Labor Day

We spent a few hours at the wave pool, soaking up the last pool day of the year. I am already looking forward to next summer. I will miss laying out by the water and going to the pool. It was pretty packed. The guy got on the intercom and made the announcement that they will be closed for the season at 3:30pm today. He made that announcement every hour.
When we left the pool, we went to Bath and Body Works. I needed some scent plugins for Fall. When I do homework, at home in our office I like to plugin the stress relief scent. I wanted to get a couple of those as well. We also bought a Halloween candy dish, but I think it is a dish that you set your jar candle on.
After Bath and Body Works, Drew dropped me off at home and then he went grocery shopping. I needed to get a shower and sit down and do some homework. I wanted to finish my summaries for my Monday night class, or at least start them. They are due next Monday (9/10). I am just trying to take it one assignment at a time.
When Drew came home, I helped him put away the groceries, and we watched the Season 6 finale of Smallville. I can’t believe we are about to start Season 7. I haven’t watched this show in so long. I am glad I got him into it. I look forward to seeing Tom Welling!
After the season finale, I worked on the budget proposal for my internship with RMU. I sent him what I had so far. It is not done, but it is a step in the right direction. I heard back from him and said, thanks for doing this and we will be in touch about the official onboarding process soon. I imagine people were taking long weekends being that is Labor Day weekend. When it was time for bed, I couldn’t fall asleep. I tossed and turned. I love long weekends, but they throw me off.

Family Birthday Party

Around 4pm, we arrived at the Haufbrauhaus for my Aunt’s 75th Birthday Party. I was nervous and excited to see everyone. There has been some drama with my family in the past, that makes me nervous when I am around them. There has been a lot of hurt and tension. Things are better, and more tolerable now. I think people are getting older and are finding things need to change for the better, but the quirks of their personality still remain and remind me of the drama that was once there.

Of course, I was nice to everyone and we had a good time. The beer flowed for my Aunt’s birthday, cake, and gifts. My cousin, Marilyn, and her husband paid for everything. I was surprised. It is good to see everyone.

At one point, my Uncle Tom was teasing us about having children. He said, we better get a move on. We are running out of time. I just smiled and said, “well we are enjoying taking care of each other right now.” He said, “I know, but the clock is ticking.” I said, “Well are you going to pay for them? Do you have money?” I know how to handle these questions and how to play it. Drew, on the other hand, was feeling some sort of way about the comments, and I hadn’t realized it.

After the party, we went home it was around 8pm by the time we left. I didn’t expect to be there that long. I kind of had an idea that we were going to be there a little late, but not that late.  When we got home, we changed and relaxed with some Smallville. Another Birthday party in the books.

Don’t get me wrong about my family. I am not bitter. I am just over it. I am ready to start a new chapter with my own family and decide who I want to continue a relationship with when it comes to my family. I love my cousins, but there is still some awkwardness and some of the personality quirks, that I just would rather not be around. I don’t have time for weirdness and prefer to avoid it, if possible.

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!

 

 

Sunday, Drew’s Parents for Dinner

This morning, we took it easy. We drank some coffee and watched Smallville. We are on season 3 now, Clark meets Lois for the first time. I am such a sucker for Superman, especially Tom Welling. After Smallville, we got ready and went to the gym. I was going to try to get a really good work out in and run again. I am really trying to get back into it, without thinking about it too much.
The gym was a bit packed, I wasn’t sure how long I was going to stay, but whatever. I went to it. I got on a treadmill started out at a 3.5 speed on a 3.5 incline for about 10 mins, then I turned the incline down to 0.0 and increased the speed to 4.5 and started to run for at least 4 mins. I used to be able to run for 7 mins, but it’s not happening as of late. I can’t wait to get back to that. I did another walking session back at 3.5 speed and a 3.5 incline and walked for 10 mins, before kicking it back up again and running again. I did this for about 30 mins, and then I got off the treadmill. I used to do an hour of cardio, but I have been talking to a few people and they said, that all you need is at least 20-30 mins of cardio anymore than that is ridiculous.
After the treadmill, I did some weights. I did the lat machine three sets of 20. I was sore the last time I did this, and I like that feeling. After the lat machine, I did the hip abductor. I looked over and saw Drew in the weight room lifting weights, he looks so in his zone. I am struggling so bad getting back into this.
After the strength training machines, I went home to get a shower and get ready to go to his parents. I put on some comfy beach pants that I got at Old Navy. I am so in love with that store. I paired the striped blue and white pants with a white tank top. I was just going comfy. When Drew got home, he got showed and then we were on our way to his parents.
When we arrived, his dad was already cooking on the grill and the dinner was almost ready. It has been a while since we were over there for dinner. His dad made steaks, potatoes, hot dogs, hamburgers, salad, some cheese spread with cut up pastrami over peppers, baked potatoes, and sweet potatoes. I was ready for a steak. I was so sick of hamburgers and hot dogs. We talked about work, school, grandma, Tommy and Megan’s new dog waffles; I can’t wait to meet him. For dessert, we sang happy birthday and had cake, chocolate covered pretzels, and because they know I am not a fan of chocolate cake they bought me a piece of vanilla cheesecake. I am so hormonal and thanked them for the cheesecake, but told them I am going to have a small piece of cake today.
After cake, Drew opened the gift he got Bose wireless headphones. We are not too sure what happened to his other headphones. The cake was so good. It had pieces of chocolate chips in it, so yummy. I got up and went into the living room and laid on the couch. I was so full. I ended up falling asleep.
While I napped, Drew helped his mom set up her Fitbit. We gave her his old one. After he finished setting it up, Drew came over and kissed my cheek to wake me up. He is so sweet. He said, “Want to go soon?” I said, “Okay.” I smiled and got up from the couch. His mom packed us up at a doggie bag to take home. I love when they do that, because it is helpful to us. The leftover food will help with his lunches and dinners for a couple of days. It seems like Drew had a great birthday weekend, now to get home and start a new week again.

Belated Father’s Day Gift

That morning, I woke up kind of restless and bored. I watched some more Riverdale, made us breakfast. I put my laundry away and cleaned some more around the house. Drew was feeling restless too. Drew got invited to go watch the World Cup game in the afternoon around 2pm at his friend Tony’s. I laid on the couch and watched  Riverdale until it was time for me to go meet my dad at the movie theater. I drove out to Bridgeville to Phoenix Big. Last time I was there was with Drew to see Avengers: Infinity War. The theater was just cited for mouse droppings.  I don’t mind going there. Mice won’t keep me away. I bought my dad Snocaps at the dollar store and I bought Sour Patch kids extreme for me.
Once I arrived at the theater, he was parked out front and I parked across from him. I gave him a hug and wished him a happy father’s day! He said, thank you! come here look what I got for you and Drew.” I go to the back of the car. he lifts up the trunk and pulls out a huge box, 75.00 worth of fireworks. I think the sunglasses were able to hide the shock on my face. He said, “don’t tell your mom.” I said, “oh wow. um, Daddy thank you, but I am not sure where we are going to be able to set these off at.” He said, “Oh you will find someplace, here open your car.” He put the fireworks in the backseat of my car. I texted Drew and told him about the fireworks. He said the same thing I did pretty much, thanks, but where are we going to set these off at?
Once inside the theater, I kept thinking oh my God I have 75.00 of fireworks in my backseat. I bought us popcorn and a drink. He was grateful. We walked to the theater room and took a seat. The theater was pretty much empty. The movie was okay. It was called hereditary. There were parts that made me jump and gruesome special effects, but it was just weird. There was so much hype calling it this generations “Exorcist,” etc. I didn’t think that was true. I noticed sometimes Daddy would close his eyes and fall asleep a little, but then wake right back up again. He is slowing down a little bit. My mom is too, but we will always have horror movies and are going to continue making as many memories as we can.
After the movie, I hugged my dad goodbye and drove home. Once I arrived home, Drew wasn’t feeling too well, but he was happy to see me. He said he had a headache. I told him I had one too earlier. I took some Motrin, I had a headache coming on.  I made dinner for us, and then we watched Smallville until it was time for bed. Another week was coming up fast.