Jim’s Cookout

This morning, we took our time getting ready. I made buffalo chicken dip again for Jim’s cookout today. After we got ready, we went to Kirklands first in Robinson Town Center. They had so many cute things for Fall. We bought a set of Halloween mugs that say, “Mr. Handsome Devil and Mrs. Wicked Witch.” I loved them. I blame his cousin Melissa for my love of Kirklands. We also saw this orange Pumpkin that had a white H on it. I said, we have to have this. I have been looking for this for our wedding. We have to get married again! We both laughed.

After Kirklands, we went to Bath and Body in the Town Center and looked for some fall soaps. They didn’t really have that big of a selection, so we bought two room refreshers. They are plug-ins both are houses. One is a fall house and  the other is a haunted house. they are so cute. Drew picked them out. He has good taste. We picked a few different scents, then we left.

When we got back home, we brought our purchases in and got ready to go to Jim’s. When we arrived at Jim’s, the party began, but I really wasn’t in the mood to be there. I was so tired from the long week. I just wanted to be home and on the couch.

After dinner, we played whiffel ball. I think we won the game. I am not sure I can’t remember, that was fun. Of course we played cornhole too. I suck at cornhole, but I try. We stayed until 9:30, then it was time to go home and go to bed. We were tired.

Sociology Grad Student Orientation

The day was finally upon us. I was hoping that I had all my stuff together. Yesterday, at 3pm, I realized that I forgot to give the Pizza place a day’s notice about lunch for today. I called them yesterday placed the order and it should be here by 12pm today we will see.

Around 9:30am, I went into the conference with Melanie to help her set up for today. I took the binders with me. For a minute there, we thought that no one was coming. I did take the holds off of two accounts, so perhaps maybe I should have done that, but they came to see me early, proactively and they already had their binders. I thought they weren’t coming.

Finally, they all showed up, except for Natalia. Natalia was due in tomorrow, but that is okay when she came to see me, I would lift her hold and give her, her binder. All will be well. After Melanie, went over the binder, and the role she plays along with everyone else’s role. We were able to go into the conference room. I went to set up the conference room while Melanie was talking. I was worried the pizza wasn’t going to get here on time. At around 12:15pm, I got a phone call from the Pizza place and they were having trouble finding out office. I had to go outside and guide him up. It was annoying.

Everyone was excited when I walked into the conference room with the pizza. I set down the pizza and opened the boxes.  Everyone started grabbing slices left and right. I opened the salads and set the bread sticks on a plate. When everyone else got settled, I got a couple slices and sat down. We all went around the room and introduced ourselves and the various types of faculty and their studies. It was nice.

After the pizza lunch, we had part two of the orientation, Chris from the library was coming in to talk to us about what the library had to offer by means of research. It was very informative. Around 3pm, I had to go to People Soft Financials training. I was hoping this was going to be how to use People Soft, not the financial part. When I finally found the conference room, and walked in they were just about to get started. However, I noticed a familiar face. It was the guy from Heinz Chapel that I met in the rain. The one that was telling me about the patients from Western Psych. He must have been hired on, in the position he was temping for. He looked at me, but wasn’t sure if he recognized me. You know that look like this person might be familiar, but I am not sure.

Well when the training got underway, it was about the financial side of Peoplesoft. I thought to myself, what? I don’t need access to this. I don’t deal with fiances, weird. What am I doing here? The first part wrapped up and then there was going to be second part, but he looked at the confused attendees and asked, “How many of you don’t think you need access to this?” I raised my hand and so did a few other people, including the man that I met in the rain. He said, “Alright well you can go if you want, but you have the packet that tells you how to do it, if you by chance do need it.”

So I left. I walked out into the hallway and so did the man from the rain. He turned to me and asked me if I was the girl who worked at Heinz Chapel? I said, “Yes, we met in the rain, congrats!” He said, “Thank you, but it’s not the position that I temped for.” I said, “Oh?” He said, “Yeah, it’s different, but sort of in the same department.” I said, “Very cool.” He said, “I knew you were that cute girl that I saw in the rain.” I smiled and said, “thank you.” I will admit I was flattered.  I did hear him say his name in training. He congratulated me on my job and he asked how it was going. I told him it was going well there is so much to learn. I am just glad to be full-time at Pitt. He agreed.

That evening, I went to the Dietrich Arts and Science’s Happy Hour on the roof top of the UClub. I sat with Gene, Jessica, Andrew from IT, and another IT guy. I saw Pat from Heinz Chapel. She and I talked for a bit. I saw Amy she gave me a hug and was glad to see me. I also talked to Jacob, who I met on my interview at Theatre arts.  I was so happy he knows who I am. Nancy eventually joined the Happy Hour. I stayed for awhile after she arrived, but I was ready to get home. It was such a long day.

Staff Picnic & Thoughts of Grad School

This morning, I had a meeting with Erica in the School of Education. They are housed in the same building as Sociology. I just had to find their offices. Once, I walked into the office I told them who I was here to see, and took a seat. Erica came into the lobby and greeted me. We went back to her office, and I took a seat. She said, “So tell me a little bit about your background.” I told her about how I went to RMU for my bachelors in English, and I have my BA.  I told her about the temp pool at Pitt and where I am now. I also told her what I was interested in studying, Higher Education Management.

Additionally, she told me that she was in the same program and that she loves it. She said, she is finishing up soon, but the first semester is a bit dry, but once you get through your first semester, then you will do fine. I thought that was good to hear that she was being honest. She gave me some pointers and told me that in order for me to be considered for January of next year. I would have to get my application in by November 1st. She gave me a print out of the courses I could take. I was excited and nervous at the same time.

When I left the meeting and got back to my office, I put the papers in a file folder and put them in my bag.  I didn’t want to say too much to anyone, because I don’t want to put the cart before the horse, but I was excited and so was Drew. I started the application online. I had no clue what I wanted to say in my Career Statement.  I had to think about it.

Around 11:30am, I heated up my buffalo chicken dip and went outside where the picnic was going to be held. I put my dip on the table along with the chips that I brought, and helped the ladies decorate the tables.

When everyone arrived and the picnic got under way, Linda gave a speech, then we went and got food. I sat a table with Patty, Nicolette, Denise, Jessica, and Wynn. After we ate, Linda made another speech and gave Nicolette and I plastic pink flamingos that we could put our drinks in. It was so nice of Linda.
Then, we all went on a hunt to find solar eclipse glasses. The Hilman library had them, but wasn’t giving them out until 2pm. We went back to the office after trying everywhere, and then when it was time for the eclipse to happen, Nancy and I went up to Political Science, because Nancy M had glasses. We could see it from the conference room window with the glasses. It was alright, but nothing noteworthy and exciting.

Hair Apt

This morning I had a 10am hair appointment, but I was moving so slow. I couldn’t wait to get my hair done, but I had no energy. When I got to the salon, I was right behind Leanne. She and I talked for a bit before Kim started on my hair. She asked if we were doing the same thing, and I said, yes please, I loved it. My roots are a little darker at the top, but everything else is light blonde. It is like an ombre, but not really.

While I was in the chair, I couldn’t stop thinking about the conversation last night at dinner, about how my father-in-law wanted to celebrate Aunt Tootsie’s 90th birthday on October 28th? I said, Oh well that is the same day as my birthday party here. He said, “it is Aunt Tootsie’s 90th.” I said, “Yeah, which we just found out about. I have been planning my birthday for at least 6 months. It is to coincide with the Cafe’s Halloween party.” Why do I even talk? No one seems to listen when I say things. He said, If her family can’t come up to see her, maybe Uncle Steve and I can buy her a plane ticket, and you can take her to Florida with you.” I said, “oh well the whole point of us going to Florida over Christmas is to get away as a couple. We actually were talking about nixing the idea of Florida, since we are probably going to Europe next year and going skiing.” He just gave us a look.  I love Aunt Tootsie, but there is no way I am taking Aunt Tootsie on our trip to Florida if that is what we decide to do. We haven’t even made definite plans yet. I was just so annoyed and so pissed off. Like, who does he think he is? You cannot tell us what to do on our trip.
As I was getting my hair colored, I texted his mom and told her how I felt about the conversation last night, and she said, “You know how dad gets when is tired, and if you just see if her family can come up, then that will be enough. We want you to do the nice vacations you planned alone, while you still can before kids come.” I knew she would be understanding, and that is how she truly felt, and I know she has a way of communicating with Tom.
While I was waiting for the color to take on my hair, I talked to Lynn and Leanne. Lynn is Leanne’s mom. She invited Drew and me to Jedi’s first Birthday party. It is sometime in September, on a Sunday. She is making a bunch of food on the grill at her and Joe’s place. I was glad she invited us, but I am not sure if I even want to go. I am not too crazy about Taylor. I just don’t see why we were invited, we aren’t close with them, but it was nice to be invited.
After my hair was washed, trimmed, and styled, I paid Kim and then left. I couldn’t wait to get out of there. I met my parents’ at Eat n Park in Robinson for brunch. I had the biggest cup of coffee. They stopped serving lattes, but they still had the latte mugs, so I got a big cup of coffee, an omelet, two pieces of Italian bread toast, and hash browns. It was so yummy. I ate every bite.
After breakfast, I drove my mom to the dog groomers to meet my dad in Moon. I couldn’t wait to see my puppies. They look so good after they get groomed. I miss them so much. Louie let me hold him for a while, he isn’t too crazy about being held, by anyone. My parents left to go back home, and I went back home to Drew.
When I walked in the door, he loved my hair and was glad to see me. We talked about the chiropractor and the gym. He had a relaxing morning. We cleaned the house and did some laundry. We planned to go to the pool tomorrow, so we wanted to get everything done today. We cleaned the basement a bit and went through some things that we could get rid of. It was a productive day. We were able to finish the laundry, and the house was finally clean again.
In the afternoon, we went grocery shopping, then came home and cooked dinner. I made stuffed peppers again, with salad and tomato caprese. While we ate dinner, we watched Fox News’ Coverage on what was happening in Charlottesville, Va.

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 15 mins early. I hesitated to go 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 niece. 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.
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 sat 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.

Sushi Date Night

After we picked up my car in Crafton, we went home and got ready to go to dinner. We wanted to go out to eat, but just weren’t sure were. We decided on sushi. There is this little place in Sewickley, called Slippery Mermaid. We took my mom there last mother’s day, and we have been there once before on a date, and it is so good!
When we got home, I got freshened up and put a dress on and some heels. I wanted to feel like a lady. He changed his clothes as well, and then we were out the door. The wait was about 45-mins, so we stood at the bar in hopes that someone would leave and we could just eat at the bar. It was so nice to get out and go on a date together. I feel like it is been awhile, since we did this.
Right before we went to order our second drink, the hostess called our name and our table was ready! When we were seated, I set my purse on the table and went to the rest room. I came back to the table, and Drew was talking to the couple at the table behind us, and I turned to see who he was talking to and it was a kid I went to grade school with. He was there with his wife, mother-in-law, and baby. I said, Hi to Kevin. It has been a long time since I saw him. I introduced myself to his wife, and said hi to his mother-in-law. His son Carter, who I think is 2. He is adorable. He came right up to me and sat on my lap. I love little kids, but I also like when I can give them back. We all talked for awhile, then when they left we ordered another drink, and some edamame beans to start.
When we placed our sushi order, we decided to split three rolls. Then as we started eating the sushi, we realized we could probably do one more roll. We got another roll and split it. We weren’t disgustingly full, but definitely satisfied, that is the thing about sushi. I feel like if we had one more roll, we would have been disgustingly full.

Pitt Police Active Killer Training

This morning from 9am-1pm, I attended a Pitt Police training for how to survive in the situation of an Active Killer. It used to be titled, Active Shooter, but they changed the title to Active Killer. A person with knives, guns, bombs, and IEDS is considered an active killer. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Prior to the training, we had to sign waivers, so we wouldn’t sue the university if we were injured. I was reading through the material, and it had some crazy stuff in it, like all the things we couldn’t do or wear, etc.

Walking into training this morning, a group of us were going; me, Nicolette, Phyllis, and Lindsay. The training was held in Sennott Square. We started out in a conference room. Sgt, Debrosky led the PowerPoint presentation. He discussed what exactly is an active shooter, and the history of shootings in America, that involved an active shooter, or shooters. Columbine was discussed, same with Virginia Tech, as well as Pulse Night Club, etc.

At the end of the presentation, we were able to learn some self defense tactics.  They cleared the space on the floor, and they showed us how to stand in a fighting stance, how to jab, get down low using our hips, and use our elbows. Lastly, they taught us to grab the punching bag and knee kick three times. The entire time we had to stay verbal. It will help with tactical breathing. So every time we jabbed we had to say one, two. Then when we got down low, one, two. Lastly, back up to grab the bag at the top, and shout one, two and knee the bag. They told us to do it slow and robotically, it will be important, if we ever are in a situation to stay focused and calm.

After we learned to fight, they told us how to disarm the gun man, as he enters the room from the side, so say he enters the room, you will be standing by the door way, hidden from view, until you see the mussel of the gun. Then you grab the gun with your hands, making sure your left hand is on the gun, and your right hand is up and out over the shooters arm, grabbing your left wrist, engage your shoulder into the gun man’s arm, and use your hips to push against him, this will make him drop his arm that is shooting the gun, and shoot the ground. While one person is doing this, the other is to attack the gun man using jabs, or elbow shots. Whatever it takes to get the man to let go of the gun. If you were to get a hold of the gun, you have to make the choice to shoot him, or keep beating him so he stays down. If you decide to shoot, you shoot him, and then toss the gun, and keep your hands up, so the police know you are not the active shooter.

After we learned how to disarm the gun man, we broke into groups and the officer explained the last part of the session. The last part of the session would be to use what we have learned, and be in a stimulated environment where there is actual gun shots. It is a cap gun, but the smell would be real and so would the sound. He said that we didn’t have to participate in this session, if we didn’t want to then we would have to wait by the elevators. I was so pumped and nervous. Since the training was taking place in the Dean’s office, we decided to go to the conference room. We didn’t want to take away from their experience, so everyone from Posvar went into the conference room. We are all sitting around the table, waiting for this to start. No one is giving us any ideas as to when the gun fire will actually start, so we are trying to talk about anything we can, and whatever we can. Officer Scott goes into the bathroom to change, and then he starts walking down the hall. Nicollete and I were the first to see him. She gets up and shuts the door. I said, “wait we aren’t supposed to know it is him.” I open the door. When I opened the door, he walked into where the offices were and said, “Where is the boss?” Then he starts shooting. I shut the door again, and we barricaded the door. and shut the lights off. We stood behind one, another. The entire time we could hear the gun fire going off, and it was definitely an unnerving experience. Hearing that noise, and trying to think about how the people of columbine must have felt, and or Virginia Tech. It is very saddening and scary.

After what seemed like 10 minutes, the officer said, “Session Cold”, which meant we could leave the room. We flipped on the lights, put the chairs back and opened the door. We went back into the office, and it had this smell of gun powder. We all discussed how we felt hearing the gun fire, and we all talked about what he was wearing, and we all had different stories about what he was wearing. It was interesting how one person’s view point is different, than the other and then that concluded the training. I was so glad we went. Officer Scott came back to Posvar with us, and he went to our offices, and gave us tips on what to do, if something were to happen, and how to keep our office safe.

When he checked out my office, he noticed that I had an entry to Dan’s office. He said, to barricade my door, and then go into Dan’s office, and lock the door, barricade that one and I should be good. He also said, it would probably take awhile for us to find you, but you would definitely survive. I was glad to hear that.

After the officer left, I thanked him for the training session and then I went to Panera to get soup and cookie. I was so hungry. I am so glad I went to that training and I learned a little bit of self defense. I hope I never have to use it. When I was on my way to Panera, I called my mom and told her about the training. She wants me to show her what I learned. I definitely want to pass it on. I am now interested in self defense!

When I got back to my office, I ate my lunch and then went to go see Drew. I gave him the rest of my cookie, and showed him my moves. He laughed so hard. He isn’t used to me fighting and taking jabs and knowing self defense. I told him about the training and then I left. I needed to get back. I didn’t tell the girls where I was going, so I couldn’t be gone long.

When I got back to the office, I didn’t get anything done today. Maybe tomorrow? I am glad tomorrow is Friday, that training really took up all my day. It was so worth it. After work today, I have to go drop my car off at Dan’s Auto body. His new shop is located in South park, Drew is following me there and taking me home after. Hopefully the inspection won’t cost too much. I am ready for the weekend. Thank God tomorrow is Friday.

I dedicate this post to all who lives were taken by active shooters. My thoughts are with you. I cannot imagine what you went through and how scared you were. Yes, we only participated in simulation, but you have all been through the real thing, and it must have been horrifying. I can’t imagine it. I tried to put myself in your shoes today and spare a thought for you, as I heard the bullets. I will fight for you. If I have to ever use these skills, I promise to fight for you.