Waffles Missing

This morning, all we could think about Waffles and how he was out there somewhere in the cold. All day at work I was trying to focus, but I couldn’t I kept thinking about Waffles and where he was, and if he was even alive! I followed my brother-in-law’s Facebook page for updates and comments. It broke my heart to see his missing poster.

Drew and I kept checking Facebook throughout the day to see if there were any updates. I couldn’t focus at work. I had to sit on on meeting and take the minutes. I was asked how my weekend was, and I said it was good up until yesterday. I told them about Waffles. I was frazzled and emotional.

The faculty member said that I think you have a good excuse to not be here today in this meeting. I said, are you sure, I can take the minutes. She said no it’s fine we can manage. I said, thank you and I got up and left. I typically try harder to not let my emotions get the best of me, but this one was hitting me hard.

At the end of the day, I saw a post, that said someone saw paw prints by Waldameer and Sara’s campground. After work, I called some businesses in that area. Everything is closed for the season, or no one answers the phone. I did manage to get a hold of someone and I alerted her about Waffles and if she could please call me and let me know if she sees any prints around the area.  I texted my brother-in-law and he was thankful that I was trying to reach out.  He said he would keep me posted, and I promised to keep him posted if I were to hear anything.

We all were expecting the worse, except for my mother-in-law she was hoping for a miracle.

Ashley’s Bridal Shower

This afternoon I went to Andrew’s cousin’s bridal shower. She is getting married at the end of April. Last weekend, I went to Stephanie’s baby shower, who is Ashley’s sister.  I love these girls. I am closer to Stephanie, but I am sick of showers!

The shower was beautiful. It was at the Marriott by the airport. A server passed around champagne, that had blueberries in the glass. It was so classy! I sat with my mother-in-law and Andrew’s cousin Kelly. I haven’t seen her since her wedding.

At one point, my mother-in-law got a text from Tommy, Andrew’s brother and said, that Waffles ran away and is lost. She said, their roommate took the dogs down to the beach and Waffles got spooked and he ran away. They were not on leashes. I felt so terrible. Waffles is only 9 months old. We just met him on Christmas. He is so sweet. I hope they find him. I could tell Pam was worried sick throughout the shower.

After Ashley, opened her gifts, Drew came to pick me up. He walked into the room where the shower was going on and he ate some cake and talked to his mom for a bit. We talked about Waffles. Drew and I also talked to his Uncle. We have mentioned a few times about buying their house. They are looking to move and are going to put their house on the market soon. We love their house. It is a great neighborhood, school district, and it is a house we could grow into. We are going to meet up with them for dinner soon and talk about it.

Once we got home, we waited for updates about Waffles. His mom called us around 9:30pm and said they saw Waffles, he was walking along a frozen lake. He was snow blind and disoriented. The coast guard, police, and fire department tried to help, but he wouldn’t come back to shore. He heard them calling for him, but he just went further out onto the lake into the darkness. It was snowing and the wind was blowing. The coast guard said there is nothing more they could do.  Drew and I cried and talked about how we first met Waffles over Christmas.



A Day of Appointments

It was a short work week for me since I was off sick on Monday and Tuesday. I reported for work on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday was a planned sick day. I had a dentist appointment to attend and a dermatologist appointment to go to. I also need to help out at the Colonial Theatre for the musical “All Shook Up”. I am typing this entry as I sit in the Colonial Theatre. It has been a day!

At the dentist, I have no cavities, but they did want me to consider MTM, minor teeth movement. My bottom teeth are crowded a bit. They could be straighter I will give them that, but it is not too bad. It could be worse. MTM is comparable to Invisalign and it will cost $3,800. Now, our insurance does not cover Adult ortho, but it could cover children ortho under 19. I am too late. I have never needed braces and if my teeth were a big deal when I was younger, then I would have had them if I needed them. Whatever.

After the dentist, I went to Wexford for my Dermatologist appointment. No skin cancer, no biopsies. I am thankful. After I left the dermatologist, I went home to kiss my husband and to change. I had to get ready to go to RMU. I had a 3:15 apt with the director of student success.

When I arrived at RMU, I went to the office of student leadership and development where my internship supervisor’s office is. I put my things in the back room and changed into my heels. I pranced up to ROMOs and bought a French Caramel Latte. It is the same thing I used to get when I was an undergrad there. I love it. Then I went back to the office of student leadership and development. I saw an email from my student loan provider and had to clear up some issues with the amounts they were going to charge me. I looked around the cafeteria and thought this is what you have to look forward to kids after you graduate, don’t be in such a hurry!

After I got off the phone with them, I went to meet with the Director for the Center of Student Success. He wanted to give me a mock interview for the position that I applied for. Unfortunately, he is not able to consider me for the position because I do not have my Masters yet. I get it. It just sucks. I was hoping that they would work with me until I got my Masters.

After I completed the interview, he gave me some great advice. Things I never even considered before. He wants to continue working with me to help me perfect my skills. He even asked if I would present with him at a workshop on April 2! I have never been asked to present before at a workshop. I felt so honored.

By the time I got back up to the Student Leadership Development and Activities office, John had already stepped out. I talked to Mikhalia and she said, that he said he would meet me at the theatre.  She also said that he wants me to do the front house manager position. She and Jordan will sell tickets and swipe people in. I said, “okay, perfect.” I changed my shoes and went and grabbed her and I some dinner. We ate together, and then I got packed up to go to the theatre. She said she was going to go back to her dorm for a bit and meet me at the theatre. I asked her to give me the money since she was going back to her dorm. I didn’t want her walking around campus with the theatre money.  I put the money in my tote bag. She asked me to take the bake goods over for the ZTAs to sell at the theatre. I said I would do so.

When I left to go to the theatre, I took the forest of fun. I am remembered of my memories on campus. Every time I get so damn nostalgic. I love it there. I am going to end up working there one day. I know it.

When I arrived at the theatre,  I put the baked goods in the concession area. I was feeling stomach sick, it must have been the chicken that I ate. It was not agreeing with me. Eventually, Jordan showed up and we got the lobby set up. Jordan yelled at me for drinking Voss water. She thinks that is why my stomach was upset. She and I hung out until Ray came to set up the lights and he was going to tell us when to open the house. Mikhalia arrived with the tickets and I handed her the money that I had on me. I helped the ZTA girls set up the concession table. Then we waited for the guests to arrive.

Once John showed up, I gave him an update and he said, we would chat soon about McDonough and how my feedback/mock interview went. My parents arrived to see the musical. Once the show started, I only stayed for the first half then I went home. I was not feeling well for some reason. It was a long day.

Sick Days

Monday morning, I wrote an e-mail to my supervisor and the other admin that I work with and told them I was going to stay home sick. Andrew left work. I went back to sleep and around 9am I woke up and called my mom. She and Dad were going to pick me Wedding soup from Sarafinos in Crafton. This is my favorite place to eat wedding soup. When I lived at home, every time I was sick, I would get wedding soup from Sarafinos.
After I got out of the shower, I laid on the couch. I had to write my summaries for Student Development Theory class on Tuesday, but I didn’t want to, at least not right away. I watched the new episode of Victoria.

When my parents arrived, I got up and opened the door. I stepped aside so they could walk in the house. My dad had a McDonald’s bag with him. I was glad to see them. We sat down at the dining room table. I heated up my soup. Along with the soup, they also give you a chunk of bread and dipping oil. I hate half the bread and one bowl of soup. They brought me enough for two servings. I figured I would save the rest for later. We talked about school work, the interviews, what they were up to, and my cold. After lunch, my mom cleaned up and put my clean dishes away from the dishwasher and my dad took out the garbage. I was grateful they brought me soup and had lunch with me. When they left I went back to working on my summaries. I was able to get them done and submitted.

Before Drew came home, I got another shower and laid back on the couch. When he came home, I heated up some chicken casserole that we had last night for dinner. I heated up myself some soup. We ate dinner and he started to feel sick as well. I felt so bad that he was catching my cold.

Tuesday, I stayed home one more day. I was still so congested and not feeling 100%. I sent an e-mail again to my supervisor and the other admin I work with and told them that I was going to take one more sick day. I was still congested. Andrew left for work and I tried to go back to sleep, but I couldn’t fall back asleep, coughing and blowing my nose. I got a shower and laid on the couch. I watched TV and watched some movies. I e-mailed my professor and told him that I wasn’t going to be in class, and I wanted to use my one absence. I told him how my interviews went and he gave me some good advice. Drew stopped at Walmart on the way home. I got a shower before he came home, and put on some cut up kielbasa and sauerkraut in a pot for dinner. When he came home, he was not feeling well at all. We ate dinner and watched Siesta Key (my guilty pleasure).  Then off to bed. I was going to go to work in the morning. I couldn’t wait to feel better.

Sick with a Cold

Friday, after work I felt like I had a sore throat coming on. I thought I was getting a cold. My ears were starting to get a  little bothersome too (I had a few ear infections as a child. My ears are sensitive). We stayed in for the rest of the evening.

Saturday, I woke up, got a shower, got dressed and went to med express. I felt like my throat was on fire. When I arrived at Medexpress, they were a little busy. I had to wait about 40 mins until I was seen by the Doctor.  She said my throat is sore and that my ears have some fluid in them. She prescribed me a z pack and some gargle for my throat. I went home and laid on the couch. Drew picked up my prescription and I started my two pills of the Z pack. I did not move from the couch. I watched movies all day; Scream 1 and 2, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Mean Girls, and Dear John. Andrew did laundry and cleaned for me. In the evening, Drew turned on some documentary about a basketball team that was on Starz? I fell asleep during the documentary.

Sunday, I had to interview student-athletes at Pitt for my project for class, even though I was coming down with a cold. I didn’t want to miss my window to interview them. When we arrived I got set up in the conference room, and I interviewed them. The longest interview was about 15mins long. I interviewed 6 in total. I wanted to make sure I had enough information to write a paper on the themes of my interviews. I got home, and got a shower and laid down on the couch. I tried to watch Slenderman, while Drew did homework, but I kept dozing off and it wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be. I am glad I didn’t pay to see it in theaters.

Disturbed Concert

Disturbed Concert

We got a good bit of snow the night before and it was still falling in the morning. In the morning the snow was coming down fast and laying thick. We tried to make it to work, but decided to turn around and go home. We were slipping and sliding. Drew worked from home and I hung out and did some homework and some laundry. I was flirting with the idea of not going to the concert tonight because the snow was going to turn into rain and I wasn’t sure if the roads were going to freeze. Stephanie still wanted to go. This was her night out.

In the evening, Stephanie drove to my house and parked her car. She came in and said hi to Drew then I called for an Uber. I kissed Drew goodbye and went outside to wait for the Uber. When the Uber arrived, we got in the backseat and we were on our way. On the way, we talked about the concert, our husbands, and etc. The uber dropped us off outside of PPG paints arena. I was so excited for this concert.

We got something to eat at Friday’s and it was packed with the concertgoers. Guys and Girls in black concert t-shirts, make up. We got a drink at the bar, while we waited for our table. At the bar, I had a Titos and soda water. Stephanie had a beer. We got seated shortly after we ordered our drinks.

For dinner, we ordered spinach dip as an appetizer. I was so hungry. We both ordered bacon cheeseburgers. I ordered mine without the bun and I nibbled on my fries. I am trying to watch my carbs. I feel better when I don’t eat a lot of carbs. I am trying to get back on keto, slowly but surely.

After dinner, we walked down to the arena. The doors were already open. We got in line and made our way to our seats. Once we saw where our seats were, we went and got a drink. I bought a truly, mixed berry. Stephanie got a beer. We made our way to our seats and waited for Three Days Grace to come on.

Image may contain: one or more people, people on stage, concert, night and crowdThis was my second time seeing Three Days Grace. I thought I knew what to expect. I am not a fan of their new singer. I already was going into this with mixed feelings about this band. I do like their songs don’t get me wrong. It’s just that singer’s voice doesn’t make them sound hard at all.  The lead singer kept calling for people to mosh. I just felt like he was trying too hard. He tries way too hard to be rock!

However, I was looking forward to hearing infrared. This is their new song off their latest album. So far it is the only one I like.

After Three Days Grace, we went to the restroom, then got another drink. I bought another truly. Stephanie got another beer and we got ready for Disturbed! I was so excited to see them live, finally! I have been waiting to see them for so long.
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Disturbed’s intro consisted of video clips and audio from when they first came out back in the late 90s early 2000s. They played clips of reporters trying to describe their style of music. I remember when they first  came out with “Down with the Sickness.” I was 14.  I liked that song when it came out.

The lead singer David Draiman came out on stage dressed in a trench coat. I loved it!

Of course, he can still make those crazy sounds with his voice as he does in the songs. He sounds just like he does on the radio. I knew most of their songs. I was 4 alcoholic seltzer waters deep by the end of the show. Stephanie had a good time, as well. We made plans to get a friendship tattoo and are excited for the next concert!

The Great Gatsby Ballet

The Great Gatsby Ballet

Drew and I met up with my friend Jenna from work, and her husband Mattaeo at the Speakeasy in the Omni William Penn Hotel. It was so cool. The atmosphere was dimly lit and it was red and gold decor. It definitely reminded me of prohibition. The drink menus were leatherbound and made to look secretive.

When Jenna and Mattaeo arrived, we placed our order. I had a mint julep. Andrew had a John Collins. Jenna had prosecco, and Mattaeo had soda water. They are not big drinkers. We chatted about the ballet and how excited were to see it. We talked about how Drew and I started dating and how Jenna and Mattaeo met and started dating. It was cute their love story. They met while she was studying aboard in Italy.

After drinks, we cashed out and got ready to make the walk to the Benedum. It was so cold outside, and we both were in dresses and heels.  I couldn’t wait for this ballet. Once inside we said our goodbyes to Jenna and Mattaeo they were sitting in a different section.

Once we found our seats, which were much better than the seats we had for the Nutcracker. The lights dimmed and the curtain opened. The ballet had it’s moments where it differenced from the novel and the movie. I was able to follow, but if you didn’t know the story of The Great Gatsby, but then I can see how one may have found it difficult to follow.

At intermission, we met up with Jenna and Mattaeo. Jenna was loving it, but Mattaeo wasn’t sure how he felt about it. We didn’t see them after the ballet was over, but I was going to see Jenna at work on Monday. I couldn’t wait to recap with her.

After the ballet was over, and we made it home I went straight to bed. I was so tired. It has been a weekend!