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.

Meeting with Advisor

Today, I had a status meeting with my advisor. I have been working on a project with her and two other girls from my program. I have been putting it off it seems, but I am about 85% of the way done. I need to do some course descriptions, but other than that I feel like I have most of the information in the spreadsheet. At the end of the meeting, we set a completion date for the final product which is August 15th at 12pm. I need to dedicate more time to this and finish my part. I am trying to make another opportunity happen for me (I will have more details as they become available), my summer class, and wanting to soak up a little bit of summertime. I have been so busy.

After the meeting, my advisor and I just decided to jump right into our advising appt for that we originally scheduled for tomorrow. I spoke to my advisor about everything and she gave me some advice. She is so helpful and I value her advice and opinion on anything. We had a good meeting. She told me to keep her posted on what happens with the opportunity, and how the project comes along if I run into any questions. I am thankful and grateful to have her in my corner.

Early Out

On Wednesday, I had my virtual tutoring appointment with a new tutor. I wanted to get my paper looked over and corrected. My other tutor was not available it seems. I did miss her, but at least I can submit this paper now and not have to work on it over the weekend. I just wanted to relax this weekend.

We had an early dismissal, the Dean’s office was closing at 3pm. Our division administrator announced to us via e-mail that we could leave at 3pm and to have a safe July 4th! I was so ready to have the 4th off of work and the 5th, then a nice long weekend. We didn’t have much planned this evening. We got Chinese food for dinner. We were going to my parents tomorrow for a cookout and then his parents on Friday for dinner. I didn’t see the point to cooking for just one day.

Monday..

This morning, I did not want to get out of bed. I hate how Sunday nights never provide the best restful sleep. When we arrived to Oakland, we stopped at Starbucks to kick the week off right. We had to make it through 3 days then it was a four day weekend for us. Andrew and I took a vacation day on Friday the 5th.

When I got to the office, I talked to my mom for a bit. My dad just went into the operating room to get his cataract removed. The procedure was only going to take 6 mins. I was nervous for him, but I know he will be okay.

I sat down at my desk, and turned on my computer. I only had one e-mail to respond to, which wasn’t so bad. I responded and then started on my paper for my summer class. I was able to finish it and get it to my writing tutor for her to look over. I am waiting for her to kick it back to me with changes, and then I am going to submit. Also, I am waiting for others to submit their discussion posts so I can reply immediately. I do not want to do homework over the holiday weekend.

I sent a text to my friend at the radio station and told him my availability to pick up the Shinedown tickets. I am waiting to hear his availability.

Other than that is pretty low key here. I am hoping the rest of the week is like this.

This evening, the plan is to head to the gym and get a work out in, then go home and chill.

Post 3 Day Weekend

The next work day after having a three day weekend tends to feel like Monday, even though it was Tuesday!

I met with my advisor today during my lunch break to discuss a project that I volunteered to assist with. We are conducting a Market Assessment Opportunity. I am helping her collect raw data. There are two other women on the project. I have learned so much about group work from her class, and I even identified some of my bad habits when it comes to working in groups. I did well today. Group work can be difficult.

After the project meeting, my advisor and I met one-on-one about an opportunity that arrived via email on Friday. She said she would write a recommendation letter for me, before I was asked to interview. I hope I get this position. It would be such a great opportunity. We talked about my progress in the program, and an incident that occurred last semester. She was glad to hear all is well. We talked about my current job, and about a few people we know.

When I arrived back at my desk, I worked on some requests. Overall it was an easy day.

After work, I thought we had a CLA meeting planned at RMU. I was going to be late arriving so I sent an email to Nelle and Danny while we were stuck in traffic. They asked if we could reschedule for tomorrow. I said that would work. Once I got off the phone with them, I sent an email to my supervisor and CCed her supervisor. I hope they let me leave early again tomorrow.

This evening, when we got home, we cooked a keto chicken dish, along with some side dish left overs from Memorial Day. After dinner, we cleaned up, and I got a shower, then we watched Downton Abbey. I am getting him into the show. He likes it so far. I am rewatching it for the movie in September. I can’t wait!

Finally Friday

This morning, we stopped at Starbucks before heading to the office. Our office is going to close at 3pm today in observance of Memorial Day weekend. I am so glad! I am so excited to get back to my parents, pack up, and head back to Moon!

Right before lunch, an e-mail came through from the School of Education. They are looking for Graduate Assistants and to send applications by June 2nd. I called and inquired about it. The Director said alot of people leave their full-time position and take a GSA position, because the stipend amount evens out to more than they are getting paid at their current jobs. She also said, as a  GSA I would be doing substantive work and etc. She asked what I want to do in the future? I told her either a transfer/adult education coordinator, or perhaps a student activities and leadership development coordinator. She said, that they are working on an entrepreneurial academy here in the department and etc. We talked about dress code, and the department. I feel confident about it. She said, as a GSA we would pay your tuition and give you a stipend. I said, oh okay. She said, would you consider moving to a full-time student? I said, “Yes, I would definitely want to do that then.” She said, “Okay, perfect.” She gave me some advice. She said she will take a look at my resume and they are going to schedule interviews after the second of June.

After I got off of the phone with her, I opened my office door and saw my supervisor’s, supervisor in the departmental coordinator’s office going over lunch plans. I asked her if I could steal her away when she was done. After she finished discussing her lunch plans, she entered my office and I shut the door. I told her about the GSA position and how I applied for it. She said, would you be doing that in addition to your job? I said, “No I would be doing that in place of my job. I would leave my job for the GSA position.” She said, “Okay, I think you would be great in that department and you would be gaining real experience for what you want to do in the future.” She gave me her support. I opened the door and she went back to her office.

A few minutes later, the departmental coordinator and I went to get the hoagies for lunch. When we arrived back at the office, we grabbed plates and forks, then sat outside in the sun to eat lunch. It  was good honest and fun lunch.

What started out as a really shitty week turned into a really nice week with an awesome opportunity ahead.

Now, I am anxiously awaiting three o’clock to arrive so we can leave and get ready for Memorial Day weekend!

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.