Posts Tagged ‘Detroit’
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!
October 19, 2013
Good Morning! It’s a cold and dreary one over here, which is exactly how it’s been for the past few days. I guess that’s what I get for bragging about how gorgeous the weather has been lately!
Between a two and a half hour appearance outside in a sleeveless dress last night and a trip to a “haunted” apple orchard, I’m pretty confident in saying I caught a cold last night. I could only sleep for a few hours and woke up feeling achy with a sore throat and runny nose.
I got up a little after 8 a.m. and while I had every intention on getting in a morning run, I knew it wasn’t in the cards. Instead of subjecting myself to the wet and rainy streets, I decided to stay bundled up inside with a warm breakfast.
Using this recipe, I made my first batch of pumpkin oatmeal!
The measurements are slightly altered, but I followed the directions closely.
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups organic skim milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/8 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
brown sugar to taste
sprinkle of raisins for topping
1. Bring milk to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in oats and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.
2. Add pumpkin and spices and stir until heated through.
3. Sprinkle or stir in raisins and brown sugar right before serving.
It was just what I needed to get my morning started on the right foot. By the way, am I the only one who thinks my outfit (for now) looks very Halloween-esque today?
(I spy a big Cali girl!)
Pulled straight from the folded (okay, unfolded) clean laundry pile in our room, I assembled all of this by chance and couldn’t help but giggle to myself when I looked down. Happy Halloweenie!
Blake’s Haunted Hayride
Have any of you ever been on a nighttime spooky hayride? Last night was the first time I actually got talked into experiencing one.
Since visiting a new haunted house (or in this case, barn) was on this year’s Fall Bucket List, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill. Sounds innocent enough, right? Amateur move on my part.
Every Halloween season, Blake’s puts on a haunted spectacle including a nighttime hayride, a zombie paintball safari, a 3-story haunted barn.
A group of us arrived in Armada, MI around 10 p.m. ready to go… or run.
While I would have liked to check out the hayride equipped with paintball guns and have an excuse to shoot zombies, we only had time for the hayride and haunted barn this go around.
After a quick wait in line, our group of eight boarded the tractor and I knew I was in for it as soon as soon as we got photobombed by Hannibal Lecter.
I started to get a little freaked out and upset I let myself get into this type of situation until the girl sitting next to me did enough of that for the both of us. Or enough for the entire group of riders. Even before our departure, she was balled up, close to crying in fear. Obviously, she would be the target for all of the zombies, monsters, and scary clowns we were about to encounter.
I became startled and confused at the half-way mark when we stopped for cider and donuts at the “Witch’s Cauldron”. I thought it was for sure some kind of trick to lure us into a deeper trail of danger.
Shockingly, we all enjoyed our surpise snack unharmed and finished up the rest of the ride.
With twenty scare zones, I thought this hayride was a good one! The best part had to be the finale of evil clowns chasing us while screaming that poor terrified girl’s name over and over. I’m just grateful it wasn’t focused on me!
Soon after, we headed over to the haunted barn and navigated our way through the three stories. It was scary in the sense of it being dark and changing levels where we had to duck and crawl through areas, but other than that it wasn’t bad at all. I am used to people jumping right in my face and scaring the you know what out of me.
There was, however, yet another evil clown that followed me and stood right in front of me for a good thirty seconds without budging or blinking. We were in a room that looked like it was revolving, and all I could do was stare right back at him with nervous laughter.
Over the years, I have learned that if you pretend they don’t scare you, they move on to other victims. Laughing and smiling usually wards the majority of them off!
All in all, it was a great way to spend a dark fall night and I’m glad I got to experience it.
Now I’m looking forward to a low-key Saturday with Scott!
Hope you enjoy yours.
Questions of the Day
• Have you ever been to a haunted house or on a spooky hayride?
• What is one of your favorite Halloween activities to do? (besides dress up!)
I still have yet to visit and navigate my way through a corn maze. I act all big and tough when I talk about going with friends, but when it comes down to it, I am terrified even at the thought. First off, I hate being lost. Whenever I can’t get my barrings and feel like I am aimlessly circling, I get really upset and anxious. Doing this at night with monsters running around in a corn maze doesn’t sound one bit pleasant.
But, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do… so we’ll see if it happens!
October 15, 2013
Well, hello friends. It’s Tuesday evening. And I’m hoping to put this post together quickly with the twenty spare minutes I have before getting out the door to attend Fitness Pilates!
We had our final photoshoot for the year, and I left feeling great
and hungrier than a bear fresh out of hibernation yesterday.
Since leaving the shoot, the theme of the last twenty-four hours has for sure been spontaneity. Scott and I have always been a “live in the moment” and “go with the flow” kind of couple, which was exactly the topic of my discussion with a teammate over coffee yesterday. Funny how that happened.
We took turns shooting our set of photos and when my friend Kylee and I finished around the same time, we were both more than ready for a well deserved Pumpkin Spice Latte down the road.
… and egg white, turkey bacon and cheese breakfast sandwich.
… and dark chocolate covered graham crackers.
After an entire weekend of eating extremely clean as part of my photoshoot prep, I didn’t feel the least bit guilty about spending $12 on one trip to Starbucks. Everything tasted just as good as I was hoping it would!
I needed to leave around 2:30 p.m. to go pick Scott up from the airport, and when I mentioned this to Kylee she asked if I wanted company for the hour and a half there and back trip. Sure! We arrived to the airport right after 3:15, then spent the rest of the day being down for whatever.
Greektown, Pizza + A Casino
Although it might seem like we had just eaten, both Kylee and I had been craving pizza ever since we arrived to the shoot that morning. I guess that’s what happens when you live off of egg whites, chicken and vegetables for a few days.
Luckily, Scott was fully supportive of the idea and looked up a top-rated pizza joint in Downtown Detroit to try.
We have been to the Greektown area a few times, but had yet to visit PizzaPapalis Chicago Pizza until yesterday. I have had deep dish pizza on the brain for a while now and couldn’t wait to dig in already.
And since we were celebrating a successful shoot and a week free of home games, we decided to all split a bottle of Riesling with our large Greek salad.
We ordered the V.I.P Chicago style pizza with pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives, and green peppers, which arrived a pre-warned 35-40 minutes later because of the thickness of this style’s required cooking time.
This was my first time trying Chicago style pizza, and I thought it was good, but just not my favorite. I’ve never been a huge sauce or cheese person, and it seems as though this is what the style is alllll about.
I’m certainly not complaining though. Two medium slices got me miserably full, but I enjoyed every single cheesy, saucy bite as it went down.
Instead of going home, we spent the rest of the night in the MGM Casino, which proved to be a great time!
Scott and I aren’t necessarily big gamblers, but we do give ourselves a limit and have fun trying our hand at roulette every now and then. We ended up breaking even, which is a success in my book!
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Our random Monday Funday was filled with anything but healthy eats and structured plans, but that’s exactly what I like about “fun days.” Spontaneity.
Really hate to say it… but you only live once!
(Resisting the urge to hashtag.)
Now it’s time for me to get outta here before I miss class. See ya tomorrow!
October 12, 2013
Something pretty neat dawned on me as I was driving home from the airport this morning…
Today is our one year move-iversary!
(Collaborative photo at midnight last night to celebrate.)
Two days in the car with all of them certainly was interesting…
But, we seemed to manage and enjoyed what we could along the way!
It’s crazy to think how quickly time passes by. I mean, I knew starting another season meant we have been here for a while… but really? It’s already been an entire year? Wowww.
Just for kicks, I wanted to take a few minutes to reminisce over the highlights that have happened since we arrived. Feel free to scroll, click, and join in on the memories!
• Lived in a hotel for a month. <- Quite the experience.
• Scott’s surprise birthday and my first time hanging with the Pistons fam!
• Moved into our condo and started exploring the neighborhood.
• Attended a ton of events and Detroit Pistons games at the arena.
• Roadie’s (and my real) first snow!
• Learning to drive and live in snow.
• Our first Thanksgiving here with Scott’s Parents.
• My first performance returning to the NBA court!
• Holiday celebrations with friends.
• Getting invited to dance with the Pistons Dancers!
• Snow storms + Winter Festivals.
• Our first time being snowed in.
* 1 Year Blogiversary!* <- woot!
• St. Patrick’s Day in Detroit.
• Boston Trip.
• First trip back home to Florida.
• Fitbloggin’ in Portland. (My first blogging conference!)
• Megan’s visit over the 4th of July.
• Celebrating our 2 Year Anniversary (kind of).
• Auditioning to be a member of the 2013-14 Pistons Dance Team (with a new hair color!).
• Trip (to Scott’s) home in Arkansas/Missiouri.
• Cider Mills and a visit from Surely!
WHEW! Is that it?
No wonder it all feels like a blur.
I’ve spent the day around the house cleaning up and working on a few projects. As soon as I hit “publish”, I plan to finally get outside and enjoy the gorgeous fall weather we’re having with a run on the trails before sunset. I’m sure I’ll have plenty to think about on the miles ahead.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!