Walking & Starbucks

This morning, I went for a walk in my old neighborhood. I went up and down the side streets. I did 3 1/2 laps. Then I took the dogs on a small walk, and then we got into my car, and went to get Starbucks. I haven’t had Starbucks in awhile. Paris and Louie are good in the car, but they did well. They didn’t really bark except when the women opened the drive through window and handed in me my drink. Then they made some noise. The woman said, “Look how small they are.”

After, Starbucks, I went home, and took a shower. Drew was on his way over in the evening. We were going to take it easy today. When Drew arrived, he got settled in and we made keto stuffed peppers for dinner, and watched American Pie 2. It was a chill Friday.

Normal Limits

It was an aggravating day and a half, I was constantly wondering whether or not my thyroid was functioning normally, or not. I got up this morning, got, a shower, and then refreshed my e-mail. I noticed I had a message in MyUPMC app. I was hoping it would be the results of my test.

There it was my test results. My thyroid was within normal limits. Thank God!

I was reading all these things online psyching myself out like always. I am not worried at all. I had French class at 11am, and then I had to pack up to go to my parents. I was going to stay at my parents. They leave for Myrtle Beach Thursday morning. I pack EVERYTHING I never know what I am going to want to wear, etc.

A Week Of Wellness in the time of COVID

This past week, I had doctors appointments, and I was still finishing up my contact with CMU virtually. On Wednesday, I had a gyro appointment, nothing serious just an annual exam. Friday, I had a dentist appointment. I was due in March, but because of COVID-19 I had to reschedule not once but twice. When I arrived to the dentist, I had to wait in my car until the hygienist was ready for me. When I received call, I went in, and had to wear my mask, and use hand sanitizer. The. The receptionist handed me a pen that was sanitized. It was so weird, but necessary I guess.

Once I was escorted by by the hygienist who was in full gear. She had a shield over her face, scrubs, and a mask, and gloves. When I sat in the chair, I used my sanitized pen to sign off on the consent forms, then the cleaning began. The only couple differences I noticed were that they did not rinse my mouth enough due to potential germs, and prior to her cleaning my teeth, I had to do a mouth rinse. Other than those few things everything seemed normal. I felt that they were very clean. I met with the dentist, who checked my mouth after the cleaning, and I received a good report. I will see them again in 6 months, which will be November.

The next Monday, I had bloodwork done. A while back, I went to my doctors because I was sick and she diagnosed me with bronchitis. She told me I had a large thyroid and wanted me in for bloodwork after I felt better. Well I never went for bloodwork, but I have been wondering about it, and maybe it was time to get the bloodwork done, but it might explain a few things. I went to UPMC Montefore to get my bloodwork done.

When I arrived, I parked in the garage, and walked into the hospital. I had my mask on, but they asked me if I wanted another one. I gratefully accepted. The medical ones are way easier to breathe in. Then another nurse took my temperature and of course I didn’t have a fever. Then another nurse gave me a sticker saying I passed and the date. It was the easiest test ever. I took the elevator to the 5th floor, and went to the lab. The woman at the desk asked me if I had my labels? I said, no the doctor faxed in my order, and I have never been here before, so I am not sure where I need to go. She said, well you need your labels, go down the hall to the glass doors, and you will need to be checked in there to receive your labels. I smiled and said thank you. I went down the hall to the lobby with the glass doors, and checked in with the receptionist. She printed my labels and told me where to go. I said, thank you. I went back to the lab, and I checked in and told them I had my labels. It was a man behind the desk this time. He took my labels and told me to have a seat.

So I took a seat, and few mins later, he told me to go down the hall to the first door on the left. I went down the hall to the first door on the left. He told me to have a seat, I took a seat and set my purse down and he got to work on my left arm. I hate getting my blood drawn, IVs, and needles. The rude woman came into the room, and asked if I had my labels? I smiled and said. “Yes, I do.” You know I kept going back to this thought we are all in this together. Yes, it kind of sucks right now, but it is what it is.

After my bloodwork, I went home. I had to log in for CMU, or at least be available.


Throughout this quarantine, I have found it increasingly important to take the time to do yoga. I loved ballet class when I was younger, and I enjoyed doing barre as an adult. I do know most of the barre moves so I am able to do them at my own pace. I  have started doing barre during the day, or in the evening. Recently, Andrew has joined in on doing barre workouts with me and we do a lot of core strengthening moves.

It’s been about a month now of this stay at home stuff, so I decided to go to my parents and use their treadmill.  I did a combination of running and walking. I may go back next week. Then I went home and did some core workouts with Andrew.

In the beginning of this stay at home order, I was working on completing my work for class, and not really feeling up to doing yoga or working out. I was feeling a little burned out but trying to stay focused at the same time. However, once I forced myself to get up and get away from the computer and move a little on my yoga mat, or when I went to a walk. I ended up feeling better.

I think Self-care is so important right now to take the time to step away from the screen and zoom conversations.



Today, I logged on for CMU and prepped for the virtual SLICE awards. Then, I took a walk with Andrew in our neighborhood. When I came back, I had my meeting with my supervisor. He gave me a few more tasks to work on regarding the SLICE awards and we checked in with one, another and talked about the weekend and how higher education is definitely different right now.

After the call, I logged onto check the balance for my summer class. I want to take french over the summer. I noticed the staff benefit has not be applied yet. I e-mailed them and asked them when that will be applied. I am hopeful that I will be able to take the class and it won’t cost us too much.

Also, I went on Amazon and didn’t really find anything that I wanted to read. I am picky when it comes to books. If I buy a book to read, I want it to be a part of my library, not just a random book.

Now, I am going to start the last assignment for Ethics and get everything turned in a head of time.

Passed my Lit Review!

This evening I was getting ready to take dinner out of the oven, when I got a text from my friend who is in my grad program. She said, results of her lit review was up and that she passed! I immediately grabbed my phone and logged in. I checked to see if my results were posted and they were. I passed!  I was so relieved. I am so glad that the hardest part is over with. I dropped my phone in excitement. Drew said, “Babe, talk to me! What is it!?” I said,”I passed!” He congratulated me and gave me a big hug and a kiss. He said, he was so proud of me. I am so grateful for him and for his support. I can’t believe it. I am one class away from my Masters degree! I called my parents and told them the news. There were so happy for me. I texted Andrew’s mom and told her. She congratulated me. This was a huge weight off my shoulders. I am ready for summer! One more assignment for Ethics class due next Thursday and the Spring semester is over!


As I write this blog post, Drew is vacuuming. Our lives are so exciting right now.  I am just glad we are able to be together during this time of the coronavirus.

Today, I finally submitted my lit review for my Masters of Education. I feel good about it. I am nervous, but I think it will be okay. I am anxious to receive the final feedback and see my grade. It is a Pass/Fail class. I imagine the only you can fail is if you don’t hand in a lit review, so I have to Pass since I turned one in right? It is hard to believe I have one more semester to go and I graduate in December.

At some point today, Andrew’s parents are dropping off our Easter dinner. His dad made Ham, easter bread, and a few other things. I just have to whip up some scalloped potatoes for us tomorrow and we are set. We are excited for our first Easter dinner by ourselves, but a little sober, because we miss being around our families. Hopefully, we will be able to see everyone soon.

I hope everyone is staying safe and keeping healthy.