Lunch with Mama

While I was getting ready to leave my house, I got a call from the jewelers my rings were ready to be picked up. I missed my wedding rings. I have been without them for a week! It is too long. My mom and I went to lunch at a Chinese restaurant, and then made our way to Beaver Valley mall. We checked out the closing sale at JCPenney’s. Everything was still 25% off. I didn’t buy anything. We then went to the jewelers to get my rings.

They look brand new. I asked how often I should get them rhodium dipped. They said, some people do it every three months or every six months. I might just tie it in with the inspection and have it done every six months.

After the jewelers, we stopped at Party City because they are going out of business. I went straight to the back of the store to the Halloween stuff. I am very picky when I purchase Halloween decorations. They can’t look too cheap. I need quality when it comes to my favorite holiday! I found this plate, it is quality like porcelain type material, not plastic. It says “Bone Appetite” has a skull on it. I also bought this scare crow that is motion activated and it talks to you and pops his head up when you walk by it. I love it. I am Halloween obsessed.

Halloween

After CMU, I went home, got a shower and changed into a Halloween shirt, leggings, and socks. I turned on AMC Fearfest and began working on my homework that is due next week. I was going to have very minimal time to do it over the weekend. I had so much going on.

When Drew came home, we ordered pizza and turned on Riverdale. Riverdale had like a Halloween episode. It was pretty good. I was able to enjoy most of Halloween, but I am already looking forward to next Halloween!

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween!

Pumpkin Carving

The next morning Drew woke up not feeling good, but I was ready to go. I decided to scrape out the pumpkins and get to carving. Drew went back to bed, and I turned on some Halloween music on my phone and started the process.

First, I got out all the pumpkin goo and separate the seeds. I put the seeds in a colander in the sink. I like to bake them after I am done. Then, once I am finished scraping the pumpkin. I rinse off the seeds, pat them and then put them on a foil lined baking sheet. I set the oven for 400, and spread some melted butter over them, sprinkle them with salt, then put em in the oven for like 10 mins. They are so good!

I carved two pumpkins. One was a “Pitt” pumpkin and the other was a typical jack-o-latern. Typically, Drew is the pumpkin carver in the relationship, but I think I did a good job!

Around 12pm, I cleaned up my mess and woke Drew up to watch the Pitt game. It was their homecoming game. Unfortunately, Pitt lost to Miami. I was sad for them. This means that they won’t be going to Charlotte for the ACC tournament, which is a bummer, but we will see what the rest of the season brings for our Panthers!

This evening, we cancelled dinner reservations at Bistecca. Drew wasn’t 100%, but he still wanted to cook for me. He made me a nice steak dinner, sweet potato, and asparagus. I am so grateful for him.

Catching Up

After CMU, I went to RMU to meet with John around 3pm. We talked about the Meet the Colonials event, and how I am to be stage manager, and where I will be stationed for the event. It is one of my favorite events to assist with.  We also had a quick meeting with the Assistant Dean of Students and she approved the commuter student program proposal. We are set with a date, time, and location. I need to reach out to other people in the University to see who can collaborate and talk about the services that RMU has for commuter students. I also asked my best friend Anthony to come speak. He was super involved as a commuter student, where I was not. I didn’t get involved until it was my second to last semester and then it was too late. If I didn’t get involved, I wouldn’t have met Anthony. 🙂 John and I set up our next meeting for next Friday after the MTC event.

After my meeting with John, I stopped at the store and picked up a small box of Blackbox Pinot Noir wine. I wanted to treat myself after the event on Saturday. Drew also wanted a case of Truly.

Then I went home to my husband, and started to cook dinner as he finished up working.

After dinner, we went to the mall to get out for bit. We bought two candles at Bath and Body works, and then to Spirit Halloween. IMG_2627 I make sure to donate every year.

Plus you get these really cute bracelets.  I have a little collection of them. I think it is a good cause for a halloween lover like me.

Halloween 2018

This morning, I helped out at the RMU football game. It was student government day, so every student, who swiped their freedom card and received a ticket, could vote for the organization of their choice. The organization with the most votes would win $500. The band, who belongs to the KKY organization, didn’t swipe in but wanted to vote for their organization. The student worker that I work with, Jordan, she is a member of Sigma Kappa and wanted her organization to win. I actually am not sure, who won, but KKY did get the most votes, but not sure if they count since the band didn’t swipe in.

After I got home from the football game, I went home and grabbed my acrylic dip powder set, and went to my parents. I did my mom’s nails. Then I went home to do some homework until it was time to go to Leanne and Dan’s. I couldn’t wait to get all dressed up.

After I got my witch costume on, I put my make up on and ended up dropping the eyelash glue cap down the drain. Drew had to take off the p-trap and get the cap out. I was a little off that night. I was starting to get a headache as well. I was a little hormonal, but I just had a day of being on the go and no time to catch up.

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When we arrived, to Leanne and Dan’s, we knocked but then walked into the house. No one was in the living room. We walked inside the living room and I yelled, “Hello?” Maci came down the stairs dressed as a mermaid. She gave me a big hug she looked so cute.
44946624_10156822124644712_6338108845302218752_nShe is getting so big. I miss her being so little. I could tell that she is kind of a little uninterested in hanging out with me anymore. I am not around enough. It breaks my heart a little. I don’t live close to her anymore, so I don’t get to see her as often as before. Leanne hangs out with other moms, who have children that are friends with Maci.

One of the moms was there and Maci was playing more with her and not really sitting with me, and being around me like she used to. I will always be her Daniel, but she is growing up now.

I walked over to the stairs and shouted up to Leanne and said Happy Halloween! She said, “Hey broad.” she was up getting ready. Drew went down to see Dan and the rest of the boys. I went upstairs to say hi to Leanne before making my way down to the basement. Leanne was still getting ready with her friend. Eventually, I made my way down to the basement to join Drew and the guys. At one point, Nikki and Paul came in and Paul was dressed up as the mad hater and Nikki was dressed up as Alice and Wonderland. It was good to see them. I haven’t seen them in a while.

Andrew and I didn’t stay long. We left around 10:30pm. I was tired of having an early day that day. I needed to go home and go to bed. I had some homework to do tomorrow. Halloween was different this year

Halloween 2018 Movie Review

Let me first start by saying that I am in love with the Halloween franchise. My dad let me watch my first horror movie with him at the age of 6 or 7. It was a father/daughter thing for him and I. We share the love of horror movies.  since I first saw Halloween II (the original from the early 80s) when I was probably in about 4th grade or even 5th grade? My friend Amber had the VHS. She brought it over one night, when she slept over. I remember being so scared. She and I watched all the movies several times in our friendship and I started collecting them on DVD.

I am a huge fan of the original Halloween the 1978 version. It is the original Halloween. The special effects were cheesy, the acting was mediocre, and Michael Myers was so bad ass and creepy. Halloween II picks up where Halloween 1 left off. This time Laurie is in the hospital and eventually escapes Michael and he goes up in burning flames at the end of the movie. This is the movie where she finds out that she is Michael Myer’s sister.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch, there is no Michael Myers, so I never bothered with it and haven’t bothered to watch it.

Halloween 4 and 5: No Laurie, but she had a daughter who is being taken care of by a foster family, who has an older daughter, named Rachel. Jamie knows who her mother is, but not what happened to her, or why she is having nightmares of the boogeyman.  Eventually she is confronted by the boogeyman, and Rachel eventually figures out that the boogeyman is Jamie’s uncle. At the end, Jamie touches Michael’s hand, and ends up getting infected with the murderous desire to kill. Jamie kills her foster mother.
Halloween 5 Jamie suffered PTSD and is now unable to speak and is deaf from the gun shot wounds that were fired at Michael, or by touching him. She needs to use sign language to communicate. She lives in an orphanage. Rachel goes to see her every so often, but Rachel is eventually killed off and so are her friends. Jamie lives on at the end of the movie, but then we don’t hear from her again.

Halloween: The curse of Michael Myers. This was the scariest of them all. When Amber and I watched it we couldn’t fall asleep that night. Laurie Strode’s relatives live in the Myer’s House, which is across the street from a now grown up Tommy Doyle, who is played by Paul Rudd. Tommy Doyle was the little boy Jamie was babysitting in the first Halloween. He is determined to be ready for when Michael Myers returns to Haddonfield. Tommy Doyle and Kara strode team up to defeat Michael Myers.  The actor who plays Dr. Sam Loomis passed away after this movie was made.

Halloween H20: It has been 20 years since the first Halloween took place. Laurie Strode is back, but she changed her name to Keri Tate and is a teach at a prep school. She still is shaken up by the events that took place 20 years ago. She has a son, Josh Hartnett. His son has a girlfriend, Michelle Williams. Michael comes back on Halloween night to kill his sister. Laurie manages to survive along with her son and his girlfriend Molly. Laurie chops his head off with an axe.

Halloween Resurrection: Laurie is in psychiatric facility for killing the wrong man! On the roof of the facility Laurie and Michael battle it out, but he stabs her and she falls off the roof the building into the bushes. There is a reality show being tapped at the Myers’ house,  A Dangertainment production. College students are recruited to stay the night in the Myers’ house and be wear little cameras that will broadcast live to the viewers. Busta Rhymes makes it out alive, so does Rachel with the help of Decker her online boyfriend.

Rob Zombie made two Halloween films and gave the back story as Michael as a childhood, and it was gruesome and good. He did a create job I think of giving the Halloween fans a good artistic take on the Halloween franchise. Michael was more of  bad ass, and still iconic.

Halloween 2018: I have been waiting so long for this movie to come out. I read some things like don’t expect it to follow the previous movies, it’s an artistic take. This will take place 40 years after the first movie, and etc. Michael was older and grey, but still frightening. Laurie Strode suffers PTSD and has become a shut-in and lives in an house that is built for a zombie plan; cameras, and high tech security, and even a bomb shelter type basement equipped for survival. The movie was gruesome and full of gore. I didn’t like the story line. I was expecting more. I  thought the best part was the murders and the blood, and of course seeing Michael Myers. However, I did not appreciate how they portrayed Laurie. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I just didn’t care for this film and how they went about it. For me, the Halloween franchise deserves better and deserves more.

I am still a fan of Michael Myers and the Halloween movies, but I will stick the original, the older films, and Rob Zombie’s version.

Labor Day

We spent a few hours at the wave pool, soaking up the last pool day of the year. I am already looking forward to next summer. I will miss laying out by the water and going to the pool. It was pretty packed. The guy got on the intercom and made the announcement that they will be closed for the season at 3:30pm today. He made that announcement every hour.
When we left the pool, we went to Bath and Body Works. I needed some scent plugins for Fall. When I do homework, at home in our office I like to plugin the stress relief scent. I wanted to get a couple of those as well. We also bought a Halloween candy dish, but I think it is a dish that you set your jar candle on.
After Bath and Body Works, Drew dropped me off at home and then he went grocery shopping. I needed to get a shower and sit down and do some homework. I wanted to finish my summaries for my Monday night class, or at least start them. They are due next Monday (9/10). I am just trying to take it one assignment at a time.
When Drew came home, I helped him put away the groceries, and we watched the Season 6 finale of Smallville. I can’t believe we are about to start Season 7. I haven’t watched this show in so long. I am glad I got him into it. I look forward to seeing Tom Welling!
After the season finale, I worked on the budget proposal for my internship with RMU. I sent him what I had so far. It is not done, but it is a step in the right direction. I heard back from him and said, thanks for doing this and we will be in touch about the official onboarding process soon. I imagine people were taking long weekends being that is Labor Day weekend. When it was time for bed, I couldn’t fall asleep. I tossed and turned. I love long weekends, but they throw me off.

30th Birthday & 2 Years of Marriage

Today, I am 30 years old. I feel pretty good about it surprisingly.

This morning, we went to Starbucks, when we got off the bus and I got my usual. A venti blonde roast with a pump of pumpkin, and room for cream. Since I am a Starbucks reward member, I get a free Birthday drink. Drew got his usual, venti iced coffee with a shot of espresso.

We parted and went to our buildings, I called my mom and she wished me a Happy Birthday. We talked for a bit, then when I got off the phone with her I got some work done. I don’t have too much going on right now, but that will probably change tomorrow after I meet with my DGS. It will make the week go by faster.

When Nancy arrived, she brought me a blueberry muffin, and wished me Happy Birthday! I told her Thank you! I was glad I didn’t get any pastries at Starbucks this morning!

At 11:45am today, I met Drew at the bottom of the escalators and we went to lunch. He was so cute. He held my hand, while we walked to Stacked. He asked me how my day was going and if I was having a good birthday so far? I said I was having a great day.  We walked to Stacked together.

When we arrived at Stacked, they aren’t so busy. It was nice. We got right in and got a table. We both did a build your own burger and curly fries. Lunch was so good. After lunch, went to the book store and he bought me a Pitt phone case since mine broke this morning. I really need a case, this phone has to last me.

After we left the bookstore, we went back to work. I didn’t want to go back at all. Thankfully the day went by quickly, and it was time to meet up with Drew again to catch the bus

When we got home, we made dinner and he went to the store. He got me flowers and two cupcakes so we both could have one, while he sang Happy Birthday to me. After dinner, we watched Halloween II. It was a great way to start a new decade. I felt so loved and so happy.

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.