Strip-District

This morning, I went in to CMU for a couple hours, and then drove to the  Strip-District to meet up with my cousin’s friend. She was interested in perhaps working in athletes and was wondering what my thoughts were, and if I could possibly share my network. I wanted to meet up with her first before I gave her my contacts.

When I arrived to the Strip District, parking was a nightmare. I was looking for that one street, I can’t remember the name of it, but it’s where they filmed a scene from Mission Impossible 3. There for a fact is parking usually up and down that street. However, it was in the evening, when I remembered there being parking, not in the afternoon on Friday! Instead of battling for street parking. I parked in parking lot on 23rd street. It was going to be $10. I didn’t care. It was better than fighting the other cars. I walked towards the coffee shop where I was to meet Lauren, but I texted her and asked if she wanted to meet for lunch instead. She suggested a restaurant, that was around 21st street. It was half way to her work. I went to the restaurant, and it was jam packed. There would probably not be anywhere for us to sit and it would take longer to get our food. I went to the sushi and soup restaurant next door and it was mostly empty. I texted her and told her where I was and how it wasn’t crowded at all and it would be easier to have conversation there.

While I waited for Lauren, I ordered a huge bowl of Chicken noodle soup.
IMG_3178.jpg I have never seen anything like this before. I drove right in. I texted her and told her I ordered some soup already. She said, not a problem and she was 5 minutes away.

When she arrived, I stood up and shook her hand. She thanked me for meeting her. She sat down and ordered her soup. This was her first time there as well. We chatted about athletics, and her background.  She was a student-athlete and is more interested on the events side of athletics and game day operations. I told her how I might be able to able her. I told her I could send an e-mail e-introducing her to who I know. The rest would be up to her and my contacts. I am so grateful to the people who have helped me along the way, and if i can do the same for someone else. I am happy to pay it forward.

After lunch, I wondered in and out of the shops in the strip district. I got my father-in-law his Christmas gift. When I saw it, I immediately thought of him. Then, I bought a Burberry type looking scarf. It’s not a real one, but it looks just like it!

When I got home from the strip district, I got to work on editing our final paper for assessment class. After the edits, I downloaded the paper from the google doc to check over the formatting one last time, and then I submitted it to Max for our group. The waiting game for the grade to appear began! I completed the online evaluations for my group members. The semester was officially over!

Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday Shopping

This morning we took our time and slept in. I was not in a huge rush to go to the mall. We had to go to Ross Park Mall. I had a gift card to L.L Bean to get a new winter coat, and a Macy’s gift card to get Chanel foundation. They stopped selling Chanel at the Macy’s in Robinson, so it is a bit of inconvenience to drive to Ross Park. I was up for an adventure. We were hoping to get a good Black Friday deal on my winter coat, as well.

When we arrived at the mall, we had a tough time finding a parking spot. There were cars parked along the side of the curb, near the grass, and on the grass. Some people created their own parking spaces. It was so crazy! I forgot about the parking. Drew finally found a space. We saw a couple getting into their car to leave. We were able to pull right in. They took a little while to leave, but once they did half the battle was over.

When we arrived inside of Macy’s, I approached the Chanel counter first and bought my foundation. The makeup lasts me a long time, so I probably won’t need it anymore until next year or the year after.

After Macy’s we went to L.L Bean. There is no interior entrance from the mall to L.L Bean, so you have to go outside and then enter L.L Bean. it is a weird set up. Once inside, they were having a 20% off all L.L. Bean merchandise, which works out perfectly! I was able to find a coat that liked. It was the one I saw online when I was first looking at winter coats. Andrew also got a vest. He wanted this for Christmas. It was so cute he asked me to wrap it up when we got home.

When we left L.L Bean, we went back inside the mall and then got a drink at the Wigle Whiskey place. I am not a whiskey drinker, but I know Drew is and I thought he deserved to treat himself. He was being such a good sport coming out on Black Friday with me. I thought my drink was okay, but it wasn’t the greatest.

After the whiskey, we stopped at Yankee Candle and stocked up on some Christmas candles. They were having a sale. If you buy three jars, then you get three jars free. We were all set for Christmas scents.

After Yankee Candle, we made our way back to Macy’s to leave. I found a cute pair of pink and black Nikes. I was desperately in need of new tennies. They didn’t have my size. When we got to the car, I ordered them online and had them shipped to the store. They were only $30 dollars! I love Black Friday.

When we got home, Drew went to the gym and I did some laundry. We decorated for Christmas in the evening, as well.
No photo description available.There she is the Hornyak family Christmas tree. I love all the ornaments that we have collected over the years.

Our house is officially ready for Christmas.

Magic Wand Princess Parties

Today, I started a new job, in addition to my assistant ship of course, as a character for Magic Wand Princess Parties. My friend Leanne, has a friend named Tracy. Tracy owns Magic Wand Princess Parties. She dresses up like the Disney princesses for parties, and charity events. She has been wanting to recruit me for awhile now. I was hesitant at first, I just had so much going on with school and my full-time job at the time. Now that I am not working my full-time and doing this assistant ship I figured I would give it a try.

I tried on the following costumes:
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The snow princess costume is similar to Anna in Frozen. 🙂 Tracy was being the snow queen for a party and I was to be Anna.  I was she excited for my first party as a character.  I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I am excited. I am officially going to be a character.
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New Years Eve

New Years Eve

When we woke up, we went to the gym, and got a little work out in, then I came home, and did some more laundry. We made a nice dinner, and had a few drank together. We had a great New Year’s Eve, but I was so hormonal.

On top of the fact, that New Year’s Eve, makes me uneasy already. It always has. In the blink of the moment, 2016 will be over, and it will be on to another year, whether we are ready for it or not. I hate not knowing what is around the corner, but I was ready for 2017..sort of?

Christmas Day

In the morning, we woke up we opened gifts with each other, and then got ready to go to his parents’. We already knew each other’s gifts. I received a FitBit Alta from Drew. I gave Drew wireless headphones that are like mine, but they are black. We relaxed, until it was time to get Grandma. We had to pick Grandma up at 12pm, then go to Oakdale to his parent’s new house.
After we got there, my parents showed up, and it was so nice to have my parents there. We were finally all together on a holiday! Megan and I drank wine together all day. It was nice and relaxing. My mom helped clean up with Aunt Tootsie in the kitchen. I was glad everyone was there. It makes things so much easier, on Drew and I without having to travel back and forth on Christmas. We left around 8pm and took Grandma home. It is hard to get her in and out of the car. Once we got home, we relaxed for the rest of the evening. Another Christmas in the books.

 

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

My Christmas Eve traditions have changed over the years. We used to go to my Aunt and Uncle’s in Upper Saint Clair, up until my Aunt and my Grandma passed away. The traditions in the family have changed. So ever since our family traditions changed, we have been going to my parent’s friends’.

We went to my parent’s around 1pm, opened gifts then went to Christmas Eve mass. After church, we went home fed the dogs, and then got ready to go to Carol and Fred’s. It was nice, but I am ready to relive the magic of Christmas again. Christmas used to be so magical, when I was a child, and as I became adult it lost its magic in a way to me. I think as an adult, the magic is being with the one’s you love, until children come along, and then you create the magic for them.  I am ready for a new Christmas tradition.

Jazz Happy Hour

Jazz Happy Hour

Today, Drew was home to let the Bath Fitter guy in to the house, and I was so excited for our new shower. Today, was my last day on the assignment at the Music Department. I had mixed feelings. Sad, because I am going to miss everyone. Also, I don’t want to be on the couch long. Happy, because now I don’t have to deal with Geri, and I have an interview tomorrow with CMU!
The day, dragged on and on, but when it was almost time to go. Frank decided he was not going to my happy hour. I was sad, because he and I did grow close, but it appeared he didn’t want to go and simply made up an excuse, as to not go.

When it was time to leave, I had to run back to the office and grab my coat. I turned to look back at the office once more. I remember when Paula first brought me there. She flipped on the lights and it looked like a cave with a nice computer. I never thought I would like it there. I never thought I would want to leave this place. I took a deep breath, smiled, and shut the door. I had a happy hour to get to and a 3-hour long interview tomorrow.
We walked to the Butterjoint on North Craig. Paula, AJ, Phil, Irene, and myself were in attendance. Irene brought Marco. I was gifted with Psycho Racoon, a card, and a $50 Starbucks gift card. I felt so blessed. I had three 7 and 7s. Drew checked up on me, here and there. He was being so sweet reminding me to be careful, but this was my happy hour, and I don’t do this to him. I let him alone. Whatever. It is okay. He was just being nice and caring. He loves me.
After Paula, AJ, and Phil left, it was just Irene and I. I had one more drink, then it was time to go. Irene asked me about married life, and what is like to be a wife. I remember being so naïve about marriage and a wedding as well. I am happy most days. I am ready for something of my own. I miss having my own stuff. CMU would be mine. Here is to hoping! I finally got on the bus, and took the 28x back to Robinson to my car. I was sobering up and ready to drive home. I felt safe and sober.  Once I got to my parent’s I played with my dogs, said Hi to my parents, then went to bed. I was so tired and I had a huge day tomorrow.