Thursday, July 26, 2007

Here I am!

Note: due to some technical difficulties with the camera, this post is picture-free. As soon as I can get the difficulties sorted out, I will edit this post to include the photos I originally intended have.

Sorry for the long absence folks, there's tons of stuff going on here at the petting zoo and I have been super busy. Taking care of the Sprout is a full-time job in and of itself. I hardly have time to sleep, let alone knit, go to roller derby, keep up with the laundry, garden, or blog.
Okay, so here's the last month's updates:

I quit my job at Blueberry Hill. I really miss my co-workers. I have only been in once since my last day. I talk to Jessica and Em on the phone, I see Jonathan at Derby, I occasionally will run into Maggie, but everyone else I just miss.
I don't miss the smokiness of the place. I don't miss coming home smelling like an onion ring. I don't miss late nite or the Elvis Room.

I've become the utility infielder at Duff's. I have actually been able to pick up quite a few shifts this summer, waiting and as the maitre d'. I'm working two days a week regularly and usually picking up at least one other. I love being back at Duff's and I love the support I get from my co-workers with the whole breastfeeding situation. I am able to pump when I need to, and Matt can bring the Sprout up to work for me to feed when he really needs me.

I have not been skating with ARRG. There are several reasons for this, the biggest being that I don't want to spend that much time away from Sprout. I haven't decided yet if and when I will attempt to skate again. Part of me just wants to stay in the position of announcer. I am in a position now where I can step completely out of all administrative responsibilities and just be a volunteer. (not that any of our volunteers are JUST volunteers. They work just as hard as the skaters do to keep this league running) When I founded the league, I wanted to play roller derby. I'm not sure if I still want to play roller derby, but I feel like I haven't really completed what I set out to do. I accomplished something different, I helped to start an organization in this city that fills so many needs, and I am really proud to have been a part of that. But, I need to re-assess my goals. After two injuries and nine months of maternity leave, I haven't skated in over a year. I have to decide if I want to play again, if I'm really ready, if there is even a place for me anymore. I've been on the other side of the line for so long, I don't know if I'll still fit. I'm doing a lot of soul searching on this topic right now.

My knitting is slow and not very productive. I have four socks in progress, a sweater for Sprout (made from dyeabolical yarn!), and a hat almost finished that was supposed to be KIKI's X-Mas gift. Yeah, I know. I'm a bad friend.

The garden is really small this year, just tomatoes and peppers. My father-in-law planted it for me when I was hugely pregnant, or I wouldn't have a garden at all. So far everything to come out of it is fantastic.

My neighbor across the alley is growing sunflowers. They are probably about 10 feet tall. I smile every morning when I see them. I am insanely jealous and plan to plant a wall of sunflowers next year.

Okay, now for the Sprout update. He's 16 weeks old, weighs about 12 lbs and is around 24 inches tall. He's getting all fat and healthy looking. I looked at Matt's baby pictures yesterday at the in-laws' house, and in profile, our boy looks just like his daddy.


Blogger Rachel said...

You're alive! It's good to hear from you. You've done an amazing thing with ARRG. Founding the league alone is something to be extremely proud of.

I can't wait to see that sweater.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

My suggestion to you is this: stay as an announcer for the season, but in the meantime, going to open skate sessions when you can in addition to walking with the Sprout and whatever exercise you can fit in. Even if you don't skate, however, you will forever have a place in the league. You founded it, after all.

If you decide not to be a rollergirl, there's nothing wrong with staying in the announcer booth. Or becoming a ref. Or joining the jeer fold. Or [insert title here].

11:38 PM  
Blogger April said...

Derby is hard on anyone with a normal schedule; I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to keep up with a little one dictating the course of things. Know that entering second or third season means that those who’ve been around have elevated the game and level of play—which means it gets harder and harder to be a ‘newcomer.’ Plus the risk of injury when you have a new little guy is something to consider as well. A teammate broke her wrist and she had difficulty driving places, etc. The risk of limited mobility is a huge consideration. That said if you WANT it, you sooo can play. Anybody who puts the time in can become a solid player. And for me the time is worth the pay off 100%. I love the sport. A whole bunch. Thank you for that.

10:53 AM  

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