A Return to Roller Derby?

It’s still hard for me to determine if and when I’ll return to derby.

I see the posts from friends traveling here and there for this tournament and that.  And I miss the days on the road, but I’m looking forward to traveling with my family and relaxing more. And actually getting a chance to see more of these places than just the inside of their convention centers and arenas. 

And while I see league mates cheering on our teams, the interest to sit and watch a game isn’t really there. I never was a good sports spectator.  Though I do see myself continuing to cheer for my friends and going to home games. 

Unfortunately, lately, the thing holding me back a lot is money. Raising a kid isn’t cheap at all. Between daycare and the increase in health insurance, my paycheck is gone. As in I can’t even go to practice because that’ll cost gas money.

I’m sure it’ll be no time before I decide that I need to get out and have me time.  But for now I’m so excited for Colt to see and experience new things. And real only having the weekends to do much makes it hard. 

For now, I’ll just send best wishes to my friends heading to ECDX this weekend. 

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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.

Champs!

The flight to Nashville was pretty much the same as any other flight, though it was a bonus to have so many friends and league mates aboard. 

Once we’d settled in at the hotel, Circuit Broad and I found another dozen officials, packed ourselves into various cars and headed to dinner.  An amazing family style dinner with great food, fun with rules and the greatest people I’ve met from around the country. 

Day one started with a little time to sleep in, as the opening ceremonies did not start until noon. It wouldn’t be a derby morning, without a cup of Hi-Death’s coffee.  A great start to a great day!

Opening Ceremonies were nice, not too extravagant, but it was very cool to see all of the teams, from all around the world.

My crew was assigned only one game Friday, the last game of the day, Victoria Roller Derby League vs. Minnesota Roller Girls. It was a long wait to 8pm, but I had plenty of time to catch up with friends, eat some cookies, visit some vendors, and see some great derby.

The night closed with a few of us hanging around the hotel lobby. Crew assignments were distributed and once again my crew received some of the best games of the day. Starting at 4pm with VRDL vs London Brawling.

Many more great games of derby on Saturday, and the opportunity to visit with my father and a few other family members. It was great being able to share not only roller derby with them, but also my pregnancy.

I finished the night with the last game of the day, Gotham vs. London. Another successful Lineup Tracking team with Stacy K.

After a quick shower and some dinner, Circuit Broad and I made our way to the lobby, where NSOs and “hackers” from another convention started a dance party. We were up too late, and got little sleep, but it was worth it to hang out one more time with some great people.
Sunday, I appropriately ended my roller derby career, entering lineups for my Detroit Derby Girls competing for first place in the Division 2 against the Rideau Valley Roller Girls.

144 games over 3 years, finishing my career at the International WFTDA Championships. I couldn’t ask for a better time.

And now on to new adventures!

100 More Days

A day late.
There are 99 more days til my due date.
We’ve made progress on quite a few projects. Mike has most of our kitchen cabinets painted. The baby shower invitations have been mailed. The baby furniture has been bought, just waiting on its arrival. Still need to clear out more of the non baby things from the baby’s room. 

I’ve had a few dreams where I felt unprepared for being a mom, but I think a lot of that anxiety will diminish after the shower. I have also had some great dreams of tickling little tiny baby feet, so I’m getting excited to meet our little one.

Today, I leave on an airplane for my last derby trip. I don’t know if I’ll ever get back on the road again if it isn’t to take my little one on great adventures.  Roller Derby has been a huge part of my life for the past 3 years and I have mixed feelings about retirement.

Retirement? I am at least taking this season off to get acclimated to being a mom. Not saying you won’t see me around the flat track, I’ll still be supporting my Stat Army & Detroit Derby Girls. I’ve made too many friends and invested too much of my heart to walk away just yet.  But I’m taking a much needed break from the travel, and the drama, and the stress. 

And what better way to retire than to finish the season off NSOing at the International WFTDA Championships.  I worked hard to earn my place at that track and I’m proud and honored to be given the opportunity.

I’ll get into more about derby when I get back. 

For now, I’m heading back to bed for a little more sleep before I have to leave. I’ll lay there for a while feeling baby kicks and treasuring the few days we have left and trying not to worry about what still needs to get done. 

Itzy Bitzy Goes to Playoffs

It’s been crazy busy at home and work over the past few weeks. Between working on the house, an increased caseload at work, and traveling for derby, there hasn’t been much time to write.

Two weeks ago, Circuit Broad and I drove down to Charleston, WV for the last of the the WFTDA Division 1 playoffs.

Once again, I was at the Lineup Tracking table, entering player numbers, and listing trips to the penalty box. I got to work with a great new crew of NSOs that I had not worked with before. There were challenges with seeing some jerseys but overall I’d call it a success.

NSOing while pregnant has had its disadvantages of course. I have to use the restroom more often, eat more frequently, and keep antacids in my stat bag. But seeing all of my friends from near and far, and all the belly rubs have been worth it. So far. I didn’t get to after party as much, or stay up too late. It’s a lot harder to get to sleep these days and I need all the sleep I can get.

At home, Mike and I have been busy getting the house ready for baby. Last night, Mike hung new blinds in the kitchen and laundry room. Not having the neighbor’s bright light shining into the baby’s room will be great. Mike also got shelves up in the garage, so I can pack and store some stuff I’ve had in the future nursery.

Itzy Bitzy has also been busy lately, busy moving around! Monday it felt like he was doing barrel rolls in there. So much so that by the time I got home from work, I felt like I’d been on a roller coaster.

Today, we see the doctor again, and I’m sure it’ll be more good news. 17 more weeks to go!

It’s A …

Last Friday, Mike and I both took the day off work. And for him it was much needed!  Mike had worked 16 hour days for the past 6 days thanks to the recent storms and Detroit’s ill-maintained power grid.

I got up early and had a dentist appointment, while Mike rushed to complete errands and pack the van for a weekend away. But we couldn’t leave just yet.

At 2pm we had a very important appointment to have our 20 week ultrasound and find out the baby’s gender. My mom, of course, met us on the fourth floor and I gave her a hard time about not telling her the gender just yet. Cause I am a stinker like that. And I thought it would be nice to have a little secret for a short while.

It didn’t take long for the ultrasound tech to figure it out. Baby - 20 WeeksWe showed the new photos to mom and her coworkers down in the OR before heading home to grab the dog and hit the road.

We spent Saturday four-wheeling through the woods and paddling around a beaver pond before Mike got called back into work Sunday morning. So we drove home.

Sunday I spent the day telling our friends and family the good news. PhotoGrid_1410703844957 And with the help of AK and Ana at Icon Athletics, on Monday I told my derby family. IMG_20140915_165826 IMG_20140915_193339

Playoffs!

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Last weekend, Circuit Broad, Bustah Mugg, Robyn D’Cradle and I made our way into Canada for the second round of Division 2 playoffs.

CB, Bustah and I roomed with Nora Lief.  And it was like a good old fashioned slumber party.  Staying up late to giggle and gossip.  Sharing stories and secrets.

The tournament was amazing with hard fought games, won with close scores.  Our officiating crews were top notch. Some of the best in the world.

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At night, we found food and talked stats and scores with the Announcers.

I made a dozen new friends and wouldn’t trade the weekend for anything.

Monday we headed back home, with our patches and swag, and enough butter tarts to share.  And gifts from Aunt Nora.

And now I’m back home, enjoying the quiet and feeling the little flutters that could be Itzy Bitzy.  Can’t say it’s been a bad week.

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Pig & Whiskey 2014!

pig and whiskey I don’t get the chance to do many of the Detroit Derby Girls Fundraisers but this is one that I do like helping out with!

The Metrotimes and Woodward Avenue Brewers partner up to put on one of the best festivals around, The Annual Pig and Whiskey! BBQ, Whiskey, Music and lots of Beer make this the place to be in the Summer!

And what’s even better is that our Detroit Derby Girls will be there pouring beers for the WAB any tips we make go to supporting our great league and keeping derby going in Detroit!

So stop by, enjoy some amazing eats and drinks and support local roller derby!

 

End of a Season: End of an Era

The Detroit Derby Girls home season has wrapped and come to an end.

And with that so did my position as Co-Head NSO.  Circuit had decided not to run again this season in an effort to get back to the fun, laid back derby she had been apart of for so long.  I had been running on the notion of running again as a single Head, but due to some exciting life changes, being Head NSO had to be put on the back burner for now. Hopefully, I will be able to resume this amazing position in the future, but for the 2014-15 season, I welcome the break and congratulate Robyn D’Cradle and Jack Asster as the new Co-Head NSOs.

And since the Annual end of season League Meeting, I have been enjoying a nice break from derby. It’s been so nice it’s been hard to see myself going back! I know! That’s crazy talk, but I have just been preoccupied with so much lately that it’s been sort of like a chore I have to do on Wednesday. Perhaps its because I am not quite sure how I’ll fit back into the picture.  I have to remember what it was that got me involved in the first place. Show up, have fun, practice, help our teams get better, and mentor those who ask.

It will be a fun, exciting new challenge for everyone this upcoming season and I am looking forward to it as best as I can!

 

On the Go: London Day 10

Day 9 Bonus: after we got back in our room and was ready to settle in for the night, Meryl stopped by and said she had the Detroit Pistoffs vs. Devil’s Night Dames home game streaming on her phone. Cookie and I joined her and Kraken in their room to listen to the bout.

It was so nice to hear home and to know that everything seemed to be going well.  The Pistoffs won, which determined that the D*Funk All Stars will be going up against the Grand Prix Madonnas at Champs. The Grudge Match is still yet to be determined. 

Today, is my last official day in England.  I slept in, had breakfast and barely had time to settle into bout game day before having to walk to the venue.

I was Box Managing the first game of the day, Detroit vs. Toronto. Detroit kept a decent lead and managed to get a win. Though the box was busy, the 30 second penalties really kept the crazy at bay. 

I did have to give 2 misconduct penalties,  and had a weird jammer bounce with an inactive jammer, but otherwise it went as well as I could hope. 

After a two hour break, Detroit played London again.  This time, I was able to sit in the stands with a few other officials, sans stripes and pinks, and cheer for my Detroit Derby Girls.

Lastly, I got to lineup track for the Rocky vs. Toronto game.  I was happy to not be in the box for that one. 

After the little award ceremony, I headed back to the hotel and gathered my stuff.  My new NSO friend Mary, was kind enough to drive me into London.

She ran me past Big Ben, the BBC, and Piccadilly Circus.  We also stopped to snag photos at Abbey Road and across the river from The London Eye. 

And now here I am, sitting in Heathrow Airport a few hours too early, eager to be home, but wishing I could spend just a little more time. 

See you soon, America!