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August 11, 2014

The Meeting House + Rockin’ Rods Car Show in Rochester

Hello! I hope you all had a great weekend.

My newsfeed has been filled with first day of school photos! Did your little ones start today? Summer sure did fly!

Since our weekend was heavy with Pistons events Friday and Saturday, I am just going to start this recap with Sunday.

After the late church service (hello sleep!), Scott and I decided to have an impromptu afternoon date in Downtown Rochester. We hadn’t gone on a date in a while, so it was long overdue.

The Meeting House

The last time we passed by this area, I notice a neat and trendy looking restaurant called The Meeting House. I was excited when I went on Yelp and read fabulous reviews!

The Meeting House Rochester

I loved the look and feel of the inside that expanded into an upstairs and a bright back room.

The Meeting House Rochester inside

We didn’t arrive until just before 2 p.m., so surely brunch was out of the question… or so we thought. I had read that the brunch menu is great, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the brunch menu and specials on the chalkboard as soon as we sat down.

The Meeting House salt and pepper in jars

(Loved those salt and pepper jars!)

As our server took us through the menu, she mentioned that the head chef is one of the owners of the restaurant. They have only been open for about a year and a half and take pride in offering something different with unique meal options. Everything looked enticing, so we both had a hard time deciding what to get.

Scott went for sweet with his order of peach cobbler french toast (!!!) and a side of cheese grits.

The Meeting House Peach cobbler french toast and cheese grits

I went for spicy with my order of the avocado scramble with sriracha and an English muffin on the side.

The Meeting House Avocado scramble

Ahh! Everything was so, so good. We were too full for it this time, but word on the street is they also serve homemade ice cream. We will definitely be back soon to explore more of the menu!

Rockin’ Rods in Rochester

On our walk over to the restaurant, we saw a classic hot rod car show in the distance and wanted to check it out. On our way back to our car, we hit the start of it.

As most of you probably already know, Detroit is also named Motor City for it’s history in automobiles. Not only are the major American manufacturer headquarters located around us, but Detroit has been long recognized as the historic heart of the automotive industry.

Last year, I was happy to work the Woodward Dream Cruise, but I will be missing it this year since I will be in California. I’m so glad we stumbled upon a preview right here Downtown!

Rochester rockin car show

For one full day, the Rockin’ Rods in Rochester serves as a warm up to the Dream Cruise. There are a variety of classics, muscle cars, hot rods and totally customized trucks, vans, and vehicles.

Rochester car show

Scott and I realized that both of our fathers would absolutely love coming to this show! I couldn’t believe how old some of the cars were. This one was from the 1930s and even had the leather straps to hold the engine down!

Classic car show car from 1950s

Or how about this 1926 Ford Pickup painted in all black with neon wheels? It’s for sale, ya’ll.

1926 ford pickup classic car

As we made our way down the aisles, there were vintage cars everywhere. It was all so cool to see!

Downtown rochester car show

I might have even found a classic version of the Jeep Wrangler I have dreaming about. This Dodge was an actual war vehicle complete with posts to hold weapons in the back, so I might have to pass this time.

Classic dodge combat vehicle

It was neat to go around and see the before photos and after (in person) condition of the automobiles. That is something you don’t get to do at the Dream Cruise! I also loved reading about the inspiration behind fixing up the cars, and who helped the owner along the way.

1931 ford classic car

(1931 Ford!)

Cool points definitely went to this guy for the Back to the Future time travel car inspired design.

Marty mcfly s time machine look a like car

And also the inside of this 1970′s van that was designed to entertain and kept up by the original owner!

Interior classic 1970s van

Towards the end of the show, we kept seeing hot rods parked on some of the side streets. I think my dad would love this 1923 Thunderbird!

1923 thunderbird hot rod

And Scott’s dad would for sure get a kick out of this Ford Bronco. He’s been working on restoring Broncos for as long as Scott can remember!

Customized ford bronco

The oldest vehicle we saw was this 1903 Oldsmobile. 1903! You might not be able to tell in this picture, but there is a horn attached to a long metal handle that serves as the steering wheel and wooden tires.

1903 oldsmobile classic car

And the most interesting award has to go to this fully customized 1948 Ford Station Wagon. They called it “Woody” because every single panel has been customized and changed to wood.

1948 ford station wagon with wood paneling

The car doors and inside details were impressive enough…

Woody ford classic car

… but then we looked up and saw the wood paneling on the ceiling! What?

Woody hand crafted custom car

It just goes to show how creative people can get with their car restorations. It’s an art if you ask me!

1948 ford station wagon custom wood paneling

We finished up our time at the show and I left with a ton of pictures. I tried to narrow it down and only shared my favorite highlights. If you are someone who enjoys these types of car shows, I highly recommend getting to the Dream Cruise next weekend!

I will be missing it, but Scott will be there.

On our way back to our car, we found a sign of upcoming events in Downtown Rochester.

Downtown Rochester summer and fall events

I’m sure we will be at more events to share, and I am highly intrigued by what will happen on “Talk Like A Pirate Day”. Ha!

Well, I am off to get ready for an event but hope to check back in later today. Happy Monday!

>> Linking up for Marvelous in My Monday with Katie!

Question of the Day

• What was the last festival or show you went to in your area?

• Your favorite highlight from the weekend?

August 4, 2014

Fun, Eventful Weekend Highlights

Hello, hello! Well, today started off on a weird note… so sorry for the delay!

I actually started writing this post from Panera via Scott’s computer.

Since we are still sharing a car, I took him to work (or so I thought) and instead of pulling up to his office, we dropped the car off to get tires repaired instead. I don’t mind, but a little heads up would have been great.

Scott’s notorious for last minute surprises, so I stole his computer to chat with you all. All was good until I got kicked off of their wi-fi after my thirty minutes were up. So here we are!

Anyways, this weekend went by faster than you could say “Happy Friday!” Knowing Friday would be the only day with some down time, I took advantage of that and deemed it my weekend.

By 2 p.m., I wrapped up what I needed to do for the day and joined a friend of ours in taking Roadie to a nearby dog park.

roadie coming out of water.jpg

Adam is staying with us for the month and has become close buddies with Roadie. We are very appreciative of him entertaining the pup when our weekends are busy and we aren’t around!

roadie and adam on dog dock.jpg

Even though Orion Oaks is located almost thirty minutes from us, it’s certainly worth the drive. They have a couple of huge fenced in areas for dogs to run and play around in.

Roadie gets along with other dogs great, but he tends to wander off and do his own thing most of the time. Like hiding under picnic tables.

roadie at orion oaks dog park.jpg

After enough play time, we took a stroll to check out the dog dock.

orion oaks dog park trails.jpg

Orion Oaks Dog Dock.jpg

This was the first time I took Roadie near a dock, and he was just a wee bit nervous. A natural swimmer, he is not.

roadie doesn't swim.jpg

He will go in about up to his chest and back up to the deck before he gets any deeper. Adam took him to the dock again yesterday and said he fell in by default, so I’m kind of sad I missed that.

Swim or not, it was a great afternoon outdoors and I’m so glad we went!

dog park with roadie.jpg

On the way home, we made a stop for frozen yogurt.

frozen yogurt with fruit and chocolate.jpg

Some kind of mint cookie and coconut fro yo topped in fruit goodies and chocolate chips? Yes please.

The remainder of the weekend revolved around Pistons events, and especially with HOOPER. We started bright and early on Saturday with a 7 a.m. visit to a news station in Downtown Detroit.

sunrise downtown detroit.jpg

We pulled up to the WDIV Channel 4 station and had a few minutes to say hello to the newscasters and staff before his segment.

heather and HOOPER.jpg

I have visited television and radio sets before, but every time I see a new one my childhood dreams of wanting to be a weather girl resurface.

WDIV news studio detroit.jpg

They always make it look so easy, but I know it’s a challenge not many people can do. Or do professionally and well, anyways.

While HOOPER normally causes a scene, he kept the antics to a minimum following the coverage of some serious international news.

HOOPER on WDIV news.jpg

He only came out when NBA Legend Earl Cureton joined the couch to talk about an upcoming race and fundraiser called Hike from the Heart.

I really enjoyed getting to be behind the scenes and watch the live broadcast. Thanks for having us, WDIV!

HOOPER on WDIV Detroit News.jpg

From there, we didn’t have much down time until our next event. We had a bit of a drive to get to a festival in Clarkston where HOOPER pulled out some of his most known tricks.

Dancing on his truck, spraying people with silly string, and even giving dirt bike rides to children all took place before our finale with PAWS.

HOOPER and PAWS.jpg

It’s always funny to see mascots interact with each other.

After that, I met Scott back at the arena and got ready to assist him in running this year’s Flight Crew auditions! I have written about the Pistons dunk team several times on the blog, and I keep doing it because I truly feel that they are one of the best in the league.

Flight Crew auditions 2014.jpg

What they come up with and try, fearlessly, absolutely blows my mind and I was just as impressed as ever throughout the weekend of auditions.

We finished up for the day just before 9:30 p.m. with raging appetites, and met a few friends for dinner at Outback. Scott and I hadn’t been in years!

To kick off the party, I ordered a blackberry sangria (yum!) and had no problem helping out with the bloomin’ onion for the table.

Outback blackberry sangria and bloomin onion.jpg

I ordered a specialty entree for dinner of sirloin and shrimp topped in crab with a salad and sweet potato on the side.

outback side salad.jpg

Outback sirloin and shrimp with crab dinner.jpg

Everything was delicious, but filling… and I’m about to dig into the leftovers!

Sunday felt like a repeat of Saturday, except exchange the morning news for a church service and the festival for a birthday party with HOOPER. Busy!

After the birthday party, I raced back over to the arena to help with the last day of Flight Crew auditions. They are currently working on putting the final team together so I can’t share too many details, but I have a feeling this year is going to be even better than previous seasons.

Flight Crew Auditions 2014 court.jpg

There was so much talent!

This time, Scott and I got home later and fell asleep as soon as we could. And just like that, the weekend was over. Crazy!

I woke up this morning knowing there’s plenty to do around here. I didn’t plan on spending the entire morning away from home, so I guess it’s time to get to it. I hope you all are having a great start to your week!

(Linking this recap up with Katie.)

Questions of the Day

• Have you ever visited a television or radio station? Was it what you thought it would be?

• What was one highlight of your weekend?

Like I mentioned earlier, I have had the opportunity to visit more than a few television and radio stations, mostly on appearances as a dancer. It’s always interesting and fun to see how everything works!

From the outside, it seems like the broadcasters and DJs have such a fun job, and they make it look so easy. Seeing a broadcast live, however, made it look a lot more nerve-wracking. There is no room to accidentally stutter or mess up, which is something I’m positive I would do from time to time. It’s always so cool to see the professionals do their segments, most of the time talking to air or something in the distance, flawlessly. I love it!

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