Category Archives: Foto Friday

Foto Friday: Warrior Dash x2

I actually had a completely different post planned for today, but then I got an email that the professional pictures from Warrior Dash were up.   I was stoked that they were even able to read my bib # for some of these.   I haven’t *quite* finished looking through the “lost and found” pics to see if I can find myself diving into mud.   Rest assured that if I do, part 3 will be on the way!

Charging the Hills

Navigating a mud slide

Jumping over fire!

And again (This is my fave. I might have to purchase)

Apparently my dismount is less-than-graceful!

Foto Monday(?): Signs, Signs, Everywhere are Signs

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.  I suck at blogging.  I have a bunch of Foto Friday posts I want to do, but I can never manage to actually *do* them on Friday.  And I haven’t posted anything at all this month, so here’s a special Monday edition.  Lucky you.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love my friends?  I do.  I love them for a lot of reasons, but I especially love the signs they made me for my big “events” last month.

Kim/Lindsey made the “Go Jill” signs for the half marathon.  The signs are a bunch of inside jokes all rolled into one (and, really, wouldn’t be that funny if I explained them to you. Trust me on this one.)  I honestly didn’t even “get” all of it when I saw Kim at Mile 11, but I L-O-V-E that she was there… with her trademark “cell phone” scream… and a sign!

The big signs were made by Nikki and Carrie for my Derby Debut.  I especially liked the “signs on sticks.”  It was awesome to see my friends holding these during the bout.  Kyle was on the floor with the Bitch E. Rich #815 sign.   Kim (and Donna?) made the smaller signs that say “Kill, Kill, Kill…, Bitch E. Rich likes it rough, and Bitch E. Rich is one bad mother F’er.”  They had a bunch more of the smaller ones, but I think I misplaced them along the way.

My only regret is that I FAILed to get any pictures of my “fans” with the signs.  Next time, fo sho.

Foto Friday: Dressing my best

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m participating in academicchic’s Dress Your Best week.  To tell the truth, I haven’t been dressing my best this week.  I’ve barely even put on make-up.  But Monday night I had to have my picture taken for our derby bout program.  The instructions were clear:  wear a black top.  Any black top.

photo by Alex Wild

(In reverence to academic chic, I’ll use their standard format for this photo)


  • top: Gap Outlet ribbed tank
  • jeans: Gap, distressed
  • bracelet: CDH awareness


The instructions were clear: wear a black top.  Any black top.  I chose this ribbed tank top from the Gap to highlight one of my favorite “features”:  my skin.   Granted, a lot of it has to do with the amazing lighting and photography, but I just love the contrast of my pale skin with the black top in this picture.   I also love how *much* of my skin  you can see…without being too risqué.

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my skin over the years.  I’m pale.  I *can* tan, but it takes a lot of time and effort (and sunburns).  I’ve often felt self-conscious about being so pale.  I’ve tanned, self-tanned, spray-tanned, etc. in an effort to combat my pastiness.  (Hannah had an interesting post about the same subject yesterday.) None of these things are pleasant, nor do they last long, so I’ve learned to embrace my skin for what it is.

I mentioned in my last post that I asked my fb friends to name the one complement they get most often.  My answer was my skin/complexion.  Ever since I was young people have been telling me I have a good complexion.  Even before I really knew what that meant.

I was lucky enough as a teenager to escape the severe acne problems of some of my peers.  Not that I had perfect skin back then, but it was better than most.  Now that I’m “older” I often hear that I look younger than I am.   I haven’t (yet) had the struggles with lines and wrinkles other people of my advanced age (31) have had to contend with.

Pale is the new tan and today I’m celebrating my skin…  and good lighting… and amazing photography

Foto Friday: Fun with Photoshop

Big race tomorrow.  I’ve been doing everything in my power to not think about it, but it’s pretty much consuming my thoughts.  

Lots more than that later, but for now… I’ve been trying to teach myself Photoshop.  Here are some of my favorite creations:

Cutout derby girl

neon derby girl

charcoal chalk_pink


burglar_graphic pen

Kyle and I-- film grain

poster edges

Roxie really looks like a killer now!


Foto Friday: I Heart Central Illinois

The sun wasn’t cooperating with me on this one, but today during my (super sucky) run, I HAD to snap this photo.   I don’t know if you can tell, but there’s TONS o’ TACKY going on here– The miniature deer, the garden gnome, the birdhouse.  But the highlight is the SNOWMAN on the door.   Class-y!

Foto Friday: Derby Pix

This week I went to get my “official”  roller derby pix taken.  Since I still haven’t 100% chosen a name, I wasn’t quite sure what to do, so I pulled out the costume tub and put together the most derby-rific outfit I could find. 

Here are some of the better shots:

attempting a "mean face"

This one's my favorite

boots AND skates?? hmmm...

Clearly, I need to work on my mean face if I’m going for the Bitch E. Rich persona :)

Foto Friday: Photo Op

We went to St. Louis last weekend for a derby bout.   While we were there, we did a bit of gambling, tasted beers at Schlafly’s brewery, and went on the Anheuser-Busch tour (which I’ve never done… in my 400 trips to STL).

While at the brewery, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have this photo taken:

Note:  This is the only photo of either one of us we took all weekend.   And yet another green coat sighting!

Foto Friday: Facebook meme edition

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m getting annoyed by all the facebook memes going around.  I refuse to play out of principle.   However, if I were to play, here’s some of the pictures I’d post:

Throwback  photo
fb instructions:  Change your profile pic to a pic of you back in the day

pampasan chair--check, hammer pants--check, day glo shirt-check= genuinely happy Christmas smile

Sibling  photo
fb instructions: If you love your brothers/sisters, post a photo of you together

Of course I love them! From left: David (half-bro), Jo (sis-in-law), Ryan (bro), me, Kelli (half-sis)

Celebrity photo
fb instructions: Post a photo of the celebrity you’ve been told you look like

I did an entire post on this once. I’m still going with Jewel.  Not so much these days, though.

Couple photo
fb instructions:  In honor of Valentine’s Day, post a pic of you and your significant other and tell how long you’ve been together/how you met

This was taken on NYE. I love it cuz we're REALLY laughing, not doing our usual smile-for-the-camera bit

We’ve been together a little over a year.  Our “story” isn’t really one to pass down to the grandkids, so we’ll just say we met in school and re-connected years later ;)

And, just for fun…
Here are my entries from the Urban Dictionary:

1. Girl’s name
2. A very hot girl who is secretly very dirty but no one would know it.
3. A rampant sex beast – amazing in bed.
4. other meanings: flows like water (turkish)/ melody (old french)/ free man (german/french)/ love (gaelic)/ beloved (latin)

or, alternatively:

A crazy pyscho feminist who rages on most days about nothing in particular, leading you in circles going no where but confusion

Foto Friday: Crazy Kids

Very soon, these crazy kids will be parents and I’ll be an aunt.   I couldn’t be happier– or more emotional–about it.   Stay tuned!

Jo & Ryan. Minnesota, August 09

Foto Friday: Photobooth fun!

A few weeks ago (I told you these updates would be non-linear!), I attended my friend Jacqui’s wedding. It was a lot of fun, but I don’t have many pics from that night (other than a HILARIOUS–but unintentional–shot of me doing the “Carich dance.”)

The wedding was super fun… and they had a photobooth!  I’ve seen this on TV before, but never in real life. 

Basically, they have a booth set up and you get your picture taken (like you did at the mall when you were in Jr. high).  Except now they give you two printouts of your photos–one for you to keep and one that you paste in a book for the bride and groom.   There’s also a digital record–which Jacqui posted on facebook for the world to see.   SO FUN!!

Kyle and I. That last pic is horrendous...and priceless!

Group shot-- fun with props!

Me, Erin, Steph

Kyle is P.I.M.P.