Hello there, welcome to my blog! My name is Danielle. I am a daughter, a writer, a wife, a lover of literature, and music. Britney Spears is my girl crush. Paris, France is my favorite place on earth. Fitzgerald is my favorite author. Kate Spade is my favorite designer.
I have been called high maintenance, "boujee", "someone, who has champagne taste on a beer wallet", etc. You know what I am boujee and I am embracing it, but there is no denying that I am on a budget.
When we got home from the wedding, I sat down and worked on my 2-3 page reflection for class that is due on Wednesday. When I was finished, I asked Drew if it was okay to stop at the Goodwill and see if could I find anything. He said, that it was okay. 🙂
I have a method to my Boujee on a Budget madness. I start with the dresses first. I quickly browse those, and it is once in a blue moon where I find a good dress, but I if I do I make sure to snatch it up.
Then I browse the tops, I seem to always only shop the Blues, Greys, and Blacks. I made sure to browse the shades of brown this time, because I always gravitate towards the same three colors. I picked up 5 tops for $26. I did round up for charity, but it was a pretty successful day.
*the featured image is what I found at the Goodwill. Mostly grey but one brown top 🙂
I met Mark in my graduate program at Pitt. My professor/advisor had a cookout at his house last summer. My husband Andrew and Mark talked and hung at the cookout and instantly became friends. Mark is such a sweet and genuine guy. He has the best personality.
Last semester I do not think I had any classes with him, but we kept in touch and he started a new job at CMU, where I was a graduate intern last semester. We hung out at the advising summit that CMU hosted right before COVID hit. We have class together this semester, as well.
Mark texted me and said he and Erin are getting marred on Sunday at 10am outside of the Starbucks at the waterfront. He said John Fetterman is officiating the wedding. He said he would love it if Andrew and I could attend the wedding. I was so happy for them. Of course, I wanted to instantly say yes, but I had to run it by Andrew. I know he does a ton of homework on Sundays for his MBA classes.
We decided that we absolutely had to make time for Mark and be there for him and Erin on their special day. We were so honored to be present. We finally got to meet Baby Kai! Andrew and I are so happy for the two of you and we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.
This morning Andrew and I both got some homework done. We sat on the couch and I read for class and Drew worked on his accounting homework. We had the Pitt game playing in the background on the TV. We are a Pitt power couple!
In the evening, we went to dinner at the Café with his parents in Aliquippa. On the way home, we drove past the Windmill and they are having their Haunted Mini Golf! We go every year! I am so glad they are still doing it this year. We are going to go next weekend. I need to get my annual Michael Myers picture!
This morning my previous supervisor stopped by and she dropped off some Halloween decorations for me. She messaged me a while back, and asked me if I wanted some of her decorations. She and her husband love Halloween, but since her children are grown they don’t use them as much as they used to. I was so glad that she thought of me. In the picture above, she dropped off the coffin, skeletons, the witch to the left, the Lizzie Borden head stone, the cauldron and the broom. I am so obsessed!
The three of us carried the coffin to the garage. I wondered if any of my neighbors saw us. Once we got the coffin safely into the garage, we chatted some more. I invited her into our house so she could see our decorations. She loved them and was glad that her decorations were in the hands of a Halloween lover.
When she left, I virtually tutored two baseball players and hung out with my neighbor’s daughter. She is so cute and so funny! We colored a couple pictures and then she had to go to a birthday party.
This week I was extremely busy. I might have taken on much more than I can balance. I academically assist with the baseball players at Pitt. I have been doing it now for a year. I enjoy helping them with academic coaching, tutoring, and some administrative tasks. I helped my supervisor conduct grade check-ins. I told him I would try to meet with as many of the guys that I could. I only needed to meet with them for 20-mins to go over their grades, and enter them into a spreadsheet. I think we are going to do this a couple times a semester. I think the next time would be after midterm grades are submitted. On top of the 20-minute grade check-ins, I was academic coaching them, and tutoring them. There were some times throughout the week, where I would be behind in getting in touch with them, but they were accommodating and willing to give me 20-mins of their time. I scheduled my last grade check-in in the evening on Thursday. I was planning to submit what I had to my supervisor on Friday. Also, I admittedly did not really put that much energy into the 2-3-page reflection that I had to write for class next Wednesday. I needed to make sure I could still get my homework done, and help the baseball players as well. I am perhaps maybe being a bit too hard on myself, but I could have done a better job at balancing my commitments this week, but it was almost the weekend and I am determined to make some time for myself this weekend.
Pre COVID-19, Andrew and I would be at Heinz Field today taking in all the festivities of the first game of the season! We would probably be meeting up with a professor I used to work with in the Sociology Department, tailgate a little. Then head into the stadium to cheer on the Panthers!
However, due to COVID-19 there will be no fans in the stands for now. So the first home game of the season looks a little different this year. We decided to make the most of it, and invite our families over for dinner.
In the morning, I put the pork in the crockpot I order to make pulled pork. I took a 5.85 mile walk in a local office park. Then came home home and made the buffalo chicken dip and waited for our families to come over.
My mom and dad brought the baked beans, buns, and a little dessert. My mother-in-last and father-in-law brought her famous coleslaw. I spent most of the time in the kitchen with the women, while the men watched the game.
The Pitt Panthers won! It was not even a close game. I loved having everyone over. It’s so nice when we can all get together.
I have been wanting to see the Trolls World Tour movie for a while. Admittedly, I did not see the first one, but I got the gist. Typically, at the beginning of a sequel to a kid’s movie, they will do a brief catch up to bring the audience up to speed with what happened in the first movie. I knew who Poppy and Branch were and who does their voices. I figured that is all I need to know.
Okay, so this movie is so perfect. How many of us at one point only thought it was cool to like a certain type of music whether it be Pop, Rock, etc. Well in the movie, each land of trolls is a different type of genre of music. Each land has a particular guitar string. The rocker trolls are my favorite! Something happened to cause everyone to go their separate ways. Poppy and Branch are determined to reunite the world of trolls through music, but if each string that belongs to a particular genre of music gets into the wrong hands, then it could be mean world domination.
Of course the Rocker Trolls want to use the strings to unite every toll in the name of Rock! Well Poppy and Branch have to work together to stop the Rocker trolls from using it for their own gain and hopefully successfully reunite every genre in a peaceful way.
There are so many good messages to this movie and it is definitely a must see.
I went walking in the morning and sat down to write my paper for Capstone class .
In the evening, we went to the movies to see Unhinged. I have been dying to see this movie. I love a good thriller.
Of course, we had to wear a mask upon entering the theatre, in the lobby, and then once we were inside the theatre, we could remove our masks as long as we were eating and drinking.
Honestly, we did not care we had to wear masks. We were just so happy to be back at the movies again! Even though we had to wear masks, it was still such an enjoyable experience to escape from the chaos that is happening in life.
Today, is Andrew’s first day of his MBA. He had accounting class tonight, and then on Wednesday he will have business ethics. I am so proud of him. He will do so well, but it will be an adjustment for both of us, but I am so damn proud of him.
The next day, we went to the beach. Later this month, our schedules are going to get so crazy. Andrew starting up his MBA, I will be starting at Point Park as a graduate intern,and studying for my last class. We just wanted to relax at the beach and enjoy the day.
I did not swim in the water, but I did put my feet in. We ate lunch, his dad cooked on the grill, and we snacked. It was relaxing.