Date Night

After work today, Drew left early with me at 3pm. We drove to Crafton. Traffic in the Southside was horrendous. It took us forever to get to my parents.

Once we arrived, I let the dogs out. They were so excited to see us. Then, we went back inside and I fed them. Then I went and got a shower and put on some relaxing clothes. I was getting to the point that I missed our house, our routine, and our bed. I am ready to go back home. I will miss the dogs though.

Once I was out of the shower, and Drew went up to change I fell asleep on the couch with the dogs. When he came downstairs, he said, “Are you ready to go to dinner?” We always go to this place called the Hop House, when we dog sit together. It is a hole in the wall bar and restaurant. I said, “Yes, I am.” He said,” are you sure? Or do you want to stay home?” I said, “No I want to get out a bit.” I let the dogs out one more time before we left.

When we arrived at the hop house, it wasn’t packed it was close to 5:30pm. We sat at the bar and I ordered a Coors Light it is has been a long time since I had a beer. Drew and I talked about the week and about work. We were both on the same page. We were both so tired and ready to go back to our house.

After dinner, we went back to my parents and let the dogs out and sat outside with them for a few minutes, before going back inside. We watched an episode of Downton Abbey. I am getting him ready for the movie in September!

Writing

This morning I woke up and had some coffee and breakfast with Drew, then it was back to work. I finished my paper and got a shower. I felt so raunchy. Drew was going to leave around 2:30pm that day to head back to our house, and I think he wanted to go to the gym too. I felt like I was ready for the tutor to make her corrections and be able to turn it in on Monday, October 1st. I just won’t have time over the weekend to do anymore. When Drew left, I snuggled with the dogs and got ready for work the next day.

Dog Sitting

I managed to get my reading done on yesterday so I would have something to discuss in class. whew!

Also,  I had to dog sit for my parents starting September 19-25th. I am excited to see my dogs and I don’t mind doing it, but it seems like I have to pack up my life. I have so much to pack, clothes, stuff for school, etc. Packing is the hard part. I have such a tight schedule anymore. I had to RMU to meet with John Locke tomorrow after work, then start packing up the car to head to my parents Wednesday morning. channeling super girl.

Friday: Paris and Louie

I did not sleep at all last night. I feel like I was awake for most of the night. I slept in my parent’s room with the dogs. Paris slept up by my chest in a ball, and Louie slept by my stomach on his side. I love how they snuggle.

My alarm went off at 5:00am. I got up turned off the alarm and took them outside to do their business. Then brought them back inside, locked the door. We went back to bed until 5:30am, then I got up and got a shower, dressed, and fed them breakfast. I took them out one more time before I left the house.

When I arrived at the bus stop, it was almost 6:30am. I was going to be so early, but I never know with them. I don’t know how long things will take, or if they will cooperate, but they did this morning. When I arrived in Oakland it was almost 7:15am. I stopped at Dunkin and got a coffee. I was so early.

When I arrived at my department, I opened up the place and put my lunch in the fridge. Then I sat down and browsed on Facebook, while I drank my coffee. Too early to start working. I started working around 8:00am. I got a lot done so far, and the day is still new. I feel bad I had to leave the dogs this morning. Louie watched me leave and gave me this look like I was the biggest asshole in the world. I am hoping to leave at 3:30pm today we will see. Drew is coming over after this evening to my parents to spend the evening with me and the dogs.

At the end of the day, I was able to leave work at 3:15pm. I was excited to be able to bug out a little earlier. When I got home, I took the dogs outside and they were so happy to have someone home! Then I took them upstairs and I got a shower and then tried to take a little nap, before Drew arrived. I slept for about 10 mins and then got up. I wanted to get the dogs fed, before Drew came home, and before we went to the Hop House for dinner.

When Drew arrived home, I was somewhat irritable. This period has to come soon. I am getting so anxious. I apologized for being so irritable. I am having all the symptoms it’s just no period.  What the hell! I can’t be pregnant. I don’t want to be pregnant right now. We got ready to leave the house.

When we arrived at the Hop House, there were a few people at the bar, and at the tables. Most people were outside. We thought about sitting outside, but for some reason, I thought it was kind of chilly. We took a seat the bar. We ordered our drinks. I was in the mood for a magic hat #9.  I was ready to get the weekend started. It has been a pretty easy week for the most part, but I do love my weekends.

Dinner was yummy. We split a soft pretzel for an appetizer, and for dinner, I had a chicken salad for dinner and Drew had a steak hoagie. This restaurant is our favorite little hole in the wall. We come here, only when we dog sit.

After we left, we went home and took the dogs for a little walk around the block, they did their business. Then we got them settled for the night. We watched Jersey Shore Family Vacation, then I went up to bed and the dogs followed. Drew stayed up for awhile and watched television. I was so tired. Tomorrow is another busy day!

Dog Sitting

This morning, I got up a little earlier than usual. I needed to get my car packed up. I got dressed, and packed up my car. What good is going over to your parents, if you can’t take your dirty laundry? I bagged up my dirty clothes in a garbage bag, and then packed up my duffle bag and my dress for Maci’s party on Saturday.

When we left the house, I met Drew at the bus stop and we drove to Crafton in my car, so we could take the bus together. Then, he would take the Moon bus home, and I would take the Crafton bus back to my parent’s. We had this all coordinated. When we arrived in Crafton, it was close to 7am. We missed the 28X as I was parking the car. He was like, “Oh man.”  I said, “We will be okay. We can get another bus and still be on time.” I don’t like the 28X anyway, even though it takes right to Oakland.

When we got on the Crafton bus, it was packed. The ride to downtown went pretty quick. I had my purse, umbrella, and two library books that I planned to return today at lunch. I was struggling to hold everything on my lap, as the bus was moving. This will be a lot easier on the way home.

When we arrived down town we got off the bus and walked to the bus stop to pick up a 61 or a 71. A 71 came by first, so we hopped onto that bus. When we arrived in Oakland, I got off at the stop where the Starbucks is on Fifth. I kissed Drew goodbye, and he went to his office in the cathedral. I needed coffee.

After I left Starbucks with a hot caramel macchiato in my hand, I was on my way to my office. I was running a little late, but I didn’t care. No one was going to know. I am on time most days and stay later than I have to on most days, and some times do not even take a full lunch hour, so it all comes out in the wash.

When I arrived to my office, I got started. There isn’t too much going on today. When Nancy came in we touched base regarding the drama in her friend’s circle. Wynn came down a little later in the morning, and asked me if I wanted to go the Greek Festival with them today. I was touched. I love when they include me. I said, I would love to. They take cards so I wouldn’t have to get cash. I haven’t been to the Greek festival yet. Drew said he went last year and it was so good. He wants me to bring him back a Gyro. I forgot a Gyro was Greek, that is what I will have. I don’t really know about anything else on the menu. I am weird about food.

When we arrived to the Greek Festival the line for the Gryos and hot food was up the sidewalk, past the church. I stood in line. Nancy, Wynn, and Lindsay went inside to get inline for food. I wanted a gyro and so did Drew, so I was determined to wait in line. There were a couple guys in line behind me, who were facilities people at Pitt. They were talking usual guy talk. I surfed my phone, texted Drew, and pretty soon I was next in line. It didn’t take too long. I got a freshly squeezed lemonade too. I can’t tell you the last time I had lemonade. I ordered two gyros and an order of Greek fries to go. My total was $28. I walked inside to meet up with the girls, and they were at a table, and had already finished eating. I sat down and opened one of the gyros and started to eat. They all thought I was crazy for waiting in the line.

On our way back from the festival, I stopped at the cathedral and dropped off the other gyro and the fries for Drew. The ladies made fun of me for bringing him his lunch. One of the women has been married twice and the other married for a few years with a daughter.  I didn’t care. Drew and I are newly married and I don’t do this all the time for him, and besides we were close any way to the cathedral.

When I left work it was 3:30pm, I stopped at the library and returned my two books. I browsed the shelves for a couple books to read this week and next. I wanted to read tonight at my parents. I picked up two historical fiction books. One about Charles Dickens, the other about Lord Byron’s illegitimate child. What I wanted was Hemingway’s movable feast about his time in Paris in the 1920s, but I couldn’t find it. I didn’t even think to ask my old professor if I could borrow his copy.

When I met up with Drew around 4:30pm, we took the bus out of Oakland together. He seemed moody and grumpy from the day. I was kind of glad I was going to my parents and spending the evening by myself with the dogs. I think with his attitude and how he is annoyed by the dogs, we would have wound up in an argument. Also, my period is 3 days late! I took a test yesterday morning and it said Negative and it was a definitive negative. I knew I wasn’t pregnant, but still this is annoying, just start already!

When we arrived down town, we kissed goodbye the G3 to take him to Moon was quick to arrive. Typically, I am the first one to get on the bus, when I have to go to Crafton. Shortly after his bus took off, a G2 arrived to take me to crafton. On the way home, I listened to music and stared out the window.

When I arrived in Crafton, I got off the bus and went to my car. I drove to Dollar General to get more pads. I didn’t want to be out of them. I was close to it from wearing a pad every day waiting for this period to arrive! After I left Dollar General, I went to Subway and got a foot long subway club on wheat with everything on it, but olives and jalapenos.

When I arrived to my parents, I set my subway bag and drink on the table outside and opened my parents’ back door. There were the dogs at the door. They ran outside on the porch to greet me. It was like unleash the hounds! I bent down to give them kisses and loves. I bet they are so confused. I let them run around in the grass and go to the bathroom, then I carried my food in and set it on the table. I got their food ready, and then set their dishes down. Louie loves to eat. Paris takes her time.

After dinner, I brought in my stuff, and took my dirty laundry downstairs. I put a load in, and then got a shower. After my shower, I ate half of my subway sandwich, then snuggled the dogs. I watched most of The Rage: Carrie 2, and Revolutionary Road.

One thing about the Rage, is that it was set in the 2000s. The turn of the millennium. I noticed all the fashion statements, and stereotypes from that time period. It is weird to think it was that long ago. I had existential moment.

Before I went to bed around 10pm, I let the dogs out one more time. Louie went, but Paris did not, then I locked up the house and went to bed.

Wednesday

Last night, we packed to go to Crafton. Drew had a rough day at work. The system crashed and he texted me saying he wanted to throw up and scream. I felt so bad. I know how hard he has been working for this demo that is supposed to debut on the 13th, so I am trying to be as supported as possible. We had Wendy’s for dinner and watched two episodes of Entourage, then packed up. After packing, we watched Siesta Key; the season finale then went to bed.

Today, I drove into Crafton. We are dog sitting, again! I can’t wait to see my dogs, but it is such a pain to be back home if that makes any sense. We have to pack, and then be responsible for the dogs. I just want to love them, play with them, cuddle them, then leave, but the responsibility in the middle of the work week is eh.

On my way to Crafton this morning, there was an accident in the left lane on the parkway right before the Green tree exit. Traffic was a slow crawl to the exit. The yinzers, who don’t know how to drive. You gotta love them! I texted Nancy and told her I would probably be a few minutes late. She was okay with it.

Once I got to the bus stop in Crafton, it was 7:15am. I didn’t want to wait for a 28x, so I took a g3 into town, then a 71 to Oakland. Drew was smart and got off on the Carnegie exit from the parkway, and went to Crafton that way. I should have done that I was hoping to not be in traffic that long. Being late sucks.

When I finally walked into my building, it was a little after 8am. I was so rushed. I called my mom for a bit, then got to work. I texted Nancy and told her I was here. She said, not too bad for an accident. I agreed. I have done some projects here and there, but today I have a meeting with Mel and Jen at 2:30pm, then a 3pm meeting with Melanie. I hope this day goes fast so I can see my pups.

At lunch, Nancy and I went to Five Guys. I have never been there before. I had burgers and fries two days in a row now. I feel so fat. I can’t wait to go to the gym on Sunday. I need to eat better, but it so tempting. I eat salads every day, but then Nancy asks me what I am doing for lunch? and I lose all control!

The meeting with Mel and Jen went well. We finally are on the same page and seem to know what to do in case a student comes to us with an issue. After we met with Jen, Mel and I finished our One-on-One. I had some work to do when I got back to my desk, not enough people applied to teach in the summer. They seem to want the research money more than the teaching money. I had to remind a few students to please send in the applications, and I have some organizing to do, but nothing major.

After the meeting, the day flew by. When Drew and I were on the bus, he told me that they were able to restore backups since the system crashed, but he is thinking that he is going to have to pass on this weekend’s festivities so he can catch back up. He feels so pressured. This demo is to take place in almost a week! I am sad that he might have to miss out this weekend, but I understand.

When we got on the bus, I got a call from my dad around 5:00pm. He called to ask me if I got home yet? I said, “No I don’t get out until 4:30pm. I get home around 6pm on a good day. You know that.” He said, “I know. I am sorry.”  I said, “I will call you when I get home.” I hung up the phone and gave Drew a look. He shook his head. They didn’t get the pet sitter to come today, because they left around 10am, but they should know what time I get out of work, and when I get home by now. I was just so annoyed. Nothing seemed easy today.

When we finally got to my parents’, I let the dogs out and they went to the bathroom and they were fine! After I fed them, my mom texted me and asked if the dogs were ok? I said, of course, I would text you if something was wrong. I just want them to back off. They should have had someone come to the house today, but since they didn’t they are up my ass about it. I am doing the best I can. I can’t control traffic, or when I get to leave work. I got it guys.

After I fed them, we ate dinner, then I got a shower and we watched a little of Pens game,  then turned on Entourage. I am just not in a hockey mood yet. I feel as though it just ended, but it was cool to see the banner be raised, and Sid come out with the cup. I didn’t feel like going to bed until 11pm. After two episodes of Entourage, we started to watch the Lady Gaga Documentary 5 foot 2. I like it so far. I started dozing off, but I had to get the dogs out one more time before I went to bed.

Long Painful Weekend

Even though, I had shingles we still had to dog sit for my parents. On Saturday, I cancelled my Dr. Bailey appointment, I just wanted to lay low. When we woke up around 10am, we made breakfast and took it easy. I wanted to get out for a little bit today, and go to the Hop House for dinner like we planned, but I was in pain. I did some laundry, and we watched a little of the Pitt game, but it was hard, because every so often the dogs needed to go out. I was getting frustrated with Drew during the Pitt game. He wasn’t really helping as much as he said he would. I am a control freak, but I was hurting. I sort of knew this was going to be the case, but the dogs really don’t respond to him and listen to him quite like they do me, and my dad. I think they can sense that he isn’t too crazy about them.
After we got ready, we went to the mall and put a payment down on my ring. Then, we went to Penney’s and he bought some button ups, and then we went back to my parents. It was almost a little too much for me. I needed to rest some more before going to dinner.
When we got home, we took the dogs out, hung out with them, and fed them. Then we got ready to go to the Hop House for dinner. I am not sure if it was just my subconscious but my stomach was starting to itch. I was hoping the shingles weren’t’ spreading. The enter time we were at dinner, I was conscious of the itch and a little bit of pain in my groin. I couldn’t wait for this to be over with, but it could be so much worse. It was the first time in a long time that I sat at a bar and sipped pop. I missed the taste of beer.
After dinner, we went home to the dogs and let them out one more time, and then I laid on the couch with them and we watched Entourage. I had to be conscious of the dogs laying on me, if they walked on me, it hurt, but once they got comfortable and we were laying down it was okay. Drew got up to move them, he can be a little rough when he is frustrated. I told him it was okay. I love my dogs, but tomorrow we were going home I couldn’t wait.
Today, we got all packed up in the morning, and he packed up our cars, and I double checked the house. I was glad to be going home. I just wanted to be in my house. I fed the dogs breakfast, and took the dogs out before we left. Then we were on our way home.
When we got home, he brought the stuff from the cars into the house, and I carried it up stairs. I took the dirty laundry downstairs and put a load in, so much for doing laundry at my parents, when I still had laundry to do at home. I wasn’t in so much pain today, but it was still there, and the bumps were turning into blisters and it was just a matter of them to dry up and heal.
After we brought everything in, I took a shower and then laid on the couch. I had a pair of Drew’s old basket ball shorts on, they were loose and comfortable. I watched Outlander, while he went to the gym. I couldn’t wait to get back to the gym too. I missed it. These shingles were really knocking me on my ass. After Outlander, I fell asleep a little, then I got a call from Drew. He said, that his parents were coming over they had food for us, but he didn’t know what time they were coming over. I said, okay I just want to be decent when they arrive. He understood.  I wasn’t decent.
Around 3pm, I went upstairs, to get a shower. I wanted to do my hair and my make up and look cute. I put on leggings and a Steelers shirt. I turned the game on and waited for his parents to come over. When Drew came home with the groceries, I helped him put them away. He said, “Babe, you look beautiful.” I said, “Thank you, I was tired of looking like a slob.” He said, “You have shingles baby.” I said, “I know, but I want to look cute and put together for you.” He smiled, and said, “You always look cute, Bub.” He was so sweet and does take such good care of me, even though I get frustrated with him.
When we were putting away groceries, he said that he wanted to get me flowers, but he didn’t have enough hands to carry everything. I smiled and said, that was so sweet baby, and thank you for the thought. I really am so lucky to have him
While we waited for his parents to arrive, we watched the Steelers game, until we heard our doorbell ring. I got up and answered the door. His Dad came in with his hands full of things for us. He asked how I was feeling? I said, “better, but still some pain.” He said, “When my daughter-in-law hurts, I hurt.” I smiled. He told us that he brought a roast, a whole rotisserie chicken, two containers of a shrimp dip he made, guacamole, and chips. I felt so touched. It was so nice of them. I put the roast in the oven, and we visited with them for awhile.
Then when they left, it was just us. We knew the roast was going to take awhile, so we just hung out until dinner was ready. It was a long weekend, but we got through it together. I was semi ready for another week ahead.