This afternoon I did some cooking and cleaning. We got the house ready for Anthony and Dylan to come over. At about 6:30pm, I got a text that said we are on our way over. Dylan last told me 7:30pm. Okay, no problem, right? I instantly felt so rushed. Thankfully I had the kielbasa and sauerkraut in the crockpot already, along with the pork tenderloins and the sauerkraut. I put out the snacks. Drew helped the entire time, which I was glad about.
Once they arrived, they brought more snacks, and games. They decorated the snack table. The dinner table was already set. I brought out my wedding china. I was excited to be able to use it again. When dinner was ready, we sat down at the table and said a prayer. Then we ate. Everything turned out amazing. I was so proud of us. Drew and I make quite a team.
After dinner, I cleaned up, and then we went into the living room to drink some wine and play games. We watched Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve. We patiently waited for Britney Spears to perform. Her last performance in Vegas was taking place tonight. They were going to broadcast live from Planet Hollywood. She was going to perform Toxic and Work Bitch.
When Britney came on, she first performed Work Bitch. She has aged a bit, but she still has it. I love her. Anthony, Dylan, and I were screaming. Anthony snap chatted. Then Mariah Carey performed. She redeemed herself last year. Except she complained about not being able to have hot tea, so she was going to do the best she could without it. Anthony and I cracked up laughing. She is always complaining.
After the ball dropped, Andrew and I kissed and opened champagne. Anthony set off this giant confetti tube. He always knows how to get in the spirit. It was fun. I am so glad we got to ring in the New Year with them.
I had a really good winter break. However, there were times where I was so excited to go back to work. I just like to be busy, and have a routine. I do better when I know where I am expected to go and what I am expected to. Most of the time, when I was home, and let’s say Andrew was at the gym. I went for a little, but when I came home, I took down all of the Christmas decorations and packed them away. I was over it. I am in a hurry to put it up and in a hurry to take it down. I was also PMSing that day, but still.
When Andrew came home, I had the tree in a box by the door for him to take down to the garage. Our stockings, the decorations, all of it was packed up in bins and put by the door to go to the garage. I was so over it. Drew walked in the house and said, “Wow Bub you were busy.” I said, that I felt like I really needed a project. He said, “it definitely looks like it.” The house was clean, the carpet was vacuumed. I know he said he would help, but I wanted to get it done.
Sometimes having all that time off reminded me of being unemployed, and having those feelings of silly boredom and uncertainty. I am so glad I have a job to go back to. Once I get back I just have to focus on shining. My provisional is up on January 17th. I know what I needed to do. I am just ready to do it.
Over break, we went to the movie theater to see Star Wars. It was cute, but man was it long. It was like 2-3 hours long. I am short, so those movie theater seats aren’t all that comfortable for me. The theater was packed. It made Andrew happy to go see it, so I am glad we got to go together.
Also, we spent some of my Christmas bonus. I bought some new makeup from Chanel. I may go back for the moisturizer soon. I still have a nice chunk of money left over. I bought a Kate Spade laptop sleeve for my MacBook Pro. It is rose gold and has glitter on it. I have an obsession with Kate Spade.
Another noteworthy thing that happened is my period started on time, which was amazing. I love it when it starts on time, but it has been accompanied by low back pains, and it is really concerning me. It felt like a tightly balled up feeling in my lower back. I never had lower back pain before, even when it came to a period. Only the last couple of cycles.
So most of the Friday before New Years, I was in some sort of pain, but I still carried on with our plans to go to the mall, then to dinner with my parents at TGI Friday’s. I soldiered on. After we left the restaurant, we went to Walmart, then home for the evening.
This Christmas day was a bit different this year. Grandma has been recovering in a rehabilitation center. She fell back in November and cracked a bone in her spine. This happened right before she was to get her heart valve replaced. The fall happened after she had her heart cath implanted. My mother-in-law, believe she fell due to her blood pressure being so low, from the surgery. Thankfully, she had her first alert on her and was able to get call an ambulance.
Honestly, I believe she will not return to her high rise apartment, because she is a fall risk. God forbid she returns to her apartment, and in the future, she falls again and there is no one there to help her. It is sad, but she may end up in assisted living, or even a nursing home.
All that is going on with Grandma, and my mother-in-law, brings back some not so nice memories from when my Grandma was getting ready to go into a Nursing home, because she fell in the kitchen, and broke her hip. She needed skilled care until she passed away. It is so sad to see Andrew’s family go through this process. I am trying to be there for everyone, but the outcome of Grandma ever returning to her apartment, doesn’t look too good.
On Christmas Day, we were supposed to pick up Aunt Tootsie and bring her to Andrew’s parents with us, but she isn’t feeling well and wanted to stay home. We arrived at Andrew’s parents around 12pm. We sat around the living room and opened gifts. I received a silver diamond bracelet, and a gift card to Starbucks from my in-laws. I love my bracelet and I am so thankful. Andrew received a gift card to Best Buy, and a customized Whiskey Barrel, engraved with his name on it.
My parents arrived at 2pm. Then we sat down and ate dinner. We had ham, potatoes, green bean casserole, and prime rib. It was all so yummy. for dessert, my mother-in-law brought out a cake to honor my dad’s retirement. He retired from work this past Thursday. I was happy she honored it. She didn’t have to, but she didn’t and that makes her so cool.
After dinner, we hung out and cleaned up, then we got in our cars and went to visit grandma at the rehab center. My parents even decided to come and visit her. I was glad about that. Grandma seemed so happy to see us. The first thing she asked Pam, was if she brought her any food? Pam said, Well no I didn’t, because they serve you dinner here. I didn’t even think to do it, mom. She said, she would bring her some tomorrow for lunch. My mother-in-law took pictures of us with Grandma, because who knows this may be this last Christmas. You hate to think of things like that, but we have to be realistic and be prepared.
This Christmas Eve we wanted to be alone with each other. We typically would go to my parents’ friend’s house for dinner, but we wanted to try something different this year. We did go to 4 o’clock mass with my parents. Everyone shows up at church on Christmas and on Easter. Thankfully we got there early and were able to get a seat. Some people were standing along the walls. I love Christmas Eve mass.
After church, my parents went home to get ready to go to their friend’s. We went home, and changed into comfortable PJs I started dinner. I made haluski, and kielbasa. It was my first time making haluski so I was a bit nervous. Then we sat down at the dinner table. The haluski turned out amazing. I can’t wait to make it again.
After dinner, we cleaned the kitchen together and watched It’s a Wonderful Life, which is a Christmas Eve tradition for me. It is weird, how something that it didn’t mean to become a tradition, just happens. My Christmas Eve would be incomplete without it. Of course, I cried at the end. I loved this Christmas Eve and I can’t wait to celebrate many more with Andrew.
“Every time a Bell Rings, an Angel gets his wings.”-Zulu
This morning we got up, made breakfast, got showered, then went to the Chiropractor. We took my car to the chiropractor, then drove to south park to get Drew’s car. When we arrived, we talked with Dan and Krista for a bit, and wished them Merry Christmas. We running behind.
When we left South Park, we drove separately to my parents. Drew went to go get my dad a balloon for his Retirement. I was so proud of my dad. When I arrived at my parents, I hung out with my dogs and my mom and dad, until Drew arrived. I put the gifts under the tree.
When Drew arrived, he gave my dad the balloon. My dad was so happy, and so touched it seemed. I was glad to see him happy. When we all got settled in the living room, we turned on some Christmas music and opened gifts. I received; brand new black uggs with a bow on the back, a swaroski crystal bracelet, that is Pitt colors, and a bottle that is Pitt colors, with lights inside of it, when you plug it in, it lights up, and a duvet cover. I love it. Andrew received; a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods, a case for his signed Pitt helmet. Andrew and I gave Paris and Louie, the first gifts of Christmas. They loved their braided bully sticks.
Dinner was so nice. We all sat at the dining room table. The table was decorated nicely Christmas. We ate chicken cordon bleu, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and green beans. For dessert we ate brownies.
After dinner, we watched the movie Office Christmas Party. I think they enjoyed it. After the movie, we got the car packed up, and were on the way back to Moon. When we got home, we watched Home Alone 2, until it was time to go to sleep.
This morning, I woke up, got a shower, got dressed. We get to leave work at 1pm today, so I just dressed in jeans and a long sleeve shirt, with a t-shirt over my long sleeve shirt. I didn’t care. I was ready for a break.
When I left my parent’s I drove to the bus stop and wasn’t long before I got on a bus. The commute to downtown was much quicker since I was at my parents. When I got to Oakland, I grabbed a coffee and then walked to my building. I was hoping for a smooth day. I just wanted to stay in my office and watch the clock. I said, Good morning to Nancy when she came in and made an attempt to get to know a co-worker, who I really haven’t talked to before. It was a refreshing way to end the year at work.
Around 1pm, Nancy and I locked up our files, turned out the Christmas lights, and locked up the department. We wished each other Merry Christmas and said, We would see each other in the New Year.
When I arrived at the bus stop, I got on the bus, and the commute to downtown was so quick, I had miles to go before I could go home. When I got back to the bus stop, I drove to Robinson. I picked up my mother-in-law’s Christmas gift at the Things Remembered. It’s a picture frame; 8×10. On the bottom of the picture frame, it is engraved with mine and Drew’s Wedding Date with fall leaves. The people at things remembered engraved it at the bottom, the frame is vertical. The picture is a horizontal picture. I didn’t realize this might be a problem, but hopefully, it was going to be okay.
When I got to Walmart, I got the wedding picture printed, which almost didn’t happen because I didn’t have proof of copyrights. I was so pissed, but they let me get a copy of it. I need to get in touch with John from Moods Image, but I haven’t been able to track him down.
After Walmart, I went to the dollar store for last minute gift bags, and wrapping, then to Burger King and got us some dinner. I was not cooking tonight. When I finally got home, I brought everything into the house, we ate dinner, and I wrapped gifts. I was so happy to be home. I threw in some laundry and settled in for the night. In the evening, we watched a movie together, until it was time for bed. I couldn’t wait to sleep with Drew. I missed him.
This morning, I stopped at Starbucks. I need to treat myself. On my way to my building I called my mom. Sometimes a girl just needs her mom. I needed my mom so badly. I told her about yesterday and I had a little cry with her. She talked me through it, and it helped. It really did. I need my mom sometimes. I am not afraid to admit it. As much as we argue sometimes, and sometimes things are intense, but my mom is my mom. I don’t know what I would do without her. She really is such a strong woman. I get my strength from her. Yes, there are things about me that are innate, my own. My mom is truly the best mother a woman could have. She is sweet and she is tense at times, but she owns it. I respect that. It took awhile, but I respect her too. There are times that I don’t, but I stick it out and stand by her. I have failed to stand by her at times, but I just hope she knows how important she is to me, and how much I truly do love her.
After I got off the phone with her, I felt better. I felt ready to take on the day, and I had a good feeling again. I went upstairs to my department, and unlocked the doors, and sat the computer. I began the start of my day. I know nothing will really get accomplished today.
One more day to go, before holiday break. We get out at 1pm tomorrow. I am so excited! I can’t wait for this break. Now I am going to get organized and get prepped for things that January may bring, and just take it easy. I deserve it. Tonight, I think we are just going to hang out instead of going to the gym. Drew has been fighting a cold and I don’t want it to get any worse. I know he needs to rest. Bath Fitter came over and fixed the calking in the tub. I wouldn’t be able to shower, when I got home, or tomorrow morning. Drew was having the worst day, as well. His car was having issues, and was going to need to be towed to South Park, where our auto body is located.
When I got back to Moon township, I stopped at the store and got Drew some soup, tissues, and Gatorade. When I arrived home, I got Drew situated, made him some soup, and packed a bag to go to my parents tonight, so I could shower in the morning, and get a good nights sleep, since Drew has been sick, he as been congested at night, and it sort of was keeping me up, but i know it was because he was sick.
When I got to my parents, I relaxed in the living room with my dogs. I was glad to see them. My mom and I watched tv and my dad went to work. He will be retired, on Friday! I am so happy that he will be home with my mom soon. It felt so weird sleeping without Drew.
This afternoon, I had my 5-month review. She said, keep doing what I am doing. We are going to amp up the training next year and I need to focus on Admissions and Application process. It is a whole new start (I came in the summer). I never experienced the Spring semester yet, and recruitment, but I am to create a checklist for each student file, and see what is missing, which will help. I want to create a manual for myself, I know there is one, but I want one in my words, with my language, and screenshots. I just haven’t had a moment to create it. All-in-All pretty good for 5-months.
After work, today, Drew and I went and grabbed some dinner at Stacked. Then we walked up the Peterson Events Center. My contact in Athletics left a pair of tickets at will-call for us. We were in the 119 section, behind Pitt’s bench. It was pretty awesome. The Peterson wasn’t packed at all. I remember it being a circus back when Dixon was the coach, but the glory days are behind us for now, we will get there again one day.
When we left Oakland, there were 10 minutes left in the game. We were ready to go home and go to bed it has been a long day and I am ready for Christmas break.
Today, we had a slow start to the day. We got ready went to the gym, and I really wasn’t feeling it today, but I did some cardio and a little strength training. Then went back on the treadmill. I was going to leave, but I did 20 more mins. My friend Erin got on the treadmill next to me. I wanted to hang out and talk to her for a bit. I told her about the barre class on Friday morning. She wants to go with me, and then get coffee after. I was happy that she wanted to go with me. It is always cool to have a friend to go to classes like that with.
After I got off the treadmill, I went home and got a shower, and made some lunch. I put in a load of laundry. I checked on the dinner that was cooking in the Crockpot. Then I decided to look at my work e-mail. I saw that one of my professors, for one of my grad school classes e-mailed us a syllabus and said that the course should be up on course web sometime this week, so we can see the readings and assignments that are due. I had a harsh reality check. I looked at the text books that they are offering there are 5 of them. I instantly started to get so nervous. I saw that I only had two things due for our first class, which I was happy about.
When Drew got home with the groceries, I helped him put everything away. I told him about my syllabus and how it was sent today via e-mail. I told him that I was so nervous. He said, “Awwe you are going to do so well baby.” I said, “Thank you, but I am nervous.” He was there for me and we talked it out, but I just had so much on my mind.
After dinner, I read through my textbook list. Drew asked me if I wanted to order them now? I said, “Please if that would be okay?” He said, “Definitely baby, you can start reading, while you are off and get a head start. I am so thankful for him. I really am. I don’t know what I would do without him.
After I ordered the textbooks, we went to go visit Grandma. When we arrived at the rehab facility, it reminded me of where my mom’s, mom was when she was in a nursing home. There were older people roaming the hallways in their wheel chairs, older people in bed, asleep, or up watching television. It was depressing. I hate it that his grandma is in a place like this.
When we walked past this older woman, she was in a wheel chair, and had a hospital gown on, and no blanket covering her. She was saying, “Help me. Get me out of here. I want to go home” (We found out later she has Alzheimer’s). It was so sad. When we arrived, to Grandma’s room, we walked in and she was up eating dinner in bed. She looked okay, but not herself. I felt so terrible for her. Andrew’s mom was due to arrive shortly.
When my mother-in-law came in, she brought us some cheese from Thanksgiving, that we had given to her. We told her she could keep the extra, but she didn’t realize that and packed them up for us, and put some ice in a zip-lock bag and sealed it, so it will stay cold. I thought that was weird but whatever.
After we visited with Grandma for about an hour so, it was time to go home and get ready for a new week. I still had some things to do around the house. It was a short week, but still had to be at work.
This morning, I got up at 7:30am, which is super early for a Saturday. I got a shower and got ready to go to my hair appointment. When I arrived at the salon, she was the only one there. I was glad to see her. I sat in the chair and told her I need to go a bit darker. My hair was too light at the root. I wanted darker roots, like the time before last. I told her the color washed out too quickly. She understood and mixed my color. Then when she was applying it. I knew it was the right mixture because my head was itching!
While the color was setting in, we chatted about my job, the holidays, her kids, and etc. When she washed my hair out, she also waxed my eyebrows, then she blew my hair dry, and styled it. We decided not to cut it this time since we cut it last time and I am trying to grow it out.
After my hair appointment, I went to my parents to see my dogs. I missed them so much. I couldn’t wait to see them. I played with them for a bit, then went with my mom to get our nails done. We stopped for coffee along the way. Once we got to the nail salon, I couldn’t decide if I wanted a full set, SNS, or Gel. My mom was getting SNS. I let her go first. I did love SNS, but I ruined them when I was helping Anthony and Ray move the couch, and since they were a dark color, I wasn’t liking how they looked as they grew out.
When my mom was finished, the nail tech; Amanda worked on my nails. We decided a little bit of tip to create some length, then the clear gel dip powder, along with gel polish. I love my nails. I have a gold glitter accent nail on my ring finger, but every other nail is Pink. I knew if I got red I would hate it after Christmas, eventually soak them off. I didn’t want that.
After the nail salon, we went to Hanlon’s for breakfast where we met my Dad. I was already so tired. I didn’t want to go to the Christmas party tonight, but I felt so obligated to go. Poor Drew was running around all day for Christmas. He was getting last minute gifts, and we still have a bit to do.
After breakfast, I went home to Drew. He had the dip all made and told me got a Save-the-Date in the mail for a wedding in April, and more Christmas cards. I was just happy to be home. He loved my nails and my hair.
When it was time to leave for Leanne and Dan’s we had to stop at Sheetz and bought drinks and chips for the dip. I really didn’t want to go to this party. I picked up two ring pops for Maci. I know she likes them.
When we arrived at Leanne and Dan’s, George and Sharie were already there. Jada was there with her little friend, and Leanne was in the kitchen washing dishes and not ready at all. I didn’t know why I was so surprised to see that. I helped her get things ready and heated up my dip. I just wasn’t in the mood at all, but I tried to sound festive.
Andrew and I ate a little bit of the food, and I had one beer. I just wasn’t feeling the atmosphere. I talked to my ex’s brother, Shawn. It always makes it awkward for me to see him. I don’t have feelings for my ex, it’s just he symbolizes a lot of the drama that I went through with my ex and his family, but Dan (Leanne’s Husband) is friends with my ex and his brother.
Throughout the evening, we played several games of Mad-Libs, but they all gave like nasty and sexual references. They kept asking me what is an Adjective? What is a noun? What is a verb? What is an adverb? I was like oh wow guys!
Drew and I left around 9:30pm and went home and watched the rest of Office Christmas Party, and I put some laundry in. I was just happy to be home, but I knew I wasn’t going to stay awake too much longer.