Scotties/Tankard Provincial Playdowns

For those of you who don’t know, I have been highly involved in curling for the majority of my life.  Unfortunately, this year, I was unable to play competitively because I was waitlisted for a Masters program and couldn’t commit to a team.  Long story short, I did not get into the program, and now I’m still on the Island with no team to curl with :'(.

This weekend is the provincial playdowns for both the men and the women, with the winners advancing to The Brier or The Scotties Tournament of Hearts, respectively.  Although it sucks not playing, I am very happy to say the organizers allowed me to go out on the ice and take pictures of the competitors.

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I’ve been getting out to as many draws as possible, and taking about 700 pictures each time!  I’ll be uploading all pictures on my Facebook page, so make sure you check them out here.

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Zip the North Atlantic

The North Atlantic Zip Lines is the longest zip course in Canada, and was absolutely amazing!  The course is located in the cliffs above Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and vary in both length and speed.  The zip line is something I’ve always wanted to do here, and was so thrilled to be able to go.

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PS.  We did bring a GoPro, and a video will be posted soon!

Zip the North Atlantic

Another Year Gone

Wow!  It’s New Year’s Eve already!  It’s crazy how fast the year goes by.  2014 has been a great year for me, and I am so excited for what 2015 has to come.  I think the biggest thing that happened to me in 2014 happened last night.  This past weekend I have been competing in my last Junior Provincial Championships, and although my team did not win the championship, it was my last event as a Junior curler.  Next year I will be moving on to the ‘big leagues’ and playing in women’s events, which is exciting and scary, and I’m looking forward to what this next chapter has in store.

So many other great things happened in 2014 as well, but it would take me forever to list them all of!  I am so grateful for all my friends and family who made this year yet another amazing one.  I know this quote is a popular one this time of year, but it is true: tomorrow is the start of a 365 page book, so make it a good one!  I hope you have had a great year, and I wish you nothing but the best in 2015!

Happy New Year’s Everyone!

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Another Year Gone

Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animals

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope everyone got to spend yesterday with their friends and family!  I had a great Christmas spent at home and at my grandparents 🙂  We don’t have too many Christmas traditions in our house, but we do open one present each on Christmas Eve, on Christmas morning a lot of my extended family comes to my family’s home for breakfast, and then on Christmas evening we go to my grandparent’s house for turkey!

As yesterday was quite busy I didn’t get to take too many pictures, but I do have a before and after picture of the family room (where our Christmas tree is located)!  Enjoy the rest of your holidays!! 🙂

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Gray Family Reunion

This past Monday I attended the largest family reunion I have ever been to, and it was pretty cool!  Usually every summer my family gets together for a family picnic, but it is only the family from my great-grandparents down.  This family reunion was much, much larger than this!  My great-great-aunt Helen, the only “first generation” left, would have been my great-grandfather’s sister, and it was from their generation down that attended the reunion.  Let’s just say that when there is family over four generations coming from originally 9 brothers and sisters, things get big!  I was meeting lots of new people, seeing family I haven’t seen in years, and getting to spend time with family I see all the time.  It was actually kind of cool introducing myself as Cecil-Leslie-Randy-Emily (Great Grandfather-Grandfather-Father-Me).  Attending this reunion also made me want to get a tattoo even more of the family anchor, because it means so much to us!  “The strongest storms prove the strength of our anchor”.

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2014 Potato Blossom Pageant

Once again this year I was able to take pictures at the Potato Blossom Pageant.  The amazing thing about this year’s pageant was that there was 14 girls participating, which is more than I can ever remember participating!  I did miss the first half unfortunately, but I was able to get the girls in their evening wear, as well as the crowning of Miss Potato Blossom!  As a former pageant contestant, I know that it takes a huge amount of courage to get on that stage, and I would like to congratulate all the girls for doing this!

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The Color Run

So this past weekend I took part in something called The Color Run, which sort of explains itself.  Basically, it is a 5 kilometer run/walk/bike/scooter/dance/whatever gets you across the finish line, but the difference between this run compared to a normal run is that at each kilometer dye is thrown at you.  There is music playing all the time and people running in tutus and just about anything you can imagine!  The slogan for this race is ‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’, and honestly, it really is!  I was fortunate enough to get to do the run with one of my bestest friends and roommate, Becky!

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Wanting to do The Color Run?  Take some of these pointers into consideration!

  1. Don’t wear clothes you like. Don’t wear sneakers you like.  Don’t even wear sunglasses you like.  You will be covered in dye that is questionable as to if it will come out or not.
  2. Some color WILL seep through your clothes, so be prepared to take a half hour shower full of lots of scrubbing and washing following the run.
  3. Find friends.  This thing is a lot better when you have someone to laugh, sing, and dance with during the run.
  4. Be prepared to find color on you for days following the run.
  5. That shower I mentioned earlier?  You may think you have a severe cut and are bleeding, but remember, you have red dye on your face and in your hair, and it is just the color washing away (I made this mistake and had a 7 second panic attack until I realized what was really going on).
  6. If you are in the crowd, be aware that every ten minutes you will be engulfed in a cloud of dye as this is a part of the party (one of the best!)
  7. When you leave, you will probably realize you have been smiling for the whole three hours you just spent at the Color Run venue

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Honestly, this was the most fun I’ve had so far this summer!  It was definitely worth the waking up at 4am to drive to the venue (btw, thanks to my momma bear for actually driving me, she’s a doll).

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The Color Run