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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! :)

August 27, 2012

Wine Glasses Giveaway Winner

Good Afternoon! After the whirlwind of a weekend and morning, I am here to announce yet more news with you.

Before we go any further, did you all see this morning’s BIG NEWS announcement?! In case you missed it…

Cute We're Moving Announcement

… and you can read all about it here.

Giveaway Winner!

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner to announce for a set of redneck wine glasses from the giveaway held on the blog last week.

Mason Jar Wine Glasses Giveaway

Congrats, to entry #1, Kaitlin!

True Random Number Generator Winner Random.org

Here is her wonderful “You might be a redneck if” joke…

Giveaway Winner Comment

Good one! ;)

Please send an email to hwglamour@gmail.com with your address and phone number.  Your wine glasses will be on their way to you soon!

And with that, I am done with announcements (for now).

Have a wonderful day everyone!

August 26, 2012

So We Have Some News

Ohhhhhhh boy, do we have some NEWS to share with you today!

To get you prepared for what it might be, I posted a teaser photo yesterday on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Did you happen to see it and take a guess for yourself?

Fun way to make an announcement

I know – Decisions, decisions.

What YOU Thought

Although it may seem a bit dramatic, I thoroughly enjoyed sitting back and watching what YOU thought our big announcement is, via comments on Facebook.  Let’s see how you did!

The most popular choice – by a landslide – was B. We’re Pregnant.  I will admit to having baby fever a time or twenty two this year, but I can tell you in confidence that no, we are not expecting a baby.

Cali says interesting

I am not going to lie… seeing everyone’s excitement over the possibility of us welcoming a little one got me a tad excited for when we really do announce that type of news.  I do not know exactly when that will be, but I can say that it will most likely be sooner than later.

Someone’s thrilled at the thought alone…

Roadie doesn't want kids

Okay, so we’ve ruled out B.  Included in “we are not expecting a baby” would also implicate adopting one, which eliminates C. We’re Adopting. 

Scott and I have actually discussed this topic before, a few times.  We have said that after having children of our own, we might entertain the idea of adopting another child down the road.  Granted, this is part of our plan.  We can’t always live on a plan, now can we?

Back to the question… we are now left with answers:

A. We’re Moving - OR – D. We’re Starting a Business.

Last call for any guesses!

Aspen is not impressed

 and the answer is…

drum roll please…

A!

Cute We're Moving Announcement

 

Moving to Detroit

Were you right?

Yup, you got it.  Come mid-October, Scott and I will officially be living “Up North” just a river away from Canada.  Holllllly moly, can you believe it? This native Floridian is going to FREEZE!

As you know, this past year has been a crazy one, and left us a lot of time to think, grow and pray for the future.  After going out on a few limbs, thinking outside of the box, and being the true professional he is, Scott nailed a one-of-a-kind job opportunity with the Detroit Pistons of the NBA.

Scott and I met working together in the NBA, and it is exciting to know we are going to be thrown right back into it after a year’s hiatus.  The first home game is in just six short weeks, and we have that exact amount of time to get packed, drive up, and settle into a new home in Motown.

We're back in the game

Our New Home

We will be spending the majority of our time away from home in a place called The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

The palace of auburn hillssource

According to the Orlando Sentinel, The Palace is pretty impressive, being in the the Top 10 Arenas in the NBA.  Auburn Hills is located in  Metro Detroit, which is a metropolitan area in Southeast Michigan.

Scott is leaving on Wednesday to get settled into the office and start scouting out areas to live, and we know we want to stay as close to the arena as possible.  With a Farmer’s Market, a handful of community parks, and a Friday Night concert series, this city might be where we end up.  Only time will tell, my friends.

I need to take a second to thank all of our close friends and family who have supported us during a trying time of our lives.  From talks of moving to Philadelphia, then to New York, and most recently to Oklahoma City, you guys encouraged us to make the decision that felt right and have been there with us every step of the way.

With the opportunity waiting for us up in Detroit, I am confident in sharing that the right decision has been made.

Of course, we are going to miss Orlando.  I have lived in this city for my entire life, with the exception of four years at school in Tampa at the University of South Florida.  I am going to miss our friends, teaching at the barre studio, and especially my family.

Moving away from what I have called home for twenty-seven years is not going to be easy, but we are both ready to move forward and see what adventure is around the corner waiting for us next.

What I Am Looking Forward To:

• Having a white Christmas (Ahhh!)

• Settling down, and hopefully ready to buy a house in the near future

• Starting over in a new place, as a newly married couple

• Going to all of the Pistons games, watching Scott do what he loves

• Buying an entire new wardrobe! Should I invest in The North Face stock now? ;)

Thank you for sharing such a special time with us! I’ll be sure to keep you posted on how packing and the process of moving is going.

Questions the Day

• Have you ever moved to a completely new city, state or even country?

• Has a second city you have lived in ever felt like “home”?

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