Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Project 365

PHOTO #39/365  Wednesday, April 20th

Today we celebrated my little girl's 9th birthday!!! I've had this fluff ball since I was a junior in high school & she was just a mere 5 1/2 week old fluff ball on my family's front driveway. I love her SO much and am not sure what I'd do without her 'know it all' looks & soft morning hello's

PHOTO # 40/365 Thursday, April 21st

And bringing on the rainy days

PHOTO #41/365  Friday, April 22nd

The dandilions are flying

PHOTO #42/365  Saturday, April 23rd

My friend, Tyler's new adoption .... Gunner
PHOTO #43/365  Sunday, April 24th

Bruiser's bucket time in the yard

PHOTO #44/365 Monday, April 25th

'All twisted up in you'

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My first BOUT!!!

The McCoys (Grey) vs. The Hatfields (Pink)

Family Feud was the theme for our first inter-league bout of the season... My very first Bout making an appearance as Bruisin' Bourbon #125.


As the clock ticked closer to 7pm my nerves were becoming a wreck! I warmed up with a little nervous sweating & shakes. Then we headed to the back, taped up, said our prayer, & lined up for introduction. Our team was who-hawing around on what we were going to do... So, I just decided I would do whatever the first person did... since I was 3rd on the program, I assumed that was the call out order... Nope, "and here for her first Bout playing for the Grey team... Brrrrruuuiiisssiiinnnnn' Boooouuuurrrbbbboooonnn!" Yep, I was called out first. I made it over the first light rope (they line the track with light rope- I was scared of tripping over it), waved & made my way around the track to our seats. Only I passed them & fell flat on my ass. 'Congratulations Bourbon' was all I could think of. Dusted off & was in place to high five my fellow Grey team mates.
After everyone made their grand entrances, the Bouting began & I was in the first JAM!!! I skate out to the pack line only to fall down again.... my nerves are shot, I'm shaking like crazy, & am on the verge of loosing it. Then, I remember what Ritz (newbie coach) told me, 'to clear your mind, & not to think just sing a song.' So, I began belting out 'Black Betty,' ... in my head of coarse. Next thing I knew the whistle blew!!! I made it through my first jam & the following one as well. Only let the jammer by once! Fourth jam was all virgin bouters which went pretty well too! On one corner, I'm not sure what had happened, I had just realized I was on the ground face down, shoulder stinging, then someone (later found out by picture- Lady Ricochet) fell on top of me leaving my shoulder burning & me yelling some 4-letter vocabulary.

Got up, shook it out & later, Samantha (bench manager) had ME JAM!!! I was extremely nervous .... again (the nerves had just settled), because the last time I jammed in practice didn't turn out very good. I lined up on the jammer line next to Ice Cold, a girl that can squat to the height of my knees. Whistle blew, I take off, Ice ahead going for the outside, I take the inside only to get called "Back Blocking #125, Major," which is a penalty to the box. Back blocking is when you come up on an opposing player & touch/push them from behind... I am infamous for them because I just like to haul ass through the pack with out stopping before hitting someone. I was in the box for the whole jam. Sam had me go back out to jam when I was set free. I came up to the pack, weaseled my way through to get LEAD JAMMER!!! made it around again & had some awesome blockers, so I had a clear path. 4 more points on the board for the McCoys & I call the jam before Kappa could get through the pack! WOOHOO! I was extatic by this point. Everyone on the bench was cheering... Love you Greys!!!
Half time.
watch out Chicka-Vee

Second half, went well. Had some good plays, great blocks, even better falls. We were all out there kicken' butt & taken names & having a blast the whole time. After all there were quite a few of us whom this was our first bout. Some jams, penalties, time outs, & Ritz yellings later the clock came down to the minute where The Hatfields took the win.

We all skated around giving props to our adoring fans, then skated into each other smiling, congratulating, & 'did you see that's' .... just in a sweet adrenalin comatose! Of coarse then we got together for our Crusher picture!!!!

 Soon after this I skated over to my sweet lover, Paul, for a big sweaty hug & kiss. Then we were off to Specks for our after party.
All I can sum this up with is....

Thank you fans. Thank you Paulie. Thank you team-mates.
Derby love to all!

Project 365

PHOTO #34/365  Friday April 15th. 
A different door that I have driven by
PHOTO #35/365  Saturday April 16th
One of my good friends, Misty, with her sister for her bachlorette party!!! Good times!!!
PHOTO #36/365  Sunday April 17th
Before my FIRST Rollerderby Bout, Family Feud

PHOTO #37/365  Monday April 18th
Actually, didn't take a picture BUT I was looking at some from when I went home in March & thought this one taken at mom & dad's was worthy of the project. I love the colors!

PHOTO #38/365  Tuesday April 19th
Someone got a bath.....

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Traveling Cameras

Mark today in the books! I have mailed out two disposable cameras for my second photography project. These crazy, busywork ideas all started one day when I was in Hastings (one of my favorite stores) and came accross this book, Photo Jojo. In it are all kinds of photography ideas, projects, games and just different things to explore with your camera. Project 365 was one idea that I took, along with this next one. One where you take a disposable camera, and mail it to anybody. Have them take a picture and let them know to mail it to anybody they desire to either far away or nearby. Then the last person to take a photo would mail it back to me. Once I receive the camera I will then post the photos and talk about where it had traveled. The point is to see how far and where pictures are taken. I mailed off two cameras, one to my good friend Kelsey in Nebraska and another to a friend in Prague, Czech Republic that I studied with back in 2006. Lets hope that the cameras make it through all 22 exposures and back to me. I may even send out another... who knows?!
I wished them luck as I paid the post lady and can't wait for them to return!!!

project 365!

PHOTO #32/365   Weds April 13th
PHOTO #33/365   Thursday April 14th
Mailed out Disposables for another photo project :)  (explain in 'traveling cameras')

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Project 365!

PHOTO # 23/365   Madness Monday.... hmmm ;)
PHOTO #24/365  Finished my purple sunflower painting!

PHOTO # 25/365  Spring has sprung & this is one daffadill field I love passing


PHOTO #27/365 A nice friday afternoon treat!

PHOTO #28/365 This tree in our front yard in blooming & I love it!
PHOTO #29/365  Yum! Paul made me Strawberry Shortcake, My favorite!!

PHOTO #30/365 Just add water.... one of the best sweet snacks ever!

PHOTO #31/365  A sign I pass quite often on my way to one of my favorite breakfast spots!... love brick paintings & love Dr.Pepper!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Project 365...

 PHOTO #20/ 365 
Dallas & I just finished a 4mile outdoor skate! With some gnarly hills & with my dog dallas! WOOHOO!!! I also would like to say thank you to those people who move over while driving. My neighborhood doesn't have sidewalks so I skate/walk in the road & common curtosy is always nice.

 PHOTO #21/365
Paul & I took a trip to Kansas City Saturday night. We enjoyed dinner at Cheesecake Factory (it was his 1st time!) & it was AMAZING! Then we headed downtown to enjoy some KC Roller derby. Their bouts are usually a good time... and these were even better! First the Knock Outs played the Black Eyed Susans, which it came down to the second to who won... AWESOME! Then the Dorothys played the Vixons... another great match!

PHOTO #22/365
Some derby girls (& extras) headed out to Shunga park Sunday afternoon for an outside skate. We ended up cruisin 8 miles... it was a little hairy for me in the end. But, all-in-all it was an excellent skate!