Posts made in September, 2012

Derby Thursday

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Roller Derby | 0 comments

I’m a little bit bummed this week because I have not gotten to skate for more than a week! Last Sunday evening I went to see my dad since it was his birthday. I’m his only daughter still living in the state and the mother of his only grandchild, so I felt like I ought to go visit him. It was good to spend time with him and he was happy to see me and Lex, too. Since I didn’t get to skate Sunday, I planned on going to practice Tuesday but then this happened, and it took us TWO HOURS to get home from work. By the time we got home I was exhausted and Lex was super cranky so I decided to stay home. I was planning to go skating tonight, but oh wait, it’s my husband’s birthday! Happy Birthday, sweetie! I love you! So, yeah, looks like I’ll have to wait until Sunday.

I wore my skates a little around the house last night while doing some chores. I practiced walking on my toe stops. It felt like wearing platform shoes for the first time– really awkward at first but I think I’ll get the hang of it. Being able to walk on your toe stops can help you be more agile on the track. I’ve seen jammers transition to their toe stops when they’re forced to the inside and get around a blocker. I’ve also seen blockers use their toe stops to turn and go backward quickly for a couple of steps. You can also start quickly from a dead stop by running a few steps on your toe stops before taking off on your wheels. It’s really neat, and I’d love to be able to do it. Check out how well this chick can use her toe stops!

 

Source: yt.cl.nr via Ashley on Pinterest

 

Tomorrow evening at Conway’s Annual Arts Fest, there’s going to be a station where people can sketch us derby girls and then we get to judge which is best. I’m not 100% sure that I’ll be able to do it because I’ve got a birthday party to prepare for BUT if you want to see some Faulkner County Roller Girls in all of their derby glory, go check it out. And as always, we have Fresh Meat Practice on Sundays at 6:30 at the Conway Roller Rink and we need more skaters! If you’re not sure but think you might want to be a roller girl, come check it out. You can just watch or you can put on a pair of rental skates and try it out. And do not be afraid of looking dumb. I can assure you that no one will laugh at you or make fun of you. We have all been there. Seriously. If I can do it, you can, too. Hope to see you there!

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Woo Pig Sooie!

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Feature, Tutorials | 0 comments

This year I’ve been trying my darndest to make gifts for my loved ones even if I also get them something store bought. This past Thursday was my dad’s birthday, and I was a little uncertain of what to get for him. He always tells us not to get him anything, but I like to anyway just to show him that I care. When it comes to getting a gift for my dad, there are a  few stand-by themes that I can choose from: Guinness, poker or the Hogs. For those of you who don’t know, the Hogs (or Razorbacks) are Arkansas’ football team, and my dad is a die-hard fan.

I’ve been seeing lots of string art in the blogosphere and on Pinterest lately, and I’ve been dying to try it out. One day I thought to myself, “Hey! I could make a string silhouette of a Razorback for Dad!” And that’s what I did.

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Weight Watchers {Week 4}

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Weight Watchers | 2 comments

I feel pretty awesome today. Yesterday I weighed in for the week at 148! I finally broke through the 150s! I’m soo excited to be less than 10 pounds away from my goal of 139. It’s like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I also took my measurements yesterday, and I lost a whole inch off of my hips! I can tell that my belly is starting to slim down and get flatter. I’m even starting to get some muscle tone back, no doubt thanks to roller derby. I feel like I’m starting to look like myself again, which is the most gratifying part of this whole weight loss journey.

Last week I struggled a bit with my eating. There were a couple of times when I ate out and made what I thought to be low calorie choices, only to find out later that I’d used many more points than I had intended. By the middle of the week I’d already used up all of my extra Points Plus and to avoid feeling deprived, I dipped into my activity points. When I lost two pounds this week, I found it very interesting. Last week when I didn’t use all of my extra points, I didn’t lose any weight, and then the week that I used all of my extra points and even some activity points, I lost weight. So maybe I don’t need to be as worried about using my activity points as I thought.

I’ve still been keeping up with my Couch to 5K program, and I’m on week 7. I can run for 25 minutes straight now, and last time I measured, my pace was 11.11 per mile which means I ran about 2.25 miles. A 5K is 3.1 miles, so I still have a little ways to go. In high school when I ran cross country, we girls only had to run 2.5 K at our meets, and that’s the most I’d ever run before. It’s strange to think about how hard I thought that was back then.

For me, running is a lot more psychological than physical. I remember not really caring in high school how well I did, and most of the other girls didn’t either. I didn’t even like running. Stopping and walking was no big deal for me. Now that I’m more mature and doing it only for myself, I care more. I start up a podcast and settle into my pace, determined not to stop until my phone tells me to. Once I get past the initial burn when I first start running, I hit a stride and feel like I can just keep going. Maybe that means I’m not going fast enough. I’m not really worried about being fast right now, though, just about building my endurance. My first 5K is only a little more than 3 weeks away– eep! Here’s the site if you’re interested in participating or volunteering: http://www.aronestep5k.com/

Starting Weight: 158 lbs

Current Weight: 148 lbs

Goal Weight: 139 lbs

 

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Derby Thursday (on a Friday)

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in Roller Derby | 0 comments

Oops…I can’t believe I forgot to do Derby Thursday yesterday, especially because something really awesome happened this week– I GOT MY SKATES!!!!!

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Aren’t they beautiful? I love them! They not only look awesome, but they are amazing to skate in. I said before that I hoped skating in my own skates would be magical, and it was. I feel so much more stable on these skates. I don’t know if it’s the wheels being wider and newer or the bearings being different from the rink skates, but I don’t slip and fall on my bum as easily as with the rink skates. They also have nylon plates rather than metal ones, which makes them much lighter. So skating on one foot or doing crossovers are easier.

One of my fellow fresh meat ladies said that I looked a lot more confident on my skates, and she’s right, I did feel more confident. It’s easier to catch my balance if I feel like I’m about to fall. Stopping is easier as well. My feet are so much better supported, although I think my skates need to be broken in a bit still.

Our team practices on Sundays and Tuesdays, but fresh meat only have to go to Sunday practice. I usually just go on Sundays, but since I won’t be able to go to practice this Sunday and I had just gotten my skates that day, I decided to go to Tuesday’s practice. I’m glad I did, too, because I participated in a couple of the drills that I wouldn’t have been able to do just a couple weeks ago. I tried blocking and getting past a blocker for the first time, and it was very eye-opening. It reminded me of playing basketball and trying to get around defense except you’re not facing your opponent. Blocking is tricky like that because you’re watching someone who’s behind you and trying to anticipate their moves. I kept wanting to use my arms, too, so that’s something I’ll have to be mindful of. In roller derby, you can only use your booty, hips and shoulders to block.

Last night I tried skating in my kitchen. It was…interesting. I have a pretty big kitchen but it’s still not a lot of room when you’re on skates. Also, the floor is not level. It slopes toward the east wall so when I’m trying to stay in one place I tend to roll toward the stove. It’s still enough room to practice stopping and do some strength training for my legs (lunges on skates). I think I’ll be able to practice little tricks there, too, like walking on my toe stops or turning around. It’s definitely better than nothing if I can’t get to the rink.

Soon I’ll get some outdoor wheels and try skating outside. The idea of skating on a surface that is not free from debris and possibly cracked or pockmarked makes me a bit nervous, though. But there’s an elementary school with a little track about the same size as the rink’s behind it near my house and a giant well-lit parking lot that’s empty at night; both of them are just asking to be skated on if you ask me. :)

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Wee Spooky House Update

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

So, it’s been a while, but maybe ya’ll remember the wee spooky house I was working on around this time last year? I got a bit burnt out after holiday crafting last year and my little house got set aside for a while. Then I got a bit un-inspired, I suppose, and hadn’t messed with it much since before Christmas. I’ve still been gathering little things that could potentially be used inside and storing up ideas but no real progress had been made.

Then I went to Michael’s and saw all of the Halloween stuff for sale and got excited about my spooky house again. I decided to make the time to work on it and gave myself a deadline of October 15th. Here are some pictures of my progress so far.

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I really like the dimension that the moss gives the outside. It could still use a bit of cleaning up, but I really like the direction it’s heading. What do you guys think of the pterodactyl fossil? The hubby says it’s too light-colored and I should paint it darker. I think I will to give it a more authentic look.

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That little book shelf is now filled with tiny books. I’m not sure that I like the black and white, though. I’ll probably do a little more tweaking this week and hopefully get the study mostly finished.

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How cute is the little brain in a jar? My friend Amber made that for me in our Science Craft Swap. It’s going to end up behind the book shelf in the study in that little alcove, sort of like a secret room. I think it’d look cool from the outside with some green LED lights incorporated somehow.

Tiny books

To make the miniature books, I used this tutorial. They turned out really awesome and weren’t that hard to make. I will say that I like using decorative paper for the covers better than fabric, especially on the scale I’ve been making them. If I were doing bigger books, I’d also try faux leather. That’ll be a project for another time.

While I was at Michael’s I couldn’t resist using my 50% off coupon to get another little house. This time I got the Gothic one, and I want it to become a Victorian steampunk mansion. I’ve got some ideas percolating already but I will not do anything with it until this spooky house is finally done! Speaking of the Gothic house, check out this interpretation on it. It’s really great work, and it also made me laugh out loud.

I’m so happy to be working on my little house again. I love getting lost in imagining what I want it to look like and then making it become reality. It’s been the best kind of challenge where I’ve found out that I really am capable of making something amazing from scratch. It’s a great confidence boost.

If you want to make your own wee house, go for it! Check out the Craftster thread that got me inspired. All of the ladies there are super supportive and full of ideas. They’ve also listed a lot of links for tutorials and inspiration. I’d love to see what you guys come up with!

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