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.”

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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.
For dinner, we had ribs, beans, potato salad, chips, and dip. Of course I filled up too much on the snacks before dinner. I didn’t really eat. I didn’t like the ribs, but I had one or two. I just wasn’t feeling it.
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.

Name Dropping

This morning, Linda walked into my office and said, you have been requested. I said, “I have been requested?” she said, “You have by Jacob Bacharch.” I said, “Oh?” She said, “Well Paula’s mom passed away and he asked if you would go over to Music this afternoon and watch the desk, while everyone attends the funeral.” I said, “Yes, I can do that if it is okay with you?” She said, “it is okay with me. I will let you know if that is what is going to happen.” He just said, “that you know the Music Department since you have worked there before.” I was flattered Jacob asked for me. He knows me!

After I spoke with Linda, I called Drew who took a personal day. I told him the news and he was happy for me and glad that Jacob knew he could count on me. I felt the same way.
Throughout the morning, I was wondering if I am going to get to go over to Music or not. Well it turns out that they didn’t need me to cover. They had someone in the building who could cover while the others went to the funeral. I was bummed, but still it is good news to be known.

At one point, I called Paula and offered her my condolences. I felt so bad for her. Her daughter answered the phone and I gave her my sympathies, she was so nice. She said she would let her mom know that I called, what a crazy day!

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 know I shouldn’t be flirting but I was curious. It wasn’t like we had sex or kissed. It was just conversation. I didn’t even remember his name. 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.
When I arrived to the corner, he was going to wait for the bus and I was going to walk to my building. He was like well I will see you around then. I said, “Yea, see you around.” I walked away towards my building. I turned to look back at him. I know I shouldn’t have, but I did. He was watching me. I smiled and so did he. I turned my head and kept walking. I kept saying don’t turn around, but I did.
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 Pam the woman that I interviewed with at Theatre Arts, and who didn’t offer me the position, because she didn’t like me. I went up and said hi to her. I want to be the bigger person. She was surprised to see me I think. I saw Pat from Heinz Chapel. She and I talked for a bit. I saw Amy Janocha, she gave me a hug and was glad to see me. I also talked to Jacob Bacharach, who I met on my interview at Theatre arts. He welcomed me into the Department and was glad to have me. 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.

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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.

Olivia & Izzy’s Birthday

Around 2:45pm, we arrived at Olivia and Izzy’s Birthday Party. The party was being held at my cousin Amanda’s house. We have been there once before. Last time we were there the backyard was torn up, and they were installing a french drain. The backyard is a back yard again. They had a bouncy house for the children. It was cool. It is nice to see my family all under one roof again and tolerating each other. It warms my heart a little.

At one point it started to rain, so everyone came inside. The house was crawling with children it was like daycare. There were snacks, veggies, and dip. Dinner was chicken nuggets for the kids, a chicken dish, and veggies for adults.

I love seeing my little cousins. I snap chatted with Olivia who is obsessed with the puppy dog face. It was cute. The children all wanted me to Snapchat with them and put the filters on for them. It made them happy. After the party was over, we went home and just relaxed and watched Entourage in the quiet of our house.

1-Month Review

This morning, I had my 1-month review with Linda. I was so nervous. I knew it was going to be okay, because I am still learning, and etc. I was anxious to see what all she was going to say.
When it was time for my review, I walked into her office, took a seat, and shut the door. She said, “Well you have been here for 1-month now..” I nodded my head and said, “yes, I have.” She said, “How is it going?” I said, “I feel like it is going well. I am finding that everyone is really welcoming, ready to help me, and etc.” She said, “Good. Well I haven’t heard anything bad about you. When I asked Phyllis, and Nancy they said you were getting along well, and doing a great job.” I said, “That is great news.”
Then she said, “Yes it is. I believe you are going to go far here at Pitt. You remind me of myself 20-30 years ago, so fresh and new, but I had to learn how to control my bubbly personality.” I nodded my head and smiled. I knew what she was saying. It is nothing I haven’t heard before. I have a bubbly personality, and it can sometimes come off too much, and it is often times borderline unprofessional. I am working on it, but it takes time and practice. I am not just saying that because I am not in a rush to fix it. I am saying this because it is how I have always been and never had to fix it, or had a chance to work on it professionally, but now is my chance and it is something I am working on.
After the review, when I got up to leave she said, “thank you for working hard and doing a good job.” I smiled and said, “You are welcome.” I left that review on such a high. I had to get ready to go to lunch with Frank. I was running a bit behind.
When I finally got to the Porch to meet Frank, I was still on a happy trip from my review. We ordered our food, and sat in a booth. I always get the grilled cheese and all he eats are chicken Cesar salads. We talked about Paula, Ora, the Jazz Seminar, and how he feels about the position since he has been in it now for almost a year. I can’t believe it has been a year since I was at the Music Department. Damn where did the time go?
When we left the Porch, we promised to make this a monthly thing. I think it is good to get together and give him an outlet to speak freely and clearly about all that he is going through. I doubt he will go to Paula for anything, so I am keeping communication open. There are some parts of me that miss Music and there are other parts of me that are so happy that I am gone, and I can meet up with Paula whenever outside of working together. Overall, it was a good day.

Myers Briggs

Earlier in the week, I had to take an online Myers Briggs test. I had taken the test when I was a teenager in high school. I think it is a very cool test.  Once we finished the test, we had to schedule a meeting with a woman in the Dean’s office to go over our results. I sort of already knew what I was. I knew that I was an “E.” I was curious to see whether or not the other acronyms were going to change.
At the meeting, Nicolette was there as well. She and I are were the two new hires for the department, and we are becoming really good friends. It is nice to have a friend at work. The entire time during the meeting we were anxiously awaiting our results.  We had to hear  about the history of the Myers Briggs and go over the background, etc.
Finally, we were able to get our results. I am ENFJ; Extroverted, Intuition, Feeling, and Judging. I am not surprised. I think this may be what I was back in high school. She said, Myers Briggs results typically don’t change over time.
Another cool thing, is that since I am extroverted, I receive my energy from other people around me. I thrive on the energy people give off, no surprise there.  Intuition, I tend to trust interrelationships and theories. I have always been told that I am a very intuitive person. Feeling, I tend to make decisions considering the person’s values. I do try to consider how the other person may feel. However, sometimes when I speak it is like a knee jerk reaction. I just say WHATEVER I am feeling; good, bad, or indifferent. Judging, I love this one. I tend to be organized, orderly, and make decisions quickly. Yes! Nicolette and I had to laugh, because we thought “Judging” meant like one judges people quickly. Well I do that too, but this was a different type of judging. I do make decisions quickly. I am pretty quick to jump the gun. However, I do love to judge people and people watch, so I guess for me it goes both ways.
At the end of the meeting, we had to schedule another session to discuss how we can effectively work well, considering our types. I was looking forward to that meeting. When we left the meeting, we wandered around the Cathedral. We both were allowed to go home after, so we wandered up to the 36th floor to check out the view. I have never been up there before. Nicollette is from Ohio, so I know she hasn’t seen the view. It was cool to show her the different buildings that we could see up there. She took some pictures, then we took the elevator down. I got off at the 7th floor to see Drew. I planned on bothering him until it was time to go home.
When I arrived at his cube, I told him about the Myers Briggs test. He knew my results were so spot on. He is an I, but he is still sociable, so he does border a bit, but I am more of an “E” than he is. It is hilarious how accurate my results are.

My Thoughts on Charlottesville, VA

When I first heard about what happened in Charlottesville, VA. It made me sick. I am so sick of the media. I am sick of the whining in this country, the bullshit. The cry rooms. I am sick of people thinking they need to be coddled, so I made a Facebook status. I never really like to post anything on Facebook that has to do with politics, because I am a Republican; the few and the proud. Also, I just don’t want to get into it with anyone, because it never does any good, but I did post something. I said something to the effect that I am saddened by what happened in Charlottesville, VA. The statue should have stayed. I am a nationalist that is for Historical Preservation. I stand by America and the history of our country, the good, the bad, the ugly. I put an American flag emoji and peace sign.
Throughout the evening, Andrew and I monitored the coverage on Fox News, and on CNN. Sometimes it is interesting to see what the other side is saying, but the media is terrible on both sides. Basically, if you are a nationalist then it’s a bad thing, and that makes you a white supremacist. Not true at all. They are not the same thing. The media wants the fight to ensure and continue on and on between both sides.

However, the way I understand the protest is this; the announcement was made to the public in Charlottesville that the statue of Robert E Lee would be taken down on such and such a date. Okay, so the people, who are not for this came together to protest. Now not all these people were not the Ult-Right People or white supremacists. They were Americans exercising their First Amendment rights. However, when you make something widely known, like a planned protest, and you open it up to the public be prepared for the extremists to start wanting to be involved in an extreme way. Now I am not saying don’t protest because then the extremists will get wind and do extreme things. I am saying that if you are planning to protest then be prepared for all that comes with it.

On the topic of the statue, yes Robert E Lee was a southerner who fought to keep the southern ideals alive, and one of them was slavery. Now slavery in any form is wrong. I am not condoning slavery. Slavery is part of history, not just here, but in the United Kingdom, as well. We can go all the way back to the Egyptians and tombs. Slaves built the pyramids, but yet they still stand? We cannot erase history no matter how painful it is.

The Holocaust was a terrible event that occurred, but yet we still have a museum dedicated to the Holocaust and it is a call to action and a symbol of what can happen if we let hate consume our minds. You can’t just go shutting down museums like the Holocaust museum, and tearing down statues, just because they make YOU feel uncomfortable. I am sorry but don’t look at them, and if they make YOU feel uncomfortable, then move, don’t look at them, or strive to become better than the man on the statue, or the man and men behind the Holocaust.

America has such a long way to go. We are a country of whiners, and cry, babies. It is sad. We used to be so badass, now we are a joke to so many people. As a nation, we need to wake up. We are going to rot from the inside out. How can we become a better nation? If we can’t keep it together in our states?

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.

Dentist

This morning I had a dentist appointment, and I was so glad that I got to sleep in a little bit longer. The past couple of nights I have been sleeping with my Fitbit on and setting the silent alarm. It will vibrate until I wake up. I love it. I like it so much better than the alarm on my phone. I think it is a nicer way to wake up, instead of just a crazy alarm sound.

After I got a shower and got dressed. I packed up my stuff and grabbed some pizza out of the fridge. I was a little apprehensive about my Dentist appointment this morning, and then having to go to work after. I was hoping maybe the day would fly by. When I left the house, I called my mom and talked to her for a bit.

When I arrived at the Dentist, I was 10 mins early. I put on a little make up, once I parked the car, then I walked inside. After about 5 mins, they called me back. I sat in the chair, and she put a bib on me. Then I told her about my enamel and how it chipped a little. It is somewhat noticeable and perhaps they could put some bonding on, like my other dentist used to do. He would do without question. She said, that I would have to make another appointment for that. I miss the old dentist so much. He never submitted it, he just did it. I guess we were like family to him.

After my cleaning, the Dentist came in and he checked my mouth and told me that everything looks good and that he could put some bonding in there during my next appointment. He also wanted me to schedule a consult for MTM to see if I am a candidate for that. MTM is a cheaper solution to 6-month smiles. I thought about 6-month smiles, but it is so much money, and I just feel like braces are not an option for me. My teeth are somewhat straight. I just have a little crowding in the front on the bottom. I think this Dentist wishes I could lay a golden egg for him.

After my appointment, I went to Peace Love and Little Donuts. I bought 3 donuts; Flintstones, chocolate chip one, and a razzle-dazzle. I knew Drew would probably want the Chocolate Chip one, but he wanted the Pitt Panther. I guess the only Pitt Panther they knew about was a cake donut with blue and gold sprinkles. I thought it was something to do with chocolate, so I knew Drew probably wouldn’t want it (I ended up getting the wrong one. He wanted the sprinkles, which was surprising.) I also purchased a caramel latte with fat-free milk. I haven’t had my coffee yet.

Once I got to the bus stop in Robinson, I ate my razzle-dazzle donut and then asked Drew when the next bus was coming, because the app never works for me. He says that one just drove by while I was on my way, and it might be better to drive in, so I went back to the car and got gas in Greentree. He said, if we are on the way home and get stuck in traffic, it might be cutting it pretty close on only a quarter tank. I texted Phyllis and told her I was driving in.
After I got on the parkway, I was bumper to bumper before the tunnels, but smooth sailing to Oakland. I parked in Sennott Square and then walked into my building. Drew was going to come to my building to get the donut that I got for him at lunchtime. Phyllis saw my box of donuts and I asked if she wanted one. She said, “Yea who wouldn’t pass up donuts?!” I said, “True.” I grabbed the box and showed her the two that I had in there. She picked the chocolate one. I knew it!

When I got back to my office, I told Drew. He said, he was okay it didn’t matter. I said I figured since she let me go to the appointment and I was kind of late getting back here. He understood. I am glad he is so chill. When he came by, I gave him the donut and then we talked for a bit. I introduced him to Linda. It was nice.

When he left, I was hoping the day would fly by. I heated up my pizza and ate it, now I am not sure what is going on. I am ready for the day to be over. It is not all that eventful around here yet. I am ready to go home. Tonight, we are going to the cafe with his parents for the Preseason Steelers’ Game. I am so excited to just drink some beer and chill.