Posts Tagged ‘Entertainment’
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 25, 2013
Good Morning and thank goodness it’s Friday!
Today I am sharing a compilation of fun and yummy things from my week. Because we are oh so close to the weekend and it’s nice to look back at things that make us smile from time to time.
This week also marks the second week I have hosted a new link up for anyone to join in on the Friday Favorites train! Whether you decide to link up every week or every once in a while is totally up to you…
Or, simply hop over to check in on mine. I’m totally cool with whatever.
Friday Favorites #8: Week of 10/25
(With a little fall flavor if you will…)
• fall leaves in our backyard
Fall is in full force in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Or should I say winter?
I have woken up to a layer of frost on the grass and on my car the last two mornings. I’m so not ready to deal with that yet. For now, I am soaking in the good stuff as long as I can.
• ArgaBeta oil
I have always had problems with my hair tangling. I purchased this Dikson ArgaBeta oil from my hair salon a few months ago and it has significantly helped out with matting.
You only use a tiny bit, since the oil is really concentrated and goes a long way. It’s also been great to keep some of the friz down.
• protein pancakes with pumpkin applesauce topping
Oh geez. If there’s anything I have been infatuated with this week it is the return of protein pancakes into my life.
(Especially when they are topped in pumpkin.)
My best topping to date is this pumpkin applesauce spread with a big ‘ol spoonful of almond butter.
Holy yum. I might as well have called it pumpkin pie for breakfast because that’s how good it was!
• working out at home
I’m not sure if the
all of the sudden freezing cold weather has anything to do with this, but I have really enjoyed getting back into working out at home. I say the weather has something to do with it because I haven’t been on one run outside this week either.
Maybe it also has to do with the fact that my lower back has been bothering me and I don’t want to aggravate it. Whatever the case, I have reverted to a handful of Cathe XTrain workouts and have been loving them. Remember my ghetto excuse for a step-up?
It’s still kickin’! Ohhh yeah.
• “The Fox” Halloween Light Show
I would imagine that the majority of you have seen “The Fox” music video by Ylyis by now. It’s absolutely ridiculous, but ever intriguing at the same time. I first learned about this about a month ago and couldn’t stop watching it.
The costumes, the lyrics, the choreography… everything captured me and eventually I heard the song not only pop up on iTunes Top 100, but also on a few local radio stations. Check out this awesome Halloween lights show that goes with it!
• candy corn
I totally blame Scott for this one. I never keep candy in the house. I rarely eat it, and when I do I usually can’t help but to grab a handful of it every time I walk by it.
Candy corn has always been a favorite of mine ever since I was little. I knew I was in for it the moment this appeared on our kitchen counter.
Don’t let the tiny bowl fool you, either. I probably had at least three of those over the past two days. Okay fine… like seven.
• leather sweatshirt jacket
This was one of my purchases I brought home from Saturday’s spontaneous shopping date.
I call it a black leather sweatshirt jacket and just this week I have noticed similar looks becoming very popular this season. I got mine from Pac Sun, but a few of my friends got a similar version from Forever 21.
• California Tan tan extender lotion
Keeping a tan up is actually part of my job, and I am very thankful for things like self-tanning lotions and spray tans. In college, I thought nothing of going to a tanning bed two to three times a week. Every week.
Now that I am older and wiser, I realize that tanning beds are not the solution and I avoid them as much as possible.
In-between spray tans, I have been loving this tan extender moisturizing lotion with bronzers to help my color last it’s longest.
• butternut squash and black beans
Oh my. I don’t know why I haven’t introduced this combination into my meals at home until now.
I never realized how easy lunch could be until I added leftover black beans and butternut squash to seasoned quinoa. While cooking the quinoa, I simply heated the combo up in the microwave (separately) and mixed it in when everything was ready. I could have gotten more creative and added vegetables like red peppers and spinach, but I was a little pressed for time yesterday.
I’ve also enjoyed eating squash on it’s own and top of salads.
Sometimes you just need a few new ingredients to spice things back up!
I would love to see some of your favorite finds, recipes, or funnies from this week. If you aren’t a blogger, feel free to join in on the fun by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post.
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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!
October 7, 2013
Holy Monday ya’ll. I can’t believe it’s already late in the afternoon and I am just now putting together today’s post…
I’d tell you all about my day but I have plenty of other weekend highlights to share with you instead, including a fun 5K recap!
This weekend = pretty marvelous, so although I’m late, I’m linking up with Katie and others to share snippets of what made our weekends. There’s a crap ton of photos today, so let’s just get right into it!
Pistons Open Practice (Saturday)
Our official season doesn’t kick off until the end of the month, but we already dove right back to performing for an arena full of Pistons fans at Saturday’s Open Practice.
Basically, it’s a free event for season ticket holders and fans to come see what the player practices are like. A few of the entertainment teams were there to make it feel more like a game and we were all pumped to get back on the court and debut our new 2013-14 team!
Everything went really well, which makes me even more excited for tomorrow’s first Pre-Season game! Scott and I spent the afternoon eating lunch and hanging with a handful of friends, then spontaneously decided to stop by a local cider mill before heading home.
Yates Cider Mill
This mill has more activities and things to do than most I have been to on property, including a place to pet farm animals. Check out the white goat on the very top!
That guy hung up there for a good fifteen minutes, and Scott and I had a few laughs about the confusion it was causing the other animals. Eventually, we made our way over to the cider shop, but not without soaking in some beautiful fall scenery first.
We also may have purchased a few treats.
Scott opted for the caramel apple…
while I indulged in the cinnamon donut.
After all, you just can’t leave a cider mill without a half gallon of cider and at least one
or three donut s.
In the fall spirit, I decided to take my workout outdoors and enjoy the fresh air while it was still light out. I quickly put together a fifteen minute circuit workout for a guest post I will be sharing with you next week!
After a shower, Scott and I spent the remainder of our Saturday night curled up on the couch watching college football.
(High five, Razorbacks!)
Pistons Fit 5K
Our early turn in Saturday night helped us get out the door bright and early Sunday morning!
Both Scott and I worked (and ran!) the Pistons Fit 5K, put on buy our favorite Detroit Basketball team. I arrived a little after 8:30 a.m. and was greeted by a lot of familiar faces to cheer us on.
Once I signed in, got my bib, and went to the restroom, it was time to kick things off with the first race of the day: The Fun (1 mile) Run with HOOPER!
Their race lasted about fifteen minutes, which gave us plenty of time to get situated in a starting place.
Right before go time, we cheered the kids on and got hit with silly string by the crazy horse. I swear he always pulling some kind of shenanigans.
I was excited for this race for two reasons: 1) I have never run a “real” (no obstacles included) timed 5K race and 2) My entire team was running it with me! We all started in groups at the starting line and a lot of us didn’t waste any time sprinting into a quick pace for the first mile.
Knowing I normally run at about an 8:30 pace on my casual runs, I didn’t want overdo it and get a cramp in the process, so I pushed myself to run what I thought was a 8 minute mile.
As time went by, I realized I was going way faster and out of nowhere found energy to speed past an entire group of people! There was a point at the last half mile where the track turned around, which was great to see and get motivated by fellow teammates at the last stretch.
I ended up finishing first in my age category (!!!) with a new race PR of 22:04, which I just learned is a 7:07 pace.
Our director, Natalie (second from the left) smoked us all and won best overall female time for the entire day, clocking in at 20:37!
One by one each of our girls crossed the finish line and I was so proud of them. Running this race together definitely brought us closer and it was a really fun way to start the season together!
After a quick team practice (yes… my legs were jello) I met Scott and a few of our friends for lunch. I ordered a soup and salad, and since it wasn’t anything special I’ll skip right over those pictures.
As soon as we got home and showered, Scott and I were both out like lights. While I take advantage (and looooove) afternoon naps, Scott rarely ever takes them, which made it extra nice for a rainy Sunday. I fell asleep next to Scott and woke up with all three of our fur babies in between us, all snuggling together.
Are they not the cutest? I die.
As soon as we were up and moving my appetite had me rummaging the refrigerator, and we split Thai leftovers and a grilled chicken chopped Subway salad for dinner.
(Random, but yum!)
Soon after, I heated us both up a mug of hot apple cider which hit the spot.
While I wasn’t planning on doing anything else for the day, Scott wanted to get out and do something low-key. A frozen yogurt date turned into fro-yo, coffee, and a movie!
(Pumpkin and cheesecake fro-yo (swoon) topped in white chocolate chips and gram cracker crumbles.)
(Movie theater buttered popcorn.)
Everything (especially the fro-yo) was really good! I clearly lived up the rest of my “last hurrah” of treats before game season anddd I got to enjoy Justin Timberlake on screen for an entire movie screening. No complaints here!
Looking back on the weekend, it was an action packed one, but I’m so glad we were able to fit so much in. Little by little, we are checking off activities from my Fall Bucket List and have a lot more to look forward to in the upcoming weeks. Can’t wait to tell ya all about it!
Questions of the Day
• What is your favorite kind of frozen yogurt?
• Have you been enjoying any kind of fall activities yet?
• Any exciting weekend happenings to share?
Although I would put almost any kind of fro-yo in my belly, I look forward to any kind of seasonal pumpkin flavor all year long. It’s herrrrreeeeee! I usually fill my bowl pretty high, but keep the toppings to a minimum with this one. All other flavors, however, load ‘em up!