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Things I Discovered on the Weekend

(1) I seem to have a natural talent for pole dancing

It was the oh-so-fantastic Lindsay‘s 30th birthday on Saturday so Christina put together a pretty wonderful surprise celebration. Super fun to watch the Twitter feed all day Friday as Lindsay tried to guess exactly what she had planned for her. Her guess was bowling. The truth was a lap dance/pole dancing class.

Good lord it was fun! I’ve been to the peelers more than a few times in my life and, whether it’s your thing or not, you have to admire the strength it takes to spin around that pole. So, I was pretty dang nervous heading into it! (Especially since the day before I’d gone a little to hard at the gym and I was already having a hard time raising my arms above my shoulders. Not such hot planning, there.) But, as much as it wasn’t easy…it wasn’t ridiculously hard either. I’m not saying that anyone would want to watch me attempt to swing my stuff around. I just feel now like I could take a pole dancing class without feeling so intimidated. We learned how to do a fireman spin, a reverse spin and I actually managed to hold my body off the ground with just my arms! (All about the small victories.) If you’ve ever wanted to try it, whether full fledged classes or just a party like we did, I totally recommend Aradia Fitness here in Kelowna. It was a great workout and gave me some inspiration for when I jumped the hubby after I got home 😉

(2) Cabana has Free Ride Home Fridays!

After we strutted out stuff – literally – we took Lindsay out for dinner at Cabana. Always a great experience! Food was delicious, drinks were awesome and our server, Cam, was fantastic. (Mind you, I rarely have issues with attractive men that listen to everything I say and bring me alcohol.) One of our group is a celiac, so they had a gluten free cake brought in for us. Holy delicious! I’ve had some pretty awful GF food in my time – really chewy or really heavy. This was nothing like that! It was a moist, chocolatey Black Forrest Cake that I never would have guessed was gluten free. If you’re on a GF diet and are jonesing for some dessert, give Cabana a call.

Now, I usually prefer to drink my dessert, but I’d driven to the restaurant so was being nice and responsible, limiting myself. Until the server told me that, not only do they offer free rides home on Friday night, but they drive your car home too! So, while I wasn’t a gong show, I did have a couple drinks and my car and I both got home safely. #winning

What a great weekend!


It’s nice outside!!

It’s finally nice out. My brain, pretty much, can’t process anything else other than happiness that it’s finally nice out. It’s been such a rainy summer so far. Definitely not what we’re used to here in Kelowna!


We ate delicious BBQ out on the deck and then went for a nice long walk…though our destination might have made up for any calories we burned 🙂

Bird brain

I didn’t know it was possible before, but the birds in the nest above my door had a second clutch of babies!

I should qualify this by saying, I know absolutely nothing about birds. My fella, the Wine Chef, is the ornithologist in our household. I think they’re pretty in the wild…and creepy in captivity.

But, I had no idea these things could pop out another brood so quickly after their last little guys learned how to fly! Now if I could just figure out what the heck kind of birds they are, I could at least wiki the squeaky things and get my geek on learning more about them!

Sweet, sweet wikipedia.

I’m the one who ruined it!!

I like to pride myself on being an amazing secret keeper.

I’ve been called “The Vault” by co-workers, because whatever is said to me I keep completely to myself. Selfishly, it’s because it’s nice to know what’s going on and that people consider you a trusted source. Otherwise, I don’t gossip much. I’m not a fan of talking behind people’s back and and would much rather have respect than the latest on dit.

But, a few months ago my friend Cy’s sister sent me a message on Facebook saying they were planning a big girl’s weekend getaway in Kelowna. I kept my mouth shut!! Everytime Cy asked when I was visiting Edmonton and when she was going to see me, I bit my tongue and didn’t even give a hint that she was going to be seeing me as part of her epic 30th birthday celebrations. It was hard, but I didn’t let so much as a hint slip through.

But, once she gets here and I meet up with them at the hotel, no less than 10 minutes after I say hello, I SPILL THE BEANS ABOUT OUR GOING ON A WINE TOUR!!! Now, when you’re coming to Kelowna and hanging out, one would just kind of assume, but Cy had no idea until I opened my stupid mouth.

I will, forever, be remembered as the friend that spoiled the last surprise.

Roller Derby

What a crazy weekend! The Western Canadian Roller Derby Championships were held here in Kelowna AND it was the closing weekend for Into the Woods at Kelowna Actors Studio.

Busting out my alter ego of Lola Coaster, it was great to be able to meet other announcers from all over North America: Bob Noxious, Bull Dog,  Dick Pounder, Papa Razzo and The Ill Reverend Mic, along with What About Ivan and Mack the Mouth, who I’ve met already.

First game was the Kelowna Peach Tarts up against Edmonton’s Oil City Derby Girl. This was particularly awesome for me because Oil City is my old league! (Though, ironically, I only knew one person playing for Oil City as most of my old teammates that are still playing, play for E-Ville now. Oh, the drama of roller derby!) Playing on mic with Ivan and Mack was fantastic. The score makes it sound like the Peach Tarts got their ass kicked – 272-9 – but it was actually a good game to watch. The Tarts just couldn’t get their jammers through the pack due to a combination of a lot of rookie jammers and some serious, hard hitting blockers. I have to say, Team Pretty (as Ivan and I dubbed ourselves due to our oh-so-sexy outfits) was pretty kick ass. The three of us worked really well together and were great about picking up each other’s cues and just generally BSing.

I had to miss the Peach Tarts second game against Saskatoon, because I had to haul ass over to the theatre for a matinee show of Into the Woods. (I’m a tree!!) While they took another loss, it was a much better showing on the score board and the ladies felt better about the loss. I was bummed to also miss the Oil City versus E-Ville game, which all reports say was definitely a grudge match!

Then, back over to Prospera Place to do third mic (mostly sponsorships and filler) for a game with Mack and Papa Razzo. And, back again to the theatre for the evening show. Le tired!!

Sunday was all about the finals. 10am had me back on third mic with Papa Razo and Ivan with Red Deer and Oil City playing a really solid game. Funny thing is, after beating the crap out of each other, these ladies were sharing a bus for the trek back home.

It was a good, tight final game but 176-108 gave YEG’s E-Ville Dead a win over Victoria’s Eves of Destruction at the Western Canadian Roller Derby Championships. One injury sustained during the game, with Velveeta Slicer from the Eves of Destruction needing to be taken out via wheelchair with an unhappy ankle.

Interesting note, house league rules are always to turn off the music during injuries out of respect. Bob Noxious said no, keep the music going so the crowd wouldn’t hear her screaming. I totally see where he’s coming from, it is pretty offsetting to hear a woman’s voice yelling in pain and puts a big damper on the fun of the game, but I also don’t know how I feel about the music partying on with her lying there hurt.

So many players I loved to watch this weekend!! Scarie Antoinette, Easy Break Over and Scarlett Reign were amazing to watch jam for completely different reasons. I’ve never seen anyone as tall as Scarlett bend down and just disappear in a pack like that!  Sour Cherry has always been an amazing blocker and it’s impressive how she just continues to improve. Bamm Bamm was deadly in her pack work.

Very interesting to see the strategy that went into a lot of the games too. Roller derby is such a (relatively) new game, it’s still evolving from year to year. Different ways to keep from breaking the pack while trying to alter the speed, very aggressive jammers, line-ups that were directly related to how many players were in the penalty box…some very smart coaching.

Now to figure out when I can get back on skates again! All the theatre work lately has eaten up all what little spare time I had, so I’ve been MIA from practices. While I’ll never have the time to really hardcore commit like some of the girls do, it’s still my favourite way to get exercise and damn, do I love it. Sweet, sweet roller derby 🙂