So, I’m back from my trip to the North and I’m incredibly tired. I feel like a zombie – my body’s roaming the halls of GSK but my brain is trapped in a paradise of sleep and pillows.
The first stop of our northern adventure was Morgantown. Kristen, Dave, Shel and I went out to dinner and then we spent the rest of the evening at Kristen’s apartment making fun of her obnoxiously arrogant roommate (so mature, huh??) and goofing around w/ my birthday present. I’m sure you’d love to know what my birthday present is, wouldn’t ya? I’ll leave it at this: my lovely best friend and I give each other dirty gifts for our birthdays. Honestly, I don’t know how the tradition started, but it’s been going on for three years and there’s no end in sight. Jeff joined us for breakfast at Shoney’s and then we headed off to Pittsburgh. Before leaving Morgantown I cried, of course. It’s this teeny tiny little town nestled into the mountains of West Virginia but I absolutely love it.
We arrived in Pittsburgh and I was finally able to give my parents the photo album I made for them. It took me nine months, but their reaction made it worth every hour I spent working on the thing! All five members of my family ate dinner together that night (Shel was there, too) – we had crab legs, King’s corn, jambalaya, fresh bread, etc… it was awesome. Jason wasn’t able to stay past dinner and that, too, made me cry. I was all weepy the whole weekend!
Sunday was the Steelers game and although we lost, I had a great time. Shel got to see what I meat when I said that Steelers football is a religion in Pittsburgh. Words don’t adequately express what it’s like to be there. It’s pure black and gold craziness. After the game we had homemade pizza w/ my parents and grandpap, then my dad left for Philadelphia. We then visited my Aunt Sandy and Uncle Nick so that Shel could be slowly introduced to my large Croatian family. We had fun and my uncle made some kick-ass pretzels! After that I went to Eat N’ Park w/ Matthew and came home and crashed.
My mom woke me up on Sunday morning to say goodbye, which made me cry. I went back to sleep for a few more minutes then forced Shel to get out of bed, which is no easy task. When I left my house, I cried again! (Told you I was weepy…) We stopped in Morgantown again – cause it’s on the way – and had lunch w/ Kristen. Dave was having some intestinal issues and couldn’t join us. Lunch took forever to get to us and as a result we got 50% off of the bill and some coupons for free sandwiches. The coupons went to Kristen because Shel and I don’t live in Morgantown.
The drive north took around 7 hours, but felt like two. The drive south took 6 hours (should have taken 5 because we went to Davie County), but felt like it took 60. It was terrible!! I felt like I was never going to get out of that freaking car!!!
Shel’s mom made us a nice dinner and then I got another birthday present!! She got me a really pretty canister set for my kitchen. It’s very exciting to have multiple rooms to decorate and furnish – hehe. We got up at 6 this morning and hauled back to Raleigh. Shel dropped me off at work, and that’s where I’m currently sitting and will stay sitting until 4:30.
I keep threatening to go to bed at 7:00, but I know I won’t. Instead I’ll bum around my apartment until I can no longer keep my squinty little eyes open, then I’ll go to sleep.
Countdown to my birthday: 15 days