A Love Letter of Sorts

Dear Melissa Marion,

In just under 2 weeks I will be in your city. I haven't seen you in person in just a month over THREE YEARS. This is a tragic failing on my part (stupid children). I anticipate that you will have created us an itinerary and picked out your best outfits and will even do a lemon cayenne water fast before I arrive because I am that important, but I am doing the same for you, and I know we will both benefit.

I've never been to the Eastern part of the united states of america and am excited to spend some time in a car on a real bonafied freeway, see a racial ghetto (which I seem to only see in the US or Toronto and some parts of Vancouver because I really never go anywhere and they continually fascinate me), and beat up anyone who says the words, "legitimate rape".

There's a few things I want to do in Baltimore and with you (on top of our visit to Classic Electric):
1. Ensure your BF doesn't feel TOO ALIENATED by my presence
2. Have a GIRLS marathon and eat ice cream
3. Ryan Gosling Movies and Wine Coolers
4. Go for a walk every day! EVERY DAY.
5. Buy books at Atomic Books (but not too many)
6. recreate this movie cover when we go to washington
7. eat out at least twice!

Even if we stay home and only eat grilled cheese sandwiches and read books about tropical birds we will have fun.

LOVE Diandra



Last week I got some new tattoos. Thought I'd share. Tomorrow = Victoria to watch Roller Derby. XO
Life decisions were made. Will post as they happen.


my eyes betray me.

in 3 minutes i have to get up and change my tights, flat iron my bangs, reapply my liquid liner, and throw on a new derby shirt and head out into the night to do lay-security at the local toy run dance (biker central... wait, drunk biker central). i'm looking forward to screechy women and sexual harassment. should be a good time.
the last few weeks have been interesting. i'm waiting to hear about an opportunity and am working on some list items and kind of want to pull my hair out. it's settled WE are going to be farmers, FOR SURE in 3-5 years from now. But WTF am I going to do between this minute and then? I'm pretty sure i don't want to be in the mainstream workforce just to have a "job". I want to work hard at work I LOVE. but i also want to make money. and be "in my skin" as it were. OH, and play some roller derby. HARDCORE roller derby.
OK time's up. Started watching Lena Dunham's GIRLS. It's the best.


30 by 31 (and a 29 before 30 recap!)

Well, today is my 30th birthday! Since I was a teenager I've admired people in their 30s and thought the true cool people were in their 30s. So, now I'm here! Looking forward to it. 29 was a big year for me, emotionally, and I think I've got it figured out! *YEEHAW!* To "get ready" for my thirties I did a list of my 29 before 30. The list as a process is changing and I'm realizing what I can do, reasonably, within a year (like paying all my debts off is NOT a reality if I'm also going to travel my face off), and hope my 30before31 list is a little more realistic ( more winning ). But, before I get to it, here's a recap of my 29before30:

1. go to ROLLER CON!
2. get/build/mount a shelf for my tea pots ended up not having any teapots: they all broke // new house had a teapot and a place for it
3. see Melissa planning this for my next year
4. own 3 of isa's vegan cookbooks got three from eden for my birthday last year and they revolutionized my life!
5. print pizza face zine
6. prince george tattoos done! looking forward to going back.
7. get a raise achieved (though small!). also got a second contract to increase my monthly income.
8. jump over a line with both feet (on skates) i can do this, though i'm still a little scared.
9. pass WFTDA minimum skills hurrah!
10. stay vegan until my bday 2012
11. ride to the market with seth in the trailer this was fun. should do it again
12. pay off all credit cards and line of credit 1/5 got one!!!!
13. paint our bedroom
14. finish my bday sweater i never wear this. it's a bit big now.
15. knit stewart's totoro hat
16. knit stewart's kreuger sweater he loves this and looks awesome
17. get a manicure
18. tomahawk stop yes!
19. can pickles
20. dress up for hallowe'eni hated this. ahahaah.
21. only have caffeine/coffee/pop 1 x per month (max) 9/12 this was really hard.
22. sew myself a piece of clothing dress for rollercon's luau!
23. buy a pair of jeans that fit gift from my mother in law! thank you!
24. take seth to swimming lessons this was a little failed
25. finish reading PLAYER ONE
great great novel!
26. hold plank for one minute YES!
27. buy another pair of flues (heels)
28. Do Fish.
29. Ombre hair

And without any further ado... My 30 before 31...

1/ pay off citi card
2/ pay off Hbc card
3/ pg tattoos
4/ 12 books
5/ go clamming
6/ 40 in 10
7/ play an out of town interleague game
8/ surfing lessons
9/ Sew myself a piece of clothing
10/ publish a paper
11/ make every pie in the vegan pie book
12/ Seth swimming lessons
13/ Rollercon 2013
14/ Leid on the Flat Track
15/ Knit another Stephen West Shawl
16/ see Melissa
17/ tk tattoos
18/ change my work situation
19/ weekend away on wc
20/ van folk fest
21/ stay vegan
22/ knuckle tattoos
23/ make cookzine about vegan breakfast sandwiches
24/ knit 3 sweaters
25/ fix sewing machine
26/ 360 jump turn
27/ be lead jammer
28/ run 5 km
29/ neck tattoo
30/ go to the dentist

This upcoming year's list contains four main themes: tattoos, travel, crafting, roller derby. Looking forward to it.


I've been a wreck so long it's hard to pull it back.

The morning after the epic gringo dinner we had, I'm feeling more tired than hung over, and more done with the current state of my life, and ready for a number of things to change. Any day now things can start to be drastically different and it's exhausting trying to keep up. I know that's super ominous but work, self, relationship, community: all these things could look different in the days and weeks ahead. Hopefully all won't be drastically different, but different nonetheless. One I feel like sharing right now is that I've connected with a Derbalife coach. Derbalife is Herbalife optimized for derby. I get a derby coach (who is fucking awe inspiring!) who will help me reach my health/derby goal: play at an elite level by in three years. WFTDA travel team, regionals, RDAC Nationals, team canada. LOFTY GOAL? Doable. But a lot of work. And I need motivation. And coaching works for me. Psyched. And after being sick for a week, I'm ready to get down on the floor and work my abs for 12 minutes until I puke.

In other news, epic dinner last night was awesome. So awesome I wish I took more pictures. Me and my roommate made Seitan, bean, and daiya burritos with Mesa Sauce (and beef, bean, and cheese burritos), green aji (sauce) which i forgot to take out and we will pour all over the leftovers, vegan queso, vegan 7 layer dip, peruvian potato salad, cabbage salad, zucchini and avo salad, tofu corn casserole, cilantro lime rice.. and a three layer, tri-coloured cake to look like the mexico flag. We also had sangria, coronas, margaritas, pina coladas, mojitos, palomas, jello shots, and sangria. It was great.

And, with some bday $$ i broke down and bought new toms. i love them.