Nov 29, 2010

Coaching Stockholm Rollerderby

(Me and Loony coaching in Malmö - Crime City Rollers)

I really start to enjoy coaching more and more, it is really inspiring to coach girls that are eager to learn and work really hard. I do have to say that Stockholm has improved so much since last year about this time! It is a joy to watch European derby grow, and I am really happy that I can be of help to improving derby in all sorts of ways... This sport has given me so much, and I am happy that I can give something back to it!

I know I still have lots and lots and lots to learn, we all do, you can always be better, and it is that drive that will make you battle with and against the best, the will to really want to be better and never settle. But my body is really, REALLY shot, so I am on an offical derbybreak for a while, minus coaching... I will still be on-skates, just not going full throttle into others...

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(hot picture stolen from VR's page on the book of faces)

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Nov 27, 2010

Speedskating with Stockholm Rollerderby

Today Stockholm invited a trainer from Stockholm Speedskaters, and it was interesting. He had some really good off-skates exercises practicing form and balance. The main problem was that he was not really familiar with quads, and that caused some problems in the on-skate drill, nothing major, but some were a little awkward on quads. It was still quite an informative and different practice.

The floor in Farsta Hallen, were Stockholm had tonights practice is really slick, and I really think I need to get myself a pair of Stingers for those slick floors. I have been spoiled in US with those nice sportcourt floors (even Gothams Crashpad was better when the floor was pulling apart and we had cracks in it)... But you know, one day ''sigh''... one day...

Nov 26, 2010

The unicorn is in transistion

It is hard when all your plans are sort of fuzzy, when money is running out and you are just feeling uncertain. I am uncertain, my unicorn is placed in Stockholm, my heart in Copenhagen, my plans in Malmö, my team in NYC and my skates in a bag going with me...

Nov 25, 2010

Team Sweden in making

(Winning is fun, just ask Kandy Kakes, photo by Joe Rollerfan )

So Blood and Thunder is having some sort of World Cup in December of 2011, and Sweden is sending a team. Well, me and Bess Irv Cold from STRD decided to start rounding the troops up to form a Swedish team to send to Toronto in 2011.

It's exciting, I have met and coached both the Stockholm and the Malmö girls (and one Gothenburg girl) on several occasions and there is so much talent and determination among them, I LOVE it... plus Sweden does have some non-residing ladies, that still hold a Swedish passport, and kick ass (I heard, since I have only met one of them). So we are on the look for dedicated and funloving derbygirls So if you are Swedish, play derby and interested in being a part of this fab team, you can let me know or fill in this little form that STRD put on their web page, and we will keep you in the loop.

Currently we are just checking in and seeing who might be interested in Team Sweden and then when we know how many are interested we can start the selection process in some fancy way... Cartwheels in skates get extra point... ooops... I was not supposed to say that...never mind... it will all pan out for the best, and we will be the best... I like being the best, and I think that the rest of the girls are up for it too!

Nov 24, 2010

What do YOU want from me?

(Me and Loony working an event in Denmark, picture from

So this started out as a fitness blog and has turned out to be a derby-fitness-travel-anything-I-do kind of blog!
So now my question to all of you my dear readers are, what do YOU want me to write about? Let me know, it keeps me inspired and writing... and skating... and loving... and all those things that makes me happy!

Nov 23, 2010

Blast from the past

(and this is from a Jet city vs. Slaughter County bout in October 2008)

Sometimes I entertain myself my reading my old blog, and I find interesting little tidbits and memories from my life:

November 17th 2008
I have set my goal, that's how I want to skate!
Nationals, on a team!
I want to win Nationals!
Bring it on!

I had a great time watching fantastic blocking by one of my new derby heroins Malice with Chains and some increadable never-stopping-jamming by Bonnie Thunders! The Championship bout was not as nailbiting as the Grudge bout, but still it was a display of AMAZING derby, I love this sport sooo much and I can't wait to get well from my cold so I can go skate again!

I guess I did not win Nationals, but I went to Nationals and got third, and I am not one to complain about that! I am very proud of what I have achived, and not over to making European derby just as amazing!

Nov 22, 2010

I was once a smoker...

(Yes, I used to smoke, this picture is probably about 4 years old)

It just don't work out in the end, just as with any sport. If you are planning to be as great as you can be, it is time to quit! For yourself and the people around you!

I used to smoke, at one point me and my roomie smoked a pack a day (if you speak Swedish you can find her on her own blog, it think we thought we were cool or something, but I guess we were 17, so we might be excused based on that. But NO, there is nothing cool about smoking, you stink and most of all, you pollute that air for people that are not smoking and make people that are allergic seriously ill.

My first cigarette was from a pack of cigarettes I stole from my parents, I think they were Camel lights, and it tasted terrible, but I know it also tasted like an adventure, I knew I was doing something that I wasn't supposed to do, and triggered by the forbidden, I continued to cough myself thruogh that first pack of cigarettes, to be followed by many more. For a short time I smoked menthols, that my New Jersey friends would make me go buy the pack, because I pronounced it 'mentals' and it would leave them laughing for hours and hours. For a short while I was inspired by my punk friends and would roll my own cigarettes. My favorite was always Red Prince, a Danish cigarette that I abused for many years, until I moved to US, where those were nowhere to find....
I guess as a former smoker I can remember the calmness that would occur after a few drags, the slight high that the nicotine would provide me with. I also can admit that I always felt slightly cool standing outside the bar with a cigarette. Also cigarettes are great company, for some reason a person sitting alone smoking don't seem as alone as the person that just sits. And then it's the poetic aspect to the cigarette, it just looks better to be a suffering poet, teenager, artist or anything with a cigarette. A black cup of coffee is just more dressed up with a cigarette, blowing smoke sexy over the edge of a glass of dark red wine has something luring to it... yes.. yes... yes I KNOW all this!

You will still taste like an ashtray while kissed, you will still be short of breath on your third lap, and you will still give your allergic friends asthma attacks, all your clothes will smell like last nights party and your hangover will be worse... it always is if you smoked. And saying that you just can't quit makes you sort of lame, because anyone can do what they really want to do, and wanting itself is the key. You have to want to quit to be able to quit, and being an amazing rollerderby player was enough of a motivation for me, that and being sick of feeling like shit and smelling unattractivley...

It is now about 3 years ago since I had my last cigarette, and I feel better than ever, and yes it was hard to quit, I had quit about 10 times before, but 3 years ago I just decided I wanted to quit. I really wanted to quit, no matter what... and so I did! When it comes to smoking I don't mind being a quitter...

The other day was golden....

We are such lookers, Loony made the outfits and I slapped some make-up on us to make us look this adorable...

Nov 21, 2010

Superheros on skates

Yesterday I worked an event with Aarhus Derby Danes and Copenhagen Rollergirls, it was good times. We greeted guests at a party with 18,000 people in the middle of nowhere. It was quite an adventure, not to talk about the trip there... All I will say about the trip there is that we were in a rental van that would not do more than 108km/h... I named the van "Big Blue" it was orange on the inside and blue on the outside... there was water dripping from the internal lamp and the glove compartment was filled with a blackish oily liquid... but in the end it did the job and we got our job down.

The actual work was just to skate around and greet the guests, smile and greet, the floor was polished concrete, so it was very pleasant to skate on...

Today me, Loony and Kris are going to the Sauna and then hitting up a all-you-can-eat sushi. I figured if the food that you can eat is mainly healthy, you can't really feel bad about eating all-you-can of it...

Nov 20, 2010

In Copenhagen with love

So I got to Copenhagen... I got to see my girl, it is all good! Yesterday we went to the gym!! Finally, back on the work-out track. Krazy Kris and Loony snuck me in, and I felt awkward, but it was sort of funny.
I realized at the gym that I need to make myself a work-out plan, Kris and Loony has some sort of machine hopping routine, and that doesn't work for me, I am really nerdy, and want to go and do upper-body, lower-body and core, preferably on three different days, and add in running on a fourth day. Yeah, I am a little boring like that, but for me, that's what gives result. But for the day being yesterday I enjoyed some machine hopping and 6min on the treadmill...

In the night time Copenhagen Roller Derby had a logo-release party and calender release party, and we were all wearing gold, since it is their bouting colors. Loony made us fantastic outfits, and I did make-up and hair. So all together it was a real nice day, even if I will never drink mojitios again, waaaay to much sugar, I think I am still on a sugar high... and the beer selection is this country does leave a lot to wish for... sigh... Yes I am a beer snob...

Nov 18, 2010

Train trip to Denmark

I'm going to Denmark today, with a stop-over in Malmö, to see Vix Viking from Crime City Rollers. Sweden is rolling by outside and I acctually slept for a couple of hours, the train to Malmö/Copenhagen is not bad, and I got a ticket on Tradera (the Swedish version of e-bay) for only 160 skr (that's about 23 dollars).

Sweden started of with being snow-covered outside the window, not it's just all sorts of shades of brown with naked trees and frozen lakes. Brrrrr... it really is November... I wanna sit at home and eat soup, I love soup during the fall and the winter and instead I'm rushing thruogh Sweden, but maybe I get to eat soup with Malou tonight. Yaya!!

I know I said I was gonna start working out, and it has to happen real soon. There are three things that makes me majorly cranky, not enough food, not enough sleep and not working out... yeah, no kidding, I am really cranky right now. I have a hard time sleeping during the nights, I have not gotten into a good work-out routine yet and I just keep on forgetting to eat and then end up snacking on something really unhealthy...

Yepp, there you go I am pushing ALL the three reasons for crankyness.... MMmMMmmm... call me the FLYING BITCH from Sweden... maybe my name should be Swede Bitch instead of the current Swede Hurt... I need coffee, I am going to venture around the train to find that suprisingly good coffee they have on the train!

This weekend is going to be packed of action, starting with Copenhagen Roller Derby having a party tomorrow, Crime City has a party on Saturday, but I'm not able to attend, because I'm going to work some event with the Copenhagen girls... and then I have to return to Stockholm on Sunday, oh the joy of traveling, I'm just hoping I can land a cheap ticket back to Stockholm!

Napping make wonders...

First the world was falling ovr my head and I just wanted to cry, and then I closed my eyes for only thirthy minutes, and when I arose the world was shiny and new and I had new strenght and motivation....

Nov 17, 2010

Oh that unreal pain

It starts on the inside, just somewhere dark inside, and it slowly travels around the body, the heart beats slower and a black feeling of nothingness overwhelms. One miss, and one don't miss, because missing seem to be quite worthless and has a lack of reality. All this in one breath, and in another one, and then it's the pain, the pain that doesn't exist, because it can't be explained, but it is there.

Stronger than ever one may appear, but just like that, broken, just like all of us, so lost in words and in pain, so not hungry, in the midst of a leap, but having nowhere to turn. Because how do you explain that it is all so easy but it is harder than ever.

Sweden at it's finest

So please come visit, stay for as long as you want, Sweden is your dream vacation coming true... I think I might be able to find you a puddle big enough to take a bath in! Don't worry, it's not thaaat polluted...

Nov 16, 2010

So yeah... Sweet SherryPie will tell you all about it

(Pie blog about food, because we all know food is amazing)

So I bet you are really curious what atheletes like us eat... and since I have been a little lazy on my food blogging, I wanted to point you in the direction of the blog that Pie wrote about her eating habits during Championals... CLICK HERE AND YOU will learn all about it!!

Lesbian rookie haircut....

(Oh, and I stole all photos from the intraweb, the book of faces)

Me and Rebel Rock-It have detected a pattern... lesbians that start with derby has bobbed hair with bangs... and then progresses to more elaborate short hairstyles in their second and third season... We have a very little sample of people to base this research on, currently just her, me and my girlfriend Mad Maloony... please let us know if you have any more picture proof to support this theory...

My tilted and jilted body!

So I have not really had a derby break since I started playing with Jet City in December 2007... I just have a hard time taking breaks, it just is not for me... but it has started to show, well maybe not show, but feel on my body right now. My knees are hurting, so is my back and shoulder... and it is not only because it is a full-contact sport, but also because we go around in quite a small tight little circle and all muscles get different preassure... Our bodies acctually become a little tilted and jilted, so we are becoming aerodynamic with the derbytrack... HA... BUT my dear friends, this come with the cost of pain! So for once I know we have tried to run practices in opposite direction, but we probably only skate 10% of practices in opposite direction, and to even out those poor bodies we would need more like 40-50% of practices to be ran in opposite directions...

I really do encourage leauges to run a few of their drill in opposite direction, it really really work wonders for your body, and also your skills... two flies in one swat!

So I am going on a slight derby break now, just until the end of January, I will attend practices, help run practices, I will travel for derby to help... all that I can do, I just also will put together a strength training program that will get me back to a less tilted and jilted person, as it is right now I cannot drive more than 45 min, and I get pains shooting down the entire right side and I have to stop... like really HAVE to stop!

To be fair, I have never been this fit, not since I was 20years old, and snowboarding was just another sport where you use your different sides in an uneven way, getting your body all uneaven... yeah, Iguess I know how to pick 'em...

But since we all know I need motivation, I decided to challange a girl from Paris in armwrestling (this might have started as a joke on facebook) and that is what I'm getting buff for, December 11th.. .at the German Championships!

Nov 15, 2010

Skating and Stockholm

Today I walked and had lunch with Kix DeVille, one of Stockholm’s rollergirls, had a terrible, really terrible sandwich at Wayne’s Coffee but the coffee was great, so I guess you win some, you loose some. That’s right, that’s life, as we know it. Except from the extremely disappointing sandwich it was a nice lunch. Kix was trying to talk me into going skating at the local indoor skate park tonight… and I must say I’m quite intrigued, but my back is still hurting and I am not completely opposed to just laying around on the couch and watching Swedish TV (that be an American shows with subtitles…). I don’t have Internet at home, so my sources of other fun are limited. I am not even iPhone borne here I have a Sony Ericsson with a cracked shield from 2004… (It was the shit back then)

I walked Drottninggatan from the city center back home to my ‘borough’… it takes about 25min, Stockholm is Sweden’s largest city, but it is hard to compare it to any of the American cities that I have lived in, it is populations wise larger than Seattle but is more compact and urbanized that Seattle… and nothing compares to NYC, so I try not to generalize or compare, even if it slightly entertains me to think of Drottninggatan as Stockholm’s 5th Avenue… Yes, I am laughing to myself….

(And YES, I ended up going skating, and it was FUN FUN FUN and AWESOME)

I look good for my 31 lived years

Just one of those late night reflections... but I did have four Guinness and half a bag of chips for dinner... so we will see how long the looks last, I mainly blame Smashed not Strrd from Stockholm Rollergirls, she is a VERY bad influence!

Looking over my shoulder

(Getting ready to jam against Texas , photo by Jules Doyle)

So as we all know by now, I'm back in Sweden, since two days back, and about after landing on Swedish soil, I waited around on the airport so my great Danish girlfriend could join me and together we went to Solna hallen to coach Stockholm Rollerderby... I love to help out derby here in Sweden, and hope in the future to get much more facetime with not only Swedish rollergirls, but also European of all sorts! EROC will be really interesting.

I love coaching with Loony, she really is a great coach and help for me, her previous experiance as a coach and trainer really shows. We compliment each other real well when we coach together, and I really like that! She is also an amazingly funny person, that I love to spend time with, and did I mention that she is also darn pretty?

I do miss Gotham, but it still just feels like I am on vacation, and OMG keep on jokingly asking me when I'm coming back from it. Ahhhrgghhh

Nov 12, 2010

Bye Bye New York and Gotham

(Waving Good-bye to Fisti)

I'm at the airport and I am crying, I hate leaving, and I think I sort of haven't really faced the fact that I am leaving. Not only do I love skating with Gotham, I also love those girls on the leauge... It was a rough first month in NYC, but now... I love it... maybe not the city, but the friends I have made...

Fisti came over and wached over my struggle to pack my belongings into three bags (that I had to pay overweight for). I bought her sushi to make her not to miss me so much, I still think she will miss me very much, because I will miss her very much. I didn't even get a bagel, but we did drink a beer... Breakfast Stout... at 1pm, the off-season really is here!

The light in hte end of the tunnel is that I get to see Malou tomorrow in Stockholm, and I also get to see my friend Em, that I really miss... I will aslo get to see the great girls of Stockholm Rollerderby... I guess I have something to do during my 9 hour flight, make up a ''lesson'' plan for them... I promised them they could get to touch the medals... I like that! I am gonna put them right next to my Swedish Nationals 3rd Cup (that was in snowboarding 2010)

Last day of New York

(WFTDA Championals 2010 photo by JoeRollerfan)

It's been 5 days since I skated... well, me, Fisti and Surly did something for NYC TV on Wednesday, but it was just very basic skating. My body is almost back to normal, Championals really were a hardcore weekend.
Today is the last day of NYC, but it is also the last day of slacking, after today I'm gonna get back to a more rigid off-skates training, just because I move back to Europe does not mean I am gonna allow myself to become a coach potato. (the pun is intended)

Today I need to clean my apartment, pack up the last of my belongings and head to Newark to get on a plane to Stockholm, I have a wedding party to attend Saturday. In a weak moment I promised the girls from Stockholm Rollerderby to swing by and lead a practice... I guess I have something to do on the flight... planning a practice for those awesome girls.

Nov 11, 2010

I really have amazing friends, oh I will miss them...

Yesterday I had dinner with some of my closest friends here in NYC, and I am so happy that those people are my friends, because they are the best. I did cook a vegan meal so Bunnys boyfriend could eat it, we drank cheap and expensive Champange and the roamed around all the clothes that I am not bringing to Europe... I almost talked Bonnie and OMG into sleeping on my floor... I guess it was worth a try! Right?

You meet people in life, and some you keep, and those people I want to keep in my life, forever and ever! (Bonnie is planning on locking me into the apartment, I hope she has a feeding plan)

Nov 10, 2010

My hair is running wild again, how do you tame à mane like mine? It really is no longer à haircut, it just is. It's not short anymore nor is it long, it still is at it's natural blonde state, but I'm considering colour... Maybe moving is change enough... I usually do something drastic to my hair when I feel like life is stomping on the same page, over and over and over again.

The story in short...

On my way to my last legue meeting with Gotham, it is sad, Gotham has treated me really well, and I am very happy that I decided to move here. It is almos a year ago since my slightly intoxicated father called me up an asked if I needed a place to live in NYC. I had previously toyed with the idea, and Bonnie and OMG were cheering me on in my thought of relocating to the east coast.

My Rat City saga ended with me leading my team to a win of the season opener. I packed my car and drove crosscountry with OMG, just to apear at the doorstep of Gotham in time for transfer try-outs... I spent a month sleeping on an airmatresse in Bonnie and OMGs extra room and going to freshmeat practice.and then I got drafted on Manhattan Mayhem and picked up by he Allstars... The rest is history...

I have learned alot about derby, I have made really dear friends and did I mention my skills have improved more than I ever thought was possible. I'm gonna miss everyone in the leauge, but I will miss the Mayhem girls and he Allstars a little extra... I will miss the fun times and I will miss the frustrating times!

Junk Food and snowboarding

(Me my last season competing Winter 2004 in Mammoth Mountain)

I am not big on junk food, never really have been, I don't really like fried food and pizza is reserved for the few days of hungoverness... but right now my body is craving all sorts of thing... this weekend was really hard on my body! Tournament weekends are hard!

I do have ONE weakness, and that is candy, not chocolate candy but salty and sour candy... sugar highhhh.... I get hiiiigh on sugar! NO kidding! So now when Championships are over I'm stuffing my face with candy, making me feel a little bad, but at the same time, not really, because soon I will be back in Sweden and running on the cold, cold streets of my native country...

I realized I need to get a new snowboard jacket and pants for this winter, not that I have gone forever, but my clothes are over seven years old, and no longer water resistant... For some reason I feel really intrigued to go snowboarding this winter, I haven't gone in seasons. I can't belive I used to compete...

Nov 9, 2010

Amazingness on so many levels

Back in NYC

What can I say? Goal achieved, I not only played Nationals, I took home a medal, it's not a gold, but it still a medal. It is amazing, just amazing! It is truly sad that I am leaving and don't get to skate with my beloved Gotham Allstars next season, but I have truly enjoyed this season.

I did really did reach one of my dreams, and I will continue to skate in Europe, trying to spread the love and word of derby.

And thanks to all of you that write and tell me that I am an inspiration to you, because you are all an inspiration to me.

A written piece on WFTDA Championships

Nov 8, 2010

When jamming....

(Championships 2010 photo by Dave Wood)

So when I was jamming against Texas Saturday morning I realized:
"Wow, I'm jamming at Nationals, for Gotham, against Texas... This is really cool!"

We are number three!!

We are number three!! And this is how happy you get when you are number three, you should see us when we are number one...

Nov 7, 2010

Suzy winns the arm-off...

It's really unreal, I'm moving back to Europe on Friday, so odd. So today is my last bout with Gotham, with the team I love, that inspire me to work hard, to skate hard and to win. It has been a fantastic year... A year ago I stood on the sideline of Championals and said: Next year I will be playing here. Skating hard has showed to be really what it takes, skating and doing push-ups.

Last year at Championals I also challanged Suzy Hotrod to an arm-off, and I must say that I already now declare her the winner!

Prepping for a game...

Watching the Goonies, yeah, that's right, that's how we prepare for our bout later today. Justin is kindly explaing the metaphors of life that are to be found in the movie. GONIES NEVER SAY DIE!

Wow, and Pie just threw her empty coffee cup on the TV!

Philly vs. Gotham... again

Philly vs, Gotham today... Playing for third, and I think we both want this medal real bad! Like real, real bad! Fistis mother ordered her roomservice so she is eating away on hashbrowns and eggs... I got the bacon strip, I'm a little obsessed with bacon... I think any day that start with bacon must be good...

Playing for third...

Well, playing Philly tomorrow for 3rd, ugh, regionals rematch allover again...

Sucks to not win

Sooo, yeah... We lost to Rocky Mountain, yeah... Hmmm... That sort of blows... Ugh... Yeah...

Nov 6, 2010

Beaten Texas!

(photo by Chris Chin)

Watching Charm City play Rocky Mountain, and Charm is putting up a real good fight. It does look like we will be playing Rocky if nothing miracously changes.

Texas also put up a really good fight against us, but we are playing the semi-finals later today. Two games in the same day, life ain't easy, floor is sticky and skaters shins are cramping up a little, but nothing some water and tigerbalm can't take care of.

Now back to feeding and drinking water!

06.00 AM Saturday morning

6.00 am and the alarm went off, Fisti refused to get out of bed while Pie jumped up and ran to the bathroom, Justin was a hero and went and got us COFFEE!

A shake, coffee and a banana later, I'm dressed and ready to play Texas... It's a first for everything and this is the first time I play Texas! Oh yeah! Oh yeah! Oh yeah!

Texas beat BAD in a very lowscoring game, so we are playing Texas tomorrow morning. I have never played Texas before, so it will be an entire new experiance.

It has been a long day with lots of derby, the only truly exciting game today was BAD vs. Texas, all the other games were quite easily predicted after 10 mins gametime. I missed Minnesota vs. Charm since we decided to go for food, semi-healthy Thai food... Charm did win that and are playing Rocky Mountain tomorrow. Philly vs Madison was a huge blow-out, and it was one of those painful games you just wanted to end. Madison did put up a fight, but were nowhere close to touch Philly who kept on pounding them down, that means Philly is playing Kansas tomorrow. The final game of the night, I only watched the first part, since I once again needed to go feed myself, japaneese this time, but without even going onto DNN I am sure that Oly knocked out Nashville from the tournament. So tomorrow we will see Oly play Windy City!

Now I'm gonna go to sleep... Next to little Sweet SherryPie who is petting her own belly...

The End for today

Nov 5, 2010

Waking up in Chicago, our room pitchblack and I had a really disturbing dream about being lost in China. I'm sharing a bed with Pie, and apperently she had disturbing dreams too, but not about being lost in China and sliding down a gigantic tree.

So now I'm drinking shitty hotel coffee in bed and making my shake, for after practice. Yeah, we have practice before we go and watch Texas vs. BAD. We are playing the winner of that game tomorrow morning, early morning!

Oh, so we made it to Chicago, flight was everything but pleasant, damn, I think our pilot had a secret dream of being a racecart driver or something. After safetly being back on the ground we ran into the Golden Girls at the airport... Good to see Demanda again, and she was as usually wearing a fancy outfit, BAD never dissapoints...
Then we wen for food, and on the way back to the hotel we realized why Chicago is called Windy City... pie got her first hail experiance...

Nov 4, 2010

I gave up

Checking a bag... yepp.. I gave up, I decided that I wanna make sure I am warm this weekend, so I am checking a bag... because I don't wanna get cold and catch a cold (I knooow, I am soooo witty...)

Packing for carry-on

(Like my tiny personal item....?)

So we don't wanna pay for a checked bag, do we? No we don't... so we have to cram everything into essentially two carry-ons... Well, one carry on, and one personal item... my personal item is very big... I am bringing my leather vest, my protein powder, and I am bringing a pair of extra shoes, and sweats, and pretty much nothing else... yeah, I belive in packing lots and nots... I just HATE checking bags, so I try to cram everything into a tiny carry on... more or less successful... I had to sit on my roll-bag to get it to close... 170 pounds to compress clothes, skates and extra wheels...

THis is the point where I probably should just go out and get a larger rollie, but I am not that kind of gal! So I'm just gonna continue being an idiot and try to pack more into tiny objects and call it a day... Oh yeah!

After four years we are no longer togheter...

(Me and the good ol' Subaru in Montana)

She will soon be sporting Connecticut plates and I will soon be walking on Scandinavian soil... ahhh... things we did together... She got the windshield punched by one lady and fixed by another, she got broken into and it made my cry, even if only a dollar in change got stolen. She was in a few little fender benders in Seattle. We drove from West to East together and we went snowboarding out West. She was nicely taken care of by OMG and Bonnie Thunders after we got to NYC....

She was my commuting vessel, when I lived in Seattle, worked and schooled in Tacoma and skated in Everett... Time is up, I will no longer play Tegan and Sarah while bobbing my head in my black Subaru Impreza Wagon... It is a little sad... does this make me less of a woman?

Nov 3, 2010

Tomorrow Chicago

(my carpet and couch goes well with my boutfit)

Today I have a thousand things to do, I have to put up a bunch of things in the apartment, I have to pack, I have to get some magic things from the Vitamin Store, get an extra pair of socks, I have to go out to Astoria and get my wristguards, elbowpads, kneepads and some extra wheels. I also need to eat, sleep and on top of it all I have promised to show a Swedish girl from Malmö - Crime City Rollers to Five Stride Skateshop... my pleasure...

I already went to the cobbler and got an extra eyelet put into my skate, I skate on Riedell 695's and they get to large around the ankles, so I had a cobbler put in extra eyelets on top, and it has worked great. But right before Eastern Regionals, one of the eyelets fell out, so I have actually been re-enforcing it with duct tape...

Oh, and did I mention I got my car sold too... so that is a little of a burden of my shoulders...

Three more sleeps to Championals...

(Hometown Throwdown in Portland photo by Jules Doyle)

Sometimes it's really frustrating to be on a team with amazing skaters, you will always feel like you are working so hard and keeping on hitting a wall, over and over again. Sometimes it's just frustrating and makes you cry, but then you just realize that you are just as good as they are, and what makes you all so great is that you are a team, a team that you can trust in wet and dry (Swedish expression - vått och torrt), there is nothing greater than being a part of a team and knowing everyone works so hard to reach the same goal. We are ready for Championals in Chicago, and I'm bringing a coat, it is Windy City after all...

Nov 2, 2010

Time flies... some pictures from the past and the more present

West Side Highway Summer 2010 with Loony

Playing with Rat City Summer 2009

Cherry poster Winter 2009 with Nasty Trick

Getting married in Vegas Summer 2008

Chilling in Seattle Fall 2006

Hanging with the Mother in China Fall 2005

Hugging the best friend Winter 2008

Hanging out with Linn Fall 2006

Most of Manhattan Mayhem creates mayhem

May I present my beloved home-team to you, we like to dress up, we like to skate, we like to kick ass... and we love each other...

Nov 1, 2010

Stress and congested lungs

Ahhh... ahhhhh... ahhhhhhhh... ahhhhh

at least I might have a buyer on my car

Damn... damn... damn...

Oh people... oh people
I am nervous
I am nervous
About life in general!
But I know I have amazing friends... and sometimes I have to remind myself that I do!!

the dead on the subway