RMU’s Commencement

This morning I got up at 6:30am. I got a shower and got dressed, then I was out the door. I had to be at Robert Morris University at 7:30am. I didn’t really sleep at all last night I was so excited. Stephanie McMahon is the guest speaker for the commencement ceremony, her husband Triple H will be in attendance with her!

When I was home, sick with bronchitis, John (my internship supervisor, previous professor, and friend) texted me and said, confirmed Triple H will be in attendance. I said, “John please you have to do whatever you can so I can meet him. It has been my dream!”  I have had a huge crush on Triple H since I was 12 or 13. My mom took my friend Brittany and I too see WWE’s Smackdown at the Mellon Arena. I was in love with him then and I am still in love with him now.

When I parked my car, I walked to the UPMC events center and I texted John telling him I am here, and that I e-mailed Rachel about a lanyard for today’s event. He said, Maureen will have one for you. I entered the building and it had that new smell to it. It looked so nice. I met with Maureen at the front table and got my lanyard. Maureen gave us a run down of the assignments. I was to be posted by the elevator directing people into the events center. She said, “most people will get off the elevator and have this look on their face like where do I go? I think that would be a good place for you.” She laughed and so did I. I had an easy enough job.

After we were briefed on our assignments, Anna and another girl from Residence Life (I can’t remember her name) we went to get coffee and muffins from the volunteer breakfast room. I ran into some people that I know there. We sat our side with our breakfast and coffee and enjoyed the bright sun for a moment before heading to our posts.
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When we arrived at our posts, people didn’t start pouring in until around 7:45am and then the guests came in clusters. There were so many people. My job was to make sure no one sat in the special accommodation area except for the people, who needed special accommodations.  I received a text from Mama saying “Good Luck honey I hope you get to meet him. I am staying positive for you.” She knows what Triple H means to me.

Around 9am I got a text from John saying, “Come up to the 4th floor after the ceremony starts and text me.” Oh my God this was my moment this was it. I was so excited. I told Kim, the admin who works with John where I was going. She said, “oh I want to come too. I want to meet Stephanie.” I told her I am not sure if we are going to be able to meet her. She will be on stage, but I told her I was more excited to meet her husband.

Around 9:30am, the Colonial marching band started playing and walked up the aisle. This is my favorite part ever. So much history and appreciation for the past. I watched the Colonial band march and when they finished Yankee Doodle and excited the floor. I texted John, “Can I come up? it started.” He said, “Sure.” Kim and I made our way to the fourth floor. This was the moment! I was going to meet Triple H. I was so nervous. I could feel my stomach hurting my knees were weak. The whole weak knees thing happened twice in my life; 1. when I first saw the Eiffel Tower in the distance, I kept my eye on it as we approached it. 2. Today, when I was about to meet Triple H!

When I got off the elevator, I  texted John and said, where do we go? He said, make a left and follow the hallway all the way down to the last board room on the left. I walked down the hallway and the entire time. I felt like I couldn’t do this. I was so nervous and so excited. I knew I was going to make a complete fool out of myself.

When we approached the room, Triple H was sitting at the conference room table, his back to the door, and John facing the doorway. As soon as I set eyes on him, my mouth dropped open. John said,”Danielle come on in.” I said, “Oh my God.” Triple H stood up and turned around I stopped myself from falling to my knees, but I was bent over for a second. I grabbed Kim’s arm and she laughed. I quickly straightened up. He was smiling and John was laughing. I said, “Hi, oh my God I can’t believe you are here in front of me.” he smiled and said, “Hi, I am Paul.” He held out his hand. I shook his hand and smiled. I said, “I am Danielle. I saw you back in 2000 you were here for Smackdown when it was the Melon Arena.” He said, “oh wow, you saw the show?” I said, “Yes.” I nodded and couldn’t catch my breath. John said, “Danielle, works with me she is my graduate intern.” I smiled and said, “I can’t believe I am meeting you.” John said, “Danielle do you want a picture?” I looked back at John nodded and smiled, “Yes, please.” I handed him my phone. My hands were shaking. Paul couldn’t stop smiling. John said, you have to unlock it and handed it back to me. I took my phone back and said,” I don’t even know how to do that right now.” Everyone laughed. IMG_1487.jpegI unlocked it and handed it back to John.

There it is! My picture with Triple H! The 13 year old inside of me is so happy and satisfied right now.  I thanked him so much for taking the time to meet with me and for the picture. He said, “Your welcome.” I backed away because I did want to be a rambling idiot. I was so star struck.

When we left the room, I thanked him again, and thanked John for the opportunity to meet him. John smiled and when we left the room. I was shaking, so badly. I said, “Oh my God, Kim! I can’t believe I met Triple H! I was good for life. I can’t believe I got to meet him and touch him.

I went back to my post and touched base with Maureen I showed her my picture and she laughed. I helped a couple people their seats. I watched a little bit of Stephanie McMahon’s speech, then I was able to leave for the day.

When I was on my way to my car, I did a Facebook live video about my experience meeting Triple H. Then I called my mom and told he, and then I called Drew and told him. He was jealous and thought it was so cool. I said, I was a rambling idiot. He laughed. I told him about the conversation and how it went.

Around 4pm, we went to my neighbor Amy’s house she was having some friends over and her daughter for a cookout. I brought brownies. I had a hamburger no bun, and a little bit of the sides (macaroni salad, and some fruit granola thing). Drew and I stayed until about 6:30pm.

Then we went to Sam’s Club and bought pork chops for dinner tomorrow. We are hosting Mother’s Day dinner tomorrow. Then we went to the grocery store to get the rest of the things that we would need.

When we got home, we hung out and relaxed for the evening. I had such a big day!

 

Back to Work

Over the weekend, I took it easy and just relaxed and made sure I was well rested for Monday. It was going to be weird to go back to work.

Once Monday arrived, it took me all morning to get caught up on e-mails. Everyone was welcoming and asking how I was feeling. It was pretty low key because all the faculty and students are pretty much gone for the summer. Summer classes start up next Monday.

After work, I had to go to RMU to help out with an event that was happening at the theatre. There was a magician and hypnotist there. I was on hand just for the happy hour part. I wanted to make sure everything went smoothly since there was free beer and wine, as well as chips and salsa. It is Senior week at RMU, so the only students who are on campus are the seniors.

After the event, Drew and I went to Primanti’s for pizza and beer. I really need to start eating better. I will admit the pizza there is so good and it has been so long since I had a beer.

Commitments

This morning, I had a such a rough night last night, but I needed to get to RMU for the transfer student event. My ear didn’t hurt as bad. The antibiotic was working. I didn’t tell John and Maureen that I was sick. I wanted to follow through with this event. The transfer students are important to me. I was one of them.

When I arrived to RMU, I parked outside student life, and went to Romo’s and got a bagel and some hot tea. I got back in the car and drove to Wheatley Center. I ate my bagel on the way. I got out of my car and pulled the suitcase of my trunk, that contained handouts and take-a-aways from the Office of Student Leadership and Activities Department. I shut the trunk door and walked into the Wheatley Center.

So the Wheatley Center, just opened at the end of my last semester at RMU. I never really spent time there. When you first enter, there is this giant area with an open welcoming space. There were tables set up for different departments on campus. I set up next to the UPMC my health network, there was so much irony in this. I put the handouts on the table and made it look pretty. I took a picture and sent it to Maureen. She thanked me for being there today.

Throughout the event, I kept blowing my nose, and drinking water. Next to me, was Residence Life. Anna a girl from my Master’s program was at the table. She and I talked for a bit. Anna, Diana, and myself just finished a group project together and we got an A on the presentation, an A- on the paper, and an overall A in the class. We talked about our grade and Max’s comments. I was proud of our group.

Ugh I hate being sick. The nurse at the table next to me on my right said that I should go to Walmart, and show my ID at the pharmacy and ask for Sudafed. It is the behind the counter stuff, so it is pretty powerful. I took her up on her suggestion.

After the event was over, it was around 11:30am. I got the table packed up and put all the handouts in my suitcase and I was the first one out the door. I drove to Walmart and picked up the Sudafed and a few other things. I felt well enough to perhaps go to the wedding reception that evening for Ashley and Andrew.

When I got home, I rested for awhile and then we got ready to go to the reception. Now I probably shouldn’t have went, but I was feeling like I could make it. I put on a brown dress with some beige pink heels.

When we got to the Marriott, we walked inside and started talking to some of Drew’s cousins. It was good to see them. We only seem to see them at events like weddings, funerals, bridal showers, and baby showers.

Finally the ballroom was open and we could go inside, the photographer took a picture of Drew and I in front of a board that had the seating chart listed. We were at table 3. We were at the same table as his cousins, his brother, and sister-in-law. We haven’t seen them since Christmas Day. It was good to hear how Waffles is doing now that he is home safe.

There was an antipasto station, and an iced tea, and sangria station. Dinner was served around 7pm. They had chicken, ravioli, salad, sliced meat, vegetables. Dinner was so good. Dancing started around 8:30pm or 9pm. I danced with the bride to the Cupid Shuffle, and then Drew and I danced together. I also danced with Aunt Paula. I was doing so well. I thought I was getting better.

We left around 10pm or 11pm and went to my inlaws where Tommy and Megan were staying the night. I wanted to see Waffles. I was so happy to see him. I almost teared up. Waffles went missing a month or two ago in Erie. He was found 3 days later and has been home since. Those three days were so rough on Drew and I. When I saw Waffles, I hugged him and kissed his nose. I let him knock me down and tackle me. I have to admit I was fighting back tears. I also made sure to show Butters some love, but he just wants you to throw the ball.
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I also snapped this picture of Butters and Waffles. We are so happy that he is home safe back with is brother, Butters.

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The Last CLA Event of the Semester

After work today, I changed out of my Pitt t-shirt and zip up and into a dress for the last CLA event of the semester at RMU. The Third Years were presenting their leadership project.

The event was catered Nelle ordered tacos for dinner with all the fixings along with chips. I definitely had a taco and some nachos.

There were four presentations. Girls Softball worked on a fundraising imitative called Home Run Derby for Adoption Connections. They had a power point presentation of their project and what they learned when organizing the project. At the end, I asked them questions such as what will you do differently next time? etc. All the presentations were really good.

After the presentations, the seniors received the CLA sashes and they left the room.  I met with Nelle and Dan and we set aside a time to talk about a Leadership Summit that they want to help organize. It will be a day long event on campus. We just don’t have the details ironed out yet. I am excited to be a part of this and it involves athletes which is definitely a research interest of mine.

When I got home, Andrew had already vacuumed and brought up towels from the basement that he already folded. He is so helpful! I am truly so grateful for him. I received a text from my group, and said it said the grade for the paper and presentation was posted. I turned on my computer and logged into Courseweb. We got an A on the paper and an A on the presentation. My grade in the class is a solid A! I was so happy! Now I just need to get my grade from Legal Aspects of Higher Education. I am not too worried about that class, but I am anxiously awaiting the grade!

 

 

RMU Incoming Student Event

RMU Incoming Student Event

Around 11am I arrived on campus. I stopped at the book store and got two shirts. I need to up my RMU professional gear. They had a sale going on 25% off.

After the bookstore, I went back to my car and put my bag in the back seat, then I got a coffee at Romo’s. After I got my coffee, I reported to Student Life and waited for Maureen, the Assistant Dean of Students.

When Maureen arrived, I helped her set up the Student Life table, right outside of the Admissions office. I love talking to incoming students and their families. I mentioned how Airband was last night. I also explained what Airband is. I talked about how we have 120 clubs on campus and the different activities.

At one point, when there was a break in the crowd, Maureen told me this was my thing! I couldn’t agree with her more. I love talking to students and their families. right before we took down the promotional materials. I was talking to an incoming student and her family. The mom asked me what sorority I pledged to? I laughed a little and told her I was 31 years old. She said you are so young and enthusiastic. You look so young. I said thank you!

After we took down the promotional materials, I took some to my car. I am going to be helping out at the transfer student event on the 27th. I am passionate about transfer students. I was one.

Now, I am relaxing until we go to his Grandma’s. I am thankful for my skills, talents, abilities, and opportunities!

Finally Friday

Work was not too bad today. None of the faculty came in until around 12pm. I ate lunch with Nancy in the kitchen. After lunch, I answered e-mails. I was able to work on my paper for legal. It is actually coming along rather well. I am happy to have it almost done. I just have to write three pages left and a strong conclusion and then I am done. I talked to my professor about it last night and she was telling me not to stress about the paper. I am not stressing, but it’s just sitting down and crafting it.

After work, I drove to RMU where I am currently sitting in Massey Theatre to help sell tickets. I hope we get a crowd of students. There is another event on campus for Greek Week it is called Airband. I asked some students campus what Airband is and they said it’s like the biggest event. They dress up in costumes and make up, and they sing and dance on a stage. It is like lip sync challenge. It sounds pretty cool. I didn’t get involved in much when I was an undergrad at RMU. Looking back, I wish I would have. I dabbled in theater and made friends that I still talk today, but I didn’t participate in Greek Life. I probably would have, if I lived on campus and was a traditional four year student.

I may stop by Airband after and check it out, but I am a little anxious to go home and hang out.

 

Leadership Conference Day 2

This morning I got up at 5:45am and got a shower and got ready for the second day of the conference. I also packed up. It was weird sleeping without Drew. I really am enjoying the time at Marietta and the conference, but I miss my husband. However, it was nice to get away for a bit.

IMG_1305 (1).jpegAfter I got dressed, I went down the hall to see if Sydney, Erica, and Dylan were awake or ready. Sydney answered the door half asleep. She said, it is 7am. I said, I know I just wanted to see who was awake and ready to head to breakfast. I am a morning person. I told them I will see them down at breakfast. I felt bad they weren’t ready. I  left their room and knocked on Jake and Zai’s door. Jake answered and said, morning. I said, morning! I told him that I just wanted to see if anyone was awake yet. He said, yup. I said, already I will see you at breakfast. I was beginning to think I was the only one. I took the elevator downstairs and it let me off at the lobby. I stepped out of the elevator. I looked down at my phone so I could text John. Then I looked up and saw him there. I approached him and said, “I was just about to text you. I thought I was the only one up and ready to go. I got some coffee and we went to see what they had for breakfast. It was typical hotel breakfast food.

Eventually everyone came down for breakfast, after we all ate we packed up the car. We were getting a little bit of a slow start to the day. We wanted to sit in on a couple sessions and eat lunch before we left.

When we arrived back on campus and to the conference, they were half way through the 9am sessions. We got coffee and waited for the 10am sessions to start. Sydney, Erica, and myself went to the presentation about how women can use certain strategies in Leadership to shift their impact in the workplace. It was pretty interesting. Then we went to the last presentation before lunch.

Lunch was stuffed peppers and flank steak it wasn’t as good as yesterday. After lunch, we made our way the car and started the journey back to Pittsburgh. The trip home went smooth and quick.

When we arrived back to Robert Morris University, we dropped everyone off and then we met up with Drew so he could meet John at the rental car place. I was glad to see Drew. We drove John back to campus and then Drew and I went home. We talked about the conference and the plans for the evening. Even though I was pretty tired, I still wanted to go over his parents.

When we got home, we brought my stuff in and hung out for a bit, then went to his parents for dinner. His dad made cauliflower crust pizza, and we snacked on chips and guacamole. for some reason, I was so hungry, and so tired. I had so much fun at the conference and can’t wait go back and explore Marietta!