New Years Eve

This evening we met Stephanie, Mike, and their two kids Stephen and Emma for dinner in Chippewa at this Mexican restaurant called El Paso. I was so excited to see them. It has been so long since we hung out. I want to say since March, when it was Mike’s birthday!
El Paso was good, but I think Plaza Azteca is better. I had the fajita burrito. I could only eat half. I was so full.

After dinner, we stopped back at our house, got changed and into some comfy clothes. I put on some glitter sweats and top with a sweater. It was mild outside. When we arrived at Mike and Stephanie’s I put my Truly Rose Seltzer water. I also brought a bottle of champagne.

We watched a New Year’s countdown for the kids. They are like 5 mins long and they each end with the countdown.  It was cute. They went to sleep and the adults partied. We found a stream of the New Years special with Ryan Seacrest.  We played crabs adjust humidity a card game like cards against humanity but worse!

Once the ball dropped, 4 of us drank 3 bottles of champagne. Drew was the designated drive. We toasted to 2019 with some awesome friends and great pictures.

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Mary Queen of Scots Movie

In the day, I went to the gym and ran on the treadmill for a bit. I was trying to soak up as much time at the gym as I could over break, before I would be too busy with school and internship again.

In the evening, Drew took me to see the Mary Queen of Scots movie. He was not going to have any popcorn. I wasn’t feeling popcorn either. We just got a drink.

The movie was a darker take on Mary Queen of Scots. I liked the actress who played Mary Queen of Scots in CW’s the Reign better, but Saorise Ronan didn’t do a bad job, but it was definitely dark. Darker than the show Reign. Margot Robbie did an amazing job playing Queen of Elizabeth. I actually felt bad for her. Margot Robbie’s Queen Elizabeth the 1st displayed vulnerability, and it was a more honest take, whereas in reign, Rachel Skarsten’s Queen Elizabeth 1st performance made me not sympathetic for Queen Elizabeth the 1st. I kept cheering for Mary Queen of Scots, but we all know that doesn’t end well.

I am sorry if this is annoying it, but I kept comparing it to Reign.
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Christmas with My Parents

Image may contain: 2 people, including Danielle Hornyak, people smiling, people standing and indoorThe day after Christmas Day we celebrated with my parents. We opened gifts. I got my Dad a gift card to the movies. My mom got some pieces to her Winterberry collection. I was anxious to see what we got from my parents. I think I already knew what I was getting, but Drew knew for sure we were getting the Nintendo Switch. I had asked for it for Christmas. Drew and I can’t stop playing it when we go to Best Buy.

It was our turn to open gifts, Drew got some beer glasses for his man cave. The glasses have his name on it. My parents gifted us with a Nintendo Switch, the Mariokart game, and a Paris calendar for our kitchen. We both received a little bit of money from them as well. I was so thankful and so happy. We couldn’t wait to go home and play Mariokart.

When I was younger, my dad and I used to play Super Nintendo. I am not a gamer, but I remember playing that console for hours. The graphics have come such a long way since the 90s. It looks so real now.

As the day went on, I started to feel a little sick in my stomach, but I was going to pull through it was Christmas. I wasn’t as bad as Drew, but there was something going around, plus we were eating all this different food.

At dinner, Drew and I prepped the food, and served my parents. It was nice and relaxing to finally be able to celebrate Christmas with my parents.

 

Christmas Day

This morning, I could tell Drew was a little better, but not one 100%. We still were going to go to his parents for Christmas. My parents were meeting us over there for dinner. I was excited to spend the day with everyone, but I was worried about Drew. He wasn’t doing so well.

When we arrived to his parents, we hung out and opened gifts with Tommy and Megan.
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Tommy and Megan got Drew a nice Eddie Bauer zip up, and they gave me a pink champagne 3-wick candle from Pier 1. I love Pier 1, candles, and pink champagne. They also gave us a $50 gift card to Lowes. We gave them together with a gift card to Amazon and I bought Megan a little wine glass ornament with a Santa hat on it.
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I finally got to meet Waffles. I was glad to finally meet him. He has the sweetest little personality. He just comes right up to you and kisses you and pounces on you.

 

 

Butters on the other hand, just wants you to throw him the ball. He is not about kisses and cuddles. Tommy and Megan said he is the athlete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After gifts,  Drew and I went to get Aunt Toostie. We took his mom’s car. Chippewa is a bit of drive from his parents, but we made it. Aunt Tootsie was so glad to see us. She filled us in on what has been going on with her.
When we arrived back to my in-laws my parents arrived shortly after. I was glad to see them. I love it when we are all together. I just wish Drew felt better. Dinner was a huge spread. Drew seemed to have an appetite. I was glad of that.
After dinner, we hung out for a while, we decided not to go see Grandma. We would see her sometime during the week. We didn’t want her getting sick and getting what Drew had.

 

 

 

Christmas Eve Stomach Bug

This morning Drew was not feeling well. He was feeling queasy. He blamed it on the movie theater popcorn. We got out of bed and went downstairs. He sat down on the floor and looked a little spacey like he was going to vomit. He made his way to our powder room and up came the popcorn and the Diet Coke from the night before. I felt so bad for him. I rubbed his back until he came up. I flushed the toilet and got him cleaned up. He sat down on a chair in our dining room and I put a cold wash cloth on his face. I knelt down in front of him I said. I am going to call my mom and cancel. You just go up and rest. We can still open gifts later if you want. He said, “I am so sorry baby. it is Christmas Eve.” I said, don’t feel bad. We can still watch It’s a Wonderful life (its our tradition) and celebrate, but you need to rest. Then he went back upstairs to go to sleep.

I got a shower, and then to the store, grabbed some chicken noodle soup Gatorade, and some bread. I called mom to cancel and that we would see her tomorrow at Drew’s parents. I came home and he was back on the floor. I smiled and he smiled. I got him some Gatorade and wrapped the gifts for tomorrow. I had so much to do. I work better under stress, I guess. I did get a little emotional. I know it’s silly, but at there is so much prep for Christmas, and when the situation is less than ideal the emotions get to you. I didn’t want him to feel bad, or think it was his fault that he was sick. I felt bad for canceling with my parents. I know my mom looks forward to seeing us and the holidays. I was a bit of a mess, but it this too shall pass.

In the evening, we opened gifts together. He got me a white gold chain for my diamond pendant that he bought me when we first started dating. The chain that I previously had broke. I got him a robe with his initials stitched into it. He immediately put it on and wore it the rest of the evening. I was so happy he liked it. We still watched It’s a Wonderful Life Together.

It’s a Wonderful Life is my Christmas Eve tradition. It started when I was younger. My grandma would come up from Florida for Christmas. She would send her gifts up a head of time and then she would arrive a week before Christmas and go back to Florida right before New Years Eve, but Christmas always reminded me of her. She would watch old movies in the living room and around that time of the year It’s a Wonderful life would come on and I never realized the significance of the movie and the message until I got older, but I always remember the line at the end, “Every time a Bell rings an angel gets its wings.”

After grandma passed away, we would go to my parent’s friends’ house for Christmas Eve and we would eat dinner, and spend the evening there. While the adults would spend time talking at the dining room table, I would go into the living room and the movie It’s a Wonderful Life would be playing and there it was the line, “Every time a Bell Rings an Angel gets it’s wings….” I would smile and know that my grandma was still there at Christmas time. It’s sentimental I know.

Now every year on Christmas Eve, I make it a point to sit down and watch the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Drew loves the movie. He loves taking part in the tradition. I take part in his traditions as well. Even though he wasn’t feeling well, I am glad we were together on Christmas.

Aquaman

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This evening, we went to go see Aquaman. I couldn’t wait to see Jason Momoa. When we arrived at the theater. Drew already bought the tickets, so we just had to approach the ushers to be scanned in. I stopped to talk to my friend Theresa and she gave us the new bucket and drink cup for the new year and threw away our old ones. We got popcorn and a drink cashed out and approached the usher. He scanned our tickets. We walked down the hallway to the theater room and took our seats. We munched on some popcorn and waited for the movie to start.
The movie was amazing. There were some parts that were a bit too fantasy for me, but Jason Momoa was a great Aquaman and he is easy on the eyes. There were some humorous lines in the movie and a happy ending. At the end, of course, we have to stay after the credits for the scenes.

Spoiler Alert: There will be another Aquaman!

Eiffel Tower Tattoo

I have been wanting to get an Eiffel Tower Tattoo for the longest time now. I already have 4 tattoos. This would be my 5th tattoo. I knew I wanted it in a place that I could keep hidden. I thought what about behind my ear. I could easily hide this. I always pretty much wear my hair down anyway, so that is what I did.
I got my tattoo done at Up in Arms. Dooner did a great job. I didn’t feel any pain either. I thought it was going to hurt. I was prepared to cry and I was so nervous. It didn’t hurt one bit. The vibration from the needle is what annoyed me, but other than that it was beautiful. I was so happy.

Court side Pitt Panther’s Game

After work Drew and I went to the Pitt Panther’s game. We took a shuttle to the Pete and we picked our tickets up at WillCall and then went inside the Pete. When we got inside, we went through security and made our way to our seats.  We were told to go to the sign that would take us down the stairs all the way down to the floor. I looked back at Drew and smiled. We made our way down the stairs. We found our seats. we were on the court, in the same area as the athletics staff. We were in front of where my contact would sit in athletics. We were in the big shot section. Drew was so happy his face lit up. I can’t think of a better way to start winter break.
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Division Christmas Party

Today, was our Division Christmas Party. The party started at 11am. It was supposed to go until 3pm. We had to dress like our favorite Christmas character. I was going to be a sugar plum fairy, but that would just be too much. I thought about Cindy Lou Who. I am not sure, if I feel like doing my hair like that and putting all that much effort into it.  I decided to be Sally from the nightmare before Christmas. I already had the costume and the make up. I changed into my costume around 10:30am. 56692952443__a5827abc-0f60-4596-8535-f22ded82f533
I was ready. I didn’t go all out with the make up. I just did a little. Nancy dressed up as an Elf. We loaded the cart up with things to take up to Africana. There weren’t any faculty around. The staff were ready to party.
When we arrived up to Africana, we set our grab bag gifts under the tree in the conference room. Then, we went to into the kitchen and surrounded around the food. Everyone was dressed up for the most part. We were all waiting on Linda to arrive with fried chicken. She was going to surprise everyone with her costume. I had a feeling that she was going to come dressed as Santa.
Eventually Linda arrived with the chicken, and she was dressed as Santa! I knew it! We all ate lunch first in the conference room. Then we played games. One of the games we played, was we had to build a gingerbread house in teams. Each team had to have a leader. Everyone else was to be blind folded except the leader. I was the leader on my team.  The leader couldn’t touch the house, but could touch the supplies. My team consisted of Wynn, Nancy, and Lynn, the blondes. Our house didn’t stand.
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It was fun. We had a good time doing the team building exercise. After the gingerbread game, we played a game of family feud Christmas style. We had to an answer a questionnaire before the party and Jenna gathered the answers and put them into the game. We all had so much fun and made so much noise.

After the jeopardy game, we did the grab bag gift. When it was my turn to choose a gift. I chose the sparkling box. I opened the box and inside was a picture frame. The picture in the frame was a selfie of Linda my division administrator. I cracked up laughing. Everyone thought it was so funny. This gift was made for me. I love it. I have it in my office. At the end of the party we took a group picture. We truly do have such a good group of people in our division.
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New iPhone and New Number

Drew is really good at spotting the deals when it comes to Verizon and new phones. He saw a deal that says buy one iPhone XR and get the other free when you activate a new line. He called Verizon and asked how he and I take advantage of this deal? Verizon customer care said, that we could simply change my number and cancel my present line. So we went through with the deal and they sent us only one phone. We called customer care again, and told them and said, that is because the cost never went through for the second phone. We had to pay the tax and activation fee for the second phone, and it didn’t go through. The customer care agent called the nearest Verizon store in our area, and made them aware of the issue and told them the plan. The customer care agent said, the store is expecting you and will take care of you.
Okay, so we arrived at the Verizon store and we had a bit of a wait before anyone could assist us. Eventually, someone came over and assisted us. We told them the breakdown of the situation and we brought everything with us. The manager said, well they are trying to care of you and I get that but it is also commission fraud because the whole point is to generate new business not just change your number. They were being too honest with us and sort of making us feel bad, but at the same time that is not for us to know. We are here as we were told to get the deal. Well in the end, it all worked out we walked out with brand new iPhone XRs. I did have to get a new number. I had a Kate Spade case and Drew had an Otterbox case.