Wednesday, November 22, 2017

and that's kinda pretty much it for the rest of the year

so River Valley Riot went (in my opinion) really really well.  The "half-rack" staffing system was a great way to run the show.  I GOT MY RADAR DIAMOND WHEELS.  One official came up to me afterwards (who weren't even on my crew) and told me that I'd totally kicked ass (!!!!!)   I got to do karaoke. 

So I've been spending the last few days looking at the schedule of upcoming tournaments, trying to figure out to which ones I should apply.  Trying to categorize them in terms of distance (and, therefore, number of days I'd have to take off from work), number and type of games, number of references needed, and my overall likely chances on getting accepted.  I'm really fortunate to be in the northeast United States - we have a lot of opportunities in this neck of the woods.

Thursday, November 9, 2017





Friday, October 27, 2017

whee! (and by whee, I mean ZOMFG)

So I've been head refereeing a lot at scrimmages lately.  It's getting easier - pack definition is coming more easily to me, and I'm able to throw the pack to the front IPR when I need to follow someone back, I feel more confident during Official Reviews, stuff like that.

Getting excited for River Valley Riot - we've gotten our crew assignments and mine is top-notch.  Staffing is being done a little bit differently - the static crews of 8 are divided in half, and for one game, half will be HR/IPR/JR/JR, the other half will be OPR/OPR/OPR/ALT, and then for the next game, they switch.  I really like that idea, because it means you're not tied down to one particular spot for a whole weekend (and the ALT responsibility is spread out more equally amongst the crew).

Then things quiet down.  Our league goes on break mid-December, and I'm not aware of any other games that are going on in December. 

Then 2018 shows up and the cycle begins anew.  I've already started filling in potential games and tournaments in my planner, and the first six months are already crammed with events. 

many of these weekends have multiple events

We had an officials' meeting earlier this week, and we were encouraged to share our goals for the next year, so here're mine:

  • HR a game (I've been told this will happen at least once)
  • Go to one of the "bigger" tournaments
  • Apply for certification, if it's open
  • do more NSOing
  • learn how to run the scoreboard
so yeah, that's the plan.

Monday, October 23, 2017

on tournamenting and 2018 and the future

a few of my official friends* have been talking on Facebook about tournaments and applying and not applying and taking breaks and otherelse** and whatnot.  Here's my 2¢†:

My personality type is that when I find something I love, I want to immerse myself in it 24/7.  I want to live, breathe, eat, sleep, BE that thing I love.  It happened on July 9, 2008 when I went to my first roller derby practice, it happened on October 16, 2014 when I put on stripes and went to my first scrimmage as a referee.

So I'm still in ZOMFG I LOVE OFFICIATING I WANT TO DO ALL THE TOURNAMENTS mode (for the most part, anyway).

Unfortunately, there are only so many tournaments I can do in a year.  While I only work until 2:30pm (which means I don't necessarily have to take a Friday afternoon off to go somewhere), I am the only support for my boss, which means that the work sits until I get back, and which also means he'll call me during the tournament with some emergency.

Plus all the tournaments are on the same weekend, it seems like.

*friends who are officials, not, like, THERE IS PAPERWORK TO SHOW THAT WE ARE OFFICIALLY FRIENDS

**I think I'm going to try and make this an actual word

† the code for "¢" is ALT + 155.  the code for "†" is ALT + 0134


Monday, October 16, 2017

oh! so! TACOver!

It went pretty well.  I got into my head a whole buncha times, but that's something I know I need to work on.

Monday, October 2, 2017

getting excited!

Hostile TACOver!  Yay!

I realized I never posted a picture of my helmet decoration, so here it is:
Gloss black on matte black = classy AF
I was tempted to go full out blinged crown with rhinestones and stuff, but didn't.

I also realized over the weekend that I didn't have any nameplates with my derby number on them, so I rectified that:
my derby number comes from my son's birthday - 06/09/01

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

now for a girly ref post

Normally in my life, I don't wear makeup.  Why would I spend five minutes applying it in the morning when I could spend those five minutes sleeping?  I mean srsly.  I have priorities.

Derby, though - that's an entirely different story.

When I played derby, sparkly eyeblack was my shtick.  I had green for our travel team and purple for our home team.   It's Ben Nye Aqua Glitter, and I bought it at a local costume store.  It was very drippy, from what I remember.


(hm, I don't have a closeup picture of my ref makeup face.  Will have to rectify that.)

For eyeshadow, I use L'Oreal Infallible Liquid Eyeshadow.   I have Mistress Noir and BRB Blue.  (The latter gets a lot of compliments.)  

For eyeliner, I use Michael Kors Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Black that I got in a sample pack.  (I'm not about to spend $25 on an eyeliner.)  

For lipstick, as I think I've mentioned many times before, I have tried umpteen squillion brands before finally settling on Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid.  I have Voyager and Romantic and just bought Creator last night.

All of these last well through a game of officiating.  The lipstick wears out a bit because I keep my whistle in my mouth, but I can touch it up at halftime and all is well.

Anyway, that's my girly ref post.