Candle Lab

Candle Lab

After the princess parties, I got changed back into my normal clothes. I said goodbye to Tracy and thanked her.  I had to run home and get ready for an event for Carnegie Mellon University. They were doing a senior year experience event at the Candle Lab in Lawrenceville. I kept my false eye lashes on. My supervisor from CMU greeted me when I arrived to the candle lab, and asked how my parties went. I told them they went so well. it is so fun. I still have my lashes on. He said, that is good! He asked us if Drew and I wanted to make a candle. I picked out a jar and we sniffed all the scents.

We decided on banana brûlée, and bourbon. It wasn’t so bad at all. It was a little sweet with a little bit of liquor. We poured the wax in and then put the wick in and stirred the wax for a minute, or so. Then you have to let the candle sit for an hour.

Around 5:30pm, the students from CMU were being bused in. We were offering them food, and wine. My boss carded them at the door. Andrew and I wrist banned the 21 year olds, and they were allowed two glasses of wine. There were two groups of students coming. We had to make the food and wine stretch. It was fun to be a part of, but I was tired.

Around 8pm, we were able to leave for the night. I am excited to burn our candle.

Hate Crimes Forum

Hate Crimes Forum

This morning at CMU, I attend the Hate Crimes Forum. Judy Shepard was one of the key note speakers. Judy Shepard is the mother of Matthew Shepard. I was 11 when Matthew Shepard was murdered. I remember seeing the headlines on TV. When I was younger my dad always had the news on, so I was very aware of the current events and what was happening in the world.

My generation is the last generation to really remember Matthew Shepard’s murder and the manner in which he passed. his death was a turning point in the LGBTQIA+ community. Judy is a quiet person, and the president of the Matthew Shepard foundation asked Judy a couple of questions about her son, how he passed, and the mission of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

I was so honored to be in the same room with her. I was shook by her message and the things that she said, and the pain she had to endure I can’t imagine it. It is so sad.

The panel discussions that happened before Judy spoke were informative. The second one more so, because it talked about various microaggressions. The first panel was law related, but still interesting.

It was a pretty heavy day. I am glad I was able to experience the forum.

Scotty Saturday

Today, was the big day, Scotty Saturday! In the morning, I stopped at Dunkin Donuts to get the students donuts, who were volunteering at the Chili Cookoff. Drew helped me carry the donuts and the coffee into the gym, then he left. He was going to come back later in the day to check out the afternoon activities.IMG_2628.jpeg

One of the student organizations that I help advise put together the Chili Cookout event. It is an annual Activities Board event. The mugs that the students ordered are so cute!

My parents came to the cook off and where able to get a mug. They tried all the various kinds of chili.  My dad likes a more meaty type of chili, that isn’t so spicy. I was glad my parents were there and were able to get a mug. I showed them around CMU for a bit, then they left.

After the chili cook off, I had to go meet Sorgel’s at the loading dock to sign off on the donuts, apple cider, and pumpkins.
Then I get ready for the market place.  I went to go set up the tables, but I couldn’t carry the tables by myself. Thankfully, AB tech could help. They helped me set up the tables in time for the student orgs to arrive. I reported to the office for a volunteer meeting. Andrew said, Okay you need to get the tables set up for the orgs. I set they are already up.  I just need to get the table numbers on them. He said, “oh wow, okay. We have a student volunteer to help you, but since you already did it. That is okay too.” I said, “oh okay.” I smiled and I gave the student worker that was a signed to me another task to help me with. We set up the waiver table for the inflatables. Another student bought out the waivers for me for the students to sign off on, and then I grabbed some more pens for the students to sign their name on the waiver.

Once I noticed the orgs, setting up at the tables in the marketplace, I stopped by the tables and introduced myself. I made sure everything was set up and everyone was at the right table. Then I had to grab Ballard passes for the food trucks, and had them to person operating the trucks.

Then I reported to the merchandise table, where we sold merchandise for Scotty Saturday; hats and t-shirts. The hats and the t-shirts were $5 dollars each. We sold out of the hats in an hour. We had a ton of t-shirts left over. The sweatshirts sold out in an hour, as well. The sweatshirts were at a different table. Next year, more hats! Drew arrived while I was still at the merchandise table. He helped find me the various sizes. I was glad to see him.

After the merchandise table, Andrew and I helped break down the tables, and then we were done for the day! On the way home, we stopped at Little Tokyo to get Chinese food for dinner. It was such a long day, but it was a good first Scotty Saturday!

Friday

At 12pm, I had a dentist appt. No cavities.

For dinner, Drew and I went to PF Changs and had a little date. Then home to hang out before I had to go to another late-night event for CMU.

When we arrived at CMU, the org was setting up. It was the Peer Health’s Group’s event, the title of the event, was awk-talk (Awkward Talk) in the dark. Drew and I didn’t really need to do too much, but we did participate and eat Insomnia Cookies.

We left the event around 10:30pm.

Primanti’s/CMU Late-Night Event

For dinner, Drew and I went to Primanti’s for happy hour. We split a pizza and a had a drink. That night, he was going to attend my first ever Late-Night event. We didn’t have to be at the event until 9pm.

When we arrived at the event, it was the Ballroom Dance Club’s event. I checked in with the organization, and unlocked the conference room for them. It was cool to see the org pretty much do everything. They didn’t need me for much. We stayed until 10:30pm, then left.

 

Activities Fair

Activities Fair

After work today, I stayed after work for the activities fair. I helped set up and put table numbers on the tables. There were 276 table numbers! All the student orgs that participated had a table to recruit members.

At one point my supervisor said, “come with me.” I said, “Where are we going?” He said, “on the roof.” I said, “cool!” We met up with the building manager, and she took us up to the roof. Once you step out on to the roof, you have to take a ladder to the top part of the roof. We walked in the direction of the fair, that was taking place on the ground below us. I made sure to capture a picture of the cathedral. The view was amazing!

1jWA817qQ86BpCcAgWhcZwIt was such a bright day that day, so the picture looks a little dark. 

My feature image at the top of this post, is the view of the activities fair from the roof.

After the fair was over, I stayed for take down and helped to take things back to the office. I met with Andrew in the cathedral. I needed to wait until he was done with class.

As soon as we got home, I took a shower, and went to bed. I was so tired.

 

 

Wednesday, busy day

At CMU, I met with my first member of a student organization to go over the checklist for the organization’s late night event.  After our meeting, which I think went really well, for my first meeting. I sent her a follow up e-mail with things that we talked about. I will need to reach back out to her again last week.

After CMU, I had to make an appearance at RMU.8bP%DCGmSrK3ELa76+Z9KQ.jpg  When I got back to my car, and drove to RMU it was 10 minutes to 3pm. When I arrived on campus, I called John and he said, he was in a golf cart putting signs up for move in day and would be back in the office in about 15mins. I got off the phone with him and went to his office and introduced myself to the orientation leaders. They said, Oh can you call John and ask if there are any more blue orientation schedule sheets. We don’t know when he is coming back and we think he might be mad at us. I said, I doubt he is mad at you guys.  I called him and asked about the orientation sheets and said, we will probably need to print more. I got off the phone with him and told the leaders to separate the ones that need the orientation schedules from the bags that already has them and to count up the finished ones from the non finished ones. Then the Assistant Dean of Students came into the office. We said, hi! We talked about orientation if she needed anything. I told her my schedule at CMU. She said, oh okay, well there is a commuter event tomorrow. I told her I would love to help with it. She said, “okay, it is at 1pm.” Then John came into the office and she told him that I was helping. John and I went into his office. He said, “The commuter event is tomorrow.” I said, “No, it’s on Friday.” He said, “No that is the transfer student event.” I asked if he could pull up the schedule. I looked at the schedule and he was right the event is tomorrow. He said, “You are at CMU tomorrow.” I took a deep breath. He was right. I opened my mouth and said, I could do something, but I really can’t. I have a scheduling conflict. The assistant Dean of students, entered his office and John told her I had scheduling conflict. She said, that it was okay. I felt bad. John told me there would be other opportunities and he was right.
As I was getting ready to leave for my hair appt, he gave me some t-shirts and some RMU swag for orientation. I was helping with a Monte Carlo event on campus tomorrow night, aTransfer Student Event on Friday, the student-athlete orientation on Sunday, and I will be on campus for Bobby Mania. I am sure I had enough going on to do.
When I left RMU, I went to my hair appt. I was so off. Misty asked me if I wanted some wine, while I wait for my color to process. I said, yes please! I have to admit it settled my nerves. For my hair, we decided to do some darker roots, and leave my ends blonde. It was time to go dark again and get ready for fall. This was my cheapest hair appt yet! When I left, I made another appt for 6 weeks from now. Then I went to the wines and spirits store and bought a box of the wine Misty had at the salon. It was so good and I don’t like reds. It is called Naked Grape, Pinot Noir.
When I got home, Drew was there to make me smile. He gave me a hug and told me that it was okay. 🙂 It was okay. The day was over. 🙂