Roller Derby Bruise Errr Badge of Honor

Let's face it, if you decide to join roller derby and think you are never getting hurt, you're crazy.  All we hope is that we don't get hurt too badly because we love the sport and just cannot get enough of it.  The one thing we do seem to like, however, are the bruises or the rink rash that we may get from time to time.  We wear them like badges of honor, probably because we "earn" them from hard practices and scrimmages.  I have had a lot of small ones and have taken those falls where I hurt to sit and when I couldn't sleep on my back for a few weeks (yes, that fall was a bitch!) but on January 6, I got my first real, no-holds-barred roller derby bruise and I didn't have anything to do with how it happened!

We are practicing for our assessments (to be held on February 17th) and I was just getting ready to try my hand at skating 25 laps in 5 minutes.  I was talking to my counter (and main motivator!), Bruce BanHer and the next thing I know, I was lying on my back!  Apparently, one of the new girls couldn't stop and ran smackdab into me.  I actually laughed out loud when it happened because HOW does that even happen?  Only me, tee hee!  The end result of the hit is below.  Can you see the wheel imprint?  The bruise has progressively gotten darker and today we added a new color to the mix – yellow!  

So I now have my derby badge of honor and one is plenty! 🙂



Playing Catch-Up!

So…it hasn't been two years, just a little over two weeks, since my last post. I consider that a small victory! 🙂 I have some things to catch up on and I will start doing that over the next couple of days.  Life is busy. It always seems to be, so a little at a time!

This week, I am babysitting little Willow – my sister's Shih-Tzu puppy.  She is the cutest thing ever but she is also a little cray cray – she is wild as hell! 🙂  As I type this, she is attacking a pumpkin pillow that is about 10x her size.  She is fearless. I love that. But I cannot wait until my sister gets home. This little stinker is wearing me out! LOL

More soon!!!!


Literary Chick


Yummy “Skinny” Spinach Lasagna Rolls

I love food, that is no secret. I am not a size three, nor will I ever be, but this year, I've decided to eat better than I have been.  Less fast food, more home cooking, you get the idea.  In keeping with this idea, I took to the web to see what I could find out there in terms of delicious low(er) fat meals and I found a great recipe on Gina's Skinny Recipes - Spinach Lasagna Rolls. Below is the recipe.  For a step-by-step cooking guide with images, visit the Just Add a Slice of Love blog (also a great recipe source).  ENJOY!!

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

9 lasagna noodles, cooked
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and completely drained
15 oz fat free ricotta cheese (I like Polly-o)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
salt and fresh pepper
32 oz tomato sauce
9 tbsp (about 3 oz) part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded


Preheat oven to 350°. Combine spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Ladle about 1 cup sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 12 baking dish.

Place a piece of wax paper on the counter and lay out lasagna noodles. Make sure noodles are dry. Take 1/3 cup of ricotta mixture and spread evenly over noodle. Roll carefully and place seam side down onto the baking dish. Repeat with remaining noodles.

Ladle sauce over the noodles in the baking dish and top each one with 1 tbsp mozzarella cheese. Put foil over baking dish and bake for 40 minutes, or until cheese melts. Makes 9 rolls.

To serve, ladle a little sauce on the plate and top with lasagna roll. 



New Year, New Pledge – The 50 Book Pledge!


This year, I am taking the The Savvy Reader's 50 Book Pledge!  As an additional personal goal, I am limiting these books to those that are not school-related (however, when we get to Dostoyevsky in Bakhtin class, I am totally counting it!).  

Notice how I called this a "goal" and not a "resolution."  I think resolutions are meant to be broken but a goal, is something to aspire to; something to reach.  SO I am going to work hard to achieve this goal.

My only problem now is deciding what book will be first!  I did request Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children from the library but haven't had time to sit down and read it.  I also have Virigina Woolf's Voyage Out and a million other things on my "I want to read" list.  I will make  decision later in the day.  

In the meantime, who's with me on taking the #50bookpledge?!!  We could even make it an online book club!  I am also open to ideas on books to read!!!

Happy New Year!!