I'm here. Sorry to be AWOL for a bit.
Nothing earth-shattering right now--a few things on my mind that will hopefully resolve by next week.
Started making my own almond milk this week. It's pretty easy; you just need a hearty blender and some cheesecloth. I'm trying to get out of consuming the soy/rice milk containers. And by making my own "milk" for coffee, smoothies and my oatmeal, I'll know exactly what is in it and benefit from the nutrition of the almost-sprouted nuts.
Went to see a roller derby "bout" last night. I had mixed impressions. The skating was not at the highest level. You see, I used to be a card-carrying competitive figure skater from 3rd through 5th grade; I guess you could call me a skating snob. My career was sidetracked by a torn meniscus in 5th grade and I moved on to basketball, volleyball and flag football. Skating was great fun and I loved doing figures, pairs dancing and the like; but I was also pretty kick-ass in the races during the open skating sessions. Let it be known that those years were the only time I have ever done any athletic competition in a skirt.
Racing is one thing, but having to maneuver around a group of people who cannot skate very well and who can and will knock the snot out of you is not really my idea of fun. I'll keep my intact ACLs and clavicles. I guess I'd rather take my chances on the bike, where contact is generally not the goal and there is more room to avoid people with spotty skills.
However, I might just see if I can join them for a practice or two and maybe skate for some fun and fitness, and possibly help a few of the women learn to skate better. Who knows, maybe they'd like a strength coach??