What I learned from Roller Derby…

Every once in a while, I post something that I’ve learned from roller derby. Usually it’s something silly, but this post is Serious Business. So, what I learned from roller derby:
Don’t give up.
Last night we were scrimmaging, and it was a HARD scrimmage. Started off Sirens against Belles, and we were shutting down the Belles, pounding on them a little harder than we should have been this close to a bout. (tell a derby girl to only give light bumps and taps. Now see how long that lasts) We then split up our scrimmage, Belles vs. Belles for 2 jams and Sirens vs. Sirens for 2 jams. We were closing in on the 2 hour mark at this point, and one of the newer girls was jamming for the Belles. She was tired, and getting knocked down over, and over, and over again. She got up, and we could see she was on the verge of tears, and started to skate off the track in defeat. We all started screaming from the bench for her to keep going, not to give up, she could do it, etc. Still frustrated, she shoved her skates forward and headed back to the pack. She sped up, dodged, went down once, popped back up, and slipped through the pack cleanly and quickly!
Yes she wanted to quit, and she was hurt, and beat up, and tired. But she didn’t quit, and she made it. Maybe she didn’t get the most points in that jam, but she got through, and even if she hadn’t, not quitting when you’re not winning, and you’re getting the snot beat out of your is a victory in itself.

What I learned from Roller Derby…

Every once in a while, I post something that I’ve learned from roller derby. Usually it’s something silly, but this post is Serious Business. So, what I learned from roller derby:
Don’t give up.
Last night we were scrimmaging, and it was a HARD scrimmage. Started off Sirens against Belles, and we were shutting down the Belles, pounding on them a little harder than we should have been this close to a bout. (tell a derby girl to only give light bumps and taps. Now see how long that lasts) We then split up our scrimmage, Belles vs. Belles for 2 jams and Sirens vs. Sirens for 2 jams. We were closing in on the 2 hour mark at this point, and one of the newer girls was jamming for the Belles. She was tired, and getting knocked down over, and over, and over again. She got up, and we could see she was on the verge of tears, and started to skate off the track in defeat. We all started screaming from the bench for her to keep going, not to give up, she could do it, etc. Still frustrated, she shoved her skates forward and headed back to the pack. She sped up, dodged, went down once, popped back up, and slipped through the pack cleanly and quickly!
Yes she wanted to quit, and she was hurt, and beat up, and tired. But she didn’t quit, and she made it. Maybe she didn’t get the most points in that jam, but she got through, and even if she hadn’t, not quitting when you’re not winning, and you’re getting the snot beat out of your is a victory in itself.

What I learned from Roller Derby…

Every once in a while, I post something that I’ve learned from roller derby. Usually it’s something silly, but this post is Serious Business. So, what I learned from roller derby:
Don’t give up.
Last night we were scrimmaging, and it was a HARD scrimmage. Started off Sirens against Belles, and we were shutting down the Belles, pounding on them a little harder than we should have been this close to a bout. (tell a derby girl to only give light bumps and taps. Now see how long that lasts) We then split up our scrimmage, Belles vs. Belles for 2 jams and Sirens vs. Sirens for 2 jams. We were closing in on the 2 hour mark at this point, and one of the newer girls was jamming for the Belles. She was tired, and getting knocked down over, and over, and over again. She got up, and we could see she was on the verge of tears, and started to skate off the track in defeat. We all started screaming from the bench for her to keep going, not to give up, she could do it, etc. Still frustrated, she shoved her skates forward and headed back to the pack. She sped up, dodged, went down once, popped back up, and slipped through the pack cleanly and quickly!
Yes she wanted to quit, and she was hurt, and beat up, and tired. But she didn’t quit, and she made it. Maybe she didn’t get the most points in that jam, but she got through, and even if she hadn’t, not quitting when you’re not winning, and you’re getting the snot beat out of your is a victory in itself.

A year with the Kindle.

So I’ve had my Kindle for about a year now (give or take), and I’ve got some thoughts.
The short version, it was a worthwhile purchase. I am never without a book, I can take it anywhere, and if I’m bored in a waiting room or long line, I can download a book in seconds and start reading.
Now the longer version:

I purchased the Kindle for a few reasons. Mainly, I have no more room for books. I’m not one of those people that buys a book, then sells it back to a used bookstore. I reread favorite books, and even the ones that I don’t like I tend to hang onto.
The other reason is that I’m a fast reader. When we travel for derby, I can bring three books along and read them all on the bus ride to whatever state we’re playing. I read constantly, and my purse is filled with knitting as it is! Big giant books aren’t easy to carry around everywhere.
It’s also great for reading those books that are “guilty pleasures”. Why yes I am reading the latest in the Teen Vampire Academy books! Though no one needs to know when you’re on your Kindle!
The final reason is my lack of shopping time. Sure I can order books online, but I want instant gratification. Going to work at 5am, and getting off work at 830pm, does not make it easy for bookstore browsing.
Hence the Kindle. Buy books quickly, easy to carry, tons of storage.
Overall, I think it’s wonderful. The downsides? It feels like every time I hear about a book I want to read, it’s not available on Kindle. The Kindle search doesn’t tell you, yes, this is a real book, but sorry, you can’t get it on Kindle. It just doesn’t show up, making me think, did I type the name wrong? Did I do something incorrect on my search?
The free books are great, sometimes you get Sherlock Holmes, or the beginning of a series that totally sucks you in and makes you buy the whole series. (The, My Soul to Take/My Soul to Lose purchases were caused by a freebie download from the publisher) However, there needs to be a warning on those dang fundie romance novels. You’re reading a book, the plot is kind of thin, but, okay. It’s free right? Then you get to, what in a normal book, would be a pretty hot steamy make out/sex scene. But in a fundie romance, they replace that sex scene with the main characters praying.
Um. Right.
Problem is, once I start reading a book, I almost always finish it. No matter what. Fundie romances need warnings on the cover. I’ve started checking reviews and writing down which publishers put these things out, so I don’t accidentally download.
*Note, I’m not knocking on religion, just lazy writing. This goes for the free books that turn out to be nothing but sex. Not interested in authors that overcompensate for lack of character development by um, overcompensating their characters.
Other problem, I miss books. I love, love, love the smell and feel of a new book. I may lament about my overcrowded shelves, but secretly I enjoy it. I like browsing my mini library in the living room for something to read. When I first saw the movie “My Fair Lady” I wanted to watch it over and over again, just to see the library. I teared up in Beauty and the Beast. Not at the end scene where the beast becomes a handsome prince, but the scene where he gives her the library. I believe you can never, ever, ever have too many books.
In reality however, I DO have too many books. I simply can’t buy every single book that I want to read, or we would have no room to live in our home. I have every shelf filled, boxes in the back room filled, boxes in the garage filled… I could line every wall in my house with shelves and fill them up in less than a month.
The Kindle is keeping that at bay. Though I will admit to buying books that I loved reading on Kindle. I like having the digital copy, but when it’s really good, I simply have to have a hard copy as well.

So is the Kindle saving me money? A little bit, but I’m probably still buying way too many books.
Is the Kindle making my life easier? Heck yes. Easy to download and easy to carry around.
Overall, a worthwhile purchase. Just don’t buy one expecting that you will no longer buy hard copies of books! Because I’m sorry, no e-reader will ever replace a the paper cut giving, hard to lug around, easy to dog ear, honest to goodness book!

A year with the Kindle.

So I’ve had my Kindle for about a year now (give or take), and I’ve got some thoughts.
The short version, it was a worthwhile purchase. I am never without a book, I can take it anywhere, and if I’m bored in a waiting room or long line, I can download a book in seconds and start reading.
Now the longer version:

I purchased the Kindle for a few reasons. Mainly, I have no more room for books. I’m not one of those people that buys a book, then sells it back to a used bookstore. I reread favorite books, and even the ones that I don’t like I tend to hang onto.
The other reason is that I’m a fast reader. When we travel for derby, I can bring three books along and read them all on the bus ride to whatever state we’re playing. I read constantly, and my purse is filled with knitting as it is! Big giant books aren’t easy to carry around everywhere.
It’s also great for reading those books that are “guilty pleasures”. Why yes I am reading the latest in the Teen Vampire Academy books! Though no one needs to know when you’re on your Kindle!
The final reason is my lack of shopping time. Sure I can order books online, but I want instant gratification. Going to work at 5am, and getting off work at 830pm, does not make it easy for bookstore browsing.
Hence the Kindle. Buy books quickly, easy to carry, tons of storage.
Overall, I think it’s wonderful. The downsides? It feels like every time I hear about a book I want to read, it’s not available on Kindle. The Kindle search doesn’t tell you, yes, this is a real book, but sorry, you can’t get it on Kindle. It just doesn’t show up, making me think, did I type the name wrong? Did I do something incorrect on my search?
The free books are great, sometimes you get Sherlock Holmes, or the beginning of a series that totally sucks you in and makes you buy the whole series. (The, My Soul to Take/My Soul to Lose purchases were caused by a freebie download from the publisher) However, there needs to be a warning on those dang fundie romance novels. You’re reading a book, the plot is kind of thin, but, okay. It’s free right? Then you get to, what in a normal book, would be a pretty hot steamy make out/sex scene. But in a fundie romance, they replace that sex scene with the main characters praying.
Um. Right.
Problem is, once I start reading a book, I almost always finish it. No matter what. Fundie romances need warnings on the cover. I’ve started checking reviews and writing down which publishers put these things out, so I don’t accidentally download.
*Note, I’m not knocking on religion, just lazy writing. This goes for the free books that turn out to be nothing but sex. Not interested in authors that overcompensate for lack of character development by um, overcompensating their characters.
Other problem, I miss books. I love, love, love the smell and feel of a new book. I may lament about my overcrowded shelves, but secretly I enjoy it. I like browsing my mini library in the living room for something to read. When I first saw the movie “My Fair Lady” I wanted to watch it over and over again, just to see the library. I teared up in Beauty and the Beast. Not at the end scene where the beast becomes a handsome prince, but the scene where he gives her the library. I believe you can never, ever, ever have too many books.
In reality however, I DO have too many books. I simply can’t buy every single book that I want to read, or we would have no room to live in our home. I have every shelf filled, boxes in the back room filled, boxes in the garage filled… I could line every wall in my house with shelves and fill them up in less than a month.
The Kindle is keeping that at bay. Though I will admit to buying books that I loved reading on Kindle. I like having the digital copy, but when it’s really good, I simply have to have a hard copy as well.

So is the Kindle saving me money? A little bit, but I’m probably still buying way too many books.
Is the Kindle making my life easier? Heck yes. Easy to download and easy to carry around.
Overall, a worthwhile purchase. Just don’t buy one expecting that you will no longer buy hard copies of books! Because I’m sorry, no e-reader will ever replace a the paper cut giving, hard to lug around, easy to dog ear, honest to goodness book!

A year with the Kindle.

So I’ve had my Kindle for about a year now (give or take), and I’ve got some thoughts.
The short version, it was a worthwhile purchase. I am never without a book, I can take it anywhere, and if I’m bored in a waiting room or long line, I can download a book in seconds and start reading.
Now the longer version:

I purchased the Kindle for a few reasons. Mainly, I have no more room for books. I’m not one of those people that buys a book, then sells it back to a used bookstore. I reread favorite books, and even the ones that I don’t like I tend to hang onto.
The other reason is that I’m a fast reader. When we travel for derby, I can bring three books along and read them all on the bus ride to whatever state we’re playing. I read constantly, and my purse is filled with knitting as it is! Big giant books aren’t easy to carry around everywhere.
It’s also great for reading those books that are “guilty pleasures”. Why yes I am reading the latest in the Teen Vampire Academy books! Though no one needs to know when you’re on your Kindle!
The final reason is my lack of shopping time. Sure I can order books online, but I want instant gratification. Going to work at 5am, and getting off work at 830pm, does not make it easy for bookstore browsing.
Hence the Kindle. Buy books quickly, easy to carry, tons of storage.
Overall, I think it’s wonderful. The downsides? It feels like every time I hear about a book I want to read, it’s not available on Kindle. The Kindle search doesn’t tell you, yes, this is a real book, but sorry, you can’t get it on Kindle. It just doesn’t show up, making me think, did I type the name wrong? Did I do something incorrect on my search?
The free books are great, sometimes you get Sherlock Holmes, or the beginning of a series that totally sucks you in and makes you buy the whole series. (The, My Soul to Take/My Soul to Lose purchases were caused by a freebie download from the publisher) However, there needs to be a warning on those dang fundie romance novels. You’re reading a book, the plot is kind of thin, but, okay. It’s free right? Then you get to, what in a normal book, would be a pretty hot steamy make out/sex scene. But in a fundie romance, they replace that sex scene with the main characters praying.
Um. Right.
Problem is, once I start reading a book, I almost always finish it. No matter what. Fundie romances need warnings on the cover. I’ve started checking reviews and writing down which publishers put these things out, so I don’t accidentally download.
*Note, I’m not knocking on religion, just lazy writing. This goes for the free books that turn out to be nothing but sex. Not interested in authors that overcompensate for lack of character development by um, overcompensating their characters.
Other problem, I miss books. I love, love, love the smell and feel of a new book. I may lament about my overcrowded shelves, but secretly I enjoy it. I like browsing my mini library in the living room for something to read. When I first saw the movie “My Fair Lady” I wanted to watch it over and over again, just to see the library. I teared up in Beauty and the Beast. Not at the end scene where the beast becomes a handsome prince, but the scene where he gives her the library. I believe you can never, ever, ever have too many books.
In reality however, I DO have too many books. I simply can’t buy every single book that I want to read, or we would have no room to live in our home. I have every shelf filled, boxes in the back room filled, boxes in the garage filled… I could line every wall in my house with shelves and fill them up in less than a month.
The Kindle is keeping that at bay. Though I will admit to buying books that I loved reading on Kindle. I like having the digital copy, but when it’s really good, I simply have to have a hard copy as well.

So is the Kindle saving me money? A little bit, but I’m probably still buying way too many books.
Is the Kindle making my life easier? Heck yes. Easy to download and easy to carry around.
Overall, a worthwhile purchase. Just don’t buy one expecting that you will no longer buy hard copies of books! Because I’m sorry, no e-reader will ever replace a the paper cut giving, hard to lug around, easy to dog ear, honest to goodness book!

A short bout of melancholy….

Perhaps it’s a silly thing to be so sad about, but the old man across the street from the shop died. For 6 years, I’ve looked out the windows and smiled when I’ve seen him and his little white poofy dog in the front yard. He let his dog out several times a day, and when the dog groomer moved into the strip with us, the old man started taking his dog to get groomed there.
We only talked to him once. He was in the front yard, it was a little slow at the shop, and we saw a boxer bound up to the old mans dog and tackle it. The boxer wasn’t trying to hurt the dog, but the old man got scared. So Dan and one of our friends ran across the street, made sure that he was okay, collected the boxer and called the number on it’s dog tags.
Last week I noticed that I hadn’t seen him out, then I started seeing strange cars pulled up in front of the house. Then Greg the groomer came in all upset. The old mans family had brought the dog in, and asked Greg to bathe and clip him to go see the old man one last time, as he wasn’t doing well and they didn’t think he would make it through the night. He died a few hours after seeing his dog.
I shouldn’t be so upset. I didn’t know him, didn’t talk to him, but he made me smile every day with how much he doted on his little dog, and I’m sad I won’t get to see them from inside the coffee shop anymore.

A short bout of melancholy….

Perhaps it’s a silly thing to be so sad about, but the old man across the street from the shop died. For 6 years, I’ve looked out the windows and smiled when I’ve seen him and his little white poofy dog in the front yard. He let his dog out several times a day, and when the dog groomer moved into the strip with us, the old man started taking his dog to get groomed there.
We only talked to him once. He was in the front yard, it was a little slow at the shop, and we saw a boxer bound up to the old mans dog and tackle it. The boxer wasn’t trying to hurt the dog, but the old man got scared. So Dan and one of our friends ran across the street, made sure that he was okay, collected the boxer and called the number on it’s dog tags.
Last week I noticed that I hadn’t seen him out, then I started seeing strange cars pulled up in front of the house. Then Greg the groomer came in all upset. The old mans family had brought the dog in, and asked Greg to bathe and clip him to go see the old man one last time, as he wasn’t doing well and they didn’t think he would make it through the night. He died a few hours after seeing his dog.
I shouldn’t be so upset. I didn’t know him, didn’t talk to him, but he made me smile every day with how much he doted on his little dog, and I’m sad I won’t get to see them from inside the coffee shop anymore.

A short bout of melancholy….

Perhaps it’s a silly thing to be so sad about, but the old man across the street from the shop died. For 6 years, I’ve looked out the windows and smiled when I’ve seen him and his little white poofy dog in the front yard. He let his dog out several times a day, and when the dog groomer moved into the strip with us, the old man started taking his dog to get groomed there.
We only talked to him once. He was in the front yard, it was a little slow at the shop, and we saw a boxer bound up to the old mans dog and tackle it. The boxer wasn’t trying to hurt the dog, but the old man got scared. So Dan and one of our friends ran across the street, made sure that he was okay, collected the boxer and called the number on it’s dog tags.
Last week I noticed that I hadn’t seen him out, then I started seeing strange cars pulled up in front of the house. Then Greg the groomer came in all upset. The old mans family had brought the dog in, and asked Greg to bathe and clip him to go see the old man one last time, as he wasn’t doing well and they didn’t think he would make it through the night. He died a few hours after seeing his dog.
I shouldn’t be so upset. I didn’t know him, didn’t talk to him, but he made me smile every day with how much he doted on his little dog, and I’m sad I won’t get to see them from inside the coffee shop anymore.

Memphis Hustlin Rollers vs. Naptown Roller Girls After Party

I am so incredibly late in posting the after party pics from this bout! So without further ado…

I’ve noticed that the more drinks surrounding octokitty, the more drunk I get. No idea why…

It’s not a derby bout unless someone gets a spanking!

and apparently humped???

dang.. Octokitty went a little overboard…

Kickabroad Crane shows off the latest in derby shoe fashion.. the dreaded boot! So hot a Memphis girl had one on too!

Eh… we’re derby girls. Not debutantes. What do you expect?

I have no idea what’s going on here. There was beer being poured down pants, swimming in beer puddles… we were celebrating a victory here okay!

Octokitty dives back in the, ahem, fold.

All in all, not too bad for an after party. Only 15 pictures that I’m actively choosing not to post!