Samuel

Samuel

This evening, we met Samuel for the first time. Samuel is Ben and Tricia’s second son. Ben and Tricia are our friends. Ben went to Grove City with Drew. Tricia is a sweet heart. Our men are so alike. Ben was in our wedding as a groomsmen.

Eventually, Drew got to hold Sam. TbffB%ZOS664M7er0LFlMwHe looks so good with a baby in his arms. It made my ovaries bounce with excitement. Seeing Drew hold Sam made me so excited for our future. He is going to be a great dad. Although he is nervous to hold other people’s children he looks like a natural and will be such a good dad one day.

 

 

Jackson is Ben and Tricia’s oldest. He is into his toys and his mom. He won’t sit with anyone other than Mom. He is so cute. Eventually I got a picture with Drew and the boys.

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Date Night

After work today, Drew left early with me at 3pm. We drove to Crafton. Traffic in the Southside was horrendous. It took us forever to get to my parents.

Once we arrived, I let the dogs out. They were so excited to see us. Then, we went back inside and I fed them. Then I went and got a shower and put on some relaxing clothes. I was getting to the point that I missed our house, our routine, and our bed. I am ready to go back home. I will miss the dogs though.

Once I was out of the shower, and Drew went up to change I fell asleep on the couch with the dogs. When he came downstairs, he said, “Are you ready to go to dinner?” We always go to this place called the Hop House, when we dog sit together. It is a hole in the wall bar and restaurant. I said, “Yes, I am.” He said,” are you sure? Or do you want to stay home?” I said, “No I want to get out a bit.” I let the dogs out one more time before we left.

When we arrived at the hop house, it wasn’t packed it was close to 5:30pm. We sat at the bar and I ordered a Coors Light it is has been a long time since I had a beer. Drew and I talked about the week and about work. We were both on the same page. We were both so tired and ready to go back to our house.

After dinner, we went back to my parents and let the dogs out and sat outside with them for a few minutes, before going back inside. We watched an episode of Downton Abbey. I am getting him ready for the movie in September!

A Night Out

A Night Out

On my way home from Robert Morris University, I stopped at Starbucks for an iced coffee, no classic syrup, a shot of espresso with cream. I needed my espresso. When I got home I kissed my husband, got a shower, and got changed. I kissed my husband one more time, then I was out the door to go to Anthony’s.

There was so much going on in Pittsburgh; Garth Brooks concert, open carry rally, etc. I knew traffic was going to be a nightmare, but I grew up in Crafton and now how to get around traffic. I took the parkway 376 to the Greentree exit. Everyone that was in front of me seemed to be staying straight and heading towards Downtown Pittsburgh. I then took the back way to the West End, which didn’t have any traffic at all, then I hoped on 51 to Mount Washington. It was a piece of cake. I called Anthony when I was 2 mins away. He met me outside. I parked and we hugged it has been too long since we hung out just us.

When we entered his apartment, Dylan was on the couch. I said, hi to him. Then I sat at the table and did my make up while, we got caught up on the latest drama.

Once we were ready, we got in Anthony’s car and I played the usual tunes the Spice Girls, Britney Spears, etc. We parked in the parking lot next to the Shiloh Grill.  We went there together several times before I got married and moved out of Crafton. I turned Anthony onto this place. Image result for the shiloh grill

They have this item on the menu called, “The Britney Spears.” they are chicken tenders. We had to order them because we love Britney Spears and there is so much going on about her in the media right now. We just want her to know that we support her are ready for her when she is ready.
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These are the Britney Spears chicken tenders. They come with two dipping sauces. It was a cute presentation. I had to show you all. Anthony and I split the tenders.

At dinner, we talked about the latest gossip, what was going on at work, his dating life, my internship, work stuff, and what the plan was for tonight. At dinner, Dylan really didn’t say too much.

Also, at at dinner Anthony had this drink called a Happy Ending. It is a cucumber spritzer. It was good. I had a Moscow mule.

After dinner, we checked out the Night Market in Market Square. I was already getting tired. There were some cute things at the Night Market, but nothing I couldn’t live without. We walked past the PPG place on the way back to the car and there were children jumping in and out of this water fountain where the ice rink typically is in the winter time. Summer was coming!

Once we got back to Anthony’s we hung out it was still a bit too early to go out. I knew once I sat on the couch I was going to fall asleep and not want to go out. Anthony got a shower and Dylan and I watched Titanic together. We always recite the lines when we are together. Anthony makes fun of our love for Titanic. He took a snap chat video of us just sitting in the same pose watching the movie.

Around 10:30pm, Dylan left to go home. Anthony and I got in my car and we made our way to the Southside. I haven’t been out to the south side in so long. I drove down East Carson and tried to find spot to park, which is half the battle. Luckily it didn’t take me too long to find one. I parked and we got out of the car and made our way on foot to go up East Carson. All the sudden, a younger man approached Anthony and me and said, “So where are you guys going tonight?” I laughed and looked at Anthony and he laughed. We just kept on walking.  Anthony said, “that was so weird.” We walked into the bar called, “Jimmy D’s.” Anthony has never been there before. I have I won Mardi Gras Queen here back in 2010. When I told Anthony, I won Mardi Gras Queen he was like, “You won Mardi Gras Queen?” and laughed. I said, “yes, I did.” I tossed my hair off my shoulders to be sassy. We walked upstairs and there was no one on the dance floor yet. Once we  approached the bar and saw a sign that says, “Cash Only.” I said, “Oh Cash Only.” Anthony laughed. The bar tender said, “yea, but we have an ATM.” He pointed in the direction of the ATM. I looked back at the ATM and then back at the bartender and then at Anthony. I said, “No thank you.” Anthony and I walked away and down the stairs. Anthony said, “You have an ATM, so does PNC, but I don’t get there to get a drink.” I laughed.

We made our way towards Foxtail (the old Diesel) then we saw this baby in a thing that has wheels on it, and you put the baby in the middle. I don’t know the name of this thing, but lets call it a walker. The baby was cruising around on the sidewalk and almost out in the middle of the street. Anthony  grabbed my arm and started laughing. he said, “Let’s go this way.” We walked in the other direction towards 18th Street. We went to the Tiki Lounge. I asked, if there was a cover? the bouncer said, “1 dollar.” I laughed and said, “I don’t have cash.”  He said, “I am just kidding.” We showed them our IDs and walked in to the bar. The Tiki Lounge has an island theme to it and typically is packed. There were people sitting at the bar, and at tables along the side. I looked back at Anthony. He said, lets go straight back. I walked to the back, and saw only two men on the dance floor just eyeing us up. I looked back at Anthony and pointed towards the front. He laughed and said, “Yea back to the front.” We walked out of the Tiki Lounge and back up towards Nakama where we saw the baby in the stroller.

Across the street we heard some decent music at this one bar. I said, “Lets go over there.” we had to cross the street first. We crossed quickly and entered Bar Louie. This was a multi level bar. We got a drink at the first level of the bar. Then explored the different levels. We walked up the stairs and there some people dancing around the electronic jukebox on the wall. We stood by the wall and watched all the newly 21 year olds. The guys in their khaki board shorts and t-shirts. Anthony and I shared looks and laughed. Things have changed a bit since we were newly 21, or perhaps we were just getting older.

Anthony told me he said, “I saw so many guys checking you out.” I said, “really?” He said, “Yea, especially when we were downstairs.” I just don’t notice it really anymore. I have been married for 3 years.

After we finished our drink, we moved onto the next bar. We walked back across the street to Foxtail. Foxtail used to be Diesel. Diesel has so many memories for me. I blacked out there once (thank God I was safe), past moments with someone from my past, etc. I went here several times with my friends when I was 21. There was no cover. When we walked into Foxtail, the layout of Diesel was the same, but it was less millenial techno club, it was packed. There were some nights where Diesel wasn’t packed.  The neon blue lights with black decor that was once Diesel was gone. Foxtail had a wooden look to it. The DJ booth was still placed above the dance floor. Platforms for dancing and for security to peace keep still existed. I do miss the old Diesel look and the memories that it held, but nothing lasts forever.

The dark creepy hall way still existed with the bathrooms off to the left. The dance floor was packed. The music was blaring. We got a drink. I had one double titos and soda water. Anthony had the same. He bought this round. We went to the dance floor and it took a minute to get into it again and it back at it, but we were dancing and looking around. It was different. It took a minute to get assistance from the Titos to help the dancing and for it to feel normal again.

Two double vodka and sodas, and (one single shot of Titos and soda water later). We were dancing on the dance floor and having so much fun. We would move around to make sure no one creepy would try to dance with us. At one point Anthony spotted a guy with highlights. He said, “I see high lights!!” We laughed. I love going to gay bars with him, but I like dragging him to straight bars too! We have so much fun together. I really needed this time with him. I needed to cut loose and that I did. When I went to the rest room, I was swaying. I knew then I couldn’t drive, so I called my parents. 31 and I call my parents to bail me out of situations. 🙂 My mom was happy that I called and said, it’s 1:30am we will call you when we are close.

When I exited the restroom, I told Anthony and he said, “okay.” I said, “lets go dance!” We went back out to the dance floor and danced until my parents called me. At one point, my mom said,  we are here where are you?” I told Anthony my parents were here. He said, “okay lets walk to the car.” I stumbled out of Foxtail and gave Anthony the phone so he could talk to my mom. We walked to the car and parents met us there. I gave my mom my keys. Anthony called Drew, my husband and told him that my mom came to get us, and she is going to drive Danielle back to their house and drop him off at home. He was happy we were safe. Anthony said, “She needed this ya know cut loose a little.” I am sure Drew agreed, but was happy I was safe.

After my mom dropped Anthony off at home, she took me home. I walked into the door of my parents and my mom made me an egg sandwich. My dad was sitting his chair and looked at me while I ate and said, “Are we a little old to be doing this?” I sneered at him. I said, I am always the grown up and taking care of everyone. I was responsible.” He laughed a little.

After I ate my egg sandwich, my mom gave me some pjs, and a tooth brush. I brushed my teeth, changed, and went to bed. I was hoping to not have a hang over the next morning.

 

Incoming Student Event

Incoming Student Event

By the middle of the week I was feeling much better and back to myself. No more nasty post nasal drip. Today, I helped at RMU’s Incoming Student Event. This was the last Incoming Student Event on the books for me. I truly love this event. It is one of my favorites.

When I arrived, I dragged the suitcase of promotional materials into Nicholson. I was talking on the phone to Anthony about tonight. We were going to get dinner at the Shiloh Inn and then head out that night to a bar or a club. We were either going to the Blue Moon, or to a straight bar or a night club. We never know where the night will take us, but we were excited to get out and catch up it has been too long. I noticed that Romo’s and the Cafe were not open. I was in desperate need of espresso. I set the suitcase by the Student Life table, and then took the windy stairs down to the office of Student Life. I went into the Assistant Dean of student’s section. She wasn’t due there until 12:30pm. I saw the trifolds for Greek life and some pillow cases that we gave away at the last event. I grabbed the  Greek Life Trifold, and the pillow cases. On my way out of the office I said, hi to the Dean of Students.

When I got back to the Student Life table outside of the Admissions office. I opened the trifold carrier and it was just the Greek life trifold not the student life trifold. I was confused. I also saw the Greek Life table cloth. I set up the Office of Greek Life’s table for Scott (my previous supervisor, when I was an undergrad at RMU). I then started to set up the Office of Student Life table. I focused on the items I had and I thought I would get the trifold later. I noticed some students and their families were starting to make their way to where we were located and we weren’t set up yet. When I was finished setting up the Student Life table, I went back down to the Office of Student Life this time I went to the Student Activities and Leadership Development Office. Maureen was there gathering some stuff to take up to the table. I don’t know why I didn’t think to check in here for our trifold. I helped her bring things up to the table. We had a little wheel barrel full of stuff and she had our trifold.

Eventually, we got everything ready to go and then there was influx of people. We talked about move in day, orientation, and the events leading up to orientation. I talked to this one student and her mother. The student was leaving for Paris over the summer for three weeks. I was so jealous. I asked her parlez vous francais? She didn’t even look at me. She kept looking at her phone and said, “alittle bit.” her mom laughed and I smiled. I said, “My husband I were there last May. We loved it!” Her mom asked me where we stayed? and I said, “9th arrondissement. We were a metro stop away from the Moulin Rouge.” Her mom thought it was fascinating her daughter not so much. Her mom told me that she using this app to help her learn a little bit of French. I said, “Oh Duolingo.” She said, “yea that is the one.” I said, “Yea I use it too. It’s pretty cool.” I said, “If you are familiar with basic French language and you make an attempt to try to speak it. You will be okay.” I smiled and when they turned to leave. I said, “Bon Voyage.” The mother laughed the daughter not so much. The traffic of students and their parents were dying down. It was almost time to pack up and leave.

 

Mother’s Day 2019

This morning, I got up around 8:30am. I got a shower and  dressed. I left the house and went to my parents to see my dogs and see my parents.

Around 10:45am, we left for the nail salon. I drove us to Bella’s Nails. We were the first ones there. I sat in the pedicure chair. I was getting a pedicure, and a gel full-set on my nails.  I know what you are thinking, I am not going to keep them on! However, I intend to for as long as I can. I don’t have class again until August (outside of my summer class, but that is online). The pedicure was amazing. I got the works I needed it (hot stone massage, hot towel treatment, etc.) My mom just got a simple manicure.

After the nail place, I drove my mom back to my house where we hung out with Drew until my dad came over and it was time to get dinner on the table. Drew’s parents could not attend, they were on the way home from Erie. Megan graduated yesterday.

Around 3pm I started dinner, it was so involved. My parents hung out at the ding room table and watched us prep for dinner. My mom said, “You two work so well together.” I smiled and said, “we typically do.” We get a long really well. Of course we have our set backs and things that we need to work on, but when it comes to working together in the kitchen, or decorating we do it without arguments.

Dinner was served around 4:30pm, it was so nice. My dad even tried spinach! He ate everything on his plate. I was so proud of him. After dinner, I cleaned up some little by little. It is a lot to let sit. I put the left overs away. I also played Mario Kart with my mom and dad. My dad used to play Mario Kart with me growing up on the Super Nintendo.

They left around 7pm. Drew finished cleaning up. We split up the work it seemed. It is a lot to clean up after. We got ready for another week ahead. I had just a quick, but amazing weekend!

RMU’s Commencement

This morning I got up at 6:30am. I got a shower and got dressed, then I was out the door. I had to be at Robert Morris University at 7:30am. I didn’t really sleep at all last night I was so excited. Stephanie McMahon is the guest speaker for the commencement ceremony, her husband Triple H will be in attendance with her!

When I was home, sick with bronchitis, John (my internship supervisor, previous professor, and friend) texted me and said, confirmed Triple H will be in attendance. I said, “John please you have to do whatever you can so I can meet him. It has been my dream!”  I have had a huge crush on Triple H since I was 12 or 13. My mom took my friend Brittany and I too see WWE’s Smackdown at the Mellon Arena. I was in love with him then and I am still in love with him now.

When I parked my car, I walked to the UPMC events center and I texted John telling him I am here, and that I e-mailed Rachel about a lanyard for today’s event. He said, Maureen will have one for you. I entered the building and it had that new smell to it. It looked so nice. I met with Maureen at the front table and got my lanyard. Maureen gave us a run down of the assignments. I was to be posted by the elevator directing people into the events center. She said, “most people will get off the elevator and have this look on their face like where do I go? I think that would be a good place for you.” She laughed and so did I. I had an easy enough job.

After we were briefed on our assignments, Anna and another girl from Residence Life (I can’t remember her name) we went to get coffee and muffins from the volunteer breakfast room. I ran into some people that I know there. We sat our side with our breakfast and coffee and enjoyed the bright sun for a moment before heading to our posts.
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When we arrived at our posts, people didn’t start pouring in until around 7:45am and then the guests came in clusters. There were so many people. My job was to make sure no one sat in the special accommodation area except for the people, who needed special accommodations.  I received a text from Mama saying “Good Luck honey I hope you get to meet him. I am staying positive for you.” She knows what Triple H means to me.

Around 9am I got a text from John saying, “Come up to the 4th floor after the ceremony starts and text me.” Oh my God this was my moment this was it. I was so excited. I told Kim, the admin who works with John where I was going. She said, “oh I want to come too. I want to meet Stephanie.” I told her I am not sure if we are going to be able to meet her. She will be on stage, but I told her I was more excited to meet her husband.

Around 9:30am, the Colonial marching band started playing and walked up the aisle. This is my favorite part ever. So much history and appreciation for the past. I watched the Colonial band march and when they finished Yankee Doodle and excited the floor. I texted John, “Can I come up? it started.” He said, “Sure.” Kim and I made our way to the fourth floor. This was the moment! I was going to meet Triple H. I was so nervous. I could feel my stomach hurting my knees were weak. The whole weak knees thing happened twice in my life; 1. when I first saw the Eiffel Tower in the distance, I kept my eye on it as we approached it. 2. Today, when I was about to meet Triple H!

When I got off the elevator, I  texted John and said, where do we go? He said, make a left and follow the hallway all the way down to the last board room on the left. I walked down the hallway and the entire time. I felt like I couldn’t do this. I was so nervous and so excited. I knew I was going to make a complete fool out of myself.

When we approached the room, Triple H was sitting at the conference room table, his back to the door, and John facing the doorway. As soon as I set eyes on him, my mouth dropped open. John said,”Danielle come on in.” I said, “Oh my God.” Triple H stood up and turned around I stopped myself from falling to my knees, but I was bent over for a second. I grabbed Kim’s arm and she laughed. I quickly straightened up. He was smiling and John was laughing. I said, “Hi, oh my God I can’t believe you are here in front of me.” he smiled and said, “Hi, I am Paul.” He held out his hand. I shook his hand and smiled. I said, “I am Danielle. I saw you back in 2000 you were here for Smackdown when it was the Melon Arena.” He said, “oh wow, you saw the show?” I said, “Yes.” I nodded and couldn’t catch my breath. John said, “Danielle, works with me she is my graduate intern.” I smiled and said, “I can’t believe I am meeting you.” John said, “Danielle do you want a picture?” I looked back at John nodded and smiled, “Yes, please.” I handed him my phone. My hands were shaking. Paul couldn’t stop smiling. John said, you have to unlock it and handed it back to me. I took my phone back and said,” I don’t even know how to do that right now.” Everyone laughed. IMG_1487.jpegI unlocked it and handed it back to John.

There it is! My picture with Triple H! The 13 year old inside of me is so happy and satisfied right now.  I thanked him so much for taking the time to meet with me and for the picture. He said, “Your welcome.” I backed away because I did want to be a rambling idiot. I was so star struck.

When we left the room, I thanked him again, and thanked John for the opportunity to meet him. John smiled and when we left the room. I was shaking, so badly. I said, “Oh my God, Kim! I can’t believe I met Triple H! I was good for life. I can’t believe I got to meet him and touch him.

I went back to my post and touched base with Maureen I showed her my picture and she laughed. I helped a couple people their seats. I watched a little bit of Stephanie McMahon’s speech, then I was able to leave for the day.

When I was on my way to my car, I did a Facebook live video about my experience meeting Triple H. Then I called my mom and told he, and then I called Drew and told him. He was jealous and thought it was so cool. I said, I was a rambling idiot. He laughed. I told him about the conversation and how it went.

Around 4pm, we went to my neighbor Amy’s house she was having some friends over and her daughter for a cookout. I brought brownies. I had a hamburger no bun, and a little bit of the sides (macaroni salad, and some fruit granola thing). Drew and I stayed until about 6:30pm.

Then we went to Sam’s Club and bought pork chops for dinner tomorrow. We are hosting Mother’s Day dinner tomorrow. Then we went to the grocery store to get the rest of the things that we would need.

When we got home, we hung out and relaxed for the evening. I had such a big day!