31st Birthday and 3 Year Anniversary

Today is my 31st  Birthday, as well as mine and Andrew’s 3rd wedding anniversary. I was not looking forward to going to work, but I did anyway.  On my way to my building, I called my dad first and he sang Happy Birthday to me. Then I called my mom and she did the same thing. It was sweet. After I got off the phone with them, I sat down at my desk and started to work. Nancy came in and wished me Happy Birthday.

A delivery man showed up with some flowers and asked for me. I smiled when I saw the flowers. I was so surprised. I had to take a quick picture. I was in the middle of a project with Nancy. I called Drew and thanked him for the flowers and we face timed for a minute so he could see them. He was glad I liked them. He is so sweet.

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Around 9:30am, we ate a catered breakfast in the conference room and had a staff meeting. Linda called us together to go over somethings and some procedures. She also announced that it is my Birthday! Everyone wished me happy birthday and I also told them that today is also my 3rd Wedding Anniversary. They wished me Happy Anniversary, as well. It was sweet.

After breakfast, I sat down and got some work done, until 1:00pm. Andrew and I were going to lunch at Fuel and Fuddle. When he came to my office, Melanie and I were going over a project and getting things ready for the Fall schedule.  We are meeting again at 3:00pm. It was going to be a busy  afternoon.

At lunch, I didn’t behave with my Keto Diet. I ate nachos, and Drew had an appetizer and a burger. We will be good tomorrow. 🙂 It is a celebration today. We had a good lunch and didn’t want to go back work.

Around 3pm, I met with Melanie and got things straightened out and we had a plan. I went back to my office and it was about 4:00pm. I started packing up to leave. I had to go meet my TA for my Politics and History class. She was going to look over my paper and give me some pointers. I still need to get the rest of the paper looked over by my tutor. I am starting to get nervous. This is too much left to close to the weekend. I wanted to be able to put it past me before the weekend arrived.

When I arrived to the TA’s office, she wasn’t there. I waited around until about 5pm then walked back to Posvar. I received an e-mail from her. Her meeting ran late and she apologized. I said it’s okay. She said she would come by office tomorrow whenever I wanted. I said that I had nothing going on tomorrow and I look forward to seeing her. I am getting so anxious.

Around a quarter to 6pm, my friend Julia approached the bench I was sitting on outside of our class room. She and I complained about the semester and etc. I told her my issues with the TA and she said that sucks. This is why I try to get things done as early as possible.

Leadership class went well. We got our papers back, our group got a 48/50. Whew! I wasn’t sure what we were going to receive. I was glad that we did so well. We also started to give each other performance reviews. I had to review Julie. She was so cool with everything I said and agrees with me.  I felt relieved.

After class was over, I met with Drew outside my department. I told him about my grade. He said, babe you are kicking ass!  I said, “I know right!” We went into my office and got my flowers so I could take them home. I didn’t want to leave them at work.

When we got home, I got a shower and put on some pjs, then we opened cards together. It was a sweet moment. Then it was bed time. We both were so tired. It has been a crazy week, but I had a great birthday and anniversary.

Pumpkin Picking 2018

Today, Andrew and I took a long weekend to celebrate my Birthday and our 3 year wedding anniversary. We started the day with breakfast at Central Diner. We both had the Italian Omlet. I treated myself to some Italian bread toast. I was celebrating.

After breakfast, we went to pick pumpkins at Soergel’s orchard. I take pumpkin picking very seriously.

We didn’t want to drag the wheel barrow all the way up the hill to the patch, so we just picked our pumpkins out of the huge crates they had outside. We actually found some nice size pumpkins.

After we got our pumpkins, we loaded them up in the back of my SUV, then we wandered around Soergel’s and walked in and out fo a couple stores. We had so much fun! We bought a few things; a hazelnut candle, a small container apple cider, sampler bags of coffee, and 2 bottles of wine.

After Soergel’s we went to Kirkland’s and they had their Fall stuff for 50% off. We did buy the giant ornament with an H on it. Andrew’s mom bought hers last year and I wanted one for us too. We also bought my mom a birthday gift, and we got a couple candles.

After Kirkland’s we went to Best Buy and got a case for my IPad. I can finally use it now. I am anal about my electronics and try to take good care of them.

After Best Buy, we went home and made some dinner. It was so nice to spend the day together wandering around and getting our pumpkins. We did some things around the house and had an awesome salmon dinner with some asparagus.

After dinner, we watched some AMC fear fest they were showing the Halloween movies. We were going to see the new one and I was so excited. We planned to leave at 9:00pm for the movies.

Wake Up Call

This morning, I woke up in the guest bedroom of my in-law’s house. I didn’t sleep that well the bed was not that comfortable and I could feel the dip in the mattress. My hip was a little sore. Outside it was still raining. My productivity was going to be so low today. I could just feel it.
When I went into their guest bathroom, I noticed they had a scale. Typically I avoid scales like the plague. I don’t like to get on them, as soon as I do I obsess about it and it isn’t good, but I decided what the hell I will get on it. I tapped the scale with my foot, and waited until it read 0.0. Then I stood on the scale and tried to make sure I was standing tall and even, but I was looking down. I didn’t want to make any noise and drag the scale across the floor. I didn’t want anyone to know I was weighing myself. I hadn’t weighed myself in so long, so maybe I wasn’t standing as even and tall as one should to make my weight distribute properly. The scale read 180.0. I said, there is no way (I did have clothe on.)

I got off the scale and then went downstairs. My husband was sipping coffee on the couch with his dad watching the News. I was so in my head. I made some coffee and then went to go sit on the other couch. Drew smiled at me and I smiled back. In my head, I was obsessing about the scale.

When his mom woke up, she made some coffee and was in the kitchen. I asked her how accurate the scale is in the upstairs bathroom. She said, it is pretty accurate, why? I said, well then I am in trouble. It says that I weigh 180 pounds. She said, oh wow. I said, I know. We started talking about the Keto Diet. My mother-in-law has been doing it for three years now and has lost weight and is in much better shape than she was. I looked through her recipe book and I was determined to try it. I needed to do it. I needed to make a change. She said, “No more Starbucks.” (She knows me so well). She said, “When you go to Starbucks, get a coffee with espresso and cream. No fancy drinks.” I nodded. She is right. I need to cut out sugar.

For breakfast, his dad made us omelettes with eggs, cheese, ham, and veggies. I looked at his mom and said, “can I eat this?” She said, “Yes you can.” She toasted me a piece of her Keto bread. It was a little softer than real bread and not as crunchy. It was going to be adjustment, but I needed to do something. I needed to change. I forced down the bread and enjoyed the omelette.

Today was going to be the day that I start the Keto lifestyle. My mother-in-law packed up some left overs for us, and somethings to help me start the Keto process. She printed out her cream sauce recipe that is Keto friendly, that she used on all her meats in order to keep it from getting boring.  I can do this. It is just going to require some meal prep and effort.

On the way home, I stopped at Lens Crafters and picked up my glasses. They needed adjusted a bit, and I was good to go. When we got home, we brought the stuff in the house from his parents, and I went downstairs to fold laundry from the dryer. While I am downstairs folding laundry, I have my new glasses on, and I am stacking the folded laundry on the dryer.

All of the sudden I see something scurry out of the pile of plastic paint tarp that Drew left in the basement, this thing made it’s way to the center of the basement, where the sewage drain is that drains the water. It took me a minute for my brain to register that it was a mouse. I screamed and then yelled for Drew. He ran down to the basement, and saw the mouse. I grabbed a bucket and put it over him, but he crawled right out of the bucket. Drew grabbed the laundry board and pushed him back into the center of the basement. He said, “Babe, we need something that is air tight. Something he won’t slip out from under.” I looked around and grabbed one of my half burned Yankee Candle jars and put it over the mouse. He was trapped now. Please don’t judge me for this post and
Image may contain: plantwhat I am about to tell you. Once we got him trapped, Drew and I looked at each other. I said, “We have a mouse.” He said, “Yup.” I said, “I am glad we caught him now, instead of at 9pm at night.” This mouse just came out in the light, and moseyed on over to the drain, like no big deal. Typically they come out at night, or when the light is not on. “Who do we call?” Drew said, ” I don’t know.” I called Dave my parents handyman. He came over within 10-15 mins.  When he came over, he came into our basement. I said, “Please watch your step.” He looked down at the glass container and saw the mouse. He said, “That’s good you guys have him trapped.” He took a paint can out and put it on top of the glass candle jar. Dave said, “Do you guys just want to put something under the glass container and take him outside?” I said, “No then he will find his way back in. When he dies, we will take him out to the trash.” I know it is cruel, but we were going to wait until he suffocated. I know this is wrong. It is so sad to suffocate an animal. I wouldn’t want someone doing that to me, but it was the only way to ensure that he wouldn’t find his way back in.
When Dave left, Drew and I cleaned up the basement. We swept up and he took the paint tarp out of the basement, and was going to take to the garage. I was so over this day already and I had some reading to do for class to stay on top of things a little bit. Eventually, Jasper the mouse passed away. I asked Drew if we should say a few words. He said, “Do you want to?” I said my catholic prayers and asked that God take him to heaven and forgive us for what we did. I looked back at Drew and I said, “Anything you want to say?” He looked at me then at Japser in the glass container and said, “Thank you for messing up my day.” Drew went over to the glass container and shook the mouse from side to side. He didn’t move and was stiff. I grabbed some gloves and a garbage bag. Drew grabbed a flat tool to place under the glass container. We dropped the glass container and Jasper into the garbage bag, and Drew walked Jasper to the garbage.
While he was disposing of the mouse, I got on my hands and knees with a brush and some bleach water, and cleaned up the area where Jasper died. I felt a little like shit about all this, but it was what it was I guess. After the mouse fiasco, Drew went to the gym and I got a long hot shower, and put on some relaxing clothes and did some reading. I am loving these glasses!
For dinner, I heated up the left overs. We Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, eyeglasses and closeup
split a sweet potato, but I had butter and cinnamon on mine, because butter is Keto friendly! I had some veggies and some steak. After dinner, we cleaned up, and then watched Smallville. As I was laying on the couch, I could feel myself craving something like chips, or a Reeses cup. I laid there and fought the craving. Drew felt a little bad for me but supported me and talked me through my sugar craving. I felt strong enough to do this.  I have this app on my phone it is called carb manager. It breaks down my carbs, fat, and protein, etc. I ate a total of 25 net carbs today. This is the maximum that I can have. I am definitely going to try this for awhile. I am excited for the results.

Also, that evening we laid down mouse traps, in the corners and along the wall on the floor. Hopefully, we do not have any more mice!

Buzzed

Today, I woke up around 9:30AM,  showered, then got ready to go to my parents. Drew was working from home today. I didn’t want to stay inside all day. I drove to my parents.

On my way to my parents, I stopped at starbucks and was going to run through the drive thru and I saw Dave my parents’ handyman and also the father to both of my ex boyfriends. I dated both of his sons at one point or another. I bought him his chai tea latte, and my caramel latte. After exiting the drive thru, I parked in the space next to his car and gave him his chai tea latte. We chatted about the work he is doing at my parents, and his family. I had to interject and say, “well I think I need to start my day….” He will keep me there all day taking it I let him. He is a talker.

When I arrived at my parents, my mom, my dad, and my dogs were on the back porch. We sat outside and talked about my schedule and how it will interfere a little with the dog sitting in th evenings. I am going to make it work, because I did commit to September. My parents are going on vacation. We seemed to work everything out, and Drew will help me where he can.

My parents and I wine to breakfast are Hanlon’s for some reason I wasn’t all that hungry. I had the lighter fare: egg whites, one hasbrown, Italian bread toast, and bacon. I ate everything but the egg whites they didn’t taste good to me. I don’t care for restaurant eggs.

After breakfast, we went to kohl’s my dad and mom bought me a nice pair of black simply Vera wang heels. They have memory foam in them. I needed a new pair of black heels for work events and perhaps this internship.

When we went back to my parents, I brushed my dogs’ teeth and then I kissed them goodbye. I wanted to go home and see my husband.

When I got home, I kissed Drew and asked him how is work was coming along. He said it was coming. I feel bad this won’t be much of a weekend for him. I read while he worked, then I made dinner. We had salmon burgers with tomato’s, avocados, and onions. They were good.

After dinner, Drew did a bit more work, then we spent some time together. We watched an episode of Smallville, then went and got ice cream at the Sewickley Confectionary. I could tell it was good for him to get out, but he had his mind on work.

When we got home, I dropped him off and then I went to Anthony’s. Dylan was there and Anthony’s brother was in town visiting from Ohio. We played beer bong, and flip cup. I had one Octoberfest beer and two vodka and waters. Drew offered to pick me up, if I drank too much. I had to call Drew to come get me while we were playing this awful board game. FA9C2A8E-0071-44BB-8AB0-DFDDCE6EA8A5
After the game, Drew drove us home safely and it was off to sleep for this couple. I was buzzed, and had so much fun kicking back tonight.

Andrew’s Birthday Pt.2

This morning, I had a nail appt with my mom at Bella nails in Crafton. I met my mom at my parents’ house so I can see my dogies. I got to see them for a bit, then it was out the door to Bella’s. I drove my car to the nail salon. We stopped to get coffee on the way. Once we got to Bella’s, I signed in and told them that I was here for Ana. I wasn’t sure what I wanted. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a full set, or just a little bit of tip with the acrylic dip. I wasn’t sure. I needed to talk to Ana. I knew she was running late, but I didn’t want anyone else to do my nails, but Ana.
When Ana arrived, she asked if I could come outside for a second? I walked outside, and she said, “I am sorry, but I have an 11:30am. Do you mind if someone else does your nails? I feel terrible.” I said, “yes, that is okay.” she said, “I will still do mom’s, but what exactly do you want done to your nails?” I said, “Well I know I want the dip, but I think I want a little tip on the end for some length, but not too long.” She said, “Okay.” She walked in and explained to the man who was doing my nails what I wanted.  I was so nervous it was hard for me to relax. Well they turned out great! Now I am trying to get used to life with nails again.  I thought Drew was going to kill me. He likes my natural nails.
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After the nail salon, my mom and I met my dad at Hanlon’s for breakfast, in Crafton/Ingram Shopping Center. I love that place. I didn’t like it, when it first opened up. I missed what it used to be, Andrea’s. The food tasted so good at Andrea’s. I was excited to see my dad.
At breakfast, we talked about work, and my upcoming semester of grad school, and etc. We talked about the concert, and how the lead singers aged and sounded a little different than what they used to sound like. My dad said, well that happens. The 90s were a long time ago. It just doesn’t feel that long ago.

After breakfast, I drove my mom home, and then I went home myself. I  had some birthday things to do with Drew tonight. When I got home, I kissed Drew and tried to hide my hands. I didn’t want him to see my nails, not just yet. I knew he would notice them soon enough, but I wanted to wait as long as I could. I cleaned up the kitchen a bit, and then we went to Best Buy. Drew wanted to get the Fitbit Versa for his Birthday gift.             On our way to Best Buy, I had to stop and get him a birthday card. This is so unorthodox. The element of Birthday surprises is gone when you get married and if you chose to have a joint checking account, well then there goes the surprise for certain. We also got candy to sneak into my purse at the movies. When we arrived at Best Buy, it is like a gadget lovers paradise. Everything looks so bright and shiny in that store. We went to the FitBit area, and there was the Versa, now the Fitbit is much better for tracking activity, then the iwatch I will say. I do miss my Fitbit sometimes, but my iwatch is more of a smartwatch, then a fitness tracker. The iwatch still tracks my fitness, but it is not as good as the Fitbit. Drew picked the special edition version of the Versa. The band was more of a nicer mesh material, instead of a rubbery feel. I told him he never treats himself. He should get what he wanted.
After Best Buy, we went home and talked about going to see hotel Transylvania 3. I made dinner, and Drew ordered tickets. We were all set for the 8:50pm showing. I was so excited for this movie.  I was hoping it would be good. Drew set up his Fitbit. He looks so happy!
After dinner, we got ready to go to the movies. I couldn’t wait to see this movie. I was just hoping it was going to be good. Once in side, we promised to try to see this movie without popcorn, since we just had dinner, and smuggled in candy. We were sitting in our seats at the theater and we couldn’t take it anymore. I went into the lobby and bought popcorn. I brought down. I only got a medium though, with butter in the middle, and no butter on top. However, I do love a ton of butter, but we need to cut back and be healthier.
When the previews, started they showed the preview for the new Winnie the Pooh movie, that I can’t wait to see. I think Anthony and I are going to go see it. I know I will cry my eyes out. Goosebumps 2 was coming out. I loved those books as a child, I will probably drag Drew to see it with me when it comes out. It looks so good.

Belated Father’s Day Gift

That morning, I woke up kind of restless and bored. I watched some more Riverdale, made us breakfast. I put my laundry away and cleaned some more around the house. Drew was feeling restless too. Drew got invited to go watch the World Cup game in the afternoon around 2pm at his friend Tony’s. I laid on the couch and watched  Riverdale, until it was time for me to go meet my dad at the movie theater.
I drove out to Bridgeville to Phoenix Big. Last time I was there was with Drew to see Avengers: Infinity War. The theater was just cited for mouse droppings.  I don’t mind going there. Mice won’t keep me away. I bought my dad Snocaps at the dollar store and I bought Sour Patch kids extreme for me.
Once I arrived to the theater, he was parked out front and I parked across from him. I gave him a hug and wished him happy father’s day! He said, thank you! come here look what I got for you and Drew.” I go to the back of the car. he lifts up the trunk and pulls out a huge box, 75.00 worth of fireworks. I think the sunglasses were able to hide the shock on my face. He said, “don’t tell your mom.” I said, “oh wow. um Daddy thank you, but I am not sure where we are going to be able to set these off at.” He said, “Oh you will find some place, here open your car.” He put the fireworks in the backseat of my car. I texted Drew and told him about the fireworks. He said the same thing I did pretty much, thanks, but where are we going to set these off at?
Once inside the theater, I kept thinking oh my God I have 75.00 of fireworks in my backseat. I bought us popcorn and a drink. He was grateful. We walked to the theater room and took a seat. The theater was pretty much empty. The movie was okay. It was called hereditary. There were parts that made me jump and grusome special effects, but it was just weird. There was so much hype calling it this generations “Exorcist,” etc. I didn’t think that was true. I noticed sometimes Daddy would close his eyes and fall asleep a little, but then wake right back up again. He is slowing down a little bit. My mom is too, but we will always have horror movies and are going to continue making as many memories as we can.
After the movie, I hugged my dad goodbye and drove home. Once I arrived home, Drew wasn’t feeling too well, but he was happy to see me. He said, he had a headache. I told him I had one too earlier. I took some motrin, on the onset of the headache and I was okay. I made dinner for us, and then we watched Smallville until it was time for bed. Another week was coming up fast.

Hair Appt/Deadpool 2

This morning, I got up around 7:15am and got a shower. I got dressed and went downstairs. I made some coffee and ate some cereal. My mom got up and had some coffee with me. My dad was already downstairs in the living room sitting in his chair with the dogs. Things were already back to normal. I missed my husband. I am glad I get to see him today.
When I arrived to the salon, Kim was there and she was the only on there. It is always nice, when she is the only one there, and not the other ladies. I can’t stand the drama that this place produces. I told Kim I wanted to do the same thing with my hair, darker at the roots and light at the ends. I love the dark rooty look. When she put my color on, she asked all about the trip to Europe, and what it was like. We talked about the protesters and all that is happening in Pittsburgh. She kind of feels the same way I do.
After she dried my hair and styled it, I was out the door. I drove home. When I walked in, I had another cup of coffee and then started packing up my stuff. It was going to rain soon, and I wanted to get the car packed up before the rain hit, but that was going to happen.
My dad helped me load up my car, in between breaks in the rain. I could already feel it was going to be an off day. Drew was going to the chiropractor and was home by the time I walked in the door. When I walked into our house, he had just finished vacuuming and mostly everything was in it’s place. I was so glad to be home. Drew gave me the biggest hug and kiss. He missed me so much. It was nice to kind of step back and miss each other for a bit. It reminded me of when were dating, only seeing each other on the weekends.
After we brought my stuff inside, I made us avocado egg wraps with bacon. It is my new specialty. The weather was too terrible to go to the pool, so we just did house work and cleaned all day.
After breakfast, I went to Old Navy for the $1 fip flop sale.  I ended up leaving my phone in the car by accident (I swear). They were having a huge summer sale. I did buy 6 pairs of flip flips, 2 pair of comfy beach pants (one pair is green and the other is a blue and white stripe), a top, and a pair of pj pants. I know I was only supposed to buy flip flops, but I hope this was okay.
When I got home, he was getting ready to go to the store. I told him how much I spent at Old Navy and he was okay with it, but that was it for awhile. I understood. I only spent $68.00. I asked if he wanted me to go to the store with him. He said, if I wanted to, but I didn’t have to. I put my old navy bag in the house, and then got in the car with him. I hadn’t seen him in awhile, and was looking forward to getting out, even if it was to the store. I didn’t want to be inside all day.
After the grocery store, we went home and unloaded the groceries and then we went to the mall. He wanted to stop in at LensCrafters to inquire about glasses. He wants a new pair of Sunglasses and eliminate his Ray Bans. I wasn’t sure how I felt about that. I am so used to his Raybans. He tried on Oakley’s and Raybans. He wants something different, but I only like a few of them. I am a sucker for the classic black frame and black lens sunglasses look. Something simple and chic is what I like.
After lens crafters, we went to Cadillac ranch for a drink. He dropped me off at the front. I took a seat at the bar. I was going to sit outside, but I opted for inside instead. The bartender approached me and smiled. I smiled back, just trying to be friendly. I said, “Don’t worry I am not going to drink by myself.” he said, “I am not judging” and laughed a little.  I said, “Mama said, you never sit at a bar by yourself and drink.” He laughed again and asked me what he can get me? I smiled and said, “Vodka tonic, please.” he said, “what kind of vodka.” I said, “Anything but smirnoff.” He laughed. I said, “Smirnoff and sunny D have terrible memories for me.” He laughed and so did another bartender, and she said, “Girl it was anything peach for me. I can’t drink anything peach to this day.” I laughed. He looked at me and said, “Goose? Stoli?” I said, “Goose, please.” He set the drink on the counter and I said, “Thank you, Sir.” He smiled and said, “Don’t call me Sir. You can call me Zach.” I smiled and said, “Thanks, Zach.”
Finally Drew walked in and took a seat next to me. I said, “Hey babe, meet Zach our bartender.” He looked up at Zach and said, “Hey man.” He said, “Hey, what can I get you?” Drew said, “Crown on the rocks please.” There we were drinking together at a bar. Something we hadn’t done in so long. We told Zach we were going to see Dead Pool 2. He said, “You will love it. It is better than the first.” We were pretty excited to see it.
After our drink, we cashed out, said bye to Zach, and headed to the movie theater. It wasn’t all that packed. We have been prebuying our tickets lately with the reserve seating, so after we got our popcorn and drink, we walked up to the usher stand and he scanned our tickets.
On our way to the theater room, I passed the Halloween movie poster. I was so excited for that movie to come out. I wanted to take a selfie with the poster, perhaps on the way out, when we leave. We walked into the theater room, and found our seats and got settled.
After the movie started, a random strange couple took a seat next to us, but they turned out to be in the wrong seat. Theresa my friend, who works at Cinemark told them they were in the wrong seat and had to move. Their seats were in the very front row in, in row A, not row D. When the couple left, another couple took their seats next to us. The movie was alright, sure it had it’s funny parts, but I liked the first one better. The best is the opening credits. They aren’t your traditional opening credits. Typically opening  credits read “Executive Producer:: then the persona’s name.” Well in Dead Pool 2 they read, “Executive Producer: Who the hell cares?” etc.
After the movie, I did get my selfie with the Michael Myers poster:
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6.22.18

After work today, I went to my parents to watch the dogs. I was excited just to hang out, relax, and catch up on Riverdale. My parents weren’t due home until tomorrow, so I had one more night to snuggle my dogs.
After I got them out to go to the bathroom, I fed them, and then I sat down and ate the rest of my subway sandwich from last night. Mother nature came yesterday and paid be a visit, so kind of her. My PMS was easier this time. I wish it could be like that all the time.
After dinner, I went up and took a shower, and then put some comfortable clothes on. I was so tired. I wanted to get to bed early tonight and get a good nights sleep. I watched Riverdale some more and finished my laundry. My phone rang around 9pm. I looked at the screen it was my mom. She said, we are on our way home! I said, “what?” she said, “Yea we drove straight through. We are in Washington, PA and we will see you around 10pm.” I said, “Oh wow okay.” I was looking forward to snuggling my dogs for one more night, but I will see them again soon. I  have to come back and dog sit in September.
When they arrived home, I took the dogs outside to greet them. My parents were so happy to see the pups.
Once inside, my parents greeted me and thanked me for taking care of the dogs. They insisted that i just spent the night anyway because I have a hair appointment in Crafton the next day. I agreed that would be smart. I didn’t really feel like packing the car up tonight anyway. They unpacked and gave me some gifts they bought on their trip. My dad got me a dream catcher, and some shot glasses for Drew. They seemed relaxed for the most part.
Before going to bed, I watched a little bit of the protest for Antwon Rose. He was shot 3 times in the back by a East Hills Pittsburgh police officer. He ran from the police and then the officer shot him three times. The protesters are upset because a 17-year old boy is dead. Other people in the city are asking why did he run? The city of Pittsburgh is divided, and there is a call to end the violence and police brutality. I tend to side with the police. I have a space in my heart for police officers and I really support them and their difficult positions. They have a hard job and they are always underappreciated. My head was spinning with thoughts. I watched some more of the protest on my phone, as I laid in my old bed, trying to sleep. The dogs laid with me for a while. They stayed with me until 4am, then went in with my parents.

 

6.21.18

After work today, I went to Subway and got a foot long. I wanted to eat half for dinner tonight and the other half for dinner tomorrow. Then I went home and let the dogs out we sat in the grass for a minute. They didn’t need to go to the bathroom, I guess. When we went inside, I fed them dinner.
After they ate, I went up and got a shower, changed into comfortable clothes, then sat down to eat. I watched Jeopardy while I ate. I like to guess the answers, some I knew and some I don’t, but it’s still fun. After I finished eating, I cleaned up and then took the dogs for a walk in the alley, where they finally went to the bathroom. We were good until it was time for bed.
When I went back inside, I took their leashes off, gave them treats, and their vitamins, then laid on the couch and tried to watch the show “Harlots.” I just couldn’t get into it. This is the second time I tried getting into it and I just can’t. I don’t know I mean I like the time period, but the topic is a bit much for me. I don’t know it’s just not my bag  I guess. Then I turned on Riverdale. I forgot I still need to catch up on Season 2. I finally finished Season 1. Right before I started Season 2, I did some laundry. One more load, and then laundry was done for the week.
I went back upstairs to the first floor, laid back down on the couch and watched Season 2 of Riverdale. I couldn’t finish the whole season. I will finish it tomorrow night. Drew called me around 10 mins to 9pm. I was so happy to hear from him. I missed getting a phone call from him out of the blue, like when we were dating. It was a cool feeling. We talked for a bit, and then I went back to watching Riverdale, until about 9:30pm, then I tried to get the dogs out on more time. Louie went to the bathroom, but not Paris. I was hoping I wouldn’t have to get up, in the middle of the night. I went upstairs to get ready for bed, tomorrow is Friday!

6/20/18

This morning, I said goodbye to Drew and drove to the park n ride by my parents, parked, locked my car, and walked to the bus stop. I waited for a G2 to come along. Once I got on the bus, it was so packed, standing room only. I stood and held on to a pole on the way to Downtown Pittsburgh. It was a short ride.
Once I got off the bus, I walked to the bus stop in Downtown to catch a 61 or a 71 to Oakland. I almost forgot how fun it is to ride the bus. I was able to catch a 61, which will take me straight to Posvar pretty much on Forbes. I stopped at Starbucks, once I arrived into Oakland. I got a venti skinny caramel macchiato. I haven’t had one in a while.
Then I walked to my building, I called to my mom on my way to my building. They said, the were taking it easy until their show at 6pm today. They are going to see a Beach Boys show. Ehh, I am not one for shows, unless it is Phantom of the Opera. I would like to see the Gloria Estefan show, “On Your Feet.” I prefer ballets. I like the classics.
Once I got to my office, I sat down and started to do some tasks, and kept an eye on e-mail requests. It was going to be another slow day. I updated enrollments, and prepped for the schedulers meeting. I still have some more to do, but I don’t want to do it all at once.
At lunch, I talked to Wynn and Nicollete. I told them about the dog sitter drama and what happened, and how we had to fire her. Wynn said, “Let me guess who is going to take care of him. The only one, who will take the absolute best care of them…” she laughed. I said, “yes, I am the only one.” I laughed too. I am a control freak. It’s okay with me.
At around 4:15pm, a work study  came down to cover the front desk. I reminded her to please pull the big door with the code on it shut at the end of the day, when she leaves. Everything else was good. She laughed and couldn’t remember if that one got locked, or not. I was grateful to leave at 4:30pm today.
Once I got on the bus out of Oakland, it didn’t take too long to get into town, but it was packed up and raining off and on. It was so humid out too. I was excited to get home to my dogs. When I arrived down town, I walked to the bus stop and waited for a G2 to arrive. It took forever, which is rare for a G2. Traffic out of town must be backed up so badly.
The bus arrived around 5:30pm. I got on and it was so packed. I sat down on one of the side seats, across from someone. I listened to music and texted Drew on the way home. It took awhile to get up to the bridge. I hate when the bus is packed and traffic is backed up. It always happens, when it rains or snows. Once we were on the bus way, the bus flew. Before I knew it, we arrived at my stop. I walked to my car and drove to my parents. I was so excited to see the dogs.
When I got to my parents, I parked, got out of the car, and walked up the walkway to the back door. I unlocked the door, and expected the dogs to be right there at the door going crazy. They must have been sleeping. They were a bit delayed with their greeting. They looked sluggish, but excited! They ran to me, and came outside on the back porch with me. I bent down and pet them. I told them I was sorry, and that i am here with them now. We ran in the grass, and even though it was wet. They ran to me, and I bent down and pet them some more. I wasn’t sure if they had to go to the bathroom or not. They didn’t seem like they needed to, and the grass was too wet for them.  I would try again later.
When we got back inside, I got their dinner ready. I set it down in front of them and waited until they were finished. Louie at everything, as always. Paris not so much she didn’t finish. I was surprised. I took her bowl and put a plate over it, maybe Alyssa will get her to eat tomorrow. I put their food away and set up my Amazon Fire Stick in the living room television. It took me awhile to figure it out. My parents have a Samsung TV, and the HDMI inputs are on a separate box, that comes with the television. They are not behind the television.
After a while, I laid down on the floor and looked at the home screen of the Amazon Fire Stick and smiled in my glory of not needing a man and doing it myself, just then Louie came over and licked me. I always need my Louie boy! I entered the WIFI password for my parents, and then that was it, there it was. I was able to watch the handmaid’s tale. I was so excited.
I went into the kitchen and made some waffles for dinner and grabbed a glass of milk. I guess this was my only option. I ate dinner on a television tray in the living room and started the new episode of the handmaid’s tale. I paused it to clean up and grab a beer. Then I came back in the living room, laid on the couch with my dogs, drank a Corona Light and watched the rest of the episode. Some parts of the show were so sad, but the show is so good.
After the show, I got up and let the dogs out. Louie went, but Paris did not. I went upstairs and got a shower, changed into comfortable sleeping clothes, and turned on Teen Mom 2. I have to catch up. This show is the same anymore, but I hope Leah and Jeremy get back together. I only care about certain story lines; Leah’s, Jenelle’s , and Kail’s, that’s it. Chelsea is cute, but her life is normal and I don’t watch this show for normalcy. After Teen Mom, I couldn’t find anything to watch and it was 9:30pm, time for bed. I couldn’t wait to snuggle the pups.

Dog Sitter Drama

The morning went slow. I had lunch in the kitchen with the girls. I remembered my lunch today. 🙂 We were going to the hospital to see Grandma after work today. It has been a roller coaster ride with her.
After work today, I met up with Drew and we drove to AGH traffic was a little backed up since it was rush hour. When we arrived at the hospital, we took the elevator to the 6th floor. When we walked into her room, Drew’s mom and Aunt Paula were in the room. A nurse was tending to her. We noticed that my mother-in-law and Aunt Paula had gloves and a smock on. We asked if we need to be suited up, and the nurse said, “No we rolled out pneumonia, but she does have MRSA.” We entered the room and kissed her cheek. She was so happy to see us. We both gave Aunt Paula and mom a hug. It was nice to all be there together.
Drew pulled over a chair and took a seat. I held Grandma’s hand for a moment. Then Drew showed her pictures from out trip. Emotions were lifted and happy. We are trying to stay positive. She beat pneumonia before and a staff infection.  My mom calls her the energizer bunny.
Eventually my mother-in-law and Aunt Paula left, and Grandma fell asleep. We stayed until about 7pm, and then said our goodbyes to Grandma and left the hospital. On the way home, we picked up some fried chicken for dinner at the grocery store. I don’t know why, but every once in a while I crave it. Then, we went home. Well on our way home, Drew realized that he forgot his house key on the coffee table in our living room. He gave it to me the other day to let me in, when he went to the store.
We had to meet his dad at the mall parking lot to get the spare key we gave him. I was so annoyed. I was hungry and ready to go home! When we got home, I said please put the key on your key ring. He laughed and did so. I heated up dinner and platted it for us. We ate and then I got a shower and planned to relax the rest of the night.
Well we were laying there watching Smallville. I have him into the show. I am so glad. It is such a good show and I love Tom Welling, especially as Superman.  After one of the episodes I checked my phone and turned on the camera app to check on the dogs. The dog sitter asked my mom if she could take the dogs with her back to her house. My mom said, “no.” She said, she will be gone for like 3 1/2 hours to do laundry. My mom said, That is okay just leave the dining room light on and give Louie and Paris a calming pill (melatonin) before you leave, they should be okay until you get back. While I was watching the camera, Louie was howling and crying in the dining room. The light wasn’t on in the dining room, only the kitchen light. I said, this woman is stupid. I know she didn’t give them melatonin or else he wouldn’t be this upset.
When I talked to my mom, eventually I got her to agree to fire the dog sitter that night. I said, “She is not following directions, she isn’t being kind to the dogs, and not giving them any love and attention. She is not a good fit for this job.” My parents kind of agreed. I said, “have her leave her key on the kitchen counter, when she leaves for work and I will take over starting tomorrow evening.” My parents were so happy and would rather me watch the dogs, then anyone. The girl they have during the day is awesome with them, but she won’t stay the night. She is scared. My mom said she is only 19. I said, at 19 I was begging my mom and dad to go so I could stay the night at my house by myself.
After I got off the phone with my mom, I packed up a bag to go to my parents. Drew made my salads for me for the next couple days. I was so happy and so thankful for him. I got the car packed up and then it was time for bed. I was going to have a non stop couple days.

Worst Monday, Ever

This morning, I went to work and I was tired. Drew’s neck was still sore. I need another weekend.  Work was slow Nancy is on vacation until next Monday. Quiet is not the word for it. I have to have some music on, or some noise. It won’t be a fun week. I forgot my lunch at home, it is on the stairs. I sit on the stairs to put on my shoes, and left my lunch behind. I have done this before.
At lunch, Wynn and I ordered a small pizza and a tossed salad to share. Nicollette joined us and ate lunch with us. We all talked about work and how quiet it is down there. It was fun to eat lunch with the girls.
After we ate, they went walking, and I went back to my desk. I got organized and got some small tasks done, and checked on the dogs. They seemed like they are okay, but not happy. She isn’t interacting with them, petting them, or playing with them. It is sad. They are used to much warmer behavior. It is heartbreaking to watch.
When I got home, and got settled for the evening. It was around 8:30pm, and I opened the camera app on my phone. Louie was howling and crying. I called my mom and asked her where the dog sitter was. My parents said, they are trying to find out, but they don’t know she isn’t answering. I said, “oh okay, well I am going over there.” If she is arrives, then let me know, and I will turn around and go home.”  I am so mad at this woman.
When I arrive to my parents, she is out back with the dogs. I park behind her car, and I get out. I didn’t want to creep her out. I introduce myself and she tells me her name. I said, the reason why I am here is that the rules are being followed. The dining room light is not on, and he is howling. It is 9pm at night and he is upset. She said, “I know I am sorry. I went home to see if my SIM card arrived. I broke my phone at the Dierks Bentley concert. I didn’t mean to alarm you.” I said, “okay, well please leave the light on in the dining room, when you go out.” She said, she would next time. I bent down to touch my dogs, who were going crazy because I was there. I felt so bad. I didn’t go into the backyard through the gate. I didn’t want them to think I was staying. I said to them, “See you Friday.” I got into my car, and backed out and Louie watched me leave and gave me this look like you are an ass.
On the way home, I called my mom and I cried. I said, this is so sad. This is not what they are used to. She said, “I know honey, but I don’t know what else to do. You will be there on Friday.” I got home and I told Drew and he feels bad for the dogs, that they are being treated this way, and that this girl is not following the rules. I can’t wait to see my dogs.

Father’s Day 2018

This Father’s Day, my parents are away on vacation, but as soon as I woke up I wished my dad Happy Father’s Day over the phone. I also posted something cute on Facebook. The plan was originally to go to the wave pool today, and then head to my in-laws for dinner, and try to spend time with the dogs, but Drew and I decided that we probably shouldn’t go to the wave pool, but take our time packing up and then head home, and go to his parents. I kinda felt the same way.
We ate breakfast, took it slow in the morning, and then took our time packing up. I fed the dogs, and took them out before we left. The night time dog sitter from Rover said, whenever we want to leave could text her and she would be right over. I did just that, but it sent as a text message, not an i message. I tried calling her phone before we left, and she didn’t answer. It went straight to voicemail. Her phone is off. I told my parents and they said, “just go she knows to be there tonight.”
When we left, we went home to our house and dropped off the stuff out of the car. I got changed into a dress to go to his parents. It was a beautiful day outside. it would have been a great pool day, but we were all burned.
When we arrived at his parents, his dad was making steaks on the grill, baked potatoes, and sweet potatoes, corn on a cob, and salad. It was so good! They gave us some things to take home as well. We are so grateful and so blessed. We talked about our trips, and how theirs was, and they asked us about Europe. I miss Europe so much.
After dinner, we had gourmet chocolate covered pretzels for dessert, and there was this truffle fudge cake slices. I stuck with the chocolate covered pretzels. I wasn’t in the mood for cake. After dinner we stayed for awhile, and dad opened up his cards and he loved his gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods. Mom got him a gift card to Best Buy.   When we left, we packed up the car and it was back home, to get ready for another week ahead.

Wave Pool

This morning, Drew had a Chiro appointment and I stayed home with the dogs. I took them out before Drew left, and then when he left. I fed them breakfast, and then I got ready to go to the pool. When Drew came home,  I made sure to take the dogs back out gain. He got his swim trunks on and then we went to the pool. Anthony and Dylan were going to meet us there, and after the pool we were going to have them over for a cook out.
When we arrived to the pool, we set our towels down and waited for Anthony and Dylan. Drew hurt his neck that morning. He must have slept on it wrong, so he laid on his towel and rested for awhile, before getting in the water.
Anthony Dylan and I laid out at the shallow end, when the wave session happened, they got their inner tubes, but they couldn’t fit in them, and on them, so Dylan and I started quoting Titanic. he said, “Get in the boat Rose.” I laughed and got on the inner tube. They dragged me through the waves, and eventually I fell over. It was so funny. The waves almost made me loose my bathing suit.  I need a full piece to hang out with them.
At one point, I made it to the deep end in the inner tube, then the wave stopped. Eventually, we got out, and then went back to laying out. Drew eventually got in the water with us and carried me around like a mermaid. It was so cute, even if he didn’t feel well.
After the pool, we left around 3:50pm, we had to stop at the store and get groceries for tonight. Dylan and Anthony were bringing things as well. We went home and got the dogs taken care of, and then Drew fired up the grill. I fed the dogs, then made macaroni salad, guacamole, and cut up things for the burgers. Dylan brought tortilla chips, and yams, but they were candied yams. He messed up. However, he brought corn on the cob too, and potato salad it would work!
Dinner was a feast! We ate at the dining room table like adults in the air conditioning. We all so burned from a day at the pool. After dinner, we cleaned up, and then went outside to play Cards Against Humanity. I left the dogs inside, but they started howling and screaming. I ended up letting them out, but tied them to my chair, so they wouldn’t lick and eat things off the deck. I hate when they do that.
After the card game, it was getting dark and the bugs were biting. It wast time to head in. I think Anthony and Dylan wanted to leave to get ice cream. I couldn’t fathom eating ice cream right now, ugh. When they left, we straightened up the house, and then it was off to bed.