Stephanie’s Bridal Shower

This morning, I left a little earlier to get to the Marriott to help with Grandma. I arrived at 12:30pm. No one was there. I put my gift on the gift table, restroom, and then hung out in the lobby for someone I knew to show up.

A few minutes later, Aunt Paula showed up with Ashley. I helped carry in balloons, and then Grandma and Mom showed up. I helped Grandma into the door, while mom parked. When my mom came inside, she handed me the gift, and stayed with Grandma. I took the gift into the shower room, and set it down on the table. I looked around for a familiar face, and tried to help if I was needed. I wasn’t sure, I didn’t really know anyone there, but Aunt Paula, and she was busy.

When Stephanie arrived, I gave her a hug, and then went to check on Grandma and Mom. They were coming out of the bathroom I walked with them back down the hall to the party room. Grandma was struggling. I felt so bad. I wish there was something we could do for her. Paula approached us, and Pam said this was too far for her, and there is going to be something done the day of the wedding. She can’t even go to the bathroom at this event, because it is too far of a walk down and back. When we were almost to the party room, some ladies came up behind grandma, and we were walking really close behind her, tail gating her. Pam, my mother-in-law said, you know you could go around us. One of the women, kind of huffed and said, “We’ll try.” My mother-in-law made eye contact, and knew that the woman was being a rude bitch. We let it go. I heard the woman say to another woman she was with, “I should just take that woman’s walker.” I thought oh that’s nice bitch.

When we walked into the party room, a girl was a holding a chair there for grandma. I approached her and she said, “I was told to hold this for Grandma.” I said, “Thank you, she is right there.” she said, “Okay” and walked away. I put my purse down at one of the seats to hold it for her. When I looked up and saw that same rude woman from the hallway. She was trying to take our seats across the table and she looked at me and said “I guess we can’t sit here now, because her purse is here.” I never met this woman in my life. I looked at her and said, “No, the bride-to-be’s grandmother is sitting here, who just had a long journey pushing a walker to get here from the bathroom.” So, you think the woman would be respectful. She said, “oh we are just trying to all sit together, since we never see each other.” I said, “I am sorry the bride’s grandmother is sitting here.” she gave me an evil look, and said to her friends at the table, “I guess we will just see you at the wedding in June” and walked away. I am sorry, but have some respect for the bride’s grandmother, who is older and has health problems and needs to sit asap. Apparently, this woman is Uncle Tom’s family, and they all are really strange. I didn’t want to cause drama for Stephanie, on her day, but damn how rude can you be?

When we finally sat down at the table, you could tell we really weren’t welcomed, and the other attendants at the table, would much rather have the other rude woman and her posse at that table, instead of us, whatever. The woman who was a chair away from me, asked me I was Andrew’s wife? I said, “Yes, my name is, Danielle.” She said, “I am Stephanie’s, Aunt Denise.” I thought to myself, you are a bitch by association, but I will just smile. My mother-in-law sat next to me, and grandma was on the other side of her, as well as Mary Jo, who sat next to Grandma. Mary Jo was at my wedding, as well. She made Andrew and I towels with our initial on them.

When the shower got underway, I wasn’t sure how this was going to go. I didn’t have a good feeling about it, and it was going to be boring anyways. Someone else’s shower, other than your own is always so boring. Lunch was yummy, we ate chicken salad mini sandwiches, half of a croissant, wedding soup, and vegetables. Dessert was cupcakes, and or sheet cake.

After dinner, the rude woman approached our table to talk to the other attendants, she was standing next to me, and had her hands on the empty chair beside me. I got up and pulled my char, in between Grandma and my mother-in-law. I didn’t want to be around that woman, or breathe the same air as her.  I hope she knew it.
Finally, the games got underway, and Stephanie opened her gifts. I stayed until she opened mine, then I left. I had to stop at home and get some things from Moon, before I went back to Crafton. I crept out of the party room, doubting anyone would miss me.

Once I got to Moon, I called my mom and told her about the shower, changed my clothes, grabbed the things that I needed, and then I was on my way back to Crafton. When I arrived back to Crafton, I let the dogs out and cooked some dinner. I really wasn’t hungry, but I knew Drew would be.

After dinner, we settled in for the night and watched the last of the Hugh Hefner series on Amazon Prime. It was so good. I didn’t want it to end. What were we going to watch now?

Paris and Louie

This morning, when we woke up we went to the gym. This was going to be the last day for me to go to the gym, since we were dog sitting, and I had a bridal shower to go to tomorrow, so I made sure I went hardcore at the gym.

After our workout, we went home got showered, and packed up the car we needed to get ready to head over to my parents. I could tell this was going to be the beginning of a long week ahead. Drew was already not feeling this. I wasn’t either, but what are you going to do? it is what it is.

After we packed up the car, we both took two cars to Starbucks for coffee, then to Bed Bath and Beyond to get a gift for Stephanie. Drew was moody and his attitude was getting on my nerves. I was trying to ignore him, but it was hard that day. He was tired, long week, and knew it was going to be a rough week with the dogs. I had the same thing, but at the same time I have to get through the day. We decided on a turkey carving kit for Stephanie and Mike, whatever.

Once we got to my parents, we noticed there was poop in the hallway between the kitchen and the living room, let the games begin! I picked up the poop, took the dogs outside, they were too excited to pee. We unloaded our cars and put our stuff in the house. Once we got settled, we sat down with the dogs for bit, then decided to get out for dinner, and go to the Hop House. We love going there when we are in Crafton. It is like our cafe, in Crafton except no free beer, samples, and roadies!

While we were at the Hop House, we had a few beers, ate some good food, and conversed about the week ahead, the plan, and my parents. I was feeling a little loopy when we left there. I was ready for the week, I guess. When we got home, we watched Fifty Shades Darker. I loved it. It was good, but the first one is better. I will be sad when the movies end. One more left, Fifty Shades Freed! After the movie, we took the dogs out one last time, then it was bed for us.

Fastest Labs Grand Opening

This morning, we were still a bit bummed from the show case, but we had a grand opening to get ready for, and we weren’t sure who was going to come, or not. We set up the office and put the table up, and the Fastest Labs table cloth, and set up the lemonade. At one point, Kim came in with some pretzels from the Philly Pretzel company. She was going crazy, because today is National Pretzel Day.

When 11am rolled around, our phone rang and it was Sonea from the Double Tree in Greentree. She was calling us to see what building we were in, I watched from the window, as she pulled in, she fixed her make up in her car, and hung up the phone with us. She came in our office, and put her business card in the fishbowl for the pirates game tickets. We talked with her about our business, her life before she moved to the US, and what it was like for her in Pakistan, Earl came in our maintenance guy, he kind of butted heads with Sonea, as they discussed politics.

Eventually, Earl left and the mayor of Greentree showed up with his accountant, who dropped something on the way into our office. Well the thing that he dropped was a plaque for Chris containing the key of Greentree glued to the plaque. I tried not to laugh at how awkward this was. I took a picture of Chris shaking hands with the mayor of Greentree.

Then my mom showed up with her friend Gaye Posey. It was another body. They had a pretzel, and some lemonade. They stayed for a minute and then went to lunch. Sonea was probably hoping for more people to show up, so she could get some business contacts, off of us. Well it just didn’t work out that way. No one else showed up. It was kind of sad.

So Chris and I ate pretzels all day. Earl came back in and talked to us. He said, “Aren’t you glad you didn’t go with the radio station, or have this thing outside?” We both agreed that would have been a huge waste of money, but it is what it is. Needless to say, Sonea is the winner of the tickets.

Heinz Field, Who’s Who Showcase

This morning, I met Chris at the office. We were getting ready to go to an event at Heinz Field. We packed up his Suburban and off we went to Heinz Field. Traffic was intense on the parkway, but once we got there. We parked out front, and unloaded. When we checked in, they didn’t have badges for us, because we checked in past the deadline. I thought that was kind of shitty. They didn’t have badges, but they had a printer there that wasn’t working, so she hand wrote our badges, and messed up on mine. I could tell she was nervous and pissed about the printer.

Eventually, we just stuck our business cards in our badges and took out the hand written name tags, it looked so tacky. When we got our booth set up, we took pictures and posted them on Facebook to get the word out, about us doing big things! We met with our neighbors the booths surrounding ours. We were next to a construction company, who’s family also made homemade olive oil. We shook hands with a few people, and passed out our business cards.

Then we were served lunch upstairs in the conference rooms, that overlooked the playing field. It was pretty cool. While we were eating lunch, Chris got a phone call about someone possibly coming in for a personal rapid test. He asked if I wanted to drive his car back to the office, and then come back, or take an Uber? I said, Which ever, do you trust me with your car? He asked if I have driven a suburban before? I said, “No. Do you trust me?” He handed me his keys, and off I went. I drove back to Greentree, parked, and on my way into the office, I noticed a plant outside our door. It was a bamboo plant. I picked it up and unlocked the door. I set the plant on the counter and it was from his mom and step dad. I texted a picture of the plant to Chris, flipped the lights on, turned on some music, and waited for the test to show up.

Fifteen minutes went by, and still no show, so he told me to come back. I drove back to Heinz Field, through the West End and there was no traffic. The parking lot attendant, let me back into the lot, free of charge. I parked the car, and went back into Heinz Field. Chris was by the booth. He handed me the business cards he collected. He said, he felt a little like a leper. No one was coming up to talk to him, and the people that were walking by were trying not to make eye contact. I said, that’s how I felt at the network after work event. We are the kid no wants to talk to, because we do drug and alcohol testing, or they avoid us, because they don’t test, or don’t have a need for us. He agreed.

When the bar opened up, everyone flocked to the bar all the vendors and attendees. Chris handed me the drink tickets and told me to go work the bar. I ordered a crown and soda, but the guy gave me more crown then soda. I ended up tossing it down the sink in the bathroom. When I went back to the bar, I ordered a coors light instead, and talked with the guys from Diehl automotive. There was no one else to really talk to, when I looked back our booth, Chris was backing up. I finished my beer and excused myself from the conversation with Diehl, and went back to help my boss. He was ready to get out of there.

On our way back to the office, we talked about how we thought the event was going to go a little bit better, but we weren’t going to be sure how it went until we go back and follow up tomorrow and the next day with our leads. I felt bad, because I knew it wasn’t what we both expected it to be like, especially how John made it sound it was going to be like.
Once we got back to the office, I got in my car, and drove home.

Thankfully Drew was going to stay home that evening, as well instead of going to the gym. It was a long way home for him, and he didn’t want to go to the gym. I was happy. I get the evening with him. I told him about the event, and he was bummed it didn’t go better for us. I was ready to relax for the evening!

Cousin Amanda’s for Lunch

When we arrived at my cousin’s, I noticed she had blue hair! My uncle Tom is Mr. Conservative, but it seems like Amanda is her own person, which I love and admire. She colored her hair blue, because she was bored and needed to do something different. I can imagine it probably is hard when your a mom, and you get bored with yourself, or whatever.

When I walked into their kitchen, I saw my newest little cousin sitting on the floor, I quickly picked her up and held her for most of the time we were there. I think Olivia got a little jealous, that I wasn’t making a fuss over her at first. I did a little, just not as much as the new baby. I am sure it must be hard, but at the same time she is the newest one and so little! I did show Olivia Snapchat and we had fun with the filters. She is so hyper! Liliana on the other hand, is Miss Independent. She does her own thing, and goes outside and sings on the porch and plays independently. She could careless.

When I finished feeding Isabella, I was about to eat lunch. We had chicken with onions and capers, as well as salad, and fruit. It was light and yummy. For dessert, there was Peace Love and Little Donuts. It was fun to be there together as a family. It has been so long since we were all together. I hope to see them again soon.

 

Gym, Clean, Grocery Shop

This morning we went to the gym, and got a good work out in for the day. Then I went home and threw in some laundry and started packing for my parents. I even cleaned the house, so I wouldn’t have to do it, when we came home the following weekend. I knew I wasn’t going to want to be bothered with house work, after just coming back from my parents. For dinner, we ordered pizza and just hung out, nothing too exciting.

 

Onsite

This morning, I had to get up at 4am and get a shower. I had to meet Chris in Burgettstown at 5:45am. I left my house at 5:00am. When I arrived to the location, I wasn’t sure where to park, so he called me as he was coming up the gravel road behind me. He told me to park my car, and hop into his car, and we would drive around. I got into his car, and we drove up to a park where there was a bunch of trucks, lights, and trailers. This was the place. We parked out front of a trailer, with the sign “Pumpco” on it. Chris went inside, and talked to the owner, and he said we will come back in around 6am. Maria, our contact, wasn’t there yet.

When 6 am arrived, we went inside and got set up. While we were getting set up, Maria came in and greeted us, and started passing out forms that the men were going to give us, when they came into the office to get BAT tested. It was kind of cool. There were 15 men in total. I went down the line and started taking their names, and their social security numbers. I kept everything organized and in order. I was proud of myself.
After collecting names and socials, I went into the office and helped Chris stick the stickers on the forms with the results on them. It was an intense day, and it was an early day.

When we were finished, and getting ready to pack up. Maria asked if we had time for one more. Chris said, I could leave if I wanted to, I didn’t have to wait for one more, so I did. I drove to my parents’ house and took a nap on the couch, before going back to the office at 9am.

On my way back to the office, I stopped and got Starbucks. Dave, my parents’ handy man was there. He bought me my drink, we chatted for a bit, then it was back to the office. I was so tired. When I got back to the office, Chris was ready to go, and talked to me about this morning, and how well it went. I just was so out of it. I knew I was going to be pretty much useless all day. Earl came in, and we told him how we were up at Burgettstown doing an onsite, this morning. We had to be there at 5:45AM. I just sat there, sipping my coffee trying so hard to stay awake. Chris said, she is all tired now. Earl said, well you have to remember, she is not used to that. I said, Yeah Chris take that! I did some cold calling, organizing, before Chris left to go sell. He wanted to drive around and visit some companies. He also stopped and got taco bell on the way back for us. I did not want to do any work at all. I was so beat.

After work, I went home and waited for Drew to come. I fell asleep on the couch. I woke up when he came in the door. We had to get ready to go to the cafe for his mom’s birthday dinner. On the way to the cafe, we stopped at Giant Eagle and picked up a card for his mom, and for his dad. We never got his dad a birthday card, back in March. We bought a little balloon too for his mom.

Once we got to the cafe, everyone was happy to see us as usual. We sat our high top table. My favorite waitress Leah, waited on us. When his parents came, she brought over an unopened chilled bottle of Crown Apple for his mom’s birthday gift. They are so good to us there. Brett talked to us about having my 30th Birthday there in the back room. I can have it all to myself, and my party. I was pretty happy about that idea. I need a good dirty thirty!

After dinner, we went home and went to bed. We were so tired, me especially. His mom and dad were happy with their cards. It was a good night, but I was so thankful to finally go to sleep that night.