Sunday

Sunday

This morning, I woke up and got a shower, I looked in the mirror and saw how red I was on my chest and arms, not so much on my face. I finally got that sun that I wanted to get so badly! Today, is Stephanie and Mike’s youngest son’s birthday, Stephen. I looked outside and thought today looks like a great pool day! We thought about going to the wave pool, but Drew said it was supposed to rain around 2:30pm (it ended up not even raining). It was probably a good thing we didn’t I needed to work on this market assessment evaluation for my adviser. I meet with her on Thursday and I need to have something to show her and I do have a few questions. I am finding that it is not as easy as I thought it was, or maybe I am thinking too much about it.

After we ate breakfast, so Drew could get ready to go to the  grocery store, I put in his work clothes. He was going to grill out tonight, but also wanted to go to the gym. While he was at the store, I started researching. He called me to check and see if we had olive oil, so I got up from my computer and checked. I said, “No, we need some.” Then, we got off the phone. I went back to researching and then he texted and said I am on my way home. I ignored his text and kept working on my project. When he came to the door with the groceries, he rang the door bell. I got up from my computer, and opened the door for him. He carried the groceries into the kitchen and set them on the counter. i asked if he wanted help? He said, “no I got it you go back to researching.” I said, “Your clothes are done in the washer. Do you want me to get them or are you going to hang them up after you put groceries away?” He said, “can you hang them up for me please?” I went down to the basement and hung them up. I put another load of clothes in the washer. He was on his hands and knees looking for a mixing bowl to marinate the steak and the chicken. I walked into the kitchen and saw him I said, “Why don’t you just go to the gym with me tomorrow and prep dinner, and help me around the house so I can get this project started on?” I felt like he was doing too much with little time.  He said, “Alright, I can do that.” I smiled and I helped him with the marinade and then went back to the project.

As I was working on the project, I was running into some road blocks and needed to ask her some questions on Thursday. Luckily, it is not due until end of August, and we are just collecting raw data. I took my computer outside, around 4pm when we started to grill and tried to research one more piece and then I put it aside for the night to enjoy my evening. I was able to get most of the laundry done and I assisted him clean up in the kitchen. Dinner was amazing! Steaks, asparagus, chicken (marinated on the grill). We made extra food for the week. I need to get back to eating low carb if not keto.

Goals of the week ahead:

  • Hopefully hear about an interview for the GSA position
  • Gym
  • Happy Hour with my music Friends on Tuesday
  • Meet with my adviser on Thursday to go over this project
  • Long weekend next weekend

RMU Incoming Student Event

RMU Incoming Student Event

Around 11am I arrived on campus. I stopped at the book store and got two shirts. I need to up my RMU professional gear. They had a sale going on 25% off.

After the bookstore, I went back to my car and put my bag in the back seat, then I got a coffee at Romo’s. After I got my coffee, I reported to Student Life and waited for Maureen, the Assistant Dean of Students.

When Maureen arrived, I helped her set up the Student Life table, right outside of the Admissions office. I love talking to incoming students and their families. I mentioned how Airband was last night. I also explained what Airband is. I talked about how we have 120 clubs on campus and the different activities.

At one point, when there was a break in the crowd, Maureen told me this was my thing! I couldn’t agree with her more. I love talking to students and their families. right before we took down the promotional materials. I was talking to an incoming student and her family. The mom asked me what sorority I pledged to? I laughed a little and told her I was 31 years old. She said you are so young and enthusiastic. You look so young. I said thank you!

After we took down the promotional materials, I took some to my car. I am going to be helping out at the transfer student event on the 27th. I am passionate about transfer students. I was one.

Now, I am relaxing until we go to his Grandma’s. I am thankful for my skills, talents, abilities, and opportunities!

July 4th

This morning, we got up and got ready to go to the pool. We wanted to get there right when it opened. We didn’t have too much time to relax at the pool before our families were arriving for 4th. We were having a cookout. I always wear my American flag dress on the fourth of July dress. I didn’t bother with a selfie this year.

After we came back from the pool the madness set in. Once we came home, I got a shower and got ready for our parents to arrive. While I was in the shower, I listen to music on my phone (I keep my phone in the bathroom, in a glass container. I was listening to Florence and the Machine. I had the music going and the bathroom fan going. Thankfully, I was finishing up, but I heard Andrew yelling for me, “Danielle!” He was standing at the bottom of the stairs. He didn’t bother coming upstairs to tell me that his Dad was 15 mins away with Aunt Tootsie. I got out of the shower, wrapped a towel around me and opened the door and said, “I can’t hear you.” He said, “Turn the music down.” I said, “come up and talk to me.” He just laughed, then said, “My dad is on his way with Aunt Tootsie they will be here in 15 mins.” I said, “Okay, I am coming down.” I got dried off and dressed in my American flag dress. I have to wear shorts underneath, it is a bit too short in the back. It is cut weird. I got it at the goodwill.

When I went downstairs, I started making buffalo chicken dip. His dad arrived with Aunt Tootsie, walked in through the living room and said, “Where’s Dwarfy?” He calls me Dwarfy because I am short. I am 5’3 and everyone else is so tall in this family, including Andrew. I said, “I am in here.” When he came into the kitchen, he said, “What are you making?” I said, “Buffalo Chicken Dip.” While I was waiting for the oven to heat up, I started making guacamole. It was going to be one of those days, where I rarely sit and enjoy the company.
A little while later my parents arrived, the gang was all here. When I went to the movies with my dad, my dad opened his trunk of his SUV and gave me 75.00 of fireworks. I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do with them. I know they are legal now in Pennsylvania, but I have nowhere to set them off. We have neighbors and trees our HOA would be so mad if we burned our grass. I didn’t see how we would have any use for them. Well, last night, Andrew and I sorted through them and we were able to pull some small ones out that we could set off, but the ones that have artillery shells were going to have to wait for another day. My dad is so into fireworks and setting them off, and I think it’s cool, but there is a time and definitely a place for all that. It’s not the same anymore, where liability is a huge issue.
Andrew and his dad cooked dinner outside on the grill. His dad brought his grill, of course, Andrew had his.  It was nice for them to grill together. I was happy they got to spend some father/son time together. My dad hung outside with them as they grilled. I made sure everyone was staying hydrated. Dinner was fabulous; Burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato salad, chicken salad, fruit, and Aunt Tootsie’s German chocolate cake! It was nice to spend time together.
Around 5pm, Andrew’s mom left, so did Dad and Aunt Tootsie. I sent some leftovers home for everyone. My dad, my mom, myself, and Drew set off some fireworks in the backyard. I am such a Daddy’s girl. The look on my dad’s face, when I told him we couldn’t set any of those fireworks off was just too much. I hate bumming him out. I am glad we were able to set off some. My mom was talking about making this a tradition. We will see. 🙂

Last Day in England: Hampton Court

We took the train to Hampton Court palace today. When we got off the train, I noticed that the town looked kind of ghetto. We made our way to the palace and checked in, and we bought a guide book when we purchased the tickets. I was so excited. There she was the Tudor rose!

When you first enter into the courtyard of the Palace, it is like entering into a different time. It looks like a scene from a movie,  hidden corridors, tower, so many windows, and rooms.
  
The Great Hall was my favorite, this is where Henry VIII entertained his guest, with his wives and they ate, sang, and danced.
 

The dinner table where the King and his Queen would sit and eat, so cool!  
My second most favorite element of the palace was the ceiling in Jane Seymour’s room:

This is the privy closet, where Katherine Parr and Henry VIII were married:
 There is so much talk about King Henry VIII being this womanizer guy, and he gets so much bad rap, but I always have been a fan of his. I saw this quote on one of the walls, and I thought that is so true about him. He wanted virtue, glory, and immortality.  Upon the death of Henry the VIII Tudor version of the palace was pretty much destroyed by King William the III. The reconstruction was never finished, so the palace is now a combination of Tudor and Baroque style.  King George II was the last monarch to reside in Hampton court. As soon as you come across the Queen’s Stairs, you enter into the 18th Baroque life.

 
The great fountain (Below) is the view from the Queen’s bedroom. The Baroque half of Hampton Court was intended to mimic Versailles.

 
I could live here it was so beautiful.
Last,  but not least the magical and gorgeous Tudor gardens!
 


It really hit me, when we were in Hampton Court, that this was it. This was the last attraction on the books for our trip to Europe. Tomorrow, we had to head back to the states. I am so not looking forward to going home. I am already anxious to come back to Europe, especially France.
 On the train back to Westminster, Park Plaza. We were so tired and so hot after this day. When we got back to the hotel. We took a very long nap, and then got ready to head to dinner. We wanted to find one more traditional English pub. When we asked the concierge, he told us to go to Sherlock Holmes, or to Prince Albert’s pub. Both were a bit of a walk, but we didn’t realize how far a bit of a walk was. We decided on Sherlock Holmes. It took us a little while to find it, and some of the areas, were really shady that we were walking through, but eventually we found it.

  
We have been so blessed on this trip to see all that we wanted to see. I am so grateful for all of our blessings. We did not want to go back to the States.