Family, Movies, Uncategorized

I Feel Pretty Review

The movie I feel pretty with Amy Schumer is a must see for every girl! Too often do young girls, pre teens, and even adults fall victim to the unrealistic view of how women “should” look like. The media and fashion magazines say women should have a thigh gap, and be a size 2.

The scene where Renee (Amy Schumer) goes into a boutique and is approached by the sales woman and asks, “shopping for a gift?” Renee says, “no, for myself.” She says “oh well we have limited sizes in the store, but you maybe able to find your size online.” I felt so bad for Renee. Too often are women treated like that in the stores.

There were so many good scenes in that movie, like when she is at the cycling studio and she is trying to workout among all the thin girls. I have felt like that before at the gym. I remember when I first started I was self conscious and insecure. People at the gym seemed so fit. We are all on different journeys when it comes to wellness, and I just try to not think about it and do me.

The movie I feel pretty is so relatable to every woman out there. I am sure we can all see a glimpse of ourselves in Renee, but it shouldn’t take a soul cycle studio accident to make us realize that we are pretty, confident.

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Sunday, Drew’s Parents for Dinner

This morning, we took it easy. We drank some coffee and watched Smallville. We are on season 3 now, Clark meets Lois for the first time. I am such a sucker for Superman, especially Tom Welling. After Smallville, we got ready and went to the gym. I was going to try to get a really good work out in and run again. I am really trying to get back into it, without thinking about it too much.
The gym was a bit packed, I wasn’t sure how long I was going to stay, but whatever. I went to it. I got on a treadmill started out at 3.5 speed on 3.5 incline for about 10 mins, then I turned the incline down to 0.0 and increased the speed to 4.5 and started to run for atleast 4 mins. I used to be able to run for 7 mins, but it’s not happening as of late. I can’t wait to get back to that. I did another walking session back at 3.5 speed and a 3.5 incline and walked for 10 mins, before kicking it back up again and running again. I did this for about 30 mins, and then I got off the treadmill. I used to do an hour of cardio, but I have been talking to a few people and they said, that all you need is at least 20-30 mins of cardio anymore than that is ridiculous.
After the treadmill, I did some weights. I did the lat machine three sets of 20. I was sore the last time I did this, and I like that feeling. After the lat machine, I did the hip abductor. I looked over and saw Drew in the weight room lifting weights, he looks so in his zone. I am struggling so bad getting back into this.
After the strength training machines, I went home to get a shower and get ready to go to his parents. I put on some comfy beach pants that I got at Old Navy. I am so in love with that store. I pared the pants with a white tank top. I was just going comfy. When Drew got home, he got showed and then we were on our way to his parents.
When we arrived, his dad was already cooking on the grill and the dinner was almost ready. His mom and dad were happy to see us. It has been awhile, since we were over there for dinner. His dad made steaks, potatoes, hot dogs, hamburgers, salad, some cheese spread with cut up pastrami over peppers, baked potatoes, and sweet potatoes. I was ready for a steak. I was so sick of hamburgers and hot dogs. We talked about work, school, grandma, Tommy and Megan’s new dog waffles; I can’t wait to meet him. For dessert, we sang happy birthday and had cake, chocolate covered pretzels, and because they know I am not a fan of chocolate cake they bought me a piece of vanilla cheesecake. I am so hormonal and thanked them for the cheesecake, but told them I am going to have a small piece of cake today.
After cake, Drew opened his gift he got Bose wireless headphones. We are not too sure what happened to his other headphones. The cake was so good. It had pieces of chocolate chips in it, so yummy. I got up and went into the living room and laid on the couch. I was so full. I ended up fall asleep.
While I napped, Drew helped his mom set up her Fitbit. We gave her his old one. After he finished setting it up, Drew came over and kissed my cheek to wake me up. He is so sweet. He said, “Want to go soon?” I said, “Okay.” I smiled and got up from the couch. His mom packed us up at a doggie bag to take home. I love when they do that, because it is helpful to us, but at the same time. We were going to throw away the buns, and probably take the cake to work and see who wants to eat it. We don’t want that stuff in our fridge. However, the left over food will help with his lunches and dinners for a couple days. It seems like Drew had a great birthday weekend, now to get home and start a new week again.

Cousins, Family, Starbucks

Sunny Sunday

In this moment, I am sitting on my parent’s back porch. They say you can always go home. I feel at home today and I feel good today. I am sitting here relaxing with my mom, and catching up on the buzz and seeing my dog, Louie.  He hates to be snuggled. He likes it on his own terms. I am not even sure if he likes pictures. He is hard to get a picture of straight on.

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On the way here I stopped at Starbucks and got a venti caramel macchiato. I could tell when the barista handed it to me, through the drive thru, that it was going to be so sweet. Keep in mind, outside of having one yesterday, that was a tall size, I really haven’t had a caramel macchiato in awhile and at first sip it was gross. I wanted to throw it out, but I didn’t want to waste the money. It was so sugary and sweet. I have been away from it for so long and I actually prefer my Red Eyes (iced coffee with a shot of espresso) over my macchiatos. This will be the last one, unfortunately it is the end of an era.

When we left to go to Monroeville, we took my mom’s car. I didn’t feel like driving. I could have, but I decided not to. Once we arrived, I walked into my cousin’s house, and Angie wasn’t there to greet me at the door like she always does. I was kind if upset about that. As much as I hate when she hangs all over me, I do love when she greets me at the door. Mackenzie greeted us at the door, we hugged and I complimented her shoes. They were cute.  As soon as we turned the corner, to go towards the kitchen. There was a table set up for demonstration. It had all the things there that people could buy. I thought this was another direct sale promotion thing. I already knew what to expect. I have done this before. I used to sell Partylite, but I have been to Mary Kay parties, Tupperware parties, Home and Garden Parties, etc. I do love Partylite. Home and Garden has nice things. I just know what this is all about. It is a pyramid scheme.  I don’t want to get involved in this again.
When I saw Angie, she was sitting at the kitchen table eating Ramen Noodles, chicken flavor out of a mug. She didn’t seem herself. She had her hair in her face, and these huge classes on her face. I gave her a hug and she just said, “Hi.” It breaks my heart to see her like this. She is not the sweet bubbly little girl. She is going through some intense stuff right now and teenage years were on the horizon and they are not the easiest years, but if she can just hold on and get the right help, she will enjoy them. I enjoyed my teenage years. I sort of wish I could relive them again, the same way. I wouldn’t change a thing. Does anyone else feel that way?
I said hi to my other cousins, Eileen, Katie, and Dorcas. They are all sisters and they are mom’s cousin’s too.  It was good to see Eileen. I am not sure when was the last time I saw her. I don’t think she attended my wedding, or my shower. She is kind of distant. I don’t let it bother me.
Eventually, I gave Angie the little gift I had in my purse for her. I handed her the little box. Her mom stood next to me as she opened it. When she saw, the Eiffel Tower keychain she screamed. She was so happy. She gave me the biggest hug. I said, it is from the gift shop in the Eiffel Tower, even the tag is in French! Her mom hugged me and said, “Thank you, she really needed that right now.” I smiled and I was glad I could make her happy.
Once the demonstration got under way, I sat on the floor in front of my mom so other people could sit on the chairs in the living room.  I am more comfortable on the floor. The couple who did the presentation talked about the three key things that Amway could provide; natural green and safe for you and the earth laundry detergent and household cleaning products, vitamins like Double X and etc. Lastly, Anyway teamed up with Artistry’s make up line. I looked down at the order form, at parties like these you have to buy something. I wasn’t sure what. I went into the family room where Angie was, and called Drew. Angie was watching TV. When Drew picked up, he was out to dinner with his parents, but I told him the situation and the costs and everything that they offered on the order form. The last thing I needed was more lip gloss or make up. He said, just get the popcorn it was like 40 bags of popcorn that was garlic and olive oil flavor for $16.00. We honestly didn’t need anything at all.
After we placed our orders, I hung out with Angie little. She was down in the dumps and I wanted to try to be there for her. I know it is a lot to take in, but I just wish I could protect her and make her snap out of this, but its not that easy. Before my mom and I left, Angie’s mom confided in me about Angie, and what the next steps were for her. It is so sad. I never went through any of this growing up. I just hope she gets better, but I know it is easier said than done.
On our way home, I was so hungry. They didn’t have any snacks at my cousin’s, so I asked my mom stop at McDonalds for me. I haven’t had McDonalds in years. I typically don’t eat fast food like this, but this was a desperate time. I got the two cheeseburger meal with fries and a drink. It tasted so good, but I was going to regret it later. Once I got to my parents, my dad had just finished making hamburger helper. He is so cute. I couldn’t wait to get home to my husband.
On my way home, I talked to Anthony for a bit, and we got caught up on his life. When I walked in the door, Drew was sitting at the dining room table. I told him about Angie and how sad it is to see her the way she is. He feels bad for her too.  I asked how dinner was with his parents at the cafe, and how Grandma was doing. He said, that dinner was good and Grandma is okay. She was so glad to see him, I bet. Just like that it was time to get ready for another week ahead.

Daddy's Girl, Family, In-Laws, Uncategorized

July 4th

This morning, we got up and got ready to go to the pool. We wanted to get there right when it opened. We didn’t have too much time to relax at the pool, before our families were arriving for 4th. We were having a cook out. I always wear my american flag dress on the fourth of July dress. I didn’t bother with a selfie this year.

After we came back from the pool the madness set in. Once we came home, I got a shower and got ready for our parents to arrive. While I was in the shower, I listen to music on my phone (I keep my phone in the bathroom, in a glass container. I was listening to Florence and the Machine. I had the music going and the bathroom fan going. Thankfully, I was finishing up, but I heard Andrew yelling for me, “Danielle!” He was standing at the bottom of the stairs. He didn’t bother coming upstairs to tell me that his Dad was 15 mins away with Aunt Tootsie. I got out of the shower, wrapped a towel around me and opened the door and said, “I can’t hear you.” He said, “Turn the music down.” I said, “come up and talk to me.” He just laughed, then said, “My dad is on his way with Aunt Tootsie they will be here in 15 mins.” I said, “Okay, I am coming down.” I got dried off and dressed in my american flag dress. I have to wear shorts under neath, it is a bit too short in the back. It is cut weird. I got it at the goodwill.

When I went downstairs, I started making buffalo chicken dip. His dad arrived with Aunt Tootsie, walked in through the living room and said, “Where’s Dwarfy?” He calls me Dwarfy because I am short. I am 5’3 and everyone else is so tall in this family, including Andrew. I said, “I am in here.” When he came into the kitchen, he said, “What are you making?” I said, “Buffalo Chicken Dip.” While I was waiting for the oven to heat up, I started making guacamole. It was going to be one of those days, where I rarely sit and enjoy the company.
A little while later my parents arrived, the gang was all here. When I went to the movies with my dad, my dad opened his trunk of his SUV and gave me 75.00 of fireworks. I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do with them. I know they are legal now in Pennsylvania, but I have no where to set them off. We have neighbors and trees our HOA would be so mad if we burned our grass. I didn’t see how we would have any use for them. Well last night, Andrew and I sorted through them and we were able to pull some small ones out that we could set off, but the ones that have artillery shells were going to have to wait for another day. My dad is so into fireworks and setting them off, and I think it’s cool, but there is a time and definitely a place for all that. It’s not the same anymore, where liability is a huge issue.
Andrew and his dad cooked dinner outside on the grill. His dad brought his grill of course Andrew had his.  It was nice for them to grill together. I was happy they got to spend some father/son time together. My dad hung outside with them as they grilled. I made sure everyone was staying hydrated. Dinner was fabulous; Burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato salad, chicken salad, fruit, and Aunt Tootsie’s German chocolate cake! It was nice to spend the time all together.
Around 5pm, Andrew’s mom left, so did Dad and Aunt Tootsie. I sent some left overs home for everyone. My dad, my mom, myself, and Drew set off some fireworks in the backyard. I am such a Daddy’s girl. The look on my dad’s face, when I told him we couldn’t set any of those fireworks off was just too much. I hate bumming him out. I am glad we were able to set off some. My mom was talking about making this a tradition. We will see. 🙂

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Kelly and Ryan’s Wedding

This morning we went to the Wave Pool and enjoyed the sun for awhile, then we went home and got ready for Andrew’s cousin’s wedding.
Image may contain: 2 people, including Danielle Hornyak, people smiling, sunglassesI didn’t know too many people at this wedding just a few on the Bride’s side: Mary Jo, Molly, Kelly (the bride), Uncle Carl, Carl Jr, Aunt Paula, Stephanie,  Uncle Tom, Mike (Stephanie’s husband).
The wedding was at a Methodist church in Cranberry. The ceremony only lasted a half hour. I am catholic and our weddings seem to last longer. However, I cut the Eucharist out of mine, because Andrew wasn’t Catholic (That only makes it longer). I didn’t want anything separating us from each other that day, but I guess that if your wedding is long, or short the meaning lies within the love the couple has for one, another. The Reception immediately followed the Ceremony. The reception was at Twelve Oaks Mansion in Cranberry. We were there once before for Ben and Tricia’s Wedding.
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Belated Father’s Day Gift

That morning, I woke up kind of restless and bored. I watched some more Riverdale, made us breakfast. I put my laundry away and cleaned some more around the house. Drew was feeling restless too. Drew got invited to go watch the World Cup game in the afternoon around 2pm at his friend Tony’s. I laid on the couch and watched  Riverdale, until it was time for me to go meet my dad at the movie theater.
I drove out to Bridgeville to Phoenix Big. Last time I was there was with Drew to see Avengers: Infinity War. The theater was just cited for mouse droppings.  I don’t mind going there. Mice won’t keep me away. I bought my dad Snocaps at the dollar store and I bought Sour Patch kids extreme for me.
Once I arrived to the theater, he was parked out front and I parked across from him. I gave him a hug and wished him happy father’s day! He said, thank you! come here look what I got for you and Drew.” I go to the back of the car. he lifts up the trunk and pulls out a huge box, 75.00 worth of fireworks. I think the sunglasses were able to hide the shock on my face. He said, “don’t tell your mom.” I said, “oh wow. um Daddy thank you, but I am not sure where we are going to be able to set these off at.” He said, “Oh you will find some place, here open your car.” He put the fireworks in the backseat of my car. I texted Drew and told him about the fireworks. He said the same thing I did pretty much, thanks, but where are we going to set these off at?
Once inside the theater, I kept thinking oh my God I have 75.00 of fireworks in my backseat. I bought us popcorn and a drink. He was grateful. We walked to the theater room and took a seat. The theater was pretty much empty. The movie was okay. It was called hereditary. There were parts that made me jump and grusome special effects, but it was just weird. There was so much hype calling it this generations “Exorcist,” etc. I didn’t think that was true. I noticed sometimes Daddy would close his eyes and fall asleep a little, but then wake right back up again. He is slowing down a little bit. My mom is too, but we will always have horror movies and are going to continue making as many memories as we can.
After the movie, I hugged my dad goodbye and drove home. Once I arrived home, Drew wasn’t feeling too well, but he was happy to see me. He said, he had a headache. I told him I had one too earlier. I took some motrin, on the onset of the headache and I was okay. I made dinner for us, and then we watched Smallville until it was time for bed. Another week was coming up fast.

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Dog Sitting

This morning, I said goodbye to Drew and drove to the park n ride by my parents, parked, locked my car, and walked to the bus stop. I waited for a G2 to come along. Once I got on the bus, it was so packed, standing room only. I stood and held on to a pole on the way to Downtown Pittsburgh. It was a short ride.
Once I got off the bus, I walked to the bus stop in Downtown to catch a 61 or a 71 to Oakland. I almost forgot how fun it is to ride the bus. I was able to catch a 61, which will take me straight to Posvar pretty much on Forbes. I stopped at Starbucks, once I arrived into Oakland. I got a venti skinny caramel macchiato. I haven’t had one in a while.
Then I walked to my building, I called to my mom on my way to my building. They said, the were taking it easy until their show at 6pm today. They are going to see a Beach Boys show. Ehh, I am not one for shows, unless it is Phantom of the Opera. I would like to see the Gloria Estefan show, “On Your Feet.” I prefer ballets. I like the classics.
Once I got to my office, I sat down and started to do some tasks, and kept an eye on e-mail requests. It was going to be another slow day. I updated enrollments, and prepped for the schedulers meeting. I still have some more to do, but I don’t want to do it all at once.
At lunch, I talked to Wynn and Nicollete. I told them about the dog sitter drama and what happened, and how we had to fire her. Wynn said, “Let me guess who is going to take care of him. The only one, who will take the absolute best care of them…” she laughed. I said, “yes, I am the only one.” I laughed too. I am a control freak. It’s okay with me.
At around 4:15pm, a work study  came down to cover the front desk. I reminded her to please pull the big door with the code on it shut at the end of the day, when she leaves. Everything else was good. She laughed and couldn’t remember if that one got locked, or not. I was grateful to leave at 4:30pm today.
Once I got on the bus out of Oakland, it didn’t take too long to get into town, but it was packed up and raining off and on. It was so humid out too. I was excited to get home to my dogs. When I arrived down town, I walked to the bus stop and waited for a G2 to arrive. It took forever, which is rare for a G2. Traffic out of town must be backed up so badly.
The bus arrived around 5:30pm. I got on and it was so packed. I sat down on one of the side seats, across from someone. I listened to music and texted Drew on the way home. It took awhile to get up to the bridge. I hate when the bus is packed and traffic is backed up. It always happens, when it rains or snows. Once we were on the bus way, the bus flew. Before I knew it, we arrived at my stop. I walked to my car and drove to my parents. I was so excited to see the dogs.
When I got to my parents, I parked, got out of the car, and walked up the walkway to the back door. I unlocked the door, and expected the dogs to be right there at the door going crazy. They must have been sleeping. They were a bit delayed with their greeting. They looked sluggish, but excited! They ran to me, and came outside on the back porch with me. I bent down and pet them. I told them I was sorry, and that i am here with them now. We ran in the grass, and even though it was wet. They ran to me, and I bent down and pet them some more. I wasn’t sure if they had to go to the bathroom or not. They didn’t seem like they needed to, and the grass was too wet for them.  I would try again later.
When we got back inside, I got their dinner ready. I set it down in front of them and waited until they were finished. Louie at everything, as always. Paris not so much she didn’t finish. I was surprised. I took her bowl and put a plate over it, maybe Alyssa will get her to eat tomorrow. I put their food away and set up my Amazon Fire Stick in the living room television. It took me awhile to figure it out. My parents have a Samsung TV, and the HDMI inputs are on a separate box, that comes with the television. They are not behind the television.
After a while, I laid down on the floor and looked at the home screen of the Amazon Fire Stick and smiled in my glory of not needing a man and doing it myself, just then Louie came over and licked me. I always need my Louie boy! I entered the WIFI password for my parents, and then that was it, there it was. I was able to watch the handmaid’s tale. I was so excited.
I went into the kitchen and made some waffles for dinner and grabbed a glass of milk. I guess this was my only option. I ate dinner on a television tray in the living room and started the new episode of the handmaid’s tale. I paused it to clean up and grab a beer. Then I came back in the living room, laid on the couch with my dogs, drank a Corona Light and watched the rest of the episode. Some parts of the show were so sad, but the show is so good.
After the show, I got up and let the dogs out. Louie went, but Paris did not. I went upstairs and got a shower, changed into comfortable sleeping clothes, and turned on Teen Mom 2. I have to catch up. This show is the same anymore, but I hope Leah and Jeremy get back together. I only care about certain story lines; Leah’s, Jenelle’s , and Kail’s, that’s it. Chelsea is cute, but her life is normal and I don’t watch this show for normalcy. After Teen Mom, I couldn’t find anything to watch and it was 9:30pm, time for bed. I couldn’t wait to snuggle the pups.