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Friday, August 18, 2017

derby: wftda d2 tournament

WFTDA tournament season has begun!  This weekend, in Pittsburg, sixteen Division 2 teams gather for the D2 playoffs and championships.  All in one weekend.  That is a lot of games.

Because I am a big nerd, I did my own predictions on the championships.  Here is the link to the brackets.

Game one is at 10 am on Friday, so it’s actually going on right now as I type this.  I make my predictions yesterday. 

For game one the Seed 1 – Auld Reekie Roller Girls take on the Seed 16 – Dublin Roller Derby.  Dublin

Game Two – Seed 6 – Middlesbrough Roller Derby vs Seed 11 – Columbia Quad Squad.  I am hoping for an upset because I want the Columbia Quad Squad to take it.

Game Three  -- Seed 9 – No Coast Roller Derby vs Seed 8 – Ohio Roller Derby.  I am a huge Ohio Roller Derby fan, so I want them to win the whole thing.  So, if you see Ohio playing anyone, my prediction is Ohio.

Game Four – Seed 14 – Bear City Roller Derby vs Seed 3 – Paris Roller Derby.  Paris Roller Derby has never seen tournament play like this.  Bear City has for many years.  I am going with Bear City for the win.

Game Five – Seed 5 Oklahoma Victory Dolls vs Seed 12 Naptown Roller Derby  -  OKVD for the win. 

Game Six – Seed 2 Tucson Roller Derby vs Seed 15 E-ville Roller Derby.  Tucson Saddletramps for the win.

Game Seven – Seed 13 Treasure Valley Roller Derby vs Seed 4 Jet City Rollergirls.  Jet City is another one of my favorites.  They hail from Everett, Washington.  So, of course, Jet City for the win.

Game Eight -  Seed 10 Pirate City Roller Derby vs Seed 7 Boston Roller Derby.  Boston wins.

Game Nine -  Dublin vs Ohio, according to previous predictions.  Ohio for the win.

Game Ten – Columbia Quad Squad vs Bear City – Columbia for the win.

Game Eleven – Auld Reekie vs Naptown with Naptown winning.

Game Twelve – Middlesbrough vs E-ville – Middlesbrough will win.

Game Thirteen –OKVD vs Jet  -- Jet City will win.

Game Fourteen – Tucson vs Boston – Tucson will win.

Game Fifteen – No Coast vs Treasure Valley  -- No Coast win

Game Sixteen – Paris vs Pirate City  - Paris win.

Game Seventeen – Dublin vs OKVD  -- Dublin

Game Eighteen – Bear vs. Boston  -- Boston

Game Nineteen – Naptown vs. No Coast – No Coast

Game Twenty – Middlesbrough vs Paris  -- Paris

Game Twenty One – Ohio vs Jet (my two favs) – Ohio will win though.

Game Twenty Two – Columbia vs Tucson  -- Tucson

That’s all for the playoffs.

For the Championship, here is my order for the winners

1st – Ohio

2nd – Jet

3rd – Tucson

4th – Columbia

5th – Dublin

6th – Boston

7th- Paris

8th- No Coast

9th – Middlebrough

10th – Naptown

11th – Bear

12th – OKVD

On Sunday, we will figure out how well I did. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

writer's workshop: The Great State of Kansas

Kansas.  The home of the first Pizza Hut and the largest ball of twine.  Exciting, right?

I have a dilemma writing this.  I live in Kansas City.  If you look at a map, Kansas City is in both Kansas and Missouri.  I live on the Kansas side, pretty much because I like to pay higher taxes.  I work in Missouri.  I am in Missouri every week day and most weekends I cross the state line.  I am seven to ten minutes from Missouri depending on traffic.

So, some of these great things will be in Kansas.  The others will be in Missouri.

1:  That great eclipse everyone is talking about...well, my work in Kansas City, Missouri, is at the edge of the totality zone.  I don't even have to leave work to see this monumental event.  My home in Kansas City, Kansas has 99% coverage of the sun and my children's schools have a whole day planned around it.  Also, if you are a Girl Scout, they have a patch for that.

2:  Kansas is in the middle of the country.  So if you are taking a road trip somewhere, you start in the middle.  You aren't driving east coast to west coast and vice versa.  You can always make a loop and not come back the same way you made it to the destination.

3:  Amelia Earhart was a Kansas native.  Her home town is about an hour north of Kansas City.  Josh Gates, host of Expedition Unknown, has done a few episodes on her and seems a little obsessed.  It is a huge mystery, so I can see why people become obsessed. 

4:  History nerd alert:  Kansas played a large part in the Civil War.  It was nicknamed "Bleeding Kansas" after it was admitted to the United States as a Union State while Missouri was admitted as a confederate state.  Of the 30,000 men that Kansas had that were of military age, they sent 20,000 to fight with Union forces.  Kansas suffered the highest causality rate of all states.

5:  Kansas City has more BBQ than any other city.  This is on both sides of the state line.  My favorite BBQ place is Gates BBQ, they have a restaurants on both sides of the state.  Don't be surprised when you are greeted in a loud voice "Hi, may I help you?" 
The Gates family cemetery plot is in a cemetery about a mile from my home.  They are buried in the back section and you can go see it. 

6: Kansas City, the whole city ignored Prohibition in the 1920s.  It lead to lots of illegal clubs and brothels. A lot of the buildings still stand today. One of them is even named Prohibition Hall. 

7:  Kansas City has so many fountains.  So many.  One of my favorites is the Muse of the Missouri.  You could totally drive past it if you weren't paying attention.  Like a lot of things in Kansas City.  One of the leagues I play roller derby for is Fountain City Roller Derby. 

8:  I really love fall in this area.  It is beautiful.  The weather is perfect.  We have corn mazes, apple cider, pumpkin picking...all the fun fall activities. 

9:  The Sunflower Farm.  This place is so amazing that I couldn't even get in there last year.  I did go in 2015 and it was amazeballs.  The popularity went up like a million times over the next year.  Why wouldn't it?  It really is that awesome.

10:  Kansas and Missouri are not fly over states as assumed by a lot of people.  There are a ton of things to do, there are a ton of things to see.  Anyone that visits me, I will keep them super busy with things to do

top ten thursday: movie quotes

Movie Quotes!  I'll leave it up to you to figure out why they are my favorite!  Also, out of all these movies, which one is my absolute favorite of all time?

Empire Records

AJ: What’s with you today? Yesterday you were normal and today you’re like the Karate Kid. What’s with you today?
Lucas: What’s with today today?

Wizard of Oz

Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.


You're gonna need a bigger boat

A League of Their Own

There's no crying in baseball.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and look around every once in a while, you could miss it.

Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back

Try not.
Do or do not.
There is no try.

Hidden Figures

Here at NASA, we all pee the same color.

Cast Away


Napoleon Dynamite

Deb: What are you drawing?
Napoleon: A liger.
Deb: What's a liger?
Napoleon: It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed... bred for its skills in magic.

The Devil Wears Prada

By all means, move at a glacial pace, you know how that thrills me.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

pnw adventures: lake crescent

Lake Crescent is amazing.  It is super clear, but super freezing to the touch.
Lake Crescent was formed by glaciers way back when.  It was, at one time, a river.   A major landslide happened causing it to be dammed up thus creating the lake.
The lake is the second deepest lake in the state of Washington.  It's official depth is 624 feet.
Most of the lake is a sheer drop off from the shore.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Girl Scouts: service project

My Girl Scout Troop meets at one of the local fire stations.  We get to meet there because of our girls uncles is a fire fighter there.  As thanks to the station for letting us meet there, the girls stained their deck. 
We meet up early one Saturday morning.  It was the end of July, so we expected full on heat and humidity, but the girls got lucky somehow and it was nice as a fall day out there.
The girls did a majority of the work themselves.  The adults did help on a few portions to even out the spots.
They had to take a break between the coats and someone brought them donuts.  Super happy girls!
It took around four hours to complete the whole project, which wasn't bad at all.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

pnw adventures: hoh rainforest

The Hoh Rainforest is another stop within the Olympics National Park. 
The Hoh Rainforest is on the completely other side of the park from Hurricane Ridge and there is no direct roads there.  You have to drive all the way around.
It's about two hours from Port Angeles.
You pass through Forks and figure out why the writing is so simple in the Twilight Books.
Forks is simple, yo.
We decided to take the Hall of Mosses Trail.
It's almost a mile and you think it won't take you that long to finish it...
It takes a while to finish it.
The Rainforest gets around 12-14 feet of rain a year.
It was not raining while we were there, thank goodness, the trail would have not been as much fun.
There is a campground there.  It is close to the Hoh River, which is what the highway follows to get to the visitors center and the trails.
There was a hornet warning before we entered this area.  We didn't see any hornets though.
The trees are unbelievable big.  Most of them you couldn't see the tops through the canopy. 
And yes, I do know there are even larger trees out there in the world.
The Sitka spruce and western hemlock are the most dominant trees in the forest.  There was a pull off for the largest Sitka tree somewhere along the road.  We did not pull off.  I'm sure it was amazing,
The forest was pretty magical in the way it looked.  I think you could get lost in it for hours if you went off trail.
Apparently there are a lot of animals that inhabit the area.  Violett made sure to let them all know we were there.  There are tree frogs, bobcats, cougars, black bears, elk, etc....
Hiding in the tree.
Banana Slugs are fun?  They are also being pushed out the area by the Black Slug.  The Black Slug is an invasive species from Europe.
"Walking" across the creek

Friday, August 4, 2017

tanners 18th birthday

Tanner turned 18!  I still can't believe it!
He will be starting his senior year of high school.
We need to get his senior pictures done and plan his graduation party!
I don't think he is excited as me.
Let me tell you a story about this grill.
My mom wanted me to help her put together a grill because hers decided it didn't want to function anymore.  I went over to her house to help her put it together.  I took out one of the parts and it was dented so horribly that it could not be pieced together correctly.  So we loaded the box of grill parts into the car and returned it to the place we purchased it from.  We were able to exchange it.  I had to keep my mom from having a slight melt down.  The girl at the store said it would only take 30 minutes to put together.  Yes, it took 30 minutes plus an hour and thirty minutes more.  NBD. 
The instructions did not have any words.  Most places are going IKEA style and think words are not important.  I put two parts on backwards.  Thank goodness, they were easy to fix, otherwise my mom would have flipped out more.  We got the grill finished around 11 pm.  We both had to work early in the morning.  We didn't need sleep.
Tanner's Birthday dinner was the night after the grill fiasco. 
He got his favorite root beer.
Also, dinner was his choice.  He requested steak, baked potatoes, mac and cheese and chips and dip.  We did add a salad to the menu but he didn't partake.
Because he's silly
Alli and Scarlett made him a party animal card.
Cupcakes for dessert.  Since I had ran out of time the night before, Alli made them for me that day.
Because home made is sometimes better than store bought.
We almost started a fire.
Tough job blowing out 18 candles.
Let me tell you about that blue frosting....well maybe I won't.
Frosting was her friend.
The girls were playing minecraft
Dis is Sofie.  Sofie doesn't like photographs.