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February 10, 2014
Hey, hey everybody! How was your weekend? Quick? Relaxing? Eventful?
All of the above over here. Except… exchange relaxing with insanely action packed and there it is.
Although it’s the shortest month of the year, February is for sure the craziest for Scott and I. We have nine home games with four of them being back-to-back Fridays and Saturdays. Once the madness is over, I am then flying to Orlando for our Orlando Magic Dancer reunion to perform at that game as well! I guess you could say I am putting in my time on the court this year.
Anyways, I have something very exciting to talk about today and it involves checking something off of my bucket list. I am also linking up with Katie to share the story!
But, before we get to that I am going to quickly recap Friday and Saturday. Both days revolved around Pistons home games.
I spent Friday cleaning the house, then had to hop in the shower around lunch time to get ready for the game and weekend ahead. We finally pulled a win and to celebrate we hung with friends and enjoyed a night of games on the Wii.
Scott and I both woke up mentally and physically tired Saturday morning. Either we are getting older or… nope. I’m pretty sure that’s it. We’re getting older.
When my friend Alex called to see if we wanted to grab brunch, we were more than down! We went to a snazzy place called Toast in Downtown Birmingham, and everything was so good. I will most definitely be revisiting and writing more about it soon!
I ordered a special that included an omelet with peppers, tomatoes, spinach, feta, chick peas and hummus! (What?) I have never heard of using hummus as an omelet topping, but it tasted delicious. Also, I got the pleasure of introducing grits to Alex.
Being from the South, it catches me off guard when people haven’t tried them before. I grew up with grits as a side for breakfast and even the occasional dinner! She loved them, naturally.
Before long, it was time to get in the shower and get ready for another home game. We won again!
This time, our celebration called for a girl’s wine and game night at Alex’s afterwards.
I want to personally thank Nichole (and apparently her brother) for supplying this bag of gummy bears the size of our heads.
I would be lying if I said I didn’t dig into it quite a few times.
After an already physically demanding weekend, all of us agreed that we could treat ourselves to pizza. Still being health conscious, we chose to order the veggie pizza with gluten-free crust and a side of gluten-free bread sticks.
It wasn’t bad at all! With some of the stomach issues I have been having lately, I like to stay gluten-free whenever I can. I don’t limit myself to strictly gluten-free products, but if there is a substitution available I go for it. It seems to be helping!
For the remainder of the night we had a blast drinking wine and playing Cards Against Humanity.
We also might have dropped the gummy bears into our wine for flavoring.
Every single time I play that game I laugh so hard I cry! It’s so great, yet so inappropriate. We stayed up until the wee hours of the morning laughing our heads off and I am so thankful to have girls like these in my life up here.
Skiing at Mt. Holly
Sunday started actively with a halftime rehearsal for tonight’s game. I ended up hanging with Nichole after for the rest of the day before our plans to meet up with her family to ski later that night.
I know I have lived in Michigan for almost a year and a half now, but Scott and I still have yet to check off a lot of activities from our Michigan “to-do” list. My first sledding experience just happened earlier this season, and I haven’t attempted to put on a set of skis since I was in middles school.
Prior to our move up here, I had only seen snow a handful of times. I had only been skiing once in my life, and that was in Michigan while visiting a couple of family friends when I was a pre-teen. From what I remember, I did okay on the bunny slope but that was as much as I could handle.
Pizza (the wedge position) and french fries (the straight position) was all I knew. I saw the beginner’s course just around the corner, but had a fear of even going on the ski lift up there to the top. Heights really aren’t my thing.
I left that day realizing I may never ski on a “real” hill, and I was okay with that until recently. Since then I have gone sky diving, zip lining, and repelling from over a hundred feet up. It was time to reassess my fear of heights!
When Nichole’s family invited us to join them on an evening ski session at Mt. Holly, I knew this was the perfect chance to face my fears.
We arrived to the ski resort right before sunset with just enough time to change into ski clothes and snap a few photos before it got dark.
Everyone in Nichole’s family has tons of skiing experience, so we had quite the selection of ski clothes to borrow from.
Naturally, we picked the matching retro jackets to be obnoxious. They both were from Nichole’s mother’s ski days back when she was our age!
Her father is a part of the Ski Patrol there, her brother was a part of a speed ski team, and all of them have the capabilities to teach a snow newbie how it’s done.
Scott met us after a full day of events and was quite tired before we even started. Knowing that, I was excited to see him arrive right after us!
Since our arrival time coincided with the hill closing break, we took advantage of it and grabbed a quick bite to eat in the ski lodge. It was packed!
After all of the paperwork and ski equipment rental was taken care of, we finally set out for the hills.
Scott, Nichole, her brother and mother headed straight up to the trail while I stayed back to ride the “magic carpet” up the bunny hill and learn the basics from Nichole’s dad.
(sorry for the blurriness)
Skiing is a lot more complicated than I remember! I got off to a rocky start when I couldn’t even figure out how to walk or slide in them. With a little assistance, I made my way up the “magic carpet” (<- bunny hill ski lift) and drug my feet across to the middle of the hill. Her dad coached me through all of the basics, and after a half hour I felt really confident about turning and stopping.
When we arrived, I had no idea I would then be heading up to conquer the big hill with the rest of our party. In fact, I verbally fought the idea for a while.
After some reassurance from everyone who witnessed my bunny hill moves, I hopped in line and tackled the ski lift with the rest of them. Let me just say that that in itself is an accomplishment!
We made it to the top of the hill and against my better judgement, I agreed to slowly make my way down it with wide turns and a team of coaches surrounding me.
My first run started out great. I took off nice and slow, shifting my weight from one foot to the other, keeping my wedge tight. About a quarter of the way down, I saw Nichole and Scott stopped on the hill, looking back up at me. I was directed to “stop” and tried my hardest to do so. But instead of stopping, I kept speeding up.
At the halfway mark, I realized there was no turning back. I was going to get to the bottom of the hill somehow and I was just praying I made it safely. I kept hearing screams of “pizza” and “put more weight on it” in the distance, but knew at that point that nothing was going to work. I honestly had no idea what was was going to happen!
Needless to say, I made it to the bottom before everyone else and officially earned a title of “Speed Racer”. With a runny nose and teary eyes I admitted I had no idea what I was doing! Apparently, everything I learned prior to the hill escaped my body and I needed to regroup before even thinking about taking another stab at it.
My biggest problem was that I kept my weight forward. Doing so eliminates any control you have at the front of the skis. Also, I wasn’t keeping my shins against the inside of my boot. I was trying to work from the back of them which also wasn’t helping me connect my legs to my brain commands.
I swore I wasn’t going back up the hill again. I was really shaken up and didn’t think I had what it took to gain control in the right way I needed to. I had no problem revisiting the bunny hill for a minute and applied some corrections.
Against my better judgement (for the second time), I agreed to go back up the ski lift and give it another go. This time I was determined to take it slow with really wide turns, and it went a lot better!
The third run was the first time I actually felt like I was getting the hang of it and wasn’t scared for my life. I followed Nichole’s tracks the entire way down. Weaving my way downhill and through the snow finally became fun!
Feeling accomplished, I decided to end on that note and warm up inside with the girls. We left the guys to race down the hill by themselves and enjoyed sitting by the fire in the meantime.
I felt very blessed to be surrounded by such a caring family. With my family still in Florida, it’s comforting to feel like I somewhat fit in with another one in between our visits home.
Over a couple of rounds of hot chocolate, we talked about the day and Nichole’s mother let me in on a little secret. I had just conquered the blue trail!
For those who aren’t familiar with the difficulty of ski hills, it starts at bunny then goes beginner (green), intermediate (blue), advanced (black). No freaking way!
To celebrate, I proudly put on my Mt. Holly Michigan pin and toasted with a spiked hot cider. Cheers!
The boys joined us upstairs shortly after and we spent the next hour or so watching Olympic Speed Skating. I tell ya, I have a whole new appreciation for those athletes! Racing downhill at speeds of 90+ is absolutely incredible and I just sat there with my jaw dropped watching them take jumps and turns like it’s nothing.
Scott, on the other hand, had hit is energy quota for the day.
For someone who hasn’t been skiing in over ten years, I was very proud of him as well!
A big shout and and THANK YOU going out to the Josey family for helping me conquer my fear of skiing yesterday. I am very excited to go back and try it again soon!
Now I’m off to get ready for another home game tonight. See you again in the morning!
Questions of the Day
• Have you ever been skiing?
• What is one of your biggest fears?
February 1, 2014
Happy Saturday! Anddd first of February for that matter. (Whoa!)
I hope you’re weekend is off to a great start. We have a home game tonight, but before we get to that I have some cleaning, working out, and party food preparing to do. What about you… any plans to watch the big game tomorrow?
I will be experimenting with a new lightened up pasta salad to take to a bible study tomorrow, and if it goes well plan to double it up and serve again later. Fingers crossed it’s a win!
If you plan on attending a watch party and want to bring something other than a donation to the pizza, wings, and beer fund, here are are ten crowd pleasing lightened up dessert and side ideas. Because somebody’s gotta bring the healthy, good eats!
Lightened Up Game Day Sides + Desserts
(My one claim to fame with BuzzFeed!)
Also, check out these Easy and Healthy Game Day Recipes from FitFluential for more ideas!
Before I go… we have a giveaway winner to announce!
Thank you to all who entered the Adult Vitamin Gummies Giveaway. I really enjoyed reading about your vitamin routines and supplements of choice. It looks like I am not the only one excited to try the gummy versions!
• Entry #233: Kalena Taylor - “I take a multivit, calcium, and vit c daily :)”
Please email me at email@example.com with your mailing address to claim your prize. You have until the end of Monday to do so or I will be forced to chose another winner.
Happy Super Bowl Weekend!
January 9, 2014
Today is my final recap of our recent trip to Paris! Excited? Wait… why… that I’m recapping, or that this is the finale to the series? Ha, me too.
As much as I love sharing our whereabouts and travels with you, it will be nice to get back to normal Housewife Glamour scheduled programming. You know, like posting workouts, homemade meals, healthy recipes, beauty tips and the occasional crafting project. That is how you found this page, isn’t it? All of that is coming back at ya soon, friends! Promise.
Okay, so back to Paris. Last I left you we were changing hotels and making our way across town to stay in Bercy. In case you need to refresher…
Previous recaps include:
Exploring Paris: Final Days
Scott spent most of the next morning in meetings working on entertainment scripts for the French All-Star Game the next day. He has been working with the French league and hired to help with annual in-game entertainment since 2006, so I was excited to finally get to be a part of it with him this year.
(The All-Star Game is a French LNB annual basketball game between a team of the best foreign players against a team of the best French players and is very similar to our annual NBA All-Star Game here in the U.S.)
I was able to sneak Scott away for a lunch break and we walked over to Bercy Village, a well-known area to shop and dine. It was just warm enough to be able to sit outside, so we took advantage of it and enjoyed a nice lunch at Partie de Campagne.
I wanted to include this simple picture to show you exactly what to expect while dining in Paris. A tiny table, a glass bottle of water, and plain white bread. Rarely does sliced bread or appetizer rolls ever come with any kind of dipping sauce or oils, so we started to get used to eating it that way.
I ordered a mixed green salad with vegetables and asked to add chicken to it. I had a giggle when the meat came out on a separate dish. They probably thought I was crazy!
Scott ordered some kind of ham sandwich that looked like an inside out grilled cheese to me. It was delicious!
We didn’t have much time to doddle, so we made our way back to the hotel soon after. On our way we saw something straight out of a Christmas Carol. Can you figure it out?
C’monnn! Tell me you wouldn’t buy these just so you could say you actually had chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Scott wasn’t a big fan, but I loved them!
As soon as we got back to the hotel it was time to get back to work. Check out the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy arena that hosted the game!
I had never seen one that looks that undercover and decorated with grass before. Pretty neat!
We woke up extra early the day of the game in order to to fit in some last minute sight seeing. As some kind of crazy coincidence, a family friend from college just so happened to be visiting Paris the same time we were there. We chatted via Facebook messenger and made a plan to meet for breakfast and a quick visit to the Eiffel Tower afterwards.
One of the first things we saw after stepping off of the metro was this.
I had to pinch myself for a second when I laid eyes on THE Eiffel Tower casually popping up behind the apartment buildings on our walk over.
Anddd there she is!
It took a series of tries to get a good shot with the blinding sun facing us, but somehow we managed and also got a few funny ones to laugh at later on.
We toyed with the idea of purchasing tickets to ride all the way up to the top, but got discouraged as soon as we saw the mile long lines in front of the ticket counter. If you ever plan on doing so, I suggest going online and getting your tickets ahead of time!
Just on the other side we spotted a strip of outdoor shops and tents set up next to an ice skating rink.
While I could have purchased one of everything, we kept our souvenirs to a minimum and grabbed a couple of warm headbands for myself and one hilarious warm hat for Scott.
I swear he just turned forty.
While we didn’t have time to go ice skating (once again), we left Katherine and her husband Rob to enjoy a spin on skates for us. It was such a great morning!
Not too much longer, it was time to head back to the arena for game day. I was busy running around majority of the time, so only have a handful of photos to share from the event.
My favorite part was the black out introduction with blue lights choreographed to go on and off to the music. With a sold out arena, I got chills!
(Amaris, my entertainment assistant partner in crime.)
It certainly was an event to remember and makes me want to fly down to New Orleans to attend our NBA All-Star Game next month! We’ll see.
After the event, we quickly changed at the hotel and grabbed a bite to eat back at Bercy Village. This time we ate at Chez Bruno and had a unique dining experience.
The atmosphere was fantastic! They had interesting decorations and even a secret wine cellar downstairs.
The food was good. Different, but good.
By the way, have you ever tried foie gras (left)? Ha. That appetizer somehow made it onto our table without anyone ordering it. Explain that one!
As soon as we finished dinner, we walked back over to our hotel and left with our contacts for a post-game celebration outing.
It was a great way to finish off our trip and we can only hope for another invite back overseas in the future.
Thank you all for joining this journey with me and tuning in to these Paris recaps. See you bright and early in the morning with this week’s Friday Favorites. And if you’re a blogger, don’t forget to link up too!
December 31, 2013
Hello and a Happy New Years Eve Day to you!
I bet you were all expecting another recap from Paris to come up today, and well… yes I do plan on sharing a few more of them. Later this week. Today, however, I wanted to give you a break from them and pop in for a quick hello for the time being.
(from me, HOOPER, and my mom on the right!)
That’s us at the Piston’s home game last night. Yup, that means we basically went straight from Paris to our home arena to enjoy the only game this week while my mom is up here visiting.
We strategically planned coordinating landing times at the airport, and somehow both parties made their flights and arrived in Detroit without any delays or issues. From the airport, Scott went directly to the arena, while my mom and I got home with just enough time to shower and get ready to leave again.
It was fun for me to attend a game as a spectator now that I am dancing again. It’s always interesting to see how it all looks from the crowd and to catch everything I miss while sitting on the court.
For starters, intros were great! I love when the lights go down and the arena spot lights go crazy as each player’s name is called. We don’t get to be on the court for them any more, so it was really neat to see and capture from the stands. Even after six years in the NBA, I still get chills from time to time.
This was also the first time I was able to enjoy an entire game with my mom! She came up to visit us last year during a busy three game in one week stretch, so she became well acquainted with the arena then. This time, however, I was able to go in and watch everything with her.
Although we didn’t end up pulling a win (there’s some kind of fourth quarter curse going on here), the game was a great one! Especially for a Monday night against the Wizards. Just sayin’.
Slowly but surely we are getting back into a normal routine here. This morning we woke up a few hours later than normal to allow our bodies to rest and I went down to the kitchen to make breakfast soon after.
Before she arrived, my mom asked me if there’s anything specific I would like her to bring up from Florida. To some of you, it may not come as a surprise to hear that (of course) had to be Pumpkin Spice coffee from The Fresh Market.
Ohhh how I miss that orange bag of coffee ground goodness! I still have yet to find a Fresh Market close to our neck of the woods, so I will be savoring the remainder of it for sure.
Since the coffee got me in a very pumpkin-y mood, I rounded it out with a fresh batch of pumpkin oatmeal for the three of us.
This time I topped it with raisins and a scoop of almond butter for extra flavor. It was dreamy!
So, we’ve landed. We’ve caught up on sleep and controlled the jet lag (I think). And we’ve already gotten right back into our normal routine (kind of). I am looking forward to having some quality time with my mom this week and finally show her bits and pieces of where we now call home. We are still unsure of plans for tonight, but are hoping to do something fun.
Wishing you all a very safe and Happy New Year!
Catch ya in 2014!