We now resume our regularly scheduled broadcast.

OK, so.  The biggest thing that has changed since July 2012 (jeez!) is that I am now a roller derby skater.  I started with a local club flat-track roller derby club in September, and haven’t looked back.  If you want a sport that is tough, fast, skilled, strategic and fun, go find a roller derby club.  More that all of this, your roller derby club becomes your family faster than you can believe.  I am at Yellow Star level right now, with about three more months of training before I can step up and be part of the bouting team.  If you don’t know what roller derby is, watch this:

YouTube is full of videos of how to play, tips and tricks, and snippets from games (called ’bouts’). You can also watch the movie Whip It, which is the reason I became interested in derby in the first place, though take no notice of the punch-ups, the blatant illegal tactics, or the banked track. If you’re really REALLY interested, let me know and come down to one of our training sessions! We love Fresh Meat skaters!

Second biggest to that, I have taken up a part time job (to supplement my current full-time job, yes, I am perhaps exhibiting my inability to say no to things) as a veterinary nurse, to get my head and hand back in to an industry I love, and miss.  I think the work schedule needs a little tweaking before it fits perfectly, but working with a wonderful Head Vet, in a team of wonderful vet nurses, in a small but busy practice in a bustling shopping complex makes it very easy to want to make this all fit together.

Ace and I still don’t have any pets.  We’re about to go overseas for a short trip, and I’ll start ringing around for puppies shortly after we return.  I’m more excited about the puppies than I am about going overseas, but sshh. That’s a whole other story.