Sunday, October 30, 2011

Viva Glam - official photos

30 Things Before I'm 30 - Item 11: Go on a wine tasting trip

So, I'm not a drinker. Never was. My college drinking experiences were limited to Pabst Blue Ribbon and Jack-and-cokes, and because I'm a total lightweight and I also don't like drinking things that don't taste good, I generally opt for a non-alcoholic option.

But seeing as how I'm encroaching upon my 30's, I at least feel like I should learn about wine, and find one that I like. When people ask me if I like white or red, I shrug because I don't know. I don't know anything about wine - how to drink it, how to appreciate it, etc. So this one was a must-have on my 30 before 30 list, and when I learned of a 2-for-1 wine tasting voucher on Facebook, I jumped on it.

So my friend Lisa and I set out today for St. Helena (about two hours away) to have lunch and visit a couple different wineries, amidst unusually beautiful late-October weather.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

SVRG Halloween Tournament

Sunday was SVRG's first ever Halloween Tournament! When I first caught wind of this, I signed up almost immediately, because it sounded like the most fun ever - skaters from all over the area being divided up into Halloween-themed teams and then facing off? Hell yeah!

We ended up having four teams - Team Skeletons (black), Team Pumpkins (orange), Team Zombies (purple), and Team Ghosts (white - my team). Black and Orange faced off first, then Purple and White, and the winner from each one would face each other in a "championship" bout.

I arrived at Roosevelt Park on Sunday already burning up - for October, it sure was hot out. The outdoor rink had no cover whatsoever, and spectators were crammed into what little shade there was in the stands. The track surface was slick and at times covered in water spots seeping up from beneath the sport court tiles - the combination of the heat and having to work so hard just to stabilize myself meant that I was already sweaty after warm-ups.

I proudly watched as two of my league mates, Jentropy and Saffron Cisco, contributed to the Pumpkins' win over the Skeletons, and then took to the track to get ready for my own bout. I was the only PRG skater on the Ghosts (or as we called ourselves, Team WOOooOOoo), skating with some girls from Santa Cruz and SVRG, among other leagues. The Zombies featured two of my former league mates, Foo Bar and Roxo Gene, as well as some other skaters I used to be in bootcamp with.

Ghosts pulled ahead and never looked back. I believe our score at the half was 60-something to 20-something, and despite the fact that we were winning by a wide margin, I couldn't help grimacing a little at the idea of playing a second game in hot sun.

I even got to jam! Death by Dollface (whom I admire and respect and look up to) asked me, "Do you want to jam next?" and I nervously replied, "Um, no... but okay!" Why not, right? She assured me that either she or Lizapalooza (another SVRG skater I have known a while and admire) would be in my pack to help me out. And as it turned out, we did have a VERY strong pack for my jam, and it was thanks to their awesome blocking that I got lead jammer! And I even made one full successful scoring pass after getting lead! I skated out the full two minutes (I was trying REALLY hard to get back to the pack, but I was just too tired and slow), and came off the track to congratulations from everyone on my team, including the bench coach.

Other than my one "star turn," I either pivoted or blocked. All four teams had lots of people dropping out for various reasons, so we each only had about 9 skaters, so we did packs of three rather than four. The Ghosts defeated the Zombies by a fairly wide margin, and then went on to defeat the Pumpkins in the championship bout to win the day!

I feel pretty good about my blocking - in the practices leading up to Sunday, Carl has had us working specifically on blocking skills and techniques, and I tried to implement whatever I could. In game 2 against the Pumpkins, I found myself blocking against Jentropy, who is a jammer and very fast and agile, on a couple different occasions. We had been practicing how to sort of stride match with a jammer coming off the line - how long to wait before you move, how fast you have to go when you DO start moving so the jammer doesn't just pass you - and I focused on that and got a couple good hits on her. (Love you, Jentropy! =P)

Despite the heat and the skating surface, it was LOADS of fun. I got to reconnect with some skaters I hadn't seen in a long time, and we all played a good clean game, and my scary ghost makeup stayed on THE ENTIRE TIME. It was awesome. I would totally do this again next year... though I would kinda love for it to be indoors ;)

Friday, October 21, 2011

I made roster!!!!!!!!

Two long years, I've dealt with personal setbacks, league drama, and just old-fashioned "my body won't do what I want it to"... only to find myself now with a fantastic group of skaters and coaches.

It's funny how something that is the culmination of my efforts from one phase can also be the beginning of even bigger and better things.

I am so happy and so proud to announce that I've made the final roster for our bout coming up in Sonora on November 5th!!! Of course, it's not set in stone - between now and then, I've got to REALLY work hard to prove that I belong there - but this is a great, great thing!

Monday, October 17, 2011

NWM 2011

This was supposed to be the grand year that I completed a full marathon, but alas, it wasn't to be. I WILL do it next year.

However, I made a pretty good go of it for the half yesterday. I haven't been training, but I've been skating a ton, and I think that helped, because I felt better throughout the race than I ever have in previous years. Becca and I kept up our running interval through the first half (minus the hills, which were torturous), and I think I could've kept it up longer, but Becca was struggling a little with running, so we walked the second half.

(I could tell I was stronger and could've run more because we ran towards the finish line, and I totally felt FINE. I've done the last-straightaway-sprint-to-the-finish before, and I'm usually limping and really slow and just plain in PAIN, but yesterday, I was like, Dude! I'm just bouncing in!!!)

So, all things considered, I feel really good about yesterday's race, and I think I've regained my motivation to be a runner.

Next stop: Disneyland for the Tinkerbell Half-Marathon in January!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

30 Things Before I'm 30 - Item 29: Knit a sweater for my dad

Actually, he asked for a vest, so I made him a sweater VEST, and it turned out very well, if I do say so myself.

The pattern is Delius (from Twist Collective), and it's knit with Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool - VERY soft!

Front view

Back cable with neck detailing
I know it looks long and skinny, but the vest ended up being a perfect fit. I don't have an action photo for you, so you'll have to take my word for it :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


I like to knit. A lot. I think I like knitting things even more than I like wearing the knitted things. I'm kind of a process knitter, I suppose.

So, I have a lot of knit things that are sitting around, and I think they're too beautiful to just sit around anymore. So I'm giving them away.

All I ask in return is that you care for them properly (and not accidentally felt them in the washing machine LIKE MY MOTHER) and if I have to mail it to you, please cover postage.

First come, first served. Please email me directly (thuvngo at gmail) - don't comment this post. I have more pictures of most of these items, if you need to see them. I will note which ones have already been taken.

All garments are women's size L/XL (14-16) unless otherwise noted. My bust measurement (around the fullest part) is around 46 inches, if that helps to give you a reference. And I generally make things a little loose.

*UPDATE* All that remains below is the Calorimetry headband. Unless anyone changes her mind :)

Short n Sweet, an open-front, crocheted short-sleeved bolero. 100% cotton - I'm pretty sure I have washed this in a machine.


Chelsea - lacy open-front vest. Bamboo/wool - handwash/dry flat


Forest & Frill - cabled and lacy shrug. Very thick and warm. 100% alpaca (so soft!) - handwash/dry flat


Balthasar Vest - Deep V neck vest. Machine washable wool.


Nob Hill - Bolero jacket. Slight discoloration on the inside underarms (because of a black shirt I was wearing) and on the front collar due to a different pin I was using. 100% acrylic, machine washable


Liesl - Cropped cardi. Silk and wool - handwash/dry flat


Cowl neck sweater - sleeveless lace. The size I chose to make was too big and long for me - this will probably more likely fit a size 16-18 woman. 100% wool - handwash/dry flat


Urchin Beret - machine washable wool.


Ski Skulls - Ended up being just a tad too small for my head. I have a huge head. That's okay, I'll make another one. I immensely enjoyed making this. Wool - handwash/dry flat


Lettuce armwarmers - lace armwarmers. Wool, handwash/dry flat


Dashing - cabled armwarmers. Wool, handwash/dry flat


Calorimetry - ribbed earwarmer/headband. Wool - handwash/dry flat

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Undead Bettys ate my braaaains

Me pivoting. The sun giving me an evil eye.
Thanks, Undead Bettys, for hosting the scrimmage last night! We had a great time and learned a lot!