Sunday, November 23, 2008

Derby Prom

I went to our 2008 Derby Prom last night. In case you didn't know, it's an annual event my roller derby league throws to celebrate our season by giving out awards, mixed with booze and dancing. I got all dolled up for the occasion, which was kind of fun. I was voted the Best Positional Blocker by the league (I'm notorious for my angle blocks) and also got Most Improved Endurance (so running the stupid bridge has its perks after all...). I was also quite surprised and flattered to hear I had been nominated (which means someone(s) voted for me in that category) for Hardest Hitter. Truly a case where I can say it is an honor just to have been nominated. (I mean, there are some hard-ass hitters on the league and to think someone thinks I am in that company?? wow).

Anyways, it was neat. Here's a pic of me with one of my awards.

In other news, I just picked out a stack of books from the library to read over the next week or two. I got:
Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
The Way the Crow Flies by Ann Marie MacDonald
Air Apparent by Piers Anthony (part of the Xanth series I'm a fan of)
The Terror by Dan Simmons

If you have any favorite books or authors, feel free to share them. I love to find new authors & books to read!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It has started

This morning I woke up to white all over the ground. Yup, on November 18th, I had my first snow covered drive into work. For the first few rounds of snow driving, people tend to be, well, stupid. It's like they forget how to do it. Then everyone is fine, then the longer winter lasts, the braver people get. That's when you see people off the road in a ditch. So, it is officially winter here in upstate NY. There is no turning back now.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I'm back...

All rightie then. Got the internet hooked up at my new place. No cable, so I am on a big movie watching kick. A coworker lent me a random pick from here DVD collection, and so far this weekend I have watched Clue, The Day After Tomorrow, The Net and Sahara. I liked Sahara a lot. I think that is one to purchase to put into my usual rotation. (I like to play my favorite movies over and over while I do other chores). While at Target the other day I purchased the Simpsons movie and 3:10 to Yuma, both on sale for like $10. Simpsons movie was cute and I've seen Yuma before and liked it. Which I was surprised I did, but there's also yummy eye candy. Speaking of yummy eye candy, the new Bond movie is out and I'm wondering if I'm brave enough to go to the theater by myself to see it.

I wish the weekends were longer.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Sickie McSick Pants

We've both been a bit MIA lately. Mary is without Internet at the moment and I have been sick as a dog. I missed several days of work and have been lucky to make it through the past couple of days here. It's not like I'm getting a whole lot done while I'm here anyway, but hey, I'm here. Since I've been sick, I haven't been watching movies, reading, or doing much of anything but laying half dead in bed. It does, however, give me a chance to watch some really terrible TV. Like Saturday when I watched a marathon of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. All I have to say, is wow. I know those are hours I'll never get back and I was half out of it anyway, but damn. AMC has been playing a lot of Clint Eastwood lately so I watched some of Dirty Harry on Sunday morning and even though I was in bed, it was the sickest I've been and I can't remember what else was on. Probably a good thing.

Life in NY has turned cold. Today we might be up around 60 and then we dive down into our winter mode - mid-30s - for the foreseeable future. We tend to usually get snow on Thanksgiving and not much of anything for Christmas. And if we do get snow on Christmas, we get about four feet dumped on us overnight. It's always a guessing game in western NY.

This is the first election where I left the news on all night. I ended up falling asleep somewhat early, but whenever I opened my eyes Obama had another state and kept inching higher, so I went to bed. At 1:30 when Dominick woke up, my hubby got up with him and said, "Oh by the way, Obama won" to which I replied, "Awesome!.... Zzzzzzzzzzzz". The next day was definitely a day full of hope and good feelings.

Oh, and if you want to see my attempt at Halloween, check out our Flickr page for a couple of shots.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

It's votin' time

Make sure you get out and vote today! Because you don't want P Diddy coming after you: