Pumpkin Picking 2018

Today, Andrew and I took a long weekend to celebrate my Birthday and our 3 year wedding anniversary. We started the day with breakfast at Central Diner. We both had the Italian Omlet. I treated myself to some Italian bread toast. I was celebrating.

After breakfast, we went to pick pumpkins at Soergel’s orchard. I take pumpkin picking very seriously.

We didn’t want to drag the wheel barrow all the way up the hill to the patch, so we just picked our pumpkins out of the huge crates they had outside. We actually found some nice size pumpkins.

After we got our pumpkins, we loaded them up in the back of my SUV, then we wandered around Soergel’s and walked in and out fo a couple stores. We had so much fun! We bought a few things; a hazelnut candle, a small container apple cider, sampler bags of coffee, and 2 bottles of wine.

After Soergel’s we went to Kirkland’s and they had their Fall stuff for 50% off. We did buy the giant ornament with an H on it. Andrew’s mom bought hers last year and I wanted one for us too. We also bought my mom a birthday gift, and we got a couple candles.

After Kirkland’s we went to Best Buy and got a case for my IPad. I can finally use it now. I am anal about my electronics and try to take good care of them.

After Best Buy, we went home and made some dinner. It was so nice to spend the day together wandering around and getting our pumpkins. We did some things around the house and had an awesome salmon dinner with some asparagus.

After dinner, we watched some AMC fear fest they were showing the Halloween movies. We were going to see the new one and I was so excited. We planned to leave at 9:00pm for the movies.

Andrew’s 33rd Birthday

Andrew’s 33rd Birthday

At lunch today, Nancy and I got pizza for lunch and invited Gene, Patty, Lindsay, and Kim. We never sit down and eat lunch together. It was nice. I was so over pizza. Drew and I ordered pizza last night for dinner. I am excited for the  concert tonight. It is going to such a chill night.
After work, I met up with Andrew at the fountain, outside of the cathedral. He was walking down the steps and I got a good look at him. You know when you look at your spouse and you see them for the first time in a long time and they just look so good to you, even though you have looked at them 100 thousand times, but this time just seems different. We kissed, and then walked to the bus stop together.
Once we got to the bus stop, a bus that we needed to take was sitting at the red light. We still had time to hop on, but he seemed as though he didn’t want to open the doors and pick us up, but he did anyway. Once we got on the bus, and sat down Andrew asked me, “What was his problem?” I thought the same thing, but I just shrugged and said, “It’s your birthday!” He smiled and we kissed again. I don’t want him worrying about stupid petty drama on his birthday.
At the stop for the T-Station, we got off the bus, and walked across the street. We took the steps down to the T-Station. We took the T to North Shore, and walked to our car. We dropped off our stuff and our bags, and then went to get something to eat at Southern Tier.
On our way to Southern Tier, we had to walk a little ways past the stadium. I didn’t mind the walk. It felt like the first time we walked like this since, Paris.  I do miss walking all over Paris and London. We walked past the concert venue Stage AE where the concert was tonight and some people were already standing around. I didn’t think this was going to be a packed show, but I could be wrong. When we bought the tickets they were buy one get one free. I wonder if the hype for nostalgia is slowing dying. I hope not. I love the 90s alternative music, and the nostalgia.
When we walked into Southern Tier, I gave the hostess my name, they said about 30-40 mins. I looked back at Drew he said, he was cool with it. They were going to text us when our table was ready. We figured we would just go to the bar and if something opens. At the bar, they so many beers on draft. I didn’t know what to choose from. I decided on the Lemon Sun Drop beer. It was like a Lemon Shandy. Because it was Drew’s birthday he got a free Crowler.  I guess it is spelled like Growler typically, but not at Southern Tier, they  spell it Crowler. He chose the Lemon Sundrop to have in his Crowler. We were going to walk it back to the car before we went to the concert venue. I was glad he didn’t drink all that beer before the concert, although he probably would have in the past, but we can’t party like we used to anymore.                                    Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, drink and indoor         There were two guys standing at the end of the table, they ordered their food, and put the food menu back on the bar. Drew and I were talking about just standing here and ordering food. Drew asked the guys at the end of the table, and they said, they just put the food menu on the bar. One of the guys went and got the food menu from the bar top, and then handed it to Drew. He didn’t have to do that, but he did. He seemed like a nice guy.  Drew bought him a beer. While Drew was at the bar, I asked the guys if they were going to the concert tonight. They said, “No, but who is in town?” I said, “Gin Blossoms and Tonic.” They nodded their heads they said, they were in town for a golf outing. I smiled and said, “Very cool. where are you from?” They said, “Ohio.” I said, “Oh are you brown’s fans?” They said, “No, we are not.” They laughed. I laughed and I didn’t really talk to them too much anymore I didn’t want them to think I was flirting. I have to be careful with that. I am naturally friendly and bubbly, but it comes off very flirty.
When the waitress brought our food, we ate and then had to cash out, so we could walk to the car, before going to Stage AE. I wasn’t all that hungry, so I just ordered a soft pretzel. I am so sick of carbs. Drew had a pork roast sandwich and fries. He didn’t have pizza for lunch. 🙂
After we got back from the car, with his crowler tucked away safely, we were on our w way to Stage AE. The line of people didn’t extend too far. We were right by the ramp, that leads up to the grassy area. Once I was there for Breaking Benjamin, a few years ago the line wrapped around the sidewalk.
Once inside the venue, there is a Coors Light stand, and the restrooms are like trailers that line the back wall. They are really nice if you go before the show starts, if you wait until after, then they will be a mess. I made sure to go before the show starts. Stage AE is such an awesome venue. If you want to be in the grass you have that option, if you want to be in the pit you have the option, there is not a bad seat in the place. If you are a high roller, than there is a section of tables and chairs, but that is no way to see a concert. I prefer the pit, but Drew has a complex about him being so tall, so we stick to the grass, but I have been in the pit before and it nice to be close to the band. Stage AE was giving out free sunglasses that night. Drew got them when he went to get us drinks. He said, “I figured you would want them.”
Stage AEWhile we were waiting for the opener to come on stage, I started  talking to this couple next to me. The one said, he used to work for iHeartMedia, the radio stations in Greentree. I said, “Oh wow no way, i was there 2014-2015. The guy said, he left before I got there. He told me how he did on-air stuff and promotions for 96.1 kiss, and 96.1 the river. I remember right before 96.1 Kiss FM happened, there was a station called 96.1 The river. It didn’t last long though. He knows all the same people that I know. Drew was so cute he was talking me about how I did on-air stuff with Scottro, recording the bumpers, and practicing my air checks, I was flirting with the idea of trying to become an on-air talent. After talking all about radio, we then talked about where all we went to high school. He said, “I went to OLSH.” I said, “No way, I went to OLSH.” He said, “Oh my God, what year did you graduate?” I said, “2006.” He said, “Oh i was gone long before you got there.” I forget what year he said, he graduated, but I think it is the same year that our neighbor graduated OLSH. He is a bit older than us.
The opener came on and it was a band named Punchline.  They weren’t all that great. However, they sounded similar to Yellowcard. I loved Yellowcard. While the opener was playing, we saw someone walk through the walkway, that looked familiar. Andrew said, “I think that is Sarah Woessner.” I looked over and leaned over the railings and yelled, “Sarah Woesnner!” She turned around walked over to me and hugged me. I hadn’t seen Sarah in so long! She was with Jess Rogers. They both hugged me, and then came up and around into our grassy area. Drew hugged them both. he didn’t remember Jess right off the bat, but he did remember Sarah. Sarah looks the same.  It was good to see her. We caught up for a bit, and then she dragged Drew and I down to the pit and told Drew to get over his height complex.

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Once inside the pit, the view is so much better. I love seeing a concert from the pit.  I took a selfie with Jess as well. I don’t think I have seen her since high school.   Jess told me how much she loved me in high school, she thought I was so nice and just a good person. She reminded me of a time when people were bullying her and I stuck up for her. I guess I apparently cussed some people out for making fun of her. I laughed when she told me about the memory. Yea, it sounds like something I would do. I just laughed. It felt so good to hear. Jess was a sweet girl and still is a sweet girl.

The view from the pit was incredible. I love seeing concerts from the pit. After the opener ended, Tonic’s set began. Image may contain: 1 person, on stage, playing a musical instrument and night They opened with “Open Up Your Eyes.” The lead singer, Emerson Hart’s voice has definitely changed. It is a little noticeable. However, they were still good to see live. This was our second time seeing them. The best is when they played, “If could Only See.” Jess, Sarah, and I danced together like we were in high school again. It was so cool, but this band came out long before we were in high school! Sometimes the lead singer, tells the audience the backstory of the song. “If you Could Only See”, is about a relationship that the lead singer had with an older woman, and his mom did not approve of the relationship. I was like oh wow I did not know that was true. Drew told me this was the back story, but part of me didn’t believe him. They also played, “You wanted More.” I didn’t know that song was written for the American Pie movie. The things you learn when you attend 90s concerts.
After Tonic, Gin Blossoms came on stage, and we haven’t seen the Gin Blossoms since 2013. We were due, but man they aged a bit. It is amazing what a couple years can do. They played all their hits and some new songs. We didn’t care so much for the new stuff, we wanted the old hits. Robin, the lead singer came down into the crowd and played his tambourine with some of the people in the audience. They finished with “Follow You Down.” I love seeing them live. It truly was so awesome.

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Dog Sitting

This morning, I said goodbye to Drew and drove to the park n ride by my parents, parked, locked my car, and walked to the bus stop. I waited for a G2 to come along. Once I got on the bus, it was so packed, standing room only. I stood and held on to a pole on the way to Downtown Pittsburgh. It was a short ride.
Once I got off the bus, I walked to the bus stop in Downtown to catch a 61 or a 71 to Oakland. I almost forgot how fun it is to ride the bus. I was able to catch a 61, which will take me straight to Posvar pretty much on Forbes. I stopped at Starbucks, once I arrived into Oakland. I got a venti skinny caramel macchiato. I haven’t had one in a while.
Then I walked to my building, I called to my mom on my way to my building. They said, the were taking it easy until their show at 6pm today. They are going to see a Beach Boys show. Ehh, I am not one for shows, unless it is Phantom of the Opera. I would like to see the Gloria Estefan show, “On Your Feet.” I prefer ballets. I like the classics.
Once I got to my office, I sat down and started to do some tasks, and kept an eye on e-mail requests. It was going to be another slow day. I updated enrollments, and prepped for the schedulers meeting. I still have some more to do, but I don’t want to do it all at once.
At lunch, I talked to Wynn and Nicollete. I told them about the dog sitter drama and what happened, and how we had to fire her. Wynn said, “Let me guess who is going to take care of him. The only one, who will take the absolute best care of them…” she laughed. I said, “yes, I am the only one.” I laughed too. I am a control freak. It’s okay with me.
At around 4:15pm, a work study  came down to cover the front desk. I reminded her to please pull the big door with the code on it shut at the end of the day, when she leaves. Everything else was good. She laughed and couldn’t remember if that one got locked, or not. I was grateful to leave at 4:30pm today.
Once I got on the bus out of Oakland, it didn’t take too long to get into town, but it was packed up and raining off and on. It was so humid out too. I was excited to get home to my dogs. When I arrived down town, I walked to the bus stop and waited for a G2 to arrive. It took forever, which is rare for a G2. Traffic out of town must be backed up so badly.
The bus arrived around 5:30pm. I got on and it was so packed. I sat down on one of the side seats, across from someone. I listened to music and texted Drew on the way home. It took awhile to get up to the bridge. I hate when the bus is packed and traffic is backed up. It always happens, when it rains or snows. Once we were on the bus way, the bus flew. Before I knew it, we arrived at my stop. I walked to my car and drove to my parents. I was so excited to see the dogs.
When I got to my parents, I parked, got out of the car, and walked up the walkway to the back door. I unlocked the door, and expected the dogs to be right there at the door going crazy. They must have been sleeping. They were a bit delayed with their greeting. They looked sluggish, but excited! They ran to me, and came outside on the back porch with me. I bent down and pet them. I told them I was sorry, and that i am here with them now. We ran in the grass, and even though it was wet. They ran to me, and I bent down and pet them some more. I wasn’t sure if they had to go to the bathroom or not. They didn’t seem like they needed to, and the grass was too wet for them.  I would try again later.
When we got back inside, I got their dinner ready. I set it down in front of them and waited until they were finished. Louie at everything, as always. Paris not so much she didn’t finish. I was surprised. I took her bowl and put a plate over it, maybe Alyssa will get her to eat tomorrow. I put their food away and set up my Amazon Fire Stick in the living room television. It took me awhile to figure it out. My parents have a Samsung TV, and the HDMI inputs are on a separate box, that comes with the television. They are not behind the television.
After a while, I laid down on the floor and looked at the home screen of the Amazon Fire Stick and smiled in my glory of not needing a man and doing it myself, just then Louie came over and licked me. I always need my Louie boy! I entered the WIFI password for my parents, and then that was it, there it was. I was able to watch the handmaid’s tale. I was so excited.
I went into the kitchen and made some waffles for dinner and grabbed a glass of milk. I guess this was my only option. I ate dinner on a television tray in the living room and started the new episode of the handmaid’s tale. I paused it to clean up and grab a beer. Then I came back in the living room, laid on the couch with my dogs, drank a Corona Light and watched the rest of the episode. Some parts of the show were so sad, but the show is so good.
After the show, I got up and let the dogs out. Louie went, but Paris did not. I went upstairs and got a shower, changed into comfortable sleeping clothes, and turned on Teen Mom 2. I have to catch up. This show is the same anymore, but I hope Leah and Jeremy get back together. I only care about certain story lines; Leah’s, Jenelle’s , and Kail’s, that’s it. Chelsea is cute, but her life is normal and I don’t watch this show for normalcy. After Teen Mom, I couldn’t find anything to watch and it was 9:30pm, time for bed. I couldn’t wait to snuggle the pups.

Au Revoir Paris, Hello Again England

This morning, when we woke up I was somber. It was time to leave Paris. I hope we will be back. I was quiet and sad this morning. We got showered, got dressed and then went back to Tea Follies for breakfast for the final time.
When we arrived to the restaurant, the waiter recognized us and smiled. He looked me and the eyes and he said, “Bonjour.” I smiled and said, “Bonjour.” We took a seat at the same table, as yesterday. It was a bit chilly to start this morning, but it was going to warm up to be another hot one in Paris.
When the waiter came to our table, we both ordered the double espresso again and the same food from yesterday. He smiled. He went back to make the espresso. We made eye contact a few times, when he was behind the counter. I wasn’t flirting. Okay maybe a little. I tried to be discreet.  I love Drew, but Paris has a hold on me. I blame Paris.
When he brought our espresso, he brought us croissants. I sipped my espresso and nibbled my croissants. They will never be the same to me again. It was so quick, when our breakfast arrived. The waiter brought us our breakfast and gave me a quick smile and rolled his eyes. He knew it was too fast and we weren’t even done with our croissants yet. I smiled.
Throughout breakfast, the waiter and I made eye contact a few times and I smiled. When it was time to cash out, he was getting super busy, but still making eye contact with me here and there. We paid our bill, and he asked us how long we are going to be in Paris for? I said, “we leave today. I don’t want to go home.” He looked at me and smiled. I hesitated saying we were going to England, because there is a riff there with the French and English still, and it has been so many years since Winston Churchill blew up their ships.
Eventually we stood up, at this point the waiter was serving a table behind us. He was behind me when I stood up. I had my back to Drew. The waiter was facing me. We shared a moment. He looked in my eyes and said, “bonne journee.” I smiled and said, “Merci beau coup.” I took a breath and said, “Au revoir.” He smiled and said, “Au revoir.” I turned to walk away. We walked towards the Stress Relief Cafe, to go back to our Airbnb. I don’t know what came over me, but I blame it on Paris. I take a deep breath and look back. I don’t know why I looked back. Paris, it was Paris. There was the waiter. He made eye contact with me. I can still see his face in my head. I smiled and then slowly turned my head. I don’t know if he continued to watch me walk away, or if he just went back inside. I will never know. I don’t even know his name, but we connected. I know I am married. I would never hurt Drew, but part of me kind of wonders, if Drew knew I was having a moment, and it was Paris, and I would probably never see that guy again. No, that is not like Drew. I think Drew didn’t know, and didn’t realize…
When we got back to the Airbnb, we packed our things and I hung out in the living room and watched TV. We had a little time to kill before we left for the train station. I turned on the television and my limited French was a success. I found Versailles Season 3, but it was in French. How sweet, how authentic! I was in love.
While we were watching television, one of Eric’s friends came into clean up. We thought it was Eric. He told us his name (I forget now.). He said, “Eric is in the states for the summer.” I said, “oh okay.” We were on edge wondering if he would ever stop in, or not. The friend of Eric’s ran the dishwasher, and his English was okay, but not that great. He asked Drew to slow down, when he spoke. I did most of the talking, and tried my best to communicate with him in French and in English. He only stayed for a little, and then left. He was going to come back, when we were gone. I guess someone else was coming to stay the night and be in Paris. I am jealous of them and I don’t even know them.
When it came to leave, I opened the terrace doors one more time to say goodbye to Paris and take in the air and the sounds.

 
One thing about me that is a blessing and curse, is that I am very sentimental and full of emotion and feeling. I feel things differently then others, and I really try to savor everything and all the moments in life. I really try to squeeze as much nectar as I can. Paris, you will be so missed. This was so magical. I have no words.
Once on the Eurostar back to England, Drew snapped a picture of me looking less than thrilled. 
They served us cold quiche on the Eurostar for lunch. Ugh,this was not France.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before we left for Europe, I bought a book at Barnes and Noble, Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. This is a memoir about Hemingway’s time in Paris. I cracked open the book on the Eurostar and began to read. I really haven’t had a chance to read it. I turned the page and it was the second paragraph on page 18, “I’ve seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought you belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil” (Hemingway 18).  I instantly thought of the waiter. Like Hemingway, who belongs to his pencil and pen. I belong to this marriage and to Drew, but we will always have Paris…
Once we made it to St. Pancras, we got a taxi and he drove us to our hotel in West Minister. It was so hot outside in England. On the cab ride, I took some pictures of Trafalgar square. The cab driver told us some things about the area and about this statue in particular, he asked, “Do you see the guy on the horse?” We both said, “Yea.” He said, “Well if you look really closely, you see the tail right?” We both said, “Yes.” He said, well right above his tail, you can see his the horse’s ass.” We all started laughing. I was waiting for something so profound. We were not in Paris anymore.

Our hotel is the Park Plaza, Westminster:

Oh, and they had our room ready for us, when we checked in. It was a gorgeous suite. Andrew immediately laid on the bed and it was so firm. We are going to sleep so good tonight.

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This is the inside, once you take the elevator up:
What a view! Once, we got inside our room, we changed and got ready to go explore Westminster. We had a reservation for the London Eye at 7:00pm, so we didn’t want to be too long exploring. We wanted to get showered and cleaned up before the London Eye.
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After we did some picture taking, we went back to the hotel got showered, and got ready to go to the London Eye. We ate dinner at the bar of the hotel.  Before we left for the London Eye.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the bubble chandelier of the Champagne Lounge.

 I found a good window with some good natural light to get a couple selfies. I had a little photo session.   

When it was time to get on the London Eye, Samantha our tour guide called us to line up and she was going to walk us passed the general admission line, and then we would get into a pod, on the London Eye. We would all be in the same pod, and we will have another glass of champagne, once we are up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we arrived onto the platform, the wheel just keeps moving, there is no stopping it, so you can get on, you almost have to jump to hop on. Once you are inside the pod, it is shaped kind of like a pill. Our tour guide set up the champagne and once you are so many feet in the air, she starts to pour the champagne and hand it out. It started to rain outside, while we in the pod, the view of the sky was so beautiful, even though it was dark and cloudy. Seeing the rain, hit the pod was like seeing hail it the pod. The rain drops were so huge.

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Thankfully, the rain held off for a few minutes, for us to make it off the pod in time, we were half way to our hotel, and it started to rain again. We both didn’t have umbrella.
Also, one more thing to note about our London Eye experience is that, we were in pod number 4. This was the same pod, that the Queen was in, when she visited the London Eye, shortly after it was built in the year 2000 to honor the Millennium. pod 4.jpg

 

 

 

Paris, France

This morning we woke up, got showered, got dressed, and then went downstairs to eat the hotel breakfast again. This time we had double espresso. It was so yummy and the little cup is so cute.
After breakfast, we went to our hotel room gathered up our luggage, and went downstairs to the desk to check out, then we got a taxi to take us to St. Pancras, where we had to catch a train to Paris. I was so excited. The Euro Star station, was so huge. It had a bunch of stores in it, including a Chanel store. Drew gave me some notes to get coffee to distract me from the Chanel store. 🙂 I bought my first coffee with a British note.

Image may contain: 2 people, including Danielle Hornyak, people smiling, people sitting Once we got on the train, I made sure to get the window seat, so I could see us arriving into Paris. When the train operator made the announcement that we were in Paris, I instantly freaked out! I was so excited. Right before we arrived to the station, I kept looking around for the Eiffel Tower, and I think I may have caught sight of it for just a moment. I can’t wait to see it! Once we arrived in Gare Du Nord, we followed the signs for taxis. All around us, we could hear the French language. I was in heaven. I was loving it. I heard “Salut, Ca’va, Monsieur?” I saw French police patrolling the station. On our way to the taxi area, a woman approached us and asked if we were looking for a taxi? I said, Yes. She told us to follow her, but we decided against it. It seemed shady. We walked outside and followed the line for the taxis, so apparently there was a demonstration (protest) happening, which was causing all the taxis to be late.
Once we finally got a taxi, it was around 3:30pm-4:00pm Paris time. We were so ready to get to our Airbnb, but so happy to be in Paris. On the taxi ride, I took some pictures out  of the window, we were finally in Paris, my dream city:
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Once we arrived at our Airbnb, I took a picture of the outside of it. Our Airbnb was located in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris. You need a code to get inside the red doors.
Then go past the mailboxes, where you enter another set of codes.No automatic alt text available. Now you are in the lobby of the building, there is a tenant office, a staircase, and a small elevator, that looks like you could only fit one person in it. Drew took the stairs, with two suitcases. I got into the elevator, and I stacked one suitcase on top of the others, so the door would close, automatically. Then I pushed the second floor. Once, I got to the second floor, the doors opened, right in front of me was the door to our Airbnb. Drew came up the stairs at that point with the two suitcases. We used a card key to open the door. You put the card up to the door and turn the door knob to the right then the door, unlocks. You have to do all motions simultaneously for it to work.

Once inside, it looked just like the pictures. We put our suitcases in the bed room, and then we both go showered and got dressed in clean clothes to explore Paris and have dinner at a cafe, and sit outside like Parisians. We stopped at this place called, Cafe Marguerite.

First Night in ParisNow is the time to try out my French. When the waiter came by, I said “Bonjour Monsieur.” he said, “Bonjour.” He handed us our menus. I looked at the menu. It was most certainly in French. My eyes widened a bit. I only had French 1 and 2 in high school. I ordered a glass of Rosé, so I said, “Une Rosé, sil vou pliat.” and smiled. I was really trying here. Drew said, the name of the beer he wanted, and said Sil Vou Plait. I gave him a crash course of French basics, as much as I could before we arrived, plus he heard me speak French here and there.
When it came time to order our dinner. When the waiter came back over, I broke down. I said, “We are Americans. I am trying.” He said, “No problem. I will get you the English menu.” He took our French menus away, and brought back English ones. I sighed. I felt disappointed and bummed. It took the fun out of it for me a little. Drew tried to reassure me that I am doing well. I sneered. I wanted so badly to be good at this and perhaps wanted them to think I was Parisian. It mattered a little to me.
When the waiter came back with the English menus, I have to admit it was easier, but definitely less fun trying to deceiver what everything was. He gave a us a few minutes. I was going to try the chicken and spinach thing with potatoes.
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Drew at first ordered a burger, and the waiter said, “How American of you.” he had a little smile, but not really. We both laughed at the awkwardness. He said, “Okay, what do you suggest?” He said, “Chicken Cordon Bleu.” He said, “alright I will do that. I said to Drew, “You have had it before, however it is not like back home where it comes out of a freezer.” He said, “True.” Dinner was amazing. We had another drink, then thought about going some place else, or calling it a night because we didn’t want to be out and about after dark. We had a day of exploring Paris tomorrow.

When we arrived back at our Airbnb, we got ready to go to bed. The only down fall about our Airbnb is that it did not have air conditioning. It was so hot. We slept with the balcony doors open. We weren’t sure if Eric (the guy that owns our airbnb) was going to come back or not, or if he was gone for the summer and rented his place out, while he was away, but we were never sure if he was going to show up or not. It was 80 degrees while we were in Paris.

 

 

 

First Same-Sex Wedding

Today, I had the honor of witnessing my first same-sex wedding, two men. I think it is so cool, the two of them are able to wed. I understand that marriage is thought to be only for a man and woman, but there is something to be said about two people of the same sex, who are in love and want to commit to one, another for the rest of their life. It just makes me feel so tickled.  Also, they were of different nationalities, one is Hispanic, his partner is Chinese. I just find it so powerful and symbolic.

While I was watching their rehearsal last night, I thought about my best friend Anthony. When he does find his Prince Charming, I can’t wait to stand next to him on his wedding day and celebrate with him.
Their ceremony is going on now, but I want to dedicate this blog entry to all the men and women, who love someone of the same sex and who are getting ready to enter into marriage. I stand with you. I wish you all the love and happiness in the world.

One-Year Anniversary Trip to Seven Springs

One-Year Anniversary Trip to Seven Springs

Today, we had off work. We were going away for our one-year anniversary and my birthday. I was so excited to get a away and spend a much needed vacation away from the jazz seminar and Pittsburgh. We went to the gym and then got packed up. On our way to seven springs, we stopped for breakfast at Eat n Park. It was a great way to kick off our mini vacation.

The entire road trip up to seven springs, the drive was so nice, even though it did rain a bit, but it was still nice. When we arrived, we went up to our room. We were staying in the main lodge area, and it reminded me of the shining. Our room was all the way at the end of the hall. Autumn Fest started tomorrow, so there really wasn’t anyone up there that night, but Andrew and I were determined to make the most of out of it. After we got settled in our rooms, we were the only ones looking to party. We stopped in the gift shop and bought a shot glass and a wine glass,  and then we went to the bistro. We got some drinks, and met some people, who were there for a wedding that was happening that weekend. The same minster who married Tommy and Megan was there to marry this couple. We talked to the brides’ brother and his friends, and the cousin of the bride, which was a kicker for ULSC.

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After a few drinks, we went to get changed for dinner. We were going to go to this place called Timbers. It was a burger joint. I had soup and salad. Andrew had a burger, and fries. It was nice to watch everyone coming and going all the families. Over dinner, we talked about my job situation since I was not the top pick during the interviews and I would have to train the new hire during the jazz seminar week, which was vastly approaching. I was looking forward to getting the hell out of the jazz studies office, but at the same time it was back to looking again.

After dinner, we wanted to keep partying so we went back to the bistro and met up with our friends, then to the club called the Matterhorn and danced for a bit, and had a couple drinks, then we decided to turn in for the night. We were so hot throughout the night, because we drank so much.