Post Nasal Drip

Gross I know. Yesterday, I went to the Pitt clinic here at work. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t getting sick again. As of Sunday, I had some congestion again. I didn’t have it on Saturday.

The Pitt Clinic said my ears and throat look really good. However, I do have some post nasal drip. She recommended Zyrtec D (from behind the counter. I had to show my ID), and flonase. I am to do this for 48 hours and I should be better, and have more relief. I was thankful that it wasn’t bacterial or viral.  I went to Rite Aid and got the Zrytec D and the flonase, Puffs tissues, and two bottles of Core Water (they were on sale 2/$4.00). I love Core water and Fiji Water. Life water is pretty good too. I am water snob. I drank so much water this morning, and into the afternoon.

When I got back to the office, I took the Zyrtec when I got back to the office, and did the Flonase. It really worked quickly. I told Drew and he was glad I was getting sick again. I guess I just have to be patient and this will go away on its own.

When we got home, Drew stayed back and didn’t go to the gym. I made us soup and him a grilled a cheese and we just relaxed. This was his first week back to work after his sickcation.

Mother’s Day 2019

This morning, I got up around 8:30am. I got a shower and  dressed. I left the house and went to my parents to see my dogs and see my parents.

Around 10:45am, we left for the nail salon. I drove us to Bella’s Nails. We were the first ones there. I sat in the pedicure chair. I was getting a pedicure, and a gel full-set on my nails.  I know what you are thinking, I am not going to keep them on! However, I intend to for as long as I can. I don’t have class again until August (outside of my summer class, but that is online). The pedicure was amazing. I got the works I needed it (hot stone massage, hot towel treatment, etc.) My mom just got a simple manicure.

After the nail place, I drove my mom back to my house where we hung out with Drew until my dad came over and it was time to get dinner on the table. Drew’s parents could not attend, they were on the way home from Erie. Megan graduated yesterday.

Around 3pm I started dinner, it was so involved. My parents hung out at the ding room table and watched us prep for dinner. My mom said, “You two work so well together.” I smiled and said, “we typically do.” We get a long really well. Of course we have our set backs and things that we need to work on, but when it comes to working together in the kitchen, or decorating we do it without arguments.

Dinner was served around 4:30pm, it was so nice. My dad even tried spinach! He ate everything on his plate. I was so proud of him. After dinner, I cleaned up some little by little. It is a lot to let sit. I put the left overs away. I also played Mario Kart with my mom and dad. My dad used to play Mario Kart with me growing up on the Super Nintendo.

They left around 7pm. Drew finished cleaning up. We split up the work it seemed. It is a lot to clean up after. We got ready for another week ahead. I had just a quick, but amazing weekend!

RMU’s Commencement

This morning I got up at 6:30am. I got a shower and got dressed, then I was out the door. I had to be at Robert Morris University at 7:30am. I didn’t really sleep at all last night I was so excited. Stephanie McMahon is the guest speaker for the commencement ceremony, her husband Triple H will be in attendance with her!

When I was home, sick with bronchitis, John (my internship supervisor, previous professor, and friend) texted me and said, confirmed Triple H will be in attendance. I said, “John please you have to do whatever you can so I can meet him. It has been my dream!”  I have had a huge crush on Triple H since I was 12 or 13. My mom took my friend Brittany and I too see WWE’s Smackdown at the Mellon Arena. I was in love with him then and I am still in love with him now.

When I parked my car, I walked to the UPMC events center and I texted John telling him I am here, and that I e-mailed Rachel about a lanyard for today’s event. He said, Maureen will have one for you. I entered the building and it had that new smell to it. It looked so nice. I met with Maureen at the front table and got my lanyard. Maureen gave us a run down of the assignments. I was to be posted by the elevator directing people into the events center. She said, “most people will get off the elevator and have this look on their face like where do I go? I think that would be a good place for you.” She laughed and so did I. I had an easy enough job.

After we were briefed on our assignments, Anna and another girl from Residence Life (I can’t remember her name) we went to get coffee and muffins from the volunteer breakfast room. I ran into some people that I know there. We sat our side with our breakfast and coffee and enjoyed the bright sun for a moment before heading to our posts.
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When we arrived at our posts, people didn’t start pouring in until around 7:45am and then the guests came in clusters. There were so many people. My job was to make sure no one sat in the special accommodation area except for the people, who needed special accommodations.  I received a text from Mama saying “Good Luck honey I hope you get to meet him. I am staying positive for you.” She knows what Triple H means to me.

Around 9am I got a text from John saying, “Come up to the 4th floor after the ceremony starts and text me.” Oh my God this was my moment this was it. I was so excited. I told Kim, the admin who works with John where I was going. She said, “oh I want to come too. I want to meet Stephanie.” I told her I am not sure if we are going to be able to meet her. She will be on stage, but I told her I was more excited to meet her husband.

Around 9:30am, the Colonial marching band started playing and walked up the aisle. This is my favorite part ever. So much history and appreciation for the past. I watched the Colonial band march and when they finished Yankee Doodle and excited the floor. I texted John, “Can I come up? it started.” He said, “Sure.” Kim and I made our way to the fourth floor. This was the moment! I was going to meet Triple H. I was so nervous. I could feel my stomach hurting my knees were weak. The whole weak knees thing happened twice in my life; 1. when I first saw the Eiffel Tower in the distance, I kept my eye on it as we approached it. 2. Today, when I was about to meet Triple H!

When I got off the elevator, I  texted John and said, where do we go? He said, make a left and follow the hallway all the way down to the last board room on the left. I walked down the hallway and the entire time. I felt like I couldn’t do this. I was so nervous and so excited. I knew I was going to make a complete fool out of myself.

When we approached the room, Triple H was sitting at the conference room table, his back to the door, and John facing the doorway. As soon as I set eyes on him, my mouth dropped open. John said,”Danielle come on in.” I said, “Oh my God.” Triple H stood up and turned around I stopped myself from falling to my knees, but I was bent over for a second. I grabbed Kim’s arm and she laughed. I quickly straightened up. He was smiling and John was laughing. I said, “Hi, oh my God I can’t believe you are here in front of me.” he smiled and said, “Hi, I am Paul.” He held out his hand. I shook his hand and smiled. I said, “I am Danielle. I saw you back in 2000 you were here for Smackdown when it was the Melon Arena.” He said, “oh wow, you saw the show?” I said, “Yes.” I nodded and couldn’t catch my breath. John said, “Danielle, works with me she is my graduate intern.” I smiled and said, “I can’t believe I am meeting you.” John said, “Danielle do you want a picture?” I looked back at John nodded and smiled, “Yes, please.” I handed him my phone. My hands were shaking. Paul couldn’t stop smiling. John said, you have to unlock it and handed it back to me. I took my phone back and said,” I don’t even know how to do that right now.” Everyone laughed. IMG_1487.jpegI unlocked it and handed it back to John.

There it is! My picture with Triple H! The 13 year old inside of me is so happy and satisfied right now.  I thanked him so much for taking the time to meet with me and for the picture. He said, “Your welcome.” I backed away because I did want to be a rambling idiot. I was so star struck.

When we left the room, I thanked him again, and thanked John for the opportunity to meet him. John smiled and when we left the room. I was shaking, so badly. I said, “Oh my God, Kim! I can’t believe I met Triple H! I was good for life. I can’t believe I got to meet him and touch him.

I went back to my post and touched base with Maureen I showed her my picture and she laughed. I helped a couple people their seats. I watched a little bit of Stephanie McMahon’s speech, then I was able to leave for the day.

When I was on my way to my car, I did a Facebook live video about my experience meeting Triple H. Then I called my mom and told he, and then I called Drew and told him. He was jealous and thought it was so cool. I said, I was a rambling idiot. He laughed. I told him about the conversation and how it went.

Around 4pm, we went to my neighbor Amy’s house she was having some friends over and her daughter for a cookout. I brought brownies. I had a hamburger no bun, and a little bit of the sides (macaroni salad, and some fruit granola thing). Drew and I stayed until about 6:30pm.

Then we went to Sam’s Club and bought pork chops for dinner tomorrow. We are hosting Mother’s Day dinner tomorrow. Then we went to the grocery store to get the rest of the things that we would need.

When we got home, we hung out and relaxed for the evening. I had such a big day!

 

Walk Through Schenley Park

On Friday, I was finally feeling like myself again! I went walking with Lindsay. We walked past Phipps Conservatory and up through Schenley Park. It was so nice out and so hot. I got a good walk in. I felt productive and so much better.

When we got back to the office, it started to rain. We made it just in time. I was so sweaty and gross. I went to the bathroom and washed off my face. I  was glad to be back to being active again. I would like to go walking again with Lindsay one day.

When I sat down at my desk, the afternoon went by so fast. I was ready for the weekend. Drew was diagnosed with strep, so he hasn’t been to work. He will go back next Monday. When I got home, we ordered pizza for dinner. I felt like I deserved it and neither one of us wanted to cook anyways.

Back to the Gym

This morning Drew woke up not feeling good. He said, his throat was sore. I thought oh great! He is getting sick. I felt bad for him. We parted ways once we got to Oakland. He was feeling off all day. We kept in touch via messenger.

At lunch, I went to the Greek Food Festival with Nancy and Wynn. Last year was my first year going with them. Last year, I waited in line last year for a gyro that took forever! I should have ordered ahead.  Wynn and I both wanted a gyro but were not going to wait in line for it. We went inside to the dining area and placed our order. I ordered a Greek Meatball, and one piece of spanikopita. I tried to maintain my willpower, but I broke down and bought a piece of the pasta flora for desert. I figured I was going to go to the gym tonight anyway.

Once we got our food, we went outside and took a seat at a table. We chatted and ate and talked about the latest things. Before we left Nancy, wanted to buy some Loukomades. They had some to sample. I asked her what they were. She said, “they have a sample try one.” I picked one up that was attached to the stick. I took a bite and said, “Oh my God that tastes so good.” She cracked up laughing. I didn’t buy any. I just wanted one.

When we got back to the office, the carb coma sent in early, but until next year!

After work, I met up with Drew and he looked miserable. I felt so bad for him. We didn’t say much on the way home. I asked if he wanted me to stay with him this evening. He said, no he is just going to go bed. When we got home, he went upstairs and went to bed. I asked him if he wanted me to wake him up when I got home? He said, “Yes.” I got ready to go to the gym.

When I arrived to the gym, I have to admit I was nervous. I was nervous to get back into the routine again. Thankfully it wasn’t too packed. I was able to get on treadmill and not be surrounded by others. I started out at 1.5 incline and 3.5 speed for 5 mins, then kicked up the speed to 4.1 for 2 mins, then ran for a minute at a 5.6 speed. I repeated this formula for 30 mins. I was sweating like a hog. It felt so good.

Once I was done on the treadmill, I did some strength training arms and hips and then I was done for the day. I went home to my sick husband.

When I went home, I got out of the car and saw my neighbor Amy. She invited Drew and I to her house on Saturday. She is having family and friends over for a cook out. I was grateful she offered. I asked her what time? and she said, around 1pm but probably won’t eat until about 4pm. I told her I did have to work at RMU’s commencement that morning, but I would be over after. I told her I am there just for the morning and to get it started, so I should be available, but Drew is sick he has a sore throat and is laid up, but if he can’t make it I still will attend for a bit. I asked her what I could bring and she said a dessert. I can’t go anywhere empty handed.

When I walked into the house, I went upstairs to my sick husband and kissed his forehead. He woke up and I said, “do you want some soup?” he whispered, “Yes.” I went downstairs and made soup, and put some chicken drumsticks in the oven. I felt so bad for him. He looked so sick. While he ate, I told him about Amy’s party on Saturday if he is up to it, but I am not sure we should have Mother’s Day dinner in case you aren’t feeling well. He agreed. After he ate, he went to go lay down. I sat on the couch, while he slept on the floor.

When the chicken was done, I put them on plate to cool down, and put the baking sheet in the sink to soak with hot water and soap. I ate a piece of chicken and walked into the living room and he opened his eyes and asked if the chicken was good? I laughed and said, ‘Yes, do you want some?” he nodded and smiled. I said, “do you want me to pull the meat off the bone for you?” he said, “yes, please.” I put some chicken in a bowl for him and gave him a fork. He ate almost two helpings. He perked up a little after. I cleaned up the kitchen and went upstairs to take a shower.

After my shower, I got changed into pjs and went back downstairs to kiss him on the forehead. I told him I was going to go lay down and I will see him when he comes up to bed.  I hope he feels better soon.

 

Back to Work

Over the weekend, I took it easy and just relaxed and made sure I was well rested for Monday. It was going to be weird to go back to work.

Once Monday arrived, it took me all morning to get caught up on e-mails. Everyone was welcoming and asking how I was feeling. It was pretty low key because all the faculty and students are pretty much gone for the summer. Summer classes start up next Monday.

After work, I had to go to RMU to help out with an event that was happening at the theatre. There was a magician and hypnotist there. I was on hand just for the happy hour part. I wanted to make sure everything went smoothly since there was free beer and wine, as well as chips and salsa. It is Senior week at RMU, so the only students who are on campus are the seniors.

After the event, Drew and I went to Primanti’s for pizza and beer. I really need to start eating better. I will admit the pizza there is so good and it has been so long since I had a beer.

Gyno & the Avengers End Game

This morning, I had a gyno appt at 8:30am. Originally, today was my planned sick day from work. Drew took Thursday and Friday as vacation days. He needed to take a couple days so he wouldn’t lose them.

When we arrived at the gyno, I checked in on the screen and took a seat. Everyone there was pregnant and with their spouse. I looked at Drew and said, “We are the only ones not pregnant.” We both shared a little giggle. They took forever to call me back. I had an 8:30am appt and I didn’t get back into the examining room until 8:45am. Drew had a dentist appt and was hoping this wasn’t going to take too long. I undressed and put my gown on and then then took a seat on the examining chair. I never had to wait at the gyno. I was always in and out. Drew ended up taking an Uber home, and getting his car so he could make it on time for his Dentist appt.

Shortly after Drew left the room, the gyno came in and I she apologized for the wait. I told her not to worry. I didn’t want to make big deal out of it. There are other things in life to fret over. She examined me and all is well. When she was finished, I sat back and covered up. She left the room and I changed back into my clothes. All good for another year!

When I went outside, I called Drew and told him I was on my way to meet him at the Dentist. He just sat in the examining chair. When I arrived to the dentist, I sat in the waiting room. I am reading the book titled, Trapped with Ms. Arias by Kirk Nurmi. I have never been so glued to trial before. When the Jodi Arias trial was on television, I never missed an episode. I made sure to DVR it and watch it in the evening. I worked during the day, but at night I got caught up, or I would watch it live with my parents in the living room. It’s not the kind of thing you want to watch with your parents all the things they discuss in the trial, but it was so good and so interesting. It really was a hot topic for awhile and still is.  After this book, I will read the one from the prosecutor. It feels so good to read for pleasure again.

When Drew came out into the waiting area, we said goodbye to Donna the receptionist, then were off. We had some time to kill before the movie, so we got breakfast a First Watch. I haven’t been to a First Watch, since I visited Florida (I know what you are thinking, all this running around and I am supposed to be laid up sick.)  I had the Bacon Avocado omelet with home fries and 6 grain bread. It was so good. I could only eat half. I was getting full quickly.

After breakfast, we went to Cinemark to see Avengers End Game! I was so excited. I love Captain Marvel. She is my favorite. I used my inhaler before the movie, and tried not too cough too much, but I did blow my nose a lot. The movie was so good! I can’t wait for another one! Thor was hilarious (I won’t ruin it). It was my favorite Avenger’s movie so far.

After the movies, we went home and I spent the rest of the evening relaxing and resting.