It's from this time last year.
Doug and I, with our two good friends, joined our first ever Friday night Geddie team curling bonspiel. It was called The Lighthouse Bonspiel and there was a wonderful East Coast feel to it.
Great Big Sea music playing on the ice.
Oysters between games.
Clam chowder and seafood pasta for lunch...
...and a very nice Skip I happen to have a wee crush on.
Oh, and for our first bonspiel, we didn't do too badly. We ended up coming home with the trophy thanks to some fabulous playing by our team plus a bit of luck of the draw in terms of who played whom. There was also a bit of luck of the draw period (which is actually a rather fun curling joke if you know the lingo).
As they handed us the trophy we found out that the winning team is also responsible for working with the club to plan the next year's event.
Which just happens to be tomorrow.
Don't you worry though. We're all set to go.
We have our cutout sea creatures ready to be pasted to windows and walls. Including a rather large octopus and some smiling clams.
We have a stuffed Ariel mermaid who will sit on the scoring table to keep us company. She'll get to talk to the lobsters on the beach towel she'll be lounging on while we're out playing on the ice.
We have lighthouse centrepieces and one of those tacky cardboard thingies you can put your face in and have your photo taken looking like Ariel or King Triton depending on your preference.
I'm not sure even I have enough Irish luck to pull off another win but one never knows which way the rocks will curl.
Stay tuned for Monday's report: The Revenge of the Lighthouse.
(Picture Jaws only with less teeth and a light on top that spins.)