Back to Natural

This morning I had a hair appointment with Misty. I wanted to do something a bit more natural. She put in some ash low lights and we still kept my light blonde. I love it!After my hair appt, I went home and got the house ready for kitchen saver to arrive. Before KitchenSaver arrived, I frosted Drew’s cupcakes for his birthday dinner that evening,

Ideally, we want to not put a ton of money into our place, since we are not planning to stay here, but we would like to give the kitchen a bit of a facelift, and it will only make the value of our home increase.

Our meeting with KitchenSaver went so well. They are going to do a cabinet renewal, not a refacing. We picked out our cabinets, handles, faucet, sink, and counter tops. We put a down payment down and saved 10%. We are so excited. We decided to have the install start in January 2021.

Gym Day

This morning I was so lazy. We had busy weekend and I was trying to recover. Today is my friend Leanne’s birthday. We were going to go to the pool, but the weather didn’t look like it was going cooperate. I felt bad. I wanted to celebrate her birthday.

In the afternoon, I went to the gym and got a good workout in. I noticed you don’t have to reserve machines anymore which is so nice. When I was finishing up, I asked one of the trainers why they aren’t taking reservations anymore and she said, because we really aren’t that busy. I like it this way. I feel like it is more of a relaxing experience not having to remember to reserve a machine.

In the evening, we ate leftovers and then went to the store and got some fresh produce. We didn’t get the chance to go grocery shopping yesterday. It was nice to go to the store in the evening hardly anyone really there.

Wednesday Gym Day

This morning, I was slow to get up and get ready for the gym. I reserved an elliptical for 10am. I arrived around 9am I walked on the treadmill for a little, then did the stair master, until it was a quarter to 10am. I approached my reserved elliptical, and I was so worn out from the work that I did before that I didn’t last the whole 30 mins. I did about 20 mins. I may change things up when I go again on Friday.

After the elliptical, I did strength training mostly arms, since I did so much with my legs already. I was still super sore. When I was leaving, the gym I almost forgot to drop my dirty towel in the basket. The staff approached me and reminded me to drop my towel in the basket. I apologized. I said, “We will get there.” She said, “sooner or later.”

A Day with Mama

Today, was my off day from the gym, and I was feeling pretty sore. I took my mom to lunch at Hanlon’s, then we went home and I got changed into some walking clothes.

My mom and I walked the side streets and we did 2 laps around, and walked up by the church. It was like 90 degrees out. She was worn out. I felt kinda bad, but I know we got a good walk in for the day. I could have walked a few more laps and just kept going, but I went back home with her. I love it when we get to spend time together.

Back to the Gym

This morning at 5am the Sewickley Y opened! I was excited and nervous for my first time back to the gym. I read an e-mail they sent out and watched a YouTube video showcasing how things have changed at the Y, and what to expect upon your first visit.

I arrived around 10:00am, and I had to sign off on a new wavier, get my temperature checked, and wear a mask in the lobby. The front desk attendant is protected by a glass barrier. When you enter the cardio and strength training machine area, you have to pick up a clean towel, and then follow the arrows to the machines. If a machine has a reserved sign on it, then you cannot use it as it is being reserved for someone who called a head, and reserved the machine.

I approached a treadmill without a sign, I cleaned off the treadmill, took off my mask and walked/ran on the treadmill for a bit, cleaned it off, and appraoched a stairclimber without a reserve sign on it, and got on the machine and climbed the stairs for 10 mins (I can’t do anymore it’s so tiring, but good). Then approached an elliptical that didn’t have a reserve sign on it, and planned to do that for 10 mins as well. As I was finishing up, my 10 mins the owner came by and I told her I was just finishing up and had a minute left. She explained to me these are for reserve and it best to call a head and reserve a machine, if you know the time that you are going to be coming in. I figured it is better to be accommodating then be an ass, so I said, “I will remember do that next time. We are all in this together.” I got off the machine and cleaned it. I picked up my belongings and figured I did enough cardio. I will do weights for the rest of my time. I have been so accommodating throughout this whole COVID-19 situation and precaution, but I think if someone is utilizing the machine, they should tell the person who is reserving the machine that they are unable to book it at that particular time, and do it in half hour increments. It shouldn’t be a big deal if you don’t reserve a machine, but whatever, that is just my opinion. I didn’t want to get it into it, and be rude, so I just let it slide.

When I got home, I made sure to call them and have ask to reserve the elliptical for 10am on Wednesday! Andrew and I were still figuring out our login information and you cannot reserve a machine through the app. 🙂 It will be okay, we will get through this. This is may be the “new” normal until there is a vaccine, so I guess I will just have to reserve a machine and see how it goes. I just wonder what if you use multiple machines, shall I just reserve the machines that I want to use in half hour increments before going to the gym? I am sure I will figure it out the next time and be more confident the more I go.

I went walking with Drew during his lunch break, then got showered and hung out the rest of the day. I was feeling so fatigued. I must not be used to working out that much, and need to get back into it again. Drew cooked out on the grill for dinner; chicken thighs and wings. I made some asparagus on the stove and it was early to bed for me.

June 1st

It is Monday again! I have been in touch with my hair stylist. She and I originally set up an appointment for today, but something came up, and we switched Wednesday of this week, but then Point Park e-mailed me and wanted to interview me at 11am, so we changed it to Thursday. The interview is for a graduate assistant. I have one more semester left of graduate school, I would like more professional development and more experience. The job market is kind of tough right now for higher education and probably for a lot of people, but I am trying to remain optimistic. I had call with my advisor last week and I feel better. He sent me the contact information for two graduate assistant positions one with Carlow and one with Point Park. I am excited to hear about both positions.

In the morning, I went walking in our neighborhood. It is a little different than walking at my parents’. The side street at my parents’ is longer and wraps around and they are connected. I can do 5.85 miles by going at least 5 or 6 times around. However, in our neighborhood there is one street across from where we live, it is just one giant hill, and then we circle around and walk back down. We do this over and over again. It takes so much longer do 5 miles. Its monotonous, but better than nothing. I have been walking every day at my parents and since I have been back home. It is good to get out in the sun for a bit.

Last night Drew came down with a migraine and was not feeling well. He went to the chiropractor to get adjusted again in the evening. Then we went home and relaxed for the rest of the evening. I made us dinner. asparagus and chicken cordon bleus.

Normal Limits

It was an aggravating day and a half, I was constantly wondering whether or not my thyroid was functioning normally, or not. I got up this morning, got, a shower, and then refreshed my e-mail. I noticed I had a message in MyUPMC app. I was hoping it would be the results of my test.

There it was my test results. My thyroid was within normal limits. Thank God!

I was reading all these things online psyching myself out like always. I am not worried at all. I had French class at 11am, and then I had to pack up to go to my parents. I was going to stay at my parents. They leave for Myrtle Beach Thursday morning. I pack EVERYTHING I never know what I am going to want to wear, etc.

A Week Of Wellness in the time of COVID

This past week, I had doctors appointments, and I was still finishing up my contact with CMU virtually. On Wednesday, I had a gyro appointment, nothing serious just an annual exam. Friday, I had a dentist appointment. I was due in March, but because of COVID-19 I had to reschedule not once but twice. When I arrived to the dentist, I had to wait in my car until the hygienist was ready for me. When I received call, I went in, and had to wear my mask, and use hand sanitizer. The. The receptionist handed me a pen that was sanitized. It was so weird, but necessary I guess.

Once I was escorted by by the hygienist who was in full gear. She had a shield over her face, scrubs, and a mask, and gloves. When I sat in the chair, I used my sanitized pen to sign off on the consent forms, then the cleaning began. The only couple differences I noticed were that they did not rinse my mouth enough due to potential germs, and prior to her cleaning my teeth, I had to do a mouth rinse. Other than those few things everything seemed normal. I felt that they were very clean. I met with the dentist, who checked my mouth after the cleaning, and I received a good report. I will see them again in 6 months, which will be November.

The next Monday, I had bloodwork done. A while back, I went to my doctors because I was sick and she diagnosed me with bronchitis. She told me I had a large thyroid and wanted me in for bloodwork after I felt better. Well I never went for bloodwork, but I have been wondering about it, and maybe it was time to get the bloodwork done, but it might explain a few things. I went to UPMC Montefore to get my bloodwork done.

When I arrived, I parked in the garage, and walked into the hospital. I had my mask on, but they asked me if I wanted another one. I gratefully accepted. The medical ones are way easier to breathe in. Then another nurse took my temperature and of course I didn’t have a fever. Then another nurse gave me a sticker saying I passed and the date. It was the easiest test ever. I took the elevator to the 5th floor, and went to the lab. The woman at the desk asked me if I had my labels? I said, no the doctor faxed in my order, and I have never been here before, so I am not sure where I need to go. She said, well you need your labels, go down the hall to the glass doors, and you will need to be checked in there to receive your labels. I smiled and said thank you. I went down the hall to the lobby with the glass doors, and checked in with the receptionist. She printed my labels and told me where to go. I said, thank you. I went back to the lab, and I checked in and told them I had my labels. It was a man behind the desk this time. He took my labels and told me to have a seat.

So I took a seat, and few mins later, he told me to go down the hall to the first door on the left. I went down the hall to the first door on the left. He told me to have a seat, I took a seat and set my purse down and he got to work on my left arm. I hate getting my blood drawn, IVs, and needles. The rude woman came into the room, and asked if I had my labels? I smiled and said. “Yes, I do.” You know I kept going back to this thought we are all in this together. Yes, it kind of sucks right now, but it is what it is.

After my bloodwork, I went home. I had to log in for CMU, or at least be available.


Throughout this quarantine, I have found it increasingly important to take the time to do yoga. I loved ballet class when I was younger, and I enjoyed doing barre as an adult. I do know most of the barre moves so I am able to do them at my own pace. I  have started doing barre during the day, or in the evening. Recently, Andrew has joined in on doing barre workouts with me and we do a lot of core strengthening moves.

It’s been about a month now of this stay at home stuff, so I decided to go to my parents and use their treadmill.  I did a combination of running and walking. I may go back next week. Then I went home and did some core workouts with Andrew.

In the beginning of this stay at home order, I was working on completing my work for class, and not really feeling up to doing yoga or working out. I was feeling a little burned out but trying to stay focused at the same time. However, once I forced myself to get up and get away from the computer and move a little on my yoga mat, or when I went to a walk. I ended up feeling better.

I think Self-care is so important right now to take the time to step away from the screen and zoom conversations.