In the morning I went to the gym, then came home and I didn’t want to wait. It was the day of Christmas and Nothing brings me more joy then “dechristmasing.” I love taking down the Christmas decorations and putting everything away and getting back to normal. I am not a big fan of all the noise the holidays can bring.

However, I know Drew likes to put up the tree, decorate the house, and he likes to come home to a lit tree. I was so over it. The tree has been up since Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. It was time for it to come down.
When Drew came home, he said I didn’t even get to say goodbye to it. I said I am sorry, but you know how much I like to dechristmas. He said, I know you do. I will admit part of me did miss the tree all lit up, but the local radio station was done playing Christmas music, and so was I.

When did you put your holiday decorations away?

Christmas Day

This morning, we got ready and went to Drew’s parents. We hung out ate cookies, drank coffee, and relaxed, until it was time to pick up Aunt Tootsie. I rode along with Drew to pick her up. She had a ton of goodies to bring over. We love it when Aunt Tootsie bakes.

When we got back to his parents, my parents arrived shortly after and so did their family friend Lou. My father-in-law made such an amazing dinner. There was ham, turkey, all the different sides, and fixings.

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We need to make more of an effort to see her. She loves when people visit.


We had a very blessed Christmas. I hope everyone else did, as well!


Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve, Drew and I got to my parents for a bit have some snacks, open gifts, then attend 4pm Christmas together mass, then we go home, cook dinner together, and watch it’s a Wonderful Life.

When we arrived to my parents, I got to see my pups Paris and Louie. I couldn’t wait to give them their gifts. We got them both chewy sticks. We figured the chewy sticks would occupy them while we opened gifts.

Christmas Eve mass that we attended is at the church where we got married 4 years ago. The church looks so pretty decorated for Christmas. Of course church was packed with the people who only go twice a year. 🙂 Unfortunately, we are those people.

After church, we went home to make dinner. I made haluski and a beef tenderloin. I cherish this tradition that we have. Sometimes the holidays can get so noisy it’s nice when we can just take a moment and just be with each other and enjoy the holiday.

After dinner, we snuggled up and watched it’s a Wonderful Life. This movie is so special to me. I am so glad Drew likes it as well.

I hope everyone had a safe and blessed Christmas



Celebrating 4 Years of Marriage

When I got home from Tracy’s, I changed out of the Snow Princess outfit, and into a cute outfit for our date night. Drew and I were finally getting around to going to Bistecca to celebrate our 4 years of marriage.

Back in October, Drew’s mom and dad gifted us with a gift certificate to Bistecca, a fancy restaurant in the Meadows Casino. Drew was not feeling 100% when we originally planned to go, so we decided to save it and use it over Christmas break.

When we arrived at the Meadow’s, we sat at the bar for a bit and had a drink. We relaxed and talked about the semester ending, and what is next for me in grad school, we talked about our future, and what we want for next year. It was nice to finally be on break, and just relax with one, another.

Around 7:00pm, we went up to the restaurant, and checked in with the hostess. It was going to be a few more minutes so we sat at the bar again, and had one more drink before heading to our table.

Once we were seated, we checked over the menu. Honestly, everything looked so good. We were so hungry. We ordered an appetizer which wasn’t all that great. Once we finished the app, we placed our order for our dinner. Drew ordered a Steak Au Poivre, and I ordered a 7oz fillet. I am a simple gal. The sides are made to share, so we split a baked potato and a side of  asparagus.

Honestly, it was perfect and I was so full at the end of dinner and a little buzzed. After dinner, we went downstairs back to the casino area, and drank some Diet Coke and wandered around the endless aisles of slot machines and table games.

When we exited the haze of the smoking section we approached a slot machine titled, “Hot Hot Penny.” I am not a gambler. I don’t like chance. I had three dollars in my wallet in cash. I decided to try my luck. I put a dollar in and kept tapping repeat bet, so many lights, sounds, and mini cross line games of matching icons and figures. It is truly mesmerizing. I noticed the numbers going up where it said amount earned. I saw it was up to $9. $9 was more than what I started with, this is how it works, and the addiction could easily have been conceived right then and there. I hit cash out. No I will not give into the chance that his machine could either increase my $9 or make it disappear in an instant. I took my voucher and put it in tightly in my wallet. Drew said, “Good Job bub.” I smiled. I thought about it some more. I took out another dollar and fed the machine. I hit repeat bet. Maybe I would get lucky once again. I ran out of credits. game over. My dollar was gone. I had one more dollar left in my wallet. I fed the machine. Again, lights and sounds, music, criss cross matching figures, and the amount earned totaled $8. I said that is enough. I hit cash out and tucked my voucher in my wallet. I was so proud of myself. I jumped up and down and Drew said, “Good job Bub!” I smiled.

I was content with my two vouchers. Drew took out his wallet and decided to try his luck.   He only earned .15 Drew decided to cash out his .15. So we walked along to the window and cashed in our vouchers. The woman handed Drew his .15 and handed me $17.  I smiled and was so proud of myself. Just then, Drew said, “Hey babe, can I borrow a little money to tip the valet.” I smiled and said, “of course.” I handed him some money and Drew went to get the car.

It was a good night.

Christmas Shopping & the start of break

After CMU, we decided to go finish our Christmas shopping. We are so last minute every year. After we finished up at the mall, we stopped at Bucca to toast to the semester being over and receiving my grades. We ordered a spicy sausage rigatoni. The small size feeds three people. We split the rigatoni and of course had some bread. I treated myself to a couple glasses of wine. It was so relaxing the semester is over, and I am offically on Christmas break! I want to enjoy every minute of this break.

Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

This morning, we got up a little early so we could pick up Aunt Tootsie in time and take her over to Andrew’s parents. I was so glad that we were going to have a nice home-cooked family dinner. I was afraid we would have to go out for Thanksgiving dinner. I would understand if we had to go out, but I would much prefer to stay home. Andrew and I brought dinner rolls, and my parents brought a pumpkin pie and apple pie. Andrew’s parents had all the thanksgiving dinner essentials; green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, coleslaw, and stuffing. Everything was so good. After dinner, I had a little apple pie, but I was so full.

We stopped over to see his Grandma and she was surprised to see us. She loves it when we stop by and see her. I wish we could see her more often.

Andrew and I had a great thanksgiving and have so much to be grateful for!

Starting to Feel Better

Today, after CMU I  went to Pitt to check in with my group for the functional area project. She was still having trouble, so I suggested we create a sway instead. So I created a sway, and trimmed the audio, so we wouldn’t have to re-record our audio. I added some pictures and some text, and then sent it off to one of the members for approval and then submitted it. I was over it.

In class, I got some confirmation about the projects that are due next week (after this weekend). I feel better and I am just going to do the best I can with the time that I have and I have found that it typically is okay in the end. Julia, my friend in the program said, she thinks we will survive. I agree with her.

After class, I went home and tried on my birthday present from Andrew. He got me Hunter rain boots. 🙂 I have been wanting a decent pair of rain boots for so long! I am in love.
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It is supposed to rain the next couple days here, and I am so excited because I have really cute boots now to wear in the rain!