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

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.

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

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

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

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!

Today, I am 32!

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Today is my 32nd Birthday and 4 Year Wedding anniversary! 4 years ago today, I married my best friend, my parter in crime, my support system, and the balance to my strong willed personality. He loves me no matter what version of myself I am in any moment, or at any given time.  I am grateful for him and honored to be his wife.

Today, Drew comes home at 4:30pm. I got home from parents and then went to get my nails soaked off. I had really long nails, and I broke one when I was on my way home. After my nails got soaked off, I picked up anniversary card for Drew. Received a free drink at Starbucks, and then went home to get a shower, clean the house, and do some laundry. I am trying to stay busy, while I anxiously await for Drew to get home.

I am so excited to celebrate with my husband this evening. I am also making sure to take time for myself, and reflect on my 32nd birthday. I can’t believe it I am 32 and have been married for 4 years!

Birthday Festivities

Today, is the eve of my 32nd Birthday and 4 year wedding anniversary. Andrew went to a conference in Miami and he comes back tomorrow at 4:30pm. I threw a fit about it at first. I didn’t want him to go to the conference, but I am glad that he will be home tomorrow, the actual day of my birthday and our anniversary!

This morning, I was meeting with my supervisor when I received a flower delivery. I was surprised. They are so gorgeous! I texted Andrew and thanked him for the beautiful flowers. He was glad that I liked them.

After work, I had to tutor a football player, I put my flowers in the center console of my car, and drove to where we have a parking lease. I parked my car, and left my flowers in the car. I tutored for about an hour, and then went back to my car to drive home.

When I got to my parents, I brought the flowers in, and put them on the bay window. Then I went to dinner with my dad at the Greentree Inn. We had a birthday drink and talked about my birthday, grad school, and etc. It was nice to have a father/daughter dinner together.

Back at my parents, I took a couple pictures with little Paris, then it was off to bed for this girl.IMG_2718.jpeg IMG_2715.jpeg I can’t wait to see Drew. When I was laying in bed, I received a call from Drew he and I talked for a bit, and I cried a little. I do miss him so much!

Family Birthday Dinner

This morning, Drew and I had to go to the DMV to renew my license. We wanted to take the drive and go out to Chippewa, PA to their DMV. Bridgeville’s DMV is always so busy. I dressed up a little bit, because I was going to get a new picture taken for my license. My license expires next week, the day after my birthday!

When we arrived, there were so many people already sitting in the waiting area. I looked back at Drew. I pushed a button on the touch screen and we took a seat. The whole process took 2 hours. We were both on edge. In Pennsylvania, they are making the Real ID mandatory starting in October 2020, so we went through the process to get me the Real ID. It took forever and they wanted so many documents.

When we finally left the DMV, I had to have several pieces of paper work because I have to wait for my license to get mailed to me, so I have my old ID (that is about to expire), a name change card, because my middle initial was on my license and you can’t have your middle initial on the Real ID, and another piece of paper, that says I am waiting for my real ID to come in the mail. Gotta love the government!

After the DMV, we stopped for breakfast, and then went home. I was hoping to have a bit more time before we went to my parents for my birthday dinner, but it wasn’t the case. We had to head to my parents around 2:30pm. I packed up a couple Truly’s then we were out the door and back in the car.

When we arrived to my parents, in their living room they have a mantle, and there was sheet hanging from the mantle. The sheet was taped to the mantle. The sheet came down to the floor. I looked at my parents, and I said, what is with the sheet? and they said, “you will see. I said, “Is that my birthday gift?” my parents said, “Maybe.” I said, “nice wrapping job.” They both laughed. When in-laws arrived, I was able to see what was behind the sheet. My dad slowly took off the tape, and when he pulled back the sheet.
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There was my birthday present, a guitar signed by Tom Petty, along with a certificate of authenticity. Words cannot describe my love for music. My dad raised me on Tom Petty, classic rock. Tom Petty started out playing in bars in Sarasota Florida. My dad remembers when he used to play various bars and actually saw him play a few times. I was born in Florida and we lived in Sarasota. Tom Petty was a huge part of my childhood and the bond that I share with my father. There are family video tapes from when I was younger dancing to Tom Petty and singing to his music videos. My dad and I were fortunate enough to see him live in concert when he came to play at the PPG paints arena. Shortly after that concert, he passed away. I am so grateful to my dad and mom for the signed guitar. It is truly so special to me.