Pre COVID-19, Andrew and I would be at Heinz Field today taking in all the festivities of the first game of the season! We would probably be meeting up with a professor I used to work with in the Sociology Department, tailgate a little. Then head into the stadium to cheer on the Panthers!
However, due to COVID-19 there will be no fans in the stands for now. So the first home game of the season looks a little different this year. We decided to make the most of it, and invite our families over for dinner.
In the morning, I put the pork in the crockpot I order to make pulled pork. I took a 5.85 mile walk in a local office park. Then came home home and made the buffalo chicken dip and waited for our families to come over.
My mom and dad brought the baked beans, buns, and a little dessert. My mother-in-last and father-in-law brought her famous coleslaw. I spent most of the time in the kitchen with the women, while the men watched the game.
The Pitt Panthers won! It was not even a close game. I loved having everyone over. It’s so nice when we can all get together.
After KitchenSaver left, we drove to his parents. When we arrived, my parents were already there. It felt so good to just sit down and relax with our families. Andrew’s birthday is a little different this year due to the craziness and the COVID-19 precautions. We are just glad to all be together to celebrate. Andrew’s dad cooked an amazing dinner. After dinner, we sang happy birthday and he opened his gifts. He received a huge framed University of Pittsburgh picture that has multiple pictures of Pitt on it, and it also has the fight song on it.
After dinner, my parents stayed for a little while, then went home to take care of my dogs. Andrew and I stayed at his parents for awhile; sat outside and had a couple drinks with them. We left around midnight, but we had so much fun and haven’t done that in awhile.
In the morning, we drove to a parking lot of an office complex and took a walk around the parking lot. We wanted to take in some sun and enjoy the gorgeous weather. We met a couple who was also doing the same thing. We wish them a Happy 4th of July and kept on walking.
As they were leaving, we were getting ready to cross the street and walk in a different parking lot. We ended up talking to the couple at a safe distance about the holiday plans and managed to steer clear of politics and we practiced social distancing. It was a nice conversation.
We took one lap around the office complex across the street. Then we headed home to get ready to go to my parents. I made buffalo chicken dip and off we went. When we arrived, we sat around as my dad grilled hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. It was a relaxing July 4th.
We took pictures by the American flag in honor of what July 4th stands for which is Freedom and Independence.
Today, is Father’s Day. I am eternally grateful for my dad and all his love and support. Saturday morning, I gave him his card and a box of his favorite donuts.
This afternoon, we had dinner at Andrew’s parents. I am so glad we were all able to be together on Father’s Day.
My cousin reached out to my mom and asked if we could send him any family pictures. A while back, I took the family pictures from my parents, and started to organize them and preserve them digitally, especially the super old photos. I I have this removable hard drive with the photos saved on them by year. I am going to do the same with Andrew’s photos. I am the family historian. I don’t mind it.
While I was going through the photos, and sending them to my cousin via text. I noticed a few of them were out of order. I spent most of the day reorganizing and scanning in the photos as well as sending them to my cousin. I use this app on my phone Google PhotoScan. I highly recommend this app. Open the app, take a picture of the photo you want to scan with the app, and it saves it digitally on your phone. If you do this pretty much all day with your phone, like I did, it is a battery killer. However, it is so worth it. I managed to get through the 90s, and I still need to do the 200s-2007, after 2007 all my photos are digital. There may only be a handful to scan in from 2007. However, it will be worth it the end. While I have the time, it is a good project.
Today, was my off day from the gym, and I was feeling pretty sore. I took my mom to lunch at Hanlon’s, then we went home and I got changed into some walking clothes.
My mom and I walked the side streets and we did 2 laps around, and walked up by the church. It was like 90 degrees out. She was worn out. I felt kinda bad, but I know we got a good walk in for the day. I could have walked a few more laps and just kept going, but I went back home with her. I love it when we get to spend time together.
We went to my in-laws for dinner. We were in the guidelines when it comes to having small groups of people together. We were under 10 people. I was tasked with making a salad. I was glad to see everyone and celebrate Mother’s Day.
Also, I was able to spend the past couple days with my mom and see her even though we couldn’t do anything special because everything was closed. I did promise her a pedicure once the salons open up again.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there, especially the ones who are trying to be mothers.
As I write this blog post, Drew is vacuuming. Our lives are so exciting right now. I am just glad we are able to be together during this time of the coronavirus.
Today, I finally submitted my lit review for my Masters of Education. I feel good about it. I am nervous, but I think it will be okay. I am anxious to receive the final feedback and see my grade. It is a Pass/Fail class. I imagine the only you can fail is if you don’t hand in a lit review, so I have to Pass since I turned one in right? It is hard to believe I have one more semester to go and I graduate in December.
At some point today, Andrew’s parents are dropping off our Easter dinner. His dad made Ham, easter bread, and a few other things. I just have to whip up some scalloped potatoes for us tomorrow and we are set. We are excited for our first Easter dinner by ourselves, but a little sober, because we miss being around our families. Hopefully, we will be able to see everyone soon.
I hope everyone is staying safe and keeping healthy.
Easter is going to look a little different this year due to being encouraged to social distance and stay home. Easter was always special to Andrew and I. He proposed to me in 2014 on Easter weekend.
Today, Andrew took off work, we slept in and went to get iced coffee and donuts from Dunkin since it was free donut Friday. In the late morning, Andrew went for a walk and I stayed in doors and did some ballet barre exercises and some ab work outs. I had a feeling I was going to be a good kind of sore tomorrow.
After my workout, I got a shower and did a little Friday glam. I wanted to put some make up on and some eyelashes. Then cleaned the house a bit and did some laundry. When Andrew got back from his walk, he did some more exercises in the basement. My parents stopped by and dropped off an Easter Lily and a box of chocolate covered pretzels and wished us happy easter. I have to keep reminding myself this is temporary, right?
When my parents left, I did another load of laundry. I swear I get so bored I just do laundry for the fun of it. In the early afternoon we ordered fish sandwiches from a local restaurant. We are trying to support local restaurants during this time. It sucks for everyone right now.
After dinner, we watched more episodes of Buffy the vampire slayer. I finally got him interested into binge watching the show with me from start to finish. I was such fan of Buffy. It is truly a cult classic. We are on Season 3. We have a ways to go. I am not looking forward to the later seasons. I wasn’t a fan of how they ended the show and the whole Buffy and Spike romance.
Today, I did not have to be at CMU until 1pm, so I stopped over my parents and hung out with them for a bit and was able to see my dogs.
I love being able to see them. I don’t get to see them as much now that the semester started up back up. I am trying really hard to balance my commitments this semester. I think I am doing well, but at the same time it is tough to find the motivation to sit down and do the assignments. I am blessed with the opportunities and I am very grateful to have them.
The spring semester always seems to be the toughest. It is hard to find that rhythm and balance after coming off of Christmas break. I am trying not to think, just do and get it done.
In the afternoon, I assisted with the activities fair. Once the organizations are set up, I like to wander up and down the tables and see what each organization is about and all the things they have on their table for promotion. I tried a Chinese cookie from the Chinese Cooking Club. It was pretty good.