Mother’s Day

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.

Family

This morning, we got up and I made pan cakes. They are called Kodiak cakes. They are full of protein, and are probably keto friendly, if you don’t put syrup on them. 🙂 I have to have syrup on my pancakes.

We took his dad to home from NTB. He had to drop his car off, then we took him home. His car is supposed to be done this evening. Once we got back to his parent’s, his mom was laid up on the couch. She just had her 5th and hopefully last ankle surgery. It was good to see her, but I wish she would get better soon. We talked about her surgery, my interview that is coming up, etc.

When we left their place, we went to the wave pool. I had the car packed, and my swim suit on, under my romper. The weather had other plans in mind. It was pouring down rain when we left his parents. The rain stopped when we got to the pool, but after we paid to enter the pool, and were walking towards the green turf. One of the workers said, there is a lightning delay and we have to wait 30 mins before we can get in the water. The owner passed me and said, “I know you just got here, but I don’t want to take any more money from people. I will give you a pass if the lightning continues.” We figured we would wait and see what happens. We stood under the shelter of the bath house, and the rain started to come down. Andrew and I decided it was best to take the pass.

When we got home, I got a shower, and then put on some comfy clothes and started to clean the house, and do some laundry. We did need to clean, and do things around the house, and perhaps give our skin a break. Around 3:30pm, we went to the mall, and Drew bought some polo shirts for work. He desperately needed new ones. I didn’t buy anything for myself.

When we arrived to his parents, Drew went with his dad to get his car, and then he came back to his parents. His dad started to make dinner. He served us steaks, potato, and broccoli. We also had a piece of almond torte cake for dessert. Everything was so good. We are so spoiled.

After dinner, we relaxed and watched the Pirate game. We left his parents around 9pm.

Waffles Missing

This morning, all we could think about Waffles and how he was out there somewhere in the cold. All day at work I was trying to focus, but I couldn’t I kept thinking about Waffles and where he was, and if he was even alive! I followed my brother-in-law’s Facebook page for updates and comments. It broke my heart to see his missing poster.
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Drew and I kept checking Facebook throughout the day to see if there were any updates. I couldn’t focus at work. I had to sit on on meeting and take the minutes. I was asked how my weekend was, and I said it was good up until yesterday. I told them about Waffles. I was frazzled and emotional.

The faculty member said that I think you have a good excuse to not be here today in this meeting. I said, are you sure, I can take the minutes. She said no it’s fine we can manage. I said, thank you and I got up and left. I typically try harder to not let my emotions get the best of me, but this one was hitting me hard.

At the end of the day, I saw a post, that said someone saw paw prints by Waldameer and Sara’s campground. After work, I called some businesses in that area. Everything is closed for the season, or no one answers the phone. I did manage to get a hold of someone and I alerted her about Waffles and if she could please call me and let me know if she sees any prints around the area.  I texted my brother-in-law and he was thankful that I was trying to reach out.  He said he would keep me posted, and I promised to keep him posted if I were to hear anything.

We all were expecting the worse, except for my mother-in-law she was hoping for a miracle.

Grandma’s 84th Birthday

Grandma turned 84! We had a party for her at the rehab center. My mother-in-law had a sandwich ring, cake, and potato chips. My parents attended, as well as Stephanie (Drew’s cousin, who is pregnant), Aunt Paula (Stephanie’s mom). Grandma was so happy to see everyone. We are blessed to have her with us!

Christmas Day

This morning, I could tell Drew was a little better, but not one 100%. We still were going to go to his parents for Christmas. My parents were meeting us over there for dinner. I was excited to spend the day with everyone, but I was worried about Drew. He wasn’t doing so well.

When we arrived to his parents, we hung out and opened gifts with Tommy and Megan.

Tommy and Megan got Drew a nice Eddie Bauer zip up, and they gave me a pink champagne 3-wick candle from Pier 1. I love Pier 1, candles, and pink champagne. They also gave us a $50 gift card to Lowes. We gave them together with a gift card to Amazon and I bought Megan a little wine glass ornament with a Santa hat on it.

I finally got to meet Waffles. I was glad to finally meet him. He has the sweetest little personality. He just comes right up to you and kisses you and pounces on you.

Butters on the other hand, just wants you to throw him the ball. He is not about kisses and cuddles. Tommy and Megan said he is the athlete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After gifts,  Drew and I went to get Aunt Toostie. We took his mom’s car. Chippewa is a bit of drive from his parents, but we made it. Aunt Tootsie was so glad to see us. She filled us in on what has been going on with her.
When we arrived back to my in-laws my parents arrived shortly after. I was glad to see them. I love it when we are all together. I just wish Drew felt better. Dinner was a huge spread. Drew seemed to have an appetite. I was glad of that.
After dinner, we hung out for a while, we decided not to go see Grandma. We would see her sometime during the week. We didn’t want her getting sick and getting what Drew had.

 

 

 

Wake Up Call

This morning, I woke up in the guest bedroom of my in-law’s house. I didn’t sleep that well the bed was not that comfortable and I could feel the dip in the mattress. My hip was a little sore. Outside it was still raining. My productivity was going to be so low today. I could just feel it.

When I went into their guest bathroom, I noticed they had a scale. Typically I avoid scales like the plague. I don’t like to get on them, as soon as I do I obsess about it and it isn’t good, but I decided what the hell I will get on it. I tapped the scale with my foot and waited until it read 0.0. Then I stood on the scale and tried to make sure I was standing tall and even, but I was looking down. I didn’t want to make any noise and drag the scale across the floor. I didn’t want anyone to know I was weighing myself. I hadn’t weighed myself in so long, so maybe I wasn’t standing as even and tall as one should to make my weight distribute properly. The scale read 180.0. I said, there is no way (I did have clothing on.)

I got off the scale and then went downstairs. My husband was sipping coffee on the couch with his dad watching the News. I was so in my head. I made some coffee and then went to go sit on the other couch. Drew smiled at me and I smiled back. In my head, I was obsessing about the scale.

When his mom woke up, she made some coffee and was in the kitchen. I asked her how accurate the scale is in the upstairs bathroom. She said it is pretty accurate, why? I said, well then I am in trouble. It says that I weigh 180 pounds. She said, oh wow. I said I know. We started talking about the Keto Diet. My mother-in-law has been doing it for three years now and has lost weight and is in much better shape than she was. I looked through her recipe book and I was determined to try it. I needed to do it. I needed to make a change. She said, “No more Starbucks.” (She knows me so well). She said, “When you go to Starbucks, get a coffee with espresso and cream. No fancy drinks.” I nodded. She is right. I need to cut out sugar.

For breakfast, his dad made us omelets with eggs, cheese, ham, and veggies. I looked at his mom and said, “can I eat this?” She said, “Yes you can.” She toasted me a piece of her Keto bread. It was a little softer than real bread and not as crunchy. It was going to be an adjustment, but I needed to do something. I needed to change. I forced down the bread and enjoyed the omelet.

Today was going to be the day that I start the Keto lifestyle. My mother-in-law packed up some leftovers for us, and something to help me start the Keto process. She printed out her cream sauce recipe that is Keto friendly, that she used on all her meats in order to keep it from getting boring.  I can do this. It is just going to require some meal prep and effort.

On the way home, I stopped at Lens Crafters and picked up my glasses. They needed adjusted a bit, and I was good to go. When we got home, we brought the stuff in the house from his parents, and I went downstairs to fold laundry from the dryer. While I am downstairs folding laundry, I have my new glasses on, and I am stacking the folded laundry on the dryer.

All of the sudden I see something scurry out of the pile of plastic paint tarp that Drew left in the basement, this thing made it’s way to the center of the basement, where the sewage drain is that drains the water. It took me a minute for my brain to register that it was a mouse. I screamed and then yelled for Drew. He ran down to the basement and saw the mouse. I grabbed a bucket and put it over him, but he crawled right out of the bucket. Drew grabbed the laundry board and pushed him back into the center of the basement. He said, “Babe, we need something that is airtight. Something he won’t slip out from under.” I looked around and grabbed one of my half-burned Yankee Candle jars and put it over the mouse. He was trapped now.

Please don’t judge me for this post and what I am about to tell you. Once we got him trapped, Drew and I looked at each other. I said, “We have a mouse.” He said, “Yup.” I said, “I am glad we caught him now, instead of at 9pm at night.” This mouse just came out in the light and moseyed on over to the drain, like no big deal. Typically they come out at night, or when the light is not on. “Who do we call?” Drew said, ” I don’t know.” I called Dave my parents handyman. He came over within 10-15 mins.  When he came over, he came into our basement. I said, “Please watch your step.” He looked down at the glass container and saw the mouse. He said, “That’s good you guys have him trapped.” He took a paint can out and put it on top of the glass candle jar. Dave said, “Do you guys just want to put something under the glass container and take him outside?” I said, “No then he will find his way back in. When he dies, we will take him out to the trash.” I know it is cruel, but we were going to wait until he suffocated. I know this is wrong. It is so sad to suffocate an animal. I wouldn’t want someone doing that to me, but it was the only way to ensure that he wouldn’t find his way back in.


When Dave left, Drew and I cleaned up the basement. We swept up and he took the paint tarp out of the basement and was going to take to the garage. I was so over this day already and I had some reading to do for the class to stay on top of things a little bit. Eventually, Jasper, the mouse passed away. I asked Drew if we should say a few words. He said, “Do you want to?” I said my Catholic prayers and asked that God take him to heaven and forgive us for what we did. I looked back at Drew and I said, “Anything you want to say?” He looked at me then at Jasper in the glass container and said, “Thank you for messing up my day.” Drew went over to the glass container and shook the mouse from side to side. He didn’t move and was stiff. I grabbed some gloves and a garbage bag. Drew grabbed a flat tool to place under the glass container. We dropped the glass container and Jasper into the garbage bag and Drew walked Jasper to the garbage.


While he was disposing of the mouse, I got on my hands and knees with a brush and some bleach water and cleaned up the area where Jasper died. I felt a little like shit about all this, but it was what it was I guess. After the mouse fiasco, Drew went to the gym and I got a long hot shower, and put on some relaxing clothes and did some reading. I am loving these glasses!


For dinner, I heated up the leftovers. We split a sweet potato, but I had butter and cinnamon on mine because butter is Keto friendly! I had some veggies and some steak. After dinner, we cleaned up, and then watched Smallville. As I was laying on the couch, I could feel myself craving something like chips or a Reeses’ cup. I laid there and fought the craving. Drew felt a little bad for me but supported me and talked me through my sugar craving. I felt strong enough to do this.  I have this app on my phone it is called carb manager. It breaks down my carbs, fat, and protein, etc. I ate a total of 25 net carbs today. This is the maximum that I can have. I am definitely going to try this for a while. I am excited about the results.

Also, that evening we laid down mousetraps, in the corners and along the wall on the floor. Hopefully, we do not have any more mice!

Pitt Panthers vs. Penn State Lions

Today is the biggest game of the year. It is the Pitt vs. Penn State game. This is the 99th time they have played each other. I so desperately wanted Pitt to win this game. There is this rivalry between the two schools. I tried to get tickets, but decided we would have more fun watching the game with his parents. His dad was going to make steaks on the grill. Plus it was going to rain all day!
During the day, I did some laundry, and cleaned up the house a bit. I was able to finish my reading for the weekend. I was ready to go for class this week. I just needed to do some things for my internship. I figured his mom might be able to help me. She had to write her own job description, so I know she will be a good person to ask.
Around 4:30pm, we got the car packed up and drove to his parents. When we arrived his mom opened the garage door and said, “Hey Roomies!” She was so happy to see us. I was glad to see her and be able to just relax this evening. We cracked open a Truly and brought our stuff in.
We sat down to eat dinner around 6:30pm. We had steak, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, broccoli, green beans, sausage, hot dogs, peppers, etc. We were so grateful for dinner and to be able to have the time with them. Dinner was so yummy. I was so full. After dinner, I painted my nails a grey color. My mother-in-law uses the OPI infinite shine polish. I love it. I need to invest in it.
After I painted my nails, it was time to get ready for the game. We all sat in the living room and watched Pitt mess up the coin toss. Pat Narduzzi looked so mad. I thought this is not a good sign. We scored first. There was so much cheering and yelling. We thought Pitt was going to win and that they had this.
As the game went on, Pitt was making serious errors and in the end, Pitt fell to Penn state with a score of 51-6. It was heartbreaking. After the game, we got ready to go to bed. I wondered if I would see the players around the campus on Monday, or if they will try to keep a low profile.