Paris and Louie

This morning, when we woke up we went to the gym. This was going to be the last day for me to go to the gym, since we were dog sitting, and I had a bridal shower to go to tomorrow, so I made sure I went hardcore at the gym.

After our workout, we went home got showered, and packed up the car we needed to get ready to head over to my parents. I could tell this was going to be the beginning of a long week ahead. Drew was already not feeling this. I wasn’t either, but what are you going to do? it is what it is.

After we packed up the car, we both took two cars to Starbucks for coffee, then to Bed Bath and Beyond to get a gift for Stephanie. Drew was moody and his attitude was getting on my nerves. I was trying to ignore him, but it was hard that day. He was tired, long week, and knew it was going to be a rough week with the dogs. I had the same thing, but at the same time I have to get through the day. We decided on a turkey carving kit for Stephanie and Mike, whatever.

Once we got to my parents, we noticed there was poop in the hallway between the kitchen and the living room, let the games begin! I picked up the poop, took the dogs outside, they were too excited to pee. We unloaded our cars and put our stuff in the house. Once we got settled, we sat down with the dogs for bit, then decided to get out for dinner, and go to the Hop House. We love going there when we are in Crafton. It is like our cafe, in Crafton except no free beer, samples, and roadies!

While we were at the Hop House, we had a few beers, ate some good food, and conversed about the week ahead, the plan, and my parents. I was feeling a little loopy when we left there. I was ready for the week, I guess. When we got home, we watched Fifty Shades Darker. I loved it. It was good, but the first one is better. I will be sad when the movies end. One more left, Fifty Shades Freed! After the movie, we took the dogs out one last time, then it was bed for us.

Fastest Labs Grand Opening

This morning, we were still a bit bummed from the show case, but we had a grand opening to get ready for, and we weren’t sure who was going to come, or not. We set up the office and put the table up, and the Fastest Labs table cloth, and set up the lemonade. At one point, Kim came in with some pretzels from the Philly Pretzel company. She was going crazy, because today is National Pretzel Day.

When 11am rolled around, our phone rang and it was Sonea from the Double Tree in Greentree. She was calling us to see what building we were in, I watched from the window, as she pulled in, she fixed her make up in her car, and hung up the phone with us. She came in our office, and put her business card in the fishbowl for the pirates game tickets. We talked with her about our business, her life before she moved to the US, and what it was like for her in Pakistan, Earl came in our maintenance guy, he kind of butted heads with Sonea, as they discussed politics.

Eventually, Earl left and the mayor of Greentree showed up with his accountant, who dropped something on the way into our office. Well the thing that he dropped was a plaque for Chris containing the key of Greentree glued to the plaque. I tried not to laugh at how awkward this was. I took a picture of Chris shaking hands with the mayor of Greentree.

Then my mom showed up with her friend Gaye Posey. It was another body. They had a pretzel, and some lemonade. They stayed for a minute and then went to lunch. Sonea was probably hoping for more people to show up, so she could get some business contacts, off of us. Well it just didn’t work out that way. No one else showed up. It was kind of sad.

So Chris and I ate pretzels all day. Earl came back in and talked to us. He said, “Aren’t you glad you didn’t go with the radio station, or have this thing outside?” We both agreed that would have been a huge waste of money, but it is what it is. Needless to say, Sonea is the winner of the tickets.

Blue Book Heinz Field

This morning, I met Chris at the office. We were getting ready to go to an event at Heinz Field. We packed up his Suburban and off we went to Heinz Field. Traffic was intense on the parkway, but once we got there. We parked out front, and unloaded. When we checked in, they didn’t have badges for us, because we checked in past the deadline. I thought that was kind of shitty. They didn’t have badges, but they had a printer there that wasn’t working, so she hand wrote our badges, and messed up on mine. I could tell she was nervous and pissed about the printer.

Eventually, we just stuck our business cards in our badges and took out the hand written name tags, it looked so tacky. When we got our booth set up, we took pictures and posted them on Facebook to get the word out, about us doing big things! We met with our neighbors the booths surrounding ours. We were next to a construction company, who’s family also made homemade olive oil. We shook hands with a few people, and passed out our business cards.

Then we were served lunch upstairs in the conference rooms, that overlooked the playing field. It was pretty cool. While we were eating lunch, Chris got a phone call about someone possibly coming in for a personal rapid test. He asked if I wanted to drive his car back to the office, and then come back, or take an Uber? I said, Which ever, do you trust me with your car? He asked if I have driven a suburban before? I said, “No. Do you trust me?” He handed me his keys, and off I went. I drove back to Greentree, parked, and on my way into the office, I noticed a plant outside our door. It was a bamboo plant. I picked it up and unlocked the door. I set the plant on the counter and it was from his mom and step dad. I texted a picture of the plant to Chris, flipped the lights on, turned on some music, and waited for the test to show up.

Fifteen minutes went by, and still no show, so he told me to come back. I drove back to Heinz Field, through the West End and there was no traffic. The parking lot attendant, let me back into the lot, free of charge. I parked the car, and went back into Heinz Field. Chris was by the booth. He handed me the business cards he collected. He said, he felt a little like a leper. No one was coming up to talk to him, and the people that were walking by were trying not to make eye contact. I said, that’s how I felt at the network after work event. We are the kid no wants to talk to, because we do drug and alcohol testing, or they avoid us, because they don’t test, or don’t have a need for us. He agreed.

When the bar opened up, everyone flocked to the bar all the vendors and attendees. Chris handed me the drink tickets and told me to go work the bar. I ordered a crown and soda, but the guy gave me more crown then soda. I ended up tossing it down the sink in the bathroom. When I went back to the bar, I ordered a coors light instead, and talked with the guys from Diehl automotive. There was no one else to really talk to, when I looked back our booth, Chris was backing up. I finished my beer and excused myself from the conversation with Diehl, and went back to help my boss. He was ready to get out of there.

On our way back to the office, we talked about how we thought the event was going to go a little bit better, but we weren’t going to be sure how it went until we go back and follow up tomorrow and the next day with our leads. I felt bad, because I knew it wasn’t what we both expected it to be like, especially how John made it sound it was going to be like.
Once we got back to the office, I got in my car, and drove home. Thankfully Drew was going to stay home that evening, as well instead of going to the gym. It was a long way home for him, and he didn’t want to go to the gym. I was happy. I get the evening with him. I told him about the event, and he was bummed it didn’t go better for us. I was ready to relax for the evening!

Onsite

This morning, I had to get up at 4am and get a shower. I had to meet Chris in Burgettstown at 5:45am. I left my house at 5:00am. When I arrived to the location, I wasn’t sure where to park, so he called me as he was coming up the gravel road behind me. He told me to park my car, and hop into his car, and we would drive around. I got into his car, and we drove up to a park where there was a bunch of trucks, lights, and trailers. This was the place. We parked out front of a trailer, with the sign “Pumpco” on it. Chris went inside, and talked to the owner, and he said we will come back in around 6am. Maria, our contact, wasn’t there yet.

When 6 am arrived, we went inside and got set up. While we were getting set up, Maria came in and greeted us, and started passing out forms that the men were going to give us, when they came into the office to get BAT tested. It was kind of cool. There were 15 men in total. I went down the line and started taking their names, and their social security numbers. I kept everything organized and in order. I was proud of myself.
After collecting names and socials, I went into the office and helped Chris stick the stickers on the forms with the results on them. It was an intense day, and it was an early day.

When we were finished, and getting ready to pack up. Maria asked if we had time for one more. Chris said, I could leave if I wanted to, I didn’t have to wait for one more, so I did. I drove to my parents’ house and took a nap on the couch, before going back to the office at 9am.

On my way back to the office, I stopped and got Starbucks. Dave, my parents’ handy man was there. He bought me my drink, we chatted for a bit, then it was back to the office. I was so tired. When I got back to the office, Chris was ready to go, and talked to me about this morning, and how well it went. I just was so out of it. I knew I was going to be pretty much useless all day. Earl came in, and we told him how we were up at Burgettstown doing an onsite, this morning. We had to be there at 5:45AM. I just sat there, sipping my coffee trying so hard to stay awake. Chris said, she is all tired now. Earl said, well you have to remember, she is not used to that. I said, Yeah Chris take that! I did some cold calling, organizing, before Chris left to go sell. He wanted to drive around and visit some companies. He also stopped and got taco bell on the way back for us. I did not want to do any work at all. I was so beat.

After work, I went home and waited for Drew to come. I fell asleep on the couch. I woke up when he came in the door. We had to get ready to go to the cafe for his mom’s birthday dinner.

On the way to the cafe, we stopped at Giant Eagle and picked up a card for his mom, and for his dad. We never got his dad a birthday card, back in March. We bought a little balloon too for his mom.

Once we got to the cafe, everyone was happy to see us as usual. We sat our high top table. My favorite waitress Leah, waited on us. When his parents came, she brought over an unopened chilled bottle of Crown Apple for his mom’s birthday gift. They are so good to us there. Brett talked to us about having my 30th Birthday there in the back room. I can have it all to myself, and my party. I was pretty happy about that idea. I need a good dirty thirty!

After dinner, we went home and went to bed. We were so tired, me especially. His mom and dad were happy with their cards. It was a good night, but I was so thankful to finally go to sleep that night.

An Unexpected Call

This morning, Drew had a dentist appointment, so he came to my work and brought Chris and I donuts from Peace Love and Little Donuts. I was so happy to see him and glad he got to meet Chris. Drew told me that he had to be fitted for a mouth guard for night time and random wear. He is wearing his teeth down and some damage has been done. I felt bad, but was glad he could get the guard. He had to leave after a while, he wanted to go home and work on the basement.

While I was working, I got a call from my RMU. I ran outside to take the call. Chris could tell that it looked suspicious, but I didn’t care. The girl from RMU told me that they needed to push my interview back to Thursday, instead of Tuesday. I said, that it was okay, I completely understand. I think someone that is going to be on the interview is going to be out of town, so that is why. The girl and I talked for a good half hour about the position, and she volunteered so much information. It was a good conversation, so now the interview is set for May 4 at 1pm. I am so excited!

When I went back inside, I felt like I had to be honest with Chris about these mysterious phone calls, so I was honest. I told him everything and he was sad, but happy for me if this is what I truly want. He wants to keep me on the payroll, and asked if I would help with after hours collections, and marketing events if I was able to. I said, I definitely would love to help. I will keep him posted with what happens after May 4. That night, I had such a great work out at the gym. It was good day!

Eh

This morning, I could not get out of bed. I just wanted to stay in bed a little longer. I don’t really even remember Drew leaving this morning. I didn’t sleep that well last night. I had a hard time winding down to go to sleep. I wasn’t sure what to day was going to be like, or this week. There really wasn’t too much planned.

When I arrived to work, I talked to Earl for a bit, then went up to the office. Chris was at the front desk when I walked in. We talked about Easter weekend, the plan for the day, which was to do lots of marketing, and we had a person coming in from BlueBook network to talk to us more about the Whos, who event and showcase at Heinz Field. Chris was concerned about the pricing for a booth. I said, well lets go get donuts and see if we can entice him to lower it. He sent me for a half dozen donuts.

Once I got back to the office, Earl was there talking to Chris. I put the donuts in the break room. Chris left shortly after to go sell. When he left, he shut the break room door behind him. When he came back, which was shortly after 12pm. He went to open the break room door and couldn’t. The keys were locked inside the office. Earl got a ladder for him, and he had to climb up and go through the ceiling to unlock the door.

Finally, the man from Bluebook came and he talked to us about the event. He didn’t want to eat a donut. I said to myself, well there goes that idea. While they were talking, a man came in by the name of Joe Perry. He wanted to get a drug test, but was with the union. Chris and I explained to him that we are not affiliated with the union yet, but would love to be. However, we can perform the test and it will be $40.00. We can then e-mail the results to your employer. I performed the test on him, but I was a bit rusty with the paperwork. It has been awhile since I performed a rapid drug test.

After Joe left, we ended the meeting with the Bluebook. It turns out that we are going to purchase a booth, and Chris wants to spend the 1,700. He asked me to go with him, since he really wants me to be there, but the office is going to be shut down, which is something he is not comfortable with, but if he had hired on another person, this wouldn’t be a problem. I said, “Chris, we can forward the office phone to our cell phones. It is more important to leave the office to get more customers, then it is to sit here and have no customers come in, and or just BS with one another.” He sort of agrees. No one is coming to come off the street to get tested. We have to get out there and sell in order for people to know we are even here!

Right before I left for the day, he sent me to foster plaza to see what companies were over there. I was nervous. I wasn’t sure what I was going to be walking into. I did go into two companies. One was a mortgage company they don’t test. The other was, a railroad company. Someone took my information and said they would put it on the appropriate desk and see what happens. It didn’t sound too promising, then again it was the end of the day. Funny how you say drug testing and everyone heads for the hills and doesn’t want to help you.

Once I got home, I got a shower, and put some chicken breasts in the oven. I was waiting for Andrew’s mom to stop over. They forgot to give us half the ham yesterday, and we still have her umbrella, as well. When she arrived, we traded the ham for the umbrella, then I waited for Drew to get home.  He finally got home around 7pm.  I was so glad to see him home safe. After dinner, Drew went up to get a shower. Now we are going to watch the Tudors until it is time for bed. Monday is officially over!

Easter Sunday

This morning we woke up and got a shower, had some coffee. We were excited to go to his parents today. We couldn’t wait just to relax and eat some good food. I was a bit tired from yesterday, so was Drew.

After we left our house, we went to see Grandma for a while. We were meeting Pam there and helping Grandma get into the car. She moves so slow anymore and gets winded so quickly. I feel so bad for her. Apparently, she has gained 22 pounds, so this only makes it harder for her to move around.

When we arrived at Grandma’s, she was so happy to see us. She loves when we can hang out with her. She was watching some old television show. Her apartment was so hot. she said, well I don’t want to open the door, if we are going to be leaving soon. Pam told me 1pm. I said, “I think she is meeting us at 1:30pm. she is going to text me.” She always asks me to do things, not Drew. Not that I mind, because I don’t mind doing things, but Drew can do them too. It is just one of the things I noticed.

When Pam arrived, we met her outside, and she was having a hard time making it to the car. When we finally got her in, we were able to get in our car and follow them to his mom and dad’s. We both were sad about Grandma, and how slow she moves. When we were on the way to his parents, it was pouring down rain. It was a little challenging going through the back roads to his parents’ house.

Once we were at his parents, we were able to get Grandma in safely, and right behind us was Tom and Aunt Tootsie. I was so excited to see her. She and I talked about my dad becoming a catholic, and how I had a crush on the priest. She understood and laughed. I think she may of had a crush on a priest too at one point or another.

Dinner was amazing as always; Ham, kielbasa, potatoes, baked pineapple, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, and a lite vanilla pudding cake that Aunt Tootsie made. We were so satisfied. It was so yummy. We always eat well over there. Shortly after dinner, Tom took Aunt Tootsie home, and we helped Mom with Grandma, then we made a stop at my house. My mom was having my cousins over.

When we arrived to my parents, they were getting ready to have dessert. Mackenzie was there sitting at my parents’ dining room table. She has two tattoos on her arms. One of a turtle and the other was the Chinese sign for Faithfulness. I was shocked. I can’t say I saw that coming. I made Drew and I a drink. We both had piece of cheesecake. Angie was sick with an ear infection and was putting on a show for everyone. She just wanted to go home. I am sure she didn’t feel well, but still. I was glad to see them for a little bit, but when they left, we did too. Monday was coming too quickly.