Hair Appt & Lunch

This morning, I had a hair appt with Misty at 9:00am. I stopped and got us Starbucks on the way. Once I arrived, I described to her how I wanted only a little dark at my roots, but more blonde. She double processed me and of course I love it! (picture to be posted soon).

After my hair appt, I went to lunch with my mom at this place called Zoup. There is all kinds of homemade soups and sandwiches. It is like a Panera, but I think it is so much better than Panera. I had the tomato bisque with half a club sandwich. My mom had the tomato bisque mixed with broccoli cheddar, and half of a sandwich. I treated my mom to lunch. I do not get to do it very often, but she deserves it.

After lunch, I stopped at the beer distributor and picked up a sampler pack of the Truly spiked lemonades. Drew and I have been wanting to try them, but just never being able to find them.

Once I got home, I did the laundry. I took an hour nap on the couch and just wanted to take some time for self-care. Drew was working from home. When he was done working, we ordered pizza and wings. We got caught up on our shows; Tell me a Story, and Riverdale. One more episode of Tell me a Story, then I am cancelling CBS All Access. It is like $7.00 a month, which is not bad, but we have so many streaming services (Disney+, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix).

It was such a relaxing Friday!

The Grammys Reflection

I love award shows. My favorite are the Oscars and of course the Grammy’s. I turn them off if they get too political, but lately they haven’t been all that political. Sure politics is peppered in there, but it’s tolerable and it doesn’t take away from the entertainment.

So many people paid tribute to Kobe Bryant. His passing is so shocking, so much so that Lizzo did not want to do any interviews. She was so upset. The Grammys was held in the Staple Center. The mood was somber and the artists took a moment to remember Kobe.  Music is a healer for hard times. I was glad to see Billie Ellish win a Grammy. Usher’s tribute to Prince was amazing! Demi Lovato’s performance shook me to the core. I got chills. Gwen and Blake my relationship goals.

One thing though, about music these days is that it has changed. I feel a little removed from it. I much prefer music from the past the 90s-early 2000s. I still try to stay up-to-date on the new artists and top songs, and if I like something I will add it to my Spotify playlist.

Tartan Leadership Conference

Today, was the Tartan Leadership Conference. I was to facilitate a session on Authentic Leadership using the Self-Authorship theory and applying it to the Social Change Model. I also had a short little activity to accompany my presentation.

Overall it was good practice. There were only 4 people in my session. Only two people really talked and held discussion with me.  I tried. It was my first time doing this presentation. I don’t think it went horribly, but I think it could have been better, but it was good practice.

When I got home I went to the gym again. I knew if I went home I would want to pass out on the couch, so I decided to just get a decent work out in. This time I went on the elliptical for 30 mins and I feel like I got a better work out on there, then I do when I get on the treadmill.

In the evening, Andrew and I made dinner and meal prepped for the week ahead. I am not ready for another week to begin.

Meeting at RMU

This morning, I woke up and made a quick Starbucks run for some espresso. Andrew was working from home today. I like when he is home. While he worked, I got started on my ethics paper, but I realized it wasn’t coming so easily to me. I decided to shove it away for a while.

Around 12pm, I got ready for my meeting with Chris King, Director of Athletics for Robert Morris University. I was going to meet with him and talk to him about his leadership philosophy and see if he had any advice for me as I attempt to break into the world of athletics. I was excited for my meeting with him. I arrived to campus a little early, and stopped at Romo’s, a café on campus. I ordered a French caramel latte with soy milk. I loved French Caramel Lattes when I was a student there that was my go to drink of choice. I stopped by John’s office to connect with him for 5 minutes.

Then I made my way to the arena for my meeting. I wasn’t all that nervous. I have spoken to him before at the CLA dinner. I didn’t want to ask him the same questions that he was asked at CLA. I didn’t want to waste his time, but I wanted to get in his circle and make that professional connection.

The meeting went so well. We had nice conversation about leadership, culture, and how important is to embrace the culture and not try to change it. He also put me in contact with Chelsea, so I could help with game day events. I am so excited for this opportunity and to be a part of my alumna mater.

Thursday 1/23

My schedule is different this semester. Last semester my weekends started on Thursday afternoons after CMU. This semester my weekends start at 7:10pm after Ethics class on Thursday. This week was so busy. I am ready for the weekend. I did have a paper to write at some point over the weekend, but I wanted to take some time for self-care. I feel like I am in need of a little rest. I don’t want to use this medium of expression to complain, but I was in need of a little pause.


Late Start to the Day

Today, I did not have to be at CMU until 1pm, so I stopped over my parents and hung out with them for a bit and was able to see my dogs.
I love being able to see them. I don’t get to see them as much now that the semester started up back up. I am trying really hard to balance my commitments this semester. I think I am doing well, but at the same time it is tough to find the motivation to sit down and do the assignments. I am blessed with the opportunities and I am very grateful to have them.

The spring semester always seems to be the toughest. It is hard to find that rhythm and balance after coming off of Christmas break. I am trying not to think, just do and get it done.

In the afternoon, I assisted with the activities fair. Once the organizations are set up, I like to wander up and down the tables and see what each organization is about and all the things they have on their table for promotion. I tried a Chinese cookie from the Chinese Cooking Club. It was pretty good.

Building Bridges Through Basketball

I did not have to report to CMU today and I did not have class at night, so I assisted Robert Morris University with their community service event titled, “Building Bridges through Basketball.” I helped with the logistics for the event, stopped and got balloons to decorate the hall of Colonials.83113883_10158023551694712_4641828670141366272_n

The hall of Colonials is a hallway where the trophies and memorabilia on are on display from championship games. Up and down the hall way were craft stations for the student-athletes to assist children with such as; face painting, pom-pom making, coloring, and poster making. There was also sports clinic where the children could participate in various sports alongside the athletes. We also had student-athletes stationed in the stairwells, and outside the stairwells in order to direct the families throughout the arena. We were not sure how many children were going to attend. I think we actually had a pretty good turnout.

CMU Tartans Game

I went to my first CMU Tartan’s basketball game. I had to help hand out tossle hats to the first 50 people, who came for the men’s game and the women’s game. The men’s game was first. Andrew and I really enjoyed watching them play. They didn’t really shoot well, but they played hard.

When it was time for the women’s game to start we stayed until the hats were gone, then we left. We did not stay for the game.

When we got home, I changed my paper around some more and added more. I was anxious to finish this completely. I figured I would submit it later tonight. I wasn’t in a hurry to submit it.

Other than that, nothing exciting happened on Sunday.

A Day Inside with Netflix

This morning, my voice was slim to none. I had tickets to the Pitt game, but the roads were slick, and more bad weather was on the way, so we just decided to stay inside. I worked on the signs for the RMU day of service event that will take place on Monday. I also finished my problem statement for seminar class, which was also due Monday by 12am.

Also, I was able to get some reading done for Ethics.

We started this new series called “Dracula” on Netflix. So far I like the book better and I much prefer Johnathan Reyes Meyers as Dracula, but it’s okay.

We also finished that Aaron Hernandez documentary, which is also on Netflix. The series shook me. It was only 3 episodes. I am not sure what to think of it quite honestly. There has to be something there with the concussions and the toughness of the sport that is football, but in true student affairs terminology there is just a lot to unpack there. There didn’t seem to be anything positive in his childhood either. It’s sad.

Second time Seeing Fuel

This was our second time seeing Fuel. I have been waiting all week for this concert! Fuel came out in the late 90s early 2000s.  Everyone that we talk to doesn’t really remember them, but they had a few hits and the are from the Pittsburgh area.

Andrew and I bought early entry seating and it was worth it. We snagged a table against the balcony, so we could look down and see the band and not have to worry about people standing in front of us, or crowding us.

They played all their hits, “Sunburn”, “Innocent”, “Shimmer”, “Bad Day”, “Jesus or a Gun”, and of course “Hemorrhage in my hands.” They also played “Falls On Me.” The last time we heard them live they didn’t play “Falls on me.” We were so bummed. I am so glad I got to hear it live. Finally.

I did not have a voice at all the next day. I hope we are able to see them again soon.