Posts Tagged ‘Sports’
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 email@example.com 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!
September 15, 2013
This weekend has flown faster than I could say “Happy Saturday,” so I didn’t. And now it’s Sunday afternoon. Hopefully yours has been a good one so far… ours has been quite eventful.
Friday Night at the Tigers Game
I spent most of Friday and all of Saturday getting everything ready for today’s calendar photo shoot for our dance team! The past few days have basically consisted of me running around like a crazy person getting last minute necessities including makeup, accessories, and going to numerous appointments including hair (two actually), a pedicure, a massage (much needed!), and a spray tan.
Before I knew it, Scott and I were out the door and on our way to our second Tigers baseball game with some coworkers late Friday evening.
Rain or shine, cold or hot, our group of friends had a blast and I think I even caught what might be one of my favorite photos of Scott and I yet.
We left right before the last inning and drove over to Royal Oak to hang for a bit before heading home. I met all of the girls we were with through our Pistons Dance Team and after thinking about putting on a bathing suit in front of a camera, the majority of us stayed as strict as possible on the eating and drinking front.
Besides fresh produce and chicken, I have pretty much been living off of egg whites and an almond, seed, and dried fruit mix I picked up and put together from Target the other day.
I swear, the things we do to prepare for these shoots are hilarious. I am thinking of putting together a complied list of tips and tricks I have learned throughout the years of them. Is that something you guys would be interested in? (Feel free to let me know via the comments section).
Yesterday was a complete blur! It started with an early morning spray tan and ended with a night at the hair salon (again.) I told you… this photo shoot business is serious stuff!
I woke up this morning before the sunrise to make sure and get in one last workout before the shoot. I can’t remember the last time I ran outside while it was still dark in the morning, but I can say that I forgot how wonderful it was.
I felt like I was the only one out there. Just me, my music, my thoughts, and the open road.
(Sidenote: notice the long sleeve shirt and sweat pants. It was a chilly one!)
Since I was monitoring my water intake (Day Of photo shoot trick), I didn’t push myself too hard and ended up jogging and walking 3 miles. I came inside and down to the basement to do a series of arms, abs and lunges to finish off my morning sweat before getting in the shower to get ready and left a little after 8 a.m.
I pulled up to the house we were shooting at right at 9. I can’t give you too many details about it yet, but I can say that I felt like a celebrity for a day!
As soon as I got there I was handed a comfortable white Pistons robe, then had my hair and makeup done simultaneously. About halfway through, I had a camera crew surrounding me asking me questions like “tell me about how it feels to be here right now” and shared some of my past photo shoot and NBA dance experiences.
It’s a lot of work to prepare and feel your best at a shoot, but it is one hundred percent worth it once you’re there and on your way to take pictures.
Before changing into my swimsuit, I snapped a shot of my own to document my hair and makeup. They did a great job!
The photo on the left was before and the right was after. During the middle of my session they wanted to punch up the lips and do something fun with my hair. It really helped me get into it and I can’t wait to see the shots!
Today had to be the fastest photo shoot I have ever been a part of. I arrived at 9, was ready to shoot by 10 and changed back into my regular clothes just a little after 10:30 a.m. Whew!
I felt great about how everything went and am excited to share more about it once the calendar and behind the scenes footage is released!
After a 45 minute drive back to our area, I met Scott for a coffee (the first time I have had something fancy and not just straight black in a week!) on Main Street and came home to a box full of Designer Whey goodies soon after.
Happy 20th Anniversary to them and Happy Protein Birthday to me!
I was ecstatic to see so much product all at once and am here to remind you guys that there is still time to get your hands on some too!
You have until Midnight tonight to enter my 1 Year Supply of Designer Whey Giveaway if you haven’t done so already.
All in all, I would say this has been a great weekend. I am just about to be on my way to meet a friend for a late lunch and look forward to spending the evening relaxing at home with Scott and the fur babies.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
July 20, 2013
Okay, okay…. those of you who follow me on Facebook are probably sick of waiting for updates by now.
While at the hair salon yesterday, I posted a teaser that I would be dying my hair a completely new color and didn’t share what it is… until now!
I have had dark hair before, and after being advised to go back that way by my dance team director, I did.
Most of the dancers from last year that are re-auditioning tomorrow are blonde, so the people on the judging panel (my bosses) are looking for more diversity.
While on the off-season, they somehow stumbled upon a photo of me when my hair was a dark brown/red shade a few years ago.
About a month ago, I took a dance workshop at our arena and the first thing I got welcomed with from the staff was… “Hey Heather, ready to go dark again?” Dark it is.
Every team is different, and I come from one where hair color was mostly up to us. Our coaches would give us tips and their opinions, but at the end of the day my final hair color was up to me while dancing in Orlando.
Other teams (including almost every NFL Cheerleading team) pick your hair color for you, and I have had a handful of friends go through the process.
You just never know what is behind their decisions. They could base their choice around other hair colors that already make up the team, choose what color they think will look best on you, or decide what “hair color spot” they need to fill with yours. Just another unique requirement in this line of work, I guess!
Fortunately, I have faith in the hair salon that sponsors our team, and have been seeing a wonderful stylist named Emma since moving up here last October. She did a great job at listening to what they want and got very close to nailing the color I had before!
After my hair appointment, I spent the afternoon at the Starbucks in Royal Oak to get some work done.
Are these refreshers not the best on a hot summer day?
I have been wanting to try the new flavors, but can’t seem to break myself off of the Very Berry Hibiscus. It’s so yummy!
An hour later, I was on my way home to debut my new hair to the husband and get ready to hit the road with him.
Partridge Park Summer Classic 2013
He loved it.
Scott met me blonde, then dated me as a light blonde, light brunette, dark red, then honey blonde. By now he is used to my hair color changing and sees it as “getting an upgraded new wife” every now and then! <- charming isn’t he?
Right around 5 p.m., we met a group of friends to drive over to Midland for a wiffle ball tournament. Yes, a wiffle ball tournament. It wasn’t my first choice (because of my recent soy concerns), but I have to say that I was happy to see a healthy snack option at the gas station on the way out.
This was the first time I had even heard of Love Your Health Soy Mix, and I guess that is because it is made very close to us in Grand Rapids, MI.
The mix includes a variety of soy beans including lightly sea salted, dark chocolate covered, and honey toasted tossed in with dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds.
Filling and satisfying for our hour and a half drive!
We pulled up to the park (which is actually located on the lot next to our friend’s family’s house) with about an hour before game time.
It may look low-key, but don’t let this neighborhood park fool you. The tournament started four years ago by a friend of our’s family and has grown into a well-known Midland area event!
The Partridge Park Summer Classic is a two-day annual wiffle ball tournament started by a friend of our’s cousin. You can probably tell from the web site that this is not just your average neighborhood game of ball.
The Park was bought as a lot next to their family’s house with the intentions of turning it into a park for the neighborhood.
How awesome is that?
I wasn’t playing, but I was there for support to root on our team made up of the Flight Crew and fellow Pistons Dancer, Amanda!
As a former softball player, she fit right into their line up, named after and sponsored by Tendy Problems.
As one of the few teams matching head to toe, they looked like they had a good chance of going for the number one spot against the twenty-three other teams.
The entire tournament was so entertaining to me! While waiting for Tendy Problems to start their game, I enjoyed watching other ones.
Some of my favorite team names included “Sassy Pitches”, “Sons of Pitches”, and “Hingle McCringleberries.” Made me chuckle every time!
With some final pre-game strategy talk, ours was ready to take the field by storm and go for a win!
Did you happen to notice the stand behind the home base, complete with two announcers and a DJ booth below?
They also had a consessoin stand (with all proceeds donated to various charities), bleachers, and tickets to a Great Lakes Loons game as prizes for hitting home run balls into the pool. I told you – this tournament is legit!
As holidays go by, I was told that the boys in the family ask for park set up supplies as their gifts, like these stadium lights installed this year.
Tendy Problems won their first game 9-0 and we spent the rest of the evening enjoying the park, pool, and great outdoors.
Scott was actually the first of the tournament to hit a home run into the pool, and I left proud of our team for advancing to the next round.
I just got wind from the team that they did not advance past the third round, but I still have to give them a shout out for fighting it out and representing us well! Maybe next year, wiffle ball goers!
Wiffle ball. Who knew?