Waffles as found last night. A motorist driving down the street saw him on the side of the road. She pulled over picked him up and put him in the car and posted a picture on Facebook. Then called Tommy and Megan. She took him to the vet where she met Megan and Tommy. It was a sweet reunion. Waffles was safe, home, and warm with his parents! The only thing wrong was that he had to have his stomach pumped from eating whole fish while he was in survival mode.
This morning, it is the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday. I wore my grandma’s cross. I always wear her gold cross around my neck on Ash Wednesday and Holy Week. I should wear it more often. I went to church with my friend Jenna from work. We went to St. Paul’s Cathedral and received ashes. I thought about Waffles and said a prayer for his safety. I was so thankful he was alive. Drew and I have been so sad the past couple days and we have been eating our feelings over this dog being missing, and we actually grieved his loss. I am so glad that he is home with Megan and Tommy.
After work, I went to RMU to touch base with John about McDonough, we have a game plan for the next time they meet as a group to put their project together. I am ready to get this nailed down. I am excited to go to the conference and for the students to speak as a panel. It will be a good experience for all.
This morning, all we could think about Waffles and how he was out there somewhere in the cold. All day at work I was trying to focus, but I couldn’t I kept thinking about Waffles and where he was, and if he was even alive! I followed my brother-in-law’s Facebook page for updates and comments. It broke my heart to see his missing poster.
Drew and I kept checking Facebook throughout the day to see if there were any updates. I couldn’t focus at work. I had to sit on on meeting and take the minutes. I was asked how my weekend was, and I said it was good up until yesterday. I told them about Waffles. I was frazzled and emotional.
The faculty member said that I think you have a good excuse to not be here today in this meeting. I said, are you sure, I can take the minutes. She said no it’s fine we can manage. I said, thank you and I got up and left. I typically try harder to not let my emotions get the best of me, but this one was hitting me hard.
At the end of the day, I saw a post, that said someone saw paw prints by Waldameer and Sara’s campground. After work, I called some businesses in that area. Everything is closed for the season, or no one answers the phone. I did manage to get a hold of someone and I alerted her about Waffles and if she could please call me and let me know if she sees any prints around the area. I texted my brother-in-law and he was thankful that I was trying to reach out. He said he would keep me posted, and I promised to keep him posted if I were to hear anything.
We all were expecting the worse, except for my mother-in-law she was hoping for a miracle.
This afternoon I went to Andrew’s cousin’s bridal shower. She is getting married at the end of April. Last weekend, I went to Stephanie’s baby shower, who is Ashley’s sister. I love these girls. I am closer to Stephanie, but I am sick of showers!
The shower was beautiful. It was at the Marriott by the airport. A server passed around champagne, that had blueberries in the glass. It was so classy! I sat with my mother-in-law and Andrew’s cousin Kelly. I haven’t seen her since her wedding.
At one point, my mother-in-law got a text from Tommy, Andrew’s brother and said, that Waffles ran away and is lost. She said, their roommate took the dogs down to the beach and Waffles got spooked and he ran away. They were not on leashes. I felt so terrible. Waffles is only 9 months old. We just met him on Christmas. He is so sweet. I hope they find him. I could tell Pam was worried sick throughout the shower.
After Ashley, opened her gifts, Drew came to pick me up. He walked into the room where the shower was going on and he ate some cake and talked to his mom for a bit. We talked about Waffles. Drew and I also talked to his Uncle. We have mentioned a few times about buying their house. They are looking to move and are going to put their house on the market soon. We love their house. It is a great neighborhood, school district, and it is a house we could grow into. We are going to meet up with them for dinner soon and talk about it.
Once we got home, we waited for updates about Waffles. His mom called us around 9:30pm and said they saw Waffles, he was walking along a frozen lake. He was snow blind and disoriented. The coast guard, police, and fire department tried to help, but he wouldn’t come back to shore. He heard them calling for him, but he just went further out onto the lake into the darkness. It was snowing and the wind was blowing. The coast guard said there is nothing more they could do. Drew and I cried and talked about how we first met Waffles over Christmas.
Grandma turned 84! We had a party for her at the rehab center. My mother-in-law had a sandwich ring, cake, and potato chips. My parents attended, as well as Stephanie (Drew’s cousin, who is pregnant), Aunt Paula (Stephanie’s mom). Grandma was so happy to see everyone. We are blessed to have her with us!
This morning I had a nail appt at Sun Rays. I was getting my acrylic nails back on. I can’t take it anymore. My friend Leanne who does nails has been my nail tech off and on for years. She does everything by hand(no drills, only file).
We went for an ombré look. I like It for the most part. I am not too crazy about it. I would rather have something more simple and plan, but it is worth a shot.
After my nail appt, I went to lunch at Hanlon’s with my parents, then it was home to get ready to go to my in-laws for dinner and the Pitt game. My in-laws were babysitting Waffles and Butters, their fur grandchildren, who are also our nephews. We couldn’t pass up a chance to get some corgi loving in!
Waffles (in the featured image) is so affectionate and sweet. Butters (pictured to the left) is the athlete. All he wants you to do is throw the tennis ball. I was holding the tennis ball in one hand and taking the picture with the other hand.
Andrew and I had an awesome dinner. His dad made us a steak, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and green beans. We always eat so well.
After dinner, we watched the Pitt game. They lost unfortunately, and so did RMU.
We are going to hang out here a little longer, and spend time with our sweet nephews!
After work today, we drove to Carmody’s in Neville Island for my mom’s retirement party. She originally didn’t want anything, but I talked her into having a little something. She has so many friends from work, and it is important I put something together for her. It wasn’t a surprise. We worked together on the guest list. I sent out e-mail invites. We invited 30 people and all but a couple showed up. It was a great turn out, and it was good to see some of the guys from the chemical plant.
After dinner was over, and people started to leave. My mom wanted to stay and hear the live band with some of her work friends, so Drew and I stayed out with them. I am not much for live local bands, but it was fun.
When we got home, it was around 11:00pm. My mom seemed so happy at the party and I am glad she enjoyed herself. I can’t believe both of my parents are retired now!
The 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.