over the Pistoffs.

After many sweaty hugs and handshakes it was off to the Woodward Avenue Brewers to celebrate a great season. There were plenty of beers, shanaigans, flirting, and an all around good time. Plans for the summer we made, and new friends were made, and I even got hit on by a girl! And yes, I giggled like a schoolgirl after.

I need to take more pictures of the people in my life and not the food.

I need to take more pictures of the people in my life and not the food.

Sunday morning it was back to my favorite brunch spot at Dino’s.  Sunday morning bunch with my stat army (& more!) is becoming one of my absolute favorite things to do, and I look forward to it. The food is great, the bottomless mimosas and bloody marys are great, and not to mention, some of the best company ever!

Later, Mike and I joined his family for dinner to celebrate his father’s birthday.  I finally got the chance to meet his dad’s new girlfriend as well as laugh with friends I hadn’t seen in a long time.

It was a really good weekend.  And the one coming up is starting to look just as great.  Paul is coming up from Florida. I have pudding shots and jello shots to make.  Mike is going to do some grilling. The whole weekend is sure to be full of good food, drinks and company.

Share your Memorial Day weekend plans below! I’d love to hear all the great things people have lined up.