Restful Weekend

This morning, I stayed back, while Drew went to the Chiropractor. I watched the Handmaid’s Tale. Season 2 started this past week. I am hoping it is going to be a good season. I got up and got ready for Drew to come home. When he got back, we were going to go to Eat n Park for breakfast, and then to Beaver Valley to see about my ring.

When we arrived at Eat n’ Park, we ate breakfast. He had an omelette and I had a breakfast sandwich. I only ate half of it, and took the other half with us. After we left Eat n Park, we made our way to Beaver Valley Mall. I was excited to hear about my grandma’s wedding ring. I wasn’t sure what the jeweler was going to say about it.
When we arrived at the mall, we typically would walk in through Macy’s, but Macy’s is closed, along with mostly everything else in that mall. It is sad. I don’t see it lasting much longer. When we walked into King’s Jewelry, Mike was happy to see us. We talked about new things in life, before getting down to jewelry.
After I gave him my grandma’s ring, he told me that it is definitely platinum, it doesn’t need to be mounted, and is in good shape for how old it is. He sized my finger. We asked how much it would cost to get it sized? He said, for a normal couple $100.00, but for you guys, 83.00. I said, “okay, well we are going to have to wait until we get back from England.” I thought it wouldn’t be a good idea to pay for this now, and Drew agreed. Mike and a few of his co-workers talked to us about England, and asked us about our trip. Meanwhile, my rings were being soaked in the cleaner. They were so dirty.
When we finally left the jewelry store, and I had my rings back on my finger. We went to Bath and Body works and I got some soaps and scent things for my house. Drew was going to the gym and do some grocery shopping. I was going to go home and do some cleaning and organizing, as well as some laundry. It feels weird not to have homework to do.
When we arrived at home, Drew got the bin of summer and warmer weather clothes from the garage, and I started to put away some of the thick sweaters. I am always early to get this done, but it supposed to get warmer soon, and I want to be ready, and I know I am not going to be wearing some of this stuff anymore, due to the weather getting warmer, so lets just get it put away, before it is more to do later.
When Drew came back from the gym, and the grocery store. We made fish for dinner. It was nice to have a nice cooked meal. Tonight, we watched the Office and relaxed. It was a nice day.

The 30s are for Paying for your Drinks

On Saturday, we went to dinner at my cousins’ in Monroeville. Angie was so excited to see us. We had carb loaded dinner. potatoes, chicken casserole, green bean casserole, rolls. It was good, but so carby. I felt so full after dinner. Mackenzie asked me what we were doing later tonight. She said, “I am trying to get out of here for a while. Want to go have a drink?” I said, “Ask Drew. he is the deciding factor.” I was hoping he would say no. He didn’t care if I wanted to go out, but I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to go.
Mackenzie drove her car back to our house in Moon. On our way back to Moon, I texted Anthony and asked if he wanted to go to Tequila Cowboy with us. He said, “Sure, I will let you know when I leave the Airport.” When he called me, he just got home. Mackenzie and I were going to drive over there to his house before we went out to pick him up. Drew was letting us take his car. Now I know I had to be extra careful. Mackenzie did my hair and put in my hair extensions. I loved wearing them.
When we got to Anthony’s, he just got out of the shower. We all hung out for a bit, then we left to go to the Northshore. Mackenzie wanted to play her rap music, but I told her no. Anthony can play his music. I already listened to her music, while we were getting ready she complained and bitched. Then she made comments about my driving. I said, well this is not my car, I need to be careful. This is Drew’s car, and people stop out of nowhere on this highway all the time, and that is how accidents happen. She is a know it all because she is 21.
When we got down to the Northshore, I parked in a lot, it was $7. I paid the lot attendant and parked. We got out of the car and walked to McFaddens. When we walked in, it was so busy. I forgot what it was like to be out again. Everyone looked either really old, cougar, or freshly 21. The freshly 21-year-olds looked 12. I looked at Anthony and he looked at me. We kind of shared glances like what did we get ourselves into. Mackenzie drank a couple cranberry and vodkas. I stuck with Coors Light. Anthony had a Coors Light. We did a Green Tea shot.
Then we went to Tequila Cowboy When we arrived, it was so packed. They all thought were in the wrong bar, because the entrance said, “Little Red Corvette.” I said, there are multiple rooms. This was the R&B and 90s room. There was a karaoke bar and a country room. The bathrooms were all in the back by the Karaoke bar. It was as so packed. The crowd was a mixture of everyone but mostly, the type that would be at Barroom and Saddle Ridge, before they tore it down. This is where everyone went now.
On our way to the bathroom, I spotted Todd the bartender, that I went on one date with back in 2009. He was a bartender at Saddle Ridge back then. I remember he used to always hook me up with free drinks. I approached the bar, on our way back from the bathroom. He noticed me, and we chatted for a bit. He asked what I was drinking and what my cousin was drinking. I told him. He didn’t charge us. He said, good seeing you again. We walked off. I was feeling so big headed, that was about to change.
When we went back to the 90s and R&B room, we were dancing and the more Mackenzie drank the more she wanted attention. She was craving attention. She wanted a guy to notice her, or approach her. She noticed that guys were looking at me and giving me attention, and I think it bothered her. If you look like you are craving it, you won’t get it. If you smile, and are confident then you get attention. She isn’t confident and I think it shows. I understand it maybe hard for some people, but it’s no one’s fault and it shouldn’t keep you from having a good time.
At one point, we went back to get a drink from my bartender friend, and he charged me! I gave him cash. I looked back at Anthony and Mackenzie, and handed them their drinks. I said, “So the Thirties are for paying for your drinks, and the 20s were for getting them for free.” They all laughed. I was a married woman now, and 30. I felt so cool there for a second.
Around 1am she wanted to go back to McFadden’s, she said, that she was hoping she would see more guys there that would notice her. Anthony and I just kept sharing glances we knew what was about to happen. It was only a matter of time. I could have stayed at Tequila Cowboy, but anyways. We went back to McFadden’s, it was closer to where the car was parked.
When we approached McFadden’s, it was a $5 cover. If I had known that, then we would have just stayed. I didn’t like the crowd there at all. Thankfully, Mackenzie paid the cover for all of us. I didn’t drink anymore. I was over it and ready to go home to my Husband. While we were at McFadden’s, Mackenzie was drinking a double vodka and cran. I am not sure how many she had at this point, but she went to a table and started to cry. I approached her and she said, “I just want someone to think I am beautiful. Someone that is my type.” I said, “You can’t go looking for attention in places like these. These guys are just looking to hit it and quit it. You are worth so much more than that.”  She is in a dark place right now. I understand that place, but I never questioned myself worth and I know what kind of men are at these bars. I had to learn the hard way. I dated one I met on my 21st Birthday; huge mistake.
After a while, I told Anthony it is time to go. We left McFadden’s and went to the Eat n Park in Moon. She cried the whole way there. She apologized and just broke down about EVERYTHING. Anthony and I did our best to listen to her and give her advice, but this was too much. When we got to Eat n Park, we sat down in a booth and then I ordered fries and cheese, Anthony ordered the sampler platter, and Mackenzie got chicken strips and zucchini. She was pretty drunk, but I was so over it at this point.
When we finally got home, I got changed, brushed my teeth, and crawled into bed with Drew. I was so happy the night was over and I found my Prince. I am so happy to have him in my life and to be the woman I am today.

Nose Piercing

This morning, we took it easy and relaxed. We took our time getting ready.  We went to the chiropractor for a 9am appointment. He said he wants to see me next weekend. My neck is really out of place, great.
Around 11:30am, I was down in the basement doing laundry, and Andrew was out taking the trash. My parents came over. My mom called out, “Dan it is us. We are here.” I said, “I am in the basement.” She said, “the door was open, so we just came in.”  I went upstairs and said, “that’s okay, I was doing laundry.” she said, “No problem. We saw Drew outside.” He came inside at this point and handed me an envelope from Pitt’s Childcare Center. I forgot I talked with them this week. He asked if, he could just put it upstairs. I said, “yes, please.” He went upstairs, with the mail and then came back down.
When it was time to leave, we all went in Drew’s car to Up in Arms, which is a Tattoo shop. As part of my 30th birthday present, I was getting my nose pierced again. I was so excited. I don’t know don’t ask me why, but I love the thrill of a needle. It is an adrenaline rush.
When we arrived at the tattoo shop, I told the woman I was here for a nose piercing. She said, come on back. She told the piercer what I was here for, and he came back into the room. They had me sit on this table, and fill out some forms on his iPad. I told him I had it pierced before and I would like it done in the same hole, as the previous one. Drew came back to the room to watch.
After I was done filling out the forms, he wiped my nose down with an alcohol wipe and marked the spot where he was going to pierce me and had me lay down. Then he put his surgical mask on, and washed his hands, and put some gloves on, and then he took the needle. I closed my eyes, and he said, “alright take a deep breath for me.” I felt the needle go in, and out. He then put the nose stud in my nose. There was a bunch of pressure, no pain, just pressure. It made my eyes water. It was normal. After he put the stud in, he had to tighten it inside my nose. He put his finger inside my nose in order to tighten it. It was sensitive, but it was back! I was so excited.
When we left the tattoo shop, we went to Eat n Park for breakfast/lunch. My parents loved my nose stud. I am so glad to have it back in. I love it. I was wondering what work was going to say, but I didn’t think they were going to say anything really, or even notice, because it is a University, and they are pretty laid back about this stuff.
After lunch, we went back to our house, and my parents got in their car to go let the dogs out and feed them. They were coming back over for the Pitt game later. Andrew and I vacuumed and finished laundry. It was nice to have some alone time. We also, went to the store to pick up the ingredients for Buffalo Chicken Dip. My dad requested it. We also had spinach dip left over from the Sociology welcoming event that we had at work.
When we got back home, I made the dip but waited to put it in the oven until closer to them arriving. They got there during the last half of the 1st quarter. Pitt didn’t look so good. This was a huge game. If they were going to lose, I knew Drew was going to be in a bad mood. Well, Pitt did lose, but it was nice to have my family over for the game.

After my parents left, we got the house back to normal, and then went to Home Depot to order our sliding glass door and skylights. Then we went to Giant Eagle: Market District and did some grocery shopping for the week, and to drop our dry cleaning off. Drew didn’t seem in that good of a mood. I wonder if we were both tired.

Hair Apt

This morning I had a 10am hair appointment, but I was moving so slow. I couldn’t wait to get my hair done, but I had no energy. When I got to the salon, I was right behind Leanne. She and I talked for a bit before Kim started on my hair. She asked if we were doing the same thing, and I said, yes please, I loved it. My roots are a little darker at the top, but everything else is light blonde. It is like an ombre, but not really.

While I was in the chair, I couldn’t stop thinking about the conversation last night at dinner, about how my father-in-law wanted to celebrate Aunt Tootsie’s 90th birthday on October 28th? I said, Oh well that is the same day as my birthday party here. He said, “it is Aunt Tootsie’s 90th.” I said, “Yeah, which we just found out about. I have been planning my birthday for at least 6 months. It is to coincide with the Cafe’s Halloween party.” Why do I even talk? No one seems to listen when I say things. He said, If her family can’t come up to see her, maybe Uncle Steve and I can buy her a plane ticket, and you can take her to Florida with you.” I said, “oh well the whole point of us going to Florida over Christmas is to get away as a couple. We actually were talking about nixing the idea of Florida, since we are probably going to Europe next year and going skiing.” He just gave us a look.  I love Aunt Tootsie, but there is no way I am taking Aunt Tootsie on our trip to Florida if that is what we decide to do. We haven’t even made definite plans yet. I was just so annoyed and so pissed off. Like, who does he think he is? You cannot tell us what to do on our trip.
As I was getting my hair colored, I texted his mom and told her how I felt about the conversation last night, and she said, “You know how dad gets when is tired, and if you just see if her family can come up, then that will be enough. We want you to do the nice vacations you planned alone, while you still can before kids come.” I knew she would be understanding, and that is how she truly felt, and I know she has a way of communicating with Tom.
While I was waiting for the color to take on my hair, I talked to Lynn and Leanne. Lynn is Leanne’s mom. She invited Drew and me to Jedi’s first Birthday party. It is sometime in September, on a Sunday. She is making a bunch of food on the grill at her and Joe’s place. I was glad she invited us, but I am not sure if I even want to go. I am not too crazy about Taylor. I just don’t see why we were invited, we aren’t close with them, but it was nice to be invited.
After my hair was washed, trimmed, and styled, I paid Kim and then left. I couldn’t wait to get out of there. I met my parents’ at Eat n Park in Robinson for brunch. I had the biggest cup of coffee. They stopped serving lattes, but they still had the latte mugs, so I got a big cup of coffee, an omelet, two pieces of Italian bread toast, and hash browns. It was so yummy. I ate every bite.
After breakfast, I drove my mom to the dog groomers to meet my dad in Moon. I couldn’t wait to see my puppies. They look so good after they get groomed. I miss them so much. Louie let me hold him for a while, he isn’t too crazy about being held, by anyone. My parents left to go back home, and I went back home to Drew.
When I walked in the door, he loved my hair and was glad to see me. We talked about the chiropractor and the gym. He had a relaxing morning. We cleaned the house and did some laundry. We planned to go to the pool tomorrow, so we wanted to get everything done today. We cleaned the basement a bit and went through some things that we could get rid of. It was a productive day. We were able to finish the laundry, and the house was finally clean again.
In the afternoon, we went grocery shopping, then came home and cooked dinner. I made stuffed peppers again, with salad and tomato caprese. While we ate dinner, we watched Fox News’ Coverage on what was happening in Charlottesville, Va.

Dermatologist & A Day with Mom

This morning, I had to go to the dermatologist, and get some blemishes checked out. It turns out that I was 17 minutes late. I thought my appointment was at 8:30am. It was at 8am. Whoops! I did go to Starbucks before, and they took a little longer with my drink. Today was going to be a long day.

Once I got to the dermatologist, they were able to take me in right away. Nick, the dermatologist, said they can’t biopsy my blemish, because it is not raised or cancerous, they suggested a cosmetic dermatologist, but it won’t be covered under insurance, so he is going to prescribe me this chemical peel stuff, Retin-a cream. It could make it go away after a few weeks, and will help me down the road with preventing fine lines and wrinkles.

Also, I have little bumps on my legs, they are keto something, and fair skinned women get them more frequently over the years, hardly noticeable, but they are there. There is no cure, yet, but a lotion will help minimize the appearance smooth them, and make them not so red, so far 29 year old skin sucks!

When I left the dermatologist, I went home and Drew put some last minute things in his suitcase, showered, and then we left for the airport. I was starting to get so sad. 😦 I was going to miss him so much. When we arrived to the airport, he parked his car at the curbside, checked in, and we kissed. I turned to leave. He said, “wait bub.” I turned around and he took me in his arms, and kissed me over and over again. He told me he loved me. It was so hot. I am going to miss him like crazy.

When I finally let him go, and got back in the car, I drove off and called my mom. I was going to meet her at Eat n Park. When I arrived at the Eat n Park, I got a booth and ordered a latte and waited for my mom to arrive. We had a light breakfast, and it was nice to see her.

After breakfast, we went shopping she bought me coach flats, since mine have a hole in them, and I had to throw them away. Then we went to kohl’s, she bought me a work top, and a top to wear to the Tom Petty concert. this woman is amazing!

After we went shopping, we went back to the house, and I got to see my dogs. My dad made dinner for us around 4pm. I dosed off during Dr. Phil, but I was pretty hungry. I needed to get back home and do some laundry. I was ready to go back to my house, even if it was going to be empty. Right now, I am watching the Pens game, texting Drew off and on and doing laundry. I am not sure when I will go to sleep. I am not looking forward to sleeping by myself tonight.

Dermatologist & Interview

This morning, I woke up when Andrew left for work. I got ready to leave the house for what was going to be a very long day. Since I had the interview, at 2pm I was going to miss out on quality time with my dogs. When I arrived at my parents, I got my stuff out of the car, went inside. I climbed into bed with my mom and the dogs. I loved seeing them. They are so cute!
Eventually, I got a shower and got ready to go to the dermatologist. They wanted to do a full-body scan. I was so nervous, but I am glad I was there. Once I was in the exam room, I got undressed and put this gown on that was open in the front. I was glad to have my mom there with me for moral support and someone to entertain me while I was waiting for the doctor. When the dermatologist came in, she said I didn’t need a steroid shot in my face, but she did tell me that she wanted to take the mole off of my left breast. I didn’t mind. I also encouraged her to please take off the mole on my left cheek. She warned me that there might be a polka-a-dot scar there, and it won’t tan. I didn’t mind. I can cover it up with makeup, and my hair when it is down will cover it as well.
Finally, that mole on the side of my face is gone. The one on my left breast didn’t really bother me, but it bothered her for whatever reason. The needle in the breast didn’t feel too good, but I handled it well.

After the dermatologist, we went back home and I changed and got ready for my interview, packed up my car, and then we went to lunch at Eat n Park in Robinson. While we were at lunch, I tried not to get too nervous about my interview at 2pm, but I was ready. I just wanted to get it over with and go home. I was ready to see Andrew and just get this weekend started.

Once I got to the interview at Panera, I ordered a coffee. I didn’t expect Dave to get there so early. I got a text from him while I was waiting for my coffee that he was in Panera, around the corner, to the left against the wall. I went to introduce myself, while my coffee was being made. He told me he already ordered me coffee and handed me a paper cup. I said, “oh I am so sorry. I didn’t expect you to. I didn’t know.” He said, “It’s okay.” I said,” I will be right back.” I got my coffee and sat down across from him and the interview was underway. In order to make the moment lite, he pointed out that there was a spelling error on my resume, under the Penn Mutual entry. The irony is that everything about that position was a mistake. I know he did it to be funny, and make the mood light, but at the same time, it was bad that I didn’t notice that and I felt like it didn’t make me look good at all!
After the interview, he told me he would get in contact with me at some point next week to move the next step, which would be to meet with the President and him. I was glad that I was going to make to the next step. I did tell him that Andrew used to work with his wife at JDA. He knew of my husband but wasn’t exactly sure, who he was. I think that helped a bit. Once I got home, I waited for Andrew to arrive home, but I was just so tired. It was a long day. I had to clean out my car and get ready for him to come home.
In the evening, Andrew and I ordered Hawaiian pizza and tried to start the show Taboo. We both were pretty tired and ready for bed. We decided to finish Taboo another time.