Posts Tagged ‘Dance’
December 9, 2013
Good morning! This weekend was a good one. While I didn’t have too much planned, it seemed to get busier and busier as it went on!
Seriously. Where does the time go?
I feel like it is the days I predict will be relaxed and filled with tasks and projects are the days that go by the fastest. It’s like no plans? Okay… I might as well do this and this and this and <BAM> Monday happens. My mind gets blown every time!
Reebok Custom Kicks Gift Card Giveaway Winner
As promised, I am starting today’s post with an exciting announcement…
A huge THANK YOU to all who entered the Reebok Custom Kicks Giveaway over the last week. It was really neat to read all of the different kinds of sneakers and color combinations you all would like to design on a custom sneaker! You guys are just awesome.
• Entry #717: Rebecca Monchecourt - you won by liking Reebok on Facebook!
Please email me at email@example.com with your mailing address to claim your gift card. You have 48 hours to do so, or I will be forced to pick another winner.
To keep the good times rolling, here is a recap of what took place in our lives over the weekend. Because looking back at it is something we can do to make Mondays a little more marvelous. (<- blogger link up with Katie!)
Scott and I had plans for a date night. We ended up going to a funeral beforehand, which understandably left us both in weird moods. I guess that is to be expected though. Instead of letting the night slip by, we decided a quiet dinner and a movie sounded perfect.
This time I got the Whole Grain Tuscan Linguine with broccoli, red bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, garlic, white wine, cream and parmesean.
We arrived at the movie with just enough time to get inside the theater and settled into our seats before the start of the previews for Catching Fire.
Umm, have you guys seen this flick yet? Although I haven’t read any of the books (I know, I know… I need to get on that…) I absolutely loved the first movie and have only heard great things about the second. For being 146 minutes long, it sure flew by and had both Scott and I on the edge of our seats the entire time. During the end of the final scene we both looked at each other confused, then took turns saying “that’s it?”
I really wasn’t ready for the ending. I guess we will just have to wait for the third movie of the trilogy series to come out!
I spent the morning and early afternoon at home getting chores done around the house. (<- Jealous?)
A little after 2 p.m. I needed to run some errands and found myself shopping all over the area. My first stop was at Petco. You know, “where the pets go.”
I filled my cart (which later I found out wasn’t even one from the store… whoops) with wet food, treats, and other necessities like an obnoxiously bright cat box. It’s a long story, and I will probably share the reason we need two in the house if my plan is successful.
As I proceeded to the check out line, I couldn’t help but swoon over the fluffy dog coats a few aisles over. Aren’t they adorable?
It took everything in me not to get one for Roadie. Scott has a hard enough time dealing with the one I got him last year, but these look so much warmer. I might just have to go back and get one!
On my way out to the car, I noticed there was a Michaels right next door which is always trouble.
I went in with a few items on my mind (scented pine cones, holiday ribbon, tall candlesticks, etc.) and was proud of myself for staying on track!
Eventually I made it over to the grocery store which was the reason I left the house in the first place. See anything interesting in there? I can name at least two things that are slightly embarrassing.
We’ll just keep moving…
I hurried home to get in the shower and get ready for dinner with Scott and one of my teammates at a new to all of us place in Downtown Birmingham. The restaurant was an Italian one called Bella Piatti and everything was amazinggg.
I might just have to do a separate highlight of this one another time because if I didn’t you would be scrolling through ten or so more photos. (You’re welcome.)
I loved this area of town and can’t wait to explore it more!
We went back to our place after to watch Elf, which I later found out was Scott’s first time seeing it. I couldn’t believe it, mainly because I quote it all the time and he acts like he knows exactly what I’m talking about.
He might be a cotton headed ninny muggins.
Sunday morning started later than anticipated. I guess the week caught up to me because I got up early, but allowed myself to drift back asleep for a few more hours and didn’t actually start anything productive until about 11 a.m. By then, I figured it was a perfect time to make “lunch”.
If you didn’t happen to catch this one via Instagram, on my plate was anything apple and cinnamony I could find:
- sliced apples and sprinkled cinnamon
Greek yogurt on any type of waffle never disappoints! I ended up working on the computer for the next hour or so and then went back upstairs to do laundry and get my game bag ready.
Our Pistons played the Miami Heat last night, and even though we didn’t score a win we did perform a Groovy 70′s themed halftime!
Yesterday kicked off another four games in seven days week for us. This week will be another busy one I’m sure!
After the game, Scott and I had plans to meet up with a few friends at another new-to-us place for dinner. This time it was right around the corner from us in Rochester, called The Hills Bar & Grille.
It was a neat and unique atmosphere. There were televisions decorating the walls, but the rest of the restaurant felt more on the fancier side. A fancy bar if you will.
Just like after most games, Scott came with a hungry appetite and we decided to treat ourselves. I started with a Peppermint Martini, which was actually a little too strong for my liking.
‘Tis the season, eh?
Chips and salsa followed as well as these delicious crab cakes.
By the time our entrees came, I was already getting full. I ordered a spicy chicken and shrimp dish with a side of asparagus and sweet potato fries which will always be a weakness of mine.
I am already looking forward to the leftovers!
Both the food and the company was great. I loved getting to catch up with Bri and her boyfriend Zack.
And just to throw out a fun fact I think most of you would find interesting to know, Bri is one of the few we trust to watch Roadie when we go out of town! He really is in love with her and freaks out every time she enters the house. They might be best friends.
(Singing karaoke into his steak knife, of course.)
Sorry ladies… he’s all mine.
<said in confidence with wide eyes and crunched eyebrows>
I hope to have made you smile at some point in this post today. Now go have a great start to your Monday!
Question of the Day
• What is your favorite holiday movie?
Ever since I can remember, I have watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with my family every Christmas Eve and can probably recite the entire thing. Growing up, I also loved A Charlie Brown Christmas, and of course Elf is now also a top contender!
November 25, 2013
Morning! Mine actually started on an early note today.
Scott’s parents are currently en route to us, driving all the way from Powell, Missouri. We haven’t seen them since our visit over the summer so we are really excited to have them, especially for Thanksgiving!
Scratch marvelous, let’s go with epic. Ahhh!
Friday Night at the Game
If you happened to stop by here on the weekend, you probably caught my highlights from Friday’s game. Releasing our 2014-15 Pistons Dancers Calendar was a true stand-out moment, not just for this season but for all of my seasons dancing in the NBA.
Part of our job entails signing autographs for fans, but dedicating an entire halftime to us then signing calendars for the remainder of the game felt like such a big deal. Friday night is one I will remember and cherish for years to come.
After the game, a group of us went over to a local favorite spot for a little Friday Night karaoke.
Of course we didn’t plan on singing… but we all know how that goes. We may or may not have torn that stage up!
… and that’s why we should really stick to dancing. Good times!
Saturday called for rest and knocking off projects around the house and on the computer. Scott woke up early for an event and a flag football game while I enjoyed the extra few hours of shut eye. (Hehe.)
Just a few minutes after he got home for the day, I received a last minute request to make an appearance at the practice facility. Surprise! It was to film a fun segment for Good Morning America!
If you haven’t heard the story yet, this article explains it all. I have met Shannon (The Dancing Usher) before and he is great. Antwain (the 11-year-old) was adorable too. He was so excited to be there, well spoken, and grateful for everything that’s happened since that game last Tuesday.
They had a blast trash talking and challenging each other in different ways.
It was so much fun! Check out the video that aired the next Morning.
We wrapped up around 6:30 p.m. and Scott and I had full intentions of going vacuum shopping. (Yes… our second attempt.) After arriving a few minutes past store closing, we were going to catch a night time showing of Catching Fire but decided to call it a night instead. Scott was exhausted!
Chili over whole wheat penne noodles and catching up on The Voice proved to be just as exciting.
I also fit in some ornament surgeries while we lounged.
Every year a handful of ornaments always get the short end of the stick, either by me stepping on or dropping them. Even though Scott was a less than happy about it, I convinced him it was nothing a little super glue can’t fix.
I knew Sunday would be busy day. I woke up early and got out the door around 9 a.m. to head to a six hour halftime practice at the arena.
Do you want to know what motivates me on mornings like those? A large cup of coffee and a Subway stop.
I may or may not have been their first sub of the day when I also ordered a foot long turkey, American cheese and tons of veggies on wheat for lunch to split with a teammate. I told you… I need to invest in some serious stock, ya’ll. #everydaysubwayproblems
We ended up getting out an hour early after a productive practice for our big TLC halftime coming up later this week!
It’s also when we play the Lakers, so Friday will for sure be an exciting game!
I got home by 4 p.m. and both Scott and I got cleaned up and ready to go knock out some early holiday shopping. I still can’t believe how cold it is already… it dropped down to the twenties for majority of the weekend!
Soooo not ready for this.
Warm coats in hand, we drove over to the Somerset Collection in Birmingham. With three stories of shopping and a walkway crossing over to another entire building, it’s one of the fanciest malls I have ever been to. It also had an impressive Photos with Santa set-up in the middle.
I just love Christmastime.
There wasn’t much time to shop before the stores closed, so we fit in what we could and left to go grocery shopping. On the way we passed a Noodles & Company and thought that sounded perfect for dinner.
I ordered the Chinese Chicken Chop Salad.
Scott got the Thai Hot Pot.
I may have gotten a little jealous, but both were great!
We arrived at Meijer right around 7:30 and didn’t get home until after 9 p.m. Apparently our trip was a serious one that took over an hour and required two grocery carts. We did score some deals on holiday scented candles AND found some quality entertainment in the home decor aisle.
(Just in case and of you are in need of a ridiculously large & sign, you now know where to find it.)
Finally home for the night, we watched more of The Voice in the background (this season is so good!) and unloaded groceries for quite a while. Before bed, I set up this 3 foot tree for downstairs since I miss having the tree on and around while I’m typing away in the basement during the days!
Oh there’s a problem with the lights? Yeah, I noticed that once I got it all decorated. I spent a good while trying to find the misbehaving bulb, but wasn’t too successful there. For now, I think being half lit gives it more character.
Today is the start of a crazy busy week! We have four home games in seven days. And then there’s that holiday, Thanksgiving, we will be hosting on Thursday. Scott’s parents arrive tonight and I have every intention of checking in with you guys every day. Fingers crossed!
Off to finish cleaning, Fitness Pilates, then getting ready for the game. Have a great start to your week!
November 23, 2013
*All photos used in this post are my own, unless sourced otherwise. I am writing about my personal experience being a part of this calendar, but this should not be considered an official release for the event. Look out for more upcoming stories and photos at pistons.com!
Last night was a very special one for not only me, but for a whole team of talented, beautiful women.
After a much anticipated few months of preparing for the shoot(s), hearing about what would be done with the photos, and waiting to see the end result, our 2014-15 Detroit Pistons Dancers Calendar was released during halftime at the Pistons vs. Hawks game!
Earlier this week, we got word that last night’s halftime would be dedicated towards introducing us, which included releasing our calendar photos one by one on the jumbo tron as we took center court.
Like any other game, we performed a routine during a timeout in the first quarter, but only remained on the sidelines for a few minutes. We left at the top of the second to return to the dressing room, change into our black dresses, and get ready for our moment in the spotlight.
As the end of the second quarter buzzer went off, we all became anxious, excited and somewhat nervous! The hard part was already over, but for some reason we were all big spraytaned balls of nerves.
Before we knew it, the lights went dark and a video started playing on the big screen that highlighted the last few seasons of dancing, then ended with behind the scenes footage of our shoot.
I had chills upon chills!
We lined up in alphabetical order, and I was in the middle. As soon as they introduced me (from my hometown of Rochester, MI <- ha, false.) I took the floor with THE biggest smile.
It was in this moment that I finally felt a full formal introduction as a member of this team, and all of my hard work getting to this point paid off.
Once everyone got on the floor, we waved as a group to the crowd and then proceeded upstairs to sign calendars for the remainder of the game.
Meeting fans as a group in a special setting is always a fun experience for me. Even just a quick, “hi, how are you doing tonight?” gets reactions from excitement to nervousness, and it makes me laugh a little inside knowing I did that just by engaging conversation.
The best part for me is talking to children. Young girls tend to jump right in and share stories of how they dance or cheer while boys are usually more on the shy side, needing some convincing for us to sign their free mini-basketballs they caught during the game.
As the line went by, I ignored how cold I was in my dress and how uncomfortable my feet felt standing in 4 inch heels for hours. Moments and nights like this are what stick out the most when the season is over and it’s time to move on. This year, I am making a point to take a step back from whatever I’m doing and enjoy everything I can.
Today I can’t help but think about how I got here. In all of my years of dancing I have never actually been featured in a swimsuit calendar, and I have to admit that it feels incredible to finally say I have. This job isn’t easy, and at times isn’t all glitz and glamour, but overall I know that I am extremely blessed to be in my sixth year dancing for the NBA.
Last night was just one of those little reminders.
I can’t thank the team responsible for making this calendar and event happen enough, starting with our Director, Natalie Miramontes. As a former dancer for more than one NBA team, she realizes how big of a deal making this calendar happen was for us and fought hard the entire time. Also, a big shout out to our incredible photographer, Dan Lippitt, for capturing it all and making us look our best!
To our sponsors: Iconic Salon (Hair), Sun Oasis Tanning, Venus Swimwear, Nikki Notarte (Makeup), Sean Hodgson (Set Director), and even that guy helping us through odds and ends on Media Day, Scott Hesington, it all couldn’t have come together without you!
And finally, to the Detroit Pistons Entertainment managers and staff:
THANK YOU for pushing for us to all have this monumental keepsake for the rest of our lives! Words can’t even begin to describe our appreciation for what you do for us, not only with this but season after season.
Behind the Scenes and Where To Purchase
The calendar starts with January 2014 and goes through April 2015. Now that it has been publicly released, I can share my behind the scenes video with you from our shoot.
The calendar also features QR codes that can be scanned for exclusive behind-the-scenes videos by each dancer!
Get your own for $10 at pistonsLR.com, or message me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in purchasing one from me directly, autographed by yours truly for the same price, plus the cost of shipping.
Thank you all for taking a glance at a night I will always remember with me.
We are getting ready to dive into a busy few months of games and I am sure there will be plenty more to share with you very soon.
Have a great rest of your weekend!
November 11, 2013
Hey there friends! I hope today is treating you well. It’s a chilly start to the week up here in the low 40s. Yup, we’re there already and this new northerner is not quite ready for it.
Instead of letting the cold get me down, I wanted to jump back into recapping weekend shenanigans and linking back up with Katie to share what is making this Monday marvelous. Lots of things, considering we had a fun-filled visit from one of my NBA dancer co-hearts just a few hours away!
I met Kelley through a mutual friend about ten months ago and we instantly clicked. At the time, she was a dancer for the Chicago Bulls and we have enjoyed telling stories and sharing the experiences our jobs bring us. I have been urging her to visit our neck of the woods for a while and was ecstatic to finally see her face pop up at our arena last Friday night!
We had a home game, and although the Pistons lost it was still a fun one.
(Photo credit: Brian Sevald)
I’m so glad she was there to see everything, and both of us agree that it’s neat to experience how games are run in different cities.
After the game, we joined our entertainment teams in celebrating the start of the season at a post-game hot spot right down the road. It was so much fun!
At one point I remember calling Scott out for his new Movember mustache and it becoming the photo opp theme of the night. Good times!
After a late night out, we took advantage of a Saturday morning to sleep in and I made us Fiber One pancakes for breakfast as soon as we got up and moving. I should have snapped a photo because they were notably delicious topped with the pumpkin butter I have been obsessed with lately.
The majority of our early afternoon included catching up on girl time and hanging out with these furballs.
Scott made it home from a work event a little after lunch and we finally got motivated to show her some of our favorite things to do in the area. Of course a stop at a cider mill was one of them!
There we enjoyed a cup of warm (and cold!) cider, a couple of donuts (the best) and a brief trail walk to take in the scenery.
After the mill, we headed over to Rochester Mills Beer Co. for dinner and each enjoyed our own small fire roasted pizza. (Again, fail on my part for not taking a photo!)
At this point of the night, all three of us were content with staying in with a low-key night, but decided at the last minute to do something a little more spontaneous. How about a night out in Canada?
I have mentioned on the blog before how close we are to international territory… forty minutes from Windsor to be exact.
So, instead of giving into feeling “meh” we got dressed and made it out the door within the hour to spend a night across the border.
We arrived on the late side around 11 p.m. and only made it to a few spots before calling it a night, but for what it’s worth had a great time people watching and dancing the night away!
Early into the morning, we made our way back to the car and crossed the border back into Detroit making jokes about technically being in and out of a country for just a few hours… no big deal.
Sunday started early with a team practice for me, followed by plans to take Kelley to lunch on the way out to drop her off at the bus stop.
By the way, have you ever heard of the Megabus? My friends here have raved about it and I convinced her to purchase her ticket over from Chicago for just about $50, which is a lot less than what it would cost to drive over herself. Her overall experience was a positive one and I will be keeping that option in mind next time we want to make a trip over to CHI town!
Anyways, plans for lunch quickly dissolved when Mr. Roadie decided to hightail it outside and take a jog around the neighborhood on his own. He doesn’t run away often, but when he does there’s no getting him back in until he’s ready. Sometimes he can be a real peach.
We finally got him back inside with just enough time to get Kelley over to Detroit for her departure. We said our goodbyes and I ended up napping the entire car ride home.
As soon as we got inside the house, I really gave into the lazy Sunday feeling and enjoyed a much needed nap accompanied with pet snuggles. I woke up to Scott watching football and we spent the rest of the night extremely mellow.
There was a trip out for coffee, followed by a movie rental of World War Z.
It was okay… the reality of the main character surviving the situations seemed unrealistic to me but, after all, it was Brad Pitt. So everybody wins.
It was for sure an enjoyable weekend. I’m looking forward the week ahead and I am sure there will be plenty to keep us busy even though there aren’t any home games on the calendar. Now I’m off to catch up on some work and get ready for practice tonight.
Before I go, I want write a special THANK YOU to all of the veterans who served and who are currently serving our country. You are special soles who bless others every single day with what you do. Thank you, Veterans, much love and prayers to you!
Have a great rest of your Monday!