A Break in the Day

Mondays, after CMU I typically have to go to the Petersen Events Center and advise the baseball players, and help them plan their schoolwork. However, I did not have to go today, so my parents picked me up and took me to dinner at Hanlon’s cafe.

When we arrived at Hanlon’s, I ordered a BLT. I was in the mood for something simple. I love hanging out with my parents.

After lunch, I went back to my parents. My dad gifted me this necklace today.
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I love it. Thank you daddy for this beautiful necklace and it will serve as a reminder for me. I love you! 

My dad took me back to Pitt’s campus in time for my night class. I had such a blessed day. I am one grateful girl.

 

Girls Night Out

Wednesday, I was on my way to my nail appt, but my friend Leanne’s grandmother passed away. I had someone else do my nails at the shop. They are not shaped like how Leanne would shape them, but they will have to do until my next appt. I felt bad for Leanne. While I was at the shop, I got up and helped with the tanners. Leanne’s mom is like my second mother. I have been friends with Leanne for 15 years and I am there for her and her family the best I can be.

After my nail appt, I went to my parents and picked up my mom. We were going to eat at Mad Mex. My mom has never been there before, so I was glad to take her for her first time.

When we arrived, we had to wait 15 minutes for a table. They didn’t look too busy, just didn’t have enough wait staff. I ordered a burrito and planned on taking half of it home. We order chips and salsa, because that is a staple at a Mexican restaurant. I wasn’t a huge fan of my experience there that night. I think Mad Mex is better if you are at the bar.

When we arrived back to my parents, I laid on the couch with my dogs for a bit. It was good to see them. After awhile, I went upstairs to get a shower and head to bed. I had to be up early for CMU tomorrow.

Spaghetti dinner

In the early afternoon, Drew and I attended the spaghetti dinner to support my dad’s American Legion. I am so proud of my dad. He is my favorite person on this planet.

When we arrived at the spaghetti dinner, there was hardly anyone there. Drew and I wanted to go early, because we have some things to accomplish at the house and we need to get ready for the week ahead.

Dinner was yummy! It has been awhile since I had spaghetti. We bought some raffle tickets to support the legion. The winner was going to be called at 7pm.

After dinner, my dad stayed to volunteer and help staff the dessert table. We took my mom back to the house, then we went home ourselves. We had to get ready to go to see the Downtown Abbey movie!

Saturday Night

After the game, I came home and got a shower. I put on a comfortable outfit and passed out in our bed. I was so tired. When I woke up from my nap, we got ready to go to the cafe to meet his parents. Lately, I feel as though I have just been running on fumes.

When we arrived to the Cafe, I was feeling so tired. I ordered a BLT sandwich and fries. I talked, but I didn’t say much. I have 5 stages of tired. When I hit the fifth stage, I sometimes cry, that is how tired I was. Everyone seemed to notice too. They kept asking me what is wrong. I said, I am just tired.

When we got home, I changed into some pjs and went right to sleep.

Lazy Sunday

When I woke up in the morning, my monthly visitor arrived and since it was day one I wasn’t up to going to the pool. Drew went bike riding with his dad out in South Park. I decided to go to my parents and just hang out with them for a little and see my dogs.

When I arrived, I snuggled my dogs and said, hi to them. My mom cooked my dad and I breakfast and we just lazed about. I made them watch the movie Midnight in Paris. My mom and dad never saw the movie before.

Image result for midnight in paris I am so Owen Wilson’s character,. like him, I suffer from “Golden Age Thinking.” I think the past is sometimes better than the present.  I love all the writers mentioned in the film, especially Fitzgerald. I miss Paris. I really can’t wait to go back.

I stayed at my parents until around 2pm then went home. When I got home, I got another shower and made the edits to my paper that my writing tutor suggested and I submitted it. I needed to get it submitted by 8pm. I will be happy when this summer class is over.

Family

This morning, we got up and I made pan cakes. They are called Kodiak cakes. They are full of protein, and are probably keto friendly, if you don’t put syrup on them. 🙂 I have to have syrup on my pancakes.

We took his dad to home from NTB. He had to drop his car off, then we took him home. His car is supposed to be done this evening. Once we got back to his parent’s, his mom was laid up on the couch. She just had her 5th and hopefully last ankle surgery. It was good to see her, but I wish she would get better soon. We talked about her surgery, my interview that is coming up, etc.

When we left their place, we went to the wave pool. I had the car packed, and my swim suit on, under my romper. The weather had other plans in mind. It was pouring down rain when we left his parents. The rain stopped when we got to the pool, but after we paid to enter the pool, and were walking towards the green turf. One of the workers said, there is a lightning delay and we have to wait 30 mins before we can get in the water. The owner passed me and said, “I know you just got here, but I don’t want to take any more money from people. I will give you a pass if the lightning continues.” We figured we would wait and see what happens. We stood under the shelter of the bath house, and the rain started to come down. Andrew and I decided it was best to take the pass.

When we got home, I got a shower, and then put on some comfy clothes and started to clean the house, and do some laundry. We did need to clean, and do things around the house, and perhaps give our skin a break. Around 3:30pm, we went to the mall, and Drew bought some polo shirts for work. He desperately needed new ones. I didn’t buy anything for myself.

When we arrived to his parents, Drew went with his dad to get his car, and then he came back to his parents. His dad started to make dinner. He served us steaks, potato, and broccoli. We also had a piece of almond torte cake for dessert. Everything was so good. We are so spoiled.

After dinner, we relaxed and watched the Pirate game. We left his parents around 9pm.

July 4th 2019

We woke up around 9am, and got ready to got to the pool. It was going to be a nice day and we were ready to just lay by the pool until the afternoon. I put on my Rock republic American Rebel shirt, and we were off to the pool.
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Once we arrived, it wasn’t too packed. We laid our towels down on the green turf that has been there since I was child. I used the legit suntan lotion on my face and rest I used tanning oil. I know, I know. I haven’t learned my lesson, but it is protective oil and it is SPF4. I know skin cancer is a legit real thing. I did have a biopsy, but thankfully it wasn’t cancer. I just love the sun. I gravitate to it. I always have. We get so little of it here in Pittsburgh. It is nice to soak it up when possible.

We left the pool around 2:30pm-3:00pm. We like to get there early, but leave early as well. We went home, got showered and took our time getting ready to head to my parents. I was excited to see them and see my dogs, but first I had to put on my fourth of July American flag dress.
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I thought about wearing my Union Jack flag tank top that I got from England last year, but I figured better to wear the American Flag, then the Union Jack. 🙂

Once we got to my parents, I was in charge of the buffalo chicken dip. Andrew and I must have been so hungry. The dip didn’t have a prayer. Around 5:30pm or 6pm. My dad started up the grill, and I sat outside with my dogs. I miss them so much. I do miss living at home and cuddling them, but they are well taken care of at my parents.  It is always so good to see them. My mom made her usual macaroni salad, baked beans, and broccoli for a vegetable. We ate at the dining room table.

After dinner, we stayed for fireworks. We were able to watch them from their porch. I am not much for fireworks, but it isn’t the Fourth of July without them.

Early Out

On Wednesday, I had my virtual tutoring appointment with a new tutor. I wanted to get my paper looked over and corrected. My other tutor was not available it seems. I did miss her, but at least I can submit this paper now and not have to work on it over the weekend. I just wanted to relax this weekend.

We had an early dismissal, the Dean’s office was closing at 3pm. Our division administrator announced to us via e-mail that we could leave at 3pm and to have a safe July 4th! I was so ready to have the 4th off of work and the 5th, then a nice long weekend. We didn’t have much planned this evening. We got Chinese food for dinner. We were going to my parents tomorrow for a cookout and then his parents on Friday for dinner. I didn’t see the point to cooking for just one day.

Baby Charlotte

After work today, Drew and I went to meet his cousin Stephanie at his Grandma’s. Stephanie was bringing Charlotte down, so grandma could meet her. I am so glad that Grandma got to meet a great grand child. She looks so happy holding Charlotte. 🙂
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Charlotte is so alert and so tiny. She didn’t mind everyone holding her which was nice too. My mom stopped by too meet Charlotte. I know my mom is so excited for grandchildren. One day, I promise, but I am just not ready now. I think she understands, but sometimes I feel like I am ready when I hold other people’s children. 🙂

Charlotte is so sweet and adorable. I can’t wait to see her again.

 

Rest in Peace Uncle L

My Uncle Larry was laid to rest. He was a Vietnam veteran, so we had a military style funeral for him. The funeral ceremony was at St. Phillips Catholic Church, where my Uncle was baptized as an infant, attended grade school, and where I was married. The same priest, who married Drew and I presided the funeral. I read the first reading, Becky read the second reading, and my cousin Lambing read the petitions. It was good to see the family all come together.

After the ceremony, a patriotic and veteran motorcycle gang called the Patriot Guard escorted us to the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Once we arrived at the cemetery, we were greeted by armed military soldiers. They saluted us and escorted us into the space where the they were going to fold the flag, and do the 21 guns, and a solider played   taps on the trumpet.

V1DFhX60Rh6KwNiT0ujIswBecky held it together and accepted the flag from the solider in honor of her father.    She is at peace and so is my Uncle Larry.