Friday, March 10, 2017

Books on My Shelf

Current read: A Discovery of Witches

This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for four years.  I didn't feel the pull to read it until a day a few weeks ago.  I pulled it off my shelf and decided to try it out. 
I like it.  I should have read it four years ago.
I'm about half way through and I find it historically nerdy and fascinating.

Diana is a witch, also a Yale Historian, who is historying at the Oxford's Bodleian Library and discovers an ancient manuscript that attracts all the witches, vampires and daemons because they want to get their hands on it.

Matthew is a vampire.  He wants his hands on the mystic book as it supposedly holds all the power and the story of creation for the creatures listed above.

Matthew and Diana form a relationship.

Diana has tried to suppress her witchy ways since childhood but now doesn't have a choice.  She's a Bishop witch and her DNA tells us it's extremely powerful witchfullness.  Like Matthew tested her DNA and she has all these extraordinary powers, even for a witch.

The Covenant is not happy with the relationship that is forming between the two.

Matthew takes Diana away to France for safe hiding with his mother.  Not biological, but vampire mother.
Diana agrees to go because he has an original of a book she wants to get her electric hands on.

The Covenant finds them there when they were off gallivanting on horses one day.

Matthew goes back to Oxford because someone broke into the lab that is trying to discover all the things about vampires, daemons and witches.

He parts Diana.  Diana is very sorrowful.  She almost dies from a witchwater.

Matthew's mother tells the story of Matthew's creation.

And that's where I am.

Diana loves Matthew, Matthew loves Diana, but witches and vampires aren't supposed to love one another and it makes others mad.  They also want the manuscript Diana found and aren't pleased that she is not sharing, but it's really not her fault at this point.  It's missing.

What are you reading right now?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March is....

Women's History Month!
Umbrella Month!
Caffeine Awareness Month!
Peanut Month!
Nutrition Month!
Craft Month!

March 1st is plan a solo vacation day!
March 2nd is Dr. Seuss Day and World Book Day!
March 5th is Cheese Doodle Day!
March 7th is Unique Names Day!
March 8th is International Women's Day!
March 9th is Get Over it Day!
March 10th is Day of Awesomeness!

March 12th is Girl Scout Day!
March 13th is Nap Day!
March 14th is Pi Day!
March 16th is Panda Day!
March 17th is St. Patrick's Day!
March 20th is Ravioli Day!

March 21st is Common Courtesy Day!
March 22nd is World Water Day!
March 23rd is Chip and Dip Day!
March 25th is Waffle Day!
March 26th is Purple Day!
March 27th is International Whiskey Day!
March 29th is Manatee Appreciation Day!
March 30th is Pencil Day!
March 31st is Eiffel Tower Day!

March is gonna be a fun one!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


The Kansas City Roller Warrior mid season draft was announced yesterday!  I am officially a Victory Vixen!  Sissy (I also refer to her as Sarah) is also a Victory Vixen.  I am super excited we are teammies and we get to play the sport we love together. 

Kansas City Roller Warriors draft a little differently than Fountain City does.

Fountain City has the captains and coaches pick who they would like to draft out of a draft pool.  They pick who they want and who will be most advantageous to the team in terms of kicking the pants off of the other teams.

KCRW has a selection committee that decides which place you will best fit.  They rank your skills on a number scale.  They look at which teams needs that level of skilled players and that is where you go.  This is advantageous from a business stand point as all teams will be more evenly matched.  They said they started doing this when they noticed attendance was down because some games were blow outs and you know, those are not fun to watch. 

I'm going to include some videos so you can see the difference between styles of game play.

This one is KCRW, playing the WFTDA rule set.

KCRW 2017 Home Team Season Opener: Game 1 (KO vs. VV) from KCRollerWarriors on Vimeo.

This one is FCRD, playing the MADE Ruleset.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Tim Burton Trivia

As I mentioned previously, I came up with the halftime show at the derby game this evening.  It's pared down from my original plan, but I'm okay with that.  The trivia part will happen, with prizes.  The prizes are pretty awesome if I do say so myself.  I wouldn't mind winning them.

Wanna test your Tim Burton knowledge?  Here is your chance....let me know your best guesses...

Tim Burton Trivia
  1.  What did Tim Burton’s mom own at the time he was born?

  1.  A Bicycle Built for Two
  2. A cat themed gift shop
  3. A movie museum
2.  In which movie did Jack Skellington make his first appearance?

  1. Frankenweenie
  2. Mars Attacks!
  3. Beetlejuice
3.  In which movie did Tim Burton play a “Thug in Alley”?

  1. Batman
  2. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  3. Batman Forever
  4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
4. True or False:  Tim Burton was a producer on a movie about a President that killed vampires.

5.Which Disneyland ride has an overlay of Nightmare before Christmas during the holiday season?

6. In which Tim Burton movie can you hear the song “Kiss from a Rose”?

7. How many films has Tim Burton made with Johnny Depp?

For extra points, you have thirty seconds to list as many as you can:

Thursday, February 23, 2017

writers workshop: fight

I have frustrations.  I don’t want to have frustrations.
As I’ve posted on here, I’ve made the decision to try other derby ventures.  This is to improve my skills and learn another type of game play.  I have been open about it, I haven’t been hiding anything.  I’ve been doing very well.  It has improved my game play for the original league I play for and also the league that I am just starting out with.
On the previous Wednesday, I had a decision to make.  There was a scrimmage at the new to me league that I was asked to participate in and practice at the other league.  I made the decision to attend the scrimmage.  I felt like this would benefit me more in the long run.  As an adult, I am allowed to make a decision that is advantageous to me.  Besides, these are both REC sports that I PAY to play in.
Thursday, I get a message from the co-captain.  It was fine.  We are friends.  I said I had previously made the plans before I realized that it was a team practice.  I asked what we did and the strategy that was discussed.  I know how to do all the things and work with the strategy regarding this.  I was also told that I need to be loyal to my team….   In five years, I can count on one hand the number of team practices I have missed.  For my first three years, I rarely missed a league practice, let alone a team practice.  For those first three years, my butt warmed that bench.  My loyalty got me not on the roster for most games and watching my team.  I worked hard and that was my reward.  But my loyalty remained and I attended the practices.
Last year, I was just worn out.  I attended my practices, I did my best, I got to play due to the new league rule that everyone must be rostered.  I played more.  I was still dedicated, I was still loyal.  I made the travel team to compete at our national tournament for MADE, so I know I’m not terrible.  The coach that picked me said she knew I had a lot of derby disappointments, that she has faith in me and my abilities and that is why I made the travel team.
So I get another message.  This time it’s from the captain of the team.  She has never once messaged me before.  Ever.  The message stated that they were “informed by a source that I skipped practice because I did not want to do endurance.  She wasn’t looking for apologies or excuses”.  Wait?  Who said anything about endurance?  I know I didn’t say anything about endurance.  No, it’s definitely not my favorite thing, but I never quit while doing it and I’ve never skipped a practice with endurance attached to it.  Why would I apologize or make excuses?  I hadn’t done anything wrong.   Also, hadn’t I been talking for half the day with someone else regarding things?  It took me a while to come up with a response.  But I did and I was proud of myself.  “Please let your source know that they were incorrect in their assumptions that I didn’t go to practice because of endurance.  I have been nothing but loyal to the Sheilas since I have started on the team and I have no plans of changing that now…..”  She responded that she doesn’t even know who that source is…but she knows that I have been loyal and I have made my practices.  She also had my back with the other members of “leadership” as they call themselves.  I had conversation with her regarding the strategy and that I have already asked questions of the ref crew regarding some new things we were thinking of.  It ended fine, but now I feel so uncomfortable with my team.  I feel like there is a grudge that will be held against me and it’s not fair.  They did not have problems with the other skaters on my team attending the other league and playing for both leagues.  Why was I singled out?  Oh, it’s because they need me now.  Because I am better.  Because I have been working hard.  Because I am making noticeable improvements.
I missed two weeks’ worth of practice three years ago.  I didn’t tell anyone why and no one ever asked.  No one even checked on me.  It was because I had surgery.  I would have told someone if they had asked or had checked up on me. 
Why does missing one practice matter now and not the two weeks back then? 

So I feel like I am now the black sheep for the league I have been with for six years.  And this makes me sad.  I didn't want to go out in a fight.  Well, a fight they want to have, not a fight I'm having with them.  They made travel team announcements and I did not make it.  I did not make it over someone who has not skated for two years and just passed their skills a few weeks okay.  I think that says it right there.  Also, a lot of people have words to say about that.

Anyway, game this weekend.  Tim Burton themed.  I did the halftime show.  I want to share the trivia, because it's fun.  I had fun coming up with the prizes and questions. 

I want to have fun and be the best I can be.  I guess someone else has made the decision on where I will be doing that.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Principal office blues

I went to the principals office once.  The entire time I was in school.   I did only one thing that warranted going to the principal. 

It was 2nd Grade.  I know it was 2nd Grade because that is the only grade I was in class with Rebecca B.  She was smart, could play all the sports, had the friends and teachers adored her.  She just moved here from Mississippi at the end of the last school year.  I remember people asking her about the cotton fields there.  She said they were messy.  She didn’t like me.  I’m not sure what I did to her.  Maybe it was because I was an easy target.  (Honestly, I still am)  I was easy to pick on.  Easy to make cry.  I had three friends and everyone else was just mean.  We didn’t call it bullying then, I don’t think I would call it bullying now.  It was just what happened in life.  Anyway.

I was mad at Rebecca B.  She got the last poster that our teacher was handing out about the Challenger.   I had really wanted one.  It wouldn’t have been a big deal if everyone else in the class hadn’t already gotten one and Rebecca and I were the only two left without one.  And the teacher, Ms. Kim, picked her.  My face crumbled as did my heart.  I wanted that dang poster.  Rebecca laughed at me and told me I should have been better and I would have gotten one.  ( I eventually got one.  One boy in my class gave me his.  He didn’t want it and felt sorry for me. Ms. Kim wasn’t happy with him.  You best believe that poster hung on my wall for two years.)

Days went past and I was still mad at Rebecca B. 

We sat at the same lunch table.

They teased me all the time.  Rebecca being the main culprit.

One day, Rebecca got up and dumped her food tray at the same time everyone else did.  I was the only one left at the table.  She left a nickel sitting there.  I looked around.  I took that nickel!  I stuck it in my pocket.  Smiled a little half smile.

Rebecca came back.  Rebecca couldn’t find her nickel.  She immediately accused me.  She went and told whatever teacher was on lunch duty.  The teacher made me stand.  She told me to turn all my pockets inside out.  I did.  I also effectively hid the nickel.  In my back pocket.  When they didn’t find the nickel there, she told me to pull them ALL the way out.  I didn’t that again.  This went on for a little while.  Everyone in the lunch room was staring at me.  I didn’t care.  I liked Rebecca being mad.  I liked Rebecca missing her nickel.  Eventually, the teacher grabbed me by the arm (yep, they used to do that) and plopped me down in front of the office.  I was not to move until that nickel was located.  I sat there a long time.  The principal was actually too busy to deal with my nonsense. 

Eventually, Ms. Kim came to get me.  She sat down next me to and actually asked me if I took the nickel.  I told her I did and handed it to her.  She asked me why.  I didn’t answer.  She already knew why.  She walked me back to class.  She didn’t give Rebecca back her nickel.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Things I learned....

Something I learned this month:

I learned that my daughter made the councils Girl Scout camp catalog.  
They blew up a watermelon using rubber bands.  It was pretty awesome.
Their counselor was from Germany.  They enjoyed her.

I learned I can be pretty basic at times. 
I mean, Starbucks in Target.
I'm okay with this though.

I learned that it really sucks to have your alternator in your car
go out on the way to work.
I also learned how grateful I am to have my
insurance company pay for the tow.

I learned that sometimes people take super sneaky pictures of my sad
face.  I don't even know what I was sad about!

My friends give great white elephant gifts.
It was perfect for that Friday night after work
when the week was trying.

I learned..toe matter.

I learned a really awesome pitcher from the Royals died.
And I learned that it's okay to be upset over that.
(Stole the picture from my friend, Mollie, because it's an awesome pic)