I've already rambled on about how much I love working these events - "Yes Lisa, you love the people blah blah blah." But it's completely true: what a great week of fun filled with fantastic people! Now that it's over and real world shell shock sets in, well, all I can think about is doing it all again for the next event. It's no secret I want to get to Winnipeg for the 2013 Trials and Kamloops for the 2014 Brier - so if you live there and you've got a couch and want a low maintenance roommate for a week let me know, ha ha! I've got a few ideas about what I could do to help the CCA, and at least two backup plans. I'll be there regardless.
But would I be a volunteer Director on the local organizing committee again?
If you asked me a week before the Brier, I would've said no. I was so tired of sorting out cancelled volunteer shifts, and super stressed out about everything. I had been working pretty hard at my 1 (or 2) other real world job(s) and sometimes the pressure and extra bit of work for the Brier really drove me crazy.
And then the Brier happened and I've changed my mind. It was an awesome experience! Sure there were some hiccups, sure not all my volunteers were cheerful and happy and easy to get along with, but overall, it was a really positive and uplifting experience. So yes, in the event the CCA decides to give Edmonton another event (and I have a feeling it'll be a good few years before that happens) and if an event manager (who is willing to put up with me) asks - of course I'm going to do it again!!
As per tradition after a curling event, 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.
My last update from #2013Brier! http://make-it-known.blogspot.ca/2013/03/2013-brier-canadian-mens-curling_5853.html
Work today was overwhelming. Can we go back to happy people working together to achieve #curling event awesomeness please? #2013Brier
#2013Brier hangover. Also should probably stop answering my phone like a director expecting it to be volunteers. #embarrassing
Sunday March 10, 2013
Truce! Perhaps they missed me? (Too bad the truce lasted only as long as it took me to type this...) pic.twitter.com/PcNzq12YQz
Cute. Did you see that on TV? @SociableBrier gang just led us all in one last "Sociable!"
Jacobs is MVP. Good luck in Victoria!! #2013Brier
Darn, hoping we'd crack 200,000. “@CurlingZone: #2013Brier Attendance: 10,987 for the final, event total of 190,113! 8th best #Brier ever!”
#TSN shot of the week - NL vs QUE - Gushue triple. #2013Brier
The @SociableBrier gang just walked out on the ice?! #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/M57kx9CYTk
What a great week!! #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/FOhCx6Nr1q
It's official! Not only did I win the #JPCC #2013STOH pool - I also won the #2013Brier pool!! Hey @1CathyC, when do I pick up my trophy?!
Victory! #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/4Hek7rPmLD
Congrats to #TeamJacobs. Class act by Stoughton at the end. Represent us well at the worlds. #2013Brier
I told you there was an entire pipe band! #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/qNiHDMm1za
The NONT guys jumping into the crowd to hug relatives! #2013Brier
That's the Northern Ontario moose call. “@Sperounes: Is there a seal in Rexall Place? #2013brier”
Tankard being piped out during commercial break. #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/H5rYvdOxgR
Awww, thanks! “@mikejakel: @lisamchuk thank you. Great sport is even better with people like you who help make it what it is.”
All done (unless someone tells me otherwise) my #2013Brier volunteer director duties. Worked hard, had tons of fun, sad it's over!
My awesome program sellers sold 3129 programs! Yeehaw! #2013Brier
Entire pipe band backstage... #2013Brier
Let's do this! #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/fu6qai3gLC
Buy a 50/50 ticket! They're doing 1 draw for the final pot and 1 draw for the unclaimed $41,000 from
Already in teardown mode. Sad. Don't want it to be over. #2013Brier
@LEGO_Curling Awesome Lego @ #2013Brier! I need to figure out how to make a mini figure curler of me haha! #inspiring
Ha ha @SociableBrier enter arena & everyone claps. Confuses the curlers "Why are they cheering the guard?" #2013Brier #crowdlovessociables
Sunday: the day I sadly say goodbye to all my wonderful volunteers. It's was an awesome event and I made some fantastic friends! #2013Brier
Sports. So very unpredictable. #2013Brier
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Met @PhotoVagrant again - thanks for taking photos of me all week! #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/hy82dgAb4j
So this happened. #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/McGn24Fipi
Want! #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/Km0hsNkfpL
Best media contribution: Larry Wood #2013Brier
Best #curling story of the year @curling Kevin Palmer. #2013Brier
Ross Harstone Award for Sportsmanship: Paul Flemming #2013Brier #votedbyplayers
All star first team: Nichols, Laing, Middaugh, Howard #2013Brier #ONnoshow #sleeping
All star second team: Savill, Kennedy, Mead, Gushue #2013Brier #ONnoshow #sleeping
They let me attend the closing reception! Will tweet the all star teams... #2013Brier
Guys beside us just started the wave They are sooooo excited. #2013Brier
36! 36 programs away from seller 3000! If everyone at #2013Brier buys one tomorrow we're good.
Breaking News: my program sales team is 84 programs away from selling 3000! My volunteers rock!
What I learned @ #2013Brier: you can drive from Grande Prairie to Los Angeles without hitting any traffic lights. #dinnerconversation
Tim Hortons took over the usual Rexall coffee shop this week and we thank them for doing so! #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/OopCFmyAm2
Saturday: the day I try to get our program sales up to 3000 and discuss takedown procedures. #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/kdd9SGrsEv
Friday, March 8, 2013
"Please stop spending all your time at the #2013Brier - you missed our dinner and I'm soooo hungry." pic.twitter.com/Pml6brwIBy
Let's all look at the bright side of the no tiebreaker situation: I don't have to get up at 5:30am. #2013Brier
Picked a good game to stay till the end for! #2013Brier #playoffdrama
Why can't we go in there? #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/lPZbdqOffp
There's more than doughnuts in the volunteer lounge. #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/NWJQy5laMj
Friday: the day when I simultaneously want #2013Brier to go on forever and be over now. #loveit #lovelypeople #needgroceries #catsmissme
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Trying to sort out what to do for 2013/2014 @CCACurling events I want to be at. 50/50? Cashier? IT? Media? Who wants me? #highestbidder
One of my volunteers is carrying the NB flag, another one is singing the anthem. I'm so proud! #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/UPuz5Ec1Ok
Thursday: the day when my all volunteers develop bad backs/knees/coughs/stomachs/headaches. #stilllovethem #2013Brier
Not even watching games. Most of @SociableBrier Waldos are hanging out with the crazy school kids and it's loud & hilarious. #2013Brier
One of the @SociableBrier Where's Waldo guys is up in the section with all the school kids. Kids are soooo excited!! #2013Brier
So apparently I'm running away with the #JPCC #2013Brier pool. Told @1CathyC I want a trophy if I win both pools!
Beat the Tim Hortons delivery to the arena. #tooearly #2013Brier
Up so early even the cats are still sleeping. #tooearly #2013Brier
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Loving the #2013Brier experience. Not loving my wake up call for the rest of the event. pic.twitter.com/FWxtXunP5e
So. Carrying a flag was cool. Didn't trip. Looked terrified. Got some photos from @PhotoVagrant & @ferguson8610. #2013Brier
Hanging out with pipers and other volunteer flag folks. Ridiculously excited to carry in a flag! #2013Brier
But here's my view now so who cares about real life work this week! #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/BJ8OVEZD2I
Wednesday: the day I do real life work for 3hrs & get a wee bit annoyed at missing out on a work opportunity while on vacation. #2013Brier
That's me! How do I claim my prize @edmontonjournal? “@neilp316: @lisamchuk The fan picture of the day. pic.twitter.com/pwxNd6wcFP”
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Tuesday: the day when I forget what I did for a job in real life. #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/ds2wPyzGIm
Monday, March 4, 2013
Apparently I'm leading the #JPCC #2013Brier pool. And since I won the #2013STOH pool apparently it's rigged. Stupid luck this year!
Here's where we're at - surprised? #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/9AtcWYUkOO
I love walking around Rexall like I own the place!! #2013Brier #powertrip
Finally sat down to watch. #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/8RfvvkN78l
Monday: the day when I am thankful there is no morning draw. #2013Brier #precioussleep
Sunday, March 3, 2013
There, I actually did it. I turned off my work email on my phone. I am on vacation for real now!! #2013Brier #longerhoursthanatwork #loveit
Finally met @PhotoVagrant in person! #2013Brier
Hey @CCACurling - where is the Ontario flag guy? #2013Brier
Attention Rexall! I have lost a program seller. If you see an elderly gentleman wandering around send him to stairs 234! #2013Brier
Learning that everyone has a story. I love #curling volunteers! #2013Brier
Finally got a chance to update about the past couple days of my #2013Brier adventure! #curling http://make-it-known.blogspot.ca/2013/03/2013-brier-canadian-mens-curling.html
Hey @CCACurling - my program sales bankers love the iPhone app!! They're using it to keep track of scores in our banking room! #2013Brier
Bring your radio to the #2013Brier! TSN commentary is on 93.1!
The only bad part about my #2013Brier gig: my alarm went off at 5:15am.
Saturday March 2, 2013
Interesting. #equalizer “@edmontonjournal: Spanking new stones throw Brier curlers for a loop http://edmjr.nl/ZXnicd #2013brier”
Bought me a present! #2013Brier #awesome pic.twitter.com/XnGKgf6L6L
How do I get a "Keep Calm and Koe On" tshirt?? #2013Brier
Finally watching some #curling! #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/Nblh68YtEw
Weather now says heavy snow and cold. The @CCACurling must be in town. #2009Roar #2011ContCup #2013Brier
Jean Bryski won the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal for being a super volunteer. Remember this: http://www.curling.ca/blog/2012/02/26/scotties-spotlight-the-homestretch pic.twitter.com/KTrTf2yFqJ
So @Leftykenbear just won the Hot Shots! Middaugh second, Gallant third. #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/h5B7Cubbma
Dave & Heather Nedohin's daughter Hailee (sp?) just did a fantastic job of the anthem!! #2013Brier
Past Brier Champions walked across the arena - from Matt Baldwin until now. Followed by all teams of the #2013Brier! #tearinmyeye
Opening ceremonies pipe band. #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/RnB1bvkTeM
Program sales in full swing. Everything running smoothly. Had I known it would be fine I might've gotten some sleep last night! #2013Brier
Friday, March 1, 2013
Volunteer Appreciation Party - check. Fun had by all - check. Now let's start the big show! #2013Brier
Went on a shopping trip for Patch supplies. Picture the weird looks we got for buying 17 toolboxes! #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/SJbg9rBDri
Hot shots going on at Rexall. Why aren't you here - it's free!! #2013Brier
Awww! “@edmontonjournal: Video: New Life for Old Curling Broom – 2013 Tim Hortons Brier http://edmjr.nl/Xp5faY #2013brier”
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Was about to head home, but they're rehearsing opening ceremonies and I'm a sucker for bagpipes! #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/JaiWAvg5l4
Can't have the #2013Brier without these - the rocks are waiting patiently in those boxes! pic.twitter.com/KSTvMFzNuZ
People working hard to set up the #2013Brier! Decorated #curling rocks made from succulents - watch for them on tv! pic.twitter.com/zHtdFXrNNQ
In the bowels of Rexall, unpacking the stores. #2013Brier pic.twitter.com/lofoK65gGv
It's go time! #2013Brier #setupday pic.twitter.com/QU6xYUH7x0
The week before the Brier
Cool! MT @edmontonjournal: Timelapse Rexall Place transforms from Oilers to 2013 Brier http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/curling/brier2013/Timelapse+Oilers+curling+rink+2013+Brier/8026165/story.html … #curling #2013Brier
Just found out I get to carry in the flag for Team ON @howardfour & @CraigSavill a couple times next week! SO EXCITED! #favteam #2013brier
Almost time! “@trinajoly: It's like Christmas for this girl, lucky to have the job I do! #2013Brier #yougottabethere pic.twitter.com/fWeIhWv7ny”
All of a sudden, instead of being nervous about being a Director, I just got SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THE BRIER!! #2013Brier #curling #bringiton
It's possible that in an effort to avoid real life I just applied to sell 50/50s @ 2013 Roar in Winnipeg & 2014 Brier in Kamloops. Oops.
Last round of cashier interviews for the #2013Brier. Job hunters: if you can't make an interview call to cancel - don't stand me up!!
Only a few more days!! #2013Brier #curling pic.twitter.com/TnMFut0kUa
Big #curling event coming up that requires many hours and much hard work = just caught a cold. It's like Moose Jaw all over again! #grrargh
Exciting! #2013Brier “@ryandittrick: Rexall Place is becoming a #curling rink right before our eyes. pic.twitter.com/aPpjqG2kIV”
Done #2013Brier cashier interviews (for now) and onto bulk barn to buy candy for my hard working volunteers! Less than a week to go!