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Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’

On skates! I had my first Derby Lite session on Saturday. I’m pretty bad, but I’m confident that I’ll get better with practice. Now I just need a roller derby name…

(And yes, I had to watch this after writing that title.)

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  • Adventures In Babywearing
    April 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Oh, I can hardly walk in regular shoes. I wish I could roller derby! I had thought maybe my name could be Mother Steffer. LOL. I am not very good at coming up with those names, as you can see.


  • Olive Wildly
    April 11, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Wooohooo! You are going to LOVE it. It’s so awkward at first, but once you have your crossovers and speed all smooth…. incredible. As for derby names, check They post all of the registered names. Since no 2 names can be the same, it’s a great place to check before submitting your preferences. The names on there can be pretty inspiring too. Good luck! I can’t wait to hear what name you pick!

  • Dianne K. Nelson
    April 11, 2011 at 10:09 am

    WOOO HOOOO!! Welcome to the derby world! I’ve been reading your blog since before Eleanor was born and doing derby for about 8 months now (still a beginner….I started from zero) and just LOVE it! You will too! Please, if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email!

    Have fun!


    • Dianne K. Nelson
      April 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm

      …I should have signed that “Velma Meana”

  • JourneyBeyondSurvival
    April 11, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Brave, brave, anti-gravity woman.

  • Margaret
    April 11, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Destructive Design?

  • Sarah Hettervik @
    April 11, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Wow, you are brave!

  • Lisa
    April 11, 2011 at 10:20 am

    How fun! You could have the name, “Pinkalicious”

  • Melissa M.
    April 11, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Gorgeous skates! If I wasn’t so fragile, I’d love to give roller derby a shot. Okay, let’ see. What could your name be? Maybe something like The Wreckorator. Or Interior Wreckorator because you wreck people’s interiors. ;) Or something decor related. How about Elle de Gore? Or maybe pink related. Like Gritty in Pink? I gotta think about this. You need a fabulous name.

    • bungalowbliss
      April 11, 2011 at 10:38 am

      Ooh, I like Gritty in Pink! I mean, I REALLY like that for you, Nicole!

      Good job, Melissa!

    • Making it Lovely
      April 11, 2011 at 10:50 am

      Gritty in Pink is awesome, but taken! That’s the problem I keep running into… I think of something good, but someone else has already used it. (Here’s the names roster.) Elle De Gore is funny though!

  • eden mydust
    April 11, 2011 at 10:47 am

    everyone sucks in the beginning, no worries. stick with it, you’ll be amazed with the results! practice squatting every chance you get when you’re off skates and it will help you TONS when you’re on skates. so worth it!

  • Loren
    April 11, 2011 at 10:55 am

    How about…
    Nicole Killman
    Nikki the Hicky!

  • Carrie S.
    April 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Have you seen the movie Whip It? My husband and I both loved it.

  • Jenn
    April 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

    OH! Where did you get the skates?

    • Making it Lovely
      April 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      I ordered them through Derby Lite. They’re Riedell Vandal skates with Radar Tuner wheels. A lot of new skaters get Riedell R3’s too.

  • jbhat
    April 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I have a friend who does roller derby. Her name is Sirius Mischief.

    I vote Elle de Gore for you. Clever, cute.

    August is adorable. No tears!


    • The Distressed Mother
      December 5, 2011 at 11:52 pm

      Is she with Rat City Rollers? We had them playing here recently in Australia and they had someone with that name.

      TDM xx

  • Tawnee
    April 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I got brand new skates at the thrift store on saturday! I can’t skate but i’ll be on the derby team in no time. I’m going to Whip It! btw, brilliant movie

  • Miss B.
    April 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    How FUN! Are those special Derby skates? Can’t wait to hear how it goes, will brainstorm some cool names, lol.

    • Miss B.
      April 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      Duh, you mentioned it above about the skates, ignore me.

  • Chloe's mom
    April 11, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Ok, I consider myself a loud and proud nerd. I think being a nerd is a positive thing :) So, the name that makes me giggle, and would incorporate your baby girls name, is Eleanerd Roosevelt. I’m just saying….. hahaha

  • elissa, ebb & flow
    April 11, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    that is AWESOME! get it, girl!

  • Bethany
    April 11, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    So I always admired my mom for doing things like jazzersize after she had us kids. She worked hard, lost the weight & maintained a healthy life for herself & still managed to have the energy to take care of me and my younger brothers. But rolly derby 2 months after giving birth? You are one bad ass mama! Have fun!!!! ;)

  • val
    April 11, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    You got Wickeds! I an so jealous!

    • Making it Lovely
      April 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm

      I wish! They’re Vandals. Same boot though — they’re nice.

  • Syd'sMommy
    April 12, 2011 at 12:08 am

    I was thinking of your shop name as part of your derby name. How about Pink Loves Black & Blue? Black and blue as in bruises……the bruises you might get and the ones you might be giving. LOL! ;-)

  • Jen
    April 12, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Pink Loves PAIN!

  • Sally
    April 12, 2011 at 3:46 am

    I love them!
    I have seen people doing this in my city now (Bristol, UK) it’s so cool, all the girls look tough but cool!

  • Christina Winters
    April 12, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Those are cute skates! I had a list of names I thought up when I lived in Richmond and did a few practices with the River City Roller Girls, but I have no idea where it went. These are what I can remember:

    Rita M. Weep (read em and weep, heh)
    Grand Muff Tarkin (get it? cause you’re a ladyperson!)
    Annabelle Lector (this one seems so obvious that it’s prob taken already)

  • Christina Winters
    April 12, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Upon further review, I suppose that should be Lecter*

  • jen {fuzzy sushi}
    April 12, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I love this! And, after a brief period of reflection, I realize that I’m not even tough enough to come up with bad ass names. Hahaha. I would not survive the roller derby.

  • Crystal
    April 12, 2011 at 6:46 am

    That is so awesome of brave of you! Way to do something outside of the box. For a name how about Bad, Bad Pinky Brown? I can hear the chants now “Bad, bad Pinky Brown… baddest girl in the whole damn town…badder than old King Kong…meaner than a junk yard dog.

  • kathy
    April 12, 2011 at 10:22 am

    you are impressive in so many ways! thanks for some more inspiration.

    am sure you will come up with just the right name. one of my favorites belongs to pamela ribon of la derby dolls – may q. holla (ha!) when you need some laughs and inspiration of your own, read her book “going in circles”. :)

    derby safe and have fun!

  • kathy
    April 12, 2011 at 10:22 am

    you are impressive in so many ways! thanks for some more inspiration.

    am sure you will come up with just the right name. one of my favorites belongs to pamela ribon of la derby dolls – may q. holla (ha!). when you need some laughs and inspiration of your own, read her book “going in circles”. :)

    derby safe and have fun!

  • kathy
    April 12, 2011 at 10:24 am

    and her blog is

  • Katie Truelove
    April 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    So fun! My cousin does roller derby in LA and her name is Volcanic Ash…took some inspiration from her first name: Ashley… Good luck! Looking forward to hearing what you come up with;):)

  • Leanna
    April 29, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I just wanted to tell you that your post inspired me to find a roller derby team in my town. I went to my first practice last night! and loved every painful minute of it!

  • Karmen Getme
    May 17, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Roller Derby is great fun with a fantastic community of women. Be warned though it is utterly addictive as much for the sport as it is for the new friends it brings. We have some amazing super Mums in our league (Adelaide Roller Derby) who are incredible. I really dont know how they juggle children, work, relationships and roller derby!

    Which league are you training with? Good luck picking a name. I suggest thinking about what your eventual nickname will be as your name will always get shortened and thats what you’ll always get called. A friend’s derby name is Bootlegger Lily but she always gets called Booty.

  • brooke
    May 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Nightmare Nic’?

  • Shiv
    May 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Lovely skates! There’s a really good blog written by Kamikazie Kitten of London Roller Girls; definitely worth checking out for new skaters (and more experienced ones)!

  • Danielle
    August 26, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I just stumbled on your blog today and have been reading back through all your posts! (loving your blog)… then I find out you skate and are taking derby classes! High five to that my dear lady!! Top work!! I play roller derby down under here in Melbourne, and it’s my life! Love to always come across other girls on skates throughout the web :)
    xx Danielle