1st NFL Preseason Game

After work, I checked on the background check and it was complete. I was hoping to hear about an offer letter first thing on Monday, but I wanted to enjoy the weekend. We drove to Primanti’s again, we wanted to be among the crowd for the first NFL preseason game. When we arrived, the bar was backed and so was the restaurant area. We bumped into our neighbors, who lived next door to us. They moved towards Beaver county and now live by the Windmill where Andrew and I play haunted mini-golf around Halloween time.  They were so glad to see us. I gave them my new number, and we plan to hang out soon.

When we were seated, we ordered pizza like last time and had a drink. We celebrated the end of my background check and a forthcoming offer.  After dinner, we went home and watched a little of the preseason game. I painted my nails. I wasn’t all that interested in the game. I just wanted to wear black and gold for the Steelers!

St. Patrick’s Day

While everyone was out getting wasted, and probably going to the parade in downtown Pittsburgh, I had a busy day of errands. I have never been much for the day drinking, or all day drinking. I got up at 7:45am. I got a shower, dressed, and then left to go to my parents. I wanted to see my dogs. I haven’t seen them in so long.
When I arrived to my parents, I was so happy to see my little puppies. Louie took a second to let me love on him. He hasn’t seen me in a while and was a bit skittish. Paris was ready for hugs and loves. I miss them. I went upstairs and hung out with my mom, after I said, hi to my dad. Paris and I snuggled in bed for bit. She was snuggled up in my arms. I love her. She is so cuddly and she loves the attention.
After a quick cup of coffee, I left to go to the hair salon. I was going to see my parents later at my house anyways. When I arrived at the hair salon, I sat in the chair. We talked about the game plan for my hair. I definitely wanted to be lighter, but I still liked the dimension, so we opted for all over blonde with a few caramel low lights. Overall I am satisfied..
On my way home, I called Drew and he told me that Dave, our handyman was there to fix the water pipe, that leads into the washer. It was all corroded. I drove home, so Drew could leave to go to the ACC tournament game. He was going to go with his friend Ben, who had tickets. I was jealous. Soon after I arrived, Drew left and my parents came over. My parents and Dave sat at my kitchen table and talked about the Catholic parishes that are going to be closing in the neighborhood.
After a while, I said, “Alright well I am hungry, and we have to get going.” I stood up. If I didn’t, Dave would have sat there all day and BSed. He is a little lonely I think. It’s sad, but I have things to do. When we left the house, I told my parents I would drive. I opened the backseat of my car, to put my purse in on the seat, and noticed a small puddle of water in the backseat on the floor. I picked up the bottle of windshield wiper fluid and noticed a small crack in the plastic bottle. I took the bottle and the gray, plastic Walmart bag that it was in and put it on the concrete parking lot, by the bushes. I figured I would deal with that later. I was so damn mad.
Once everyone was in the car, my dad was teasing me about my taste in music. I have XM and I like to listen to 90’s alternative and grunge, the Lithium channel. He wanted “The Bridge.” I settled for 70’s rock. On the way to Sheetz to find a vacuum to suck out the puddle of Rain-X on my backseat floor, my mom started to have a panic attack because she couldn’t figure out how to unlock the doors if the car is in gear. I said I don’t know to do that. I am trying to drive and I don’t have the patience for this shit. I was able to pull over safely. I parked the car and she rolled down the window and proceeded to argue with me, about the locked doors and she kept clicking them off, but they would switch back on when the car is in gear. It is a safety feature. What I don’t understand is she was fine, on the way to the bridal shower last weekend, when she was in the front, but dad had to be in the front and mess with my radio. I was so annoyed.
When we put the money in the vacuum it didn’t work.  It wouldn’t suck anything up. I said, “Okay, let’s go inside and get our dollar back. That solves this problem.” We got the dollar back, got back in the car, and my mom had the window down, and my dad wanted the heat on full blast. I felt like I was driving children. I was so over it and didn’t want to go to lunch at this point. I was hungry, but I was losing my appetite. I could be home reading and doing work, no I am here dealing with this. I drove to GetGo, no vacuum. I drove to Sunoco, no vacuum. I was over it.
I parked the car at Armstrong’s restaurant, we walked in, got a booth, and sat down. I ordered the baked ziti, dinner portion. I was messing around today, with a small salad, Italian dressing. I was so short with the conversation. I just wanted to go home. After lunch, I drove home and my parents left. I got out of the car and saw my neighbor. She asked me what was wrong, and I told her. She said, do you have a shop vac? I said, “yes.” she said, use my extension cord, and my outdoor outlet. I said, “really? that would be so helpful.” She went inside and got her extension cord, she was on her way to Ohio. She handed me the cord and left to get on her way.
The cord was so tangled. I  was able to unravel it the best I could, and I brought up the shop vac, and hooked it up, and was able to suck out the fluid from the backseat floor. In the meantime, Drew was sending me pictures from the game. I could cry. I hate doing this stuff, and it was a long day. Andrew’s mom texted me and asked me what time we will be ready tonight? I told her I don’t think we are going. I had a long day and I am dealing with so much right now, and I don’t feel like drinking tonight, but thanks anyway.
After I got done cleaning the car, I put the shop vac away, and wrapped the cord, and stuffed it back in the plastic container, that it came in. I put it inside our house by our front door, so I remember to give it back to Amy when I see her. I locked up my car and got comfy on the couch. I started prepping for class on Tuesday. I was so over this day.
Anthony texted me and told me that he was on his way over. I needed to vent. He brought Dylan and Ray along with them. We all decided to go to Primanti’s for some green beer. I didn’t feel like changing, so I wore sweat pants with my friends, and they were like you could at least put jeans on to go out. I was like don’t start with me today.
When we got to Primanti’s, it surprisingly wasn’t packed, but it wasn’t night time yet. We all ordered green beers and Drew was going to meet us there. I was ready to see him. All I wanted to do all day was see him. I knew he would be able to help me and be there to support me with my mom acting like a lunatic.
When Drew arrived, we moved to a high top table, instead of a booth. I was so happy to see him. I clued him on the events of the day, and he was so upset for me and sorry that I had to deal with all that today. We talked about the game.  After a few more green beers it was time to go, we went home and I got a shower. I told my friends, that I just wanted to be alone with my husband for tonight. I had enough today.

Lisa’s Bridal Shower

Lisa’s Bridal Shower

On Saturday, we woke up early and got ready to go to the chiropractor. We had appointments for 9:30am. My adjustment went well and it felt so good. My neck was bothering me, from looking down and reading, but not anymore.
On our way home, we stopped and had breakfast at King’s. I am not too crazy about their food, but Drew likes it. I had the veggie scrambler with sourdough toast. Sourdough was the closest thing they had to Italian bread. Drew had a meat omelet.
When we got home, I tidied up the house, my mom was coming over around 12pm. She and I were going to hang out have some coffee and visit for a bit before we left to go to the bridal shower. Drew was packing up and getting ready to go to the gym, but work emailed him and told him the testing on the software needs to be done now, so he had to stay home and run some tests.
As I was getting ready my mom rang the doorbell, I ran downstairs to open the door for her. She came in, and I put on some coffee. Now that I don’t live at home anymore, I love seeing my mom. I miss her, my dad, and the dogs. We have a better relationship, now that I am out of the house. We had some coffee and Drew came in the house, since he had to run testing, he had to turn around come home.
While we were visiting, I told my mom about the show, the office. I showed her some clips. I said you have to sit down and start watching this series. I can’t believe I never watched this before. She thought the clips were hilarious and she was going to start watching it. I told her it is on Netflix. Drew laughs at almost everything in the show. I don’t. I mean somethings are hilariously funny, and others are just stupid, that is our sense of humor though.
When we left the house, I told my mom I would drive. She grabbed Lisa’s gift out of her car and put it in my car. I drove us to the shower. It was at Sewickley Hills park. I knew roughly where it was. I turned on my GPS just in case. Surprisingly, the whole way there my mom did not complain once about my driving.

When we arrived at the venue, I parked and changed into my leopard high heels. I haven’t work heels in so long, this was going to be interesting. When we walked into the party room, we set our gifts down at the table and then mingled with some people that we knew. We hugged and kissed the bride-to-be, Lisa. Then we went and got a drink. We took a seat at the table, with some friends of my mom’s. All of Celeste’s nieces are all grown up now. I saw so many people, that I remember seeing for years, but some definitely looked so much older, while others looked the same. Time is a funny thing. You just think people never age, when you are younger. They are always going to look the way you remember them for forever.

We watched Lisa open gifts, and she got everything that a bride would receive for her shower. Showers are not as fun when they are not your own, but Lisa looked so happy. My mom and I took a selfie together at the table. It is in the featured image over this blog. We had a great time, and I am glad I stayed the entire time. I was flirting with the idea of leaving early because I had to write a paper, but I am glad I didn’t leave early and stayed with my mom. When we arrived back to my house, Drew wasn’t home he was at the gym. He was due home shortly. My mom left to go back home. She and dad had plans that evening.

When I walked inside my house, I saw that the mail arrived. I opened the mail and noticed, that my bracelet came in the mail today, It is a bangle bracelet and it says, “Live the Story You Want to Tell.” I just love this message. on this bracelet. I think that it is a positive reminder to be a good person, and live the life that you would be proud to talk about. My friend Lindsay that I went to high school with, sells Paparazzi jewelry and this was my first purchase. I wasn’t sure what I was going to be buying, but the quality is awesome and the price is affordable. I will be on the lookout for other pieces to purchase in the future.

After stalling and googling over my bracelet, I walked into our office and started working on my paper. I was so anxious to get this thing over with and put it behind me. I have so much anxiety over it. I just want to do well in Grad School and I care so much.

After a while, Drew came home, and I figured I would just pretty much wear the same thing that I have on to go out to dinner with Drew’s friends, and their wives tonight. It was his buddy Mike’s birthday. We went to dinner at Azteca, a Mexican restaurant.

It was so good to see everyone. We haven’t seen Mike and Stephanie since Drew’s birthday party. I can’t tell you the last time I saw Kim and Denny. Well, I did see Denny when I was leaving Sewickley hospital, sick with the flu, but that doesn’t count. I do not remember the last time I saw Marj, Mike’s sister. The food at Azteca was good. Drew and I had a burrito. We ordered chips and guacamole. It was so good. I could make a meal out of just chips and guac.

After dinner, we went to Primanti’s and had drunk ducks. I can’t tell you the last time I had a drunk dunk. You could tell when we were at Primanti’s that we all were getting over being out and staying out late. We were all so tired. Mike was ready to get back to the house, and have us all over and drink there.

On our way to Mike’s, Drew and I stopped home. I put on some sweats, a t-shirt, and a hoodie with a pair of UGG boots. I was over the heels. I was pretty much in them all day. When we arrived at Mike and Stephanie’s, everyone was winding down some and getting sleepy. We did play this game called bad people, it is like Cards Against Humanity, but you are all given identities. Each person takes a turn fulfilling the role of the dictator. The dictator gives out the identity card to each player. The dictator reads the scenario and the players have to pick from the identities which one the dictator will choose. The dictator has silently chosen who he is going to pick when the dictator reveals his choice, whoever chose the same identity as the dictator gets a point. It is such a dirty, but a hilarious game. Drew and I stayed until 12am, then we went home. I had a long day and we didn’t have the energy to stay out all night.

Grad School Orientation

After work on Thursday, I had my Orientation for Grad School. Thankfully the Orientation took place in the same building, as my office. I was a little nervous, but mostly excited. I was anxious to hear how the program works, and meet the other members of my cohort, as well as my professors.
When I arrived up to the 5th floor, I knew the room number, but the way the building is laid out. There are so many corner hallways and then one hallway leads to another hallway. It is confusing. I just followed the room numbers, which I guess is what anyone else would normally do.
Once I found the conference room, I took a seat at the table. On the table, were two sheet of papers. One sheet of paper was a powerpoint presentation, and the other was a plan of study. Once everyone arrived, the orientation got underway.  Dr. S was one of the professors, as well as Dr. F, and I can’t remember the other professor’s last name, but her name was Linda. Most of us in the cohort, already worked at Pitt, and were planning to attend school part-time. There was one woman, who did not work at Pitt, and was unemployed outside of the home, and was going to attend classes part-time, while she looked for a job. She received her undergrad from Penn State, already someone that I know I won’t like (just kidding).
Dr. S congratulated us on our acceptance, and then explained how the program is designed, and how important it is to stick to the course plan, and is there to help us along the way. He gave us the days and times of our first two classes next semester. My first class will take place on Monday from 7:15pm-9:15pm. The second class will take place on Thursdays at 4:30pm-7:15pm. I originally thought I would have two classes back to back on Monday, but I think the times have changed. I am happier with not having classes back to back, but regardless I will have a long week, and a lot of work ahead of me.
At one point, in the Orientation, someone asked how we will be graded? And they said, through papers, reports, discussion board posts, and participation. I immediately got so nervous. Most of you, you have visited my blog, know I am a decent writer, or at least like my writing, or my content, because you follow me right? ;p However, if you couldn’t already tell, I have a punctuation problem. Truthfully, I do not know most of the rules behind punctuation. I write like I speak. I love to write. I think I am a good writer, and I have good ideas, but at the same time this whole punctuation thing really throws me for a loop, sometimes. (I am even thinking did I get my punctuation and grammar right, as I write this? lol)
At the end of the orientation, we were able to branch off and meet with our advisors. This man named, Mike, who is my in my cohort. He and I share the same advisor. Our advisor is Dr. F. Dr. F, Mike, and myself took a seat in the lobby at a random set of chairs and a table. She asked us about our background, and when it was my turn. I told her how nervous I am about the writing part. I told her that I believe I am good writer, but the punctuation and the grammatical errors are challenging for me, and therefore take away from my content. She encouraged me to visit the writing center. The people at the writing center are there to help you fix those errors, and to help you learn from them, or you can pay an editor, but you won’t gain anything. I agreed. If I am going to do this, then I should learn from my errors. Also, I thought how am I going to find time to go to this writing center, work, and attend grad school, as well as be a wife, and a mom one day!? I know I am getting ahead of myself.
When I left Orientation, I went to meet Drew. He was on the second floor of my building, by my office entry waiting for me. Thankfully, I work in the same building as my grad classes. When I saw him, I just looked at him and I mean really looked at him. He was going to be there for me every step of the way. I knew right then in that second, that I could do this. Even though I had thoughts, as to how. I still knew that I could do this. I wanted to.
When he saw me, he gave me a hug, and asked me how it went? I said, good and smiled. They told us we are going to be graded on our papers, reports, and discussion board posts. There really isn’t an exam. He said, “Well that’s good babe. You love to write.” He is right. I do love to write, so I said, “Yes, I love to write, but I am terrible at knowing the rules behind punctuation, and I just am so nervous that my writing won’t be good enough, and how am I going to have time to visit the writing center?” He said, “Baby, you will do what you have to do. I am here to support you every step of the way. ” I smiled. One thing about me is I will freak out over every detail right away. I am all about the moment, and the second guessing, and the questioning of myself, but somehow in the end it always seems to work out. I do know this will be hard work, time consuming, but at the end of the day, I know I will find time to do what it takes.
When we left Oakland, we drove back to Moon, and stopped at Primanti’s, we sat the bar had a beer, cheese fries, and sandwiches. We met a guy at the bar, who was in the Marines. He is out of the Marines now, 53 years old. We thanked him for his service and bought him a beer. He asked Drew, if he was still in school? I laughed. Drew always asks me if he is getting old, or if he has grays, and this man assumed he was younger than he is. I thought it was cute. Drew told him, that he isn’t in school anymore and works at Pitt. The guy asked what he did? Then he asked me and I told him what I do at Pitt, and how we are celebrating my Grad School Orientation was tonight. He congratulated me. We talked about his time overseas, and the state of the world today.
When we left Primanti’s, we went home and went to bed. We both had to get up for work in the morning, but I was thankful for tonight, but nervous for the work ahead.

 

Oakland & Kennywood Fright Nights

Oakland & Kennywood Fright Nights

This morning, I woke up around 9am. The dogs didn’t get me up any earlier, which I was happy about. I got them outside, fed them breakfast, then got a shower. When I got out of the shower, Cassie was awake. I asked her what we should do today? I had to stop at my house, either before we go to Oakland, or after Oakland. She said, that it would probably be easier to go before we go to Oakland. I agreed.
After she got ready, we packed up my car, then drove to Moon township. I was so happy to be back there tonight. She helped me bring the stuff in to the house, and put the beer and left over pizza in the fridge. I changed my top and my shoes and then we were out the door again to go to Oakland.
When we got to Oakland, I took her to the 36th floor of the cathedral. She loved the view and took some pictures, then we took the elevator down to the 7th floor and met Drew at his cube. He was going to meet us in Hogwarts, which is the common area of the cathedral.
Once he met up with us, we walked to Primanti’s. Cassie said, that she really liked this campus and thought it was so big, bigger than University of Kentucky. When we walked in to Primanti’s, we went upstairs to the second floor and sat at an empty table. They were pretty busy. The same waiter that waited on Drew and I the last time, waited on us again. The food was awesome and Cassie liked the sandwich, even with the coleslaw on it.
After we left Primanti’s, we said bye to Drew. I needed some coffee. I stopped at Dunkin and got a large coffee for the road. I showed her Heinz Chapel, and told her about the history of the building. I seemed to have forgotten some of it. I used to have to memorize this narrative about the building when I was a docent over the summer, but I forgot some key parts about the chapel.
When we left the chapel, I took her to my building and showed her the home plate from when the building was Forbes field. She took a picture of it. Then, we left Oakland, and drove to Downtown. I took her the same route as the bus, when it takes us into town to go home.
Then I drove her to Station Square, and through southside, so she could see all the bars and where people go to drink on the weekends. Southside holds so many good and bad memories for me. I drove her to the waterfront and I stopped at Target to get motrin and some water. I was starting to have a headache. I needed to be ready to go for tonight. We were meeting Anthony, Dylan, and Drew at Fright Nights tonight.
Around 4:30pm, we left Homestead to go to Kennywood. We hung out in the parking lot, until Anthony and Dylan showed up. Then we all stood in line. She was so excited! As soon as they let us in, we walked into the tunnel that leads us to the park and sure enough there were two actors waiting there to scare us. I jumped a little and they all laughed.

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While we were waiting for Drew, we rode a couple rides. One was a smaller coaster and the other was a spinning ride. We walked through two haunted houses. We still had so much more to do. Drew met with us, while we were in line for the vampire haunted house. The one vampire at the end creeped me out. He said, “blondie is mine!” When we exited the house, Cassie and I were the last ones.  Anthony, Dylan, and Drew were waiting for us outside the haunted house.
After I kissed Drew, Anthony and I registered for the skycoaster and we bought our tickets. Our time was 7:30pm. They said they could get us suited up now. I was so excited! When we got suited up, Anthony said, “I have been dying to do this with you.” I said, “Well if we can’t date, then we should fly!” He laughed. They got us locked in the apparatus, and then we were laying on our stomachs lifted up off the ground. They gave Anthony instructions what to do, and how to pull the cord. I was so nervous. I knew he would pull the right cord.
When they started lifting us up, we heard the chain lock in place. I was so excited and so ready to fly! Drew, Dylan, and Cassie were standing on the bridge taking a video and watching us, go higher and higher. Anthony and I waved to them and we locked arms until the first swing then we could release them and spread out. I was so excited. I hadn’t done this since I was a preteen.
Once we were at the top, the chain locked and the loud speaker said, “Alright flyers, three, two, one, FLY!” He pulled the cord and down we went. We swung back and forth, and it was so cool to see the entire park, the smoke, the lights, the creepier music. It was the coolest thing in the world. While, I was up there swinging, I felt like I just dropped and let go of all my worries. It was so cool!
After awhile, we had to grab the loop and come down. I was bummed. I could have stayed up there for a little while longer. Once we were unstrapped and on our way to meet up with Dylan, Drew, and Cassie. They gave us hugs and Drew kissed me. He said, “You did it bub!” I said, ” I loved it!” We did the alien haunted house next, then got in line for a Dark Shadows Haunted house, which was alright, then we did an escape the room, and we were so close to solving the puzzle. no one solved it yet. I had never done an escape the room before, after the escape the room, we went into the haunt and it was a voodoo theme. Then we rode the Phantom, Anthony and I rode together. Dylan rode by himself. Cassie and Drew sat this one out. Drew couldn’t fit and Cassie was scared.

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After the phantom, we rode one last ride and I shouldn’t have got on this ride. It was called the Black Widow. Drew and Cassie sat this one out. The ride was a spinning ride, and lifted you in the air and spun you around and around. When I got off the ride, Dylan had to help me out of the seat. I felt so queasy. I never used to get that way, but I guess I am getting older. No more spinning rides I said. I was ready to go home after that.
When we got in the car, I drove home to Moon and I was slowly sipping water. Drew got home right before us. I was so icky. Cassie had a great time, and I am glad that she did and that I got sick towards the end. I wanted her to have fun.

Father’s Day 2016

Father’s Day 2016

img_2788.jpgToday, was Father’s Day. We planned to take my dad to lunch at Primanti’s. Dads ate free! As you can see I was so burned.

After lunch, we went to Aliquippa to see his dad. Tommy was there and was hungover. When he left, we went shooting at a gun range in Marshall Township. I have not been shooting since I was 17. I was nervous. Walking up to the range, and hearing all the gunfire. It is unnerving. His dad made a comment saying, “I feel like I am back home in Aliquippa.” Yes, it was a little funny, but I cannot help but think about how the people in Paris felt, or the people in Orlando; hearing all the gunfire. I do not know it was unnerving. I think I hit the target!