There has always been and will always be a special place in my heart for Michigan. My dad’s family is from the surrounding ‘burbs of Detroit and many a great childhood memories come from the mitten state.
This past weekend I fled my beloved Indianapolis for some much needed away time. I ended up in Royal Oak, a cute Broad Ripple-esque burb on the outskirts of Detroit to spend some great time with my Aunt Donna and other family. A short recap shall do you good…
-Made the 5+ hour trip by myself in the drizzly rain. Ew to long drives by yourself. Longest trip I’ve ever driven by myself…
-Saw my grandfather and his wife Alice Friday night for dinner at their house.
My aunt and I picked up Louie’s (amazing) pizza and met my cousin Ashley and her husb Ricky in Hazel Park at my dad’s childhood home for some long overdue catch up. I hate that it’s been almost two years since seeing him. Hopefully it won’t be as long til the next time…
-Checked off a few 30×30 items off my list (one being take a road trip by myself…check!). We made our way down to Greektown after dinner. Greektown is by far one of the coolest places in Detroit. Great food, lots to see…and a casino!
One of my 30×30 things is to play blackjack. Well…CHECK! I have had my way with slot machines but had never played a table game until Friday night. So, after a few minutes of watching the others play, my aunt creeped up to a wife of a player and got the lowdown. Luckily, the table was full of nice dudes so I sat myself down and placed $100 on the table. I know, I know. But that’s all I had in cash. Anyway, long story short, my new gambling friends taught me well and I walked out with $185!!! I probably could’ve kept up the beginner’s luck streak, but I was too excited to not lose any money and even make a little extra! Go me.
-Saturday we brunched and shopped, then made our way to Ann Arbor to visit my other cousin Kirstin at the University of Michigan. She was volunteering for their dance marathon so it was a brief visit, but it was great to see her.
-Saturday ended with a delectable Italian feast and more QT with my aunt.
-Sunday I joined my aunt, cousin and cousin-in-law for church. It was great to join in corporate worship with a complete different body. Felt good. Then after another yummy meal, it was time to climb back into Tyrone and make my way back to Indy.
All in all, a great weekend. Honestly, to the outsider looking in, it may seem just like an average weekend…but to me…I really feel like it was a great escape and good fellowship with my awesome family. It won’t be 2 years before I get back, that’s for sure.