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Next weekend in Roller Derby: Pittsburgh vs. Madison, WI!

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Steel Hurtin’ rolls against the Dairyland Dolls from Madison, WI (B-team vs. Little Steel)

Click through the poster to buy tickets online — or I’ve got them for $10!
Kids under 10 are always FREE!

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Pittsburgh Roller Derby skates again: HOME BOUT THIS SATURDAY!

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Pittsburgh Roller Derby skates again: HOME BOUT THIS SATURDAY!

THIS SATURDAY: Steel City takes on the Motor City at home in Glenshaw. You should totally come because I’ll be playing. Also, I have $10 tickets for sale through Saturday morning {or click through the flyer to purchase tix online}.

See yinz at the Romp n’ Roll!

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Roller Derby Tournament: Ruckus in the Rust Belt!

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Roller Derby Tournament: Ruckus in the Rust Belt!

Where I’ll be all day Saturday… Come aht and see some Rust Belt derby.

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Bowler Derby – a fundraiser for Steel City Roller Derby!

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Bowler Derby – a fundraiser for Steel City Roller Derby!

Come aht Friday night for our annual Bowler Derby Fundraiser at Arsenal Bowling Lanes in Lawrenceville!

All-you-can-bowl for one flat fee, plus a tournament and prizes! Plus, shoes are FREE.
Adults: $15
Kids under 12: $10

Rumor has it, there will be baked goods for sale too. *wink*

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{sunday, sunday, sunday} Stars & Stripes Bout!

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{sunday, sunday, sunday} Stars & Stripes Bout!

Will the stars knock the vertical lines out of the stripes? Or, will the stripes knock the sparkle out of the stars?

Come to Romp n’Roll on Sunday, June 3 and find out!

Skaters from Steel City Roller Derby will split into Blue and Red teams for this exciting Sunday bout — it’s Stars vs. Stripes! Doors at 1:30pm; action starts at 2pm. Tickets will be available at the DOOR only: $5 Gen. Admission, $3 with Military ID; Kids under 10 are always free.

After the bout, stick around and join SCRD for a public skate session – skate rental is included in the price of admission!
See yinz there!

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DERBY WEEK!

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DERBY WEEK!

This Saturday, it’s a Tri-State Face Off doubleheader: with Blitzburgh Bombers taking on MASS Attack and Steel Hurtin’ vs. Cleveland’s Burning River All-Stars. That’s right, CLEVELAND. OK, so I’m a little excited to see some of my former teammates in action.

BE THERE! Oh, and buy tickets online (or from me) — only $10 in advance!

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If you find yourself in Lancaster, PA tonight…

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If you find yourself in Lancaster, PA tonight…

COME SEE ME SKATE! We’re playing the Dutchland Rollers in a double-header.

Deets:
Dutchland All-Stars vs. Steel City Derby Demons
&
Dutchland Blitz vs. Steel City B-Unit
{I’m, uh, rostered for both games, believe it or not}

Doors open at 5:30pm and the first bout will begin at 6(ish)pm.
Overlook Activities Center
301 Golf Drive; Lancaster, PA 17601

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{the week} runners, skaters and more road trips

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{the week} runners, skaters and more road trips

Do you have favorite road trip foods? Mine have always been Nilla Wafers and 50/50. But since I’m becoming a LOT more annoying conscious about what I put into my body… well, frankly, both of those things SUCK. Also, why the hell can’t I find REAL ginger ale?! I did find some moderately healthy ginger cookies (which have an ingredient list that I can read and understand), but how do I replace my fizzy goodness? Meh.

I can't promise that I won't buy one of these if I see one.

the week:
I haven’t had cereal in over a week. Hold me.

weekend:
Good Luck to my friends who are running the Pittsburgh Marathon this weekend! How I would love to be on the sidelines cheering for you, but I’m off on another roller derby road trip to Lancaster. I’m SUPER excited about some highlights in the reviews for my hotel: all the crime scene, without all that pesky yellow tape and chalk tracings. o_O

If you stick around Pittsburgh this weekend, take advantage of Free Comic Book Day at your favorite local shop (ahem, New Dimension Comics), the Toonseum AND the Power game.

seven things, seven days:
1. {perky} My friend B from Florida home-roasted me some coffee beans and shipped them to me this week. Can’t WAIT to brew the awesomeness.
2. {therapy} OK, shopping therapy. I was initially looking for a pair of hot pink skinny jeans, but then I saw a pair of bright teal ones. MINE!
3. {obsession} Currently coveting SO MANY THINGS on NastyGal. Remembering that I’d like a new bathroom some time this year…
4. {bonding} Was fun to host some of my skating friends this week for an after-practice strategy session.
5. {melting} I hate the humidity. I try my best to adjust and be happy, but my hormones just won’t allow it.
6. {wrong way} One day I will learn how to navigate the east end of this city and remember its pervasive “no left turns” signs. One day.
7. {countdown} Officially counting down the days ON ONE HAND until my birthday. Excuse me while I do some impulsive online shopping to numb the pain.

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{skate (b)log} sMEL U in action…

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{skate (b)log} sMEL U in action…

…err, in the penalty box.

Regardless, love this shot.

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{skate (b)log} NEXT HOME BOUT: Saturday, April 21

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Pittsburgh Roller Derby: jam packed with double-header action! SCDD’s B-Unit faces off against Ithaca’s Bluestockings. Then the SCDD All Stars, Steel Hurtin’, face off against the Ithaca League of Women Rollers, the Sufferjets in this WFTDA-sanctioned matchup.

See you at the Romp N Roll in Glenshaw. Doors 6pm; derby action 7pm.

Buy tickets in advance from me, Wildcard in Lawrenceville, Slacker in the Southside or online ($10 in advance; $15 at the door).

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{the week} animal, vegetable or alcohol?

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{the week} animal, vegetable or alcohol?

the week:
We “officially” got into our community garden plot since returning from vacation and talked to the old owner about what’s already planted — and it comes pre-planted with a lot of useful items: asparagus, rhubarb, lots of berries and greens, among others. Oh, and some herbs! Rhubarb is already good for us to pull too, which I’m looking forward to using (mmmmm, rhubarb pie!). I’m hoping to get some potatoes, sprouts and maybe some carrots in the ground soon. I’ll wait another month or so to do tomatoes. What luck do you have growing vegetables in Pittsburgh? Regardless, this is so much more exciting than doing a CSA! I think.

weekend:
ROLLER DERBY! Thanks to everyone who bought tickets — and can’t wait to watch this bout against Bleeding Heartland!

Saturday is also our anniversary. We won’t be able to do our yearly traditional dinner at Toast! But hopefully we can get in a nice couple date some time this week. SOME time around my crazy practice schedule.

Also, we’re finally buying some patio furniture (goodbye, trusty camping chair!). Which means it will probably rain or hail or snow for the next 30 days. Scott Harbaugh… I’m warning you. Working outside on my patio is my new favorite thing.

seven things, seven days:
1. I applied to go back to school. Pending turn-around time of my transcripts, it may/not be Fall admission.
2. The weather. THE WEATHER! What a wonderful thing to come home to. That, and the cats. Life = bliss.
3. Bocktown for Friday Happy Hour! I need to seriously nom on some french fries and BBQ.
4. Rudy the Cat seems to be his old self again. I woke up to his fat ass propped up atop the headboard. He didn’t last long like that. But his voice has changed since his cold. It’s so strange.
5. You know what else are strange? SQUIRRELS. Where the hell do they get all these random shelled peanuts? And why are they hiding them in my landscaping? Why do they chirp so loudly?
6. I’m pretty stoked to see one of my clients’ products in this month’s Women’s Health magazine.
7. Disappointed to realize that customs seems to have confiscated the hinged-head coconut “bank” from AB’s luggage that I wanted to use for a toilet paper holder in our Tiki-themed bathroom. WTH?! Not even a letter saying they went in the bags! Totally sad. It was such a rad idea. And it was carved with the words “Have fun!”

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Skate (b)log: Sweetheart Roller Derby Valentine’s Bout

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Skate (b)log: Sweetheart Roller Derby Valentine’s Bout

DERBY IS BACK, PITTSBURGH!
Come out Sunday, February 5 (4-6:30pm) to see a roller derby battle of the heart (or lack thereof) — The Hopeless Romantics vs. The Blackhearts (ahem, that’s me) in the Sweetheart Roller Derby Valentine’s Day Intraleague Bout.

$5 admission for singles (are you ready to MINGLLLLLEEEEE?!); $8 for couples of all levels of happiness (or misery). And hey, there will be a special open skate session afterward. Stick around and skate with some of your Steel City Derby Demons.

Romp n’ Roll Skating Rink 1661 E. Sutter Rd, Glenshaw, PA 15116

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{skate (b)log} officially official

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{skate (b)log} officially official

Sure, I’ve been skating with SCDD since April… but there’s just something “official” about having the league track jacket with your skater name embroidered on it. I’m also officially a rookie now, rather than Fresh Meat.

My fellow skaters nominated me for the Grade A Fresh Meat award this year, to which I am SO proud (I was one of three amazing newbie skaters, but did not take home the prize). But seriously, I am so honored to be a part of an immensely talented class this year.

I cannot wait for the 2012 season to start.

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Next Thursday: Toys for Tots benefit!

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Next Thursday: Toys for Tots benefit!

Next Thursday, November 3, come out to see the Steel City Derby Demons for our 2nd Annual Toys for Tots scrimmage. The Grinches are challenging Santa’s Little Helpers (guess which team I’m on) to see who has the most holiday cheer….and best hip check. Starts at 8; don’t be late!

Admission is $5 ($3 for Military w/ID) or FREE if you bring a new, unwrapped toy. All proceeds from this event go to Toys for Tots!

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{Skate (b)log} My First Bout

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{Skate (b)log} My First Bout

This past Saturday, the awesome happened.

All the training and nerves and old lady-body creaking and bruising came to this moment — I skated in my first bout with my team, B-Unit, against Akron’s Rubber City Roller Girls.

Not only that, but my first time playing was as a jammer…

AND I GOT LEAD JAMMER.


AND I scored points for my team.

AND B-Unit ended up winning our last home bout of the season.

I can’t even describe how emotional of an experience this night was. I haven’t been able to get the sound of that crowd screaming and cheering me on out of my head. Happiness. The number of compliments and hugs I received (and even one fan photograph) and support from the boyfriend, friends, fans and fellow skaters about my debut was overwhelming. And I will never forget it.

At times I wanted to puke from the anxiety. Then poop my pants because of nervousness (most of which went away after lacing up my skates). And afterward, I just wanted to cry because of pride and of what I’ve accomplished. All the hard work and passion that I put into this sport has paid off — for that single FIRST game experience.

I even love getting my face smashed!

And I cannot WAIT to do it all over again with my teammates next season.

Read the bout recap (I’m mentioned!)

Thanks to Chris Thompson {flickr} and Joshua Hudson {Dragonfly Digital Media} for taking some awesome shots of the games {facebook} that night!

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Last bout of the season: SCDD Double Header!

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Last bout of the season: SCDD Double Header!

LAST BOUT OF THE SEASON on Saturday, October 15!

While the end of the season is sad and all, my team — B-B-B-B-Unit — will be playing Rubber City. AND there’s a slight chance you might actually be able to see me play (cross your fingers and skates that I make game day roster). Regardless, come by and say hi — and watch some awesome local derby. Steel Hurtin’ play San Diego Derby Dolls to complete the double header.

Doors at 6:30; Bout starts at 7pm. At the Romp n’ Roll in Glenshaw.

Get your tickets, bitches! $10 advance online through Brown Paper Tickets or various locations around Pittsburgh. Or if you know me IRL, I have them for $10 too. $15 at the door.

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{Skate (b)log} SCDD Day and getting teamed.

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{Skate (b)log} SCDD Day and getting teamed.

DID YOU MISS MY DERBY NEWS?! I was recently teamed to Steel City Derby Demons’ B-Unit.

(I've since chopped off all my hair)

But probably MORE (OK, equally) awesome, is that yesterday the City of Pittsburgh declared it to be Steel City Derby Demons Day. I got to sit in city council meeting, shake hands with Bill Peduto and take pictures with a few of my fellow leaguemates commingling with city council members… and attempt to remember the Pledge of Allegiance.

I’m obviously super excited about being on a team now (and crossing my fingers that I will make roster for the last bout of the season). Friends, I have $10 advance tickets… get in touch, if you need one. Regardless, see you on October 15 — when Steel Hurtin’ takes on San Diego B.A.D., and B-Unit rips some faces off of those Rubber City Roller Girls (Akron).

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A Black Eye Affair: BE THERE!

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A Black Eye Affair: BE THERE!

Art Auction and Roller Derby Fundraiser in one!

It’s one part art auction, one part fundraiser — and ALL PARTS FUN!

Here’s what $25 gets you:

COMPLEMENTARY BOOZE (your ID is required) from Three Rivers Underground Brewers, Boyd and Blair Vodka, Capital Wine and a special spiked punch created by one of Salt of the Earth’s bartenders.

FOOD from Avenue B, Square Cafe, Burgatory, Chipotle and Death by Cake (NOM!)

CHINESE AUCTION items from Cotton Factory, Scarehouse, MUV Fitness, Sharp Edge (beer basket!), Jester’s Court Tattoo and the Steel City Derby Demons will have some of our own merch up for grabs.

ARTWORK (I mean, why else have an art auction, right?) from current and former skaters.

Plus, the ladies and gents of SCDD will be in attendance for the event (including me *waves hi*).

So, be at Modern Formations Gallery this Saturday from 7-11.

BUY TICKETS NOW.

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SATURDAY: made for roller derby!

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SATURDAY: made for roller derby!

It’s BOUT TIME again. Buy your tickets now at Brown Paper Tickets!

I heart this poster so hard.

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SATURDAY is meant for roller derby!

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SATURDAY is meant for roller derby!

Come out and watch this awesome roller derby DOUBLE HEADER — the Steel Hurtin’ and the Blitzburgh Bombers take on Chicago this Saturday at 7pm:

And I’ll be there representing with our Meat Squad, if you’d like to say hello.

Oh yeah, BUY TICKETS!

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