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August 30, 2012

Tampa Bay Rays Game

With more than a few things on our BIG MOVE To-Do list, I am just now getting around to sharing last weekend with you.  After announcing the news to our close friends, I actually have about three posts to share, but I am taking it one step at a time and fitting posting in as much as I can.

For those of you wondering what will happen next, I promise to keep checking in at least a few times a week.  Fear not, my friends… we are still up and running.

Okay, let’s start with last Friday…

Scott and I have been quite the “quick trip to Tampa” goers lately.  Two weeks ago, we took the short hour and a half ride to see Jason Mraz, which was fantastic.

This time we gave professional baseball a go and joined some friends to see the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Oakland Athletics.

Tampa Bay Rays Tropicana Field 2

The drive to Tampa from Orlando is generally quick and painless… except when you decide to head over on a Friday afternoon, during rush hour, while it’s raining. Oops.

Traffic on I4

Good thing I brought a Chocolate Mint (my favorite) Zone Perfect protein bar and a few Rascal Flatts CDs as backup.

Zone Perfect Bar

I keep saying Tampa, but what I really mean is the Tropicana Field located just across the bridge from downtown Tampa in St. Petersburg.

Scott and I decided to go to the game last minute, after some friends of ours invited us to stay for the post-game O.A.R. concert.  Ummm, sure.

Do you remember Megan? She was the one who also invited us to go see Jason Mraz.  I like her taste in music.

Rays Game Statium


There she is with her fiancé, Jack.  Between him and Scott, I almost felt bad for the family in front of us.  The two of them were egging the little boy in our front section on like it was their job.

Rays Game

My job, however, entailed enjoying some ball and taking advantage of the All-American menu.  Although the french fries and Diet Coke were not the best option (but delicious), I ended up doing pretty well by ordering a turkey burger, adding veggies and ditching the bun.

Tampa Bay Rays Game Food

Not too shabby, if you ask me.

Even though we showed up a little late, we enjoyed a good five innings and were thoroughly entertained the entire time.  I enjoyed the baseball, but more than anything, this Tampa Bay DJ Kitty was out of this world funny to me.  He came onto the big screen a handful of times and I got SO pumped up! Every single time. Things like this make me so happy!

And then of course, there’s this guy….

Tampa Bay Rays Game Fans 2

Never a dull moment, folks.

The baseball game went by pretty quickly (considering I usually expect them to last four hours or more), and it was almost time for the concert to start.

Tropicana Field
And then another crazy guy showed up.  It was the Tampa Bay Rays mascot, Raymond the Seadog!  What is a seadog? Well… I’m not quite sure.

According to his website, “Seadogs have all the traits of normal dogs. They enjoy going for walks, playing with kids, and fetching…well known for their fun-loving nature, passion for baseball, and general good looks.”

Tampa Bay Rays Mascot

Oh, don’t forget picking people up.  Clearly.  I guess you could say we tend to attract mascots at sporting events.

Tampa Bay Rays Mascot Raymond

Even though the Rays didn’t bring home a W that night, we had a lot of fun watching them and O.A.R.

OAR Concert

I love when games have post-game concerts.  The band was great, and I would say we got more than our moneys worth at $25 a pop.

Now if I could only meet DJ Kitty…

Question of the Day

• When you go to sporting events, do you really go to watch the game, or do you find yourself getting more tuned in to the entertainment?

Although I enjoy watching sports, I find myself wrapped up in everything that is going on around me more than anything on the court or field. Before I became a dancer for the NBA, my father would take me to Magic games and I remember watching STUFF the mascot as well as the dancers for almost the entire game. To this day, I watch more of the sport, but can’t deny my wandering eyes. Sports Entertainment can be so fun!

August 28, 2012

Questions and Answers

Now that the BIG NEWS cat is out of the bag, I wanted to dedicate a post to answering a handful of questions I received about us, the blog, and our new adventures ahead.

Thank you for all of the thoughtful responses and well wishes we received yesterday! We are feeling very loved and truly blessed today.

All right, let’s go ahead and dive right in, shall we?

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

• Are you going to keep blogging?

YES. Do you think I could go through a new journey in my life and not share it with you?  C’mon…

To answer your question on more of a long-term basis, yes! I plan to keep housewifeglamour.com afloat for years to come.

Cute Valentine Dog

I will say, however, that I am going to have to temporarily cut back on posting every week day.  Since Scott leaves for Detroit tomorrow (<- um, wow!) I am officially the one responsible for going through things, organizing, and packing up the majority of our house.

I will be sure to check in, and still keep a focus on running a healthy living blog, but will need to tone it back to posting two or three times a week instead of five – for now.

Once we get settled and moved in, I promise to resume a more consistent, day-to-day posting schedule!

• What are you going to do for work?

Luckily, Scott has been blessed with an opportunity that will allow me to focus on blogging and writing full time.

I am currently the Social Media Assistant for Victoria Angela Photography, responsible for daily posts, wedding and engagement highlights, and running her blog.  I also submit weekly recipes to Recipe Adventures, a community blog for RV123.com.

I am still growing this site, and hope to build sponsorships, advertising, and opportunities as time goes by.  To say I am “looking forward to” finally being able to focus and dedicate more time to my blog is an understatement. I am completely and 100% PUMPED!

• Are you going to try out for a dance team?

I thought about it.  After dancing in the NBA for four seasons, then taking one off, I had the itch to try out for a fifth year.  Seeing as though auditions for the 2012-13 season have already come and gone for the Pistons, I will not be joining their team.

Generally, NBA dance teams have the latest tryouts in the year, coming after NFL and NHL.  My chances to get on a team this season to perform are pretty much impossible.

Will I try out next season? It all depends on what we’re up to!  I can’t give a yes or a no just yet.

NBA Dancer Tryouts

• When do you plan to start a family?

The main reason I have been leaning towards a “no” for next year’s try outs is the thought of starting a family.  As some of you know, Scott has a good eleven years on me (shocker, right?) and he is getting pretttttty darn close to forty.

Although he likes to act twelve at times and is in great shape, his age is his age and we want to at least start a family before he hits the big 4-0.  Doing the math… that means we would technically need to start trying… like yesterday.  Oops!

Sooner than later my friends, that is all I know.

• Are you going to buy a house?

Yes! Well, maybe.  We want to, but we also want to be smart and not rush into anything.  I would love to rent a house or a town home for the first year and see how it goes.  That way, we would be able to see different areas, make sure we are where we want to be, and go from there.

downtown auburn hills

• Do you really know how cold it will be?

Yes and no.  I know it is going to be painfully, dreadfully, depressingly cold for a portion of the year.  Thankfully, I will be able to get most of my work done from home, so I won’t really have to bear it as much as most.

The coldest I have ever been is walking home from the subway in Jersey City in on our latest trip to New York.  I was bundled up in a winter coat, boots and leggings, but when the cold wind blew against my Floridian skin, I could barely stand it.  I assure you the second we got out into the cold, I clung onto Scott’s arm and made him sprint the entire way back to our friend’s house.

Living in that kind of cold day after day is a different story.  Living in Florida for my entire life, I have no idea what that is like and I already know I’m going to have days where I want to hop back on a plane down South.

Luckily, the summers are hot and Michigan is filled with lakes. Those few warm months miiiight just make those unbelievably freezing ones doable.

Cat in hiding

• Are you scared about driving in the snow?

YES! Petrified, actually.  Anyone who knows me well knows I get out of driving whenever possible.  I have been in a handful of serious car accidents, with half of them being my fault.  After my most serious situation last summer, I have become a little bit paranoid about things popping up in the middle of the road and feel my heart race at silly things.

And this is in Florida!

Add snow and ice to that equation and I can’t imagine my driving anxiety any better.  I can assure you that Scott will be driving whenever possible, and I will be practicing turning, stopping, and slamming on breaks in a big empty icy parking lot before I attempt to do it on the open road.

I think that sums up the questions I have received so far, if you have anything else for me feel free to comment below.

Here’s to the first day of packing! :)

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