I have been guilty of using the outdated term “Booyah!” twice this week >.<

In other news, HI! Sorry about my short absence, I’ve been kinda sick. For the past 4-5 days I’ve been on this on again, off again stomach thing?! No idea where it came from, but it’s gone now.

After missing a week of practice, I was back on my skates yesterday. We had a guest coach from a team in Georgia! She was a lot of help! She went over skills that we HAVE to know to pass our skills test. Each skater is required to pass the skills test in order to be able to play on the team. Luckily, we don’t have a test for a couple of months. Gives me time to improve my knee falls. I’m fine with the right knee fall and getting better with the double, but I can’t seem to recover from the left knee fall as quick as I should. I think it has a lot to do with my right ankle (the one that’s been broken and sprained and everything else bad that could happen to an ankle) which I have to use to get up from the fall. It just isn’t strong enough yet. 😦

I attended an activist training last week. It was held by Planned Parenthood-my favorite reproductive health organization. My loyalty to Planned Parenthood started in college. It was where I could go for affordable exams, birth control pills, and testing. Planned Parenthood was (is still!) a lifesaver for a broke ass college student like me. I became more involved with Planned Parenthood though my feminist organization in college- raising money for the clinics, counter-protesting the anti-choicers outside of the clinic, escorting patients in, and the most simplest which went the longest way-letting the employees know how much we appreciate their work and risking their lives just to help us. After college I volunteered more by actually representing them at different events and giving miniature sex education talks to whomever stopped at my table! I even learned stuff. Like how to put a condom on with my mouth! Thanks Planned Parenthood! Woah, totally went off subject there. The training! The training was very informative and I needed it. I haven’t been around very many progressive people since I moved here and the meeting was a “Hey! We do exist here! you just have to find us”. I learned some effective ways of canvassing, telephone banking, lobbying, and about West Virginia reproductive laws which I was clueless about before. Looking forward to more involvement soon!

Oh! I’ll be skating in a Pride Parade this weekend! Woot! Another thing I am both an advocate and activist for-Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights. There will be pictures and hopefully no falls on the concrete!



That’s me in the middle! That pic was taken at derby practice a couple of weeks ago. I don’t have my gear on yet, because instead of putting on gear when we first arrive at practice I talk, talk, talk. When it’s time to skate, everyone’s out on the rink and I’m putting my pads on. >.<

Practice has been so much fun! TOUGH, but fun. We’ve learned so much in the last few weeks. Left-knee drops, Right-knee drops, Double knee drops, running on toe stops, different type of stops, sticky-skating, pack skating, and tons of other stuff. We even tried the whip! Every time I get whipped I want to scream a combination of , “wheeeeeeeeeeeee!/eeeeeeeeeek” It’s a rush! Besides practice we’ve been having some outside of the rink fun. We had a fundraiser at a bar 2 weeks ago. Drinks+Skates+Derby Girls=Fun! We did a raffle drawing, played tug of war (on skates!), and of course there was lots of drinking/dancing (on skates!). There were a few falls, but thankfully no one was hurt.

This is only some of the team. There are about 15 of us in total. Note that my eyes are squinty/closed. This is after a few drinks. Also, note how tall I am on skates! 5’10 without skates and about 6’1 with them on! I’m a freaking Amazon. We have a few more appearances coming up. Parades, fairs, car washes, and other events! Because we’re a completely new league we probably won’t be bouting for awhile. But in the meantime we are practicing, recruiting, fundraising and getting our name out there.

Unfortunately we don’t have practice today aaaaand I won’t be able to make Thursday’s practice! I’m so bummed! Skating has become such a mood lifter, stress reliever, and lots of fun for me. I’ll probably go to open skate at the rink twice this week to make up for it!