Sushi with Stephanie

During the week, I got a text from Stephanie Drew’s cousin, she wanted to go get dinner together. I wrote back, “Couples thing? or girl’s night.” She said, girls night! I said, “Awesome! yes!” She wanted to go for sushi, so I suggested that we go to Slippery Mermaid in Sewickley. I love it there. Drew and I love it there.

Today, I took a vacation day. I needed a mental health day before things pick up at work with the start of the semester. There was going to be a lot going on next week around campus. I just wanted to relax and catch my breath and sleep in.

At lunch, I met my mom and dad at Rocky’s in the Rocks. We love that hole in the wall restaurant. I brought my book that I have to read for school by September 10th. I am waiting for the Courseweb shell to open up, then I have to plan out my assignments, but for now, this is what I have to do.

Lunch was yummy, I had a grilled cheese. It didn’t sit well on my stomach in the afternoon. I was kind of bummed about that, but at the restaurant, I ran into Mike Dugan. I went to kindergarten with Mike’s younger brother. Mike is also friends with my friend Leanne’s husband, Dan. It is a small world.

After lunch, I went home and watched the Man in the Iron Mask. I had never seen it before and I do love some Leonardo DiCaprio. When it was time to meet Stephanie, I got ready to leave and made my way to The Slippery Mermaid.

Thankfully, there wasn’t too much traffic, except for the Sewickley bridge. There is always traffic on the Sewickley Bridge.

When I walked into the restaurant, I was seated right away. It was still early like 5pm. I slipped some Pinot Grigio and waited for Stephanie to arrive.

IMG_6202 2.jpgI saw her walk past the window and into the restaurant. When she came over to the table, I stood up and hugged her. I hadn’t seen her since Kelly’s wedding.

At dinner, we split the shrimp roll, but I had a sexy mermaid roll, and she had the California roll, and the Philly roll. We ended up splitting another roll, and I had the California roll. She also ordered the sexy mermaid roll for herself. I can’t believe we ate that much sushi. It is expensive, but you have to eat a little more of it for it to fill you up.

We swore to do this again soon now that they live a little closer now. I do miss her and miss having girlfriends. I brought Drew home a roll and was able to see him when I got home.

Take Me to the Barre

Take Me to the Barre

After work today, I went to Barre class again. This was my second time. I was a bit bloated and hormonal. I am waiting for my monthly visitor to arrive, but they say exercise is best when you are PMSing. We changed it up a bit, but still did piles and some work up on our toes, but we added tondues as well.

Typically the right for your arms, when you are doing tondues to the back is keep your arms right arm straight out in front of you (if you are working your right foot).   Since I had previous ballet training, this is what I am accustomed to (hair flip). However, some people in the class haven’t had it, so she just says to keep your arm out to side, since it is easier for people. We had a little conversation on the side there about arm positions in ballet.
When it came time for the abdominal part, I think it went well. I did better than did last week. It is going to get easier. I did a plank for 10 seconds, a new record for me! I hate planking.  After class, I told her that I was planning on attending her barre class next Sunday at her friend’s dance studio. She was glad to hear it. We wished each other happy Easter, then I went home to my husband.
When I walked in, he was folding laundry. He had a long week at work, and I know he was ready for the week to be over.  He skipped out on the gym. I went up and got a shower, got dressed in sweats and a t-shirt, then we watched the Office until we went to bed.

Barre Class

After work today, I went to the gym and instead of doing my normal treadmill routine, I noticed that my barre instructor was in the large gym getting ready to lead a class. I knew it was barre, because I saw the chairs, and the mats. I walked in and put my stuff in the back and grabbed a chair, a mat, and a stretchy band. I figured why not. I love this class, and I haven’t done it in awhile, since I got a full time job.
When the class began, she noticed me and smiled. We started with piles, and Relevés my thighs were screaming.  Then I remembered I have to dress up nicely tomorrow for the visitation which means heels. I like the ballet part. The abdominal work out, not so much. I am not a fan. I was a little rusty, but glad to be back.
At the end of class, I talked to my instructor. I asked her what she charges per hour, and she said, $55. She can come to your house to train me, the gym, or at her friend’s dance studio.  I said, I will definitely talk to my husband. She gave me her number. She also told me to keep coming to barre twice a week. She teaches it at her friend’s dance studio on Sunday’s at 9:30am. She said no bread, no pasta. I am going to do this. I can do this. I don’t have much to lose, it just I need to get back in shape and get toned up. No excuse not to.
After barre, I hopped on the treadmill, and Drew came over to talk to me. He thinks $55 an hour is a bit steep, but I told him that trainers can cost $80-$100 an hour, typically. He sort of agreed with me, but wants us to wait until after England. I understand and agree with him. We spending a lot of money for this trip to England. Then I realized I had to stop at Wal-Mart. He offered to go for me, even though I had to pick up mascara. He just wanted me to send him a picture of what kind I needed. He is the sweetest. I am one lucky girl

Emotions are High

Today, we had a slow start to the day. We got ready went to the gym, and I really wasn’t feeling it today, but I did some cardio and a little strength training. Then went back on the treadmill. I was going to leave, but I did 20 more mins. My friend Erin got on the treadmill next to me. I wanted to hang out and talk to her for a bit.  I told her about the barre class on Friday morning. She wants to go with me, and then get coffee after. I was happy that she wanted to go with me. It is always cool to have a friend to go to classes like that with.
After I got off the treadmill, I went home and got a shower, and made some lunch. I put in a load of laundry. I checked on the dinner that was cooking in the Crockpot. Then I decided to look at my work e-mail. I saw that one of my professors, for one of my grad school classes e-mailed us a syllabus and said that the course should be up on course web sometime this week, so we can see the readings and assignments that are due. I had a harsh reality check. I looked at the text books that they are offering there are 5 of them. I instantly started to get so nervous. I saw that I only had two things due for our first class, which I was happy about.
When Drew got home with the groceries, I helped him put everything away. I told him about my syllabus and how it was sent today via e-mail. I told him that I was so nervous. He said, “Awwe you are going to do so well baby.” I said, “Thank you, but I am nervous.” He was there for me and we talked it out, but I just had so much on my mind.
After dinner, I read through my textbook list. Drew asked me if I wanted to order them now? I said, “Please if that would be okay?” He said, “Definitely baby, you can start reading, while you are off and get a head start. I am so thankful for him. I really am. I don’t know what I would do without him.
After I ordered the textbooks, we went to go visit Grandma. When we arrived at the rehab facility, it reminded me of where my mom’s, mom was when she was in a nursing home. There were older people roaming the hallways in their wheel chairs, older people in bed, asleep, or up watching television. It was depressing. I hate it that his grandma is in a place like this.
When we walked past this older woman, she was in a wheel chair, and had a hospital gown on, and no blanket covering her. She was saying, “Help me. Get me out of here. I want to go home” (We found out later she has Alzheimer’s). It was so sad. When we arrived, to  Grandma’s room, we walked in and she was up eating dinner in bed.  She looked okay, but not herself. I felt so terrible for her. Andrew’s mom was due to arrive shortly.
When my mother-in-law came in, she brought us some cheese from Thanksgiving, that we had given to her. We told her she could keep the extra, but she didn’t realize that and packed them up for us, and put some ice in a zip-lock bag and sealed it, so it will stay cold. I thought that was weird but whatever.
After we visited with Grandma for about an hour so, it was time to go home and get ready for a new week.  I still had some things to do around the house. It was a short week, but still had to be at work.

Sushi Date Night

After we picked up my car in Crafton, we went home and got ready to go to dinner. We wanted to go out to eat, but just weren’t sure were. We decided on sushi. There is this little place in Sewickley, called Slippery Mermaid. We took my mom there last mother’s day, and we have been there once before on a date, and it is so good!
When we got home, I got freshened up and put a dress on and some heels. I wanted to feel like a lady. He changed his clothes as well, and then we were out the door. The wait was about 45-mins, so we stood at the bar in hopes that someone would leave and we could just eat at the bar. It was so nice to get out and go on a date together. I feel like it is been awhile, since we did this.
Right before we went to order our second drink, the hostess called our name and our table was ready! When we were seated, I set my purse on the table and went to the rest room. I came back to the table, and Drew was talking to the couple at the table behind us, and I turned to see who he was talking to and it was a kid I went to grade school with. He was there with his wife, mother-in-law, and baby. I said, Hi to Kevin. It has been a long time since I saw him. I introduced myself to his wife, and said hi to his mother-in-law. His son Carter, who I think is 2. He is adorable. He came right up to me and sat on my lap. I love little kids, but I also like when I can give them back. We all talked for awhile, then when they left we ordered another drink, and some edamame beans to start.
When we placed our sushi order, we decided to split three rolls. Then as we started eating the sushi, we realized we could probably do one more roll. We got another roll and split it. We weren’t disgustingly full, but definitely satisfied, that is the thing about sushi. I feel like if we had one more roll, we would have been disgustingly full.

Not Feeling It

Not Feeling It

After work today, I was so tired and not really feeling the gym. I know I needed to go, but it was going to be one of those days where I force myself. I thought about just staying home and believe me it was tempting. When we got home, I got changed and we drove separately to the gym. I had no desire to go. When I got to the gym, I did the elliptical for 30 mins, then went home. At least I did something.

When I got home, I put chicken in the oven and called Anthony. He said he was making penne pasta and garlic bread. I said, I am coming over if that is cool. He said, yea no problem. I got a shower, while the chicken was cooking, then threw on some chill clothes. After the chicken was done, I set it on the stove and turned the oven off, and went to Anthony’s.

When I arrived to Anthony’s, we had a bitch session about the Christmas in July party that he threw at work today. We talked about my job and how there is so much to learn, and how grateful I am, but I am tired. Dinner was so yummy. It felt so good to eat pasta. One of the things i had to give up, when I married Drew. He is not a pasta person, and it is probably best because I was and it is not healthy for you.

After dinner, we sat on the couch and did a Facebook Live video about random thoughts and ideas. After awhile, no one was watching, so we ended the video and took random selfies. I left Anthony’s around 9:00pm. Drew was home from the gym, when I got home. He was laying in the living room watching the show Ballers. He asked me how Anthony’s was? I said, it was fun, but I am sleepy. he said, he was tired too. I cleaned up the kitchen, and put the chicken away in the fridge, then I laid with him in the living room. After Baller’s was over, we watched All in the Family, then went to bed.

Barre Class

Barre Class

This morning, I am not sure where I got the energy, and I was a little sore from the multiple games of cornhole, but I decided to get up and go to Barre class.

When I arrived, I got my chair, my mat, and weights. It had been so long since I attended a class.

This morning, I am not sure where I got the energy, and I was a little sore from the multiple games of cornhole, but I decided to get up and go to Barre class.

When I arrived, I got my chair, my mat, and weights. It had been so long since I attended a class.

I did like this instructor better than the other one. She was nice and very encouraging. I noticed she would look at me and shout, “Good Job” every so often. I worked my butt off. I did have some ballet training, so I was able to remember the proper forms and arm positions, as well as feet positions.

After class, I knew I was going to be sore. I was on my way to put my mat back when the instructor pulled me aside and said you did so well! Great job! I tell you have had some training in ballet.” I told her my story of how I quit dancing when I was 15 and I regretted, but I have been trying to get back for a while now. She was glad to hear it. It always makes me feel good when instructors compliment my skills in dance.

After barre, I went home and got a shower, did some laundry, cleaned the dishes, made lunch. Then stopped over my parents to see my dogs and visit my dad. I stayed for an hour then went home.

When I got home, I fell asleep on the couch until 5pm. I was so tired. When I woke up, I started to cook dinner and noticed I had an email from the director of the Social Sciences department. She welcomed me to the department and gave me the itinerary for after orientation. I am to begin training immediately. I am glad to get started and thankful for the position. I am so excited!

When Drew got home, he went to the gym for a few hours, then came home and we relaxed until we went to sleep.