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April 14, 2014

My Last NBA Game

Good Afternoon! I realize I am posting a bit later than normal, but I promise that there is a very good reason for it.

Last night not only marked the end of an NBA season for Scott and I, but also a closing to a chapter in our lives together.

me and scott after last game

(Also, linking this marvelous milestone up with Katie!)

Those of you who have been following the blog for a while already know that NBA Entertainment is what brought Scott and I together.

Back in the summer of 2007, I tried out for the Orlando Magic Dancers, and to this day we still have the professional sports entertainment itch in our bones. Last night marked six seasons performing in the league together, and today I am scratching my head at how in the world it all went by so fast.

My Last NBA Game

This year has proved to be a challenging one for me, both mentally and physically. Going into auditions this year, I had no idea what to expect and can without a doubt say that I was a part of a one of a kind experience.

Coming from another team, I did my best not to compare this to that, and took the opportunity to experience being a part of a different team in a different city. The 2013-14 season proved to be just that!

Without much time to reflect right now, I wanted to quickly highlight the game last night… but I will be sure to check back in the next couple of weeks with more posts and pictures.

Just like all games, I arrived at the arena hours before the doors opened for practice on the court with my team. We spent the next few hours getting ready in the locker room for Power Hour, appearances on the concourse to interact with fans before tip-off.

As I changed from my sequin dress and into our first half outfit, I couldn’t help but think that really was the last time I will be donning sequins, with the exception of the occasional fun birthday or New Years dress. The feeling of turning that along with the rest of my uniforms in was truly surreal.

me and abby before game 2

Into our cut up tees, I made sure to snap a few photos with some of my teammates.

last game collage

Unlike my closing game with Orlando, I knew ahead of time that this would be my last time dancing with these ladies on court and did my best to soak every little thing in.

Ready for intros, we grabbed our white hoodies and team chiropractor, Dr. Chad McKernan for a thank you photo.

team with dr. chad

As we made our way back stage, we spent a little more time getting to our spots, knowing that was the last time we would all be experiencing intros together.

before game nichole erica azia carly

me and katlyn before intros

With the dimming of the lights, we took the court for one last hurrah as the 2013-14 Detroit Pistons Dancers.

After the last game dancers and flight crew

Even though we didn’t end up getting a win, we finished the season on a good note with an amazing and loud crowd cheering us on.

While changing out of our uniforms for the last time, the reality of turning in more than costumes set in. For a lot of us, we would also be turning a page and embarking into a completely new chapter in our lives.

Post-Game Celebrations

After saying many goodbyes, we stopped for dinner at Trattoria Da Luigi in Royal Oak before arriving to our entertainment teams wrap up party.

me and nichole at restaurant

du luigis appetizers royal oak

(Unpictured spaghetti dishes as well as multiple baskets of bread!)

du luigis cappacino and gelato dessert

Everything was delicious, and Scott and I made a note to revisit more this summer.

One hundred percent content after a couple of glasses of celebratory wine and a good Italian meal, the group of us walked over to Fifth Avenue to say our goodbyes one last time.

after game group girls

There, we caught up with fellow entertainment teams and wrapped up the end of our season with lots of laughs and hugs.

post game erica and katlyn

pistons dancers 2013-14 pic

me and oscar post game

After a full day of smiles and tears, we each parted our ways and only hope to see each other again over the summer.

me and alex after game

It’s crazy going from seeing the same group of people multiple times a week (sometimes even every day!) for eight months to nothing. Each year, I take what I can from the experience and feel blessed to leave with a handful of friendships I know will last much longer than our time on the team together.

This morning, I woke up feeling good. A little sad, but overall happy with my decisions over the past few years. Through the good times and the bad, I made my way through six seasons getting the most I could out of every opportunity, and took in everything I possibly could without any regrets.

I am looking forward to sharing more about my time as a professional NBA dancer, but at the moment I must hurry out the door to my post-season treat to myself: a massage!

Thank you for following this journey with me, and I promise to have much more to share coming up!

April 11, 2014

Friday Favorites #32: Week of 4/11

Good Morning and very Happy Friday to you!

Today I have plans to get an oil change, head to the gym, and put our house back together from getting our carpets cleaned. I’m not going to lie… it’s kind of nice not to have a million things going on at once today.

As of right now, the only plans I see happening this weekend are early tomorrow morning and all day Sunday for our very last home game of the season. It’s crazy to think the end is already approaching!

As I wrap things up with my team this weekend, I am excited to share more of my plans for the summer and the upcoming year with you. I still have a lot to figure out, but already have a list of goals I am excited to move forward on. Can’t wait to share more!

Until then, we have Friday Favorites. Because it’s Friday and that’s what we do around here. I’m so glad a lot of you enjoy this series and I hope you feel inclined to play along in the comments section (and link up!) too.

Friday Favorites #32: Week of 4/11

Friday Favorites Button Housewife Glamour

Zulily scarves (and sale!)

I actually saw this one pop up on my Facebook newsfeed and couldn’t help but to click over. How cute are these Leto Scarves?

zulily leto collection scaves

Rarely do I get suckered into impulsively purchasing online, but I have been on the lookout for lightweight infinity scarves for spring. And I may or may not have ordered three of them… Jackpot!

The early birds reading this might just catch the sale that is currently going on, pricing each one at $7.99!

• pet care + supplies

You might have caught a couple of posts about our fur kids and their health issues this week. First, I mentioned a change in Roadie’s behavior since moving up north, then expressed concern for the kitties and their dental care.

All is good with them, but after our vet visits, I am making a point to take precautionary measures for potential issues in the future. One thing my vet recommend for healthy teeth and gums are dental treats!

cat and dog greenies dental treats

Greenies dental treats for cats and dental chews for dogs.

As well as some help in the hair ball department.

cat dental and hairball care

Sentry Petrodex dental chews, Whisker City Hypoallergenic & Shed Control wipes, and Martha Stewart slicker brush.

On my last visit home, my mother raved about “the antler” that has kept their puppy occupied for hours upon hours. She purchased hers at a dog show, so it was a pleasant surprise to find one on an impromptu visit to Petsmart.

It’s a real antler (yeesh) – most likely from an elk or deer – that lasts for months at a time and is great for keeping dog teeth clean and healthy. I also figured it was about time to invest in a tooth brush kit.

dog antler chew and toothbrush dental care

And finally, I stumbled upon this calming spray that smells amazing.

Although Roadie doesn’t ever really have that wet dog smell, I thought it would be nice to give him a good stress-relieving spray every now and then. I also like that it’s calming, and hope it makes him feel like I do after a nice hot bath with lavender soap and oils.

burt's bees dog care

 Plus, it’s Burt’s Bees brand, which has never disappointed.

• spring weather

Can I get a “heck yes” for this local weather report I’m seeing?

rochester hills weather

The Weather Channel

After a winter I hope to never have to experience again, I can’t even express how excited I was to see temperature in the 60s and 70s pop up in our forecast for the weekend!

I’ll just go on and pretend like I don’t see the drop back down to the twenties on Monday. (<- What? Why?!)

• sunset runs with Roadie

A solid week of amazing spring weather makes me want to do nothing but go outside and enjoy it. So we did.

sunset run with roadie 2

After months and months of a dry running outside spell, I almost forgot how awesome sunset runs around the neighborhood are.

sunset run with roadie 1

sunset run with roadie 5

Avoiding our normal trail, Roadie and I took a different route along a main road last night and found nothing but pink skies and mother nature as our stunning backdrop.

sunset run with roadie 4

sunset run with roadie 3

It was so refreshing and felt easy to fly through the miles. In fact, we hit a new Roadie distance record of 4.5! I am so proud of ‘em.

Speaking of running…

75 Thoughts Every Runner Has While Out For A Run via Buzzfeed

Hehe. Totally. #3 crosses my mind EVERY time I go for five miles. And #9.

Anddd #17…. and #27… this could go on for a while…

• this photo that makes me what to be a Bulls fan

ljgarvin daaaaaaaaaaa bulls tee

source (<- oh, hey Friday Favorites!)

I mean really. I have followed Jessica Garvin on Instagram for a while now, and her cuteness never ceases to amaze me.

For all you mommies out there, she also runs an incredible blog and is the photographer and DIY crafter I aspire to be one day. Like I wish I had even one thirtieth of her talent.

Anyways, she is sporting this tee with her adorable baby bump and husband!

• this salad

I have been obsessed with the same monster-mix salad combo this week. This is the third time it will appear on the blog within the past couple of days, except this time I added a quinoa burger.

housewife glamour monster salad

Baby spinach, spring mix, red, yellow and green peppers, cucumbers, shredded carrots, green olives, chick peas, feta cheese, cut up quinoa burger, ground pepper and a chipotle onion flavored olive oil.

Yeah… I might just make more for lunch later.

• yoga burnout pants

I mentioned these pants a few weeks back when I received a shipment from Reebok. Well, ever since the first time I put them on I haven’t wanted to take them off.

reebok yoga burnout pant grey

I have worn them around the house, to dance practice, to bed, around town, and even on the running trails.

reebok yoga burnout pant and skyscape sneakers

Paired with these Reebok Skyscapes, I feel like I might not even be wearing any clothes at all. I’m that comfortable and I love it.

That was fun! But now I would love to hear from you…

Your Turn

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Happy Friday! :D

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