Birthday Dinner at My Parents

Birthday Dinner at My Parents

This morning we had a chiropractor appointment. I was finally going to get my ankle adjusted. He asked why I didn’t come to the office when my accident happened and I said because it happened in the afternoon on a Tuesday and you weren’t in. I am sure he would have made a special visit to the office to adjust me if he had to. He is a family friend.

After I was adjusted my ankle was a bit sore and tender. It didn’t feel good. I knew that was going to be the case. After the Chiropractor, we went home and I did some homework until it was time to go to my parents for dinner.

When we arrived, it was a little after 4pm. I was tied up. I was so happy to see my parents my dogs. I helped my mom a little in the kitchen, while Drew and my dad watched football in the living room.

For dinner, we ate beef tenderloin and asparagus. For dessert, there wasn’t a birthday cake because I am keto. However, they used a candle to sing Happy Birthday to me. My birthday gift from my parents was a rose gold iPad Pro. I love it! I can’t wait to get a case for it. My parents and my husband spoil me.

We had a great time at dinner and I loved seeing my dogs!

Bad News

This morning while I was at work, the reject e-mail came through from RMU. I was so upset. I stayed in the bathroom a few extra mins. When I came out of the bathroom, I told Chris, my boss that it looks like I am staying for awhile. He said, “You didn’t get it?” I said, “no.” I stood there holding back tears, staring blankly out the window.

When the office phone rang, and he picked it up I turned to leave the office. I went outside and called my mom and told her. I started to cry. When I was about to go back in, I called Drew and told him. He felt so bad for me. He knew how badly I wanted it. What could have went wrong? what did I say wrong? What happened? I am not sure. I was so sad.

When I went back inside, all I could do was just stare blankly out the window, or at the wall. I couldn’t even look at Chris. For a couple weeks, Chris was planning for my exit, bringing in candidates, phone screening, etc. I feel like shit. I can’t believe this didn’t work out for me. I feel kind of like an ass. I kept telling Chris I am leaving, so we better do this and that. I was so sure I was going to get it. Well, so much for that. I messaged one of my old professors, and he said, that he feels so bad I didn’t get. I told him I wanted to apply for a couple other postings I saw on the RMU site. When I told him which ones, he said, to get my resume in fast, because they were conducting phone screens for my current position.

When I told Chris, he said, why don’t you just go apply for those and take a break and come back? So that is what I did, I left and went to Moon to apply for the positions, and then go back to work. I knew this was going to be the longest few hours ever. After I applied for the positions, I went back to work. Chris and I decided that I was going to be moved to Part-time so I could figure out my next move. We both knew this was not my calling. I told Chris from the start this is not for me, either. He knew it. I knew it, so I am not quite sure why he offered me the position, if he knew i was just planning to leave once something happened? I knew why I accepted it, but at the same time it was only until something more suitable for me came along. If there was enough work to fill a day, I think it would be so different. Now it’s awkward.

In the afternoon, I got the reject e-mail from the University’s, Social Work Department, as well. The bad news keeps coming, I was kind of not surprised by that, because too much time went by, and it wasn’t ideal how long it was taking. So, when Drew comes home, we are going to apply for some positions at Pitt, this evening. Here we go again! That evening, I didn’t want to go home, and I didn’t want to go to the gym. I knew that I was probably going to cry once I saw Drew, so my parents took me to dinner. I had a cheeseburger, fries, a beer, and a hot fudge sundae. It was exactly what I needed after a day like today.

When I got home after dinner, I applied for jobs at the University of Pittsburgh. I had to build a cover letter from scratch again with my current job on it. This just sucks all around. When Drew got home, we had a long talk about everything and the emotions were high. On to of all this, my period is so late!

Guys Night Out

After work today, I went to my parents and Drew went out with his friend Zach. They were going to a pinball tournament in Carnegie. I was glad he was getting to spend some time with his buddy. My parents and I went to dinner at Red Lobster. My monthly visitor arrived today, so I was hurting a bit. I offered it up and didn’t take anything for it. I know childbearing is going to be so much harder. I can deal with cramps.

While we were at Red Lobster waiting for our table, I saw Drew’s friend Mike walk past me, and go outside. I called out, “Mike!” He turned around and said, “Hey Danielle!” He gave me a hug, and I asked who he was here with? He said, “I got the family here.” I walked outside with him and there they were. I hadn’t seen Stephanie, since my wedding I think. It has been that long! I hugged her, Emma and Stephen. Emma was showing me her My Little Ponies, that she got for her birthday. Stephen couldn’t wait to tell me when his birthday was and how old he is. I love them! Stephanie and I agreed we should hang out soon, and that it has been too long. I took a picture of them and sent it to Drew. I said, look who I found. He said, tell them I said, Hi! I told Mike that Drew was at a pinball tournament with Zach. He looked kind of dejected, like disappointed that he didn’t get to go.

When our table was called, I said goodbye to them and went and sat down with my parents. When I sat down with my parents, I got a text from Stephanie saying that Stephen was asking where Daniel Tiger went? and how they missed me. I loved it, so cute! I love being called Daniel, but only Maci was the only one that used to call me it. I guess it is just easier for kids to say, instead of Danielle.

After dinner, when we left I waved Goodbye to them, and then it was home to my parents to hang out for awhile. I was actually ready to go home, but I wanted to spend some time with my parents. We watched the movie, Jackie. Natalie Portman did a good job of playing Jackie Kennedy, but I much prefer Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy. I thought it was good, but it wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to be. It was an Indie film and typically they are a little raw and one sided. The movie took place after the assassination of JFK, the burial plans, and her interview with a reporter after Jack’s death. There were certain things she would say, and then tell him. Don’t you think I am going to let you use that! I love anything about the Kennedy’s. They are so fascinating, modern royalty.

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After the movie, I went home and got a shower. When I laid down on the floor, I was stuck down there. I couldn’t get up. My cramps were so bad, that they were affecting my back. It felt like a I threw my back out. When Drew came home, he helped me up off the floor and felt so bad that I was in pain. He got me a heating pad, then it was bed time. I was so ready to fall asleep.

Phone Interview & Dinner

This afternoon, I had my phone interview with the University of Pittsburgh at 1:40PM. A faculty member that I would be working closely in the theatre arts department was not able to interview me on Friday. I had more of a voice now, and was looking forward to getting this over with, so they could start the decision making process.
The phone interview went well. She asked me two questions similar to the questions that I was asked on Friday. I made sure my answer was consistent and clear. I took my time answering them and then asked her about her area of study. I think that was a good sign. Interviewees get so wrapped up in what they are going to say, instead of asking their potential co-worker’s about themselves. People love to talk about themselves, so now the ball is in their court and how many weeks left?
After the phone interview, I got a shower and got ready to go to my parents for the afternoon. I took Drew’s computer with me, so I could work on my blog. It is passing the time I guess. Before I left for my parents, I refreshed my e-mail, and saw that Mach 1 e-mailed me such a beautifully written reject e-mail. Well and that was that. Finally, they let me know something.
On my way to my parents’ I got a phone call from the University. I thought wow that was fast! Here it was the Engineering Department. They wanted to interview me this Friday at 9am for their Administrator position. I gratefully accepted. Wow another interview at the University! I asked her to send me a confirmation e-mail due to the fact that I am driving, and unfortunately, am not able to write anything down at the moment.
When I got to my parents, I started on my blog and caught up with my Dad about all that has been happening with the interviews at the University. He was pulling for me and hoping that something would come from one of them. I also told my dad about Mach 1.

After catching up with him, I started working on my blog until my mom came home.
When she came home, my dad made dinner. We had spaghetti, and Mancini’s bread with salad. It was so yummy. It was just the right amount of comfort food that I needed.

Around 8pm, I drove home. I wanted to be home when Drew came home. He was on his way home from CCBC. He had an advisory board meeting to attend. I feel so bad for him, because it is such a long day for him. He was so tired when he came home, but he was in a good mood, which I was glad about

A Night at my Parents/Retail Therapy

This morning, I said goodbye to Drew since he was going to Ben’s after work for an inauguration party. I was going to my parents for the night, later. I already feel like I am going to miss him. When I woke up, I did some laundry, but I called the endodontist and they said they could get me in at 1045am. I was having some pain, and more pain than usual I thought. I don’t remember being in this much pain, during last root canal. So, I didn’t get a chance to put in his work clothes in the wash, but oh well.
On my way to the endodontist out in Wexford, Anthony called me and said that he wasn’t going to be ready in time and apologized. I wanted him to go with me for support. When I finally arrived out in Wexford, the office was closed. I call the number back and told them that the door was locked. She said, “Oh your appointment is at the Cranberry location.” So I turned around and drove 19 more minutes out of my way to the Cranberry location. Thankfully, I was seeing the same doctor. She drilled the filling out of the bite, and numbed me AGAIN! She said, that I was going to be in some pain, especially because I was in pain before arriving to the her for the procedure. She prescribed me a steroid in case I should need it to speed the healing, and suggested I make my cleaning appointment two weeks from Monday. Ugh!
When I left the office, I called Drew he was busy at work, but we were able to talk for a bit. I updated him and he was glad that all that I was going through was normal. I drove straight to my parents and was so excited to see my dogs. I didn’t want to go back home. I got the car packed up, as well before I left. I just didn’t want to go back to the empty townhouse. I couldn’t wait to see my dogs! When I arrived, they gave me kisses! I laid down on the couch with them, until my mom came home.
When my mom came home, we fed the dogs, and left to go to the North Hills. We wanted to go to Chili’s, but couldn’t find Chili’s. We missed the turn off, so we went to Bonefish. We sat at the bar and had a nice dinner and conversation. It was nice to sit at the bar. We never sit at the bar.  I had two beers, despite being on antibiotics. I missed Drew so much.
After dinner, we went to Nordstrom Rack and Saks off Fifth. I couldn’t find anything at Saks, but I did find a nice black dress and a kate spade purse at Nordstrom Rack. I am so spoiled, but I got to get both! My parents are the best. I love my little purse.

After shopping, we stopped at Shop n Save on the way home, and I got the ingredients for my dip that I am supposed to make for dinner tomorrow. When we went home, we watched the inauguration balls, and then it was off to bed.

Halloween 2016

Today, we had a chiropractor appointment, and then we were going to hang out until it was time to go to my parents. My mom and dad were cooking me dinner for my birthday, and they had a cake there for me, and that meant more gifts and I get to see my puppies! I love seeing Paris and Louie. I miss them so much when I am not home.

When we went over to my parents, we brought our Halloween costumes, so we could change over there, and then just go to Leanne’s. After dinner, Happy Birthday, and gifts, we got ready to in our costumes. Mine always takes the longest, because I have to put make up on. Andrew’s just has to put his on over his head, and he is done.  My mom took a picture of us, and then off to Leanne’s we went.

When we got to Leanne’s everyone was in the basement, I put my dip in the fridge, and then we went to down to join them.  Shawn, and Gretchen, Eddie, Mikey, Dan, Nikki, Tisha stopped by, Jada, and Maci were all present. Immediately, we were put on the beer pong table and weren’t allowed to leave because we kept winning. We eventually gave up the table, so we could sit down and drink. We had more fun this year, than in past years. Of course there was a little bit of drama with Jada, but that is how it is with that crew.
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Glass

Today, my mom and I spent the entire day running errands, and shopping. We had a small lunch, then we went out to dinner with my dad, in the evening. We went to TGI  Friday’s in Robinson, PA.

When I got into the booth, which is the same way that I always get into a booth, by sliding into the booth like a child, then I felt like something in my leg. I thought it was a splinter, or piece of wood or something. It did not hurt right away, and I didn’t realize that I did anything to it at all.

When I swung my leg around, I looked down at my leg and saw that there was a piece of something in my leg. It didn’t dawn on me, until I pulled it out of my leg, but it was glass. I had a piece of glass stuck in my leg. I immediately said, “Oh my God, glass.” My mom said, “What do you mean, glass?” I said, “Mom I have glass in my leg.” I didn’t feel pain, but I was definitely in shock. I took the glass out of my leg,  and pulled up my jean leg and saw the blood streaming down my leg. I got up from the booth and went to the hostess station.

The hostess ran to get the manager. The manager hurriedly escorted me to the back office, where we had to fill out insurance paperwork, so I don’t sue them obviously. He gave me some wipes, and a band aid. The manager said that our bill would be on him tonight, and he is very sorry for all this. I told him that it was okay, and that I did plan on going to med express after dinner to make sure all is well. He said, “Definitely do that.”

When I got back to the table, I noticed my leg would burn off and on, and I couldn’t believe this was happening.  I kind of thought it was funny. We had a great dinner! I called Andrew and told him what happened. He was shocked and so worried. I told him that I was going to go to MedExpress after dinner, and he said definitely do that and to let him know, what they say.

When we finished dinner, we went to med express. They numbed my leg with a needle in two places, and dug around inside the wood for glass, and then bandaged me up with a strip, and a Band-Aid. No stitches thankfully!

When we left Medexpress, I went back home to Moon, but I stopped for a 6 pack of Coors light, and Band-Aids, before going home. Once I got home, I texted Drew that I was home safe, and on the couch resting. He was happy to hear all went well and was excited to see me tomorrow! I couldn’t wait to see him. He was in Orlando for the IBM Vision Conference.