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30th birthday party!

sokay made me thirty flavors of homemade ice cream for my 30th birthday party. She's gotta be the best wife ever! Ever!



Apple Cider: cream, milk, sugar, boiled cider, cinnamon, cloves
Azuki Bean: cream, milk, sugar, azuki bean paste
Bacon: cream, milk, brown sugar, eggs, bacon, vanilla
Basil: cream, milk, sugar, basil, lemon
Blackberry Sorbet: blackberries, sugar, lemon juice
Blueberry Frozen Yogurt: yogurt, sugar, blueberries, lemon juice
Cherry Chocolate Frozen Yogurt: yogurt, agave syrup, almond extract, chocolate (sweetened with organic cane sugar)
Chocolate: cream, milk, sugar, eggs, dutch cocoa powder, unsweetened chocolate, vanilla
Cinnamon: cream, milk, sugar, cinnamon
Cookie Dough: cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, cookie dough (butter, brown sugar, chocolate chips)
Green Apple & Sparkling Cider Sorbet: apples, sugar, sparkling cider (no alcohol), lemon juice
Green Tea: cream, milk, sugar, matcha powder
Lemon Sorbet: lemons, sugar, lemon juice, limoncello (small amt)
Malted Milk: cream, milk, sugar, malted milk powder, malted milk balls
Mango Sorbet: mangoes, sugar, lime juice, vodka (small amt)
Mayan Chocolate: cream, milk, sugar, eggs, dutch cocoa powder, unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, cinnamon fudge
Orange-Raspberry Sorbet: orange juice, agave syrup, raspberry juice
Peanut Butter Brownie: cream, milk, sugar, peanut butter, vanilla, brownie chunks, peanut butter fudge
Pear and Pecorino: cream, milk, sugar, eggs, pears, pecorino, sour cream, lemon juice
Peppermint Bonbon: cream, milk, sugar, peppermint extract, green food coloring, chocolate chips
Piña Colada Sherbet: pineapple, sugar, coconut milk, coconut rum (small amt), lime juice
Pumpkin Pie: cream, milk, sugar, eggs, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, vanila
Raspberry Rhubarb: cream, milk, sugar, raspberries, rhubarb, lemon juice, xanthan gum
Raspberry Rosé Sorbet: raspberries, sugar, rosé wine (a lot)
Roasted Banana: milk, sugar, bananas, butter, brown sugar
Samoas: cream, milk, sugar, coconut, caramel, fudge
Strawberry: cream, milk, sugar, eggs, strawberries, lemon juice
Totally Nuts: cream, milk, sugar, almond extract, hazelnuts, pecans, almonds
Vanilla: cream, milk, sugar, eggs, vanilla bean
White Chocolate Cocoa Nib: cream, milk, sugar, eggs, white chocolate, cocoa nibs
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Skate Invaders

Skate Invaders

Skate Invaders
Minnesota RollerGirls All-Stars vs. Naptown Rollergirls
League Mixer featuring Princes (Seasons 1-4) vs. Har Mar Superstars (Seasons 5-7)

DETAILS
Saturday, April 2nd
Doors at 6:30pm, bout at 7:30pm
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul
Tickets  |  Directions  |  Parking

FEATURED ENTERTAINMENT
Featuring half-time entertainment by house polka band, the Bratwurst Brothers. Note that with the All-Star bouts, half-time occurs between the first and second period of the All-Star game, which starts around 8:25.

GET THERE EARLY, GET A FREEBIE!
We'll be giving away a special limited edition Minnesota RollerGirls t-shirt to the first 200 people in the doors. There will also be a very limited quantity for sale for $15 and when they're gone, they're gone. So get there early!

GET A BLACK EYE OR SHOW YOUR TEAM SPIRIT
Get old fashioned black eyes for a buck at our Black Eye Booth ... OR support your favorite home team for just a $2 donation. (Kids always free!) If you think we've done an exceptional job, a more generous donation is always appreciated. All proceeds go to the East Metro Homeless Project Connection.

BOUT CHARITY
Ann Bancroft Foundation's Let Me Play Grant

AFTER PARTY
Join us at O'Garas Bar and Grill after the bout to hobnob with your favorite rollergirls and enjoy PBR drink specials.
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You Betcha! Brawl

You Betcha! Brawl

You Betcha! Brawl
Minnesota RollerGirls All-Stars vs. D.C. Rollergirls
League Mixer featuring Hipsters vs. Hunters

DETAILS
Saturday, March 5th
Doors at 6:30pm, bout at 7:30pm
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul
Tickets  |  Directions  |  Parking

FEATURED ENTERTAINMENT
Featuring half-time entertainment by house polka band, the Bratwurst Brothers. Note that with the All-Star bouts, half-time occurs between the first and second period of the All-Star game, which starts around 8:25.

GET THERE EARLY, GET A FREEBIE!
We'll be giving away a special limited edition Minnesota RollerGirls t-shirt to the first 200 people in the doors. There will also be a very limited quantity for sale for $15 and when they're gone, they're gone. So get there early!

GET A BLACK EYE OR SHOW YOUR TEAM SPIRIT
Get old fashioned black eyes for a buck at our Black Eye Booth ... OR support your favorite home team for just a $2 donation. (Kids always free!) If you think we've done an exceptional job, a more generous donation is always appreciated. All proceeds go to the East Metro Homeless Project Connection.

BOUT CHARITY
Ann Bancroft Foundation's Let Me Play Grant

AFTER PARTY
Join us at Station 4 after the bout to hobnob with your favorite rollergirls and enjoy PBR drink specials.
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Dead of Winter

Dead of Winter

Dead of Winter
Atomic Bombshells vs. Garda Belts
Dagger Dolls vs. Rockits

DETAILS
Saturday, January 22nd
Doors at 6:30pm, bout at 7:30pm
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul
Tickets  |  Directions  |  Parking

FEATURED ENTERTAINMENT
Featuring half-time entertainment by Trailer Trash. Mascots of local sports teams will be participating in "Mascot Madness" for a special pre-show.

GET THERE EARLY, GET A FREEBIE!
We'll be giving away a special limited edition Minnesota RollerGirls t-shirt to the first 200 people in the doors. There will also be a very limited quantity for sale for $15 and when they're gone, they're gone. So get there early!

GET A BLACK EYE OR SHOW YOUR TEAM SPIRIT
Get old fashioned black eyes for a buck at our Black Eye Booth ... OR support your favorite home team for just a $2 donation. (Kids always free!) If you think we've done an exceptional job, a more generous donation is always appreciated.

BOUT CHARITY
Ann Bancroft Foundation's Let Me Play Grant

AFTERPARTY
Join us at O'Garas after the bout to hobnob with your favorite rollergirls and enjoy PBR drink specials.


Seeing Double

GET READY FOR A DOUBLEHEADER
For the first time ever, the Minnesota RollerGirls will be strapping on their skates in the Xcel Energy Center! We are super excited to be participating in this double-header with Minnesota's premiere lacrosse league, the Minnesota Swarm on Saturday, January 29th. That's right, two awesome events in one sweet venue for one $20 ticket!

The Minnesota Swarm vs. the Washington Stealth starts promptly at 7:30 immediately followed by the Minnesota RollerGirls vs. Madison's Dairyland Dolls. There isn't trackside seating for this special event, but just imagine: roller derby in the Xcel!

Help us break the modern roller derby bout attendance record!

Tickets can be purchased online through January 25 at Ticketmaster. Tickets are also available at three of our local ticket outlets: Electric Fetus (through game day) and Shameless, Inc., and Derby 4 All (through the afternoon of January 25).

PLEASE NOTE: If purchasing your tickets via Ticketmaster online for the first time, you'll need to set up a Ticketmaster account, then enter "roller" as the special offer code when ordering.
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Land of 10,000 Aches

Land of 10,000 Aches

Land of 10,000 Aches
Garda Belts vs. Rockits
Atomic Bombshells vs. Dagger Dolls

DETAILS
Saturday, December 11th
Doors at 6:30pm, bout at 7:30pm
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul
Tickets  |  Directions  |  Parking

FEATURED ENTERTAINMENT
Featuring half-time entertainment by house polka band, The Bratwurst Brothers. Members of the Twin Cities Terrors (men's roller derby league) will be playing "Queen of the Rink" for the pre-show entertainment. And you just might see a special winter wonderland visitor at the door or in the crowd ... make sure to say hi to Santa!

GET THERE EARLY, GET A FREEBIE!
We'll be giving away a special limited edition Minnesota RollerGirls t-shirt to the first 200 people in the doors. There will also be a very limited quantity for sale for $15 and when they're gone, they're gone. So get there early!

GET A BLACK EYE OR SHOW YOUR TEAM SPIRIT
Get old fashioned black eyes for a buck at our Black Eye Booth ... OR support your favorite home team for just a $2 donation. (Kids always free!) If you think we've done an exceptional job, a more generous donation is always appreciated. All proceeds go to the East Metro Homeless Project Connection.

BOUT CHARITY
Foundation IX

AFTERPARTY
Join us at Station 4 after the bout to hobnob with your favorite rollergirls and enjoy PBR drink specials.
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Sketches are thataway...

I've stopped posting my sketches here on LJ, since it doesn't seem that there's much interest here.

Nevertheless, I have continued to post them over on deviantArt.

Here are are some of my more recent creations:
An oddly attractive eye
Perspective-chan
Spikey Hair Boy
Kirino Kousaka
Violent Eye
Amy, aka Club-chan

And here's tonight's most recent creation, just so you have a little imageiness to go with your links:


It's Señor Pintsize! :D
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Aang!

I went to Dick Blick yesterday and got an actual decent sketchbook. Only 50c more than the one I got at Target, and 50 sheets instead of 70, but it's actual white, thick, smooth paper. It's a dream to draw on. I'm in love!

Today was the first attempt at drawing a non-portrait:



Clearly demonstrating my lack of understanding of perspective. Stupid arrow. I'm going to keep tinkering with it to try to understand how that kind of perspective works. But, I think I did pretty good on drawing Aang's actual eyes.
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Amber Ozawa

This is the first character I've drawn that I feel happy enough about to give a name to. It took me about eight to ten hours to draw her yesterday, after a really emotionally draining Thanksgiving holiday.

I actually drew the hair on the left twice, the hair on the right three times. The ears, oh god, the ears. I spent an hour drawing two ears, but ended up having to erase them because they were placed badly. :cry: Anyways, any feedback, criticisms, or the like would be highly appreciated. I'm only at the five day mark when it comes to drawing, so there's absolutely craptons of stuff I haven't learned yet.


(click on the image for the full size version)

It was weird... once I was about 2/3rds of the way through drawing Amber, I started to get nauseated about the thought of finishing. And then, once it was all done, I started sobbing. I'm like a hormonal train wreck or something.
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Thanksgiving Day Happenings - Sketching Edition

I did do a bit more sketching late last night, after everybody returned home. Every face I drew was a bust, but I did manage to draw a really good eye, one our exchange student exclaimed was AWESOME:


And I drew the first ever hair segment that I was actually happy with, although it's not much:


I find it to be quite interesting, the amount of detail that goes into an eye. In my scanned sketches, downsized for the web, it's a bit hard to see. But there's really a lot more detail in these things than you'd think. For example, here's an eye, at its actual size, next to what it looks like at 600dpi:


Crazy detail! But it really does make a difference in the end.
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The Amazing Earless Girl!


(click on image for full size)

The numbers are the order in which I drew the hair segments. I'm trying out different techniques that I tried randomly sketching on another page. sokay was complaining that all my drawings looked sad or concerned, so I showed her what's what! :D

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Update: My helpful Dutch friend, Emmy, who had given me advice on things to change from my previous portrait decided to help me out by showing me a helpful redrawing of the hair (and ears!) on top of what I had done. It's great!