Look at these girls! Being all awesome and on the news and stuff!(News link directly below)  

Chippewa Valley Roller Girls wipe out stereotypes (w/video): There’s a rumor floating around that the women who skate for the Chippewa Valley roller derby team are gruff and menacing, with bulging muscles and a bad case of ’roid rage."

I love CVRG. I had the privilege of bench coaching them for a few games and they're a hard working group of skaters! I'm also a big fan of the derby "scene" in Wisconsin and Minnesota. It feels like there's a mixer or small tournament every weekend, always a bout to go to, open practices to attend.. just so much derby all over the place! And so many leagues! If you're wanting to be a derby girl up north you are very, very lucky! (Except for the whole getting to practice in the winter thing. I don't know how you people do it!)

Bonus Fun Fact: Neil Gaiman's very first roller derby bout was a CVRG bout!

So glad to see them getting some press and I hope they continue to get noticed by their local community!

I have always wanted to travel, but it hasn't been a high priority in my life until the past few years. I've been more and more determined to say "yes" to out of state and out of country events than I ever was before! 




This year, my friend Elyse, who lives in New York, was throwing her wedding reception/one year anniversary party in Brooklyn. As soon as I got the invite, I said, "we're going!"! Booked a flight to NYC, and went with the intention of doing ALL THE THINGS!

Well, all the things didn't exactly happen. I don't know if you know this, but sometimes weddings have an open bar. And sometimes after the wedding closes down the wedding party goes to another bar. And when that bar closes you go to another. And when THAT bar closes you go to another one. Then sometimes, you realize the sun will rise soon and it's time to go back to the hotel room.

We kept going and going....


That kind of night can really kill all your sightseeing plans the next day.

Waiting for dill to rise. It didn't happen until I wandered down the road and returned with coffee.


His hangover face looks different than my hangover face.

We did make it over the bridge for some whiskey drinks with everyone the next day.





Which means I need to make another trip to New York. I still need to meet Paul Auster! I still need to see the Empire State Building! And Central Park! And a yarn shop!

And maybe, just maybe, I need to see a little less whiskey the next time around.

Highlights: The British.

Elyse used to live in England. All her friends came in for the party, and they were all wonderful.

Talking to someone who happens to live in Indy. We decided we should hang out as couples. Decide to introduce them to Dill. Say, "Oh! You should meet my husband! Where is he? Oh. That's him over there. With his tie on his head." (He says it was the fault of the British)


Ok, maybe I put a tie on my head too.


I have no idea





Brooklyn! It was such a fun neighborhood. Dill was in slightly worse shape than I was Saturday, so I left him in the room for a bit and wandered around. (And bought pretty jewelry)

Loved these. The ear cuff is a pain to put in unfortunately, but I really adore the bracelet.


Not only did we find a bookstore, there was a sidewalk book seller! And there was a paul auster book! 

And of course I bought a book. Neil once gave me a book for All Hallows' Read by this same author and it scared the crap out of me. This one was disturbing in a different way. 

Stole some time and worked on my scarf! 


If I weren't such a wannabe country girl (and poor. Let's not forget poor) I would love to live in a neighborhood like that. There was always something to do (until 5am. Then everyone wants you to go home) stuff to see, food to eat and drinks to drink.

Although... I should remember that I'm old. And while 22 year old me could survive on about an hour of sleep per night (or a powernap under my desk during the day) 22 year old me really likes pajama bottoms and a good book by 8pm.

Regardless, Operation : Get the heck out of Indiana more is going very well these past few years. Cancun, San Francisco, LA, Pitsburgh, Canada and now New York! Later this year, back to Minnesota and Wisconsin for a book signing and some hangout time with friends! If I can just get some signings booked in Scotland and Ireland my "I wanna go there" list will almost be complete!

It's that time of year again! Can you forgive me if I get a little mushy when it's playoff season? I flash back to the early days of derby, then to see the level of athleticism and dedication that our sport has grown to, and I just get so many feelings!

If you haven't done so, you should get your pass to watch playoffs live. I have to admit that I'm not very productive at work during playoff season. I have my computer up and watching at the shop, and I have it streaming to my tv at home.

Since I've been toying with the idea of announcing, listening to the best of the best of the announcing world isn't a bad idea for me either! I'm lucky to have Dill around to learn from, and such a talented announcer pool in Indy to hang around with should I ever decide to officially make the jump. (You know, with my oodles of spare time!)

I need to update this blog a lot more! I went to New York! I have signings booked! I may be going to Canada again!

You can always follow me on Facebook as well. Don't be offended if I don't friend you on my personal profile. I've been getting some weird stuff on there, so I am paring it down a bit and sending people I don't know directly to my page!

I love hitting Gen Con in Indy every year. It's a huge convention and it's pretty much in my backyard, so it's silly for me not to make time in my schedule to go! If you're a fan of tabletop and card games, this con is a must visit!

I was fortunate enough this year to get to talk and teach and knit with my fellow geeks! I've done this a few times now and always have a blast.
I also broke out my handy dandy America dress from Geek Knits!
Agent Carter found me...

I found Iron Man 



And Ant Man!



And I bought a lot of really cool stuff!

This canvas print by Aaron Miller of Chicago


This book and some prints by Vincent Marcone aka My Pet Skeleton

Some gorgeous pens made by Pens and More here in Indiana. 



Met this lovely gal who made the robot from Knits for Nerds!

She also gave me a brain slug! 


And of course I got some new games! We got to play a few demos sunday, I was too busy every other day!

All in all, a successful and fun gen con. I learned a few things that I'll do differently next year and I might try to schedule a little more gaming time for myself! 






Starkey is a pretty good horse. He's in his 20's, so he an older guy and not one for a lot of mischief. We let him wander out yard and our neighbors and he's pretty well behaved about it.


Then I planted sunflowers.

Starkey leaves most plants alone. In fact, he's great for getting in the garden and eating nothing but weeds. 

But sunflowers? He got one taste of those things and it unleashed the mini beast within him. I'll turn him out and he will just be casually grazing then BOLT to the sunflower and eat as many as he can before I drag him out.

He got one yesterday and honestly? It was so cute I didn't even scold him. I just took pictures and let him finish eating it. (He ate the entire thing btw!)






At least it's not the tomatos! 



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