Monday, August 31, 2009

It has been a little too long since my last post, I apologize!

I played a game in Portland a week ago and we lost by A LOT. After living there Portland had left a pretty awful taste in my mouth, but I had so much fun visiting and I loved playing the Rose City Rollers Wheels of Justice, even if they kicked our ass.

I actually was not ready to leave when it was time to go.

This past weekend Adam and I finally got a weekend *kind of* off of derby. I mean I helped with newbies on Friday, helped with newbies again on Saturday and did some counting of merch to get the website prepared to start selling it, and had travel team practice and a league meeting on Sunday, but- compared to being out of town playing bouts, it felt like having the weekend off of derby.

Obviously, I love it or I wouldn't do it, but I was so happy to get a few things done!

I finally tackled that art room- which is good, because I have lots of projects floating around in my head that I want to get started on. More on that, later. I will also put up some more pictures soon of the new and improved workspace!

We also finally started putting the art up. For some reason we are having more trouble deciding where to put things this time, even though we have a ton of wall space. I am not sure what to do about the paintings that are not hanging, maybe I should have a big etsy sale. Paintings get ruined when they are stored for too long.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

What a game!

This weekend was the second in a three bout run, and we had a great game in Taos on Saturday. It was a home game, Disco Brawlers v/s my team, the Doomsdames, but both teams had a little help. We were lucky to have Carson b. Demented, Botulism, and star jammer Brutalataur. We also had some brand new skaters playing thier very first bout on our team. Doomsdames fell behind quickly, but we also had a HUGE comeback in the second period. The game came down to the LAST JAM. With brutalataur in for the doomsdames and a major penalty on the Disco Brawlers' jammer the game ended with a two point spread! 105 Disco Brawlers to 103 Doomsdames. It was good, because when you lose by such a small margin it doesnt really feel like a loss, but it also makes you really think hard about your mistakes. That two points could have been from whenI didn't get on the track in time. It could have been made up anywhere!

There were some Rose City Rollers folks at the game- I should say the rose city rollers president was at the bout. I never really met her when I was skating in portland so I didn't say anything to her.

After the bout we went to an amazing farm and camped in the orchard.

IT was a great weekend.

Two bouts down, and one to go. Off to portland on Friday!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Custom Roller Skate Bearing Necklaces.

My husband, a roller derby ref, came up with this brilliant spin on the standard roller skate bearing neclace, a staple in any rollergirls wardrobe.

The one in this picture is one that Adam made for me early in our relationship... this was before I had a baby and I would LOVE to look like this again. This one has amber in the center. Now I wear one with turquoise in the center. This necklace is one of my most prized possessions.

This steampunk version was a custom order for another skater, the gear even turns.

This one was a collaboration, and also a very affordable piece. This one is available in our etsy store which you can get to by clicking on the side bar or clicking on this link

We can make them custom based on your team colors, or favorite colors.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My cute baby!

Just appreciating what I dont have...

As I rode my bike in to work this morning, even though I have a nasty cold, It felt SO good. I also think it is fun. I really love that we only have one car, and that I practically never have to drive it. I like looking back and waving to my grinning baby girl, who I tow in a little red bike cart behind me.

I also like biking to work, and occasionally other places because it means that if Roller derby practice is rained out- or I can't go for some other reason- I don't feel gross because I didn't get any exercise that day. I do still feel kind of yucky if I miss more than one day of skating.

I really stopped driving because I HATE driving. I can appreciate all of the other benefits- the non selfish ones like reduced pollution and traffic congestion- that come with alternative modes of transportation. I am also glad that Albuquerque is not too big, so getting around on a bike sometimes is pretty easy.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Unpacking is hard.

We have been in our new house for a little over a month now- and there is still SO MUCH unpacking to do. All of the important things are done so it is really easy to push off what is left for another day... the problem is that the things that are not unpacked yet are all of the good things... art needs to be hung, and my sewing/art/craft room needs to be organized desperately.

This is the current state of my art room. The worst part is that since I have needed to get things from there it is an even bigger disaster!

Adam has started to make some progess in his shop though! this weekend he made and organized this work bench!

Saddly, it is pretty unlikely that I will get my room more organized before the close of august. Fortunately that is because I will be doing something I love-playing roller derby!

I have already been fortunate enough to play in three bouts since I have been here. On monday I returned to Albuquerque from Tucson, where my team- The Munecas Muertas- played the Saddle Tramps. The Tucson Saddle Tramps have long been a personal favorite team, but it still nice to win a game! I felt really good about this game. It was the first time since Autumns birtrh that I have felt like I was playing effectively. It made me sad to see some dramma about strategy conflicts unfold on the bench. Also, I had to walk away from some critisism, because in the middle of a game it was not going to help.

I hope to get some pictures soon.

Next weekend I will be in Taos for a home game, and then we will be in portland to play the Wheels of Justice.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Lately I have had several meals that looked so pretty that I wanted to share them, but I usually didn't have my camera nearby to take a picture. I mentioned to Adam that I wanted to post some pictures and possibly recipes but I could never remember to take pictures while dinner was still pretty- meaning, before we started eating. This meal was lovely, delicious, and beautiful. Also, my wonderful husband remembered to take a picture before we started eating last night.

The meal is lean beef sauteed with onion and garlic, steamed veggies and seasoned potatoes.

"Moonlight Triste" by Erica Voges

This Piece is on flat canvas so it is a great deal!
only $45 plus shipping
8x10 with mounting bracket on the back

Monday, August 3, 2009

Busy Weekend

We had quite a weekend around here! My mom came in to Albuquerque last Wednesday and my brother drove up this weekend from las cruses. Duke City Derby also had an art show go up at the Blackbird Buvette -all proceeds to benefit duke city derby. Between derby and family this weekend it felt like I was going nonstop! It was so much fun to spend time with my mom and my brothers.

I also decided that I could make it to the tucson game next weekend. We would save a little money if I would make these decision sooner- but this means that the next three weekends will all be devoted to roller derby. WE have a game with the Tucson Saddle Tramps next weekend, a "home" game in Taos the following weekend, and the weekend after that we play Portlands Wheels of Justice. I would really like to beat portland, but I know no matter what happens we will play our best in portland.

I would like to post some pictures of the art I donated to the art show, but blogger isn't letting me upload any pictures right now so I will have to try again later.