Saturday-Sunday

On Saturday, Drew asked if it was okay, that he goes to the gym? Of course it was okay, it was his weekend too.  My mom and dad came over and brought an extra pillow over for me to get comfortable on the couch. I couldn’t sleep in bed, I coughed too much and I know it was disturbing for Drew. My parents brought popsicles as well for my throat and two pieces of cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. Drew went to the store after the gym, and got me more gatorade and Kleenex. I was going through so many boxes. I laid on the couch all day. I did some homework for grad school. I was going to wait until Sunday night to submit it.
On Sunday, I was still coughing hard and spitting up phlegm. It seemed like the antibiotic wasn’t working like it should have been. Drew went to MedExpress. He was feeling sick himself. He had a cough. It took him a long time to be seen. There were so many people in front of him. They prescribed him a steroid for his cough and was told to keep an eye on it. He was not in a good mood at all. I couldn’t handle it. I was so sick, laid up all day, and my period started. I had the trifecta. That evening, he helped me lysol the bed and change the sheets. I packed up my book bag, and stuff for work and school. I thought it might be a big mistake to go, but see how I am doing in the morning.

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Wednesday

This morning, I stopped at Starbucks. I need to treat myself. On my way to my building I called my mom. Sometimes a girl just needs her mom. I needed my mom so badly. I told her about yesterday and I had a little cry with her. She talked me through it, and it helped. It really did. I need my mom sometimes. I am not afraid to admit it. As much as we argue sometimes, and sometimes things are intense, but my mom is my mom. I don’t know what I would do without her. She really is such a strong woman. I get my strength from her. Yes, there are things about me that are innate, my own. My mom is truly the best mother a woman could have. She is sweet and she is tense at times, but she owns it. I respect that. It took awhile, but I respect her too. There are times that I don’t, but I stick it out and stand by her. I have failed to stand by her at times, but I just hope she knows how important she is to me, and how much I truly do love her.
After I got off the phone with her, I felt better. I felt ready to take on the day, and I had a good feeling again. I went upstairs to my department, and unlocked the doors, and sat the computer. I began the start of my day. I know nothing will really get accomplished today. One more day to go, before holiday break. We get out at 1pm tomorrow. I am so excited! I can’t wait for this break. Now I am going to get organized and get prepped for things that January may bring, and just take it easy. I deserve it.
Tonight, I think we are just going to hang out instead of going to the gym. Drew has been fighting a cold and I don’t want it to get any worse. I know he needs to rest. Bath Fitter came over and fixed the calking in the tub. I wouldn’t be able to shower, when I got home, or tomorrow morning. Drew was having the worst day, as well. His car was having issues, and was going to need to be towed to South Park, where our auto body is located.
When I got back to Moon township, I stopped at the store and got Drew some soup, tissues, and gatorade. When I arrived home, I got Drew situated, made him some soup, and packed a bag to go to my parents tonight, so I could shower in the morning, and get a good nights sleep, since Drew has been sick, he as been congested at night, and it sort of was keeping me up, but i know it was because he was sick.
When I got to my parents, I relaxed in the living room with my dogs. I was glad to see them. My mom and I watched tv and my dad went to work. He will be retired, on Friday! I am so happy that he will be home with my mom soon. It felt so weird sleeping without Drew.

 

Last Friday of my ’20s

At work today, I had to sit in on the Gen Ed Requirement meeting with the faculty. It is best if I sit in and see how I can assist them. I have a good idea of what the proposal packet consists of, but I am the central person for the answers, to their questions.
The meeting went really well. I have a better understanding and I think the faculty does to of what is required for the proposal packet. I think some just don’t want to do the work. At one point, one the faculty members sugguested that Dan and I type up a framework, so she can put her name to it. I spoke up and said, “my part in this is to make sure that you have all the documents in your packet, then send it up to the Dean’s office. All you need to write up your matrices, learning outcomes, and etc are up on  box.”
Even the professor who was heading this was annoyed by her saying she wanted a framework. There is nothing more to be done, but the work that they need to do. I am glad some of them understand that.
At the end of the meeting, one of the professors approached me and said, that they were glad I stuck up for myself. There was no way I was doing all her writing and her work, just so she can slap her name on it.
After the meeting was over, I went to the Porch and got a grilled cheese and soup, then sat by the  Schenley park fountain. I needed some fresh air and it was nice outside. I talked to my mom for a bit. Drew mentioned it being the last Friday of my 20s and thought maybe we could have some people over tonight. I invited Anthony, Dylan, Leanne, Dan, Maci, and my parents. My parents said they would stop by around 7pm-7:30pm. That is when people are going to arriving.
When we got home, we got ready for people to come over, and I got a shower and changed. He took the garbage down. I was ready to just let loose and play drinking games. Leanne, Dan, and Maci were the first to arrive. I hadn’t seen Maci in so long.
Then my parents arrived, shortly after Anthony and Dylan showed up. We played cards against humanity and drank. It was so fun. My parents didn’t stay long. Leanne and Dan stayed for another round of drinking games then left. Maci was getting so sleepy. I missed her. Anthony and Dylan stayed until  about 1am, then it was time for bed.

Shopping

This morning, I got up got showered, and got ready to go to my parents. Drew was going to go to the gym and he had some work to do on the computer. When I got to Crafton, I got to see my dogs. I missed them so much. We all got in my dad’s car, and we went to Robinson, and did some shopping. We went to Ross and I got two tops there for work, then to Kohl’s and I got two tops, two bottoms, and pair of neutral heels. My mom and dad spoil me.
After Kohl’s, we went to eat lunch at Eat n Park. I really wasn’t all that hungry, but I ate soup and hung out with my parents. I always like when I can see them. I miss them sometimes, other times I am glad I don’t live at home anymore. I really do miss my dogs though.
After Eat n Park, we went back to the house and I cuddled my dogs for a bit before I left. I had to get home and finish the laundry, and Drew planned on grilling for dinner. When I got home, Drew fired up the grill, we went through the mail, and I cleaned and did some laundry. I really need to clean the house top to bottom. Maybe next weekend.

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.

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.

Sunday Dinner at my Parents

Today, I was supposed to go with my dad to church at Saint Simon and Jude, for his confirmation meeting, but it was cancelled, so there goes that. I was kind of glad. My mom was cooking us dinner tonight, so I wasn’t sure what time I was going to head over there. I didn’t feel like going to the gym, but Drew was going to go and sit in the sauna and the steam room. He was still coughing a good bit.

When I left to go to my parents it was about 2pm, and Drew went to the gym. I couldn’t wait to see my Paris and Louie. I cuddled with them until my parents came home from grocery shopping. When my parents came home, we all relaxed until Drew got there. At one point, we went down to the basement, and found 14 year old coors light sitting in this old fridge, I was disgusted. I even opened it and sipped it. I was so bitter. We showed Drew and said, oh wow that is gross. My parents forgot it was even there.

Dinner was yummy. We had chicken casserole, and Drew got to take the rest home for lunch tomorrow. When we came home, we watched some of the Oscars then it was time for him to get ready for another week. I was tired.