Fleetwood Mac Concert

After work, I took the bus out of Oakland and was dropped off right outside PPG paints. I met my dad at TGI Fridays. I was so excited for the concert. I have been wanting to see Fleetwood Mac for so long! My dad brought me up on Fleetwood Mac, Beatles, Tom Petty, etc. He is the reason why I have such good taste in music and a strong appreciation for music in general.

After dinner, we stood outside the arena until they opened their doors. Once inside we stopped at merchandise table and my dad bought me a t-shirt to add to my collection of concert shirts. Then I bought my dad a rum and coke and I got a Redd’s Black Cherry ale. I was falling off track with my keto diet, but tonight was a celebration.

Our seats were amazing! We could see right on to the stage, and make out who everyone was.
45200390_10156834249509712_7134276811386519552_n.jpgThe concert was a spiritual and relaxing experience. I knew most of their songs, but there were some I did not know. I just relaxed and stayed in the moment and listened to Stevie Nicks. It was so cool to see her on stage. I can’t explain how relaxing this concert was and how it was just what I needed. I needed to just be in the moment and listen to the music. I am a very spiritual person and Stevie Nick’s lyrics are spiritual and have such great meaning.

 

 

 

 

Stevie Nicks is a goddess. She was dancing around on stage, twirling and rocking. She has so much good energy about her. I just felt very at peace and very grateful for the experience.
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Lunch with Dad

Around 12pm, my dad came to my office. We were going to lunch at 1pm. My  dad is a burger and fries kind of guy. We decided to go to Stacked, its is a burger joint. I was a bit nervous this was my first time eating out on the Keto diet. I knew that I couldn’t have a bun with my burger, and I shouldn’t have a side, but on the menu I saw they had sweet potato fries. I decided on a piece of grilled chicken, lettuce, avocado, mayo, extra bacon, and cheese with a side of sweet potato fries.

While we were waiting for our food, my dad and I talked about grad school, my classes,  and my internship. He enjoyed hearing about my drama with my group. I am so open with my parents. I tell them everything. My dad is special to me though. I am a genuine daddy’s girl.

When our food arrived, it looked so good and tasted so good. I was hungry, but I didn’t finish all my fries, but I damn sure finished my chicken, veggies, and bacon. I took the rest of the fries to go. I knew Drew would probably will want to snack on them.

I said goodbye to my dad and went back to work. It was hard for me to want to go back after having lunch. I wish I had the rest of the day off.

July 4th

This morning, we got up and got ready to go to the pool. We wanted to get there right when it opened. We didn’t have too much time to relax at the pool, before our families were arriving for 4th. We were having a cook out. I always wear my american flag dress on the fourth of July dress. I didn’t bother with a selfie this year.

After we came back from the pool the madness set in. Once we came home, I got a shower and got ready for our parents to arrive. While I was in the shower, I listen to music on my phone (I keep my phone in the bathroom, in a glass container. I was listening to Florence and the Machine. I had the music going and the bathroom fan going. Thankfully, I was finishing up, but I heard Andrew yelling for me, “Danielle!” He was standing at the bottom of the stairs. He didn’t bother coming upstairs to tell me that his Dad was 15 mins away with Aunt Tootsie. I got out of the shower, wrapped a towel around me and opened the door and said, “I can’t hear you.” He said, “Turn the music down.” I said, “come up and talk to me.” He just laughed, then said, “My dad is on his way with Aunt Tootsie they will be here in 15 mins.” I said, “Okay, I am coming down.” I got dried off and dressed in my american flag dress. I have to wear shorts under neath, it is a bit too short in the back. It is cut weird. I got it at the goodwill.

When I went downstairs, I started making buffalo chicken dip. His dad arrived with Aunt Tootsie, walked in through the living room and said, “Where’s Dwarfy?” He calls me Dwarfy because I am short. I am 5’3 and everyone else is so tall in this family, including Andrew. I said, “I am in here.” When he came into the kitchen, he said, “What are you making?” I said, “Buffalo Chicken Dip.” While I was waiting for the oven to heat up, I started making guacamole. It was going to be one of those days, where I rarely sit and enjoy the company.
A little while later my parents arrived, the gang was all here. When I went to the movies with my dad, my dad opened his trunk of his SUV and gave me 75.00 of fireworks. I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do with them. I know they are legal now in Pennsylvania, but I have no where to set them off. We have neighbors and trees our HOA would be so mad if we burned our grass. I didn’t see how we would have any use for them. Well last night, Andrew and I sorted through them and we were able to pull some small ones out that we could set off, but the ones that have artillery shells were going to have to wait for another day. My dad is so into fireworks and setting them off, and I think it’s cool, but there is a time and definitely a place for all that. It’s not the same anymore, where liability is a huge issue.
Andrew and his dad cooked dinner outside on the grill. His dad brought his grill of course Andrew had his.  It was nice for them to grill together. I was happy they got to spend some father/son time together. My dad hung outside with them as they grilled. I made sure everyone was staying hydrated. Dinner was fabulous; Burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato salad, chicken salad, fruit, and Aunt Tootsie’s German chocolate cake! It was nice to spend the time all together.
Around 5pm, Andrew’s mom left, so did Dad and Aunt Tootsie. I sent some left overs home for everyone. My dad, my mom, myself, and Drew set off some fireworks in the backyard. I am such a Daddy’s girl. The look on my dad’s face, when I told him we couldn’t set any of those fireworks off was just too much. I hate bumming him out. I am glad we were able to set off some. My mom was talking about making this a tradition. We will see. 🙂

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour

This morning, I woke up and felt a little out of it, like I was hung over, but I wasn’t it. I only had two drinks. I went back to bed for a little bit, when Drew left. When I woke up I decided to get dressed and go to the gym. I don’t know where I got the drive, and the want to work out, but it was there.

When I arrived to the gym, I was texting Dylan off and on about last night. I asked how Anthony was, and he said he was so weird last night. When they got home, he stripped down to his underwear, picked up the mattress and carried it into the living room and said, “I need air conditioning.” I laughed when I read the text. We talked back and forth about how good a nice breakfast would be from Eat n Park. We decided that when I got done at the gym, that he would give me some money to pick up hash browns, bacon, and donuts. I would bring over my eggs and rye bread. I said, “Do I have to cook?” He said, “That is your job isn’t it?” I laughed and finished up at the gym. I feel like I didn’t get anything done. I drove home, and got the eggs, the bread, and then went to Wal-Mart. I picked up hash browns, bacon, and donuts, along with coffee creamer, then drove to Anthony’s.

When I arrived to Anthony’s, I called him to let him know that I was out front. He came out and helped me carry groceries. I planned to shower at his place, but who knows if I was going to be able to, I felt so tired, so out of it, but I had so much fun last night.
After we ate breakfast, which was so good. I ate so much. They got ready to go to Bath and Body works. Anthony’s mom was coming over. I went home, and showered. I got ready to go to my parents, but before I did, I prepped the chicken for Drew with a note, so all he had to do was throw it in the oven.

When I arrived to my parents’, I got out of the car and said hi to my puppies. I missed them so much, then we left the house and had dinner at Hanlon’s. I was so excited for the concert. I couldn’t wait to see Tom Petty. When we got to Hanlon’s, we sat down in a booth, and ordered our food. I had a chicken salad, coffee, and water. I needed to amped up and get excited for this concert.

After dinner, we made our way to PPG paints arena. We parked in parking garage, and walked past my dad’s building. We stopped into my dad’s work and I met two guys he works with. They are security guards. They talked shop talk, then it was time for us to go to the arena. We had a bit of walk, and it was a little hot outside, but when the wind blew it felt so good.

When we arrived at the arena, we weren’t allowed into the building until 6:00pm, which was an hour before the show started. The crowd was a different kind of crowd mostly older, but there were some 80s looking groupies, and some young people, as well.When we got inside, we got our drinks. I bought a beer for myself, and my dad a coke in a souvenir cup. I thought it was the least I could do. When we found our seats, we sat down and waited for the show to begin. Joe Walsh came on first. I knew a couple of his songs, but I didn’t really know who he was. The crowd around us was calm at first, the only people standing where the ones on the floor. Right before Tom Petty came on, we decided to go to the bathroom, and then get back to our seats. I knew they were going to take a while to set up.
When we came back to our seats, Tom Petty came on and everyone stood up. It made it hard to see, so we stood up for his first song, and hopefully everyone would sit back down. We did stand for most of the concert, and ended up moving down some to the last two seats in the row for the rest of the show, so my dad could still see and sit at the same time. We enjoyed the concert so much! We got good pictures, and videos of him. I was so happy to finally see him. I have been a Tom Petty fan since I was in diapers.

After the concert, I went home and crawled into bed with Drew. He was half asleep. I missed him so much. Last night, I went out with Anthony and Dylan and tonight the concert. I missed him so much.

Easter Vigil

This morning, I had to get up early and get a shower, then head over to SSJ. Drew went to the gym. We had confirmation practice at 11am for tonight’s Easter vigil. When my dad and I walked into church, Father J was there talking to some members. He broke away from them and hugged me and shook hands with my dad. He said, “Big night tonight!” My dad said, “I am ready.”

When BethAnn approached us, she escorted us outside to get the practice started. She explained there was going to be a big fire out here, and this is where we would gather around the fire, we would then process into the church with our candles lit, then we would take a seat in the first pew, with our candles still lit. Then Deacon Jim is going to sing a song about the pascal candle, then we can blow our candles out. She went through the whole process.

When we went inside, we took a seat in the pews and then we practiced the order of the baptismal rites for Karen and Mo. Father J talked to us about what is going to happen, be said, and the responses, as well as where to stand. At one point, one of the candidates was so concerned with when to genuflect, and when to bow to the tabernacle. Father J said, “don’t be concerned with that, you are going to have enough to focus on, just genuflect when you enter the pew and you will be good.” He looked at me and made a face, and rolled his eyes. We both shared a little laugh. There was still quite a connection there.

Next my dad, myself, Don, and his sponsor were called up to the altar, and we had to stand there next to our candidates, and put our right hand on their shoulder. We even practiced picture taking. While we were at the altar, BethAnn saw my black heels and tried to warn me to wear more comfortable shoes, because it is a long service. I got Father J checking out my heels, and looking at my tattoo. I said, “Oh I am wearing higher ones, tonight.” She laughed at me.

After practice, Father J hugged me again, and said to me, “I will see you tonight.” He shook my dad’s hand. Then I got in my car and went back to Moon. I got changed, and shortly after I got home, Drew came home and he got a shower and got ready. We took our time packing up the car with the food from the fridge, then we were off to my parents.

Once we got to my parents, I helped my mom a little getting things ready for company. Alene and Bob showed up first, then BB and Doug, and Carol & Fred. They were all coming to church, as well to see and support my dad become a Catholic. I was happy to see them all again.

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After dinner, Daddy and I left to go to church. We had to be there earlier, in order to get briefed by BethAnn. When we showed up, we gathered around the fire, and waited for everyone else to attend. Daddy was so nervous, but ready. Once the sun set, it was time. Everyone else arrived and went inside and took a seat in the pew. We stood around the fire, and father J said a prayer, and Deacon Jim brought the new pascal candle to be lit by the fire, he led the procession along with Father J. Once inside, we lit our candles, and processed to the front of the church. We took our seats in the first pew. Deacon Jim’s candle song took 45 minutes! My feet were killing me.

Once we sat down, there was a reading, then it was back up for a blessing from Father, then we had to sit back down again. This happened a total of 6 times, before the gospel! I texted my mom and told her no wonder why I only remember doing this once as a child. she laughed. Drew I am sure was dying of boredom.

Then Deacon Jim stood up and gave a homily, about his friend, who is going to shrink a few inches tonight, and that was the pascal candle. We all laughed so hard. We weren’t expecting his friend to be the pascal candle. After his homily it was time for the candidates, to be baptized, Karen and Mo. After their baptism, then we stood up and went to the altar, and Daddy was confirmed with holy oil on his head. I was so excited and happy for him. Then we took our seats, during the peace be with you. Father J came down from the altar, and approached me. He gave me a hug and shook my dad’s hand. He made his way down shaking hands. I was going to miss Father J.

After mass was over, we all stood up for a picture, and people clapped for us. Once the congregation cleared out, we went to the banquet hall and had a little champagne toast, veggies, crackers and cheese, and cupcakes to celebrate Easter, and the new members of the Catholic church. I sat down at at table with Drew while we munched on our snacks. Doretta, the music minister from the University of Pittsburgh, came over to our table, and talked to us about Pitt, and my dad becoming a Catholic. She was going to put me at the top of her prayer list. I was glad to talk to her.

When we left, I said goodbye to Father J. He gave me one last hug. He shook Andrew’s hand, and then we were on our way home. We couldn’t wait to go to bed. It was a long mass for him, and a long day for me.

Rite of Election

Mass before the Rite of Election
This morning, I got up around 7:00am. I got a shower, and got ready to leave to go to my parents. I kissed Drew goodbye, and then I was out the door. When I got to my parent’s, I climbed in bed with my mom and my dogs. My dad was already awake. We hung out until was time to go to church.

When we got to church, Daddy was so nervous, so a woman prayed over him. We sat in the front pew with the rest of the candidates and their sponsors. Father Jay gave a great sermon. Then we were presented to the congregation and had to stand up in front of the altar, and face the congregation to be presented. At Communion, Father Jay smiled at me, while he gave me communion. My mom said, he didn’t smile at anyone else. I thought it was hilarious. After Mass, when we were leaving Father J gave me a hug, and told me he would try to make it down to Oakland. I was like, “oh okay, cool.” My mom thinks he has a crush on me.Rite of Election (8)After mass, we went home changed, and got ready to go to Oakland. Drew came to my parents, he was going to Oakland with us. Since he was having car issues, we all took my parent’s car. Once we got to Oakland, we were all able to sit together at the Cathedral, then the ceremony got underway. First, it was the catechisms, then the Candidates, went up to the altar to get the Bishop, and be able to be elected into the catholic church, so this ceremony starts the process.

After the hour and half long ceremony, we went to dinner. My mom and Drew went to Central, and my dad and I went to Olive Garden with his church group. While we were there, everyone was on their phones, and talking about places they want to go oversees where the apparitions happened. These people are treating the catholic faith, like a new found celebrity, and it’s weird.

After dinner, a confirmation sponsor named Andrew, who works for a wealth management company sat down next to me, and started asking me questions about myself. I started talking a lot about my husband, to make sure he knew I wasn’t interested and I knew his game. It seems these men, who are married themselves and have children don’t seem to care. They know that they well dressed, decent looking, and make really good money, so they think everyone is expendable, even their wives and women. It is annoying. I know his type. When my dad and I left, Andrew touched my arm and said, see you in four weeks. I was like, “Yeah okay.” I couldn’t wait to get home. My husband was at my parents waiting for me and I couldn’t wait to see him.

When I got back to my parents, I told Drew about Andrew, the sponsor, and the priest Father J. He didn’t like it. It made me kind of uncomfortable too. When we were on the way home, my check engine light came on, and Andrew was already having issues with his car. I was so annoyed with everything. I called Drew and told him. He was concerned, and I was too. We settled in for the evening, and finished Harry Potter. I loved it! Then it was time for bed. We had such a long day.

I am so proud of my dad. He is the coolest dad a girl could ask for!