December 13, 2022

A Family Night Out

I wanted to write about this yesterday, but I just wasn't feeling it. I've been in a funk lately and it's hard pretending that everything is fine when I'm struggling (I don't just mean with food; I mean with all sorts of things). I have a million things on my "to do" list right now and it's so hard to know where to even start!

But Jerry, the kids, and I had a fun day on Sunday. It all started last spring when I got an email from a reader whose company works closely with the Detroit Pistons. She asked if we'd be interested in going to a game this fall! How generous is that?! I'm not a sports person, but I do love going to live sporting events. I've only ever been to baseball, soccer, and hockey--so basketball would be totally new to me.

I asked Jerry and he was SO thrilled about the idea. We decided to go on December 11th when the Pistons would be playing the Lakers. (For the record, I don't know anything about the teams or players; Jerry was just very excited to see LeBron James.) Noah and Eli had never been to a basketball game either, so they were just as excited to go. (However, I kept it a secret from them until right before we left!)

The game was at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, which was just opened in 2017. Jerry and I went to see Kevin Hart there a few years ago, and it's a super nice building. I couldn't believe how great our seats were! We were in the sixth row off the floor and we could see everything perfectly. What a cool experience for our first game.

I don't know the rules of basketball, so I spent most of the time asking Jerry "What did that mean?" "Why did they stop the clock?" "Why are they arguing?" and all of that stuff, hahaha. I think he liked that I was interested, though!

My favorite part was actually not the game itself, but watching all of these cheerleaders/acrobatic people doing some really cool stunts. I really can't explain it, but here is a short video of it:

Isn't that amazing?! 

Anyway, the game was very close, but the Pistons ended up losing 124 to 117. I had a lot of fun for my first basketball game, though, and I'd love to go again! (A HUGE THANK YOU to the reader that gave us tickets--I'm not sure if she'd like to remain anonymous, so I won't mention her name.)

After the game, I was dying to go to Mom's Spaghetti (Eminem's restaurant in Detroit). Ever since I heard he opened it, I acted like a total tourist about it. (If you're not a fan of Eminem, there is a very famous song by Eminem called 'Lose Yourself' that was written for the movie 8 Mile. Here is the first verse, which references his mom's spaghetti (as well as "Rabbit"--his nickname in the movie--which is what the "rabbit balls" are referring to on the restaurant menu).
The Spaghetti w/ Rabbit Balls was vegan!


Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it, or just let it slip? Yo

His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti
He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready
To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgetting
What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out
He's choking, how? Everybody's joking now
The clock's run out, time's up, over, blaow
Snap back to reality, ope there goes gravity, ope
There goes Rabbit, he choked, he's so mad but he won't
Give up that easy, no, he won't have it, he knows
His whole back's to these ropes, it don't matter, he's dope
He knows that but he's broke, he's so stagnant, he knows
When he goes back to this mobile home, that's when it's
Back to the lab again, yo, this old rhapsody....

I'm surprised nobody came up with Mom's Spaghetti as a restaurant name before, really. Anyhow, the menu is very small and the restaurant is meant to be touristy for sure, but I had to check it out.

The setup of the restaurant was very odd. You have to go outside and around a corner to order (you can see the window behind me), then you can go back to sit inside the restaurant (which is really just bar stools along a window).

I didn't order anything because it was pretty expensive, but Jerry got the Spaghetti with Rabbit Balls and I tried those. The "rabbit balls" were great! I wasn't crazy about the sauce, though.

The kids got the S'ghetti Sandwich and they both really liked it. (It's basically spaghetti with meat sauce sandwiched between two pieces of garlic bread.)

There is a an upstairs "trailer" that you can go check out though (a merch store, decorated like a trailer because of Eminem's upbringing in a trailer in Detroit).

Mom's Spaghetti was a fun place to check out, but unless you're looking for something touristy to do, I wouldn't recommend it.

It'd been a long time since Jerry, the boys and I all went out together, so it was a great night! I can't believe how big my boys have gotten. It was fun spending time with them. And Jerry, of course! ;)


  1. Sounds like a really fun family night! I'm glad you had a nice time.

  2. I feel like I've been MIA from reading your blog! I've been so behind, what a crazy month this has been! I'm so sorry to hear you've been struggling lately :( I know things will turn around for you! This time of year is so hard, sometimes it just weighs you down. The hectic end of the year dash as I like to call it lol. This sounds like such a fun family night! Glad you guys had a great time!! <3

  3. So glad you were able to enjoy yourself. Much deserved fun!

  4. What an amazingly generous offer! And great seats as well! Would love to go to a pistons game! 🏀


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