Buzzed

Buzzed

Today, I woke up around 9:30AM,  showered, then got ready to go to my parents. Drew was working from home today. I didn’t want to stay inside all day. I drove to my parents.

On my way to my parents, I stopped at Starbucks and was going to run through the drive-thru and I saw Dave my parents’ handyman and also the father to both of my ex-boyfriends. I dated both of his sons at one point or another. I bought him his chai tea latte and my caramel latte. After exiting the drive-thru, I parked in the space next to his car and gave him his chai tea latte. We chatted about the work he is doing at my parents, and his family. I had to interject and say, “well I think I need to start my day….” He will keep me there all day taking it I let him. He is a talker.

When I arrived at my parents, my mom, my dad, and my dogs were on the back porch. We sat outside and talked about my schedule and how it will interfere a little with the dog sitting in th evenings. I am going to make it work because I did commit to September. My parents are going on vacation. We seemed to work everything out, and Drew will help me where he can.

My parents and I went to breakfast at Hanlon’s for some reason I wasn’t all that hungry. I had the lighter fare: egg whites, one hashbrown, Italian bread toast, and bacon. I ate everything but the egg whites didn’t taste good to me. I don’t care for restaurant eggs.

After breakfast, we went to kohl’s my dad and mom bought me a nice pair of black simply Vera wang heels. They have memory foam in them. I needed a new pair of black heels for work events and perhaps this internship.

When we went back to my parents, I brushed my dogs’ teeth and then I kissed them goodbye. I wanted to go home and see my husband.

When I got home, I kissed Drew and asked him how his work was coming along. He said it was coming. I feel bad this won’t be much of a weekend for him. I read while he worked, then I made dinner. We had salmon burgers with tomatoes, avocados, and onions. They were good.

After dinner, Drew did a bit more work, then we spent some time together. We watched an episode of Smallville, then went and got ice cream at the Sewickley Confectionary. I could tell it was good for him to get out, but he had his mind on work.

When we got home, I dropped him off and then I went to Anthony’s. Dylan was there and Anthony’s brother was in town visiting from Ohio. We played beer bong, and flip cup. I had one Octoberfest beer and two vodka and waters. Drew offered to pick me up if I drank too much. I had to call Drew to come to get me while we were playing this awful board game. FA9C2A8E-0071-44BB-8AB0-DFDDCE6EA8A5
After the game, Drew drove us home safely and it was off to sleep for this couple. I was buzzed and had so much fun kicking back tonight.

Pool Weekend

This weekend we spent most of the day at the pool. Lately, it has been raining here and it was not a good pool weekend last weekend, but we wanted to try to get some sun time in this weekend.

Yesterday, I got my hair colored. I get it done every 6 weeks. My hair is a little darker at the top at the roots, and the rest is all blonde. It makes my green eyes just pop. I love it. My hair girl does such a good job and it is definitely Boujee on a Budget.  She didn’t charge me for layering my hair and angling my bangs, all she charged me for was the color.

After my hair appointment, since I was in the neighborhood, I went to see my parents and my dogs. Once, I parked next to my dad’s SUV, I saw the dogs come running up the back walkway. I got out of the car and opened the gate, and stepped inside my parents’ backyard. I love when they run up the walkway. I bent down, kissed them, and pet them little, before going inside. I hugged my dad and went inside the kitchen. I love stopping by my parent’s house even if it is just for a brief minute.

In the kitchen, my mom made us coffee, and I got a bowl of cereal. We chatted for a bit, and told them about last night (Drew and I went out with his Aunt and Uncle for dinner.) We had a good time out with his Aunt and Uncle and are hoping to eventually one day buy their house when they are ready to move, but we have a while to go and so do they, but it something to think about. My parents want to move, but they are waiting to see where we end up.

After spending some time there and catching up, I went home to my husband so we could get ready to go to the pool. When I walked in, he just finished making breakfast. Then we were going to get ready to go. I brought in the rest of the Hint water. I was raving about this water to my parents. We drink it all the time at Drew’s parents. It has no sweetener, no calories, just fruit infused water from non-GMO plants. I love it. I haven’t tried all the favors yet. I have tried Peach, Blackberry, and I think I tasted the Lemon Cayenne ( I wasn’t a fan). I do like Lemon anything mostly, just not mixed with Cayenne. My mom said, that the Hint water might have been giving her a headache. She didn’t want to chance it anymore.  I understood and didn’t mind taking the cases of water home. Andrew and I inhale it.

When we arrived at the pool, it wasn’t as packed as we thought it would be. We laid out our towels, and put some sunscreen on. I wasn’t sure if I should get my hair wet being that I just got it done. Kim said, if I wet my hair before going in the water, I should be okay.  I didn’t want to chance it, so I put it up in a ponytail, and put a hat on and played it safe in the shallow. I did lay in the water, but my head was on the steps. I didn’t want to risk it.

We stayed until 2:30PM. We had errands to run and dinner to make. I wasn’t feeling it since I couldn’t get my hair wet. We were planning to come back again tomorrow anyway. When we went home, we got showered and then got ready to go to Walmart. We needed a shower caddy to hang over the shower head to hang out loofahs on. Also, I got some Olay micro bubbles body wash. He needs hair styling creme, and deodorant (so exciting.) I also grabbed a case of Lemon La Croix sparkling later there. That is also very Boujee on a Budget. La Croix is cheaper at Walmart but you only get 8 cans vs. 12 cans at your local grocery store.

After Walmart, we went to the grocery store and got our groceries for the week. Lately, we have been on this fish kick. We try to eat a lot of fish. I got some salmon burgers and this giant thing of salmon that was marinated in sweet bourbon. We picked up some chicken. I get tired sometimes of the same old, same old, but our work schedules don’t allow time for us to really change up our dinners. I would love some suggestions if you have any!

On the way home from the grocery store, Andrew said, “oh wow it is going on 7pm. I think it might be too late to cook. Do you just want to order pizza? Pizza Hut had that $7.99 deal for a large two-topping.” For some reason, we both were craving Pizza Hut. I agreed to the pizza. I honestly didn’t feel like cooking with it being so late.

When we got home, we unloaded the groceries, I put in some laundry, and he called for Pizza. I took some more laundry downstairs. When Andrew, left to go get the pizza I picked up my book the Death of Mrs. Westaway. I haven’t had much time to read it lately. I need to finish it before I start grad school, and before it is due back to the library. I am not going to have time to read for pleasure here soon at all.

Once he came home with the pizza, I put the book away and opened the door for him. We ate pizza and watched Smallville. We are on season 4 now. I have such an affinity for Superman, especially Tom Welling.

Today, it was more of the same. We went to the pool, and once we arrived there I wet my hair in the locker room, and then came outside. I was excited to get in the water and swim around. Once we found our spot, we laid our towels down and put some sunscreen on. The weather app on our iPhones said, rain around 2pm-3pm. We were hoping we would have time in the sun before the rain arrived.

The clouds rolled and the first couple raindrops fell around 2:00pm. We packed up to leave, as I type this it is now 4:11 and the sun is out and shining through my living room window. It never fails. When we got home, I got showered, and then made some guacamole. We are addicted. We watched one episode of Smallville, and he is now doing some work from home.

Eventually, I will have to cook dinner. I am not looking forward to starting a new week. The weekends go by so fast. I hope everyone had a great, safe, and happy weekend!

 

 

Andrew’s Birthday Pt.2

Andrew’s Birthday Pt.2

This morning, I had a nail appt with my mom at Bella’s nails in Crafton. I met my mom at my parents’ house so I can see my doggies. I got to see them for a bit, then it was out the door to Bella’s. I drove my car to the nail salon. We stopped to get coffee on the way. Once we got to Bella’s, I signed in and told them that I was here for Ana. I wasn’t sure what I wanted. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a full set or just a little bit of tip with the acrylic dip. I wasn’t sure. I needed to talk to Ana. I knew she was running late, but I didn’t want anyone else to do my nails, but Ana.
When Ana arrived, she asked if I could come outside for a second? I walked outside, and she said, “I am sorry, but I have an 11:30am. Do you mind if someone else does your nails? I feel terrible.” I said, “yes, that is okay.” she said, “I will still do mom’s, but what exactly do you want done to your nails?” I said, “Well I know I want the dip, but I think I want a little tip on the end for some length, but not too long.” She said, “Okay.” She walked in and explained to the man who was doing my nails what I wanted.  I was so nervous it was hard for me to relax. Well, they turned out great! Now I am trying to get used to life with nails again.  I thought Drew was going to kill me. He likes my natural nails.
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After the nail salon, my mom and I met my dad at Hanlon’s for breakfast, in Crafton/Ingram Shopping Center. I love that place. I didn’t like it when it first opened up. I missed what it used to be, Andrea’s. The food tasted so good at Andrea’s. I was excited to see my dad.
At breakfast, we talked about work, and my upcoming semester of grad school, and etc. We talked about the concert, and how the lead singers aged and sounded a little different than what they used to sound like. My dad said, well that happens. The 90s were a long time ago. It just doesn’t feel that long ago.

After breakfast, I drove my mom home, and then I went home myself. I  had some birthday things to do with Drew tonight. When I got home, I kissed Drew and tried to hide my hands. I didn’t want him to see my nails, not just yet. I knew he would notice them soon enough, but I wanted to wait as long as I could. I cleaned up the kitchen a bit, and then we went to Best Buy. Drew wanted to get the Fitbit Versa for his Birthday gift.

On our way to Best Buy, I had to stop and get him a birthday card. This is so unorthodox. The element of Birthday surprises is gone when you get married and if you chose to have a joint checking account, well then there goes the surprise for certain. We also got candy to sneak into my purse at the movies. When we arrived at Best Buy, it is like a gadget lovers paradise. Everything looks so bright and shiny in that store. We went to the FitBit area, and there was the Versa, now the Fitbit is much better for tracking activity, then the iwatch I will say. I do miss my Fitbit sometimes, but my iwatch is more of a smartwatch, then a fitness tracker. The iwatch still tracks my fitness, but it is not as good as the Fitbit. Drew picked the special edition version of the Versa. The band was more of a nicer mesh material, instead of a rubbery feel. I told him he never treats himself. He should get what he wanted.
After Best Buy, we went home and talked about going to see hotel Transylvania 3. I made dinner and Drew ordered tickets. We were all set for the 8:50pm showing. I was so excited for this movie.  I was hoping it would be good. Drew set up his Fitbit. He looks so happy!
After dinner, we got ready to go to the movies. I couldn’t wait to see this movie. I was just hoping it was going to be good. Once inside, we promised to try to see this movie without popcorn, since we just had dinner, and smuggled in candy. We were sitting in our seats at the theater and we couldn’t take it anymore. I went into the lobby and bought popcorn. I brought down. I only got a medium though, with butter in the middle, and no butter on top. However, I do love a ton of butter, but we need to cut back and be healthier.
When the previews, started they showed the preview for the new Winnie the Pooh movie, that I can’t wait to see. I think Anthony and I are going to go see it. I know I will cry my eyes out. Goosebumps 2 was coming out. I loved those books as a child, I will probably drag Drew to see it with me when it comes out. It looks so good.

Friday: Paris and Louie

I did not sleep at all last night. I feel like I was awake for most of the night. I slept in my parent’s room with the dogs. Paris slept up by my chest in a ball, and Louie slept by my stomach on his side. I love how they snuggle.

My alarm went off at 5:00am. I got up turned off the alarm and took them outside to do their business. Then brought them back inside, locked the door. We went back to bed until 5:30am, then I got up and got a shower, dressed, and fed them breakfast. I took them out one more time before I left the house.

When I arrived at the bus stop, it was almost 6:30am. I was going to be so early, but I never know with them. I don’t know how long things will take, or if they will cooperate, but they did this morning. When I arrived in Oakland it was almost 7:15am. I stopped at Dunkin and got a coffee. I was so early.

When I arrived at my department, I opened up the place and put my lunch in the fridge. Then I sat down and browsed on Facebook, while I drank my coffee. Too early to start working. I started working around 8:00am. I got a lot done so far, and the day is still new. I feel bad I had to leave the dogs this morning. Louie watched me leave and gave me this look like I was the biggest asshole in the world. I am hoping to leave at 3:30pm today we will see. Drew is coming over after this evening to my parents to spend the evening with me and the dogs.

At the end of the day, I was able to leave work at 3:15pm. I was excited to be able to bug out a little earlier. When I got home, I took the dogs outside and they were so happy to have someone home! Then I took them upstairs and I got a shower and then tried to take a little nap, before Drew arrived. I slept for about 10 mins and then got up. I wanted to get the dogs fed, before Drew came home, and before we went to the Hop House for dinner.

When Drew arrived home, I was somewhat irritable. This period has to come soon. I am getting so anxious. I apologized for being so irritable. I am having all the symptoms it’s just no period.  What the hell! I can’t be pregnant. I don’t want to be pregnant right now. We got ready to leave the house.

When we arrived at the Hop House, there were a few people at the bar, and at the tables. Most people were outside. We thought about sitting outside, but for some reason, I thought it was kind of chilly. We took a seat the bar. We ordered our drinks. I was in the mood for a magic hat #9.  I was ready to get the weekend started. It has been a pretty easy week for the most part, but I do love my weekends.

Dinner was yummy. We split a soft pretzel for an appetizer, and for dinner, I had a chicken salad for dinner and Drew had a steak hoagie. This restaurant is our favorite little hole in the wall. We come here, only when we dog sit.

After we left, we went home and took the dogs for a little walk around the block, they did their business. Then we got them settled for the night. We watched Jersey Shore Family Vacation, then I went up to bed and the dogs followed. Drew stayed up for awhile and watched television. I was so tired. Tomorrow is another busy day!

Dog Sitting

This morning, I got up a little earlier than usual. I needed to get my car packed up. I got dressed, and packed up my car. What good is going over to your parents, if you can’t take your dirty laundry? I bagged up my dirty clothes in a garbage bag, and then packed up my duffle bag and my dress for Maci’s party on Saturday.

When we left the house, I met Drew at the bus stop and we drove to Crafton in my car, so we could take the bus together. Then, he would take the Moon bus home, and I would take the Crafton bus back to my parent’s. We had this all coordinated. When we arrived in Crafton, it was close to 7am. We missed the 28X as I was parking the car. He was like, “Oh man.”  I said, “We will be okay. We can get another bus and still be on time.” I don’t like the 28X anyway, even though it takes right to Oakland.

When we got on the Crafton bus, it was packed. The ride to downtown went pretty quick. I had my purse, umbrella, and two library books that I planned to return today at lunch. I was struggling to hold everything on my lap, as the bus was moving. This will be a lot easier on the way home.

When we arrived down town we got off the bus and walked to the bus stop to pick up a 61 or a 71. A 71 came by first, so we hopped onto that bus. When we arrived in Oakland, I got off at the stop where the Starbucks is on Fifth. I kissed Drew goodbye, and he went to his office in the cathedral. I needed coffee.

After I left Starbucks with a hot caramel macchiato in my hand, I was on my way to my office. I was running a little late, but I didn’t care. No one was going to know. I am on time most days and stay later than I have to on most days, and some times do not even take a full lunch hour, so it all comes out in the wash.

When I arrived to my office, I got started. There isn’t too much going on today. When Nancy came in we touched base regarding the drama in her friend’s circle. Wynn came down a little later in the morning, and asked me if I wanted to go the Greek Festival with them today. I was touched. I love when they include me. I said, I would love to. They take cards so I wouldn’t have to get cash. I haven’t been to the Greek festival yet. Drew said he went last year and it was so good. He wants me to bring him back a Gyro. I forgot a Gyro was Greek, that is what I will have. I don’t really know about anything else on the menu. I am weird about food.

When we arrived to the Greek Festival the line for the Gryos and hot food was up the sidewalk, past the church. I stood in line. Nancy, Wynn, and Lindsay went inside to get inline for food. I wanted a gyro and so did Drew, so I was determined to wait in line. There were a couple guys in line behind me, who were facilities people at Pitt. They were talking usual guy talk. I surfed my phone, texted Drew, and pretty soon I was next in line. It didn’t take too long. I got a freshly squeezed lemonade too. I can’t tell you the last time I had lemonade. I ordered two gyros and an order of Greek fries to go. My total was $28. I walked inside to meet up with the girls, and they were at a table, and had already finished eating. I sat down and opened one of the gyros and started to eat. They all thought I was crazy for waiting in the line.

On our way back from the festival, I stopped at the cathedral and dropped off the other gyro and the fries for Drew. The ladies made fun of me for bringing him his lunch. One of the women has been married twice and the other married for a few years with a daughter.  I didn’t care. Drew and I are newly married and I don’t do this all the time for him, and besides we were close any way to the cathedral.

When I left work it was 3:30pm, I stopped at the library and returned my two books. I browsed the shelves for a couple books to read this week and next. I wanted to read tonight at my parents. I picked up two historical fiction books. One about Charles Dickens, the other about Lord Byron’s illegitimate child. What I wanted was Hemingway’s movable feast about his time in Paris in the 1920s, but I couldn’t find it. I didn’t even think to ask my old professor if I could borrow his copy.

When I met up with Drew around 4:30pm, we took the bus out of Oakland together. He seemed moody and grumpy from the day. I was kind of glad I was going to my parents and spending the evening by myself with the dogs. I think with his attitude and how he is annoyed by the dogs, we would have wound up in an argument. Also, my period is 3 days late! I took a test yesterday morning and it said Negative and it was a definitive negative. I knew I wasn’t pregnant, but still this is annoying, just start already!

When we arrived down town, we kissed goodbye the G3 to take him to Moon was quick to arrive. Typically, I am the first one to get on the bus, when I have to go to Crafton. Shortly after his bus took off, a G2 arrived to take me to crafton. On the way home, I listened to music and stared out the window.

When I arrived in Crafton, I got off the bus and went to my car. I drove to Dollar General to get more pads. I didn’t want to be out of them. I was close to it from wearing a pad every day waiting for this period to arrive! After I left Dollar General, I went to Subway and got a foot long subway club on wheat with everything on it, but olives and jalapenos.

When I arrived to my parents, I set my subway bag and drink on the table outside and opened my parents’ back door. There were the dogs at the door. They ran outside on the porch to greet me. It was like unleash the hounds! I bent down to give them kisses and loves. I bet they are so confused. I let them run around in the grass and go to the bathroom, then I carried my food in and set it on the table. I got their food ready, and then set their dishes down. Louie loves to eat. Paris takes her time.

After dinner, I brought in my stuff, and took my dirty laundry downstairs. I put a load in, and then got a shower. After my shower, I ate half of my subway sandwich, then snuggled the dogs. I watched most of The Rage: Carrie 2, and Revolutionary Road.

One thing about the Rage, is that it was set in the 2000s. The turn of the millennium. I noticed all the fashion statements, and stereotypes from that time period. It is weird to think it was that long ago. I had existential moment.

Before I went to bed around 10pm, I let the dogs out one more time. Louie went, but Paris did not, then I locked up the house and went to bed.

Transformation Thursday

Transformation Thursday

After work today, I had a hair appointment.  I took the bus from Oakland to Downtown with Drew.  We kissed goodbye. He was getting on the Moon bus and going to hang out with Zach to watch the Penguins game. I got on the Crafton bus.  When I stepped onto the bus, I tapped the scanner with my Pitt ID. I looked up at the driver. It was the same driver from the day before. I noticed him then and he looked familiar. How do I know this guy and he clearly knows me. I bet I know him from when I used to go to the clubs in station square. I may know him through promoter people, so weird and mind-boggling.
When we approached the Ingram stop, I stood up and held on to the pole. I was getting off after the Ingram stop. I look up at the bus driver and we make eye contact in the mirror. He smiles and I smile back. I was careful not to give the impression that I was interested, but how do I know this guy?

When I arrived at the hair, nail, and tanning salon. I saw Lynn in the back and I told her that I was here for my 6:30 with Kim. She said, “oh okay.” I said, “Do you want to leave? I will watch for tanners, and put them in the bed.” She said, ”really you don’t mind?” I said, “No take the evening off.” She laughed and thanked me. I took a seat in Leanne’s chair and took off the polish on my toes. I painted my toes a peachy orange color. Then I decided to pop off my acrylics. I was missing one of my index fingers, and we already spent so much money booking our attractions. I just figured I would take them off and save some money. I do like them, but I can’t keep up with them. I hate how they look after a while when they needed to be filled. Leanne might be pissed, but whatever.

When Kim arrived, she started on my hair. Her son’s baseball team lost the game. She thanked me for being cool about her being late. I said, “not a problem.” She heavy highlighted my hair. I wanted more blonde. I buffed my nails while the highlights were setting.
After a while under the dryer, she took the foils out and washed my hair. I was so excited to see it. When she was brushing out my hair, it already looked so much lighter. I just felt like my hair was thin and stringy. I had her cut my hair to my collarbone. I was taking a risk of getting it short, but I needed a change. I wanted to feel lighter. She then trimmed up my bangs. I hoped Drew was going to be okay with this. He does like my hair long.
After my hair was dry and styled, I decided to go tanning. I set the bed for 20 mins. I knew that was probably too long, but we will see. I shut the door, stripped down, and lotioned up. I laid in the bed. I shut the lid. I took a little nap. I definitely felt myself falling asleep. It’s one of those sleep where your body jumps, and you wake up. I sleep so soundly in a tanning bed. 🙂
At one point, I felt like I was getting too much my back was starting to feel too hot. I got out of the bed, shut the lid so the light wasn’t so bright. I got dressed and turned the bed off. Then, I cleaned the bed and shut the light off. I walked back to the front and paid for my hair and rescheduled my next appointment.
On my way home, I stopped at my parents to see my dogs and eat cereal. I was hungry, but I didn’t want to cook dinner, or stop and get fast food. When I arrived at my parents, I teased my dad about the Penguins and Capitals game. My dad was born and raised in Washington DC. He loves his Washington Redskins, Capitals, and Nationals. I cheer for the Redskins occasionally, just to make him happy. Louie ran up the walkway to greet me at the gate. He is the sweetest dog ever, our first boy dog, but he is so sweet. I picked him up and kissed him and held him. He doesn’t like being held really, but I do it anyway. I walked halfway down the walkway before I set him down. Paris was on the back porch. It was too wet for her to greet me. She doesn’t like when it rains. I greeted her when I walked into the house.
After I ate two bowls of cereal and talked to my parents for a bit. I left I was ready to go home. When I arrived back to my house, I showered and got into some PJs. I sat down to watch Howard’s End. I have been trying to get into this series, simply because it is a British show. I am having a hard time falling in love with it.
After a while, Drew came home. He said he loved my hair. He does like my hair longer though. I am glad he likes it. It will grow eventually I told him. We talked about Zach and the Penguins.

Sunday

This morning I got up at 8:30am, got showered, and ready to go to Barre class at my instructor’s dance studio in Ambridge. We were to be there at 9:30am. When I arrived it was 9:15am, I sat in the car out front of the studio. 9:15am turned into 9:45am, and still, she wasn’t there. I just decided to head back home. I was bummed. I was looking forward to going to barre.
When I arrived back home, I got changed and kissed Drew. He was going to the gym, and I didn’t feel like working out if it wasn’t going to be barre class. I went to my parents to see my dogs.
When I arrived at my parents, I brushed Paris and Louie’s teeth. Then we got ready to go to breakfast. We went to Hanlon’s Cafe. For some reason, I was so hungry. I ordered the Handful; 2 pancakes, eggs, and hash browns.  I ate most of it. My parents and I sat around and drank a few more cups of coffee before it was time to go back home.
When we arrived back home, I kissed my dogs and got my keys. I said, goodbye to my parents and then I got in the car and drove home. I thought Drew was going to be there when I arrived home, but he wasn’t. He was still at the gym. I got changed again, and put another load of wash in the washer, and watched another episode of the Handmaid’s Tale.
When Drew came home, we kissed and brought up the towels that were in the dryer. I fell asleep on the couch, while he watched hockey. I was in and out of sleep. When I woke up from my nap, I checked my phone and I received an e-mail from my professor, the one who teaches Research Methodology. In the e-mail. she said that she is going to record my grade as a B. I saw that and was so happy. I told Drew about my grade and he was so proud of me. I was so satisfied with my first semester of grad school.
When I woke up, we made dinner. It was another night of fish, but it was so yummy. Drew finds all these different flavors. We are on a fish kick. After dinner, we watched Jersey Shore: Family Vacation. We didn’t get to finish the episode during the week. We got too tired. There was another episode on after this, but we were getting sleepy, so we called it quits after we finished the first episode.