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January 13, 2014
Good Afternoon party people! How was your weekend? Did you stay in and get some rest? Did you get out there and have some fun?
Mine was filled with a little bit of both of those things. I am going to quickly highlight Friday and Saturday with a couple of photos and then skip right onto yesterday… the fun stuff!
Friday started out super bright and early at 6 a.m. I am really trying to get back in the habit of going to bed at a decent hour so that I can wake up early the next day without feeling groggy. It may seem extreme to get up that early (for what may seem like no reason) but I am always the most productive in the mornings.
I have a feeling that once my dancing days (and late nights) are over, this will be an easier habit to stay on top of!
Anyways, I had big plans for catching up with life on Friday. Unfortunately, my body wasn’t really on the same page. Do you remember that stomach issue I was dealing with last year? Where I feel like I have the worst cramps possible and only feel like eating the weirdest things? Well… it’s back.
While Scott was busy at an event, I spent the night cuddled up on the couch with the fur babies while watching a marathon of Friends.
Eventually, I got up and made myself a Cream of Mushroom Chicken dinner with sauteed vegetables.
I also got the motivation to get all of our Christmas decorations put away with a little help from Aspen.
Crazy Friday night, folks!
Saturday morning resembled Friday night when I woke up feeling extremely weak and tired.
I know what you’re thinking. But, before you even go there… No, we aren’t expecting any kind of new addition to the family nine months from now. Sorry to burst that bubble friends!
Anyways, I started feeling more like myself around noon and got dressed and ready to head to the arena for an event followed by a home game later that night.
I stopped by Subway on the way over to ensure I at least put something substantial in my belly.
We ended up with a win and we met a few friends for dinner (I barely poked at) afterwards to celebrate.
Yesterday was a truly unique experience! It started with a team bonding outing at AirTime Trampoline & Game Park in Troy.
Have you ever been to a trampoline park before? They are such a blast! After what has been a hectic few months of games and practices, it was nice to spend the morning jumping around like five-year-olds.
Sometimes you just have to let lose and play dodgeball for an hour with the best of ‘em. Such good medicine for the soul!
Immediately following, I listened to my stomach cravings and stopped by Pei Wei for lunch. For those of you who have yet to experience Pei Wei, it is the “express” version of the Asian Restaurant P.F. Chang’s… (i.e.: you need to find one!)
I ordered the Dan Dan Noodles, remembering a previous suggestion from a friend and it did not disappoint.
I ended up leaving a third of it, but knew I might be in trouble if I indulged in any more of that delicious spicy sauce. I did, however, finish all of the fortune cookie.
(Hmmm. Can’t wait to see what that’s about!)
On the way home, I got a call from Scott who reminded me of a fun event we needed to attend later that night. I quickly met him for frozen yogurt before heading out to the arena.
The cheesecake bites and cookie dough balls might have been pushing it… but the body wants what it wants. #sorrynotsorry
On a serious note, it was the perfect way to hold me over for several hours until we would be able to eat again. Scott and I arrived at The Palace right before 4 p.m. which what seemed to be just in time for the Nitro Circus Live pre-show.
Nitro Circus Live
Okay, have any of you seen the television show Nitro Circus on MTV? It is an action sport documentary series led by Travis Pastrana, featuring his friends and him traveling around the world riding dirtbikes, base jumping, and performing incredible, unimaginable stunts.
For the first time ever, Nitro Circus Live came to Detroit last night and Scott and I somehow got a behind the scenes look at it all.
If any of you watch the show, make sure to tune in to the upcoming Detroit episode that will feature a familiar furry face, HOOPER the Detroit Piston’s Mascot!
I have mentioned on the blog before that Scott is his coordinator, and that we end up attending all of his scheduled appearances and events. I guess you can say opportunities like standing on the floor for the Nitro Circus pre-show is one of those “perks” we are fortunate enough to encounter from time to time.
We stayed back stage throughout the majority of the show, and for privacy reasons I am only able to share a few photos of what that view looked like.
I was truly stumped on what exactly this huge bubble would be used for. As you can imagine, it turned out to be very Evel Knievel like.
After keeping up with Scott and HOOPER throughout the show from the back, I made my way out to the audience to enjoy the final stunts.
That blurry blob you see above the left ramp is a dirt bike rider doing a double flip, by the way. No sweat.
To my right was a sixty foot ramp of doom, as I like to call it. Seriously, how scary is this thing?
Throughout the show, there were a variety of bikes and other objects ridden down it for tricks including skis, a snow board, roller blades, a wheel barrow, and even a cooler! I’m telling you, this show is nuts.
It ended with an unbelievable train of freestyle stunts off of both ramps, which you can see here. The crowd was SO loud and seemed to love every minute of the show!
After the lights came on and the stands emptied, I made my way back down to wrap things up. For any of you who are wondering, all of the riders and tour team members of Nitro Circus Live are equally welcoming and hilarious as they are talented.
Both Scott and I were taken by surprise when they asked us to stay for the awards and made a special shout out to HOOPER on their post-show wrap up! The funniest thing for me was seeing the riders form a circle and fist pump to “Put Your Hands Up For Detroit” at the end.
I’m sure everything about the night was memorable for Scott, but if I had to guess his highlight of it might have been meeting Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham.
Take a look into his story, if you aren’t already aware of it. He is truly an inspiration to all!
It was an amazing night and I am so thankful to share these types of opportunities with you here on the blog! Back to healthy eating recaps and workout inspirations this week… promise!
Enjoy the rest of your Marvelous Monday!
December 24, 2013
Merry Christmas Eve! I hope the majority of you reading this are enjoying a day off to relax (or last minute holiday shop…) with (or for…) loved ones.
Today we are up and at ‘em extra early trying to get on Paris time, which is six hours ahead. We fly out this evening and are doing our best to get a head start on the whole time difference thing. We are scheduled to arrive early Christmas morning, so our master plan is to sleep on the plane the majority of the way over. Let’s just hope that doesn’t backfire!
To keep me occupied, I am working on a series of posts to keep you entertained while we are away. I believe we will have Internet access once we get to our hotel, so I’ll try to keep you updated and sneak in photos of what we are up to as much as I can while we’re there!
Candlelight Christmas Show
Scott and I met a few friends last night for a candlelight service at the church we have been attending since moving up here a year ago. Since we started dating back in 2008, Scott and I have always gone to a Candlelight Christmas Eve service. Last year we ended up taking a spontaneous trip over to Chicago, so this year we were hoping to get back into the tradition.
Coincidentally, Alex – a friend and teammate of mine – invited us to a Christmas show that included one on Christmas Eve Eve.
I loved the performance and it reminded me of when I used to be a part of a production at our church back home in Orlando called The Singing Christmas Trees.
After the opening singing and dancing portion, the show went on to a creative drama scene and message from the pastor, closing with a candlelight singing of In Excelsis Gloria. It was beautiful.
After the show, we gathered in the church lobby and took advantage of their set up trees and props photo area. Because really… why wouldn’t you?
That extra long Santa hat Scott is sporting is ridiculous and I am kind of jealous he got to wear it. (Says the girl wearing a white fuzzy beard.)
We all parted ways soon after and Alex met us at our house along with a few other close friends for dinner. Scott had something delicious on the menu!
(Caprese salad + Pesto Pasta)
(Recipe will be coming to you soon!)
We also devoured a few platefuls of warm brie and crackers, salsa and chips, and baby carrots dipped in hummus. I have come to the conclusion that snacking might actually be a hidden talent of mine, and I’m at peace with it.
As the night went on, we somehow ended up getting the idea to open all of our Christmas presents under the tree since I had a feeling we might want a few of them for the trip. (Santa just so happened to come early this year. He’s good like that.)
Scott and I took turns opening the small stack of presents we had wrapped for each other, but I found the greatest joy watching Roadie and the kitties “open” theirs.
Roadie loved and may have already destroyed most of his presents. Anddd the cats’ presents too. I swear he thinks he is the only child around here. When he stole the cat nip play ball away from Aspen, we had to put him in check by only letting him have one toy and one treat for the rest of the night.
It reminded me of what my parents used to do with me and Halloween candy. Do you remember how hard it was to ration that out? I always made piles and saved my favorites for last.
Just for fun, we took bets on which cookie treat Roadie would go for first: the gingerbread man, the Christmas tree, or the bone. Any guesses which one he picks?
I picked the gingerbread. Eh, you win some you lose some.
We ended up chatting the night away and didn’t say our goodbyes until the wee early hours of the morning. I guess that’s what happens around the holidays… catching up on quality time with those you love.
We are missing getting to spend this time with our families, but are making the best of it with our “Michigan family” up here. We are very thankful for them!
Here’s hoping you have a great rest of your day. Time to get moving and pack already… Au revior!
Questions of the Day
• Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions with your family?
• If you aren’t celebrating, what holiday or plans are you looking forward to?
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 16, 2013
Hello! Hope your weekend is starting out on a wonderful note.
Today we’ve got big plans. Well I do… and it may involve decorating our house for the holidays. Too soon?
I guess I am in a bit of a merry mood if you will. We’ll see how far I get!
Before the fun starts, I wanted to share a tutorial with you I am oh so excited to publish. I got a question or two on how I curl my hair for games at the beginning of last season. Yeah, last season. I have been meaning to demonstrate my around the barrel technique ever since, but never got around to it.
Since I was introduced to the wand a few weeks ago, curling my hair seems more effortless than ever. I can’t believe I didn’t try it out sooner! So, this new found inspiration motivated me to finally share my ways.
When curling my hair, I do a few different looks. Depending on what I am styling it for, I go from loose and wavy brushed out curls to tight and structured small curls. I use the same technique on all styles, and have learned that different irons and wands help me achieve different looks.
How I Curl My Hair: Video Tutorial
By no means are my curling instruments the best out there. In fact, two out of the three were purchased from a local grocery store. Just remember to use protective sprays (like this Redken Spray Starch or Thermal Setting Mist) and ceramic tools for minimal heat damage. But, for what it’s worth here are the tools I use in the video:
• Conair 1″ Instant Heat curling iron
I also use this Sahag Air Power hairspray (love), this oil (for extra smoothness and detangling) and this teasing comb. Like I mentioned in the video, I am still looking for a better one… maybe like this or this.
Like most, I section off my hair and choose to do it in three main ones starting from the bottom and working my way towards the top. Some people prefer to work with smaller sections, but I like to keep it simple with a bottom, middle and top section.
All right, let’s get our curl on!
Feel free to leave any questions or comments below.
Hope this helps!