I’ve been burning the candle at both ends, but last night I ran out. I’m taking today off. My work contract calls for a base of 40 hours a week, regardless of stats. But I decided to take the $$ loss and not work today. I need to try to recharge, especially after the past few weeks which have been sooo busy.
We have been busy with derby; lots of community events, recruiting and fundraising. We had our booth at another street fair:
The theme was “Main Street 1912” so we were selling candied apples, stick candy, cotton candy, etc. and as always, spreading the word about derby. Our coach made the “candied apple” stand. Isn’t it great?!
We had to pack up early and five of us rushed down to Saskatoon to play in a rookie scrimmage that evening. The Saskatoon Roller Derby League had arranged a bout between their rookie team, the Rockettes, vs rookies from across the province. We played on the black team.
My teammate took a lot of great photos with my camera, the album can been viewed here. Here are a couple of my favourites (as well as that one I posted in the post below):
Judy expanded her horizons and came to watch our bout and stayed for the “main event” after. I had one person cheering me on in the stands! Although, when I’m on the track I don’t actually hear the spectators. Weird, huh?
I got a major penalty out of this. The skater that is partially obscured by the black player in front is the jammer. I tried to lean her off the track, out of bounds, but it didn’t work, so I ended up falling and in the process back blocked her (you can’t touch any part of the opponent’s back) and because my legs were impeding the other skaters, that was low-blocking.
Here I managed to stay in front of the jammer and was booty blocking her. This girl was such a tenacious jammer. We had a line of four black players for a lot of her jam and she just kept trying and trying to get through. She did an awesome job!
You can see more photos by Shaun Savage (our favourite derby photog) here
and another set by Mike Trottier here.
There are lots of great photos in both of those sets. Our team won by a close margin – it was a great game, good experience and I learned a lot (such as how much more I need to learn).
While I did a lot of things wrong, I did do some things right:
The girl directly behind me with the pink star on her helmet is the opposing team’s jammer and I booty blocked her! I was proud of that one!
The next thing on the derby schedule was our team’s participation in our city’s “summer fair” parade. We had an awesome (we thought) float:
Our giant purple roller skate, direct from China! That thing was amazing. We skated the route alongside the float and truck, handing out business cards and tattoos for the kids.
The batteries died on the camera before we could get a shot of the banner from the front.
That was Monday night, and I had another hectic work week. On Saturday afternoon one of my teammates and I went all over town hanging our team poster with recruitment information.
Yesterday was the Centennial of Flight air show here. The big fella and five of his colleagues were in red serge for the event. I went mostly to see the “Miss Mitchell” B25. What an awesome old war bird.
I took quite a few photos, lots of the group, but I don’t feel comfortable posting the group ones online (privacy issues for the members). Here are the ones I put up on Facebook, and some of my favourites:
There were several vintage planes there:
the star of the show:
and after she landed:
The airshow was a bit disorganized, but it’s always great to see and hear these classic, vintage planes!
The poopers are fine. Apollo had a dental about 10 days ago. As always, we worry about the anesthetic, but he came through just fine. He was pretty wobbly/wonky when we went to pick him up, so we slung him out of the vet office, into the van, then from the van into the house and rolled him onto the bed in the living room:
He was groggy until the next morning and by that evening he was back to normal.
So today I’m trying to unwind, relax and recharge. We should have derby practice tonight, we’ll see who is in town and how many show up!