Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Day of 2013

I know my last posted stated that it would probably be my last post of the year, but I've had a change of heart.  Mostly because last night was our last practice of 2013.  In the grand scheme of things, I guess it's not that big of a deal.  But, in my mind, it kind of is.  We humans are at the last day of a year...a day we celebrate basically because it gives us a clear point in time when we can sort of start fresh.  We can try to forget any negativity we may have experienced in the past 12 months.  We can try to move forward and make improvements in ourselves and our lives.  Mostly, it's just another day...but, some of us choose to use this time to reflect, assess, move forward and grow as a person.
So, in my derby world, I've just had my last practice of 2013.  I can look back and say to myself, 'wow! look what you did this year!'  I can also say, 'geez, Jen, you were also kind of a dick at times...try to let the little things go in this next year!'  We, as a league, won't truly finish out a full year until February, really.  But last night's practice was great.  We finished 2013 with a full group practice.  We skated our hearts out and sweated our lady-balls off.  When I drove home last night, I was happy with how this year was ending.

Time to reflect, with some pics from the derby Christmas party!
Emma Getcha and Miss Mae Q. Cry playing dress up...scared yet?

yay! presents!!!

#1 NSO, Steph Woz (a.k.a. Woz Scabs) made a skate ornament for every single skater!

Rob In Da Hood!  Plus Emma Getcha showing another of her talents, as our evening's entertainment.

Party goers...eating.

The 4 Jens...each clearly with her own personality! (we all just happened to sit down next to each other...not planned or staged! Weird Jen gravitational pull, I guess?)

So...looking forward...this year my resolutions will be a little different, I think.  I am turning 40 in a few months, so this is kind of a big year for me.  I want to improve as a person, a skater, a fellow human in the world.  I don't want to change who I am, I just want to be a better version of that person.  

Are you a resolutions person?
Are you generally pretty good about keeping your resolutions?
How do they change as each year passes...do they get more spiritual-, emotional-, physical-based?

Here's one I think everyone should add to their list:
Make more friends aware that Roller Derby is on Cape Cod! ;)

OH...one more side note:
We've had more guests!!!
Bootiful Banshee from Mass Attack Roller Derby in Taunton brought her friend Valra Gunz from Providence Roller Derby to show us a thing or two about hitting.
And the very next practice, Sylvia Wrath (of the Bay State Brawlers) came back with a few of her friends!

Great way to round out the year...the future of Cape Cod Roller Derby looks bright!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It's evolution, baby

So, here we are...at that holiday rush, party-every-night, how-will-i-ever-find-time-to-do-everything time of year.  I am attempting to simplify my own life by banning gifts between hubby and me, this year.  I am bringing a cheese tray to any function I'm invited to, to save time on thinking, cooking/baking, shopping.  Happily, both themed parties I'm attending are nautical/seaside ...one outfit!
But that's me...that's my personal life. (sorry, this is my personal blog...you'll have to deal with these posts once in awhile)

What about derby? 
 What's happening there??

We are continuing to press forward.  Hitting, stomping, juking,paying attention to track boundaries...these are becoming our focus.
So, it's time to make the split.  It's time to make sure everyone is ready for this next level.
We have some really great new women skating with us!
We've welcomed Tara, Saramae, Erica, Susie, Mary, and Lessie to the family over the past couple of skills clinics we've had.  It's exciting to have these new skaters just catch on so quickly and be eager to learn new things.
Splitting this massive group (we're about 30 girls strong right now!! holy wow!) had to happen in order to make sure everyone is getting the maximum benefit out of practice.
This is not a team split...we are still not ready to bout.  I know you all are chomping at the bit as much as we are to start some local roller derby action, but we've got a little more to learn (a lot, really, but we're quick learners!). This is simply a way for us to get our strongest skaters moving into more aggressive hitting/blocking practice, while still allowing our newer skaters to work on their basic skills without the threat of getting trampled, or worse, causing an injury because of inexperience.

Where did I fall in the split?  Well, I'm kind of in limbo.  I am admittedly a timid person, so I could use a little more confidence in myself.  At the same time, I love to see others excel and just really kick ass.  So, I'm sticking with the Basic Skills girls...to help them out, and to hopefully gain that boost of confidence I still need.

And that's where we're at...progressing, growing in numbers, getting ready for our derby 'office' party, and just trying to get everyone ready to play.  We're still not a full year old, but once the new year hits, we're gonna be back in full force, focused on becoming scrimmage-ready, with all that extra stuff that the end of the year brings, behind us.

There you have it.  A quick 'hey, we're still here...still skating...still progressing' post.

I'm going to speak for the whole Cape Cod Roller Derby League here, and say that we all hope that you and your families, biological or derby or otherwise, have a happy and safe holiday season!