July 4th 2019

July 4th 2019

We woke up around 9am, and got ready to got to the pool. It was going to be a nice day and we were ready to just lay by the pool until the afternoon. I put on my Rock republic American Rebel shirt, and we were off to the pool.
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Once we arrived, it wasn’t too packed. We laid our towels down on the green turf that has been there since I was child. I used the legit suntan lotion on my face and rest I used tanning oil. I know, I know. I haven’t learned my lesson, but it is protective oil and it is SPF4. I know skin cancer is a legit real thing. I did have a biopsy, but thankfully it wasn’t cancer. I just love the sun. I gravitate to it. I always have. We get so little of it here in Pittsburgh. It is nice to soak it up when possible.

We left the pool around 2:30pm-3:00pm. We like to get there early, but leave early as well. We went home, got showered and took our time getting ready to head to my parents. I was excited to see them and see my dogs, but first I had to put on my fourth of July American flag dress.
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I thought about wearing my Union Jack flag tank top that I got from England last year, but I figured better to wear the American Flag, then the Union Jack. 🙂

Once we got to my parents, I was in charge of the buffalo chicken dip. Andrew and I must have been so hungry. The dip didn’t have a prayer. Around 5:30pm or 6pm. My dad started up the grill, and I sat outside with my dogs. I miss them so much. I do miss living at home and cuddling them, but they are well taken care of at my parents.  It is always so good to see them. My mom made her usual macaroni salad, baked beans, and broccoli for a vegetable. We ate at the dining room table.

After dinner, we stayed for fireworks. We were able to watch them from their porch. I am not much for fireworks, but it isn’t the Fourth of July without them.

Early Out

On Wednesday, I had my virtual tutoring appointment with a new tutor. I wanted to get my paper looked over and corrected. My other tutor was not available it seems. I did miss her, but at least I can submit this paper now and not have to work on it over the weekend. I just wanted to relax this weekend.

We had an early dismissal, the Dean’s office was closing at 3pm. Our division administrator announced to us via e-mail that we could leave at 3pm and to have a safe July 4th! I was so ready to have the 4th off of work and the 5th, then a nice long weekend. We didn’t have much planned this evening. We got Chinese food for dinner. We were going to my parents tomorrow for a cookout and then his parents on Friday for dinner. I didn’t see the point to cooking for just one day.

Monday..

This morning, I did not want to get out of bed. I hate how Sunday nights never provide the best restful sleep. When we arrived to Oakland, we stopped at Starbucks to kick the week off right. We had to make it through 3 days then it was a four day weekend for us. Andrew and I took a vacation day on Friday the 5th.

When I got to the office, I talked to my mom for a bit. My dad just went into the operating room to get his cataract removed. The procedure was only going to take 6 mins. I was nervous for him, but I know he will be okay.

I sat down at my desk, and turned on my computer. I only had one e-mail to respond to, which wasn’t so bad. I responded and then started on my paper for my summer class. I was able to finish it and get it to my writing tutor for her to look over. I am waiting for her to kick it back to me with changes, and then I am going to submit. Also, I am waiting for others to submit their discussion posts so I can reply immediately. I do not want to do homework over the holiday weekend.

I sent a text to my friend at the radio station and told him my availability to pick up the Shinedown tickets. I am waiting to hear his availability.

Other than that is pretty low key here. I am hoping the rest of the week is like this.

This evening, the plan is to head to the gym and get a work out in, then go home and chill.

Wave Pool with my Bestie

Wave Pool with my Bestie

This morning, we got up around 8:30am. I went to Starbucks and got us two cold brews. He texted me on my way home, that his friend Brent who cuts his hair, asked if he could come this morning at 10am for a trim. We did have plans to go to the pool, so as I said, as long as you are back by 11:30am. When I got home, I handed him his coffee, and kissed him. He was out the door.

I got my swim suit on and a pair of shorts with my Britney Spears t-shirt.
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Then sat down to read my book for this week’s discussion. This book is titled, Seeking Common Ground Public Schools in a Diverse Society by David Tyack. Tyack references the treatment of women and institutional  minoritized students. The history was familiar from last fall, when I took Politics and History of Higher Education. I did find the history of the textbook interesting as well as the common historical figures that students seem to be familiar with, which includes more men, than women. I finished the book before we went to the pool. I want to let my thoughts marinate before I post them in the discussion board.

When we arrived at the pool, we met up with Anthony. He lost 70 pounds. He looks like a shadow of his former self. He and I laid out and took pictures. We gossiped about the latest drama. Sometimes I feel bad for my husband, because when Anthony and I get together we talk and talk and it isn’t always stuff my husband wants to hear.

We stayed at the pool until 2:30pm or 3pm, then we went and got Mexican food at Plaza Azteca. We made plans for fireworks with Anthony on July 4th. We were going to be at my parents that day and they live close to downtown, so we were going to be the neighborhood anyway.

When we got home, I got a shower and passed out on the couch until about 6pm. Drew went and did grocery shopping, I woke up and put some laundry in and then sat down to do my discussion post, while he replaced the blinds in our kitchen window.

Goals for the week

  • touch base with my friend from the radio station to pick up my Shinedown tickets for 7/10
  • finish my paper for assignment 1 that is due on 7/8 so I don’t have to do any homework over July 4th weekend
  • Perhaps start reading my next book titled,  The Global achievement gap: Why even our best schools don’t teach
    the new survival skills our children need- and what we can do about it. 
    by Wagner
  • Gym it up Monday and Wednesday
  • Make it through 3 days at work, then it is a four day weekend!

After review

After review

I have been wanting to see this movie for so long. When I saw the previews for the movie, I was at theatre with my best friend, Anthony. He said, this looks like a biopic of your life. We laughed.

The second time I saw the preview for After was when I went to the movies with Jenna and Wynn to see Cruel Intentions. Jenna turned to me and said, “What is the plot?” I shrugged my shoulders and said it doesn’t need a plot he is hot!

While I was watching the movie, I thought about what Anthony said and laughed a little. However none of the guys in my past were as hot as Hero. It has been a long time since there was a good chick flick movie. There are references to great works of literature such as Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice. After combines a hot male main character with a trouble past and literature! Two things that make me swoon! If you have the chance watch it.

After I finished the movie, I goggled “After” and found that the movie is actually a book series by Anna Todd. She based it off of Harry Styles fan fiction. Harry Styles? I don’t think he is that good looking, but okay. I am going to have to check out these books.

Spoiler Alert: The movie has an open ending! Ugh, I think they are together, but I need to know for sure.

Wave Pool Day

In the morning, we went to the chiropractor and I had a good report on my hip! I don’t have to go back for 2 weeks!

After the chiropractor, we changed into our swim suits. It turns out the rain was going to hold off until the evening time, so we packed for the pool.

We stopped for breakfast at Eat n Park in a Wexford, then we were off to the wave pool.

Once we arrived we laid down our towels and lathered up with sunscreen. We stayed at the pool until around 3pm, then left to head home.

When we got home, I showered, changed, and sat down to write my paper that is due on July 8th. I really don’t want to do homework over the long weekend, so I am trying to get it all done beforehand. I felt like I got a good start on the draft.

In the evening, Drew went over Mike and Steph’s for a guys night. So I decided to surprise my parents at church for 5:30pm mass, and then go out to dinner. I took them to the Bottleshop in Bridgeville to try something new. While at dinner, I missed my husband. I like how we can just go out and relax and have a couple drinks and chill. It’s different with my parents.

After dinner, I went back to my parents to see my dogs for a little, then I drove home.

When I got home, I put some pjs on and turned on the movie After.

Wednesday

This morning, I posted my original discussion post for my online class. The original post is due by Friday 6/28. The post is based on Neil Postman’s novel The End of Education. I liked Postman. It was an interesting read. I wanted to get my discussion post submitted  early and stay ahead of the game. I am going to start reading the next book, which is called Seeking Common Ground Public Schools in a Diverse Society by David Tyack. The discussion post for Tyack isn’t due until next week, but I will start it this weekend after I finish the book. I also want to start writing the first draft of our paper that is due next weekend, as well.

After work, I went to the gym and it was packed in there. It wasn’t that comfortable in there either temperature wise. I did the treadmill for a mile, then did some strength training and called it a night.

When I got home, I made my sausage keto stuffed peppers, and got a shower, then put on some pjs and watched The Handmaid’s Tale. Season 3 is everything so far! I am so hooked. This episode had me shook to the core!

Spoiler Alert: I am going to talk a little bit about the episode. I really don’t want Nicole going back to Gilead I am hopeful she will stay in Canada. Then commander Blaine being a member of the Gilead crusade and never telling Nicole! I was a little shocked, but not really, when he said his new post was at the front, why else would a driver be going to the front!? I like June (Elizabeth Moss is a bad ass). I do think it was brave of her to record that recording for her husband and tell him that Nicole was conceived out of love and how she loved Nick! I just can’t. I love this show!