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Self Portrait Sunday 5/6/12

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

New helmet! Very head squeezy.

Look! I got a new helmet this week! It’s very “head squeezy” which pretty much means that it fits nicely and my old one was probably slightly too big the whole time haha Or at least the padding was pretty broken down after 2 years. I looove the color of the new one, and the sweat liner padding it has in it is pretty nice too.

I had a pretty great weekend! Friday night I spent relaxing on the couch, playing with barcode scanners on my phone, cuddling with the kitties and catching up on the DVR. I also made some last minute plans to head for Indianapolis to see the Naptown Rollergirls take on the Minnesota Rollergirls on Saturday. That was a great day, making the trip with a couple of my teammates, and watching an incredibly close bout. There were NINE lead changes! Crazy!

Today was practice… I always love Sunday morning practices, and this one was plenty intense. Lots of crazy stuff that pushed me out of my comfort zone, which resulted in lots of hitting the floor. Much more than “normal,” so I’m sure I will feel that tomorrow! We followed that up with lunch with a large group, and then I got my arm twisted to go see The Avengers with them. I’m glad I did! The superhero/action movie genre is usually not my thing, but I REALLY enjoyed the movie. Now I’m typing this up while I watch the Amazing Race finale, and then it’s off to bed as soon as it’s over so that I can get some sleep before starting another work week.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well!

Self Portrait Sunday 4/29/12

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Fancy bathroom

Oh look! It’s a post, and a picture! I took this in a very tiny, overwhelming bathroom in a little restaurant in Chicago. The bathroom was small enough that you could barely turn around in it, but the whole thing was painted, down to the cabinet latches! Seriously, there were molded tree branches and leaves on the walls and ceilings, and then this mirror on the wall.

Friday night, I had to work 4 hours over, which included training two new girls. So basically I listened to myself talk for four hours, and left completely drained. I had to run by the grocery store to pick up a prescription, and then picked up Subway on the way home and spent a couple hours on the couch watching TV before I drug myself off to bed.

Chicago Outfit v. Houston

Saturday, as you already know, found me in Chicago. I wasn’t going to go because I didn’t really have the money to spend, but decided at the last minute to swing it anyway. I’m glad I did because I had a great time! I went with a couple of friends to the Chicago Outfit double header. Both of the bouts were excellent! Outfit’s B team played Old Capitol City and the A team played Houston’s all-stars. Unfortunately, they lost both of them. The A team girls said, “I can’t even be mad about that!” though. And for good reason– the score was back and forth and tied for the entire duration. Even going into the very last jam, they weren’t out of it. Seriously, one of the best bouts I’ve been to in person. Of course, the close ones are always my favorite. Blow-outs just aren’t as much fun to watch.

This morning was practice. I ended up choosing to sit out because I was having a little trouble with one of my knees. I tweaked it a little bit on Friday night at work, stepping off of a stair wrong. I didn’t want to take the risk of falling on it at practice and going from a little sore to injured. Which of course meant that they did a bunch of really cool drills including things I would have loved to work on!

I developed a pretty wicked headache by the afternoon, so I picked up some take-out for lunch, and then ended up falling asleep on the couch with Lucy. I woke up at one point when the TV changed channels, and Lucy was sleeping on my chest with her little head nuzzled under my chin. Wish I could have reached my phone to take a picture! She can be sweet… when she wants to. :) It was a long grueling day of naps, and clearing out the DVR. It’s a rough life.

Self Portrait Sunday 4/8/12

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Reflection. Now with velcro wounds from Sunday morning practice.

Well this is both a day and a week late! Since I’m writing this on Monday, and I took the picture LAST Sunday. It was my Photo A Day picture for 4/1. The prompt was reflection… caption, “Now with velcro wounds from this morning’s practice.” That’s what that red mark down the length of my arm is, as well as the bruise going across my arm the other way. Sometimes people don’t have the velcro on their elbow pads secured all the way… and then you hit them and lean on them, and this is what happens! :) It burns! I had to take this picture when I discovered it because I was only aware of the small bruised portion and didn’t discover the rest of it until I was getting ready to get in the shower!

This weekend was a pretty low-key one. Sarah came over on Friday night and we hung out, caught up and I made her nearly pee laughing when I discovered an extendable wand for butt wiping in a catalog. Saturday I helped a couple of girls from our merchandising committee make buttons in preparation for next weekend’s bout. Not long after I got home from that, I developed a migraine and ended up going to bed at like 6pm. I slept for a few hours, got up for a couple hours and then went back to bed. Sunday was pretty low key, on the couch. I was supposed to have dinner with my mom, but both of us felt lousy so we postponed that.

Now it’s time for another work week, which I am beginning with overtime hours. My alarm went off at 2am. *yawn*

Self Portrait Sunday 3-18-12

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

3/16: Sunglasses. #marchphotoaday

I took this picture on Friday on my way home from work. (My phone was in the holder thingy on the dash, and I was safely parked at a stop sign during my photography session, I swear!) I don’t know how things are in your neck of the woods, but here in Indiana, we’re having an unseasonably warm March! In fact, we’ve been breaking decades-old high temperature records! I’m not sure what I think about the implications of summer-like temperatures in winter, but I sure haven’t been complaining about the ability to get out and enjoy the warm weather!

By the end of the day, I feel like I need to seek austin airborne allergy treatment, but whatever. Warm weather, wee! I had big plans to be out and about and active, but unfortunately, I pulled my hamstring in a particularly awkward fall during scrimmage on Thursday so I had to rest it instead. I did skate in the St. Patrick’s Day parade with my team, but it turned out to not be the best idea… my hammy was unhappy and I spent a lot of the rest of the day sitting on an ice pack. I still took advantage of the temperature and drug the camping chair out of my trunk and sat on the front lawn of my apartment building with a magazine a few times! It only took me 6 years of living there, but I finally decided that I don’t care what people think. I want to sit outside, and if they look at me funny for sitting outside the front door, well… who cares?

I also got a little bit of baking done. I made strawberry, banana and chocolate chip muffins Saturday afternoon, which I decided to rename Banana Split Muffins because that’s less of a mouthful. ;) They were really good! I also made Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins this afternoon. I’ll be posting those over on Jenn Cooks in a few weeks probably. They were good, but not quite what I had in mind, so I’m still searching for a better recipe for those.

All in all, a good weekend!

Self Portrait Sunday 2-5-12

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

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I am displeased with the amount of double-chin in this picture… It’s a good thing that I went to the grocery store today, made a plan, and am ready to get back on the wagon tomorrow morning! I’ve been off WW for awhile now… I started paying again a couple months ago, but have had a hard time getting back into it. The last few weeks have been especially bad with a lack of grocery shopping and an over abundance of eating out. It’s definitely frustrating…

But then I see pictures like this one:

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From almost 2 years ago (Feb 10, 2010) and I realize I have come a LONG way, and I don’t recognize the stranger in that picture. Recently I’ve undone a little bit of that progress. But I also realize two things.

1) I don’t want to go back there.

2) I know how to do this. I’ve done it before and I can do it again.

Self Portrait Sunday 10/17/10

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

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As I look back through my blog over the last several months, I think I’m more disappointed by the lack of Self Portrait Sunday posts than lack of any other content… So, no promises, but I’m going to try and get back into the habit of posting these pictures every week. Especially since I’ve been losing weight, it would be nice to have those pictures to go back and look at. At least I did post one the week I started Weight Watchers! :) The problem is that in July we started Sunday morning practices for roller derby. I don’t bother showering before practice because I’m going to go get sweaty and smelly anyways. Then I come home and try and clean around the apartment so I usually wait to shower until just before bed. (Excuses, I has them!) In any case… I need to get better about taking a picture over the weekend when I HAVE showered. Which is what I did on Saturday :)

Now as I’m sitting here (unshowered from this morning lol), I’m trying to do some cleaning around the apartment and watch everything on my TiVo so I can install a new one! That’s right, I upgraded my TiVo. I decided to go ahead and buy the TiVo premeire, which is supposed to be able to record from an antenna for over-the-air digital channels, and also works with Netflix on demand. Between those and possibly Hulu Plus in the future, I could cancel the cable television entirely. At a savings of $60 a month or so, the new TiVo will pay for itself in just a couple of months. (Justifications, I has them!)

Of course, all this TV watching means I’m not getting much cleaning done… Not that that’s anything new. I did manage to get the trash and recycling taken out, scooped litterboxes, and swept the bathroom floor. If I clear up a little more of the clutter in the living room (which honestly, is what is actually making my apartment feel so dirty), and wash the dishes, I’ll be satisfied with my productivity for the weekend. Which is good because I’ll probably be spending a lot of time playing with my new toy and tv reception. :)

Self Portrait Sunday 9/19/10

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

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You know you have been too big of a slacker at updating your blog when your own blog doesn’t recognize you. Do you still remember me? Maybe we should all wear name tags? Hi, my name is Jennifer, and I used to write on this blog. I also use pictures that I took last week (some time after practice, if you can’t tell by the crazy braids) and try to pass them off as current because I NEVER BLOGGED IT. Oops?

I’m trying to decide whether my lack of blogging is out laziness or because I’m boring lol I’m going to go with laziness because it’s not like I don’t have anything to say. I’m constantly drafting blog posts in my head… about that crazy thing I just saw, about how my weight loss is going, about roller derby… etc. Sometimes I even come over here and open up my blog. And then half an hour later, I’ll switch back from whatever I chose to do instead and close it with nothing written here.

It’s a vicious cycle… the less I write, the less people comment. The less people comment, the less I write. I know some people in my family read my blog, but a lot of times I feel like I’m just out here talking to myself. I miss the days where we all commented on each others’ blogs… Don’t get me wrong, I’m guilty of this too. I certainly comment far less than I used to myself. I know the mantra is “I blog for myself,” and I know some day I’m going to wish these months weren’t so sparsely populated on my blog… but gosh darnit, I miss you guys!

Self Portrait “Sunday” 7/25/10

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

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Okay, so I know today is not Sunday but the picture WAS taken on Sunday, and I would have posted it if I hadn’t been too tired/busy to get around to downloading the memory card from my camera!

Yeah… remember that roller derby cookout I mentioned yesterday? Well this is what I looked like at 9:45 the next morning, getting ready to head out for our very first Sunday morning practice. Don’t I just look so excited about life? lol

Don’t worry, I survived what was probably my smallest practice to date, but almost one of the most fun! I had every intention of coming home, pulling down the roller blinds and spending the rest of the day doing nothing. However, the state of my apartment really got to me, so I spent the afternoon cleaning up the kitchen and the bathroom, carrying out trash and getting started on the tornado that hit the living room. Then, of course, I remembered I had to be at work at 3am the next morning and I might want to grab a shower and hit the sack. I was in bed before I even remembered I hadn’t done anything about this picture. Isn’t that a lovely story? haha

Self Portrait Sunday 6/20/10

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! I spent the morning being lazy around the house, and then making some cookie dough dip to take to the cookout we had this afternoon. And then of course, I went to said cookout.

I wore my league t-shirt, so there was some conversation about roller derby. I tried to talk Elena into joining with us, but since she broke her arm the last time she was roller skating, I didn’t get too far. (Hmm… maybe this is why people keep asking me about insurance quotes when I talk about joining a roller derby league?)

Anyway, it was a nice afternoon. I got to see some family members that I don’t see very often. Now I’m at home, watching Remember the Titans on ABC Family and thinking about getting myself to bed early.

Edit to add: I almost forgot to add my weight loss update. I lost .8 this week, for a total of 18.2. I need to take my measurements again because I feel like the weight loss has slowed down (the garbage I’ve been eating may have something to do with that), but I also feel like there have been some other changes in my body just from skating 2-4 times a week!

Self Portrait Sunday 6/6/10

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

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Sunday again already? Wow… I really did mean to post something else during the week, but I just never managed to do it! The biggest problem is that I’ve been meaning to compose a post about this whole roller derby thing but I’m having a hard time putting everything into words.

Anyways, life has been busy, between work and derby and just life in general. I was definitely ready for the weekend to decompress. (I didn’t have much of choice– my thigh muscles hurt so bad from our league practice on Thursday night that I could hardly move until Saturday night!) Friday, Sarah came over and we had a very good, very needed vent fest.

Saturday, as I posted on Facebook, was a little bit of cleaning, a little bit of relaxing, and a lot of blowing my diet. Not too bad, but I definitely used all my daily points, the rest of my weekly points and half of my activity points. All on Saturday afternoon. Whoops LOL But I also got the dishes washed and the bathroom mostly cleaned.

Today I have been cleaning and purging in my bedroom. I have two big garbage bags of clothes to pass along to goodwill, and a whole stack of clothes on the shelf in my closet that I can’t wait to get skinny enough to get back into! One more size down and I’ll have some really cute pants to wear lol

I was going to go to the open skate at the roller rink this afternoon, but when I got there the parking lot was completely empty. So I figured either they canceled the skate, or else it was full of teenagers who had been dropped off. Either way, I knew I didn’t want to bother going inside! Instead I came back on and continued on the clean and purge. I still have piles of clutter, and boxes from ordering all my skate stuff, in the living room… I just need to clear all that stuff out and then I can vacuum the floors and I’ll have a pretty clean apartment! Feels good, it was out of hand for awhile!

And to keep you posted on the Weight Watchers thing… I’m down .6 this week, for a total of 16 pounds in 8 weeks. If it hadn’t been for the last 2 days, it would have been more than that, but I’ll take it. Mom saw some pictures on Facebook of me at one of the derby events and said that she can see that I’m losing weight, so that was awesome! It’s always encouraging when other people can start to see the difference rather than always being like, no really, I’m less fat, I promise! ;)

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