6/20/18

This morning, I said goodbye to Drew and drove to the park n ride by my parents, parked, locked my car, and walked to the bus stop. I waited for a G2 to come along. Once I got on the bus, it was so packed, standing room only. I stood and held on to a pole on the way to Downtown Pittsburgh. It was a short ride.
Once I got off the bus, I walked to the bus stop in Downtown to catch a 61 or a 71 to Oakland. I almost forgot how fun it is to ride the bus. I was able to catch a 61, which will take me straight to Posvar pretty much on Forbes. I stopped at Starbucks, once I arrived into Oakland. I got a venti skinny caramel macchiato. I haven’t had one in a while.
Then I walked to my building, I called to my mom on my way to my building. They said, the were taking it easy until their show at 6pm today. They are going to see a Beach Boys show. Ehh, I am not one for shows, unless it is Phantom of the Opera. I would like to see the Gloria Estefan show, “On Your Feet.” I prefer ballets. I like the classics.
Once I got to my office, I sat down and started to do some tasks, and kept an eye on e-mail requests. It was going to be another slow day. I updated enrollments, and prepped for the schedulers meeting. I still have some more to do, but I don’t want to do it all at once.
At lunch, I talked to Wynn and Nicollete. I told them about the dog sitter drama and what happened, and how we had to fire her. Wynn said, “Let me guess who is going to take care of him. The only one, who will take the absolute best care of them…” she laughed. I said, “yes, I am the only one.” I laughed too. I am a control freak. It’s okay with me.
At around 4:15pm, a work study  came down to cover the front desk. I reminded her to please pull the big door with the code on it shut at the end of the day, when she leaves. Everything else was good. She laughed and couldn’t remember if that one got locked, or not. I was grateful to leave at 4:30pm today.
Once I got on the bus out of Oakland, it didn’t take too long to get into town, but it was packed up and raining off and on. It was so humid out too. I was excited to get home to my dogs. When I arrived down town, I walked to the bus stop and waited for a G2 to arrive. It took forever, which is rare for a G2. Traffic out of town must be backed up so badly.
The bus arrived around 5:30pm. I got on and it was so packed. I sat down on one of the side seats, across from someone. I listened to music and texted Drew on the way home. It took awhile to get up to the bridge. I hate when the bus is packed and traffic is backed up. It always happens, when it rains or snows. Once we were on the bus way, the bus flew. Before I knew it, we arrived at my stop. I walked to my car and drove to my parents. I was so excited to see the dogs.
When I got to my parents, I parked, got out of the car, and walked up the walkway to the back door. I unlocked the door, and expected the dogs to be right there at the door going crazy. They must have been sleeping. They were a bit delayed with their greeting. They looked sluggish, but excited! They ran to me, and came outside on the back porch with me. I bent down and pet them. I told them I was sorry, and that i am here with them now. We ran in the grass, and even though it was wet. They ran to me, and I bent down and pet them some more. I wasn’t sure if they had to go to the bathroom or not. They didn’t seem like they needed to, and the grass was too wet for them.  I would try again later.
When we got back inside, I got their dinner ready. I set it down in front of them and waited until they were finished. Louie at everything, as always. Paris not so much she didn’t finish. I was surprised. I took her bowl and put a plate over it, maybe Alyssa will get her to eat tomorrow. I put their food away and set up my Amazon Fire Stick in the living room television. It took me awhile to figure it out. My parents have a Samsung TV, and the HDMI inputs are on a separate box, that comes with the television. They are not behind the television.
After a while, I laid down on the floor and looked at the home screen of the Amazon Fire Stick and smiled in my glory of not needing a man and doing it myself, just then Louie came over and licked me. I always need my Louie boy! I entered the WIFI password for my parents, and then that was it, there it was. I was able to watch the handmaid’s tale. I was so excited.
I went into the kitchen and made some waffles for dinner and grabbed a glass of milk. I guess this was my only option. I ate dinner on a television tray in the living room and started the new episode of the handmaid’s tale. I paused it to clean up and grab a beer. Then I came back in the living room, laid on the couch with my dogs, drank a Corona Light and watched the rest of the episode. Some parts of the show were so sad, but the show is so good.
After the show, I got up and let the dogs out. Louie went, but Paris did not. I went upstairs and got a shower, changed into comfortable sleeping clothes, and turned on Teen Mom 2. I have to catch up. This show is the same anymore, but I hope Leah and Jeremy get back together. I only care about certain story lines; Leah’s, Jenelle’s , and Kail’s, that’s it. Chelsea is cute, but her life is normal and I don’t watch this show for normalcy. After Teen Mom, I couldn’t find anything to watch and it was 9:30pm, time for bed. I couldn’t wait to snuggle the pups.

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1 Hour to go

This morning, we arrived to Oakland and stopped at Starbucks. I got my usual, iced caramel macchiato with quad espresso. Drew got his usual, a red eye (iced coffee with espresso). When we left Starbucks, we kissed and wished each other a good day. He is going to pick me up at 11am, then we are going to head home, grab our suitcases, load up my dad’s car, and then my dad is going to drive us to the airport. I am so excited. I took the David Lawrence bridge to my building. I called my mom and we talked, while I was on my way to my office. I told her I had a melt down last night because I couldn’t find my black Coach sunglasses. I love those sunglasses. I bought them back in 2013 at Costco! They were probably last season, but that is okay. 🙂 Well I found them in my book bag, just laying there. I screamed when I found them.  I was so happy! After I got off the phone with my mom, I got online, and tried to pass the time. I am over it. I am ready to go! I cant wait for Drew to pick me up, so we can head to the airport.

At one point, Nancy went into the kitchen around 10:30am, to heat up her pierogi casserole, that she made for the staff picnic today. I actually forgot about it, but I have a plane to catch! I was in the kitchen chatting with her, then Drew texted me and told me that he was outside on Bouquet street. I was so excited! I hung up a little sign on my door, that said, “On vacation until June 1st, if you need to reach Dan please send him an e-mail” (Dan is the Professor, I share office space with, well the entrance into his office, is through my office.) I said, goodbye to Nancy and I was out the door. I was ready to go!
When we arrived back to our house, my dad was in the parking lot waiting for us to get home. I knew he would be early. I wondered for a minute how long he had been sitting there, waiting. We greeted him and we all went inside the house, and we packed the last minute stuff. Drew got a call from Parliament. They needed to push back our tour to a different time, due to some issue. He explained that he also booked the noon tea. He said, that they could push that back to 3:45pm, if we agreed to this new time. We agreed. I knew something was off that day, but I can’t remember what. I knew that we had tickets to see something else that day, and it closed really early. I have been struggling to keep up with the itinerary for this trip, so much to back in within 8 days! I am up for the challenge.
When we got the car loaded up, we drove to the airport. My dad was so excited for us and jealous that we were going to Europe. I bet he wishes he could go. When he dropped us off at curbside, we tried checking our luggage in and they said, “Oh well since it is an international flight, you have to go inside, and get your boarding passes and your passports scanned.” I said, “Okay.” We wheeled our suitcases inside and up to the American Airlines counter. We scanned our passports, got our boarding passes, and, checked in our luggage. Then we were on our way to airside. We had plans to see Dylan. He is a waiter at Penn Brewery. We were going to have lunch there before our plane takes off. They are supposed to feed us on the plane, but not sure what time, or if it will be any good.
When we arrived at Penn Brewery, I saw the back of Dylan’s head and yelled, “Dylan Murtha!” He turned around and laughed. He said, “Hey girl!” He sat us at a booth. He took our drink orders. He recommended a beer for me. I am a miller lite girl. I forget the name of the beer I had, but I had two. I couldn’t finish the second one. I asked him what I should get to eat? I gave him the options “Steak salad, or chicken sandwich.” He said, “Steak salad.” I said, “Wait is it real ranch, or that nasty ranch?” He laughs because he knew exactly what I was talking about. Nothing is worse that mayo type ranch. I like real ranch, when restaurants make it themselves, or hidden valley.
After we ate Dylan took a picture of me and Drew.33313911_10156431325354712_1801776009448521728_n We goodbye to Dylan and then went to our gate where our flight was boarding. We had a flight to Philly, then an hour layover before another flight to England! The flight to Philly was short and sweet. The flight attendant made it so peaceful. When we were about to take off she said, “Sit back, close your eyes, and think of someone you love.” I did just that, I sat back and looked over at Drew and we smiled at each other. He held my hand as we went into the air. I do love him. He is the someone that I love. 🙂
When we arrived in Philly, we went to our gate first, and then to get coffee at Dunkin. Philly airport is a mad house. People everywhere. We were also on the international side of the Airport. So many different languages and cultures. I have never been on this side of an airport before. I took a selfie, out of boredom anxiousness.
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When we boarded the plane, I had to pee from all the iced coffee. After we got situated and in the air, I used the bathroom on the plane. Ugh, that is an experience all in it’s own. When I got back to my seat, I tried to find something to watch on the monitor in front of me.  All the guy next to me wanted to do was complain about how his leg rest won’t go back and he won’t be comfortable on the flight. I put my head phones on, and so did Drew. Drew watched  Black Panther. I struggled to find something to watch. I am so picky. I found this series called the Miniaturist.  If you are into period dramas, then you will love this show. Only three episodes were uploaded into the monitor, but I was so hooked.
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At one point dinner arrived, It was either a chicken dish, or a tomato pasta with feta cheese. I picked the tomato pasta with feta cheese. I wasn’t sure about airline chicken. I did try the vegetarian thing there for awhile, and I had to eat meet at Maci’s birthday party. It as either eat meat, or don’t eat. The tomato pasta was so good, and they served dinner rolls, and then there was a little dessert with it. I had two vodka and tonics. They were so yummy. This is my new favorite drink.
After I finished two episodes of the miniaturist. I tried to sleep, but I couldn’t get comfy. The seats really don’t go back that far, and my neck was so stiff. I knew I wasn’t going to well rested, but the adrenaline would kick in and I would be fine.
At one point, I turned on the GPS where it shows the flight map. I watched the flight path, and it was amazing that we flew over the Atlantic. I thought about the Titanic. I thought about how scary it is to be just flying over open water, so crazy. I looked over to the left side of the plane, and you could see total darkness, but if you look at the east side of the plane, you could see the sun starting to come up, we = would be landing in England soon and it was about to be a new day.

 

 

Farewell Dinner

This morning we had a chiro appointment. It has been a little while since I was there last. I was busy with grad school and work. I know I needed this appointment. He adjusted my neck, my back, and my left hip. After our adjustment, we made an appointment for the Saturday that we return from England. We are going to need adjusted after the trip.   On our way home, we stopped at Starbucks. I called and they added up my rewards, and I had two free drinks to cash in. I got an iced caramel macchiato and Drew got an Iced coffee with a shot of espresso. All of the sudden, we heard the brakes of a car skidding and then heard a crash. We looked out the window and car had collided with another car.  I told Drew perhaps he should go outside and see if they need help directing traffic until cops arrive. He agreed and went outside to check on the people involved. No one was hurt, but the airbags did deploy. Thankfully an ambulance was not too far down the road.
When Drew came inside, we grabbed our coffees and got in the car. We wanted to get on the way before they shut down the road. We went back home and I got in my car and went to my 11:30am nail appointment in Crafton. I was going to get a gel manicure before we went on our trip.
When I arrived to the nail salon, they took me right away. Anna filled me on the gossip at the salon and did a great job on my nails. After I left, the nail salon I went to my parents and hung out with them. There was no point in me going back to Moon, then back out to Crafton again.
So I went to 4pm mass with my mom and dad. They like it when we go to church together as a family. I wish Drew arrived in time to go, but he was at the gym. At church, my dad likes to get there really early and get a parking space. My mom doesn’t like to get there a half hour early, and I don’t blame her, but I find it cute that my dad is that excited about church.
After church, we went home I helped my mom get dinner ready. I requested my favorite dish. Meatball stroganoff over rice. I helped her with the meatballs. Then Drew arrived. I was happy to see him. It felt like old times; him arriving to my house to see me at my parents. We kissed, and then he grabbed a beer, and went into the living room with my dad.
After we ate dinner, I cuddled with my dogs and visited with my parents, then it was time to go. We wanted to have the rest of the evening together. We stopped at Walmart for some last minute things for our trip, then it was home to watch the Office and Riverdale.
When we got home, we snuggled and watched Riverdale. I fell asleep during it, and then my period finally came! I was cramping and it was awesome! I am so glad it is here, then I can get it out of the way before we go to England!

Wednesday

This morning, still no period. Okay, what is the hold up? I am significantly less bloated, but still sore. I wish I could have just stayed in bed. I am going to barre class tonight without fail. I got a shower, got dressed, straightened my hair, and then went downstairs to make coffee.
When we were on the way to work, a thought crossed my mind. Did I unplug my hair straightener? I can’t remember if I did or not. I asked Drew, and he said, he wasn’t sure. Typically he checks,  because I always seem to need to check and see. Ugh, it was plaguing me and still kind of is.
When we arrived to Oakland, he went to his building, and I went to Starbucks. I needed a fancy drink. I got a hot caramel macchiato. I texted Drew about stopping for coffee after the gym tonight. We are out at home. He didn’t respond back to me yet. I am not sure if I should stop on my way home from barre or not. Oh well.
After I got my coffee, I talked to my mom on the phone, about Rachael and the headlines. She felt so terrible for her and feels the same way Drew and I do. She thinks there is definitely more to the story, as well. When I arrived to my office, I started working on some requests. I am hoping for an easy day. I read articles about Rachel. More details are being released about that night she was killed. I can’t imagine what her family is going through.  Here I am worried about a late period. Things like this, put life into perspective.
After work today, traffic was so backed up. I was going to be late for barre, so we just decided to stay in and order pizza. We watched the Handmaid’s tale, while we ate dinner. It was probably not the best decision. There were a lot of graphic scenes. I kept telling Drew look away. For a woman, it’s not that gross it is reality sometimes, but for a man it is gross to see. It is such a great show though!

Barre

This morning, I woke up refreshed and ready to go. We were on our way to the car and I said, “That is the smell of the promise of a new day!” He said, “Get in the car.” We both laughed. Somehow, some way I became a morning person and I am not sure why. I don’t mind mornings. It is weird. I never was this way as a kid, or even in high school. I was always moody in the mornings, when I was younger.

When we arrived in Oakland, we stopped at Starbucks. I ordered a venti, iced caramel macchiato with an extra shot of espresso. Then I said, “And whatever this Ray of Sunshine wants.” She smiled and took down Drew’s order, and wrote on the cup his name and the words, “Ray of Sunshine.” I laughed. I told Drew what was on the cup and he laughed. I was hoping they would call it out, “Andrew Ray of Sunshine”, but they didn’t.

Today, Nancy is back! I am so happy to see her. She looks like she doesn’t want to be here. She says she is tired from the weekend and having two days off. I bet she is ready to just hang out and do whatever. Nothing too really exciting is going on today.

After work, I met up with Drew and we drove home. It was a bit of a long drive home. There was some traffic. After we got home, I got changed, kissed Drew goodbye, and went to the gym.

When I arrived to the gym, it was dead for the most part. I got on a treadmill and did five minutes of cardio before class. I like to get a little in, before I start barre. When I was finished, I cleaned the machine and then walked into the basketball court area, where the class was being held. I grabbed a chair, a mat, weights, and stretchy band. There were only 2 other people in the class. I liked it that way. I set up in the middle of the floor.

Next to me, there was an 8 year old girl, who was going to take the class for the first time. She thought it was going to be ballet, so she started doing little twirls up on the balls of her feet. I felt bad. She was also deaf and a little slow. I was hoping the instructor would be nice to her and go easy on her, but at the same time I wanted to be sore the next day have a good class. Is that wrong of me?

When class got underway, we started our piles and leg work like always. The Chris, the instructor kept correcting the little girl. I felt so bad. We did the typical leg lifts with the chair, some arm work with the band. It seemed as soon as the little girl figured out what to do, we were on to the next exercise. It was hard for her to keep up. Of course we did some ab work on the mats.

While we were laying down on the mats, I glanced over at the little girl and she smiled at me and gave me a thumbs up. I was touched. She looked to me to mimic my positions. She was trying so hard to keep up. I told her that I was sleepy in sign language. She said, she was too. I do not know much ASL, but this little girl inspired me to learn.

After the class was over, we were putting our stuff back, and cleaning our mats. The little girl approached me and gave me a high five. I high fived her and said, we did it. She smiled, and gave me a thumbs up. She asked me how old I was. She signed me her age. I signed her my age. She was shocked. It was cute. She was cute.

When I was getting ready to leave the gym, her mom was sitting on a chair waiting for her daughter. I said, she is so cute. Her mom was a little deaf too, but she seemed to be able to hear bits and pieces. She said, Thank you with her voice and in sign language. The little girl was trying to get my attention, so I looked back at her. She said, “Goodnight” to me in sign language. I looked at her mom. Her mom taught me how to sign goodnight. I hand so many things in my hands; my phone, keys, ear buds, and water. I tried to sign using what hand motions I could with how much I had in my hands. She smiled and gave me thumbs up. I said, Goodbye to Chris and then I was on my way home.

When I arrived home, I packed up to go to my parents, and then I got a shower. It is so much to pack up to go over there for a few days.  I put all my stuff by the stairs. I got a text from Drew’s mom asking we could pick up Aunt Tootsie and bring her over to his parents for dinner on Sunday? I said, I would ask Drew when he got home from the gym. I told her that I am just meeting him at your place, because my mom and I are getting pedicures in the morning before heading over.

After I sent the text, I called Drew and asked him if he would be okay with picking up Aunt Tootsie and taking her to his parents on Sunday? He said, yea no problem. I said, Steve and Maryann may pick her up, but they haven’t confirmed if they are  coming to dinner yet or not. He said, not a problem. I texted Drew’s mom and told her that I just spoke with Drew and he said, he can pick her up, if need be. She said, thank you. I thought to myself damn he is way more easy going than I am.

Manicure

This morning I woke up around 9:30am. I had a manicure appointment in Crafton with Leanne. She asked if I wanted to come at 11:00am instead. It won’t take her long to finish up, her one customer. I got showered, got dressed, and texted Anthony back and forth about last night.
On my way to Crafton, I stopped at Starbucks and got an iced coffee with cream, shot of espresso, and whole wheat bagel with fat free cream cheese. I drove to Crafton, and then stopped at Dunkin Donuts for Leanne. She wanted a medium thin mint iced coffee with cream and sugar. I try to treat her every so often.
When I arrived to the nail salon, everyone was there. I set Leanne’s coffee down at her desk. I went back to the back and toasted my bagel. Nikki was there and she talked to me about how she went to Seven recently, and it was sort of fun, but it was weird crowd, and how it isn’t the same anymore. I told her about my night last night and how it just was an off night. Nikki and I used to go out all the time, and we had off nights here and there too.
After I was finished with my bagel, Leanne started on my nails. I had taken off my acrylics, so I just needed a manicure to make the nails stronger again. She didn’t seem all that upset. I told her that Drew and I spent so much money on attractions for our England and France trip. We probably spent close to a $1,000. I didn’t ask him for certain yet what the amount was, but I bet it was close.
After my manicure, I went tanning. I set the bed for 20 mins. I already had a base from when I went on Thursday. I fell asleep in the bed. When I woke up, I had two minutes left in the bed. I just figured I would get up and get dressed. I was ready to head home. When I got dressed, I cleaned the bed. Leanne said she would be in touch about my next appointment. I am shooting for the 19th of May. I want to get a mani before England. I was already getting a pedicure next Sunday for Mother’s Day with my mom.
When I arrived home, Drew was home vacuuming and cleaning the house up a bit. I set my stuff down and kissed him. I went upstairs and got a shower since I went tanning. I changed into grey pants and Pittsburgh Penguins shirt. We were playing tonight. I wanted to show some team spirit.
That evening, we went to South Hills Village mall. I had a 6:00pm appointment at the Apple store with a genius. I needed to get my screen replaced. It was completely shattered from last night. When I arrived, they got me checked in and then took my phone. They said, that I could come back around 7:25 to pick it up, painless. We went to Red Robin the mall, and I had a cheeseburger and fries (I haven’t really been a vegetarian lately). I also had two tall glasses of Coors Light. I was so relaxed. We watched the start of the Penguins game. At a commercial, we cashed out and went back to the Apple Store to pick up my phone. It was ready! It looked like a brand new phone. They encouraged me to get a case for it. I agreed. The cases I like tend to break easily. I don’t have much luck.
We decided to stop at the Verizon store, and pick out a case. There was no one in there. It was empty! They had only 3 people working. The guy who wanted on us, showed us where the cases are located and he said, “Of course we have the Kate Spade case. I said, “Perfect.” I picked out the one I wanted and it was Kate Spade. It has pink glitter on it and a grey stripe, “Sold.” The guy at the Apple store said, my Apple Care expires in October and we are unable to renew it. Typically people just upgrade by then. We asked Verizon if we were eligible to upgrade soon and he said, yes, we have 5 more payments on IPhone 7. Then we can upgrade, so I will be due for one in October. Typically Apple releases a new phone every September. Drew and I are thinking of Upgrading for a Christmas present. The holidays will be limited due to trying to catch up on our finances after England.
When we got home, I got changed and then laid down on the couch with Drew and we watched the rest of the Penguin’s game.  I fell asleep here and there throughout the game. I was tired. After the game, I got up and went upstairs to go to bed. I was having second thoughts about barre in the morning.

Rough Day

Today is a rough one and it is only going to get tougher. Drew and I only got three hours of sleep last night. There was a scuffle across the street from our house. The police were called and about 5 of them showed up and an ambulance. There were loud noises. People shouting. It woke us up.
After that calmed down it was about 1am and we heard some more shouting and screaming. Drew called the cops and they came and checked out where we lived and the surrounding areas. We couldn’t quite pinpoint where the screaming was coming from, because it sounds like it is next door, but it was a street away. The cops didn’t find anyone, or hear anything.
So we tired to go back to sleep. We went to sleep and woke up again at 3am to the same scream and same noise. I said to Drew let someone else call the cops this time. Hopefully this will stop. Well it finally did, but we only got three hours of sleep, if that.
When it was time to get up and go to work, I was so tired. I didn’t want to move. We didn’t say anything to each other on the way to the bus stop, and then once we got on the bus we weren’t able to sit with each other. I had so much stuff. It was annoying. I love it when we drive in.
When we arrived to Oakland, we got Starbucks to start our day, kissed each other goodbye, and went to our buildings to start the day. It was a Monday and I didn’t really have the energy after the drama last night. I texted my cop friend. He said he would read the report for me and let us know what happened, but I haven’t heard anything yet.  I wish i didn’t have to go to class today. I am so annoyed and hormonal. I wish this darn period would start and I hope this week goes by fast. I have a few tasks to get done, but nothing too major. Better days a head right?