Monday

This morning on the way to work, we stopped at Black Forge Coffeehouse’s new location. They opened up a coffee shop in McKees Rocks on Chartier’s ave. We pass by it on the way to work every day. This was going to be Drew’s first time. I was so excited to see the venue and get some awesome coffee.  I told Drew these are my people.

When you walked in, there is this big open seating area with a coffee bar to your left. In front of you, there are tables and a big stage area. I am excited to see a show here. This venue is so nice. It will be great. I am happy for them. We walked up to the counter and I ordered an iced coffee with a shot of espresso. Drew ordered the same. I congratulated them on their grand opening and how I visited their Allentown location during the night market event and how excited I was for them. They were appreciative of my excitement and well wishes. I love supporting small businesses. The coffee is so damn good. I will be back. B

At work, it was a Monday. Nothing exciting happened.

After work, I went home and made some dinner. Drew ate the last of the kabobs from the weekend. I made a keto chicken and broccoli casserole. I am picky about chicken anymore. I didn’t particularly care for it.

Lazy Sunday

When I woke up in the morning, my monthly visitor arrived and since it was day one I wasn’t up to going to the pool. Drew went bike riding with his dad out in South Park. I decided to go to my parents and just hang out with them for a little and see my dogs.

When I arrived, I snuggled my dogs and said, hi to them. My mom cooked my dad and I breakfast and we just lazed about. I made them watch the movie Midnight in Paris. My mom and dad never saw the movie before.

Image result for midnight in paris I am so Owen Wilson’s character,. like him, I suffer from “Golden Age Thinking.” I think the past is sometimes better than the present.  I love all the writers mentioned in the film, especially Fitzgerald. I miss Paris. I really can’t wait to go back.

I stayed at my parents until around 2pm then went home. When I got home, I got another shower and made the edits to my paper that my writing tutor suggested and I submitted it. I needed to get it submitted by 8pm. I will be happy when this summer class is over.

Short Hair Don’t Care

Short Hair Don’t Care

This morning, I had a hair appointment at what I thought was 10am. I woke up and put on my swimsuit and a romper. We were going to go to the pool after my hair appt. When I arrived, Misty was there she was cleaning. I looked at the receptionst and told her that i was here for my 10am with Misty. She said, “your appointment is at 11am.” I said, it is!? She said, “Yea.” Misty came to the front desk and said, “Yea, but you can come on back. I finished my 10am. I was going to call you and say if you want you can come in early.” I said, “I am so sorry, I hate when people do that and here I am doing it.” She said, “Don’t worry about it. come on back.

When I sat in her chair, I showed her a picture of what I wanted. She said, “we can do that. You want to go that short?” I said, “yes, please.” I wanted a change something fresh and new. The next time I see her. I will be going a little darker for the fall. I like to keep my edge up in the fall. I told her I wanted to remain blonde, but not so brassy and bleachy. We decided on ash blonde at the roots and pull some through, but still keep my light blonde look.

When she was finished, I was in love. I felt so much lighter and more relaxed. I figured Drew was going to be mad. He likes my hair longer. It will grow back. He was texting me while my hair was getting done, I was taking a little longer than expected. When I left it was 11:30am.

I pulled up to our house, and he was outside with the pool bag, anxious to get to the pool. When we arrived, I lathered up with suntan oil and put suntan lotion on my face. I got into the shallow end and pulled my hair up in a ponytail. I can’t get my hair wet for at least 24-48 hours. It isn’t as much fun if you can’t get your hair wet and it was a hot one. We stayed until 2:30pm, then I had to get home and finish my assignment for school.

When we got home, my scalp was burned from not being able to get my hair wet and not putting suntan lotion in my hair. I was hesitant about going back to the pool tomorrow. I got a shower and finished my assignment I sent it to Rachel for review. I was anxious to get her feedback on it.

Drew cooked steak kabobs on the grill and we sat outside and had a cigar and a drink. It was a relaxing day and night.

Shinedown Concert

Shinedown Concert

After work today, I drove to Anthony’s and parked my car. I sat on his front porch and waited for him to come from work. He was only a few minutes late. I wasn’t concerned. I was ready for this concert.

When he came home, we hung out at his house for a bit, so he could change, then we were out the door. We went to the Shiloh Inn for dinner. It was cheaper than eating dinner at the concert. We told the hostess table for two. She smiled and said I have a romantic table in the corner with some dim lighting for you, two. I smiled and looked back at Anthony (everyone thinks we are together!). He said, “I love a romantic table.” I laughed. We took a seat across from each other. We laughed about the comment the hostess made. I said, “It is the hat. You look straight with it on.” He said, “Oh I know, it is. Let’s order frozen cosmos.” I laughed and we that ordered frozen cosmos to start and then we shared some appetizers. I wasn’t feeling a salad or a legit dinner. It was Happy Hour so drinks and apps were half off. I was ready for this concert. I couldn’t wait to get to the venue. It was going to be a hot one though.

After dinner, we drove to the venue and the traffic wasn’t bad at all. On the way, we listened to Spice Girls. It was funny. We were on our way to a rock concert, and listening to Spice Girls. Once we arrived at the venue we took a picture for my contact at the radio station, who hooked us up with free tickets.
Image may contain: Danielle Hornyak and Anthony Lombardo, people smiling, closeupThe picture didn’t turn out that bad. We did some walking around the venue, checked out the people, and the different stands that were set up. I purchased water it was like $7 for a bottle of water. That is a concert for you. We walked around before committing to a location on the grass. I wanted to get close enough to at least make out the people on stage. Anthony kept walking back. I said, not so far back we won’t be able to see who is on the stage. I like to get as close as possible.

While the openers were on, Anthony went to get popcorn, then came back and stood on the lawn next to me. We took some pictures and posted about how hot it was outside and how emo we were trying to look.

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I was so happy to be there with him. He is my best friend in the world. We looked around and couldn’t find any hot rocker guys. Clearly, we had an image in my mind of what crowd we were going to find here like a hot rocker guy with skinny black jeans and a lip ring, but nope none of those guys existed at this concert. Anthony said, not one. There is not one single hot guy here.

When the openers ended, a man approached us and said, “Do you guys want to upgrade for free? We have some Pavillion seats left? I look at Anthony and he left it up to me. I said, “Sure! but if you have something as close as possible to the stage we will take it.” He said, “Really?” I said,”Yes, please.” He reached into his pocket and said, “I have something for you.” He gave us seats 4 rows from the pit! I was so excited and so thankful. I said, “Thank you so much!” We made our way down towards the stage. the seating attendant told us where to go. We were right in the middle of the row. There was no escaping to go to the bathroom now. We were so close to the stage. I loved it!
Shinedown as amazing live! They sounded good, just like they do on the radio. I knew most of their songs.
IMG_1902.jpegShinedown as amazing live! They sounded good, just like they do on the radio. I knew most of their songs. There were some songs that I did not know, but the ones from their “Sound of Madness” album and of course “45” which came out in 2003. I knew the beat the moment it started up. I love some 2000s rock. I really do. When they came out there were was fire and pyrotechnics. Anthony said all of those guys are so hot except for the drummer. I didn’t realize how hot they were. We had such a good time. I knew I was going to be half deaf at work the next day, but it was so worth it!

Meeting with Advisor

Today, I had a status meeting with my advisor. I have been working on a project with her and two other girls from my program. I have been putting it off it seems, but I am about 85% of the way done. I need to do some course descriptions, but other than that I feel like I have most of the information in the spreadsheet. At the end of the meeting, we set a completion date for the final product which is August 15th at 12pm. I need to dedicate more time to this and finish my part. I am trying to make another opportunity happen for me (I will have more details as they become available), my summer class, and wanting to soak up a little bit of summertime. I have been so busy.

After the meeting, my advisor and I just decided to jump right into our advising appt for that we originally scheduled for tomorrow. I spoke to my advisor about everything and she gave me some advice. She is so helpful and I value her advice and opinion on anything. We had a good meeting. She told me to keep her posted on what happens with the opportunity, and how the project comes along if I run into any questions. I am thankful and grateful to have her in my corner.

Lunch with Friends

For lunch, Wynn, Gene and I all went to Noodlehead. Wynn offered to drive us there. It was in Shadyside. I have never been to Noodlehead before, but it is an awesome Thai restaurant. I was excited to try it out. On the way to the restaurant, Wynn and I talked about the After book series that I got her hooked on.

When we arrived at the restaurant, her sister-in-law Maria was our waitress. I wasn’t sure what to order. She sat us at the best booth in the restaurant. It was in the back and the lightning and there were plants all around it was very zen and relaxing. Wynn knew exactly what she wanted. She wanted the Loveboat. It is her favorite. Gene ordered the Chiang Mai Curry. I read the description and was going to get street noodles, but I decided to go with the Chiang Mai Curry as well. I am so glad I did it was so yummy. The presentation was so cute too.
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The price wasn’t too bad. It was $9.50.

After lunch, we drove back to campus and parked under our building. We all work in the same building. We walked around outside for a bit, then we went back to our desks. We are going to go again, next month before classes start up again. I am so excited!

 

Family

This morning, we got up and I made pan cakes. They are called Kodiak cakes. They are full of protein, and are probably keto friendly, if you don’t put syrup on them. 🙂 I have to have syrup on my pancakes.

We took his dad to home from NTB. He had to drop his car off, then we took him home. His car is supposed to be done this evening. Once we got back to his parent’s, his mom was laid up on the couch. She just had her 5th and hopefully last ankle surgery. It was good to see her, but I wish she would get better soon. We talked about her surgery, my interview that is coming up, etc.

When we left their place, we went to the wave pool. I had the car packed, and my swim suit on, under my romper. The weather had other plans in mind. It was pouring down rain when we left his parents. The rain stopped when we got to the pool, but after we paid to enter the pool, and were walking towards the green turf. One of the workers said, there is a lightning delay and we have to wait 30 mins before we can get in the water. The owner passed me and said, “I know you just got here, but I don’t want to take any more money from people. I will give you a pass if the lightning continues.” We figured we would wait and see what happens. We stood under the shelter of the bath house, and the rain started to come down. Andrew and I decided it was best to take the pass.

When we got home, I got a shower, and then put on some comfy clothes and started to clean the house, and do some laundry. We did need to clean, and do things around the house, and perhaps give our skin a break. Around 3:30pm, we went to the mall, and Drew bought some polo shirts for work. He desperately needed new ones. I didn’t buy anything for myself.

When we arrived to his parents, Drew went with his dad to get his car, and then he came back to his parents. His dad started to make dinner. He served us steaks, potato, and broccoli. We also had a piece of almond torte cake for dessert. Everything was so good. We are so spoiled.

After dinner, we relaxed and watched the Pirate game. We left his parents around 9pm.