Christmas with My Parents

Image may contain: 2 people, including Danielle Hornyak, people smiling, people standing and indoorThe day after Christmas Day we celebrated with my parents. We opened gifts. I got my Dad a gift card to the movies. My mom got some pieces to her Winterberry collection. I was anxious to see what we got from my parents. I think I already knew what I was getting, but Drew knew for sure we were getting the Nintendo Switch. I had asked for it for Christmas. Drew and I can’t stop playing it when we go to Best Buy.

It was our turn to open gifts, Drew got some beer glasses for his man cave. The glasses have his name on it. My parents gifted us with a Nintendo Switch, the Mariokart game, and a Paris calendar for our kitchen. We both received a little bit of money from them as well. I was so thankful and so happy. We couldn’t wait to go home and play Mariokart.

When I was younger, my dad and I used to play Super Nintendo. I am not a gamer, but I remember playing that console for hours. The graphics have come such a long way since the 90s. It looks so real now.

As the day went on, I started to feel a little sick in my stomach, but I was going to pull through it was Christmas. I wasn’t as bad as Drew, but there was something going around, plus we were eating all this different food.

At dinner, Drew and I prepped the food, and served my parents. It was nice and relaxing to finally be able to celebrate Christmas with my parents.


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Thanksgiving 2018

This morning, I got up early, showered, and got ready to go to my parents. I was going to meet Drew over there at around 2:30pm. I wanted to help my mom get ready and prepare dinner. Andrew’s family was coming over to my parents and I know she was going to be really busy. This was also an opportunity for my mom and I to have some quality time.
When I arrived at my parents, I got snuggle my dogs for a bit and then made the green bean casserole as part of my contribution for Thanksgiving dinner. I was so ready to eat. I couldn’t wait for Turkey, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, etc. When Andrew arrived, he hung out with my dad and watched football. Eventually, Andrew’s mom, dad, and Aunt Tootsie arrived at my parents. It was nice to everyone in the house and over my parents.
After dinner, we ate dessert, relaxed and then got ready to go to his grandma’s. Andrew’s grandma is in a rehab center, and we were going to bring her some left overs. She was doing so much better. She is a fighter.
When we walked into her room, she was watching the Wizard of Oz. I loved that movie as a child, and still do. Grandma was so happy to see us. I gave her a big hug and we visited with her while she ate some leftovers. It was so good to see her and just like that Thanksgiving was over.


Family Birthday Party

Around 4pm, we arrived at the Haufbrauhaus for my Aunt’s 75th Birthday Party. I was nervous and excited to see everyone. There has been some drama with my family in the past, that makes me nervous when I am around them. There has been a lot of hurt and tension. Things are better, and more tolerable now. I think people are getting older and are finding things need to change for the better, but the quirks of their personality still remain and remind me of the drama that was once there.

Of course, I was nice to everyone and we had a good time. The beer flowed for my Aunt’s birthday, cake, and gifts. My cousin, Marilyn and her husband paid for everything. I was surprised. It is good to see everyone.

At one point, my Uncle Tom was teasing us about having children. He said, we better get a move on. We are running out of time. I just smiled and said, “well we are enjoying taking care of each other right now.” He said, “I know, but the clock is ticking.” I said, “Well are you going to pay for them? Do you have money?” I know how to handle these questions and how to play it. Drew on the other hand, was feeling some sort of way about the comments, and I hadn’t realized it.

After the party, we went home it was around 8pm by the time we left. I didn’t expect to be there that long. I kind of had an idea that we were going to be there a little late, but not that late.  When we got home, we changed and relaxed with some Smallville. Another Birthday party in the books.

Don’t get me wrong about my family. I am not bitter. I am just over it. I am ready to start a new chapter with my own family, and decide who I want to continue a relationship with, when it comes to my family. I love my cousins, but there is still some awkwardness and some of the personality quirks, that I just would rather not be around. I don’t have time for weirdness, and prefer to avoid it, if possible.


Sushi with Stephanie

During the week, I got a text from Stephanie Drew’s cousin, she wanted to go get dinner together. I wrote back, “Couples thing? or girl’s night.” She said, girls night! I said, “Awesome! yes!” She wanted to go for sushi, so I suggested that we go to Slippery Mermaid in Sewickley. I love it there. Drew and I love it there.

Today, I took a vacation day. I needed a mental health day before things pick up at work with the start of the semester. There was going to be a lot going on next week around campus. I just wanted to relax and catch my breath and sleep in.

At lunch, I met my mom and dad at Rocky’s in the Rocks. We love that hole in the wall restaurant. I brought my book that I have to read for school by September 10th. I am waiting for the Courseweb shell to open up, then I have to plan my course of attack, but for now this is what I have to do.

Lunch was yummy, I had a grilled cheese. It didn’t sit well on my stomach in the afternoon. I was kind of bummed about that, but at the restaurant, I ran into Mike Dugan. I went to kindergarten with Mike’s younger brother. Mike is also friends with my friend Leanne’s husband, Dan. It is a small world.

After lunch, I went home and watched the Man in the Iron Mask. I had never seen it before and I do love some Leonardo DiCaprio. When it was time to meet Stephanie, I got ready to leave and made my way to The Slippery Mermaid.

Thankfully, there wasn’t too much traffic, except for the Sewickley bridge. There is always traffic on the Sewickley bridge.

When I walked into the restaurant, I was seated right away. It was still early like 5pm. I slipped some pinot Grigio and waited for Stephanie to arrive.

IMG_6202 2.jpgI saw her walk past the window and into the restaurant. When she came over to the table, I stood up and hugged her. I hadn’t seen her since Kelly’s wedding.

At dinner, we split the shrimp roll, but I had a sexy mermaid roll, and she had the California roll, and the Philly roll. We ended up splitting another roll, and I had the California roll. She also ordered the sexy mermaid roll for herself. I can’t believe we ate that much sushi. It is expensive, but you have to eat a little more of it for it to fill you up.

We swore to do this again soon now that they live a little closer now. I do miss her and miss having girlfriends. I brought Drew home a roll, and was able to see him when I got home.


Low Key

This morning, I was up at 7:45AM. Drew had to work from home today. I finished laundry, showered, made coffee, and pancakes for breakfast. I am supposed to hang out with Anthony today. I am waiting for him to come over, so we can start the day. I am not sure what we are going to do. I am also waiting for my cousin Mackenzie to come over and drop the stuff off that my mom and I ordered from Amway. The business she is starting on the side. Then, I need to go to my parents to pick up half of the case of Hint water that my mom ordered. She ordered blackberry and peach. Andrew’s mom drinks Hint water. I love it. Then my mom is going to give me the money from her Amway order. Then where ever the day takes me is where I will go. I have thought about starting a new work week yet, but I feel ready though for whatever is coming my way.

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Sunday, Drew’s Parents for Dinner

This morning, we took it easy. We drank some coffee and watched Smallville. We are on season 3 now, Clark meets Lois for the first time. I am such a sucker for Superman, especially Tom Welling. After Smallville, we got ready and went to the gym. I was going to try to get a really good work out in and run again. I am really trying to get back into it, without thinking about it too much.
The gym was a bit packed, I wasn’t sure how long I was going to stay, but whatever. I went to it. I got on a treadmill started out at 3.5 speed on 3.5 incline for about 10 mins, then I turned the incline down to 0.0 and increased the speed to 4.5 and started to run for atleast 4 mins. I used to be able to run for 7 mins, but it’s not happening as of late. I can’t wait to get back to that. I did another walking session back at 3.5 speed and a 3.5 incline and walked for 10 mins, before kicking it back up again and running again. I did this for about 30 mins, and then I got off the treadmill. I used to do an hour of cardio, but I have been talking to a few people and they said, that all you need is at least 20-30 mins of cardio anymore than that is ridiculous.
After the treadmill, I did some weights. I did the lat machine three sets of 20. I was sore the last time I did this, and I like that feeling. After the lat machine, I did the hip abductor. I looked over and saw Drew in the weight room lifting weights, he looks so in his zone. I am struggling so bad getting back into this.
After the strength training machines, I went home to get a shower and get ready to go to his parents. I put on some comfy beach pants that I got at Old Navy. I am so in love with that store. I pared the pants with a white tank top. I was just going comfy. When Drew got home, he got showed and then we were on our way to his parents.
When we arrived, his dad was already cooking on the grill and the dinner was almost ready. His mom and dad were happy to see us. It has been awhile, since we were over there for dinner. His dad made steaks, potatoes, hot dogs, hamburgers, salad, some cheese spread with cut up pastrami over peppers, baked potatoes, and sweet potatoes. I was ready for a steak. I was so sick of hamburgers and hot dogs. We talked about work, school, grandma, Tommy and Megan’s new dog waffles; I can’t wait to meet him. For dessert, we sang happy birthday and had cake, chocolate covered pretzels, and because they know I am not a fan of chocolate cake they bought me a piece of vanilla cheesecake. I am so hormonal and thanked them for the cheesecake, but told them I am going to have a small piece of cake today.
After cake, Drew opened his gift he got Bose wireless headphones. We are not too sure what happened to his other headphones. The cake was so good. It had pieces of chocolate chips in it, so yummy. I got up and went into the living room and laid on the couch. I was so full. I ended up fall asleep.
While I napped, Drew helped his mom set up her Fitbit. We gave her his old one. After he finished setting it up, Drew came over and kissed my cheek to wake me up. He is so sweet. He said, “Want to go soon?” I said, “Okay.” I smiled and got up from the couch. His mom packed us up at a doggie bag to take home. I love when they do that, because it is helpful to us, but at the same time. We were going to throw away the buns, and probably take the cake to work and see who wants to eat it. We don’t want that stuff in our fridge. However, the left over food will help with his lunches and dinners for a couple days. It seems like Drew had a great birthday weekend, now to get home and start a new week again.

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Sunny Sunday

In this moment, I am sitting on my parent’s back porch. They say you can always go home. I feel at home today and I feel good today. I am sitting here relaxing with my mom, and catching up on the buzz and seeing my dog, Louie.  He hates to be snuggled. He likes it on his own terms. I am not even sure if he likes pictures. He is hard to get a picture of straight on.

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On the way here I stopped at Starbucks and got a venti caramel macchiato. I could tell when the barista handed it to me, through the drive thru, that it was going to be so sweet. Keep in mind, outside of having one yesterday, that was a tall size, I really haven’t had a caramel macchiato in awhile and at first sip it was gross. I wanted to throw it out, but I didn’t want to waste the money. It was so sugary and sweet. I have been away from it for so long and I actually prefer my Red Eyes (iced coffee with a shot of espresso) over my macchiatos. This will be the last one, unfortunately it is the end of an era.

When we left to go to Monroeville, we took my mom’s car. I didn’t feel like driving. I could have, but I decided not to. Once we arrived, I walked into my cousin’s house, and Angie wasn’t there to greet me at the door like she always does. I was kind if upset about that. As much as I hate when she hangs all over me, I do love when she greets me at the door. Mackenzie greeted us at the door, we hugged and I complimented her shoes. They were cute.  As soon as we turned the corner, to go towards the kitchen. There was a table set up for demonstration. It had all the things there that people could buy. I thought this was another direct sale promotion thing. I already knew what to expect. I have done this before. I used to sell Partylite, but I have been to Mary Kay parties, Tupperware parties, Home and Garden Parties, etc. I do love Partylite. Home and Garden has nice things. I just know what this is all about. It is a pyramid scheme.  I don’t want to get involved in this again.
When I saw Angie, she was sitting at the kitchen table eating Ramen Noodles, chicken flavor out of a mug. She didn’t seem herself. She had her hair in her face, and these huge classes on her face. I gave her a hug and she just said, “Hi.” It breaks my heart to see her like this. She is not the sweet bubbly little girl. She is going through some intense stuff right now and teenage years were on the horizon and they are not the easiest years, but if she can just hold on and get the right help, she will enjoy them. I enjoyed my teenage years. I sort of wish I could relive them again, the same way. I wouldn’t change a thing. Does anyone else feel that way?
I said hi to my other cousins, Eileen, Katie, and Dorcas. They are all sisters and they are mom’s cousin’s too.  It was good to see Eileen. I am not sure when was the last time I saw her. I don’t think she attended my wedding, or my shower. She is kind of distant. I don’t let it bother me.
Eventually, I gave Angie the little gift I had in my purse for her. I handed her the little box. Her mom stood next to me as she opened it. When she saw, the Eiffel Tower keychain she screamed. She was so happy. She gave me the biggest hug. I said, it is from the gift shop in the Eiffel Tower, even the tag is in French! Her mom hugged me and said, “Thank you, she really needed that right now.” I smiled and I was glad I could make her happy.
Once the demonstration got under way, I sat on the floor in front of my mom so other people could sit on the chairs in the living room.  I am more comfortable on the floor. The couple who did the presentation talked about the three key things that Amway could provide; natural green and safe for you and the earth laundry detergent and household cleaning products, vitamins like Double X and etc. Lastly, Anyway teamed up with Artistry’s make up line. I looked down at the order form, at parties like these you have to buy something. I wasn’t sure what. I went into the family room where Angie was, and called Drew. Angie was watching TV. When Drew picked up, he was out to dinner with his parents, but I told him the situation and the costs and everything that they offered on the order form. The last thing I needed was more lip gloss or make up. He said, just get the popcorn it was like 40 bags of popcorn that was garlic and olive oil flavor for $16.00. We honestly didn’t need anything at all.
After we placed our orders, I hung out with Angie little. She was down in the dumps and I wanted to try to be there for her. I know it is a lot to take in, but I just wish I could protect her and make her snap out of this, but its not that easy. Before my mom and I left, Angie’s mom confided in me about Angie, and what the next steps were for her. It is so sad. I never went through any of this growing up. I just hope she gets better, but I know it is easier said than done.
On our way home, I was so hungry. They didn’t have any snacks at my cousin’s, so I asked my mom stop at McDonalds for me. I haven’t had McDonalds in years. I typically don’t eat fast food like this, but this was a desperate time. I got the two cheeseburger meal with fries and a drink. It tasted so good, but I was going to regret it later. Once I got to my parents, my dad had just finished making hamburger helper. He is so cute. I couldn’t wait to get home to my husband.
On my way home, I talked to Anthony for a bit, and we got caught up on his life. When I walked in the door, Drew was sitting at the dining room table. I told him about Angie and how sad it is to see her the way she is. He feels bad for her too.  I asked how dinner was with his parents at the cafe, and how Grandma was doing. He said, that dinner was good and Grandma is okay. She was so glad to see him, I bet. Just like that it was time to get ready for another week ahead.