This weekend had three themes: dance, fun, and neon!
Some of you might have caught that Friday night’s theme at the Pistons game was “I Love the 80’s” from my post earlier that day.
Ahhhh, I LOVE the 80’s. Hearing the music took me back to The Breakfast Club, classic Madonna, and tons of great (and hideous) throwback clothing. Each entertainment team had a different theme, and luckily ours was pretty cute… fun + obnoxiously bright neon!
We took that photo in the back under the bleachers, right before we went on court to dance in the halftime performance with Debbie Gibson!
(photo credit: Brian Sevald Photography)
What an absolute blast!
I have always enjoyed dancing in the NBA, but this had to be one of the most fun games to date. While sitting on the sidelines, I enjoyed hearing the music, seeing the costumes and watching video flashbacks of my favorite era.
It humors me to think I am one of the few dancers actually born in the 1980s. When a video came on with trivia about Matthew Broderick, I was the only one on my entire side who had ever seen him play his famous role as Ferris Bueller. Talk about feeling old! Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?
That was just the start of dancing and fun for the weekend.
Saturday Dance + Date Night
We went back to the area early Saturday morning to help teach a dance clinic to little (and some future) Detroit Pistons dancers!
There were girls (and a few boys) ranging from ages five all the way up to eighteen, and we had a full day packed with routines, performances, and even a locker room tour for all participants.
I posted the photo below on Instagram, and figured I would share it here as well. Here is a just a little glance at what our locker room is like when we get ready before the games.
I mostly helped out with the 8-12 year-old age group, but it was great to see girls of all ages get excited to see everything behind the scenes. The clinic turned out to be a great success and (speaking of feeling old again) I came home whipped and ready to rest.
As much as I had planned on completing a video workout, it was just not in the cards for my brain or body. Instead, I took a shower and rested a little before an impromptu date night with the hubby!
Scott and I started our night in what I hope to be the same start to a more nights around here: Saturday night service at our local church. Since I now have rehearsals on Sunday mornings, I have only been able to attend one church service with Scott since we moved up here. Crazy.
Going to services and getting involved in a church community was a big part of our lives in Orlando, and we have really been missing it lately.
After church, we made a pact to attend as many Saturday night services as we could and make it the start of our weekly date night, followed by dinner. We want to start exploring more of our city and actually try the restaurants we keep passing by while saying “I really want to go there soon!”
First on the list was Buddy’s Pizza. Scott and I had both worked hard the last few days, and it had been ages since either of us enjoyed a good pizza pie.
Buddy’s was recommended to us by a few friends, and is known as the #1 square pizza in Detroit since 1946!
We started out by splitting a small antipasto salad.
It was a delicious chopped mixture of romaine and iceberg lettuce topped with diced ham, tomatoes, salami and natural Wisconsin brick cheese.
We decided on which pizza to order by asking our waiter what his favorites were. One was the classic Margherita, and we wanted to add just a little something more to it.
Of course, I quickly yelled “black olives!” and I still do not regret that decision. Everything was really good and we plan to go back and try more!
Feeling lame to turn in already, Scott and I decided we wanted to go see a movie and had a good hour to kill before heading to the theater. On the way, we made a coffee stop at Bean and Leaf Cafe on Main Street in Rochester.
Without knowing it, we both ordered the Dirty Irish Chia Tea specially made for our favorite March holiday coming up.
Eh, it was okay.
I love that coffee shop, but have enjoyed other beverages a lot more on previous visits. Next time I will be sure to order a regular Chai Tea Latte, sans dirty.
We never made it to the movie. Instead, we took our time at the coffee shop and found some interesting things to talk about… including Peru.
Did you know it is located in Central America next to Costa Rica? According to Scott it is. He swears that is the country we almost visited for a day while on our Costa Rican honeymoon.
There…. orrrrrrr Nicaragua, which actually borders it. Hehe.
I am only sharing this for the countless #Heatherisms my husband insists on sharing with the world via Facebook and Twitter. Consider this one of many more #Scottisms to come if he keeps it up! 😉
The fun (and neon outfits) continued in lieu of regular practice when we got the invitation to jump around at Air Time Trampoline & Game Park!
Some of you might remember this is where I went to have some fun with Scott the day after his surprise birthday last November.
Trampolines, dodge ball and foam pits for everyone!
Ohhhh we had so much fun. It felt great to let our hair down and jump around like idiots for a few hours.
Maybe I need to wear neon a little more often?!
Eventually, the team of us tuckered out and I met Scott over at the mall nearby for a few minutes afterwards. We made sure to stop at a new favorite store called Made In Detroit.
Anytime someone comes to visit, we like to either take them here or bring them something from it to show them a little bit about our new city. The store is loaded with sports memorabilia, and even has a corner and line specifically dedicated to Kid Rock, a Detroit native.
Yeah, we’re tight like that.
I went home soon after to enjoy a few goodies and the rest of my Sunday! I guess you could say we had a fun-packed neon kind of weekend.
Question of the Day
• Have you ever felt out of your element by being the only one in your conversation to know songs, movies, or facts about another decade?
This happens every now and then to me. Since moving up north, I have realized the majority of our friends are considerably younger than us and it becomes apparent when we have themed nights at games like 70s and 80s! Just for fun, I will randomly survey who knows classic TV shows, theme songs, music and movies from those eras. More times than not, I am the only one who knows what I am talking about.
Friends and family back in Orlando, help! 😉