This morning, we woke up around 7:30am and got ready to go to the chiropractor. We had to leave the house in an hour. Drew is not a morning person and was kind of out of it. I was ready to go and start the day. We are different in that respect. We took two separate cars to the Chiro, and after we got adjusted I was going to go to my parents and spend the day with them. I wasn’t sure what Drew was going to do.
When we arrived at the Chiro, we walked in with Dr. Bailey, who just arrived when we did. We talked about getting over the flu and he said, the flu can really damage your joints, so I know you are definitely out of alignment. I definitely was. I was not looking forward to his adjustment.
After we got adjusted we made our appointment for the same time, but two weeks from now. I was going to need it again I am sure. After we left, I kissed Drew goodbye and got in my car. I drove to my parents in Crafton. I couldn’t wait to see my dogs. When I arrived at my parents, I was able to snuggle my dogs and kiss them. I missed them so much. We hung out for a bit, then went to get breakfast at Hanlon’s.
When we arrived at Hanlon’s we ran into Helena and Vince, my cousins and Lisa and Jim; my mom’s friend’s daughter and husband. In two weeks, my mom and I are attending Lisa’s shower and I am not looking forward to it. Showers are boring when they are not your own. I hugged Helena and Vince. Then I hugged Lisa and Jim. Lisa and I talked about her shower and her wedding. She said that she is so excited. Jim asked me if I was excited about England? I said, yes, I am so excited! I have no clue where we are staying and what our itinerary is, but I am so excited to go and experience it. I asked Lisa, about her honeymoon and where they are going? She said, “We are going to Vegas. We don’t want to travel out of the country right now.” I laughed inside, and I tried to control my reaction. I said, “Oh okay, well to each their own.” Then she kind of dismissed me and said, “I will see you in a couple weeks.” I smiled and sat down in the booth with my parents.
When I sat in the booth, I rolled my eyes and my mom saw and mouthed, “What?” I said, “passive aggressive comments, like oh we don’t want to go to out of the country. it’s not a good idea now, so we are going to Vegas. knowing well enough I am getting ready to go to England. How socially awkward she is.” My mom thinks I am sensitive, but I am right. Something you shouldn’t say to someone, who is going out of town in two months. My mom sort of agrees after I explain it, but it wouldn’t be a shock if she disagreed.
After we finished at breakfast, we went home to get the dogs ready to go to the groomers. I sat in the backseat of the car with them on the way to the groomers. We dropped them off, and then went on our way to Robinson. We stopped at Dressbarn. I didn’t find anything, but my mom found jeans and a top. I was happy for her.
We went to the mall and stopped in at American Eagle and I tried on two pairs of High Rise jeans with the help of Kyle, our fabulous sales associate. He helped me with my jeans and I, in turn, started talking about my friend Anthony and how they should meet. Kyle has never heard of the Blue Moon in Lawrenceville, so I was glad to hear that he wasn’t tainted. Kyle is just like Anthony with his attitude and his sayings. I managed to get them to talk, via text. I added Kyle on Facebook and showed him pictures of Anthony and he thought he was cute.
When we left, Kyle and I messaged back and forth about Anthony and that if they wanted to hang out, then great and if not, then no pressure Kyle and I could still be friends. Kyle was cool with it and Anthony seemed cool with it too, so I helped them exchange numbers and it seems they texted all day and into the evening from what I heard.
After the mall, we went to the groomers to pick up the pups. They looked so good. I love how they look when they first come back from the groomers. I sat in the backseat with them on the way back to Crafton. The roads were starting to get sick and I wondered if I should just have my mom and dad drop me off at home. I wasn’t sure what the best thing to do was, but I needed to get on the road.
When we got back to my parents, I said goodbye to them and the dogs. I drove to Greentree and looked at the time I had 15 mins until 4pm. I thought well maybe I will go to 4pm mass. I drove to Saint Simon and Jude, parked, and got out of the car. I walked inside and took a seat at the third pew. I had such a spiritual experience here last year and I want to get back to that feeling make it last. I was so close with my faith last year and revisiting my faith as an adult has been so different.
When mass started, I stood up and noticed a particular priest was presiding the mass. I was a little excited for all the wrong reasons. He and I had a few moments of flirtation, last year while my dad was becoming a Catholic. He was easy on the eyes, but he was a priest and most importantly I am a married woman!
When he was up at the altar preparing the Eucharist, he noticed me and his eyes went up some in surprise, but he had to stay in the moment. It was nice to be acknowledged. After mass he said the sin bin is now open, I will be back in the confessional after mass today. I went to confession. I swear I did go for the right reasons. I was due. I went inside the confessional and knelt down at first, and he said: “Wow it is nice to see you again.” I said, “same here Father.” He said, “What are you sorry for?” I looked down and raised my eyebrows some if he only knew. I said, “Well I haven’t been able to attend church as much as I should be, and I am in grad school and that takes up a huge chunk of my time. He nodded his head and congratulated me in grad school. He encouraged me to make time for prayer and maybe write in a journal, how did Jesus love me today?
Throughout the confession, he provided me with guidance on homosexuality in the Catholic faith, because I told him about my friend Anthony that I am very close with, and he said that he wants me to make sure my friendships are not above my marriage, and that is my job to get my husband to heaven. I was floored and never thought of it like that. He asked me if I would want to share my experiences with newly engaged couples, who are looking to get married within the Catholic faith. I was excited and thought that I would definitely want to do that, but when am I going to have the time now?
After the confession, he gave me my penance, which was to go home and give my husband a big hug and tell him I love him. I was surprised. I typically have to say quite a few prayers for penance. He absolved me from my sins and told me to not be a stranger and how great it was to see me. I feel better so much better and so determined to be the best version of myself.
On the way home, I called Andrew and I told him about my day, and he had just woke up. He was not feeling well all day. I felt bad, but he really needed to just take the day. I asked him about what the priest said, about sharing our story of marriage, and giving advice. He was excited about it, but asked me when we were going to have time for that? I agreed with him. It may not be something we can take on, until after grad school. He supports me being involved in my faith and for that I am glad.
When I got off the phone with him, I stopped at WalMart and got his shampoo, and a cute St. Patrick’s day skirt, that lights up and two hair bows for when we guest bartend at the Cafe on St. Patrick’s day. I need to amp up my gear for St. Patrick’s day. I already have wings and beads. Drew has a t-shirt and a bow tie. We should be good, but we will see. Then, I picked up Chinese food take out for us, and then it was finally homebound.
When I walked in the door, Drew walked over to me and gave me a big hug, and my penance was finished. I was so happy to see him. He looked like he was better, but I felt bad that he was out of it. We ate dinner, and he helped me bring stuff in the house. I got a shower, then we watched Smallville together. I am trying to get him into it. I think it is working. We have 10 seasons to watch. It was a long show!