Memorial Day

Memorial Day

This morning, we went to the gym. Traffic was a nightmare due to the Memorial Day parade that was happening in Sewickley. Drew had serious road rage. I was a little annoyed. We finally got to the gym, and I hopped on to a treadmill. Drew texted me while I was on the treadmill, and asked if I wanted to play some basketball? I said, “Sure!” It has been awhile since we played and there was no one in the court.

After we shot some hoops, he went into the weight room, and then I went on the elliptical, and did my 30 mins. After that, I did some machines and BSed with Claylene. I feel like I never get anything done when she is there. We just BS, while I do reps. It was fun. Erin was there. She complimented my weight loss. She said, she can tell in my face that I lost weight. I was glad it is noticeable to other people.

After we finished at the gym, we stopped and grabbed 2 twelve packs, and then we went to the grocery store and picked up ketchup, lemon cake mix, frosting, chips, and salsa. We were finally going to have a cookout to ourselves. When we got home, I showered and put on a cute dress which I ruined while I was baking the cake, so there goes that. I went up to change, and then sat outside for a bit, while Drew grilled. We listened to some classic rock radio, and we had so much fun. I love when he cooks out. He enjoys it, and it makes me happy. After we ate dinner, we got ready to watch Black Sails, so far a lot of the key characters are dying since it is the final season of the show. I was not looking forward to work the next day.

Leanne and Dan’s Cookout

This morning, when we woke up, we felt pretty useless from all the food and beer we consumed the night before. I was laying on the couch with Drew, watching television when he got the text from Dan saying the car is done for the most part, and it should be ready by 1pm. Then Leanne texted me asking me if we were coming to the cookout. I really didn’t want to go and neither did Drew. I just wanted to pick up his car and be on our way. Drew wanted to cookout on his grill, and we wanted to be alone at some point during the weekend.

Well we ended up going to the cookout, and Maci was sick. We didn’t bring anything. We offered, but we didn’t need to, so we didn’t. Dan put the finishing touches on the car, and Drew pulled it out of the garage, finally!  We helped them set up the tables, chairs, and tent for the cookout.

At one point Dan started cooking, but then he had to run out and get plates and forks. Everything was behind because he didn’t finish the car on time, and things were rushed. Maci was sick. Leanne was sitting around bullshitting with Gretchen, Shawn’s girlfriend. I was so annoyed. After we ate, we hung out around the table and then they started talking about Bumper’s wedding. George said, “if it even happens. He proposes to every girl he sleeps with.” They all looked at me. I made the motion with my hands like cut it out, stop. It is so awkward when they bring him up, and the fact that I was his girlfriend at one point makes me feel like I am forever marked. It’s fucking awkward for Drew too I am sure. I can’t stand them sometimes. I just put up with the bullshit because I am friends with Leanne.

After the conversation, switched gears we got up to leave. Drew and I had enough of the O’Grodnik House. We needed to go grocery shopping and we wanted to get back, relax, and finish watching Black Sails. I will miss this show. It was full of swashbuckling pirates, Long John Silver, trade deals, and relationships. We said our goodbyes, which always takes a few minutes. Then we were on our way back to Moon. We stopped at the grocery store and did some shopping, then went home and relaxed for the rest of the night.
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Jim’s Memorial Day Cookout

Jim’s Memorial Day Cookout

This morning, Drew took my car to the chiro, I stayed back. I wanted to get this laundry done. When he came home, we went to the store and bought the ingredients for the salad to take to Jim’s. We were excited to go to a cookout and just chill.

When we arrived at Jim’s, everyone was standing out front admiring the green shutters, but what color should they paint the door. Ari and I both decided on a Hunter Green, or a Teaspot green would complement the shutters. I didn’t really care, I was ready to drink and eat snacks. Jim took my salad, and came back with a beer. I was so happy, a beer!  Finally we started playing some cornhole. Jim turned up the music, and we had ourselves a party.

Finally, dinner was ready and we had butter burgers, pulled pork, beans, etc. It was yummy. For desert, we had some kind of chocolate brownie, and whipped cream trifle. It was so good. I drank a bit too much. The guys would disappear to do shots every now and then. We would tease them. We played whiffle ball, and I was able to hit it a few times. I even impressed myself. We stayed until 10:30pm, then it was time to go.  I had more fun this time. I don’t know I think because I wasn’t in such a crazy outfit, I came in jeans and tennies to play all these damn games. It was fun. When we got home, we got showered and went to bed.

Car Troubles & Yoga with Maci

Car Troubles & Yoga with Maci

This morning, I was still reeling inside from yesterday. We did however, go out and try to get some business. We were hoping for a good day. We visited some businesses, Burns and Scalo said they want to revamp their drug and alcohol program and want us to meet with them sometime in the couple weeks to go over what we have to offer. I told Chris to go to Burns and Scalo a long time ago. I was nervous to walk in there, it wasn’t a good experience, working there.

When I walked into Burns and Scalo, the receptionist is an older middle aged woman, and the HR coordinator is new. The CIO is the same. We passed each other on the way to the HR coordinator’s office, which is now on the other side of the building. Also, as we were walking in a familiar sales executive was walking out, I forget his name, but he was odd. It was weird being in there. When we left Burns and Scalo, we drove around to the surrounding areas, and nothing major happened there. They just took our business card, and a brochure. Before we went back to the office, we went to the Amazon Fulfillment center. We were hoping for a good outcome.

When we walked into the Fulfillment center, it looked like a prison break. Everyone was starting to leave at the same time. We thought it was a fire alarm. We were waiting for the HR coordinator to come to the window, someone was supposedly getting her for us. So Victoria and I waited, and waited.

Finally, Victoria asked someone where they were going. He said, “oh we are going on break.” She said, “You guys get to all go at the same time?” He said,”Yea, are you going to start working here?” We both said, “No”, at the same time. He laughed and said, “Aww Damn.” We both looked at one another and gave each other a look. Finally, the HR coordinator came to the window, and approached us. She looked familiar, then I realized I went to grade school with her. Her name is Julie. She remembered me, but it wasn’t going to help. She said, she would pass this off to corporate. They typically do hiring events, and bring everything with them, so they pretty much do it themselves. That was a lost cause. Time to go back to the office.

Once we got back to the office, I told Chris all that happened, and he was glad we had some success, especially with Burns and Scalo, so he drafted up a proposal, and sent it over to them, and will follow up with them in a few weeks. I just get so frustrated with them. We could have had their business a lot sooner, than this, but he never went out to sell. He just hung out with us in the office, expecting us to cold call.

After work, I changed in the bathroom and then got in the car, and went to Autozone to pick up the parts for Drew’s car. Then went back to my parents in crafton. My dad bought me subway. After I picked up the subway, I went back to my parents to eat. After I ate, I kind of laid down on the couch with the dogs for a minute, then got back up and went to Leanne and Dan’s, once they got home from going shopping.

When I got to Leanne and Dan’s, I hung out with Leanne and Maci, until Drew arrived. Once Drew arrived, Dan started working on his car. Apparently, shock plugs are typically easy to replace if you don’t run into any issues. Well, they ran into all sorts of issues. The one side, the bolt had to get re-threaded and he had to do that tomorrow, because it was going on 9:00pm, and no place was open.

At one point, they had to stop and get some parts, and a bigger wrench, etc.  Maci and I did yoga and documented it on Facebook live.  Finally, we just decided to leave and come back tomorrow to pick up the car. Drew asked if I could swing by after work and pick up his car if it was done. I told him I could, but I can’t wait for it. I have plans to meet up with Paula and Phil for a drink in Oakland. They are done at 3:00pm, due to the holiday. I was a little pissed, like I am not going to stop my plans, just so you can have your car to take to the chiropractor. We will take mine instead, and get there just fine. When we got home, the Penguins game was still going on, so Drew stayed up to watch it end in Overtime. I got a shower, and went to bed.

Sunday/Handmaid’s Tale

Sunday/Handmaid’s Tale

This morning, I got up fed the dogs, and took them outside. We packed up the car, and planned to leave around 12:30pm-1pm. We wanted to go back to Moon so badly!
When we arrived back to Moon, we unpacked the car, and did a load of laundry. I don’t know what it is, but I was so moody and cranky. I asked if we could go grocery shopping, because I already feel like I need to get out. I don’t want to do all this laundry, he agreed.
Before we went to the store, we stopped and got our mail.

Our fire stick came, Drew was so excited it was here! When we got to the store, we got what we needed, while we were at the grocery store, his dad called and said that they won a $50 food voucher at the casino and was going to bring us some Stromboli’s and a calzone. When Drew got off the phone, we decided that was going to be dinner tonight.

When we got home, we put away groceries and Drew set up the fire stick. He even jailbroke it. He learned how to do it by watching a video on YouTube, so now we have all different kinds of movies, and television shows that are typically on the premium channels that one would have to pay monthly for. I knew I what I was doing while he was at the gym tonight!

When Drew went to the gym, I did laundry, and started this controversial series called the Handmaid’s Tale.The series is based on a book by Margaret Atwood. It is a Christian Dystopian novel. It really is messing with my mind.  I can’t stop watching it, because I have to finish the series. I am like that with books, as well. It is pretty good, and really interesting. I book marked all these different series that I wanted to watch, as well. I am going to get nothing done!

Dermatologist & A Day with Mom

This morning, I had to go to the dermatologist, and get some blemishes checked out. It turns out that I was 17 minutes late. I thought my appointment was at 8:30am. It was at 8am. Whoops! I did go to Starbucks before, and they took a little longer with my drink. Today was going to be a long day.

Once I got to the dermatologist, they were able to take me in right away. Nick, the dermatologist, said they can’t biopsy my blemish, because it is not raised or cancerous, they suggested a cosmetic dermatologist, but it won’t be covered under insurance, so he is going to prescribe me this chemical peel stuff, Retin-a cream. It could make it go away after a few weeks, and will help me down the road with preventing fine lines and wrinkles.

Also, I have little bumps on my legs, they are keto something, and fair skinned women get them more frequently over the years, hardly noticeable, but they are there. There is no cure, yet, but a lotion will help minimize the appearance smooth them, and make them not so red, so far 29 year old skin sucks!

When I left the dermatologist, I went home and Drew put some last minute things in his suitcase, showered, and then we left for the airport. I was starting to get so sad. 😦 I was going to miss him so much. When we arrived to the airport, he parked his car at the curbside, checked in, and we kissed. I turned to leave. He said, “wait bub.” I turned around and he took me in his arms, and kissed me over and over again. He told me he loved me. It was so hot. I am going to miss him like crazy.

When I finally let him go, and got back in the car, I drove off and called my mom. I was going to meet her at Eat n Park. When I arrived at the Eat n Park, I got a booth and ordered a latte and waited for my mom to arrive. We had a light breakfast, and it was nice to see her.

After breakfast, we went shopping she bought me coach flats, since mine have a hole in them, and I had to throw them away. Then we went to kohl’s, she bought me a work top, and a top to wear to the Tom Petty concert. this woman is amazing!

After we went shopping, we went back to the house, and I got to see my dogs. My dad made dinner for us around 4pm. I dosed off during Dr. Phil, but I was pretty hungry. I needed to get back home and do some laundry. I was ready to go back to my house, even if it was going to be empty. Right now, I am watching the Pens game, texting Drew off and on and doing laundry. I am not sure when I will go to sleep. I am not looking forward to sleeping by myself tonight.

Stephanie’s Bridal Shower

Stephanie’s Bridal Shower

This morning, I left a little earlier to get to the Marriott to help with Grandma. I arrived at 12:30pm. No one was there. I put my gift on the gift table, restroom, and then hung out in the lobby for someone I knew to show up.

A few minutes later, Aunt Paula showed up with Ashley. I helped carry in balloons, and then Grandma and Mom showed up. I helped Grandma into the door, while mom parked. When my mom came inside, she handed me the gift, and stayed with Grandma. I took the gift into the shower room, and set it down on the table. I looked around for a familiar face, and tried to help if I was needed. I wasn’t sure, I didn’t really know anyone there, but Aunt Paula, and she was busy.

When Stephanie arrived, I gave her a hug, and then went to check on Grandma and Mom. They were coming out of the bathroom I walked with them back down the hall to the party room. Grandma was struggling. I felt so bad. I wish there was something we could do for her. Paula approached us, and Pam said this was too far for her, and there is going to be something done the day of the wedding.

When we walked into the party room, a girl was a holding a chair there for grandma. I approached her and she said, “I was told to hold this for Grandma.” I said, “Thank you, she is right there.” she said, “Okay” and walked away. I put my purse down at one of the seats to hold it for her. When I looked up and saw that same rude woman from the hallway. She was trying to take our seats across the table and she looked at me and said “I guess we can’t sit here now, because her purse is here.” I never met this woman in my life. I looked at her and said, “No, the bride-to-be’s grandmother is sitting here, who just had a long journey pushing a walker to get here from the bathroom.” So, you think the woman would be respectful. She said, “oh we are just trying to all sit together, since we never see each other.” I said, “I am sorry the bride’s grandmother is sitting here.” she gave me an evil look, and said to her friends at the table, “I guess we will just see you at the wedding in June” and walked away. I am sorry, but have some respect for the bride’s grandmother, who is older and has health problems and needs to sit asap. Apparently, this woman is Uncle Tom’s family, and they all are really strange. I didn’t want to cause drama for Stephanie, on her day, but damn how rude can you be?

When we finally sat down at the table, you could tell we really weren’t welcomed, and the other attendants at the table, would much rather have the other rude woman and her posse at that table, instead of us, whatever. The woman who was a chair away from me, asked me I was Andrew’s wife? I said, “Yes, my name is, Danielle.” She said, “I am Stephanie’s, Aunt Denise.” I thought to myself, you are a bitch by association, but I will just smile. My mother-in-law sat next to me, and grandma was on the other side of her, as well as Mary Jo, who sat next to Grandma. Mary Jo was at my wedding, as well. She made Andrew and I towels with our initial on them.

When the shower got underway, I wasn’t sure how this was going to go. I didn’t have a good feeling about it, and it was going to be boring anyways. Someone else’s shower, other than your own is always so boring. Lunch was yummy, we ate chicken salad mini sandwiches, half of a croissant, wedding soup, and vegetables. Dessert was cupcakes, and or sheet cake.

After dinner, the rude woman approached our table to talk to the other attendants, she was standing next to me, and had her hands on the empty chair beside me. I got up and pulled my char, in between Grandma and my mother-in-law. I didn’t want to be around that woman, or breathe the same air as her.  I hope she knew it.
Finally, the games got underway, and Stephanie opened her gifts. I stayed until she opened mine, then I left. I had to stop at home and get some things from Moon, before I went back to Crafton. I crept out of the party room, doubting anyone would miss me.

Once I got to Moon, I called my mom and told her about the shower, changed my clothes, grabbed the things that I needed, and then I was on my way back to Crafton. When I arrived back to Crafton, I let the dogs out and cooked some dinner. I really wasn’t hungry, but I knew Drew would be.

After dinner, we settled in for the night and watched the last of the Hugh Hefner series on Amazon Prime. It was so good. I didn’t want it to end. What were we going to watch now?