Commitments

This morning, I had a such a rough night last night, but I needed to get to RMU for the transfer student event. My ear didn’t hurt as bad. The antibiotic was working. I didn’t tell John and Maureen that I was sick. I wanted to follow through with this event. The transfer students are important to me. I was one of them.

When I arrived to RMU, I parked outside student life, and went to Romo’s and got a bagel and some hot tea. I got back in the car and drove to Wheatley Center. I ate my bagel on the way. I got out of my car and pulled the suitcase of my trunk, that contained handouts and take-a-aways from the Office of Student Leadership and Activities Department. I shut the trunk door and walked into the Wheatley Center.

So the Wheatley Center, just opened at the end of my last semester at RMU. I never really spent time there. When you first enter, there is this giant area with an open welcoming space. There were tables set up for different departments on campus. I set up next to the UPMC my health network, there was so much irony in this. I put the handouts on the table and made it look pretty. I took a picture and sent it to Maureen. She thanked me for being there today.

Throughout the event, I kept blowing my nose, and drinking water. Next to me, was Residence Life. Anna a girl from my Master’s program was at the table. She and I talked for a bit. Anna, Diana, and myself just finished a group project together and we got an A on the presentation, an A- on the paper, and an overall A in the class. We talked about our grade and Max’s comments. I was proud of our group.

Ugh I hate being sick. The nurse at the table next to me on my right said that I should go to Walmart, and show my ID at the pharmacy and ask for Sudafed. It is the behind the counter stuff, so it is pretty powerful. I took her up on her suggestion.

After the event was over, it was around 11:30am. I got the table packed up and put all the handouts in my suitcase and I was the first one out the door. I drove to Walmart and picked up the Sudafed and a few other things. I felt well enough to perhaps go to the wedding reception that evening for Ashley and Andrew.

When I got home, I rested for awhile and then we got ready to go to the reception. Now I probably shouldn’t have went, but I was feeling like I could make it. I put on a brown dress with some beige pink heels.

When we got to the Marriott, we walked inside and started talking to some of Drew’s cousins. It was good to see them. We only seem to see them at events like weddings, funerals, bridal showers, and baby showers.

Finally the ballroom was open and we could go inside, the photographer took a picture of Drew and I in front of a board that had the seating chart listed. We were at table 3. We were at the same table as his cousins, his brother, and sister-in-law. We haven’t seen them since Christmas Day. It was good to hear how Waffles is doing now that he is home safe.

There was an antipasto station, and an iced tea, and sangria station. Dinner was served around 7pm. They had chicken, ravioli, salad, sliced meat, vegetables. Dinner was so good. Dancing started around 8:30pm or 9pm. I danced with the bride to the Cupid Shuffle, and then Drew and I danced together. I also danced with Aunt Paula. I was doing so well. I thought I was getting better.

We left around 10pm or 11pm and went to my inlaws where Tommy and Megan were staying the night. I wanted to see Waffles. I was so happy to see him. I almost teared up. Waffles went missing a month or two ago in Erie. He was found 3 days later and has been home since. Those three days were so rough on Drew and I. When I saw Waffles, I hugged him and kissed his nose. I let him knock me down and tackle me. I have to admit I was fighting back tears. I also made sure to show Butters some love, but he just wants you to throw the ball.
IMG_1433.jpeg I cropped myself out of this picture, because it was a terrible picture of me, but there he is Waffles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also snapped this picture of Butters and Waffles. We are so happy that he is home safe back with is brother, Butters.

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Easter

This morning we got up and had coffee and got ready to go to his parents. My parents were meeting us over there. I was so excited to have our family together for Easter. We didn’t go to church, perhaps next year.

When we arrived at his parents’, I stayed back to help, and Drew went to go pick up his great aunt Tootsie. I had two more cups of coffee, but I was still so sleepy. The weather was kind of dreary too. It wasn’t as nice as yesterday.

Aunt Tootsie and Drew arrived before my parents, and we ate dinner about 2:30pm. There was ham, kielbasa, baked pineapple, potatoes, green bean casserole (we made it and brought it over), stuffed cabbage, and deviled eggs. There was so much food.

After dinner, we sang Happy Birthday to my mother-in-law. She is 59. She doesn’t look 59 at all. It was nice to have everyone together around the table.

Lenton Miracle

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.

Waffles Missing

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.
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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.

Ashley’s Bridal Shower

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.

 

 

Dinner and Corgis

Dinner and Corgis

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!
cN+xeWVSQQKhVWlA2xnZdQWaffles (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!