Finally Friday

This morning when we arrived in Oakland and, we stopped at Starbucks. I can’t believe I am typing this, but I am sick of Pumpkin Spice Lattes already. I tried something new. I got a venti blonde roast, with a pump of pumpkin, and shot of espresso with room for cream.  Drew’s drink was up first of course. His was simple. He just orders a red eye. Once he got his drink, I told him he didn’t have to wait for me. I kissed him goodbye and wished him a good day.

Once I got my drink, I walked to my building and called my mom and we talked for a bit, but she was walking into work. I called my dad and we talked for a little, once I got in my office, I sat down and went to work. I had a little to do today, but I was hoping for a chill start to my holiday weekend. I am so ready to just relax and do some homework. I don’t have much planned this weekend, but homework. I am ready to go home and get the weekend started.

This evening we are going to Lens Crafters to get his sunglasses, they are in and ready for pick up, and hopefully, we are ordering mine. I am getting blue light lenses, but Coach or Burberry frames is the question?

Tired and Not Feeling it

After work today,  I went with Anthony to the gym.  He didn’t get home until about 7pm. I was dressed for the gym but laying on the couch. I thought seriously about not going. I drove to his house and then parked my car. I got into his car and we drove to the gym.

On the way, we talked about work, my grad classes, the group paper and he gave me some advice, this guy he is talking to, and etc. When we arrived at the gym, we played some basketball for a bit, then went towards the cardio machines. I was just not into it. I was so tired and ready to go home. We waved to Drew, who was in the weight room lifting weights. Then, we hopped onto the elliptical. I typically treadmill it up before I do the elliptical.

While we were on the elliptical, we watched John McCain’s casket arrive at St. Andrew’s base. We watch them transport the casket, into the motorcade. It is so sad for his family. Megan McCain couldn’t stop crying it seemed. Cindy McCain looked stone-faced. I can’t imagine losing my husband or burying my dad. Anthony had me laughing for a bit.

At one point, Drew came over to say hi. He said to me, “I haven’t seen you smile this big, at the gym ever before.” I agree with him. Typically, I am not a happy camper at the gym. It is nice to have Anthony there with me someone to talk and laugh with while working out.

After we finished the elliptical, we did some strength training, then it was time to go. We drove back to his house, and I got into my car and drove home. When I got home, I was happy to see Drew. He could tell that I was just ready for bed. We hung out for a bit, then I went up to get a shower and lay down. We try to go to bed at the same time, but I am usually in bed and asleep before him. Tomorrow was Friday and it was about to be Labor Day weekend!

Leadership Class

When I walked into the classroom, it was the same classroom as the Monday night class. The tables were in pods. I took a seat near the back. On Monday night, I was in a group that was at the front of the class. I don’t like that so much. I much prefer the back of the room.
A few minutes before class, some girls from my class last semester walked in and took a seat at the table with me. I was hoping my friend Julia would be able to sit at the table too, but she ended up sitting at another table. She got there right before class started. The instructor is my adviser. She had a TA with her. I was a little nervous.
Once we got settled in, the professor had us go around the room and give our name, our school, and whether or not we had a leadership class before. It seems as though there were a good number of people, who had some form of leadership style class before and may not need to be in this class in particular.
At one point, one of the girls at my table said, “I thought this class was supposed to be smaller.” The other girl said, “Yea, but I think she opened it up to more people.” I try to listen to chit chatter as much as I can. You learn a lot, by just listening in.
After introductions, which took a half an hour, because it was such a big class, the instructor went over the syllabus and I see that we have a 15-20 page paper due on October 10th. It is a group paper, so it shouldn’t be too bad, but it has to be written in one voice. Hopefully, she will assign groups next class, so we can get a jump on this paper. This class and Politics in Higher Education will be the death of me. I do remember feeling like this last semester, and I ended up doing well, so maybe that is a good sign. I just get so in my head.
Throughout class, we did some activities and assignments in groups. It was so fun. I used to hate those things, but now I enjoy them. I do like a lecture and high tel type style. I like a little of both I suppose.
For next class, which is not until after Labor Day, we have to think about three books off the list that we would be interested in reading with our group. We have to pick one book per group. We have to analyze a leader, and we can’t pick president Trump.  I am ready to start this paper.
After class, I felt drained and exhausted. I met up with Drew and we were on the way home.  We talked about our classes and what he learned in Slovak class, and how class went with me. We talked about the assignments and how stressed I feel already. He is so supportive. Once we got home, I got ready for bed. I about had it for the night. I am going to be so busy this semester.

Before Class

I have some time to kill before class. Sure, I could be working on my summaries that are due on the 10th. I would rather blog instead. I had an okay day today. It wasn’t as insane as it was on Monday. I don’t know what it was like here yesterday, but Nancy held down the fort by herself, and she survived. I was able to get some things done today, that I had been wanting to do for so long.

At lunch around 1pm. I hate my salad in the kitchen. It was too hot to go outside, and eat. I wanted to just stay inside. I am ready for fall and a little colder weather. I didn’t take a full hour. I just went back to my office and got some things done.

Now, I am sitting outside of Einstein’s and a friend spotted me. I might get interrupted, but I will have more after class. I have high hopes for this one, but we will see.

First Internship Meeting

Today, I met with John Locke at 1pm. I was so excited to go back to RMU. I felt as though I was going to get this overwhelming sense of nostalgia. I had 30 mins before my meeting. I went to go visit MC, a professor I had when I was an undergrad. I talked to her about the class that I had last night. She gave me a great way to look at things. I told her how I feel as though I am going to struggle with it. She said, understandable, but a lot of the times we need to remove the lenses that we were born with and put on a new pair and read through those lenses and try to see things from a different perspective. I said I think I am afraid of what I may find. She said, that is okay, but that is how we become educated and better at seeing things in different people. I am so glad I talked to her. I feel better. I also asked her about the assignment that is due on September 10th. I have to summarize chapters 5-8 and say what the theme is in each chapter and summarize the key points of the theme. I said, Why am I struggling over this task? She said you are thinking way too much about it. I said, “probably so..” She laughed. She is going to send me some articles. I am so glad to have her in my circle of friends.

After my meeting with MC, I walked to the Center for Student Success to meet with John Locke. I was so excited! On my way, I took a picture with Bronze Bob. This is my second picture with Bronze Bob. He is a pretty cool guy. I am happy to be an RMU alum.

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When I arrived, he was coming back from a lunch meeting. When he approached me, he hugged me and lead me into his office. He gave me a t-shirt and some Bobby Mo socks. They are so cute.

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Our meeting lasted for 2 hours. I have a better sense of what is expected of me. I have some things to do for him remotely. We are going to communicate via google docs for now. My RMU e-mail will get set up eventually. I am just so blessed to be a Colonial and have made some awesome connections and friends. Being on RMU’s campus made me realize how far I have come and how much I have accomplished. I needed that.

After my meeting with John Locke,  I went to Romo’s and had a Colonial Club. It is now called a Po Colonial. It still tastes the same. However, they serve it to you on a pretzel bun. It tasted so good. This was the only thing I ate all day. I am good for the rest of the night.

When I arrived home, I got a cold shower and sat down to update my blog. I feel so bad for letting this go so long. My life is about to get so crazy, but I am going to try to keep up with this I promise. I have class again tomorrow night, Leadership. I am really excited for this class. I need this day to remind me how I am on the right track and I have done pretty well for myself.

First Day of the Fall Semester

Today, was the first day of the Fall semester. I felt like I was as ready for my second semester as I will ever be. I had my book bag packed, syllabus printed and ready to go. All I had to do was get through the work day first.

At work, Nancy was off. I forgot that she was off today, or maybe she told me and I wasn’t listening that happens too sometimes. It was the first day of the semester. I had so many e-mail requests and syllabi to make copies of. Some students wanting into classes that were full, and etc. It was a bit of a nightmare, but I kept it under control and handled it pretty well.

When it was time for class, I left department at 4:15pm to go up to the classroom. I was going to be in this same room on Wednesday as well. When I walked in, the room was in pods, like grade school. I wasn’t sure about all that, but okay. I sat with Julia, because supposedly we were in the same reading group, so I guess that meant we were at the same table.

Honestly, the excel spreadsheet was pretty confusing. I don’t know how I felt about that, but whatever. I ended up being at the wrong table. Julia was at the wrong table as well. I didn’t know anyone at my discussion table, except this girl from the Dean’s office, that I had to pick up keys from a couple days ago. She recognized me and we talked, other than that I didn’t know a soul at the table.

After we got situated, she let us go around the room. She wanted to know our name, where we are from, and what we did over the summer that was interesting. After introductions, the professor introduced herself. She gave an overview about herself and her background and her interests. She seems intense but in a good way. I think she will be challenging.  I like that. She gives off good energy too.

Honestly, this class will be the reading intensive class 200 pages a class, and it is going to be interesting. I am ready for it I think, but I find myself confused over the assignment for next week. I am thinking too much about it I think. I don’t know. I am sure it will be okay. It is the first day.

After class, we were out by 7:10pm. I couldn’t wait to see Drew. I met him at the cathedral. He was just getting out of his Slovak class. I was wondering what he would say about his class.

When I met him at the cathedral, I felt so much better. I felt more calm about everything. He is my light. He told me about his class, and I told him about mine. He learned the alphabet in Slovak so far so good. I am proud of him.

Eye Appt

This morning Andrew and I had an eye appt. We went to Lens Crafters in the mall. When we arrived they took us back right away. Andrew was first to be examined He wanted to get new sunglasses today.

After Andrew, they took me back into the room and they tested my distance and shot a puff of air in my eye for glaucoma. All went well there. Then they took me back into a second room, where they had me look down into this machine, that was going to take a picture of each of my eyeballs, so crazy. Then they took me into the actual examining room.

When the eye doctor came in, and shook my hand and asked how I was doing. I told him well. I had no complaints about my vision. He said that is great. He brought down the Sweeney Todd looking machine over my eyes. He had me read some letters all the wall and I read the very bottom row of letters perfectly each time. He said, great you have 20/20. Then he tested my vision when I read. I read the very bottom line with both eyes. he said, “perfect.” One thing he did recommend is blue light lenses. I would wear them when I am on the computer or looking at my phone to protect my eyes against the blue light, which can cause cataracts.

After the examination, I approached Andrew. He was looking at sunglasses. I told him how the eye exam went and helped him pick out glasses. The sales woman also talked to us about the blue light lenses for me. I tried on some glasses, and Andrew I think is getting them for me next month.  I picked out Burberry frames. Of course, they are going to cost us 134.00. The frames are what we would pay for, the lenses are covered under our insurance. Andrew bought a pair of Oakleys with polarized prescription lenses.

After the mall, we went home. That afternoon, I went to the mall to get some last minute things, and Drew went to the grocery store. I had to get a couple of things for us for school. We were both back to school on Monday!

My First Country Concert

Yesterday, on my way home, I noticed my friend Stephanie (Drew’s friend Mike’s wife) had posted on Facebook that she was looking for someone to go with her to the Jason Aldean concert. I messaged her and asked her if she had found someone to go with and she said, no not yet.” I asked if I could go, and she said, “of course!” I was so excited! this was my first country concert.

After work on Friday, I left Oakland at 3pm. I had a bag packed with my cowboy boots. I drove to Stephanie and Mike’s. Traffic was a nightmare! When I finally arrived, we had to go to Walmart and get a different flannel shirt for me to wear. The one she bought for me wouldn’t button.

When we left to go to the concert, we sat in traffic on the highway for 2 1/2 hours. So we took photos. So many people were getting out of their car to smoke, drink, walk up the road, and some people event abandoned their cars. It was crazy. I have never seen a concert like this.


At one point, her mom who was driving us said, girls do you want to just get out and walk? We weren’t too far from the venue. She said, we will figure out a meeting point to meet when the concert is done. I felt so bad. I wanted her to be able to go to the concert too.
When we finally got inside the venue, there were some girls throwing up in trash cans, guys peeing on the trees, girls lifting up their dresses and squatting. We got a beer, and a shot. I treated Stephanie because she didn’t let me pay for the tickets or anything. Music wise, we missed the Lauren Alaina, but got to hear Luke Combs sing Hurricane, then we decided to go to the bathroom before Jason Aldean came on. We stood in line for the Port o Johns and then got another beer. We made it and were able to hear all of Jason’s hits. It so awesome. I knew most of them.
However, Stephanie is a smoker. She smokes Camel Crush. I smoked some of her cigarettes with her and it felt so good to sway, dance, and hear some good music, while smoking a cigarette. I really enjoyed myself. I was so glad I got to hear “Hicktown”, that song came out in 2005. I remember being in love with that song, when it first came out.
After the concert, we met up with Stephanie’s cousin. He was able to get a guitar pick from Jason. Stephanie wanted to give it to her mom, since she couldn’t be there. It was so cute that she did that. After we said goodbye, to Stephanie’s cousin we walked out of the venue, and to the on ramp of 22/30 to meet Stephanie’s mom. She was glad we both had a good time, and was very appreciative for the guitar pick. She said, we all smelled horrible. We smelled like cigarettes and alcohol. I had such a great time. I would go back to a country concert again. I just don’t like that venue, and waiting in traffic.

Sociology Orientation

Today, it was the Sociology Orientation. This is the second one that I helped to organize. Melanie and I host the Orientation. I create the binders and the itineraries for the students, coordinate with speakers, etc. Yesterday, I ordered the pizza to be delivered at 11:30am today. There is so much that goes into this, and updating. I enjoy it.

After the overview of the department, speakers come in and out of the conference room to speak to our new grads; a member of cultural studies, a member of the hillman library, and the TA TF Mentor for the new grads.

After the orientation is over, they meet with Melanie, their adviser. After they meet with Melanie and decide what courses they are going to take, they meet with me in order to register and to answer any questions.

At the end of the day, I was exhausted. All went well for the most part, but I missed some e-mails and some requests. I was not in my office at all that day really. I am hoping next year I will be able to give Melanie a little break and host the orientation myself.

Social Sciences Picnic

This morning, I had to carry it the taco dip for the picnic. I wanted to make something cold, so I wouldn’t have to heat it up. I hate using the microwave or lugging around a crockpot. Drew helped me.

Around 11:30AM, we went down to the picnic, and got everything ready. It is always fun coming together and eating as a Division, one happy family. We were asked to bring our pink flamingos to the picnic. Every new hire, and people who have been there received pink flamingos. There is a story behind the flamingo. It is small inflatable thing that you hold your drink in. This was my second Division picnic.

After we finished eating, I helped pack things up on the cart and take it back up to the Sociology kitchen. This was the first event of the week, but there was more to come. It was about to beginning of the semester.