Halloween

After CMU, I went home, got a shower and changed into a Halloween shirt, leggings, and socks. I turned on AMC Fearfest and began working on my homework that is due next week. I was going to have very minimal time to do it over the weekend. I had so much going on.

When Drew came home, we ordered pizza and turned on Riverdale. Riverdale had like a Halloween episode. It was pretty good. I was able to enjoy most of Halloween, but I am already looking forward to next Halloween!

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween!

Proactive

After CMU, I went home and a shower. I got some comfy clothes on and turned on AMC Fear Fest and Halloween H20 was on. I love Michael Myers. I started my homework for the weekend. I managed to get most of my internship blog completed. I have yet to finish my presentation, blog post, and summary for assessment, but it is started.

Andrew came home around 8:00pm he had class, and then his parents came by and dropped off somethings for us. I put my homework away and spent the rest of the evening watching Halloween Resurrection, and starting the first Halloween (1978) before heading to bed.

I feel like this week has been insane, but I have better handle on my assignments now and will continue to do more work tomorrow and into the weekend.

Hate Crimes Forum

Hate Crimes Forum

This morning at CMU, I attend the Hate Crimes Forum. Judy Shepard was one of the key note speakers. Judy Shepard is the mother of Matthew Shepard. I was 11 when Matthew Shepard was murdered. I remember seeing the headlines on TV. When I was younger my dad always had the news on, so I was very aware of the current events and what was happening in the world.

My generation is the last generation to really remember Matthew Shepard’s murder and the manner in which he passed. his death was a turning point in the LGBTQIA+ community. Judy is a quiet person, and the president of the Matthew Shepard foundation asked Judy a couple of questions about her son, how he passed, and the mission of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

I was so honored to be in the same room with her. I was shook by her message and the things that she said, and the pain she had to endure I can’t imagine it. It is so sad.

The panel discussions that happened before Judy spoke were informative. The second one more so, because it talked about various microaggressions. The first panel was law related, but still interesting.

It was a pretty heavy day. I am glad I was able to experience the forum.

Starting to Feel Better

Today, after CMU I  went to Pitt to check in with my group for the functional area project. She was still having trouble, so I suggested we create a sway instead. So I created a sway, and trimmed the audio, so we wouldn’t have to re-record our audio. I added some pictures and some text, and then sent it off to one of the members for approval and then submitted it. I was over it.

In class, I got some confirmation about the projects that are due next week (after this weekend). I feel better and I am just going to do the best I can with the time that I have and I have found that it typically is okay in the end. Julia, my friend in the program said, she thinks we will survive. I agree with her.

After class, I went home and tried on my birthday present from Andrew. He got me Hunter rain boots. 🙂 I have been wanting a decent pair of rain boots for so long! I am in love.
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It is supposed to rain the next couple days here, and I am so excited because I have really cute boots now to wear in the rain!

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Carving

The next morning Drew woke up not feeling good, but I was ready to go. I decided to scrape out the pumpkins and get to carving. Drew went back to bed, and I turned on some Halloween music on my phone and started the process.

First, I got out all the pumpkin goo and separate the seeds. I put the seeds in a colander in the sink. I like to bake them after I am done. Then, once I am finished scraping the pumpkin. I rinse off the seeds, pat them and then put them on a foil lined baking sheet. I set the oven for 400, and spread some melted butter over them, sprinkle them with salt, then put em in the oven for like 10 mins. They are so good!

I carved two pumpkins. One was a “Pitt” pumpkin and the other was a typical jack-o-latern. Typically, Drew is the pumpkin carver in the relationship, but I think I did a good job!

Around 12pm, I cleaned up my mess and woke Drew up to watch the Pitt game. It was their homecoming game. Unfortunately, Pitt lost to Miami. I was sad for them. This means that they won’t be going to Charlotte for the ACC tournament, which is a bummer, but we will see what the rest of the season brings for our Panthers!

This evening, we cancelled dinner reservations at Bistecca. Drew wasn’t 100%, but he still wanted to cook for me. He made me a nice steak dinner, sweet potato, and asparagus. I am so grateful for him.

Phantom Fright Nights

Phantom Fright Nights

Every year, Andrew and my best friends Anthony and Dylan try to attend a haunted house together or several. Anthony is all about roller coasters. I could take ’em or leave ’em, but Kennywood has this event called Phantom Fright Nights. At night, they have people dressed in costumes, who walk around and try to scare you, there are haunted houses, haze everywhere, and everything is lit up, and accompanied by spooky music.

The very first thing we did, when we arrived was ride the Steel Curtain. It is Kennywood’s new coaster. Anthony was so excited to ride it with me. He has been on it several times, but he wanted to ride with me since it was my first time. The Steel Coaster was pretty awesome. I am glad we did it when we first entered the park, because the lines were going to be long to ride it later on at night.

After the steel curtain, we grabbed something to eat at the End Zone cafe, then we took a flight on the skycoaster. Last time we all attended Phantom Fright Nights, Anthony and I were the only ones who did the Skycoaster. This time it was Me, Anthony, and Dylan.  Dylan had to pull the rope. I did not want to pull the rope, but I love soaring through the air. Andrew took a video of us. We are the three best friends that anyone could have.

After the Skycoaster, we walked through a haunted house, and then rode the Phantom’s Revenge.  I rode with Drew this time. Anthony and Dylan rode together.  We walked through one more haunted house, and then we left. It was time to go home. I had so much fun. Anthony and I planned the next events which is a Friendsgiving at his house and a Friends Christmas Dinner at mine.

 

Pumpkin Picking

Pumpkin Picking

This morning, we got a later start to our day, but we wanted to make the most of it. We went pumpkin picking at Sorgel’s orchards in Wexford. We figured it is best to go on a week day, then on a weekend. Image may contain: 1 person, standing and outdoorAndrew didn’t seem like he was in the mood for it, but I was excited to get pumpkins. Instead of walking up the hill to the pumpkin patch, we got a wagon and went to the stacks of pumpkins that were in these huge containers. It is a convenient way to pumpkin pick, but it is not the same as going up the hill to the patch.

Once we got our pumpkins, Andrew carried them to the car. It was a bit of a climb and dragging the pumpkins, but I was excited and ready to carve them!

Once we got home, we had a little time in between before we met with Anthony and Dylan to go to Phantom Fright Nights!