See What I Bought This Weekend

I’m so excited!



I went skating all the time when I was younger but it was always in those awful rentals.  The derby skates are a totally different animal.  So far, I’ve just skated around mom-in-laws on her hardwood floors.  Maybe I’ll try and take them for a spin around the block.

You’ll notice a decided lack of bruises and this is after several passes around the dining room table and around the kitchen table and back to sip my bourbon…



ETA: Hopefully, I won’t have to completely relearn how to skate. Labrat can tell you how nice that can be. Also, not sure I’m actually going to do any roller derby.  These were a thrift store find/impulse buy.


Mythbusting: FNP45Tactical vs Toaster

It’s been said a few times that I carry a gun the size of a toaster.  Yeah, the FNP-45tactical isn’t small, but really? A toaster?

Well let’s put that to the test.  Something people are always concerned about is weight.  Personally, I believe a good holster on a good belt will mitigate weight quite a bit.  Now maybe not the weight of a classic chrome and Bakelite General Electric toaster.

It’s a big toaster.  Especially for one that will only handle 2 slices of bread at a time.  But it is the best toaster ever.

And it apparently weighs 4lbs 7oz. The FN?

Let’s look a little closer

1lb 15oz. Not even close.

But Jen! It’s not like you carry it empty like that! 15+1 rounds of 45ACP makes a pretty major difference in weight.


So now we’re up to 2lbs 14oz. That’s still not classic toaster weight.  Maybe some of the new-fangled polymer toasters.

Oh, but I suppose we should take the reload into account as well.  I mean, 30 more rounds of 45ACP…

What’s that say?

1lb 11 oz which brings us to a whopping 4lbs 8oz.

Er. Hmm.

See! My carry gun is not the size of a toaster!

It’s bigger.

Myth Busted!

School Me On Cameras

Les, Oleg-I’m specifically looking at you here.

Alright, the background.  Forever ago, my camera was a tough little Olympus Stylus 600. It did its duty with snapshots and the like.  And it’s an all-weather camera so I never had to worry about getting it out in the rain.  When TheHolsterSite was born, it even spent some time trying its best to take nice shots. And it was passable.

But oh the noise! And the hot spots.

There are hot spots
Or a strangely velvety texture. And yeah, there's my butt again.

Or with the more colorful options, we’ve got washed out or distorted.  Clearly, it was time for a change. Enter the Nikon Coolpix P80.
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I Learned Something New Today

It’s a new thing about Smith & Wesson that I bet even Tam didn’t know.

So we got the new 617 VERY dirty

Oh! Didn’t I mention that we decided on the 617? Yeah, we did.  And I have way more pictures of it filthy than clean so I suppose that means it is doing its job.

But we all already knew that.

But did you know that each Smith & Wesson handgun now comes with a kitty bed?

This one is a little undersized though.

I’m My Evil Twin

Or, at least that’s what one of my co workers decided.  Another thinks there may be more to me than he knows.

I’ll let you know how the contest turns out.

A Question Of Concealment

My friend, trackerk, brings up an excellent argument about concealment for women. It is a challenge to dress cute and carry appropriate equipment.

But I’m ornery. And Mrs. TrackerK can probably kick my ass. Actually, no probably about it. My training is dance, hers is Krav Maga. I don’t stand a chance.

Um… Point, I haz one.

Let me go on the record as saying I am totally in favor of open carry. I do not believe that the state has a right to tell you how you can or cannot exercise your right to keep and bear arms. Bear being the important part. Some people will choose the element of surprise while others will choose the deterrent factor of an openly carried firearm.

I just want to point out that you do not have to dress like a nun to conceal the tools necessary to defend yourself.

Exibit A


Let me point out that I am carrying a Smith & Wesson M&P9c, a Kershaw blackout, and a Surefire G2 LED

Don’t believe me?

Look again



Yes, you can go back to the original pictures and see some printing. I will point out that the only item that Oklahoma law requires that I conceal is the firearm itself. I make no effort to hide the rest.

I really just wanted to make the point that ladies should not feel like they must sacrifice fashion for personal protection. Open carry or no, you are the only thing separating yourself from evil. I generally add something else to break up the print of my firearm, but I could go to the grocery store just like that and no one would ever notice. Obviously I endorse my husband’s holsters, they are the only ones I wear, but I encourage everyone to find one that works for them in their specific situation.

Do not ever let anything get in the way of taking care of yourself. The moment you do, you will wish you hadn’t.

Long Night Lunar Eclipse

So we got the kiddo up in the middle of the night to watch the lunar eclipse.  We wrapped him up in a warm coat and served him up some hot cocoa.  All so he could see this.

You can see the album here.

We wouldn’t normally pry the sleeping kiddo out of bed, but this hasn’t happened in 400 years so we figured it was worth it.  Besides, we’re on staycation. Robb points out the value in spending this time together.

Me?  I’m spending a week with my 11 year old son.   So I’m going to moon you.

Yep, I sent you to a touching post about father/daughter bonding and then I make butt jokes. It’s all class here.

Alan took some nifty pictures using his point and shoot and spotting scope.  I used my fancy Nikon P80 and a tripod and got some weird alien creature.

But then the moon decided she’d had enough of all the pictures and headed out.

Too much paparazzi I guess.