Pitt Clinic & Applebees with Anthony

This morning, I went to the onsite clinic for Pitt staff, faculty, and students. I wanted to get my left big toe checked. I thought I had an ingrown toe nail, so of course I tried to get it out myself, but it was bleeding oozing, so I figured might as well, go get it checked.
When I arrived, there was no one in the waiting room. I thought this is going to be better than MedExpress. When the doctor came into the room, she looked it over and said, that she thinks I don’t need a podiatrist. She said, you probably cut your toe, and cut too close to the skin, when you first initially trimmed your toenails. I said, yup that sounds about right. She prescribed me an antibiotic to prevent infection and suggests that I get a pedicure in at least 2 weeks, and suggested that I don’t trim my toe nails anymore, but get regular pedicures every so often and leave it up to the nail techs to cut my toe nails, I agree. I also got set up with a health coach. I will have to reach out to her here soon.
When I left her office, I called my mom and told her what they said, and even texted Drew and told him what she said, about a pedicure, “Doctors orders.” He thought it was funny. She also suggested that I not go to the gym tonight, just clean off my toe. She said, you don’t want that to get worse. It’s true, I don’t. I did want to go to the gym though.
After work, I met up with Drew. We rode the bus home. When we got home, I texted Anthony and asked him what he was doing tonight? He said, “Going home and crying into a Lean Cuisine.” I told him Drew is going to the gym and I am staying home. He said, “Let’s go out to eat!” I said, “Okay, where? Applebees?” He said, “Yes! girl!”
When I got home, I  got into my car and went to Giant Eagle, I needed to pick up my prescription, that I wasn’t sure I wanted to take, nail polish remover, cotton balls, and peroxide. The pharmacist suggested that I not take the antibiotic since I am allergic to Ceclor, and the antibiotic is from the Ceclor family. I didn’t want to take it anyway, so I told them that I would hold off and just keep it clean. They thought it was a good idea.
When I got home again, I got a shower, took my toe nail polish off, cleaned my toe, and got ready for Anthony to come over. When we arrived, we got in my car and drove to Applebees. I was so hungry.
When we got to Applebees, we got seated in a booth and then ordered our food as quick as we good. I was really in the mood for spinach dip, so we ordered that and boneless wings, first. Then for dinner, I had some chicken, bacon, and cheese dip topped on top, garlic mashed potatoes, and green beans with garlic and bacon bits. I ate about half, and then threw in the towel.
During dinner, Anthony and I caught up on all the gossip, and then went back to my house. He came inside and we had a glass of wine and watched Paris and Nicole: the Simple life. We laughed so hard. Shortly after that, Drew came home and we turned on the Kardashians and watched the new episode.  We played the game Would you rather, and Either or. We looked up questions on line. Some were stupid, others were naughty. He stayed until 11pm. Drew was finishing up working on his project for Thursday. Then it was off to bed. I had a great evening all things considered.

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Sunday We are Good

This morning, I had to get up at a quarter after 7am. Drew heard my phone go off. It was a text from Sharon, saying she was on her way to my house. She was going to come over see Drew, and our house, then we were meeting my parents at IHop for breakfast. I got out of the shower, and got ready. Drew got a shower, and I went downstairs and Cassie was awake, I said, “Good Morning.” She said, “Morning.” I said, “I am going to make some coffee you want some?” She said, “No thank you.” I made a pot of coffee for Sharon, Drew and myself.
When Sharon arrived, I poured her some coffee and gave her a tour of our house. She loved it. She said, it looked so big on the inside, but small on the outside. She loved all the room we had and thought it was cute. I was glad. We sat on the couch and talked about yesterday and she said that Marilyn tried to bring it up again, when we left and Sharon told her that she didn’t want to talk about it.
Around 8:30am, we left to go to IHop. We got seated right away and my parents came in right after we got seated. It took forever to get served. They were so busy and there was some issue with their printer in the kitchen, so we got some money off our bill, which was nice.
After breakfast, we said goodbye to Cassie, then Drew and I went grocery shopping before going home. Once we got home, I got stomach sick. Something at breakfast didn’t agree with me.  I didn’t want to go to the gym and it get worse, so I stayed home from the gym, finished the laundry, got caught up on Outlander, and talked to Drew’s mom. We have plans to go over their house for dinner next weekend. I might get to meet Don Hawkin’s wife. I miss Andrew’s mom. I cried on the phone with her. She said don’t cry. I said I miss you. She misses us too.
When Drew got home, I told him how I talked to his mom and he was glad that I got to talk to her then asked me if we were going over there next weekend? I said, “yes we are.” He then told me about Grandma. His mom didn’t tell me. I was so sad to hear about the calcifying on her heart. She is to have this procedure here soon, where they go through her arm and open up her valves. I cried. I felt so terrible for her. He had tears in his eyes. this is going to be hard on him. I know it. We just have to stay open and be there for each other.
After we talked, things felt back to us again. I felt like we were alright and we got everything resolved. It felt so good to be in a good place with him. We ate dinner; chicken and tomato caprese. Then we folded laundry and put it away. Then we hard boiled eggs for the week and watched 3 episodes of Entourage, then it was bed time.

Family Drama

This morning, I took Cassie with me to the tattoo parlor. I wanted to see if I could get a smaller bar for my nose stud. Sometimes my nose ring sticks out really far, and I can’t stand it. It’s kind of annoying.
When I laid down on the table, the piercer said, that I have a small nostril. I guess that is a good thing. She can see that it does stick out a little bit, so she put in the smallest one they have and the bar was like flesh with my nose, and almost looked like there wasn’t any room for the gem. She said, that the next size up is one that they typically don’t carry, but she would order it for me and call me when it comes in, so we stuck the old one back in. She said, it healed up really well. I was glad to hear that, and I am glad I went. I figured it was worth a shot.
After we left the tattoo shop, we went to Dunkin and I got some iced tea, and then we had to go to Monroeville. The whole way there Cassie was telling me how she didn’t want to go. This was the worst part of her trip, she was saying. I tried to keep it positive for once, and keep good vibes. I didn’t want to go over there either. You can just feel the tension.
Once we pulled up, Marilyn asked me to move my car, onto the side road next to her house, that since there is a stop sign there, my car might get wacked. I thought here it goes Ms. Ultra Annoying. I was glad she was looking out for my car, but at the same time I was already annoyed. When we parked, my parents pulled into the driveway. Sharon came out to see her daughter. We asked Sharon if she was coming back to my house, we wanted her to, so we could drink and hang out. She said, she is trying, but thinks she may have to stay there.
When we walked in side, Marilyn hugged me and I hugged her husband. I said, “Hi” to Charlie. The kid is quiet. Marilyn hugged Cassie. Cassie gave her the cookies we brought. She took them and put them on another table. She was going to put the desserts there. I just nodded and smiled. I don’t care what she doe with them.
Before dinner, I snacked on the veggies that she laid out, and the dip. I always fill up before dinner. It never fails. I am like a child. We all sat out side, by the fire pit, that wasn’t turned on. I had one drink and split a second one with Cassie. It was the hard ginger ale. Other than that, I stuck to pop. I have to drive.
When it was time for dinner, we had meatball subs and steak hoagies. We could create our own. We went inside, and I made myself a meatball hoagie, with some cheese, and put a little pasta salad on my plate. Then I went outside. I set my plate on the edge of the fire pit and ate. It was so casual and informal.
When everyone came outside, they all did the same, they used the edge of the fire pit to eat. When I was done eating, I started texting Drew and flipping through my phone. I was checking my notifications, and Marilyn nudged me and said, “Not at the dinner table. Can you please put your phone away?” I looked at her smirked and laughed a little. I said, “No, but I will take $20 towards my phone bill, if you want to tell me what to do with my phone. You don’t pay my phone bill.” She said, “Dan come on, we are all eating. I just don’t like technology at the dinner table.” I said, “No, I am done eating. I am 30 years old. You are not going to tell me what to do. I don’t care, if anyone is eating. I am done eating, by the way where is Charlie?” She looked down at her plate, kind of awkwardly and said, “He is in the living room playing video games. He isn’t hungry.” I said, “Oh well, he should be outside eating dinner with his family. Tell him to put the controller down and come eat dinner.” She said, “You can use your phone in the living room.”  I said, “No, I will use my phone out here.” I kept scrolling and looking through my phone.
Eventually, she took her plate, stood up, and walked into the living room, shut the sliding glass door and ate with Chuck and Charlie. My mom looked at me and said, “I am so proud of you. What the hell is her problem?” I shrugged my shoulders. I said, “I am not going to be told what to do, at 30 years old.” She said, “I agree and its not like we are are the dining room table, or in a formal setting.” I just rolled my eyes. This family is so weird.
At one point, I got up, went into the living room, and threw my plate away in the kitchen. She was sitting there eating with Chuck and Charlie. Charlie was eating now too. I rolled my eyes and went back outside. I couldn’t wait to leave at this point.
After dinner, she really didn’t say too much to me, in my direction. I avoided directly talking to her. We sang happy Birthday to Sharon and had cake. Then I stood up to leave shortly after that. Marilyn didn’t sit outside she was in the kitchen cleaning up. I stood up to go inside and say goodbye to her. Now I had to break the news that Cassie was coming back over my house to stay the night. She didn’t want to stay there with Marilyn.
I approached Marilyn and said, goodbye to her. She said, “Bye” hugged me, and then I backed away. I said, “Cassie is coming with me. She is going to spend another night at my house.” She said, “Oh okay, well I will say bye to Cassie now.” She gave Cassie a hug, and then turned to Sharon, Cassie’s mom and said, “Are you staying or going?” Sharon said, “I am staying Marilyn.” She had a tone in her voice like calm down. I wanted to laugh.
On the way home, Cassie was so pissed off about it and wished her mom would just come back with us. I was pissed off too, because this family was tolerating each other again and now it is all weird because she has to be a bitch. I am not a child. I am not going to just simply take it, sorry. I am not little Danni anymore.
When we got home, I told Drew about it. He didn’t have much to say to me. He just said, wow that is weird.” He didn’t say anything else, which pissed me off even more. Anthony and Dylan were on their way over to go with us to Mount Washington. They came in and brought boxed wine and cards against humanity.
When they arrived, they walked in on a huge discussion. I was still venting from the day and Drew was still not saying anything. Anthony and Dylan helped us work through it. I started to cry because I was so mad. I said, “I try to hold it all together and be positive, then that shit happens with her because she is so weird, and I come home to vent to you and I can’t do it, because you think it’s Bitching and Bashing. I have no way to let it out.” Anthony mediated it and it all worked out and Drew understood where I was coming from. He came over and hugged me. He knows I go through so much with my family.
When we got downtown, we parked on liberty and wood. It is not the nicest area. I didn’t care to see the fountain, but Anthony wanted to show Cassie. Drew and I still had to talk, but I was trying to enjoy the night for Cassie. Once we arrived at the fountain, we took pictures and enjoyed the moment. Then we got in the car, and went up to Mount Washington, Drew was getting tired and moody. I knew he wasn’t going to last much longer.
When we came home from Mount Washington, we decided to call it a night. I had enough and he was going to bed. Drinking was the last thing I probably should be doing. It would only make matters worse.  I felt bad because Cassie wanted to drink and have fun, but I was just not in the mood.

Oakland and Kennywood Fright Nights

This morning, I woke up around 9am. The dogs didn’t get me up any earlier, which I was happy about. I got them outside, fed them breakfast, then got a shower. When I got out of the shower, Cassie was awake. I asked her what we should do today? I had to stop at my house, either before we go to Oakland, or after Oakland. She said, that it would probably be easier to go before we go to Oakland. I agreed.
After she got ready, we packed up my car, then drove to Moon township. I was so happy to be back there tonight. She helped me bring the stuff in to the house, and put the beer and left over pizza in the fridge. I changed my top and my shoes and then we were out the door again to go to Oakland.
When we got to Oakland, I took her to the 36th floor of the cathedral. She loved the view and took some pictures, then we took the elevator down to the 7th floor and met Drew at his cube. He was going to meet us in Hogwarts, which is the common area of the cathedral.
Once he met up with us, we walked to Primanti’s. Cassie said, that she really liked this campus and thought it was so big, bigger than University of Kentucky. When we walked in to Primanti’s, we went upstairs to the second floor and sat at an empty table. They were pretty busy. The same waiter that waited on Drew and I the last time, waited on us again. The food was awesome and Cassie liked the sandwich, even with the coleslaw on it.
After we left Primanti’s, we said bye to Drew. I needed some coffee. I stopped at Dunkin and got a large coffee for the road. I showed her Heinz Chapel, and told her about the history of the building. I seemed to have forgotten some of it. I used to have to memorize this narrative about the building when I was a docent over the summer, but I forgot some key parts about the chapel.
When we left the chapel, I took her to my building and showed her the home plate from when the building was Forbes field. She took a picture of it. Then, we left Oakland, and drove to Downtown. I took her the same route as the bus, when it takes us into town to go home.
Then I drove her to Station Square, and through southside, so she could see all the bars and where people go to drink on the weekends. Southside holds so many good and bad memories for me. I drove her to the waterfront and I stopped at Target to get motrin and some water. I was starting to have a headache. I needed to be ready to go for tonight. We were meeting Anthony, Dylan, and Drew at Fright Nights tonight.
Around 4:30pm, we left Homestead to go to Kennywood. We hung out in the parking lot, until Anthony and Dylan showed up. Then we all stood in line. She was so excited! As soon as they let us in, we walked into the tunnel that leads us to the park and sure enough there were two actors waiting there to scare us. I jumped a little and they all laughed.
While we were waiting for Drew, we rode a couple rides. One was a smaller coaster and the other was a spinning ride. We walked through two haunted houses. We still had so much more to do. Drew met with us, while we were in line for the vampire haunted house. The one vampire at the end creeped me out. He said, “blondie is mine!” When we exited the house, Cassie and I were the last ones.  Anthony, Dylan, and Drew were waiting for us outside the haunted house.
After I kissed Drew, Anthony and I registered for the skycoaster and we bought our tickets. Our time was 7:30pm. They said they could get us suited up now. I was so excited! When we got suited up, Anthony said, “I have been dying to do this with you.” I said, “Well if we can’t date, then we should fly!” He laughed. They got us locked in the apparatus, and then we were laying on our stomachs lifted up off the ground. They gave Anthony instructions what to do, and how to pull the cord. I was so nervous. I knew he would pull the right cord.
When they started lifting us up, we heard the chain lock in place. I was so excited and so ready to fly! Drew, Dylan, and Cassie were standing on the bridge taking a video and watching us, go higher and higher. Anthony and I waved to them and we locked arms until the first swing then we could release them and spread out. I was so excited. I hadn’t done this since I was a preteen.
Once we were at the top, the chain locked and the loud speaker said, “Alright flyers, three, two, one, FLY!” He pulled the cord and down we went. We swung back and forth, and it was so cool to see the entire park, the smoke, the lights, the creepier music. It was the coolest thing in the world. While, I was up there swinging, I felt like I just dropped and let go of all my worries. It was so cool!
After awhile, we had to grab the loop and come down. I was bummed. I could have stayed up there for a little while longer. Once we were unstrapped and on our way to meet up with Dylan, Drew, and Cassie. They gave us hugs and Drew kissed me. He said, “You did it bub!” I said, ” I loved it!” We did the alien haunted house next, then got in line for a Dark Shadows Haunted house, which was alright, then we did an escape the room, and we were so close to solving the puzzle. no one solved it yet. I had never done an escape the room before, after the escape the room, we went into the haunt and it was a voodoo theme. Then we rode the Phantom, Anthony and I rode together. Dylan rode by himself. Cassie and Drew sat this one out. Drew couldn’t fit and Cassie was scared.
After the phantom, we rode one last ride and I shouldn’t have got on this ride. It was called the Black Widow. Drew and Cassie sat this one out. The ride was a spinning ride, and lifted you in the air and spun you around and around. When I got off the ride, Dylan had to help me out of the seat. I felt so queasy. I never used to get that way, but I guess I am getting older. No more spinning rides I said. I was ready to go home after that.
When we got in the car, I drove home to Moon and I was slowly sipping water. Drew got home right before us. I was so icky. Cassie had a great time, and I am glad that she did and that I got sick towards the end. I wanted her to have fun.

Thursday…Yay!

This morning, I got up around 5:15am. I let the dogs out, gave them fresh water, then went back upstairs. I laid in bed with them, until 5:30am then I got up and got a shower. When I came out of the shower, Paris pooped in the bathroom, then in my old bedroom where Drew was sleeping,  and also downstairs. I knew it was her, because before we left Louie went outside and pooped.
When I got dressed, I went downstairs, and fed them. I then sat on the couch with them until we left. I hoped the girl was going to come to take care of them today. I know that last time we used them she forgot to come one day. Luckily, they were okay, and waited until I got home to go to the bathroom, but hopefully that won’t happen today.
When we got to Oakland, we went to Starbucks. I love when he suggests Starbucks. I got a venti PSL with fat free milk and an extra shot of espresso. I do like Dunkin Donut’s pumpkin coffee better, but I won’t turn down Starbucks. When we parted, I went to my building he went to his. I called my mom and talked to her for a bit. Then, I sat down at my desk and started doing some work regarding Summer Fellowships, when all of the sudden the fire alarm went off.
I have to admit. It scared me a little. There is some stuff going down in Oakland today. We have the Westboro Baptist Church coming to protest in Oakland, regarding transgender bathrooms. They don’t like anyone especially homosexuals and Catholics. They are the most hateful assholes, ever. That is the thing that really pisses me off about organized religion. It can really make people so hateful. I don’t think organized religion is the sole determining factor of hate, but it is doesn’t help. In regards to the protests, I am not worried about the Westboro Baptist people. I am worried about the counter protesters. I don’t want Westboro here either, but I am not about to make it a violent situation for everyone. This world is crazy anymore.
When I went outside, I stood away from the building. I saw some of my friends from other departments. They came and stood with me. They were hoping it was for real, so we could go home. I figured it wasn’t, it was just construction, but still it is scary considering what is happening today.
Eventually, the Pitt Police told us we could go back inside. Once I was back inside, Nancy arrived I briefed her on what happened. I called her while we were outside, she was on her way to Oakland. She said, “it is never anything serious.” She may be right, but still I wanted to give her a heads up.
This afternoon is approaching and I am ready to go home and have the day off tomorrow. I have my out of office set up and ready to go on my phone and e-mail. I am just waiting for 4:30pm to get here. This evening, my cousins are due in from Kentucky. They aren’t coming in until like 9:00pm-9:30pm or so. They will be here until Sunday. We have a full weekend planned.
This was the slowest day ever! I had nothing going on, until I got a text from Cassie, saying they would get to my parent’s at about 6pm. I asked Nancy if I could leave early, because they are going to arrive earlier, then expected and I don’t want them to get there and no one would be home, She said, it was okay!
When I finally got to my parents, I let the dogs out and fed them. Then I went up and showered really quick. I put on something comfortable. Then I waited for my cousins to arrive. When they arrived, Sharon looked so thin! She said, she only eats 1 meal a day. I was shocked.
The three of us hung out, until Drew got to the Crafton bus stop, and I took them with me in Drew’s car to go pick him up. When he got into the car, we drove to the beer distributed and picked up a case of Miller Lite. We didn’t have any beer. Sharon wanted to drink a bit before she headed to Monroeville. She called it getting lubed up. Cassie was so excited for the weekend that I had planned for her.
When we got back to my parents’ house, we ordered pizza and had a few beers. We chatted about the family drama and how she doesn’t want to go to Marilyn’s in Monroeville. She did leave around 9pm or so. Shortly after that, we all got ready for bed. Cassie and I had a long day ahead, and Drew had to work the next day.

Wednesday

Last night, we packed to go to Crafton. Drew had a rough day at work. The system crashed and he texted me saying he wanted to throw up and scream. I felt so bad. I know how hard he has been working for this demo that is supposed to debut on the 13th, so I am trying to be as supported as possible. We had Wendy’s for dinner and watched two episodes of entourage, then packed up. After packing, we watched Siesta Key; the season finale, then went to bed.

Today, I drove into Crafton. We are dog sitting, again! I can’t wait to see my dogs, but it is such a pain to be back home, if that makes any sense. We have to pack, and then be responsible for the dogs. I just want to love them, play with them, cuddle them, then leave, but the responsibility in the middle of the work week, is ehh.

On my way to Crafton this morning, there was an accident in the left lane on the parkway right before the Green tree exit. Traffic was a slow crawl to the exit. The yinzers, who don’t know how to drive. You gotta love them! I texted Nancy and told her I would probably be a few minutes late. She was okay with it.

Once I got to the bus stop in Crafton, it was 7:15am. I didn’t want to wait for a 28x, so I took a g3 into town, then a 71 to Oakland. Drew was smart and got off on the Carnegie exit from the parkway, and went to Crafton that way. I should have done that I was hoping to not be in traffic that long. Being late sucks.

When I finally walked into my building, it was a little after 8am. I was so rushed. I called my mom for a bit, then got to work. I texted Nancy and told her I was here. She said, not too bad for an accident. I agreed. I have done some projects here and there, but today I have meeting with Mel and Jen at 2:30pm, then a 3pm meeting with Melanie. I hope this day goes fast so I can see my pups.

At lunch, Nancy and I went to Five Guys. I have never been there before. I had burgers and fries two days in a row now. I feel so fat. I can’t wait to go to the gym on Sunday. I need to eat better, but it so tempting. I eat salads everyday, but then Nancy asks me what I am doing for lunch? and I lose all control!

The meeting with Mel and Jen went well. We finally are on the same page, and seem to know what to do in case a student comes to us with an issue. After we met with Jen, Mel and I finished our One-on-One. I had some work to do when I got back to my desk, not enough people applied to teach in the summer. They seem to want the research money more than the teaching money. I had to remind a few students to please send in the applications, and I have some organizing to do, but nothing major.

After the meeting, the day flew by. When Drew and I were on the bus, he told me that they were able to restore back ups, since the system crashed, but he is thinking that he is going to have to pass on this weekend’s festivities, so he can catch back up. He feels so pressured. This demo is to take place in almost a week! I am sad that he might have to miss out this weekend, but I understand.

When we got on the bus, I got a call from my dad around 5:00pm. He called to ask me if I got home yet? I said, “No I don’t get out until 4:30pm. I get home around 6pm on a good day. You know that.” He said, “I know. I am sorry.”  I said, “I will call you when I get home.” I hung up the phone and gave Drew a look. He shook his head. They didn’t get the pet sitter to come today, because they left around 10am, but they should know what time I get out of work, and when I get home by now. I was just so annoyed. Nothing seemed easy today.

When we finally got to my parents’, I let the dogs out and they went to the bathroom and they were fine! After I fed them, my mom texted me and asked if the dogs were ok? I said, of course, I would text you if something was wrong. I just want them to back off. They should have had someone come to the house today, but since they didn’t they are up my ass about it. I am doing the best I can. I can’t control traffic, or when I get to leave work. I got it guys.

After I fed them, we ate dinner, then I got a shower and we watched a little of Pens game,  then turned on Entourage. I am just not in a hockey mood yet. I feel as though it just ended, but it was cool to see the banner be raised, and Sid come out with the cup. I didn’t feel like going to bed until 11pm. After two episodes of Entourage, we started to watch the Lady Gaga Documentary 5 foot 2. I like it so far. I started dozing off, but I had to get the dogs out one more time before I went to bed.