I am a horrible blogger.
So, what's new in the life of Indy? Let's see... My league celebrated it's first anniversary in September. The Red Rockettes started out in September of 2010 with roughly 12 girls, including the mamas, and now we are 50 women, with three male freshies. For insurance reasons the guys aren't allowed to scrimmage but are training as refs or have just joined up with our brother league the Uinta Madness. There is a lot of love in our league. Since our focus has always been on the fun of playing the game, rather than kicking the other leagues' asses, we have more relaxed practices.
I have continued working as an NSO with our sister league Wasatch, and have officially joined up with the WRD officials crew, as well as UDOG (Utah Derby Officials Group). I have recently talked to the skating officials, and am going to be training as a real live zebra. Just last week, a beloved friend found out that I am doing so, and he had a ref jersey made with my name and number and had it sent to me.
I had surgery last week. I had my thyroid removed, which isn't a huge deal surgery, but has taken me away from playing for a bit. I should be able to start skating again in a couple of days, but Doc says no contact for five weeks after that to allow the incision to strengthen before I get knocked to the ground. I am glad I had it done. I am already feeling better every day. My sweet derby sisters arranged to bring my family dinner the night I was in the hospital, and also the next two nights. They also got together and made me a little gift basket, filled with lovely treats. Seriously, these women are amazing.
I feel like my skating skills are getting better, though I still have some horrible mental block about turning around, which makes tomahawk stops and front to back transitions a bit of an issue. I have arranged with a referee friend to help me work on these skills, and when I come back from LOA, I plan to hit it and kill it. He's been a great supporter, and generally my second favorite guy in the world right now.
No big injuries, except a black eye from running into the wall face first. Funny, I still had that black eye when I checked in for my surgery, and the pre-op nurse gave my hubby a sideways *look* She asked if I had any injuries I needed to report. I told her, "Oh, I'm covered in bumps and bruises. I play roller derby." That made her laugh. Note to self. Next time, fall on the FLOOR.
I have recently started doing a *mostly* weekly podcast with a couple of my friends called "Hello Sweetie." We talk about books, movies, comics, derby, music, video games, and generally all things geeky. If you have an hour and a half to kill, it's a great way to do so. We have missed a couple of weeks recently due to injuries, surgery, and holidays, but we try to get out a new episode every Sunday or Monday.
There's the short version of the last couple of months. I will try to be better...Keep coming back and reading!