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What happens when you take a group of lifelong friends, add in some adventures and llamas? You get DERP!
The lancer girl aka Blair Block and for this weekend: Sailor Pluto, reporting to you from the front lines!
Follow our adventures here: http://questivalteams.cotopaxi.com/teampage?id=5DYZlFB1dN
Looking forward to sharing more adventures with you, more fun soon 🙂
It’s time for meal #2 of the Chef’s Plate experiment – Filipino Chicken Adobo. Of course, being Filipino I had to try it out – I live away from my family and there’s a shortage of really good Filipino restaurants in the Okanagan, so it’s really hard to get a taste of home when I’m all alone here – I may as well take the opportunity.
What is chicken adobo you ask? According to wikipedia it is a popular dish that involves meat, seafood or veggies marinated in vinegar, soy sauce and garlic which is then browned in oil and simmered in the marinade. – it also goes on to state that it has been considered the unofficial national dish of the Philippines.
This time we were supplied with bok choy, snow peas, chicken, items to make the marinade (soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic, and pepper corns), and rice. I opted not to make the rice, and instead added some broccoli to the steam cooked veggies.
Again, the process was simple.. follow the instructions – get food. This time we marinated the chicken and prepped the veggies and then cooked ALL the things. Save for a little bit of charring (my own fault for heat that was too high), dinner turned out great.
How did it taste? Well, I think it tasted good, but definitely not like the chicken adobo I get at home. The sauce wasn’t as saucy and if I was a bit better at heat management I’m sure it wouldn’t have been charred. At least now I know the basics of what’s involved and can try to replicate it again!
I’ve been watching a bit more anime as of late, and when this video preview came across my YouTube recommended videos, I figured why not.. let’s check it out.
Porter Robinson and Madeon are fantastic EDM artists and the fusion of both of their styles together create a wonderful song that’s been on repeat since I found the video. I really like Porter Robinson’s style of melting vocals into something more ethereal (and sometimes cutesy).
The video is amazing and well worth a couple watches for the story it tells, click play and enjoy!
As you can see, I’ve gone over the blog with a purple crayon and refreshed it with a new look for 2017! I figured it was finally time to update the blog with something new and fun, so here we are, embracing the chaos of my multitude of interests, activities and identities.
I’ve also added a new category called “Training Block” – a home for my own personal pet project, fitness and training. I’ve been in the world of fitness for a long time, but really took to it in the past few years and really enjoy training and helping people reach their goals. In “Training Block” you’ll find workouts I do with the OKRD (Okanagan Roller Derby), derby drills, nutrition (a big thing I need to work on) and various other musings about health, fitness AND wellness!
Other things in the works:
- The Angry Jellybean gets angrier (2016 Fiesta ST Build)
- When a filthy casual gamer tries competitive Overwatch (and possibly the birth of a horrible horrible twitch channel? )
- .. maybe more video game blogs (do people read those?)
- Reviews, reviews, reviews – subscription boxes, movies, games, make-up.. anything I can get my grubby little hands on and feel like writing about
- … annd much more! (oh gosh why..)
As always, I’ll be blogging about my adventures in crafts, food, music, roller derby and life in general! With life adventures taking new paths as of late, I figured why not write about all the exciting new things and keep on keeping on!
The OKRD is ramping up to a busy season, and while we’re ramping up we’ve been working on our off-skates fitness to give us a bit of an edge. As a fitness enthusiast, I’ve been working with our skaters to push them to their limits, and I figured you – my readers, can workout alongside us.
This is the first workout post I’ve done, and this workout was great. It definitely works your cardio and makes you sweat.
Set a timer for 20 minutes and go through the circuit as many times as you can within the 20 minutes. We do our workouts at a track, so our laps are approximately ~400m (if I’m not mistaken).
Do this at your own pace and listen to your body!
Disclaimer: I am not a personal trainer, but a very enthusiastic fitness person, with the hopes of possibly one day being a certified trainer.
You’ve seen the ads on facebook, they proclaim fresh groceries and a meal kit delivered to your door once a week with delicious recipes to try. For ~$50/ week, you can feed 2 people twice a week.
I tossed the idea of Chef’s plate back and forth in my head to try out, or not. at $50/week it’s a little pricey – but with the bonus of trying new recipes, it may work out to be an education in cooking (albeit a very self-taught education).
I signed up, but didn’t buy any meals until the “Filipino Chicken Adobo” landed in my inbox, and then it was time to try it out. I ended up finding a coupon code online to get 2 plates for free (essentially a free meal), and anxiously awaited the delivery of the box of food.
(PS – if you’re interested in trying this service out, check out my referral link which offers you 3 free plates with your first order: http://www.chefsplate.com/?r=3pc-mhmk8VE)
The box showed up on Tuesday afternoon, it was really well packaged – it’s a fridge-type box so there’s all manners of padding and an ice pack within the box to keep your food fresh. Read the rest of this entry
Well, here we are.. the end of yet another year – another spin around the sun.
I suppose I can safely say that I walk out of 2016 with almost nothing that I walked into 2016 with.
New job, new place, new relationship, new car.
Well… there are a few things I leave 2016 with – the support of fantastic friends that have helped me through the hard times this year.
I could wax endlessly about how 2016 has been quite the year in my life – but I have to admit.. sometimes I get tired of thinking about EVERYTHING that happened this year. It’s been quite the year for everyone it seems – new relationships, relationships ending, new accomplishments, new life, life passing on, yeah.. it’s just another year.. but for some reason 2016 just felt like such a compressed amount of insanity in the world for just one year.
I want to leave the year with positivity – because I think at the end of the day, life is what we make of it, we can look upon 2016 as a negative thing, or a transformative year!
Awesome things that happened in 2016 in the world around me:
- My Scion(blackhatchback) bro – did a fitness competition and did awesomely! Super proud of her, and I can’t wait to see her kick some butt in May.
- Our new class of Fresh Meats in the OKRD did amazing this year – and so proud of my Derby Mom and her wife (Slam and Shady) for stepping up and becoming a great source of leadership in the league
- Susan – became a published author! So excited for her future books and really happy to see someone’s passion brought to life
- My parents got to go back to the Philippines for the first time in 20ish years, and it looks like they had a fantastic time!
- 2 of my close friends got married this year! Happy Weddings to Annky and Emily! (and a shoutout to Matt from Mitsunation Winnipeg for his nuptials this year too!)
- One of my friends got Engaged – Congratulations to E and Brian!
- Meanbean got WFTDA certified for NSO’ing and NSO’ed a regional WFTDA tournament in Vancouver!
- Derby wife got to meet her musical hero this year and it looked like she had an epic time!
- Manic finished a few marathons and is a machine!!
- Shady Lady is making herself a derby baby and I can’t wait to meet them 😀
- Calgary Roller Derby Allstars kicked all the butts at the WFTDA D2 playoffs and brought home a bronze medal!
- Tidbit – my doppelganger – made it to the second round of Team Canada Tryouts!
- Babies! – Holly go Blightly (Melissa), Bane, Prim, and Homestar all produced some cute little kidlets this year!
- Transfer skaters – The OKRD gets to welcome some fantastic transfer skaters this year – Betty Bomber, FN Classy, and Roc-A-Felon!
- Lots of friends have found happiness and strength in finding new paths in their lives and I am so happy to be part of their journey.
All this awesome this year and I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings us!
What are your awesome moments from 2016?
Nearly 9 years ago she came into my life, a labrador black pearl of awesome.
I sat behind the wheel with 5 kms on the odometer, little did I know what kind of adventures Betty and I would take on in the following ~190,000 kms she had.
To some people, a car is just an appliance.. it got you from point A to point B. To me, my car… Betty, was a force… a spirit, a liberator… she became very much a part of my identity.
Growing up, I’ve maintained that who you are is not defined by who you are with… but I made that exception for Betty. I became “The Lancer Girl” because of her, I learned how to race, I joined car clubs and did car shows with her, and without her I would not be sitting here.. in the beautiful Okanagan Valley with the life that I live now.
Betty started her life simply as a dealer trade from Edmonton, leased by a very excited little Asian girl. She was quickly modified and taken from stock.. to lowered, a small bark.. to a roar.. and as much as that little Asian girl could afford in between. Betty would often get taken to Secret Street where she and her driver would race, and race, and race…
Betty would then find friends of similar make and model through MitsuNation.net, until Betty’s driver found an amazing co-driver… and from then on, Betty would always have a Graphite Grey Pearl friend to sympathize with.
She was often taken to shows, and even won a trophy for her efforts, she was photographed for small magazines and then one day, Betty and her little Asian friend decided to move to BC.
Life wasn’t easy for Betty in BC, she went from show car to commuter car, sadly, she then became the appliance.
… and then that’s where things decided to change, she became tired, not the car she used to be… but still, that little Asian girl carried a smile on her face every time she could corner hard or hit the MIVEC.
I sit here, reflecting on how many things have changed in my life since I turned the key on Betty’s ignition… the places I’ve been, the people I’ve met, because that day I decided that I wanted that black Mitsubishi Lancer.
Life didn’t work out the way I thought it would, and so did the demise of my precious car, Betty.
In a split second, everything can change. One second you’re enjoying conversation with a friend and bopping your head to a song that reminds you of someone special… the next, slow.. agonizing second, you realize that there’s a car coming at you and that there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it – time slows down in that moment, and then suddenly time goes fast – airbags deploy.. ears ringing.. the friend you were just talking to – screaming in the passenger seat. You pull yourself together, and manage to get out of the car. Someone’s driven into what was the most important thing to you, the one thing that was constant in your life.
She sits now, in a claims bay at the local insurance appraiser, no longer mine. She’s taken most of the damage, saving me from worlds of hurt. Her front end crumpled, interior all broken – the little black pearl of awesome, now a mangled mess of metal.
I took what I could from her, and walked away – looking back at my car for the very last time today.
She was everything to me, and now she’s gone.
… feet can’t keep on the ground. Can’t stay in one place. Keep moving like a bullet train…
… like a bullet train.
Life moves quickly, summer moved so quickly.
My life has gone through quite a bit of change this year, new derby team, new job.. new everything.
I made the difficult decision to end a relationship this year. Something that I had been thinking about for a very long time. I wish I could say it was a mutual decision, but it wasn’t. Each day I sit with the weight of my decision on my shoulders, 6 years of a life that’s now black and white and in the past, like a limb that’s since gone numb, it’s there.. but it doesn’t move. I realize how selfish I was in making that decision, but know that at the end of the day – I needed to make myself happy and healthy and find myself in a good place.
I moved out of our house, and stayed with a friend for 3 weeks as I went on an odyssey of sorts.
I flew out to Calgary and helped my family move and decompressed and reminisced about my old life before marriage – the family, the friends. I hung out with my high school friends – the commune – and had a fantastic morning of brunch, pokewalks, froyo and macarons. The weekend filled my heart with messages of support and just the overall presence of amazing people in my life.
Then it was Rollercon.
It was amazing. Simply amazing. Skate park with derby heroes, skating with and against derby heroes.. crossing things off of my derby bucket list. Shooting a Barrett M107A1 sniper rifle in the morning and then playing ALL the derby in the afternoon! I was so amazed that I could keep up with such high level skaters and not die, and did I mention I got to announce a few games? It was so much the amazing experience. I just remember standing in the middle of the main hall one day and smiling to myself about how incredible it was to finally be there.
Then it was a week to find a place, which I did. Spent the rest of the week acquiring furniture and then suddenly it was off to Cloverdale to play against the Smokin’ Laces.. and boy, it was a tough game for me. It was my first away game where I knew I wouldn’t be coming home to the same house at the end of the weekend and not only that, my co-captain Ruby Roughhouser, had also broken her leg before the game. It was.. mentally and physically tough to play, but I finished the game with a smile on my face.. ready to take a bit of a break.
At that point I was starting to feel very much like a hobo, traveling was wearing on me and I just wanted a place to hang my hat at the end of the day.
Moved into my new place the week after the Cloverdale game.. and it was off to Victoria for a family reunion… and what a reunion it was. Note to self, bring earplugs! It was wonderful to see family again, especially family I don’t see very often. Getting to do a road trip with my Brother and his family was great.
I got to stand on a ferry and look out into the ocean and think about how much life has changed in the past year, even in just the past month and how much it’s going to keep changing.
The only constant in life is change.
I realized that I did make the right decision – and though it still weighs on me, it weighs a little less and less each day. My anxiety lessens each day and I smile a little bit more and more, I finally feel like I can be myself and not feel like I have to filter my personality.
I’ve had such a life-changing summer, and it’s been quite the adventure… sometimes I look back on my instagram photos and facebook posts and I still can’t even fathom the things I’ve done… I hope there’s only more on the horizon.