Downton Abbey Movie

This evening, I finally saw the Downton Abbey movie! It was everything and more! I loved the story, and the plot. I mis this show so much. I will admit I cried at the end. There will never be another show like it. I actually wouldn’t mind seeing it again. I love lady grantham’s zingers. I highly recommend the movie!

Spoiler Alert! 

  • I liked how the whole Irish and English conflict was portrayed
  • Thankfully, George Clooney was not in the movie (he doesn’t need to be in Downton Abbey)
  • Lady Mary is still freaking out about whether or not it is best financially to run Downton
  • Lady Edith will win you over if she hasn’t already!
  • Old Lady Grantham tries to reassure Mary that she has to take over Downton and continue to keep Downton running, because she won’t be alive much longer. I cried I just cried. It was a passing the torch kind of moment. A nod to the newer generation!

The list goes on and on. I may have to watch see it again. I am just so in love!

Pitt vs. Delaware Champions Club

This morning, we left for Heinz Field around 10:30am. Andrew dropped me off at Will Call to pick up the tickets. IMG_2528

Originally, I wasn’t sure about going to the game. We have been nonstop pretty much every weekend, but when my contact asked us if we wanted champions club tickets and a parking pass it was hard to turn down.

Once we were parked, we made our way inside the Champions Club entrance.  It is probably the nicest club there is at Heinz Field. It is much nicer than the PNC club that we were in last weekend. We are getting spoiled with all these club seats! We walked out to the stadium seating. We were in section FC3. We were so close! Closer than I thought we would be.

I saw some familiar names. It was so cool to see them that close. I have met a few of the players, when I worked in the Sociology department.

We stayed outside until half time then we went inside into the air conditioning and cooled down a bit. The event’s manager of Heinz Field bought us a cocktail, so I had a goose and soda water.

When the second half got started, we stayed inside a little longer. The panthers weren’t doing so well.

At one point, I stepped outside and they were playing Neil Diamond’s song, “Sweet Caroline” (but there is a Pitt version). I recorded a little video and Drew came outside to sing the song. We were hoping they could pull a win. We are loyal to our Panthers!

At the end of the game, the Panther’s won! We leaned over the railing and high five the players. It was such a cool experience. I am hopeful to have those seats again soon. They play Duke next week in North Carolina. I can’t wait for the next Pitt game!

Friday Evening

This evening, I stopped at RMU’s Octoberfest. John, invited Andrew and I to stop by. Once we arrived, I didn’t see him at first even though he was standing right in front of me. We had laugh at that. Andrew and I got some food and took a seat a table, John joined us. We talked about all things RMU and things I could be involved in and one of them is the Meet the Colonials event, which is happening on October 17th. I am so excited about that event. I get to be stage manager again!

After Octoberfest, we went home for a little, then it was back out the door again. I had to stop by CMU and check in on the Late-Night event. This one was called the Colors of India. I received my first Airbrush Henna tattoo, and ate a samosa. I sent some pictures to Andrew and we left around 10:30pm.

Back in the Studio

In the morning, I worked on my blog post for internship. Then around 12:30pm, I went to the radio station to record some imaging with Scottro. I was excited to be back behind the mic. He brought the mic down in front of me and he handed me a sheet of paper with some lines he wanted me to say, such as, “96-1 kiss”, “an heart-radio station, “back to the music, 96-1 kiss is your concert ticket head quarters, Pittsburgh’s #1 for new music.” I had so much fun. It is so cool to still be able to do this.

After recording, I went to lunch with my parents at Cadillac ranch. I had a bunless burger and fries. I still wanted the fries just not the bun on the burger. Tonight, I am going to Octoberfest at RMU, then stopping by a Late-Night event at CMU more to come later.


Pitt Game

This morning, we slept in a bit and then hung out until it was time to go to the Pitt game. We had tickets in the chancellor’s suite. I volunteered to be a Lineup marshal last Spring for the Ph.D commencement Ceremony. The chancellor offered everyone who volunteered club tickets and a parking pass! Of course we were going to go! We are so blessed!

The club seats were so awesome! It is definitely a game changer to how we want to go to games, but this was a once in a lifetime experience at least for now, that is. 🙂
We stopped at tailgate and talked to Dr. E. He was a professor that I worked with in the Sociology Department at Pitt. We chatted about the department, and about Pitt athletics. I told him who I am tutoring and how I am working with the baseball team at Pitt, as well as being a Grad Assistant at CMU. He was happy for me. We do need together together soon. He is such a good guy.

Also, at the tailgate, I ran into Scottro from 96.1 kiss. I used to work for the radio stations. While, I was a receptionist there,  I was asked to do voice overs for Blush gentlemen’s club, and a few other companies. I also did the voice imaging for the station. 96.1 kiss still uses my voice. I can hear myself when they play the bumpers and I said, “An iheartradio station!” I loved that job. Leaving that place, was the hardest decision ever so far in my life. Scottro told me that he wants to get me back in and record some more imaging for the station. We set a date for next Friday! I am so blessed and so grateful.  I am excited to be back in the studio.

The Pitt game was amazing! We won against the UCF knights 35-34. It was a last minute touchdown but a win is a win. I am so proud of our boys!


Around 3:30pm, I met with the football player in the Russian room at the Cathedral of learning. We mapped out a plan of attack for his first paper for politics and history. I showed him how to research, and what exactly she will be looking for on his paper. I think this meeting went better than the last one. I think he is feeling more confident.

After tutoring, I went to Leanne’s to get ready to watch American Horror Story. I was so excited! She made dinner, and I got to spend time with Maci and play games with her like old times. She is growing up so fast.



RMU Homecoming Game

This morning, I was a little tired from the Late-Night event, but it was RMU’s homecoming!

Around 12pm, I met with the Assistant Dean of Students to help her coordinate the logistics for homecoming court. I love being back on campus. RMU is my home.

When it was time to crown the homecoming king and queen, I helped her pin the corsages on the candidates and followed them on to the field. We stood on the sidelines until it was time. Dr Howard and his wife came onto the sidelines with us. I introduced myself to Dr. Howard and I told him who I was, and how I was an alumna here at RMU and how I am in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh and I am expected to graduate in 2020. He said, what do you want to do after graduation? I said, I want to come home to RMU. He nodded and smiled. He said, here is my card I may have a project I need your help with. He told me to send him my resume. I told him that I would do so as soon as I left here today. I also told him that I am graduate intern in the office of student activities and leadership development, under John Locke. He was glad to hear it and said that he didn’t want to interfere with John, but to e-mail him my resume. I was so excited!


Baseball Team Pitt

After CMU, I made my way to the Pete to meet with Chris and hear about this possible internship opportunity with the baseball team. I know my advisor is going to advise against it, but I want experience with athletics.

When I arrived to the Pete, I cooled off for a moment. It is crazy walking from CMU to the Pete, and it was so hot outside. I needed to catch my breath before meeting with Chris. I took the escalator up to the athletics offices. I approached the front desk and didn’t see anyone, who could direct me. I walked past the front desk and down the row of offices, until I found Chris’. I knocked lightly on the door. He greeted me and told me to come in. I took a seat in his office, and he told me about the position. I would meet with the baseball players and make sure they are studying and are on top of their schoolwork. I am going to create a plan for them, and encourage them to meet with the tutors if they need help. I can do this.

At the end of the meeting, he said, I would gladly hire you if you are interested. When can you be up here?  I said, probably just on Mondays if possible until 6pm. He understood. I told him I had to meet with a football player to help him with a plan of study. He is in my program. He understood and thought it was cool.  We set up a plan for next Monday.


1st CLA Meeting

Tonight was the first meeting of the Colonial Leadership Academy at Robert Morris University. I was so excited to be apart of this event. We had a room full of bright athletes who were handpicked to be apart of the CLA.

Nelle, Danny, and myself met during the summer in the evening, after I was done at work to put the proposal together for the new AD, determine our mission and vision statements, our Pilars of leadership, and the curriculum. I was so happy to see it finally come together. The athletes seem so eager to see what we have in store for them this semester.

At the end of the meeting, the next CLA meeting will take place on September 30th.  I will not be able to be there due to class, but I am excited and hopeful to attend future meetings.

Go Colonials!

Opportunity to Mentor

On my way back from CMU to Pitt. I received a text from my friend, who is the Director of Advising for the men’s basketball and football team at Pitt. He asked me if I knew of the football player, who was in my class? I said I think he is in my Monday night class. He said, oh okay, do you think you might be able to help him? I said, I can try what classes does he have this semester? He has politics and history (I had this class last year. It was not easy), research methodology (I had this class my first-year. It wasn’t easy as well), and Internship class (I am in that class now). I told my friend that he has a little bit of a tough schedule. I said to him to have him approach me during class, and I can help him if he wants to meet. I would feel weird approaching him.

That evening in class, we had to do some ice breakers with other people at different tables. It just so happens the football player was at my table. I told him that my name is Danielle, and that I was friends with Mike and I can help him if he wanted. He said, ya, he told me to reach out to you. I said, we can meet after this class, if you want, or we can set up another time to meet. He said, ya whatever works for you. I am going to need help.” I said, I will do my best.

After class, we connected and I gave him my number. I had not a clue how to do this, but I do want to work with athletics in the future, so perhaps this is good practice.