Sunday, I am sick

This morning, I woke up all congested and miserable. I did some laundry, some cleaning, and then I made us some coffee. Drew made us eggs. I sat on the couch and watched the Crown. I was not feeling 100%. I put dinner in the crockpot.  After I had my coffee, I went and got a shower. I asked Drew if I could go to medexpress. My ear was starting to hurt, and I just felt like I was underwater.
When I got dressed, I went to Medexpress. They said, that there wasn’t any fluid in my ear, but I was congested. They suggested a steroid to clear up my congestion and prevent it from getting worse. I thought to myself. I don’t think I need a steroid, but okay.
On the way home, I stopped at Giant Eagle. I dropped the script off, and I picked up some Gatorade, as well as some soup. Drew offered to pick up my prescription on his way home from the gym.
When I got home, I put some tea on and laid on the couch. I binged watched the Crown. I have one episode left. I really needed to just take it easy today. I did take some Sudafed and it seemed to do the trick.
When Drew got home from the gym, he stopped at Giant Eagle on the way and picked up my prescription and some Puffs tissues. I was glad to see him, but he was only going to be home for a minute. He wanted to go visit Grandma. I was going to go, but I don’t want to go, if I am not 100%.
I got dinner on the table, so he could eat before we goes to his Grandma’s. She is in a rehab center right now. After dinner, we cleaned up and then he left. I was back on the couch. I love binge watching.
When Drew came home, he watched the second to the last episode with me before we got ready for bed. Sunday nights are so nice and relaxing, but it is tough to fall asleep.


Anthony’s Christmas Party

This morning, we had a chiro appointment. We both needed it, but we weren’t looking forward to going, but it was going to feel so good after. When we arrived, we saw his dad in the waiting room. His mom was getting adjusted. It is always good to see them.
When we went back to get adjusted, he adjusted me first, while Drew was on the traction table. I was so out of place. My back was really ugly he said, and my neck was tight too. He said, it has been too long. I said, “Yeah we are so busy, it is hard to commit to every other week.” He really didn’t say much, but we really don’t have the availability or the affordability to go. We didn’t meet our deductible yet.
After the chiropractor, we went grocery shopping at Giant Eagle. As soon as we walked in the door, there are these teddy bears that are so life size just all put together in a pile. I told Drew. I want to jump in there so badly. He said, “Do it.” I said, “here will you take a video?” I waited until no one was around, then I looked at the camera and said, “my name is Danielle. We are at the Moon, Giant Eagle and this is the teddy bear dive.” I wanted it to be like the movie/television show jackass. It was so fun and so funny. Thankfully, we didn’t get kicked out. Our friend Mike, who works at Giant Eagle, saw our video and laughed. He said, his manager did the same thing.”
After grocery shopping, we went home and did some laundry, and cleaning. We took a nap. The adjustment just wore us out.  When we woke up, we got ready to go to Anthony’s Christmas party. I love Anthony’s Christmas party it is always a good time.
When we arrived at Anthony’s, we helped him set up the food, and get everything ready. Ray was there already and so was Dylan. Rebecca and Shelley showed up, and we played games, and then Anthony’s mom and her new husband showed up. We all played this game with one giant present and dice. It was so funny. Drew ended up winning the gift. It was a pair of socks, that won’t fit him anyways, so they are mine.
After the game, we decided to leave. They said, it was snowing pretty bad outside, and the roads were getting bad. When we left Anthony’s, there was some snow on the ground, and on the roads. University was clear, but the side roads were not, of course. When we parked our car, I was happy to be home safe. We walked up to the front porch and Andrew took my face and kissed me in the snow. It was so romantic. 🙂 When we got inside, I got changed, and we watched an episode of The Crown, then it was time for bed.

Sociology Party

Around 2:30pm today, Nancy and I got set up for the Sociology Christmas party. I had a playlist of Christmas music ready to go. Nancy and I had to submit a report that was due today, before we could go and enjoy the party.
Once we got the report submitted, we were able to join the party and eat. We didn’t eat lunch, because we were waiting for the party. We knew there was going to be so much food. I tried samosa for the first time ever and it was so good. I  heard that it could be filled with either meat, or potatoes and vegetables. This one was filled with vegetables and potatoes. There were two sauces you could use to dip it in. I chose the green chili sauce. It was so yummy.
After people ate, we started the white elephant game with the gifts. My gift was stolen from me twice, so I had to pick another one. I was the one who got chocolates in the end. It was the last gift on the table. It was a good time. We took two group pictures, and then Nancy and I started cleaning up.
After we cleaned up, we got ready to leave. I was waiting for Drew to come pick me up, since we drove in together today. Nancy and I locked up together, and then it was time for the weekend to start.



Happy Hour

In the afternoon around 3pm, I had my final meeting with Melanie. We went over some upcoming assignments that I need to complete. We talked about my provisional coming to an end.  She honestly told me it is hard, because I am so new. The faculty are frustrated because there isn’t someone more hands-on to train you. My predecessor was there for 6 years and knew all the answers, and what to do. You are still learning, so there are growing pains for everyone here.
At the end of the meeting, I put my laptop back in my file cabinet drawer, in my office and locked up. I turned off my Christmas lights, and said Goodbye to Nancy. Melanie and I met out in the hallway, and we walked to the Porch together. She said, her husband was coming to meet us there eventually. I was excited to meet him. We sat at a table, and a waiter brought over some menus, and we ordered two beers. I ordered the Mad Elf. It was a darker ale, but it was good.
Eventually, Melanie’s husband arrived, and he shook my hand. It was so nice to meet him. He seemed so relaxed and chill. You could tell how much he loved her and she loved him. It was sweet to see. Drew was at the Porch as well. He was with some friends from his department. They had their annual awards ceremony today, and they always conclude it with a Happy Hour.
At one point, Drew came over and shook hands with Melanie’s husband. We all talked about Pitt, sports, and what Drew does for a living. Drew had to go back to his party, and after we finished our second beers, Melanie and B left. I said goodbye to them, and told B it was nice meeting him.
After they left, I joined Drew’s table. I sat across from his boss, next to Drew.  Drew’s boss complimented my nose stud. I had a beer with them, and they we all got up and went to Hemingway’s for Music Trivia night. Drew, Jim, and I said goodbye to Bill and Chad, and walked to Hemingway’s.
Once we arrived at Hemingway’s, we found our party, and we squeezed into a booth. They were finishing up the round and then there was going to be a Last Chance round.  Miller Lite was sponsoring the Music Trivia night, so they were giving away T-shirts, socks, wrist bands, and promotional sweaters. The sweater that they were giving away, was the one I saw at the Beer distributor, when I went with Drew. I said, “Babe, that the sweater I wanted.” Well one of Drew’s co-workers at our table, won the raffle for the sweater. She gave it to me. I was so happy. Drew and I also got t-shirts, as well. It was so much fun. I had some beer there too. I was not looking forward to tomorrow morning. When we got home, I put some pjs on then it was right to bed. We had such an early day tomorrow.

Grandma in the Hospital

After work today, I was so cranky. We had a meeting where we discussed the Fall Schedule. It was my first meeting combining everyone’s preferences, and not everyone submitted their preferences, and I couldn’t find one professor’s preferences. I could have done so much better, and I feel like I have still so much to learn.
At the end of the meeting, I asked the chair of the department, what I could do better with in the future, so I could learn from this, she said just put the TF preferences together with the faculty, and make sure that graduate and undergraduate are both listed. The meeting was draining. I had some small issues and requests to deal with at my desk.
In the seating area of our department, there was a baby shower going on for one of the students. I gave some money in a card for her, but I really didn’t know her, and I didn’t really care. I couldn’t wait to close up shop, but I had to handle some small requests before I could leave. I just wanted to go home.
When I left the office, I walked to the Cathedral to meet Drew. It was a slow walk. I wore my cute clogs today and I was regretting it. My feet were killing me.
When I arrived to the Cathedral, I walked up the stairs, and meet Drew by the elevators. I was not in a good mood. When I approached him, I saw an older woman was talking to him and she asked him, “Where the Nationality rooms are?” He said, “Oh they are on the first three floors.” She said, “Could you take us to them?” I chimed in and said, “Down this hallway, there is a “Nationality Rooms visitor Center.” There they can take you to the different rooms and give you more information.” I forced a smile. She thanked us, unfortunately, we had to walk past them in order to exit, the Cathedral. They looked at us like we were supposed to take them to the different rooms and be their tour guide. Nope no way, don’t have time for that. I was a tour guide in the Summer for Heinz Chapel, but I got paid to do that. I don’t get paid to do that anymore sorry. There are people there to help you with the Nationality rooms. Ugh, I didn’t say this, but that is what I was thinking.
When  Drew and I walked outside, I said, to Drew. “Sorry lady not a paid tour guide anymore.” He laughed.  I did trip a little, that was God telling me don’t be a bitch. If I was in a better mood, I probably would have taken them around, but I wasn’t. I was ready to go home.
When we were on the way home, we hit some traffic and it was getting on my nervous. We stopped at the beer store on the way, and picked up a case of Amstel, and two cans of Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Then we went home. Once we got home, I made pork chops, while they were in the oven, I got a shower, and then came downstairs. I was in a semi better mood.
After dinner, we watched the Pitt Game and then Drew went up to get a shower. I continued writing my book. I am reading What Happened by Hillary Clinton. I am interested to read her version of What Happened. All of the sudden, Andrew’s phone rang and I saw it was his Mom so I answered it. She asked me if we were home, and I said, “Yes, is everything okay? she said, “Yes, where is Drew?” I said, “he is in the shower.” I was concerned. She said, “When he gets out, will you have him call me back?” I said, “I sure can.” I hung up with her and yelled up to Drew, who was in the shower to call his mom, when he gets out. He asked, “If everything was okay?” I said, “I don’t know.” He said, “Okay.”
When he got out of the shower, he came downstairs and called his mom and put her on speaker, so I could hear too.” His mom told us that Grandma is in the hospital. She fell back, hit her head, and her left arm. They might admit her. She came her by ambulance. Drew said, “he was sorry to hear that.” I was shocked. She said, “I will give you updates as soon as I get them.” I asked, “If she wanted us to come sit with her?” She said, “No thank you, Dad is here and Aunt Paula is here with me. We are having an interesting experience being here at AGH on a Friday night.” We both laughed a little.
When we got off the phone, I felt so bad. First his mom’s foot, then grandma having issues with her heart cathiter  going into her heart for the valve to be replaced, to now this. I was hoping that nothing was going to be wrong, and that she would get out of there soon.
Before we went to bed we watched an episode of Fuller House, and then fell asleep. Not too sure what tomorrow will bring.






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 Primate’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.


The 30s are for Paying for your drinks…

On Saturday, we went to dinner at my cousins’ in Monroeville. Angie was so excited to see us. We had a carb loaded dinner. potatoes, chicken casserole, green bean casserole, rolls. It was good, but so carby. I felt so full after dinner. Mackenzie, asked me what we were doing later tonight. She said, “I am trying to get out of here for a while. Want to go have a drink?” I said, “Ask Drew. he is the deciding factor.” I was hoping he would say no. He didn’t care if I wanted to go out, but I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to go.
Mackenzie drove her car back to our house in Moon. On our way back to Moon, I texted Anthony and asked if he wanted to go to Tequila Cowboy with us. He said, “Sure, I will let you know when I leave the Airport.” When he called me, he just got home. Mackenzie and I were going to drive over there to his house, before we went out to pick him up. Drew was letting us take his car. Now I know I had to be extra careful. Mackenzie, did my hair and put in my hair extensions. I loved wearing them.
When we got to Anthony’s, he just got out of the shower. We all hung out for a bit, then we left to go to the Northshore. Mackenzie wanted to play her rap music, but I told her no. Anthony can play his music. I already listened to her music, while we were getting ready she complained and bitched. Then she made comments about my driving. I said, well this is not my car, I need to be careful. This is Drew’s car, and people stop out of nowhere on this highway all the time, and that is how accidents happen. She is a know it all, because she is 21.
When we got down to the Northshore, I parked in a lot, it was $7. I paid the lot attendant and parked. We got out of the car, and walked to McFaddens. When we walked in, it was so busy. I forgot what it was like to be out again. Everyone looked either really old, cougar, or freshly 21. The freshly 21 year olds looked 12. I looked at Anthony and he looked at me. We kind of shared glances like what did we get ourselves into. Mackenzie drank a couple cranberry and vodkas. I stuck with Coors Light. Anthony had a Coors Light. We did a Green Tea shot, then went to Tequila Cowboy.
When we arrived, it was so packed. They all thought were in the wrong bar, because the entrance said, “Little Red Corvette.” I said, there are multiple rooms. This was the R&B and 90s room. There was a karaoke bar room, and a country room. The bathrooms were all in the back by the Karaoke bar. It as so packed. The crowd was a mixture of everyone but mostly, the type that would be at Barroom and Saddle Ridge, before they tore it down. This is where everyone went now.
On our way to the bathroom, I spotted Todd the bartender, that I went on one date with back in 2009. He was a bartender at Saddle Ridge back then. I remember he used to always hook me up with free drinks. I approached the bar, on our way back from the bathroom. He noticed me, and we chatted for a bit. He asked what I was drinking and what my cousin was drinking. I told him. He didn’t charge us. He said, good seeing you again. We walked off. I was feeling so big headed, that was about to change.
When we went back to the 90s and R&B room, we were dancing and the more Mackenzie drank the more she wanted attention. She was craving attention. She wanted a guy to notice her, or approach her. She noticed that guys were looking at me and giving me attention, and I think it bothered her. If you look like you are craving it, you won’t get it. If you smile, and are confident then you get attention. She isn’t confident and I think it shows. I understand it maybe hard for some people, but it’s no one’s fault and it shouldn’t keep you from having a good time.
At one point, we went back to get a drink from my bartender friend, and he charged me! I gave him cash. I looked back at Anthony and Mackenzie, and handed them their drinks. I said, “So the Thirties are for paying for your drinks, and the 20s were for getting them for free.” They all laughed. I was a married woman now, and 30. I felt so cool there for a second.
Around 1am she wanted to go back to McFadden’s, she said, that she was hoping she would see more guys there that would notice her. Anthony and I just kept sharing glances we knew what was about to happen. It was only a matter of time. I could have stayed at Tequila Cowboy, but anyways. We went back to McFadden’s, it was closer to where the car was parked.
When we approached McFadden’s, it was a $5 cover. If I had known that, then we would have just stayed. I didn’t like the crowd there at all. Thankfully, Mackenzie paid the cover for all of us. I didn’t drink anymore. I was over it and ready to go home to my Husband. While we were at McFadden’s, Mackenzie was drinking a double vodka and cran. I am not sure how many she had at this point, but she went to a table and started to cry. I approached her and she said, “I just want someone to think I am beautiful. Someone that is my type.” I said, “You can’t go looking for attention in places like these. These guys are just looking to hit and quit. You are worth so much more than that.  She is in a dark place right now. I understand that place, but I never questioned myself worth and I know what kind of men are at these bars. I had to learn the hard way. I dated one I met on my 21st Birthday; huge mistake.
After a while, I told Anthony it is time to go. We left McFadden’s and went to the Eat n Park in Moon. She cried the whole way there. She apologized and just broke down about EVERYTHING. Anthony and I did our best to listen to her and give her advice, but this was too much.
When we got to Eat n Park, we sat down in a booth and then I ordered fries and cheese, Anthony ordered the sampler platter, and Mackenzie got chicken strips and zucchini. She was pretty drunk, but I was so over it at this point.
When we finally got home, I got changed, brushed my teeth, and crawled into bed with Drew. I was so happy the night was over and I found my Prince. I am so happy to have him in my life, and to be the woman I am today.