Running from the Law: April 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

Finally Friday

-- Did anyone else feel like this week lasted for 6 months? Maybe it was all the rain? It has rained every single day here for the last 1,038 days. Or something like that. And it's so cold I'm wearing a scarf and sweater. It's almost MAY! Enough already!

-- Speaking of May, only 14 days until I'm heading HERE to see THIS GIRL! Cannot wait! We are going to eat giant turkey legs, drink margaritas, do the whole JFK assassination thing (yeah, it's kinda morbid), try on wedding dresses for our imaginary weddings, boot scoot and bull ride, shop, watch Anne of Green Gables and do a doggie photo shoot. I'm not sure if a weekend is long enough, I might just have to move in.

-- Well, I missed the Royal Wedding. All of it. Slept right through it. I'm sad...yet well rested.

-- I did hot yoga (Bikram) for the first time in years last night and thought I was going to die.  I forgot what an intense workout that is.  It's also pretty disgusting when you think about I'm trying not to think about it.  I'm considering sneaking in the room early next time and hiding a couple air fresheners in there.  For real. 

--  I made soft pretzels (from Annie's Eats) with honey mustard dipping sauce (from Companion Bakery) for the whole department as an afternoon snack this week, in honor of Admin Assistants Day.  They were SO good and SO easy to make.  However, I failed to mention to anyone just how easy they were (and I might have even mentioned that I spent the evening slaving away in the kitchen over the stove), so they all continue to think I'm some baking goddess.  I love that.  :)  Shhhhh. 

-- Sage says she wants a treat.

Happy Friday! 

Hope you all have fabulous weekend plans.  Stay dry out there!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

You Capture: Pink

This week's "You Capture" theme is PINK
I took this picture a few days ago and think it's pink perfection.

Head over to I Should Be Folding Laundry to see all the pretty in pink entries.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I Heart Faces: Pets

Have you all heard of this website called I Heart Faces?  It's a photography website that hosts weekly themed-photo contests.  I've been following their blog for a while and love the idea (and really love all the awsome pictures they feature).  I've been very tempted to enter on previous challenges, but never thought my pictures were good enough.  However, this week's theme is "Pets" -- and I just so happen to have the cutest puppy on the face of the Earth, so, of course I feel like I have to enter!  So without any further ado (and it was so hard to pick a favorite picture), here she is in all her jumping happy glory...Sage. 

This picture just makes me so happy. :)

Head on over to I Heart Faces to see all the other animal and pet entries there!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

 We've been working super hard on our sit/stay
so we could bring you this very special message...

Sara, Mally & Sage

Friday, April 22, 2011


We've been working on our Sit/Stay because I've got something special planned...
you'll just have to stay tuned to find out what it is!

As of last night, they can hold it for about 2.5 seconds.

We're going to need to work on that.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

It Ain't Easy

You guys, it is SO hard being this cute.
Being adorable is a full-time job.
And let me tell you, it's exhausting.
Just thought you should know.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Arch Rival Roller Girls

Way back in February (seriously, how did it get to be mid-April already?), Ryan and I decided to go (ok, so really, I decided and forced him to take me) to a St. Louis Arch Rivals Roller Derby bout.  Yes, ROLLER DERBY!!  How freaking awesome is that?! 

And what is more awesome than going to watch roller derby?  I'll tell you...knowing one of the roller derby girls is more awesome!  For real!  Ok, so not really.  Well, kinda really.  Let me explain...

For about a year now, I've been Internet stalking friends with Courtney.  You can read her hilarious blog HERE (although, it appears as though she has gone on an extended blogging hiatus - please start blogging again Courtney!).  Courtney is a fellow lawyer and friends with a lot of my friends.  How our paths have never crossed is a mystery to me because she's awesome, and I'm awesome.  Naturally, we're destined to be besties. 

Anywho, Courtney is a lawyer by day, but by night, she assumes the alter-ego of "Mayor Francis Slayer," co-captain and lead blocker for The Stunt Devils.  Ever since I found this out, I have been dying to get to one of her roller derby bouts. 

Finally, one fateful February evening, it was going to happen.

We got to the arena a little early and caught the tail end of the first bout - Rebel Skate Alliance vs. M-80's.  This gave us some time to familiarize ourselves with the rules of the sport and have a couple beers, so we could really get into it. 
I think one of the best parts of Roller Derby are the names.  The first bout featured players like Stabby McCutcha, Chewblocka, Smarty McFly, Sue She, Science Friction, Badonka Bam and The Punctuator. 
The second bout was The Smashionistas vs. The Stunt Devils.  This bout had players like Shimmy Hoffa, Polka Dot Yur Eye Out, Deathica Steele, Grave Danger, Beretta Michaels, Punchus Pileup and Trippity Hooha.  I loved them all.
But of course, we loved "Mayor Francis Slayer" best of all. 
(FYI, for those of you not from St. Louis, the mayor of our great city is Francis Slay.) 
So, here's how it works. 
Each team has one Jammer. 
The Jammers are the scoring position on each team.
Jammers are designated by a star worn on their helmet.
The other positions on each team are Blockers.
The lead blockers are called Pivots -- they are designated by a stripe worn on their helmets.
Pivots control the speed of their team members and serve as
the last line of defense against the Jammer from the opposing team. 
The eight blockers, four from each team, make up the "pack."
The pack lines up in front, with the Jammers behind.
When the first whistle is blown, the pack, led by the Pivots, begins to skate. 
Jammers begin to skate when the second whistle blows.
Jammers then try to make their way through the pack.
Ok, stay with me, this is where it gets good.

Blockers try to keep the opposing Jammer from getting through,
while simultaneously trying to help their own Jammer.
On the first pass through the pack, the first Jammer to pass each member
of the pack while staying in bounds and without fouling becomes Lead Jammer.
A referee will point to the lead jammer as she skates to designate her status. 
Lead jammer has the strategic advantage of calling off the
 "Jam" at any time by placing her hands on her hips.
A jam lasts a maximum of two minutes, or until the lead jammer calls it off.
(Mighty Mighty Boston below...she's wicked fast.)
Jammers begin to accrue points on their second pass through the pack.
They receive one point for every opposing player they pass.
On the flip side, Jammers will not be awarded points if they foul the
opposing player they are passing or if either of their skates steps
 out of bounds while passing that opposing player. 
Jammers may also re-pass players to get points.
At the end of the 2 minutes, the points are tallied.
The players patiently await the results.
The "Jeerleaders" entertain the crowd.

And it all starts again! 
Pure awesomeness.
Other than the fabulous roller derby names, my favorite part was the blocking.
I loved the hip checking and tripping and shoving!
Maybe that's why I like hockey so much too.
Does that say something about me?
Mayor is a bad-ass blocker.
And I'm not just saying that because we're imaginary friends.
It was really fun to cheer for her!
Ryan, on the other hand, loved the Jammers. 
Particularly, this one.
Downtown Dallis.
I think he had a bit of a crush on her.

Unfortunately, Mayor's team did not win this night.
Victory went to Downtown Dallis and her Smashionistas.
But I did get the opportunity (post-bout) to meet Courtney and beg for her autograph.
It was surreal.

I've since heard that her team went on to win the World Championships
or something equally as awesome. 

My autograph just got way more valuable.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Ryan!

Happy birthday to the love of my life.