I am a yo-yo blogger and I am sorry. But I’m getting sick of making up excuses (and I’m sure you’re sick of hearing them!) so I’ll just cut to the chase.
First and foremost, our amazing team won the championship. THEY WON, PEOPLE!!!!! All of it! They are the champ-yuns, my friends (and they’ll keep on fighting ’til the end… bum bum bum). What a hard-earned and well-deserved title. And as with any success, there came celebration. Lots of it.
Right after the big win, all of the fans rushed on to the ice to congratulate the team. Cue mosh pit. Trying to avoid the claustrophobia that was the rink, family and friends of the players partied in the locker room. I’m not sure that it actually ended up being more roomy (and it was definitely smellier) but it was a ton of fun. We drank champagne and beer, and heard a wonderful speech from the coach thanking the team for their hard work and the families for the support. After a bit, we headed to the VIP to celebrate with the sponsors and then headed to the bars with the fans.
The next day, most of us went to a restaurant called Josef’s for the day and took it easy. Real easy. I’m talking the “take your coat off and stay a while” type of easy. And boy did we stay a while. Six hours, to be exact. Just drinking beers and eating french fries.
Tuesday we enjoyed the great weather by having a picnic/BBQ at the Dom Park. Kept it low-key here too. Oh, but we did manage to grow some play-off ‘staches.
The next afternoon was the biggest celebration. There was a parade (which consisted of one bus, circling and recircling the town… ha!) and a gathering in the Hauptplatz, the city square. TONS of fans came. I couldn’t believe it! The whole square was filled with people, most of whom were dressed head to toe in Black Wings garb, waving banners, and chanting all sorts of stuff. The guys were welcomed on stage one-by-one, a few speeches were given, and a lot of beer was
drank drunk consumed. Then we went to the old city hall where we ate a delicious meal. After dinner was over, we went to a vinothek to celebrate the rest of the night.
We ended the week with a celebratory dinner the next night. After that, we had to start focusing on cleaning up the apartment and packing our suitcases for the trip home.
Oh, I forgot to mention. Before all of this great stuff happened (two weeks before we returned it to the dealership) I crashed the car. Twice. In the same day. HA! It just keeps getting better, doesn’t it? Let’s just say Mike didn’t think it was too funny. As a matter of fact, I didn’t either until Avery talked me down and I slammed a few glasses of wine.
So annnnywho, the rest of the week was dedicated to tying up loose ends. We packed up, took care of the car, and cleaned the apartment one last time. I have to say, it was a little sad to see the place so empty. We did have a cheery distraction though. The day before we all left, Brian and Kelsey tied the knot. Yahoo! They are officially Mr. and Mrs. Lebler now. And since I am a small (large) sap, I made them a cake. Because what’s a wedding without a cake?
Now who wants to see my masterpiece? Everyone? Okay, drumroll please!
I don’t mean to toot my own horn but…..
Are you impressed or what?! Now, don’t all of you come running to me to do your wedding cakes, this was officially my first and last. It was a pain in my arse (and it was only eight inches tall!). Brian and Kelsey also asked if I would take a few pictures of the day, so I’ve added a few of them for your viewing pleasures. Enjoy!
Chicka chicka whaaaaaaaaaat?!? You want me to take your wedding pics now too? No thanks. This will be my first and last as well. From now on, I will strictly be a guest. A very tearful, blubbering guest. I suppose if you needed a cake taste-tester before the big day, I could do that too.
And that pretty much sums up Austria. The flights home all went according to plan and so far it’s been wonderful to be home. Someday soon I’ll tell you all about my trips to Target (so far I’m up to four) and my summer plans. Until then!
Oh, and happy half birthday to me.