2012 Scotties Canadian Women's Curling Championship: Tweets & Backstage Photos

If you were following me on Twitter during the Scotties, you got to see backstage snaps and read about all that went on behind the scenes. This post has all the tweets and links to photos from my Twitter feed, for those of you who aren't on Twitter (but mostly for me to archive). As is the norm on Twitter, all tweets are newest to oldest, so you might want to start at the bottom and scroll up.

Enjoy!

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February 26, 2012


Last day of my trip to the #stoh make-it-known.blogspot.com/2012/02/2012-s… #curling

Made it home safe & sound, despite weird ice fog south of Leduc. #Curling was awesome but Molly says I can never leave again. #missedmycat

THANK YOU @CCACurling for giving me such an awesome opportunity & for taking such good care of me all week! See you down the road! #curling

Sad to say goodbye to my @CCACurling friends. Have a safe trip home! #STOH #curling

Shot of the week goes to Sasha Carter for shot vs MB in 1-2 game. #STOH #curling

MVP/Sandra Schmirler award goes to Heather Nedohin #STOH #curling

Wow. It just hit me: I just witnessed a #curling final. Unbelievable. What a week!! #STOH

Trophy. O'Canada. Speeches. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/p84UVdjk

To represent Canada at Women's Worlds in your home province - that's pretty special!! #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/gJjrunq7

Welcome your new team Canada! #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/hyrfGw0d

Crowd goes wild! AB wins!! #stoh #curling pic.twitter.com/6lcs42sk

Crowd needs to stop cheering missed shots. Doesn't matter the team. Remember your #curling manners folks! #stoh

Um. So there's an entire pipe band backstage... #ilovebagpipes #stoh #curling

Scottie trophy being piped in. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/ky4lFDGB

Best sign I've seen in crowd today: "Spares for Hire" - a week like this, we might've needed them! #stomachbug #stoh #curling

Stopwatch falls onto the ice. Nothing burned. Ice has been a magnet for stuff falling on it this week! #stoh #curling

Mounties are waiting backstage. Must be trophy time soon. #stoh #curling

Lady holding end of the paper towel roll won a 4 night stay/golf ($1600) prize pack in Osoyoos! People beside won 2 nights! #stoh #curling

Oh yeah, there's a big #curling game going on... #sillycrowdgames #STOH pic.twitter.com/JbTSPpw4

Game's over, but no one knows what to do with the paper towel. Keep ducking under it to go down the aisle. #bestgameever #stoh #curling

Paper Towel made it 90% of the way around the arena before the roll ran out. Crowd participation at it's finest! #stoh #curling

They're going to run out of paper towel before they make it round the arena. Just over 1/2 way and they're almost out! #stoh #curling

These people are just sitting there with paper towel in their lap. So funny. About 1/3 the way around now. #stoh #curling

They are trying to unroll a roll of Kruger paper towel all around the top row of the arena. So far made it across 5 sections. #stoh #curling

Commercial break antics c/o Stu the MC. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/dZDfAHG5

Quite the game so far, eh? Hope you're all watching - it's a gooder! #stoh #curling

Best version of 'O'Canada' all week - accompanied by Red Deer Royals Marching Band. #stoh #curling

Big crowd for the final. Oh. And a marching band. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/JMqOMydx

Finals time! #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/HFIjNnpT

Also piper has been spotted. Bagpipes and marching band? #STOH #curling

Go time!! #STOH #curling

So this is backstage. Did they fire the piper? #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/2Ra7gff9

Last one! I had a ton of fun writing this week! “@CCACurling: Scotties Spotlight: The Homestretch bit.ly/z1uurg” #STOH #curling

JJones in the media scrum. Ain't nothing wrong with bronze! Better than what I've got. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/TaTCzDTF

Second to last day of my #stoh #curling adventure: make-it-known.blogspot.com/2012/02/2012-s…

Coldest day in arena all week. Sitting with my arms crossed to keep warm. Also prevents clapping. #notallowedonthemediabench #stoh #curling

Weakerthans 'Tournament of Hearts' playing in the arena now! youtube it. #awesomesong #stoh #curling

Those cameras are bigger than my head! No wonder they take better photos than I do. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/FRZHMye4

Amy Nixon isn't here, so Janet Arnott and an umpire have taken over 5th end jigging duty! #ilovebagpipes

Highland dancers in the 5th end break! Sweet! #ilovebagpipes #stoh #curling

Throwing out boxes of Scotties facial tissue during commercial. No longer #curling now we're playing football. Just another morning at #stoh

A Nedo-Win!!! Cheesier than my "Beat and Pulse of the HeartStop lounge" article title??? #stoh #curling pic.twitter.com/uTRaVtnj

It's early. Thank goodness MB is playing yellow rocks. #matchestheirjackets #easiertofollow #tiredeyes #stoh #curling

Good morning from the #STOH #curling !! pic.twitter.com/zxzzL8RZ


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February 25, 2012

One more day of #STOH #curling awesomeness then it's back to real life! #bittersweet

It's the Mudmen in the HeartStop - they have bagpipes! #STOH #curling #ilovebagpipes pic.twitter.com/ut9uAjC1

Nedohin is pretty excited! #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/1tcLVjDO

Crowd. Insane. Twice! AB for the win! #stoh #curling

Dead silent in this arena. #stoh #curling

Can someone put together a video montage of Heather Nedohin's awesome reactions this week?! #stoh #curling

Nedohin makes the double. Crowd goes crazy! #stoh #curling

Learning a lot about what statisticians do sitting here on the media bench. Definitely helps to know the game for that job. #stoh #curling

Now they're throwing Scotties paper towels into the crowd! Love those sponsors. #stoh #curling

MC making quartet of ladies in gold sequin dresses do a little dance to "Stop in the name of love". #stoh #curling

Singer w/guitar singing to crowd in the 5th. Was hoping we'd get to see Amy Nixon jig, but it ain't happening. #stoh #curling

Game during commercial break: "Where do you live?" "Alberta." What do you do?" "Nothing" #loveretiredfolks #stoh #curling

Curlers sweeping the stand to collect for @SandraSchmirler. #stoh #curling

Toilet paper games in the crowd during commercial break. #notkidding #STOH #curling

Finding it hard to be impartial and not clap on the media bench. Guess I'll just have to mutter to myself as per usual. #stoh #curling

3 places to watch curling in view. Visual overload. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/1kygkQ8Q

My view. It'll do. #STOH #curling #pretendingtobemedia pic.twitter.com/eXKUTMVZ

This is what the statisticians' screen looks like. Follow along on curling.ca via Curlcast. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/Dz5yQdz8

All set up on the media bench - I'll be tweeting scores for all the finals for @CCACurling so be sure to follow along! #stoh #curling

They've got the buckets ready - clean out your pockets for the @SandraSchmirler!! #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/3cFjL8wI

Team Canada kids in the house!! way to go teams AB!! #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/Fed13HmU

Lunch - listening to all kudos & glowing comments about the transportation drivers on CB radio - they are doing such a great job!! #STOH

AB wins! Will meet MB in semi later this aft. Well played ladies, fantastic curling this morning! #STOH #curling

Gosh the ice is slippy this week! #STOH #curling

OH in crowd: Husband: why's she trying to guard? Wife: just watch. You never made it to the Scotties. #STOH #curling

Interesting watching Russ, Linda & @VicRauter call the game. Stand. Sit. Gesture. More animated than it sounds. #STOH #curling

Exciting game! Nedohin draws for 2, 6-4 AB leads QC going to 10. QC with hammer coming home and they've turned it on! #STOH #curling

Neat to see the cameramen I interviewed yesterday in action today shooting the #curling! #STOH bit.ly/wAJaoT pic.twitter.com/GVK4iJjR

Kinda lonely, only one sheet at a time. AB leads QC 4-3 playing in 7th end of this 3-4 page playoff. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/zJoQfppp

During playoffs commercial breaks the @CCACurling MC talks to the crowd. He's a funny guy. You gotta be here! #STOH #curling

Day 7 was a short one, but still super cool! make-it-known.blogspot.com/2012/02/2012-s… #stoh #curling

I did some fascinating interviews with TSN! “@CCACurling: Scotties Spotlight: TSN's got it Covered bit.ly/wAJaoT #curling” #stoh

Working on my last articles for @CCACurling. It's been a great week talking to folks - I'll miss this friendly atmosphere! #stoh #curling

Looking for fans at #STOH #curling who have a long way to travel home tomorrow. Want to interview you for an article!

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February 24, 2012

HeartStop Lounge is packed already & the game isnt even over yet! They're going to party hard tonight! #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/xV2FcAqK

Writing up my blog for the day. Did I mention @CCACurling is awesome - they let me into the TSN truck and commentator booth! Cool day.

They also let me in here... #stoh #curling #bestvacationever pic.twitter.com/8ATQU6g3

I went into the #TSN truck today. It was super interesting! #stoh #curling pic.twitter.com/YQyzoHCw

Did I just book a room in Saskatoon to go watch the #brier #curling opening weekend? Why yes, yes I did. @1CathyC is awesome. #justsaying

Day 6 of my one-in-a-lifetime #stoh adventure: make-it-known.blogspot.com/2012/02/2012-s… #curling

Starting to think I shoulda taken a journalism class or something - I'm about to interview the #TSN producer! #sonervous #stoh #curling

@CCACurling Thanks! Am happy to be here - its been super interesting so thanks for letting me tag along and hang out for the week!

By the way, a real @CCACurling journalist thought of that title. It's so cheesy it's awesome!

My latest: “@CCACurling: Scotties Spotlight: The Beat and Pulse of HeartStop Lounge bit.ly/zaIpF6 #curling #stoh”

No #STOH #curling till later. No laptop. Spotty Internet on my phone. Can't figure out how to turn on the complicated tv setup. Bored.

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February 23, 2012

No tiebreakers!! I get to sleep in!! #happydance #STOH #curling

There goes Amy Nixon with her 5th end jigging again!! #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/zfr0nFtd

Loud crowd + Lots of shots to cheer for = Gonna be a gooder! #STOH #curling #herecomesthewave

Biggest crowd since the weekend. Most of these games matter - it'll be an interesting night of #curling. #STOH #playoffs #tiebreakers

Just got the best gift from @CCACurling! Thanks! They've been taking good care of me this week! #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/ohyOWNPW

Where the bands hang out. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/qznyuLQo

... Generally making a nuisance of myself #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/mEKLIlyD

I'm backstage... #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/UKzfRwoU

Getting ready to walk the teams out. Coaches carry flags and junior curlers carry signs. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/eXYYePdq

The roof over sheet b is leaking and they're playing " Singing in the Rain" in the arena. #justsaying #stoh #curling pic.twitter.com/pCccnyJr

Nervous day yesterday! Fun times in the arena: make-it-known.blogspot.com/2012/02/2012-s… #stoh #curling

Took a look around the Hall of Fame. Interesting stuff! Will post some photos on my blog tomorrow. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/L1LkTKqL

Hanging out at the pin trading table, chatting to a pin guy. Fascinating! #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/e1OsjYnf

Talking to folks in the HeartStop Lounge today. Here it is empty... #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/l0QbHjIn

Here it is! “@CCACurling: Scotties Spotlight: View from the Media Bench bit.ly/xmDb1H #curling #stoh”

My @CCACurling article today is about the media bench. Watch for it later today! #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/OJkyNeYg

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February 22, 2012

I do love them, but it's a bad sign that I'm still hearing bagpipes even though I'm not in the arena, right? #STOH #curling #longweek

TSN video on moms playing in #stoh & their cute kids. When I make it to the big show gonna make them show my cute cat. #onlyfair #curling

Back in fav spot top centre. Woman beside me is knitting dishcloths. @ErinCraig11's going to teach me! #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/ZJjScZ0D

They've got the Canadian Junior womens and mens trophies on display. Way to go Alberta! #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/xCYcgORk

Just paid $200 for a $400 jacket! This vacation is starting to pay for itself! #longwaystogo

People in the Red Deer mall are looking at me funny. Keep forgetting to take off my #stoh accreditation in the real world. #badgeofhonour

Horgan. Tiny. Scott too. Small but mighty. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/bmMLq9oD

Ice guys coming out to look at issue with the ice on the tv game. Oh the excitement. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/2kjypDQ7

Taking a break from typing to watch the 9th end. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/K08vZbzU

Yikes! “@AllenCameronCH: Wind issues in Red Deer causing the problem with TSN feed from #stoh #curling”

What did I do yesterday at #stoh? Interviewed the best fans ever!! make-it-known.blogspot.com/2012/02/2012-s… #curling

Just 'interviewed' @AllenCameronCH. Nice guy. Cool job. Follow him for #STOH #curling updates!!

About to interview @AllenCameronCH for today's article. Nervous as all heck.

The media, doing what they do best in between draws. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/hztXJSmp

I had a lot of fun doing this one! “@CCACurling: Scotties Spotlight: Fans in the Stands bit.ly/AnJUzB #curling #stoh”

Not even tempted to interrupt Brent Laing who's sitting in front of me now. #STOH #curling

I must be maturing as a fangirl. I haven't gotten any autographs or pictures with curlers this week. #STOH #curling

Headed high up into the stands to watch last couple ends & who's sitting in front of me? Brent Laing of Team Howard. pic.twitter.com/MJP3ZVb8

Hmm. @CCACurling hasn't posted my Tues article yet? Am I fired? Or maybe they have a gazillion other things to do? #curling #busyeventseason


February 21, 2012

Slowly making my way up the #JPCC pool and back in the 500s at http://pickem.curling.ca. A good way to end another gooder of a day at #STOH.

Amy Nixon jigged up a storm during 5th end break music-a-thon. Crowd loved it! #STOH #curling

Heated discussion about side ponytails in our section. Not kidding. #STOH #curling

Proof. What is its name? “@1CathyC: I'm here with @lisamchuk and @ErinCraig11 and Scottie pic.twitter.com/1nU7IjzR

Finally! @1CathyC and @ErinCraig11 made it to #STOH, just in time to get our photo with Little Softee. #curling

3rd for Bottcher/AB's Canadian Junior Men's Champ Team is sitting in our row. So proud of those AB kids! #STOH #curling

Looks like previously injured Tammy Schneider is playing tonight. #STOH #curling

They are playing "Crazy Frog" during practice. Seriously. #makeitstop #stoh #curling

TSN guys we're filming Team Horgan dance during warm up. Some of these players are hardcore about their stretching routine. #STOH #curling

5ths and coaches are cleaning rock handles with disinfectant wipes. Hoping no one else catches that stomach bug! #STOH #curling

Team NWT/YK meeting tonight's junior #curling stars. #STOH pic.twitter.com/USMOB93l

Just interviewed the loveliest pair of ladies - true ambassadors of #curling. They'll be in my article later today. #STOH

Curlers are warming up. It a mixture of Pilates & running on the spot & dancing to the music. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/y90GeC84

Teams Canada and Ontario are dancing to the warm up music. Should be a great afternoon! #STOH #curling

I had it that horrible stomach bug last month. It's nasty. Wonder if I'm immune? #stoh #curling

Best line overheard so far about the flu outbreak: "They're dropping like it's hot." #stoh #curling

Sounds like Norovirus is raging through the Scotties! Take care of yourself everyone! #stoh #curling

What did I do at the #stoh yesterday? I talked to awesome people and almost hit a deer with my car! #curling make-it-known.blogspot.com/2012/02/2012-s…

Alberta Institute of Massage is giving massages to volunteers for student practicum hours. Best. Idea. Ever. #stoh #curling #lateforwork

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February 20, 2012

Insightful as always. “@AllenCameronCH: A few thoughts on a night of falls, burns and dilemmas bit.ly/z3iswv #stoh #curling”

Highway driving for days but where do I almost hit a deer? Block away from place I'm staying in residential Innisfail! pic.twitter.com/gJluzS2q

Oh ladies. You are not helping my #curling pools. At the rate we're going I'm going to finish at the bottom of both. #STOH

This Can/MB sheet is going to get a reputation for causing accidents. 2 curlers down already. #toughluck #stoh #curling

Taking the night off to actually watch #curling. Sitting with @1CathyC. Nice view, eh? #STOH pic.twitter.com/l91GS9LC

Me again! Fun times chatting to volunteers!“@CCACurling: Scotties Spotlight: Volunteers Rock Red Deer bit.ly/AzcC25 #curling #stoh”

This is the art wall I see every time I walk to the office under the stands. I kinda like it. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/0OMXL4DZ

Best chirp I just heard from the crowd: "How did she miss that shot? Even I could make it, on the Wii I could make it!!" #STOH #curling

Chatting to fans in the stands about the importance of women's curling. Fascinating!! #STOH #curling

View is pretty good from under the clocks... #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/xFn4vRux

Second day of my #stoh #curling adventure is up! make-it-known.blogspot.com/2012/02/2012-s…

It's oh so quiet... #STOH #curling #calmbeforethestorm pic.twitter.com/2OZYpIHQ

Vacuums, brooms and scrapers are out in between draws. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/I9daKZw1

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February 19, 2012

Home safe. QE2 highway was ok my direction, but closed northbound Innisfail-Red Deer. Big trucks decided to play bumper cars. Big detour.

Heard my highway home is closed going the wrong direction. Have to chance it, no other way to get home.

My favourite part of watching #curling in smaller venues is that you can move around and choose your own view! #STOH pic.twitter.com/eLAZDFjA

Sask fans with sparkly green wigs just stood up and sang 'Happy birthday' to Russ. Could you hear that on the tv? #STOH #curling

Sitting in the bowels of the basement, listening to the bagpiper warm up. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/bTdfnjiI

I wrote that!!! “@CCACurling: Scotties Spotlight: Sandra Schmirler Day bit.ly/xxDLoL #curling #stoh”

Anyone else playing the @CCACurling's Pick'Em challenge? I'm in 302nd place with 11 points. #stoh #curling pickem.curling.ca

You can feel the vibrations as the rock goes by in the front row. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/diLG4ibh

Upgraded my view to front row. Chatting to @carmenincalgary! #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/X7E9ZOZA

The first story from my #curlingvolunteering @ the 2012 Scotties Canadian Women's #Curling Championship: Day 1 make-it-known.blogspot.com/2012/02/2012-s… #stoh

Hee hee. @TSNVicRauter said 'Oromocto'. That's an awesome word. Sad Grattan isn't in the #brier. Would've heard it all week! #stoh #curling

Draw about to start! #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/KPRPf5cG

And now in their natural habitat. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/fJh8UwIs

Met a bunch of great people while hanging out at the @SandraSchmirler telethon area. Great cause: call 1-866-210-6011 #STOH #curling

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February 18, 2012

Was only at #STOH for 4hrs today and already met tons of really friendly people. And that's the reason why I take #curling holidays!

Backstage. #slightlymoreexciting #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/VbrMnWkO

Oh the excitement of backstage. #STOH #curling #notreally pic.twitter.com/sw5vA8gR

So who would you like to see me interview at the #STOH besides curlers/fans/volunteers? Ice maker? Umpire? Camera guy? ...? #curling

Secrets out: my job at #STOH #curling is to write a daily article for curling.ca - pics & interview folks, plus tweet scores for playoffs.

View from the top. Pretty stoked this is my home for the next week. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/ltIAaOVq

They gave me all access. Ha! View from the ice. #STOH #curling pic.twitter.com/vzTjvdwC

Just got the full backstage tour. It's fun to be brushing shoulders with curlers again. Expect tons of pictures this week! #STOH #curling

Accreditation and uniform acquired! Now if I could only find the @CCACurling event office... #STOH #curling

Finally made it to Red Deer & the #STOH! If I could only figure out where to get my volunteer accreditation #cantgetintothearena #curling

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February 17, 2012

Good luck to all the curlers playing in the Hot Shots today!! #stoh #curling

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