Last weekend a bunch of us went to the Snohomish Aquatic Center. The guys wanted to use the Flow Rider, which is this cool machine that’s supposed to simulate surfing. I was considering it until I saw a girl lose her bikini top when she fell off (and Luke had a wardrobe malfunction that caused a father to cover his daughter’s eyes haha).
Everyone started out with boogie boards, but after awhile tried standing up on the skateboard-sized boards. Apparently although it’s really fun it’s not comparable to surfing. Luke and Madeleine (the two experienced surfers) were doing better than James and TJ though, so there is definitely some crossover.
This was James’ best attempt of the day.
I love how his initial confidence makes him do the hang loose sign, which causes him to lose balance. And then when he recovers from that, it’s his delight at having recovered that makes him fall off. =D
The aquatic center was surprisingly small given its woop-woopy location. It was way smaller than the one in Albert Park in Melbourne – you’d think given how much space there is out there they’d at least spring for an Olympic size pool. There was a weird system where you paid for a 2 hour session, after which they cleared everyone out to disinfect the pools and you had to pay for another session if you wanted to keep going.
Afterwards we went out for wings. And oh! OH! Did you know that Americans/Canadians pronounce “parmesan” as “parmeJAN” (with the emphasis on the last syllable and the ‘j’ a cross between a ‘j’ and ‘sh’ sound). Blew my freaking mind. How can I have lived in the US for this long and not realised? (For any non-Antipodeans reading this, we say “PARMesen”, with the emphasis on the first syllable and the ‘sen’ pronounced how it looks).
Anyway, on Sunday we went to Luke and Madeleine’s for Easter Brunch. Madeleine made us some baked french toast, which was another American first for us. French toast isn’t really widespread in Australia – I only know about it from Sweet Valley High books.
It was delicious, especially with Canadian maple syrup. As soon as you cut into it you could smell how fragrant it was. And you can eat it with like … two blueberries and pretend you’re being healthy.
After brunch it was time to shift the party to our place, where some other friends joined us for board games and Game of Thrones.
This weekend will be similarly busy – John is having a going away/GoT party on Sunday and I’m thinking about going snowboarding on Saturday since it’s the last weekend of the season.