9.29.2014

The Bento Report, V.2

Bento Report, V.2

I interrupt your string of outfit posts to bring you The Bento Report, Volume 2...

Here are a few lunches that I made that I thought turned out particularly well. Details under each photo. Here's the top lunch, which I layered under some bib lettuce to help keep everything in place:

  1. Heart-shaped hard-boiled egg.
  2. Alternating grape and cheddar cheese skewers.
  3. Babybel cheese (underneath is my mini Tupperware vitamin container).
  4. Cottage cheese.
  5. Broccoli (slightly steamed) and grape tomatoes.

Bento Report, V.2

I'm always looking for new "main course" items in my lunches, as I'm a pescetarian who needs to eat a large amount of protein. On this day, I cut out a bunch of stars from a slice of cheddar cheese to make everything feel more festive.

  1. Blue cheese, crumbled, with cheddar cheese star decorations.
  2. Hard boiled egg, made with a fish-shaped egg shaper.
  3. Wasabi almonds. Extra cheese stars wedged next to them.
  4. Sliced pink lady apples (for the blue cheese - yum!).
  5. Mini Tupperware of vitamins.
  6. Slightly steamed broccoli and grape tomatoes, with cheddar cheese star decorations.

Bento Report, V.2

  1. Strawberries and grapes. Cute blue frog pick (optional).
  2. Slightly steamed broccoli and grape tomatoes. Pink elephant pick.
  3. Mini Tupperware o'vitamins.
  4. Greek salad skewers! Cucumber, feta, and kalamata olive on a toothpick!
  5. Bunny-shaped hard boiled egg.
  6. Silverware wrapped in a pink cheetah print bandana, as napkin.

Those greek salad skewers might be one of my favorite lunch items in quite some time! I've kind of grown enamored with skewering small bites of food on sticks. It makes working through lunch much easier, as I kind of have to graze when I eat anyways.

Details on egg shapers and picks and other lunch accessories can be found here.

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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9.27.2014

Hatchery tasting box

The Box!

I LOVE Subscription boxes! I used to receive Bluum boxes for Gunnar, I had gifted Shane an awesome one called Loot Crate, and I currently receive Graze boxes and eSalon (as you read here...).
Since I adore these so much you can guess my delight when one of my Bridal Shower gifts was a membership to a new Subscription box that I have yet to hear about, it's called Hatchery and the premise is that you receive artisan ingredients right to your door. Being the crazy foodie I am, I could not wait till it arrived. When the package came today I did hesitate for a minute as perhaps I should wait for Shane as it was "our" gift....NAH! scratch that, I tore it open! And even better...all the products were wrapped inside like mini presents!

Stuff

I loved the fun variety of what they sent. Included are recipes to use the products in or a link to recipes found on the Hatchery site. So far my favorite was from "Nikki's Coconut Butter" (note, the jar is empty!)  as I stuck my fingers in the jar and proceeded to eat the entire thing. She has a bunch of fun flavors and I am glad this box introduced me to her product. I also tasted a drop of the maple syrup! It is heavenly! And I plan on using the BBQ rub on some tofu this week. I love this box!

PS Jen gets a cool box called Art Snacks. You can read about that here...

Stay Sweet,
Lisa
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9.26.2014

Vintage Garage & Upcoming Events!

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Hi y'all!
As you may have known, I was vending at Vintage Garage last weekend. As always, we had a ton of fun and I made a few new friends! Now it's time to mark your calendars, cuz I'm on the move! October is shaping up to be a busy month for Calamity Layne.

Saturday, October 4th 
I'll be at the Kane County Flea Market!
Where: the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 South Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174
When: Saturday - noon until 5pm

Sunday, October 5th
I'll STILL be at the Kane County Flea Market!
Where: the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 South Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174
When: 7am - 4pm.

Saturday, October 11th 
I'll be at Graylake Antique Market for the Vintage Clothing Market
Where: Grayslake County Fairgrounds - 1060 E. PETERSON RD., GRAYSLAKE, IL 60030
1/2 W. of Rt. 45 on Peterson Rd & Midlothian Rd.
(at the corner of Peterson & Midlothian) 
It is 1/2 mi west of Rt 45 or 1/2 mile east of Rt 83 on Peterson Rd.
When: 10am to 4pm
Admission: 2013 Regular Admission $7 (good for both days)
Early Buyers Saturday 8am to 10am / $25

Sunday, October 12th 
I'll STILL be at Graylake Antique Market for the Vintage Clothing Market
Where: Grayslake County Fairgrounds - 1060 E. PETERSON RD., GRAYSLAKE, IL 60030
1/2 W. of Rt. 45 on Peterson Rd & Midlothian Rd.
(at the corner of Peterson & Midlothian)
It is 1/2 mi west of Rt 45 or 1/2 mile east of Rt 83 on Peterson Rd.
When: 8am to 3pm

Stay tuned for more updates! I'm adding on more dates as we speak! :)

Until next time!
Steph @ Calamity Layne
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9.24.2014

Red + Black

Red + Black
boots - Target / dress - Target / tights - We Love Colors / cardigan - Torrid

Today at school we were supposed to wear red, white, and blue... but I don't have any blue items, apparently? So I went with a red and black theme, since it's a school-spirit-y theme. Oh, and I added blue eyeshadow. So, the patriotic theme was there - but it was subtle.

Red + Black

Hey, guess what? I'm wearing boots! The weather finally cooled off a little, so I'm celebrating by wearing tights AND boots - one of my favorite combinations! I bought these boots last year, but the calves were a little bit tight. As you can see, they just fit right now.

Red + Black
Red + Black

I love the motorcycle style of boots! I've been wanting a pair like this for awhile, so when I saw them on sale at Target online last year, I decided to go for it - even if it did take me a bit to actually wear them out!

Red + Black

Here's a close-up of my "blue" from the red, white, and blue color scheme. It's a blue shade from the Urban Decay Electric Palette, I believe it is Chaos.

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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9.22.2014

Fruit Brooch with Leopard

Fruit Brooch with Leopard
dress - Target / sweater - hand me down / brooch - Luxulite / leggings - Torrid
This leopard dress is the same dress as the one I wore in this post and this post - but it's not the EXACT same dress... it's two sizes smaller! Woo hoo! My friend Megan and I bought the same dress from Target at the same time almost two years ago. Megan has been busting her butt working out and following the Jenny Craig plan and she's lost like 30 pounds - go Megan!

So, Megan's former "fat" clothes become my present "skinny" clothes. To each his/her own. Lisa was kind enough to do the same for me earlier in the summer, too - passing on her too-big clothing to me. I really appreciate not having to buy a new wardrobe every time I drop a size, so this has been super helpful.

Fruit Brooch with Leopard

Oh yeah, the sweater was also formerly Megan's! Check out my free outfit! Score!

Fruit Brooch with Leopard

The neutral palette of the outfit was the perfect opportunity to show off my new brooch from Luxulite! I've been a big fan of her designs, and lusting over a fruit salad brooch for a while now. This design is glorious - not only is it a complete fruit salad with a variety of all of the fruits that I wanted, but there's a GLITTER bar holding it all together! So amazing! Now that I have this beautiful design, I really really want one of her Halloween brooches - so I'll just have to stalk her shop until that happens!

Fruit Brooch with Leopard

Now that the weather is cooling off, I'll have more shoe options than these dang Danskos you're always staring down at. Also, my feet seem to be doing a teeny bit better now that I've taken off 30+ pounds! Oh sweet relief!

Fruit Brooch with Leopard

Today's hair was brought to you by this tutorial here.

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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9.20.2014

Shake....a cocktail book!

book

I found out about an excellent program where I can receive free books to review. When I heard about this I was pretty excited as I LOVE books. There are many categories to choose from but for my first I went with a cocktail book that I thought Shane and I could enjoy. The book is called "SHAKE" by Eric Prum and Josh Williams.

The book is pretty great, lots of beautiful pictures that are clean and simple. These guys love those mason jars and also fresh ingredients. In the front there is a great section which breaks down the cocktail culture and even helps you out determining what type of glass goes for each cocktail and the type of ice too.

We did notice they have a love affair with sugar cane cubes. Many of the cocktails that we wanted to try had them as an ingredient. With the lack of sugar cubes we chose another cocktail from their "Fall" section to try. This is a Maple, lemon and bourbon cocktail.

ingredients

To make this you will need:

Bourbon
Fresh Lemon juice
Real maple syrup
ice and a shaker
(note this recipe actually called for fresh rosemary but I did not have any and it was just as tasty!)


squeeze

First you want to squeeze your lemons. You will need about a shot and a half. I love this tool. It is a citrus squeezer. This comes in a smaller size for lemons but if you indulge and get one, grab the largest so you can squeeze lots of stuff!
syrup

Next measure out your maple syrup. You will want about 3/4 of a shot.

bourbon

Next measure your delicious bourbon!

Add all of these to your shaker and get shaking!

drink up!

Pour over ice into cocktail glasses and enjoy!

Since I did not have the rosemary garnish I had to add something so I took some of the lemon and stabbed it with my cool sword cocktail picks!

“I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.”

Stay Sweet,
Lisa
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9.19.2014

eShakti Dress Review

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If you are looking for a stunning outfit, look no further than the eShakti website. These guys will customize any item on their site to your own measurements!!! AND they're affordable! If you've never had a piece tailored to your measurements, you need to give this site a try.

Alright, watch out…I’m getting on my soapbox…Never underestimate the power of a personally tailored outfit. When something fits you correctly, you look AND FEEL phenomenal! I have SUCH a hard time finding modern pieces at the store that fit me correctly because (NEWS FLASH) I wasn't made on an assembly line! Most modern pieces are, which is why I tend to look frumpy in most of them. I absolutely HATE shopping for clothes. Searching through racks and racks of sweater dresses, button up shirts, and jeans before I find MAYBE 2 pieces that I can live with…I hate it. Not only do I have to try on TONS of clothing, but I also have to look at myself IN all of this crap. I constantly look like a stuffed sausage or like I'm wearing doll dresses...During this process, it's exceedingly difficult to stay positive about my body and I think it's bullshit because otherwise don’t feel like I’m gigantic…Ok, I’m done now.
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eShakti asked us to pick out an item from their website and review it. I got SUPER excited because (if you can’t tell) I am ALWAYS excited about a tailored dress. Their website is very easy to navigate and their selection is GREAT. I chose a dress cute shirtdress and completely customized the measurements to fit me as well as the length and sleeve style.
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They have made the whole process is incredibly simple. You choose an item, customize the size or measurements, select your height, and add any custom styling (adding sleeves, skirt or pant length, etc…) and add to your cart for check out! If you are nervous about measurements, don’t be! They have an interactive customization section that will tell you exactly where and how to measure yourself.  photo measure_zpsfc1a26ea.png
I always make sure to add an extra inch or half inch to all of my measurements so ensure that I will have enough room in my clothing to feel comfortable. Only put exact measurements if you want your item for fir SKIN TIGHT.

Their customer service was great. They even double checked one of my measurements with me via email to make sure it was correct. I received my dress within a week of placing my order. I love it! It fits like a glove!!! :) Check it out!



Until next time!
~Steph @ Calamity Layne

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9.17.2014

Glasses and Denim

Glasses!
dress - Forever 21+ / shoes - Dansko via Zappos / leggings - Torrid / denim jacket - GAP / glasses - BonLook / buttons - misc, see details in post
Hey! I think that I'm finally starting to get back into outfit post mode! I've got like three sets of outfit photos so far coming up to show you! Hooray! Today I'm posting my outfit that featured my new BonLook glasses that I've been talking about for a while, and finally arrived last week! I gave you a little preview Monday...

Glasses!

I enjoyed this outfit, as it has a Ms. Frizzle vibe to it. Got lots of compliments! I've also transitioned away from my larger Torrid denim jacket to my older, smaller GAP denim jacket. It's still a little bit tight, and I couldn't button it (yet) if I had to, but the other jacket was kind of overwhelming me. I like the look of the smaller, slightly more cropped jacket, even if it is still a little bit tight. My glasses dress is about a year old now, but I still love it as much as ever!

Glasses!

My Keiko frames are the Miku Mint color. I just couldn't resist. If I had more money, I'd also buy them in black, even though they're pretty similar to my Derek Cardigan pair. The tiny metal studs that cluster at the temples are too cute!

Glasses!

The best part of a denim jacket is the ability to decorate it with pins! Above:


Glasses!

Tina Belcher is glittery! I may or may not have just purchased a couple of prints and more buttons (including that Wednesday Addams brooch) because I remembered how much I love The Tiny Hobo. I know that she just had successful Kickstarter campaign to make a line of clothing and I'd love to buy one of her designs on a t-shirt!

Glasses!

Here's my sweet rockabilly monster guy pin I bought from the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas as a souvenir from our summer vacation!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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9.15.2014

Monday Love, V.4

Iggy and I have become big fans of Erika's bento box videos on YouTube. After only watching a couple, Iggy declared Erika his "girlfriend" and asked to watch more. Hopefully there will be some new ones soon!


Find her on tumblr, too: http://lunchisabattlefield.tumblr.com/

Have you ever tried out using Gazelle to sell your old phone or laptop? I have - twice! It was an awesome experience both times. I sold my iPhone 3 (heh heh) and my old MacBookPro to Gazelle, and couldn't be happier. They were just sitting on a shelf, gathering dust - why not get some extra cash for them?

Blick Wishlist
It should come as no surprise that I love art supply shopping. Here are some of my favorites and things that I'd like to try from Blick:
  1. Pilot Bravo Marker Pens
  2. Papermate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick
  3. Zig Memory System Millennium Markers
  4. Alvin Brass Bullet Pencil Sharpener - aka the best sharpener ever
  5. Moleskine Cahier Notebooks
My Keiko Lynn glasses from BonLook arrived! I ordered the "Miku Mint" color. They're definitely a statement accessory, but I'm so excited to have them! I've been wanting a change from my usual black glasses, and meaning to try something new. These are good.

Glasses and Pin

I ordered a super cute brooch from Luxulite, and I am in love! The size of these pins are really substantial, and I really like that. Fingers crossed that I'll be able to snag a Halloween brooch this year - I really want one, but they go so fast!

*** This post contains some affiliate links, which helps to keep Betties N Brimstone up and running! ***

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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9.13.2014

Beer, Dairy and madness....

Beer n Cheeeeese

As I have stated many times before, I am from Long Island, NY. Being that I am not a native Midwesterner I am curious about the surrounding states. While growing up on the East coast I visited Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont, Maine, Maryland and so many others but other than my trip driving here and a brief trip to Michigan I have yet to explore my new "Home". I have been bugging Shane to take me to Wisconsin as there are many places I have wanted to see, and I hope one day I can live my "Lavern and Shirley" fantasy in Milwaukee. But until then Shane stays put and I needed my incredible friend Cheryl (who is from Wisconsin) to take me under her wing for a brief tour of Wisconsin and taste some of it's beer and cheese!

Madison

We left early on Labor day weekend and our first stop was Madison and its glorious and beautiful farmers market that surrounds the capitol. Unfortunately it started raining when we got there but we still were able to walk around (and get soaked!) and taste many things from the market and soak in the fresh produce...Cheese curds! The "Taste of Madison" was also going on that day so after shopping and wandering we stalked the "Curd Girl" booth for more (and better) cheese curds as these were fried up and served with amazing sauces! We also popped into "The Great Dane" pub for a quick beer, because when you are in Wisconsin, you drink beer...even at 11am!

Traveling

After leaving Madison we had a long drive to her Sisters house. We had fun thrift shopping, stopping at farm stands and enjoying that tasty frozen cider, snacking on this crazy popcorn I found at the farmers market and enjoying a scenic overlook.

See that ceramic stuff up there? I regret being good for once and not getting it. I found it at a shop on State Street in Madison. Its by "Fishs Eddy" and this is their Brooklyn line. Cheryl thought she was so funny making fun of my accent when she found these. I may need to go back and get them....and eat more curds!

The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing at her sisters house. Where we were mostly everything is closed on a Sunday and that was ok...after her sister and friends "forced" me into a drinking game on Saturday night I was in no shape to do anything BUT relax!

madness

On our way home we got to cross a MAJOR thing off my Wisconsin "Bucket list" and that was the "House on The Rock". I was so happy it was open as it was Labor Day and so many places were closed. There are no words for the madness that is inside this place. A very rich and eccentric man collected a ton of crazy stuff and put it all into this huge house. Part of the house is built in rock, there is an infinity room that stretches out far with few supports (which I read AFTER I walked in there) and just collection upon collection upon collection upon collection....dolls, crazy organs that play, a million carved ivory tusks and just insanity. I swear my brain hurt for days after leaving here. When something is crazy to me, its REALLY crazy. But AWESOME at the same time. When I got to the room with the huge carousel inside, Cheryl said my mouth was hanging open in awe and I was silent.
I am never silent...the HOTR made me speechless. It is worth a road trip, pictures and explanations do not even touch what this place is. Its's a must see to believe.

more madness
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After the house we were hungry and since the brewery I wanted to go to (New Glarus) was sadly closed, Cheryl ended up surprising me and taking me to a town that is known for TROLLS (yes, trolls...wooden trolls EVERYWHERE!) and a tasty pub there called "Grumpy Troll". Even though we were full we still stopped at this tasty ice cream place because in Wisconsin you have some ice cream! Boy did I eat so many veggies when I got home!

P.S. You can check out Jen's trip to House on The Rock in 2012 here, too!

Stay Sweet,
Lisa
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9.12.2014

Steph's Sweet Thrift Store Finds

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Are you ready for this week's super awesome thrift store finds?? I have had absolutely NO will power this week in regards to my pocketbook...but seriously...these were too good to pass up! I'll just eat more ramen next week. ;) Ok! First up...

TWO Vintage Cherry Red Weekender Bags
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These two weekender bags are 57 Chevy cherry red and any rockabilly girl's dream. Perfect as carry ons or for  weekend getaway!...I LOVE them...At least one of them will be up for sale at next weekend's Vintage Garage, so if you're interested come out on the 21st!

MINT Remington Rand Typewriter
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It seems when I'm trying to save the MOST money is when I find the coolest stuff (hey, I'm not complaining!). I don't think this thing has ever been used. It's in immaculate condition and the case STILL has the key attached. Not gonna lie, I might be keeping this one...

Genuine Leather Three Ring Binder
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I have no idea how old this is, but I had to snatch it up. It's super heavy duty and REAL leather. Great for any papers you want to keep safe...OR a picture album!
"Table for Ladies..." Sign
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Again, not sure how old this is, but I thought it was hilarious and I am hanging it in my studio. more than likely it will be next to my desk. ;)

Mid Century Wall Sconces 
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These may have originally come with a clock, but I couldn't find it...SO, they're mine now! They're hung lovingly in my living room next to the Mid Century Danish bar.

Alright! That's what I got this week! I'm going to be living off of ramen and water for the next week, but it was worth it!!! ;)

Until next time!
~Steph @ Calamity Layne

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9.10.2014

The Bento Report, V.1

My lunch does not always look cute. But there are some days that I make my lunch and I think, "ooh that one looks really nice!" - so I've been taking photos of them, and I thought that it might be fun to share. Especially because I eat (sort of) weird things now that I'm on the post-weight-loss-surgery program, and also because I don't eat "meat!" (I am, however, a pescetarian - I eat fish and seafood.)

Here are a couple of cute lunches from last week. I'll break them down for you below:

The Bento Report
  1. Mini skewers of colby jack cheese and green grapes. I used frilly toothpicks.
  2. Tiny plum tomatoes with fun leaf-shaped picks in them.
  3. Smoked salmon. I can only eat a little bit.
  4. Cream cheese. For the bites of salmon.
  5. Dark chocolate and sea salt almonds!
  6. My chicken salt shaker (for the tomatoes).
  7. Tiny tupperware with my vitamins/meds for lunchtime.
The Bento Report
  1. My chicken salt shaker (for the tomatoes). 
  2. I mixed some greek yogurt with taco seasoning to make a dipping sauce. 
  3. Single-serve guacamole. Still too large for the bento box. I improvised. 
  4. Tiny tomatoes - this time with eyeballs! 
  5. Babybel cheese. Great for all lunches, bento or not. 
  6. (Under the cheese): Vitamins in a tiny Tupperware. 
  7. Two chunks of mini meatloaf made with fake meat! (Recipe to come soon...) 
  8. String cheese chunks and green grapes on frilly toothpicks. A good mid-morning snack.

I'm still honing my bento skills, and I practice on Iggy's meals quite a bit. He enjoys peanut butter and jelly "bats" I make using a Halloween cookie cutter, and "star cheese" - which is any sliced cheese that has been cut out with my small star-like flower cutter.

I've got some new gadgets on my wishlist and ideas in mind for future lunches/snacks I'd like to try out, so there will definitely be more to come!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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9.08.2014

Open House, Goth Style

Open House, Goth Style
dress - Target / cardigan - Target / shoes - Dansko via Zappos

It's been a long time since I've posted an outfit post, and I do plan on getting back to them... school is really kicking my butt right now. I don't want to be here, but I'm putting on my big girl pants and cracking a smile to get through the day each day.

Even with the attitude that I just don't care anymore about most decisions that go on at school, I can't help but still get super annoyed at the massive disrespect for my subject area and how people walk all over my class, pulling kids out of the room for anything and everything, scheduling standardized tests during my class time, field trips, band classes... the list goes on and on. And what can I do about it? 

Nothing.

Open House, Goth Style

Who enjoys feeling unimportant and disrespected at their job?

No one.

Open House, Goth Style

I'm now in full swing at grad school. It's not as bad as I thought. I enjoy what we're studying, and the people in my class seem very understanding of the different experience levels and input that everyone puts into the class. I just wish that the program was shorter than a year and a half. It starts to feel like an eternity.

Also, can you spot any difference in me? Maybe, maybe not. I'm down about 30 pounds since just before surgery. I haven't made any huge changes in clothing size... mostly what I have now actually fits me the way it should. I feel good, physically. I went to derby class a couple of weeks ago and actually SKATED, really participated like I haven't before in a very long time. It felt amazing.

Open House, Goth Style

This night was open house at work. You know, where you have to meet and talk to parents about your class. It's not so bad, now that it's my thirteenth time doing it. Also, now that I'm a parent myself, I have a different outlook on talking to other parents. It's not as scary.

But...open house was scheduled for the SAME night as derby class. So I had one incredibly awesome night of skating, and then I had to miss class, again! Ugh.

And I cannot sign up for the next session of classes (10-12 weeks) because my next grad class falls on a... drumroll please... Tuesday! The same night as derby. Sometimes I feel like roller derby and I are destined to never be. But I love it so much.

Open House, Goth Style

Here, I blocked out my background with cute stickers. Because I'm a professional photographer like that.

Lets talk again soon, ok?

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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