Pitt Football

Pitt Football

Today is Pitt’s first home game of the season! They played against Virginia. I received tickets from my contact in athletics at Pitt. I love college football. I get so excited. We brought my parents along for the game. We parked in Station Square, ate dinner, and took a boat over to the stadium. It as a beautiful day outside. Once we docked at Heinz field, there so many people around the stadium. Today, was also the same day as Ribfest.

We met with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law for a brief minute. They were tailgating with some friends. When we made our way into the stadium, they were giving out pompoms on sticks. I was glad I finally have pompoms. They gave them out at the alumni party last year, when Pitt went to the ACC championship.  I had to break them when we went into the stadium. I didn’t have to break them today!

Unfortunately, Pitt lost to Virginia. We took the boat back over to Station Square in the beginning of the 4th quarter. It was still so cool to be there.

HAIL TO PITT!

Dinner with Advisor

Dinner with Advisor

After CMU, I walked back to Pitt. I sat a table in Posvar where I used to work, and got some reading done before I went to Spice Island.

When I arrived at Spice Island, I was seated a table for 4. My advisor and two other girls worked on a project together. It was a bench marking project. Jean, my advisor congratulated us on a job well done. We had a couple changes to make, but we were done with the project.

I had Pad Thai for the first time and it was so yummy!

After dinner, Drew picked me up under Posvar in the parking garage. Then it was home sweet home.

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. 🙂

First Day at CMU

First Day at CMU

This morning, I got up when Drew left for work. I was a bit nervous, but ready. I kept thinking I am ready. I got this. I can do this. I arrived at the bus stop at IKEA in Robinson. They have a park n ride. I haven’t had to take the bus in so long. I am sure it was weird for Drew too he was driving to Pitt without me for the first time in awhile.

When I got on the bus, I took a seat towards the back and kept my sunglasses on, so  I wouldn’t make eye contact with anyone. When the bus arrived in Oakland, and we were passing by the Starbucks on Forbes, the street you would turn down to go to Posvar Hall, and straight head was the Cathedral. I smiled. I had little tears in my eyes.  I miss the people, but I don’t miss the position. I miss seeing Nancy already.  I miss the familiarity.

When we passed Craig street, I pulled the stop request wire and the bus stopped at CMU’s campus. It was Orientation week, so there were students everywhere. I got off the bus, and walked across the street. My internship supervisor said that he would meet me in front of the Cohon Center. I saw a building that said Cohon Center. I walked towards that building and eventually found an Au Bon Pain. I ordered a Vanilla latte with Soy milk. I haven’t had an Au Bon Pain in so long. I took a seat and changed out of my Nike’s and put on my black ballet flats. Then gathered my things, and walked towards the front. I stood around in awe just looking around. I wanted to take it all in for a minute until I had to meet my supervisor. I heard someone calling my name, and I turned around it was Kate. She is in my program at Pitt. She said, Welcome! I smiled and said, “Think You.” We hugged. She took me downstairs to the office.

When we reached the SLICE office, she said, “Look who I found.” I introduced myself to Jesse and Andrew. Andrew gave me a hug and said, Welcome!  He showed me to my desk
9Vr65cnyQ4+AdhNCfN4hew.jpg and on my desk was a t-shirt, a CMU water bottle, a little envelope with my name on it, and a folder that contained my itinerary for the next couple weeks. I felt so welcomed! The water bottle was my favorite thing on the desk! It is pink and glittery, for not knowing me, they really know me.  I opened my folder, and read through some of the documents, and turned on my computer and entered in my AndrewID and got settled. I had meetings lined up all week, and trainings. This is when the nerves actually set in.

At lunch, I grabbed food with Kate and we sat at a table and chatted about classes and CMU. After we ate, she had to go upstairs to cover Dawn’s lunch she is the front desk admin in the SLICE office upstairs. I entered the office, and met some more people and we hung out in the lobby, then my next meeting was with Andrew.

In the afternoon, three o’clock came fast! I had to go outside and catch the bus to take me back to Pitt, so I could ride home with Drew. I was excited to see him. I hung out in Hogwarts and caught up on my day planner and browsed through my phone. It was pretty hot and humid outside. I had so much to get used to, but it was a great first day!

Happy Hour

Melanie, the Director of Graduate Studies threw me a Happy Hour after work today. I invited my Music Department friends, 2 friends from my graduate program, and of course my husband. Melanie invited the faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Around 4:15pm, Nancy and I walked to the Porch together. We were the first ones to arrive. Caitlin, a Sociology graduate student met us outside, and so did Professor John. We went inside and got a table by the bar area, and pulled two tables together. I sat next to Nancy. Cindy, an administrator from History arrived and had a drink with us. Then Andrew (my husband), pulled a chair up and he ordered a drink. He was my ride home had no choice, but to attend. Professor John, Suzanne (acting chair), and Melanie all had wine or sangria to drink. The graduate students on the other side of me, Caitlin and Ellen were in attendance and had a beer of some kind. Also, arrived are three new graduate students I was happy to see them. I thought wow how nice!? I leaned into Melanie and said, “How nice the new cohort showed up for me.” Melanie smiled and said, “They are new and probably don’t have any friends, or do not know anyone” and then laughed. I nodded and smiled. Yea, she can’t even let me have a moment. Thank you for reminding me of one of the reasons I am leaving.

All of a sudden, in walked Professor Johnson, from my Music Department days. It felt full circle! I stood up and hugged him. Nancy was getting up to leave, so she gave him her seat. I was so happy to see him. He said I have to stop by and represent the Music Department! 🙂 Those days feel like so long ago! He stayed for one drink, then left.

Also, my friend Julia from my graduate school program showed up, and I stood up and gave her a hug. She squeezed in and sat next to me. I  took AJ’s chair and gave Julia mine. We chatted about the program and the registrar department where she works. I was so touched by the people in attendance.

At the end of the happy hour, it was me, Drew, and the new graduate students. I offered to show them the building where they would receive their student IDs. We paid our tabs and then off we went. When we arrived at the towers, I told them that after Orientation, they will go there and get their IDs. I wished them luck in the program, and then it was off to home with my husband. One more day left in the Sociology Department!

When Andrew and I were walking to the car, I couldn’t help but just look up at the cathedral for a second and smile. I told Drew I think I want to stay on the Hail to Pitt side of things for a while. Ya know cheer on the Blue and Gold and be all about the Pitt panthers, be a fan, and a student. I don’t want to work on the faculty side of things again.

Personal Day

When we woke up, we got ready and went to the pool. I put my phone in my pool bag just in case I should hear back. Today was supposed to be the day. I was keeping my fingers crossed in hopes I would hear something.

At the pool, it was hard to relax. I kept looking back at Drew, who was laying on the towel. I was in the shallow end of the pool trying to lay out. relax, and enjoy the sun, when it came out of the clouds. It wasn’t the most ideal pool day, but I was trying to make it work.

Around 2:15pm, we left the pool and I went home and showered. I had birthday errands to run for Drew. His birthday is tomorrow. Dylan came over my house and accompanied me to the mall to get his birthday gift. We walked the mall and reminisced how the mall used to be so busy. It was nice hanging out with Dylan. We never really hang out just him and I. I usually only see him when I hang out with Anthony. I bought Andrew his favorite cologne from Macy’s and then we went to Walmart. I had to get gift wrapping, a birthday card, face wash, body wash, and Andrew asked me to pick up a few things.

When I got home, I said goodbye to Dylan. I put Drew’s gift together and sign the card. Then I sat down and started to work on my paper. I realized I need my book. I can’t do anything without my book. I looked in my bookbag and remembered that I left it in my office. I didn’t plan to take the day off today. I  told Drew the news and he said, when he got home we would go back to Pitt and get my book. I was so upset that I left my book at work.

Thankfully, we were able to drive to Pitt and back in record time. I started typing up my paper using my cell phone on the way home. When we got home, I sat down and finished my paper, and sent it off to my writing tutor for review. My head was everywhere. I had so much I needed to accomplish with my summer class ending, RMU CLA curriculum, and the project with my advisor. I was also anxious to hear the decision about an opportunity.

For dinner, we ordered pizza and just hung out the rest of the evening.

Lazy Sunday

When I woke up in the morning, my monthly visitor arrived and since it was day one I wasn’t up to going to the pool. Drew went bike riding with his dad out in South Park. I decided to go to my parents and just hang out with them for a little and see my dogs.

When I arrived, I snuggled my dogs and said, hi to them. My mom cooked my dad and I breakfast and we just lazed about. I made them watch the movie Midnight in Paris. My mom and dad never saw the movie before.

Image result for midnight in paris I am so Owen Wilson’s character,. like him, I suffer from “Golden Age Thinking.” I think the past is sometimes better than the present.  I love all the writers mentioned in the film, especially Fitzgerald. I miss Paris. I really can’t wait to go back.

I stayed at my parents until around 2pm then went home. When I got home, I got another shower and made the edits to my paper that my writing tutor suggested and I submitted it. I needed to get it submitted by 8pm. I will be happy when this summer class is over.