Mark and Erin’s Wedding

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.

A Cookout with Friends

Once we arrived to Mike and Stephanie’s, I opened a truly and we just relaxed. Her kids are getting so big. Stephanie’s friend Robin was there with her children as well. Mike made some hamburgers on the grill, shrimp, and then Stephanie heated up some vegetables, and we had the buffalo chicken dip too as a side that we brought. It was fun to just all together. 
   After dinner Mike got a fire going, and then he set off fireworks. It was so fun. The kids loved them. Stephanie took some great pictures too. We didn’t stay too late. Father’s Day was the next day. 

Pool Day with Leanne and Maci

Today, I hung out with Leanne and Maci. She is so big! I can’t believe she is going to be in 4th grade. Leanne made breakfast and then we went to her mom’s house to swim in their pool. It looked kind of cloudy, but we were going to try to make the most out of the day. While we were poolside, we played B94 for a little.

Although B94 may no longer be around for real anymore, you can still listen to it on the Radio.com app. I was loving the throwback hits of the 90s and 2000s. I much music from that time period of my preteen years to what they play on the radio today. I managed to get some sun by the pool, and I even went into the water and swam around with Maci. She had her diving rings, and it was asking me toss them in again and again. 

Around 3pm, we went back to Leanne’s changed, and then I got ready to go home. I was exhausted from the pool. We plan to go back again on Monday for Leanne’s Birthday! 

Dinner at the New Place

This evening, we were on our way to dinner at our friends’ house, and Mike and Steph.  They just moved into their new house. We helped them pack up over the weekend. We stopped at the beer distributor to get a couple cases of Truly. When I walked into the beer distributor, I didn’t have my mask on. I turned around and went back out to the car got my mask and put it on. I can’t get used to this new normal.

When we arrived to their new house, it was so beautiful on the outside and the inside is so nice and big! It’s perfect for them. Emma and Stephen were excited to show Drew and I their room. They also have a nice back deck. Mike cooked us steak, broccoli and leek. I never had leek before, but it was good. It reminded me of an onion.

After dinner, we stayed for awhile, and said goodnight to Emma and Stephen, who were getting ready to go to bed. We left shortly after. It was so good to spend some time with our friends. I am so over this social distancing.

Christmas Party

This morning Drew had this first birthday party as Spidey!
IMG_3188.JPG He did so well. On the way there, he was so nervous. We met Tracy in the parking lot and she gave us the run down of the games. She was so grateful we were able to help out with the party.

When we walked into the party room, everyone was so excited to see Spider-man. They all said, “Hi Spider-man!” They ran up to him and some hugged him. It was cute. Immediately, the parents wanted pictures.

After pictures, Drew played some games with them, and did the superhero training. He just jumped right into character. It was so cool!

After the party, we went home and got the house ready for our Christmas party. I could tell Drew was a little worn out from being Spider-man, but he did such a great job!

I was excited to see Stephanie, Mike, Emma, and Stephen. My parents stopped over for a little bit. Stephanie and the kids arrived before Mike. Stephanie brought buffalo chicken dip, little pigs in a blanket, and some snacks for the kids, as well a case of Truly and a little bottle of Christmas cheer. I am so grateful for our friends.

 

Stephanie’s Birthday Dinner

This evening, We went out for Stephanie’s Birthday dinner. She is such an amazing friend. We went to Saga. We haimage.pngven’t been to saga in so long. It was so good to see her kids. I sat with her and Emma. Emma and Stephen call me Daniel Tiger. I am hoping I can work with Tracy and do something for them soon. I know Emma would love it. Tracy also has superheroes. Sometimes it is princess overload.
Stephen, Drew, and Mike sat at the other end of the table.

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At one point in the dinner, the hibachi chief offered us saki shots. I couldn’t resist. It has been so long since I had saki!

After dinner, we said goodbye to Stephanie, Mike, Emma, and Stephen. Drew and I stopped at Primanti’s for one more drink, then went home.

 

Phantom Fright Nights

Every year, Andrew and my best friends Anthony and Dylan try to attend a haunted house together or several. Anthony is all about roller coasters. I could take ’em or leave ’em, but Kennywood has this event called Phantom Fright Nights. At night, they have people dressed in costumes, who walk around and try to scare you, there are haunted houses, haze everywhere, and everything is lit up, and accompanied by spooky music.

The very first thing we did, when we arrived was ride the Steel Curtain. It is Kennywood’s new coaster. Anthony was so excited to ride it with me. He has been on it several times, but he wanted to ride with me since it was my first time. The Steel Coaster was pretty awesome. I am glad we did it when we first entered the park, because the lines were going to be long to ride it later on at night.

After the steel curtain, we grabbed something to eat at the End Zone cafe, then we took a flight on the skycoaster. Last time we all attended Phantom Fright Nights, Anthony and I were the only ones who did the Skycoaster. This time it was Me, Anthony, and Dylan.  Dylan had to pull the rope. I did not want to pull the rope, but I love soaring through the air. Andrew took a video of us. We are the three best friends that anyone could have.

After the Skycoaster, we walked through a haunted house, and then rode the Phantom’s Revenge.  I rode with Drew this time. Anthony and Dylan rode together.  We walked through one more haunted house, and then we left. It was time to go home. I had so much fun. Anthony and I planned the next events which is a Friendsgiving at his house and a Friends Christmas Dinner at mine.

 

Heading Home

After CMU today, I went back to my parents and got packed up. I laid on my old bed with my dogs for a minute. I was so tired. I feel asleep for a second and got some last minute cuddles in before I said goodbye to my mom and left for Leanne’s.

When I arrived at Leanne’s, she was in Maci’s room, they were watching Fuller House. I hung out with them until Patrice came over with her two kids, then we left the bedroom, so Maci could play with her friends.

Leanne, Patrice, and I all hung out in the living room and chatted. Dan, Leanne’s husband came home from work, and joined in our conversation. It was good to spend time with them. I ate dinner with Dan, Leanne, and Maci then went home. I was anxious to come home to my husband.

When I arrived home, the house was empty. He was still at the gym, so I got changed and sat outside on the back porch.  I could really feel the seasonal change. The wind is picking up and fall is on the way. I love this time of year, but it is a little creepy how quickly it seems to be happening over night it is going to drop and Friday will be in the 60s! I love fall.

Wednesday

Around 3:30pm, I met with the football player in the Russian room at the Cathedral of learning. We mapped out a plan of attack for his first paper for politics and history. I showed him how to research, and what exactly she will be looking for on his paper. I think this meeting went better than the last one. I think he is feeling more confident.

After tutoring, I went to Leanne’s to get ready to watch American Horror Story. I was so excited! She made dinner, and I got to spend time with Maci and play games with her like old times. She is growing up so fast.

 

 

IT Chapter 2

It has been so long since I saw my best friend Anthony. We both have been so busy. Thankfully, he understands what it is like to go to graduate school. He had two tickets to see the movie IT Chapter 2. I was hesitant. I don’t do clowns.

Prior to the movie, I stopped at the Goodwill and picked up 6 things for $12; a couple tops, and a dress from Old Navy. I love the Goodwill. I always seem to find something. After the Goodwill, I met Anthony for dinner at PF Changs.

At dinner, we got caught up on lives. We talked about work, CMU, RMU, grad school, his love life, and hanged house season, which we are both excited about. I ordered the honey shrimp, and he got a chicken dish. We split dynamite shrimp lettuce wraps. Dinner was yummy.

When we arrived to the movie, they were giving away IT posters to the people who were seeing the movie that night, I passed on one, but Anthony got one.  I don’t do clowns. The movie was good, and had some parts where I jumped.

SPOILERS:
One thing to note, is I was able to follow the plot without having to watch the first one. Being familiar enough with the concept of IT is enough to get you through the movie which I like when it comes to sequels, especially ones like IT.

At the end, Pennywise, could have been a bit scarier. I wasn’t satisfied with his ability to turn into what he did at the end, and how they defeated him could have been more majestic. I don’t know maybe that is just me. Please let me know what you think the comments below.