Tricia’s Baby Shower

This morning I got up around 8:00am. Drew was going to make me breakfast, before I left to go to the shower. I still had to stop and get tissue paper. I was slow moving, getting ready for the shower. I was happy for Tricia, but I just wanted to chill all day.
When I arrived at the venue, it was out in Beaver County like New Brighton, PA. I didn’t think it was that far of a drive, from where we live. I arrived like 15 mins early. I hesitated going in, so early but I wanted to get a good seat and chit chat with Tricia.
When I walked in, I gave her a big hug and asked to touch her belly. She looks so cute. You can’t even tell she is pregnant from behind, but when she turns around she is all belly.  I put my gifts on the table, and said Hi to her sister, and I got hold Frankie. Frankie is Tricia’s neice. She is 1, so adorable and still so chunky. She was fascinated by the beads on my necklace, and kept putting them in her mouth. I didn’t care.
Lunch was so good. It was a chicken or steak salad. They went around and asked us what dressing we wanted on our salad. I almost ate the whole thing. Tricia sat next to me, and on the other side of me was Ben’s Grandma. Across from Tricia and I was Ben’s mom. I was glad Tricia sat next to me. I really didn’t know too many people there. Some people looked familiar from her wedding and her bridal shower.
As Tricia opened the gifts, I was helping to organize them. As I watched her open her gifts, I couldn’t help but wonder was I next? Was I next to have a baby, and a baby shower? Tricia and Ben got married two months before we did. Her shower was before mine, and I won a prize at the shower, but am I next? I have mixed feelings good and bad. I feel as though I would be ready, but it’s a huge step in life to have children. I just want everything to line up, just so. I am looking forward to it though.
After I left the baby shower, I went to meet Drew at Grandma’s. I hadn’t seen her since Stephanie and Mike’s wedding. She was so happy to have Drew there. I know we need to see her more. We hung out with her for a bit, and caught up on our gossip. Then, we went back to our house. We did some laundry, and then went grocery shopping. I had to figure out what we were going to make for dinner. I was still pretty full from lunch. We decided on stuffed peppers.
When we got home, I started making the stuffed peppers, preheated the oven, and then made tomato caprese with a spinach salad. We were going to eat so well tonight. That evening, we just relaxed and watched some television until it was time to go to bed.

Gym Day

Today, when we woke up it didn’t look like a pool day. However the sun was shining through a bit, but it wasn’t enough. I made bacon for breakfast and we had coffee. We cleaned up a little, then got ready to go to the gym. I didn’t want to lose the day. We still had to go grocery shopping.

Once we got to the gym, we went our separate ways. I was on the elliptical talking to Clay, and he approached us and said hi to Clay and me. Then he went on the stair machine. When I finished the elliptical, I did the treadmill for 30 minutes, then did the strength training machines. Clay chatted with me while did the machines, and adjusted my seat for me if I needed it. I planned to meet Andrew in the lobby ten minutes after 2pm.

After I finished the ab machine, I felt like a I got a really good workout in. I was proud of myself. I met Drew in the lobby. When we went outside, it was muggy from the rain that just ended. We got in the car and went home.

While I was in the shower, Drew asked me if I wanted to still invite Anthony to the cookout. He said, I didn’t mean what I said last night about not wanting to hang out with him anymore. He can still come over baby. I said, awww that is very nice of you. I  will tell him it is still on and he is more than welcome to come over. He said sounds good baby.

When I got out of the shower, I texted Anthony and told him it was still on and to see him around 4pm if he still wanted to come over. He said, “Definitely I am at my mom’s right now doing laundry, but I will see you at 4pm. Drew got a shower than we went grocery shopping.

When we got back from grocery shopping, I got the groceries put away and cleaned the downstairs bathroom. It was so dirty. Then Anthony arrived, and Drew heated up the grill. Anthony sat at the kitchen table, and we chatted while I was getting things ready. While Drew was cooking, I made cupcakes. I figured we could sing Happy Birthday to him, since we never did. 😦

When dinner was ready, we had hamburger, hot dogs, corn on the cob, chips and dip. It was so yummy. Then, we sang Happy Birthday to Drew. I didn’t have any birthday candles, so I used a match, but the match went out. I tried again, and it still went out, so I just lit a lighter, and we sang to him. This was so hilarious and we documented it on Facebook Live. This was the comic relief that I needed.

After dinner, we went into the living room and watched the movie 47 meters down. Mandy Moore starred in it as the lead. I knew she was going to make it alive. She was the planned one, and the apprehensive one. Her and her friend are on a vacation to Mexico, and they decide to go scuba diving with some guys they met. Well things don’t go as planned, and they end up in a cage under water being attacked by sharks. It wasn’t too bad. I enjoyed it. Definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. After the movie, Anthony left and we cleaned up and went to bed.

Pool Day

This morning, we woke up and made breakfast. I started the coffee and the bacon, but he took over. He likes to make breakfast, but he was happy I got it started. I watched Jamestown while he made breakfast. I was almost finished with the show.

After we ate breakfast, I cleaned up, and we got ready to go to the pool. We wanted to get there around 11:30am, that is when it opens, and we are always the one standing in line, waiting for it open. I decided to wear my green and black bikini, something different.

Once inside the pool, they weren’t really all that busy, but we figured they would get busy soon. We got our spot. Drew went to go get a bottle water for us, and I laid out our towels, and sat down. I started applying the sun screen, and then Drew arrived. We got lathered up, and then I stepped into the water, and laid out, by the shallow end. I call it sauteing.

When the bell would ring, and the waves would start, I would sit up some, and tie my top. I am not a fan of tan lines, or after I would tie my top. I would go back to the towel and reapply my lotion and check on my Husband. Sometimes I would lay on my stomach, so I can get some sun on my back.

After the waves were over, I would go back into the water. When we first arrived, Drew and I went swimming in the deep end together. I don’t call it swimming. I call it trying to survive and save my life. I am not a good swimmer. Drew was there to rescue me, and help me.  He is a great swimmer. We swam for a wave session, then once the waves were over, we went back to laying out.

When we left the pool, it was about 1:40pm. We decided it was probably time to go. We had a couple hours of sun, and I had a nice color to me so far. We wanted to get our grocery shopping done for the week. We also weren’t sure what to cook for dinner, but we remembered his parents saying something about having Sunday dinner at their place. Ken and Cheryl would be there, and they invited some other friends of Dad’s over. We decided to see if we were still invited.

When we got in the car, Drew turned on his phone, and there was a text from mom saying that dinner would be at 5pm, if we changed our minds. We told her we would be there, and wanted to know if there was anything we could bring. Dad said just to bring 4 little acid cigars. We went to the grocery store and did our grocery shopping. We had to pick up the ingredients for Buffalo Chicken Dip. We were going to make that for the cook out on Tuesday.

After the grocery store, we went home and unloaded the groceries, and got ready to go to his parents house. I wanted to wear this white little sun dress to show off my tan and some flip flops, very chill and summery. Drew needed to stop for gas, so we stopped at GetGo. After he pumps his gas, we go inside and get some ice tea. When we get to the check out counter, we put our teas on the counter. The guy tells us the total. he looks at me and says, “Nice Dress.” I smiled and said, “Thank you.” I look up at Drew. he doesn’t look back at me, so I look at the guy. Then the guy said, “Just wondering, do you both like Horror Movies?” We both said, “Yes we do.” He asked, “What is your favorite series?” We both said, “Halloween.” He said, “Yes Michael Myers is good, but I am a Friday the 13th fan myself.” I said, “Yes, Jason Vorhees. Camp Crystal Lake.” He said, “I am just wondering, because I am getting ready to make my own horror movie.” I was thoroughly crepped out. Now if you know me, you will know that it doesn’t take too much to shock me, scare me, or surprise me. I have a pretty open mind, but today and in this moment, I was officially scared.

When we were on our way out the door, only one door was working. The other door was locked. I knew that coming in, but I was in such a hurry to get out of there, I kind of stumbled into the locked door, before quickly pushing open the working door. Drew was laughing at me. I turned to look at him once we got outside. I said, “What the hell was that? ” We both were a little crepped out by that guy.

Once we got to his parents, we told his mom and dad the story. They laughed. Eventually Ken and Cheryl showed up and then we all sat outside, and talked about everything Poltics, LGBQT community, the word today, history, and the like. Then we all decided to go inside and eat dinner.

As we were eating dinner, another couple shows up. Dad’s friend Larry and his wife. They joined our table, but different really eat. They seemed a bit different. They had 5 children and they home schooled all of them. I find that to be very selfish. I never knew anyone who was home schooled, but talk about wanting your kids to stay in the confines of their home, and never being allowed to experience things that other kids experienced. It is actually pretty sad. I liked Ken and Cheryl better they are more down to earth.

When we got home, while I finished watching the Jamestown series, I painted my nails.  I borrowed some nail polish from my mother-in-law and painted my nails and my toes. I wanted to do white and red for the 4th, but I couldn’t get the red bottle open, so my nails are white, and so are my toes. The color is called a Pearl of Wisdom from the OPI Infinity Shine collection. I like this polish. I will have to invest in it sometime. I wanted 4th of July nails. I think this is the closest I am going to get.

When the Jamestown series ended, I thought it was okay. I am glad I watched it, but it wasn’t all that good. I thought some parts were better than others, but the plot line and the characters were a bit a weak.  I was hopeful for more. It had a happy ending, which is nice. Not many historical fiction shows do, but I am ready to start a new series. I will have to find another one to get sucked into.

Sunday Wedding

This morning, I got up and got ready. I had breakfast with Drew, then it was out the door. When I was on my way I noticed 376 was pretty backed up, so I cut through greentree and drove to the west end. Traffic seemed worse. It was bumper to bumper. I texted my friend Geoff, who is a police officer. He said, West End is doing “Open Streets.” I said, “What is that?” he said, “It is where the streets are open to walkers and bikers. It is closed off to cars until about 1 pm.” I whipped around and went back up to 376 and sat in the traffic, until I got to Oakland.
When I finally arrived to the chapel, I was 15 minutes late. Thank God the wedding guests weren’t due in until 1:15pm. I was able to settle in and set everything up in time. Frank asked me if I could explain the aisle runner to the fellas, who were assigned to pull it.
After I pinned on boutineers, I took the gentlemen down the aisle, and explained it the best I could, and then they seemed like they understood it, so right before the wedding got underway, I noticed that the votive for the unity candle wasn’t lit, so I hurried up and lit the votive, as the aisle runner was being pulled up the aisle. I ran back into the ambulatory, and waited for the signal on the organ.
When I finally, saw the signal, I went over to the access door, and lined up the gentlemen. Then when the music changed, I opened the door and let them out. When I heard the minister speak, I went downstairs, and the bride’s room looked good, so I swept it and then went back upstairs. I thought to myself not bad for my first time assisting.
When we opened the door, and led the bridal party down the right side of the aisle for pictures, I told the photographer they are all yours. I cleaned up the ambulatory, and waited for them to be done with pictures, then I blew out the candles, packed ’em up, and put them away. I handed the unity candle to a member of their wedding, so they could take it with them. I helped Frank pick up the aisle runner, and then when everyone was gone, and the ambulatory was locked up,  I could leave.
When I finally got home, we went grocery shopping for the week, then went home and made tacos for dinner. I was so happy to be home. I am so excited to have two weekends off with no weddings!

First Lazy Pool Day of the Summer

This morning we got up and got ready to go to the pool. We got there around 11am. The pool didn’t open until 11:30AM. We stood in line for a half hour, and it was hot. We finally got into the pool, and got our spots. Drew went to go to the bathroom, and I sat on the towel and put on some sunscreen. I was nervous about the sun, but happy to be doing nothing, but laying by the pool for a few hours. I did talk to Drew about what his mom said, and he said, that he supported me in whatever I said, to her and said that there is good and bad in every faith, especially those assholes at Victory Christian and ACA. I felt so special. I was happy that he was by my side.
Drew and I stayed at the pool until 2pm, then we went to the grocery store. We had to pick up somethings for dinner tonight, and for the week. I was so excited to start at Pitt. I had to get salads for lunch, as well. We ran into his parents at the grocery store. They seemed tired, and his dad was the only one that really said hi to us. We figured we weren’t getting any gift certificates today.
When we got home, Drew fired up the grill. I got a shower, and started some laundry. When I was done, I sat outside with him and hung with him while he grilled. We had hamburgers, and half of some steakabobs for dinner. I am so ready for the week ahead. Bring it on Pitt!

Gym Sunday

In the morning, we went to the gym after we slept in for a bit. I talked to my friend Claylene, who helps people with the machines, to show me a few things on the various machines. She gave me a tour of all the machines, and what they do. I was glad I started something different. While, I was finishing up a rep, she had to go someone was having trouble breathing in the other gym, where a Purse Bingo was taking place.

While Clayene went to go see what was happening, I got on the elliptical, then when she came back, we finished up on the machines. Drew came over, and he did some work on one of the arm machines, as well. He didn’t even know they had this particular machine. I love working out together as a couple. It is so fun. Claylene said make him clean the machine. When her and her husband, used to work out together, she would get on the machine, then he would use the machine, and then he would clean it. I thought, no big deal I can clean the machine. I know what she was trying to say, but at the same time Drew and I seem to be different than most married couples. We seem to work together, calmly, but then again we are newlyweds!

After the gym, we went grocery shopping for the week. Then, when we got home, Drew cooked out on the grill. We were so excited for our first steaks on the grill of the season. It was a little nippy in the air, but it was still good grilling weather. I love when he cooks on the grill. I am looking forward to this week and seeing what RMU is going to say.

Tuesday’s with Paris & Louie

This morning, I got up around 7:15am, let the dogs out, then went back to sleep until 7:30am, got up, and then got a shower, got dressed, fed the dogs, and then I was out the door for work. I knew this week was going to be less than ideal for Drew and I. We don’t have dogs, and we don’t have them because we can’t afford the time it takes to put in to them. I was pretty tired when I got home from work yesterday.

After work, I stopped at the store and picked up some ingredients for tacos. I stopped at Shop N Save and it was the same old shop n save. When I got home, i hung out with dogs, and started the tacos closer to when Drew was coming home.

Dinner was yummy and we just hung out all evening. We went to bed early. It is hard to get a decent nights sleep with the dogs.