After work today, I went to my parents to watch the dogs. I was excited just to hang out, relax, and catch up on Riverdale. My parents weren’t due home until tomorrow, so I had one more night to snuggle my dogs.
After I got them out to go to the bathroom, I fed them, and then I sat down and ate the rest of my subway sandwich from last night. Mother nature came yesterday and paid be a visit, so kind of her. My PMS was easier this time. I wish it could be like that all the time.
After dinner, I went up and took a shower, and then put some comfortable clothes on. I was so tired. I wanted to get to bed early tonight and get a good nights sleep. I watched Riverdale some more and finished my laundry. My phone rang around 9pm. I looked at the screen it was my mom. She said, we are on our way home! I said, “what?” she said, “Yea we drove straight through. We are in Washington, PA and we will see you around 10pm.” I said, “Oh wow okay.” I was looking forward to snuggling my dogs for one more night, but I will see them again soon. I  have to come back and dog sit in September.
When they arrived home, I took the dogs outside to greet them. My parents were so happy to see the pups.
Once inside, my parents greeted me and thanked me for taking care of the dogs. They insisted that i just spent the night anyway because I have a hair appointment in Crafton the next day. I agreed that would be smart. I didn’t really feel like packing the car up tonight anyway. They unpacked and gave me some gifts they bought on their trip. My dad got me a dream catcher, and some shot glasses for Drew. They seemed relaxed for the most part.
Before going to bed, I watched a little bit of the protest for Antwon Rose. He was shot 3 times in the back by a East Hills Pittsburgh police officer. He ran from the police and then the officer shot him three times. The protesters are upset because a 17-year old boy is dead. Other people in the city are asking why did he run? The city of Pittsburgh is divided, and there is a call to end the violence and police brutality. I tend to side with the police. I have a space in my heart for police officers and I really support them and their difficult positions. They have a hard job and they are always underappreciated. My head was spinning with thoughts. I watched some more of the protest on my phone, as I laid in my old bed, trying to sleep. The dogs laid with me for a while. They stayed with me until 4am, then went in with my parents.



Friday: Paris and Louie

I did not sleep at all last night. I feel like I was awake for most of the night. I slept in my parents room with the dogs. Paris slept up by my chest in a ball, and Louie slept by my stomach on his side. I love how they snuggle.

My alarm went off at 5:00am. I got up turned off the alarm, and took them outside to do their business. Then brought them back inside, locked the door. We went back to bed until 5:30am, then I got up and got a shower, dressed, and fed them breakfast. I took them out one more time before I left the house.

When I arrived to the bus stop, it was almost 6:30am. I was going to be so early, but I never know with them. I don’t know how long things will take, or if they will cooperate, but they did this morning. When I arrived in Oakland it was almost 7:15am. I stopped at dunkin and got a coffee. I was so early.

When I arrived at my department, I opened up the place and put my lunch in the fridge. Then I sat down and browsed on Facebook, while I drank my coffee. Too early to start working. I started working around 8:00am. I got a lot done so far, and the day is still new. I feel bad I had to leave the dogs this morning. Louie watched me leave and gave me this look like I was the biggest asshole in the world. I am hoping to leave at 3:30pm today we will see. Drew is coming over after this evening to my parents to spend the evening with me and the dogs.

At the end of the day, I was able to leave work at 3:15pm. I was excited to be able to bug out a little earlier. When I got home, I took the dogs outside and they were so happy to have someone home! Then I took them upstairs and I got a shower and then tried to take a little nap, before Drew arrived. I slept for about 10 mins, and then got up. I wanted to get the dogs fed, before Drew came home, and before we went to the Hop House for dinner.

When Drew  arrived home, I was somewhat irritable. This period has to come soon. I am getting so anxious. I apologized for being so irritable. I am having all the symptoms it’s just no period.  What the hell! I can’t be pregnant. I don’t want to be pregnant right now. We got ready to leave the house.

When we arrived at the Hop House, there were a few people at the bar, and at the tables. Most people were outside. We thought about sitting outside, but for some reason I thought it was kind of chilly. We took a seat the bar. We ordered our drinks. I was in the mood for a magic hat #9.  I was ready to get the weekend started. It has been a pretty easy week for the most part, but I do love my weekends.

Dinner was yummy. We split a soft pretzel for an appetizer, and for dinner I had a chicken salad for dinner and Drew had a steak hoagie. This restaurant is our favorite little hole in the wall. We come here, only when we dog sit.

After we left, we went home and took the dogs for a little walk around the block, they did their business. Then we got them settled for the night. We watched Jersey Shore Family Vacation, then I went up to bed and the dogs followed. Drew stayed up for awhile, and watched television. I was so tired. Tomorrow is another busy day!


Work today has been slow and steady. I have been doing a few requests here and there. I  am not really all that busy today. I do have a project I could start. Maybe I will after I finish this entry. No one really noticed my hair, but they did say it definitely looks brighter. They didn’t realize I cut it short.
At lunch, I ate with Kim and Nancy they had the “O” hot dogs and fries. I ate my salad and nibbled on their fries. Now, I am typing up this post. I am hoping this day goes by fast. I am supposed to hang out with Anthony when he gets out of work tonight. We are going to go to 5801, and then to the Blue Moon. We will see where the night takes us. I am ready to go out!
When I got home, I was feeling tired and not sure if I really even wanted to go out.  A storm was on it’s way, and I was ready to just stay in for the night, but I didn’t want to cancel. I wasn’t quite sure where the night was going to take us. After we ate dinner, I went upstairs and got a shower, and got ready to go out. I was feeling bloated and not sure what I wanted to wear. I decided on a floral jumper with my wedge sandals (they need fixed, but I figured they would do for the night)
Anthony texted me when he got home, so I packed up my make up, grabbed  a Red Bull out of the fridge, kissed Andrew goodbye, and got in my car. Andrew was going out with Zach to see Avengers: Infinity War for a second time. I drove to Anthony’s and when I arrived, I called Ray over Facebook messenger, so he could buzz me in.
When I walked into Anthony’s Ray was there to greet me at the dog with a hug. I was glad that he was coming with us to go out. We took some selfies, and listened to music before we headed out around 9:30pm. When we finally arrived at 5801, parking was an issue. We found a spot, and it was on the street. Someone must have just left. We parked, and I buckled up my shoe, and we walked inside. It was sort of dead.
We made our way to the outside bar. They had a nice set up. All the guy were so handsome, they all seemed the same type. I told the bartender to make me something sweet. The only thing they had on special was 1.50 craft beers. I told Anthony and he said, “What the hell is a craft beer?” I laughed. “We are not in Kansas anymore.” When the bartender set my drink down in front of him, It was a pretty shade of blue with a lemon and a cherry in it. I thought it looked really pretty. Anthony had a double vodka and cranberry. Ray had a Budlight and a shot.
We went back inside, and after a few sips of my drink the alcohol was sitting in my throat and it was actually really nasty. I set my drink on the bar top, and told Anthony that I was sorry, but I couldn’t drink this. He understood. I told the bartender about the drink, and Anthony ordered another double vodka and cran. I was willing to buy Anthony’s drink, since mine was terrible. The bartender didn’t charge me for his drink, or my sprite. I was happy about that.
We made our way downstairs, and stood by the bar. Anthony went to go close his tab. I talked to Ray. I said, “I can’t believe how dead this place is. He said, “Yeah, it only caters to a certain kind of gay community.” I said, “Oh, really?” He said, “Yeah, this is a twinkie and daddy bar.” I said, “Oh, I didn’t know, but I could kind of tell by looking around.” He said, “Yea for instance, the Blue Moon caters to hipsters, and bears (bigger gay men), and outcasts.” I nodded my head. If I would have known this was going to be dead, then I wouldn’t have suggested it, I felt bad.
After we left 5801, I said “never again.” They all laughed. I drove us to the Blue Moon. Anthony was already feeling all the alcohol and was saying some really funny things. It was hard to concentrate on the road, I was laughing so hard. When we arrived at the Blue Moon, I parked in the parking lot, and Anthony helped me buckle my shoe. The Blue Moon was packed, wall-to-wall with people. I couldn’t believe it. It was karaoke night. I wasn’t sure if I was really feeling this place either. It was just an off night.
At one point, two straight girls were at the microphone singing, “In the Air Tonight” the karaoke announcer said, “Are all the straight bars closed tonight? Oh my God!” It was hilarious. We all laughed. Anthony had another 2 double vodkas and cranberry. Ray had PBR. I stuck to water. My mind was just somewhere else tonight.
At around 12:30am, we left the bar and decided to call it a night. Anthony saw someone that he used to hook up with, and I shattered my phone screen. The night just had to end. Before we left, Anthony peed behind the dumpster. When he got back in the car, he said, “A stranger complimented my penis.” We all laughed. Ray asked, “Why he didn’t get his number?” He said, “Because Ray, that is not how our love story should start out. What am I going to tell our children.” I drove off towards Moon township. I dropped Ray off first as his apartment, then I dropped Anthony off. We were going to have to try this again, another time.
When I got home, Drew was still awake. He greeted me at the door, I kissed him, and walked inside. I took my shoes off, and we went upstairs.I showed him my phone and how it was shattered. I changed into some comfy clothes. I told him how it was just an off night. I didn’t have fun at all. I did laugh a lot though. He was sorry that I didn’t have a good night, but was happy that I was home safe.


I know there is some significance to this date for a couple reasons. The first is it is national weed day. Everyone smokes weed on this day, and gets high. The second is that it is Hitler’s birthday.  I did not plan on getting high today, or celebrating Hitler’s birthday, but I just wanted to acknowledge it.
Work went slow today. Nothing on the menu, I did e-mail my tutor the corrections I made on my paper. She was going to look it over during the weekend and get back to me with her comments. Then I would make mine and then she would look at it one more time on Monday. It is due Monday. I am ready to get it over with.
When we finally got back to Moon, we stopped at the store and got some snacks and a pizza for dinner tonight. I have no energy to cook on Fridays and he doesn’t either. When we got home, he put the pizza in the oven and I got a shower. Then I got into some comfy clothes and put a load of wash in the washer. I wanted to get a head start on the laundry.
After I put the clothes in the washer, I went upstairs to the living room, we ate pizza and watched the first half of the penguins game. We were losing by the end of the 1st period, so we turned on The Office.   After a few episodes, it was time to call it a night. we had a long day tomorrow.


Today is Friday, I am so excited. I love Fridays! This morning, I woke up and still no monthly visitor. I got a shower and got dressed.  It was cold today and we were expecting snow off on throughout the day. We did get some other night, so I dressed in long underwear, because planned on taking the bus. Then Drew gets out of the shower and asks me if I just want to drive in today? Since we didn’t get too much snow over night. I said, “Okay, I will have to change.” I put on some jeans and a sweater. It makes a difference. No need really to wear long underwear, if we are going to drive in.
When we left the house, we drive my car, which is the newer one to Oakland. It was an easy drive on the way in, nothing major happened, no traffic jams. When we got to Oakland, we walked to the cathedral. Drew said, he wasn’t going to get coffee, he was going to just make some with the k-cups. I said, “Okay, I am going to get some hot coffee downstairs before I go to my building.” He then remembered that he forgot to pack a hard boiled egg, so he wanted to at least get a breakfast sandwich. I thought about a bagel too.
When we arrived to the coffee shop, I got my hot coffee with a shot of espresso, and a blueberry bagel. Drew just got a breakfast sandwich. Then we kissed and went our separate ways. On my way to Posvar, I called my mom for our usual morning talk. She didn’t answer. I felt like it as a long walk to Posvar. It was so cold out. I am ready for spring and much warmer weather.
When I got to my building, I toasted my bagel, opened the department, and tried to call my mom again. She picked up and said, she will call me when she backs out of the driveway, so I hung around and waited for her to call me. I sat down and started eating my bagel and then I got the call. I told her about my rough night last night, my hormones, and about the cupcake pancakes. She wishes it wasn’t so rough on me emotionally, but she knows I have had a tough time with my periods. Well my visitor came, when I was on the phone with my mom, so it is back to normal now for another month.
When I got off the phone with her, I started my day. Hopefully today won’t be long and it will be an easy day. It already is nice and relaxing, so we will see. I have plans to meet with Nicolette for lunch. I haven’t seen her in so long. I am excited! I met Nicolette outside of my office. We decided to go to Panera. She wanted a bread bowl.
When we arrived at Panera, the line wasn’t too bad. It usually is for lunch. She ordered a bread bowl and I ordered a bowl of broccoli and cheese soup. I really wasn’t too hungry. We sat down at a table, and started updating each other on our lives, since last time we hung out. It has been so long. We went to lunch to celebrate the end of our 6 month provisional period. Wynn was with us that day too.
After lunch, we walked back to our offices. We couldn’t wait for the day to be over with, and get the weekend started. Nicollette and I walked into the Sociology department. Wynn and Nancy were talking outside Nancy’s office. We all stood around talked with each other. Then Linda came around the bend and saw us standing around she said, “Oh my God. I know nothing is getting done.” We all laughed and Nancy said, “these two just came back from lunch, Danielle and Nicollette. Wynn came down to tell me how her training went.” Nancy always sticks up for us. I went back into my office and tried to look busy the rest of the day.
When it wast time to leave, I walked to the cathedral to meet Drew. He and I drove home together. We stopped at the store, I had to get a shower card for Lisa and we had to pick up a few things to get us through until Sunday, when he was going to grocery shop. We got home, and I got a shower and Drew ordered pizza. It seems to be our usual Friday ritual. I changed into some pjs and went downstairs. We watched the Office, until pizza arrived. It was a nice relaxing evening. Pizza, beer, and the office. It was a long week and it was finally over!


Today, we drove in this morning. Work went by really slow. I was so ready for the weekend. I just wanted to go home and relax. I was a little busy today doing some prepping and house keeping stuff. I will do more next week. I just wanted to ease back into it.
After work, Drew and I called Armstrong’s and picked up some dinner. We didn’t want to cook and didn’t really feel up to going out. I don’t think we would have had a good time. Drew dropped me off at home and then he went to get the food. I got a shower and got some pajamas on. It was the weekend.
After Drew came home, we ate dinner and then watched All in the Family until it was time to go to bed.

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.