Roller Derby Goals Redefined:

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So, the ones I have posted up in my “Roller Derby Goals” section are pretty generic.  I want to redefine my goals.  It’s not all about speed in roller derby.  Yes, it does help to go fast, but that’s not all of it.

I want to improved on every level and just become a valuable and irreplaceable member of my team.

Since March 4th, I have done a lot better with taking my vitamins, drinking water and NOT eating fast food.  This is helping me 10 fold.  My body feels better, I feel better about myself.  I see improvement in my sport and others are noticing also.

I am given a task and things to work on and I bust my ass until I have achieved those goals.

One of my coaches said during one scrimmage: Pick one thing and that’s what you will work on for this scrimmage.  I picked starts.  I have always been slower on the starts and couldn’t pin point the problem.  One of the problems was my toe stops, they were way too high, putting unnecessary pressure on my ankles.  Toe Stops fixed.  I was able to take off a little bit faster.  It still wasn’t where I wanted to be.  I started experimenting with take off.  Do I want to do toe stop runs or do I want to do duck walks (pretty much hard aggressive steps on skates)?  Do I want to start off facing forward or start out sideways?  Well….this all depends on the situation.

 If I play on the inside, I start out facing forward and turning the upper half of my body around to face the jammer.  That way my eyes are on them at all times.  Depending on who the jammer is where I will place myself on the track. If the person is a faster jammer, I will get up closer to the line, so after their take off, I will be right where I need to be.  A slower person, I will hang back a little.  This is when I hold the inside line (The fastest way around the track) and positional block.  When I am in my wall, which is how it is suppose to be, we can move laterally across the track and block the jammer from getting through.  This also puts me in prime position to open up the inside for my jammer.

Anyway, back to starts…I have decided what is most effective for me is using the hard steps and gaining my relative position.

I have been told this is improving dramatically.  I want to continue to improve.

My track awareness is starting to match my derby brain.  I can see a lot on the track and if you listen to me, I will show /tell you how to be effective on the track.  I will also push or pull my teammates into position. 

I want to continue to improve on my track awareness and communication with my teammates.

I still want to improve on my times, so I can become a Class 1 skater.  I’m not very far off. 

I feel faster and more confident on the track and I think it’s reflecting in the way I play.

Facial…in a box…

 

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Tonight, we had an aweomse event called “Facials and Fingernails” for my It Work’s Business.  Above I am displaying my “non” clean, make up less face.  I cleaned with the It Works Cleanser!  Already my face is feeling fantastic!

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Now it is time for the scary part!  Not really scary, it feels amazing.  It just doesn’t look glamorous.  Here is the pic of myself using the Facial Deep Hydration Mask!

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While looking scary, it does all of this incrediable stuff:

  •          Tightens, tones, and firms to give your face a lifted look!
  • Softens the appearance of those fine lines and wrinkles
  •  Soothes and smooths through continuous hydration
  •  Wakes up tired skin with a burst of refreshing botanicals
  •  Just 45 minutes to a more luminous, younger-looking you

While my face was getting all awesome looking, I was making my fingernails awesome looking too!

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Kansas City Coed Charity Bout

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This past weekend, I had an awesome opportunity to represent Dead Girl Derby at the KC Coed Charity Bout.  The bout was played using the WFTDA/MRDA rule set.  This is the rule set I am not used to.  I understand the rules for the most part, but it is completely different from M.A.D.E.  We went out there and rocked it and raised money for the American Cancer Society.   It was a great mash up between Dead Girl Derby, the Cowtown Butchers and the Kansas City Roller Warriors.  Next time you are in Kansas City, you should check out at least one of the leagues.

Thank you to Kerry and Mary Wano for the Bout pics. 

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Notice my super large white tank top.  I got a men’s tank instead of a women’s.  I felt like I was wearing a dress.  🙂

Traditional King Cake Recipe

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Not beautiful, but definately tasty!

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees F.)
  • 2 eggs
  • 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • Butter Cream Frosting
  • Colored Sugars

Preparation:

Cook butter or margarine, sour cream, sugar, and salt in a saucepan over low heat, stirring often, until butter melts. Cool mixture to 100 degrees to 110 degrees F.

Dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in 1/2 cup warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Add butter mixture, eggs, and 2 cups flour; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until smooth. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.

Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85 degrees), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Stir together 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon; set aside.

Punch dough down; divide in half. Turn 1 portion out onto a lightly floured surface; roll to a 28- x 10-inch rectangle. Spread half each of cinnamon mixture and softened butter on dough. Roll dough, jellyroll fashion, starting at long side. Place dough roll, seam side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bring ends together to form an oval ring, moistening and pinching edges together to seal. Repeat with remaining dough, cinnamon mixture, and butter.

Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 20 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Bake at 375 degrees F. for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. Decorate with bands of Colored Frostings, and sprinkle with Colored Sugars.

Colored Sugars:
Place 1/2 cup sugar and drop of green food coloring in a jar or zip-top plastic bag; seal. Shake vigorously to evenly mix color with sugar. Repeat procedure with 1/2 cup sugar and yellow food coloring. For purple, combine 1 drop red and 1 drop blue food coloring before adding to remaining 1/2 cup sugar.