I spent most of the morning and the past few days working on my seminar paper. I implemented my professor’s feedback, and my writing tutor’s feedback. I felt like I was in a good spot. I was in desperate need of a break, and Xed out of the window without saving my work. I was so annoyed with myself and so pissed off. I lost all that work. I sent a frantic e-mail to my instructor and we set up a phone call for Monday. My advisor sent me an e-mail to check in on me and I told him how today wasn’t a good day, but tomorrow will be better.
Andrew got word that Pitt is going to close to non-essential employees as of today at 5pm. Around 2pm, we went to CMU first, to get my personal belongings off my desk, and take home my work lap top, so I could remote in remotely. Then we went to Pitt and packed up his things and took home his two monitors, and some personal belongings. Andrew is going to work from home remotely for the foreseeable future. It is a weird time right now. It is like a death happened. Perhaps it is a death to the old ways of things. Our lives are going to change.
When we got home, Andrew set up my work space and we took it easy the rest of the night.
All non essential businesses are closed. On Monday, I went for my last hair appointment before the quarantine. I received a phone call from the hair salon that they had to close at midnight tonight. When I arrived, the stylists were hard at work, getting as much as they could done before the close. It was actually a cool experience to be apart of. A woman said to the owner, can I buy you a bottle of wine? I want to do something for you.” The owner said, “No, just come back when this is over.” I was sad for the owner of the salon, but so glad to be there apart of this moment, where we are all pulling together and trying to do what we can for our small businesses.
When I sat in Misty’s chair she touched up my roots and made them darker, but still kept my light blonde ends. I wasn’t sure how long this was going to last. The government said two weeks, but just in class it was going to be longer. I decided to cut my hair short, and let it grow back out again, so it wouldn’t look ratty at the end of the quarantine. I am already looking forward to the end of the quarantine.
Monday was also 3:16 Day! When I was younger, I loved wrestling. I liked the stories, and of course Triple H shirtless! Monday was Stone Cold Steve Austin Day! Andrew, I watched as Stone Cold came down the ramp. There was no audience, so that was weird. However, despite the lack of audience, Stone Cold Steve Austin did is usual entrance, and then climbed into the ring and someone tossed him a couple cans of beers, he opened them, and tossed them back. The beer pouring down his mouth and on to his shirt. It was classic.
I used to be so obsessed with the WWE. I had a huge crush on Triple H. I miss those days. The good story lines. Now, I am not quite sure what is going on with the narratives, or who even the newer wrestlers are, but it was a pleasant distraction to what is going on in the world right now.
Andrew and I went to the gym yesterday, and they had every other machine roped off with a sign defining social distancing and trying to eliminate the spread of germs. I thought it was a good idea. There were very few people at the gym, but I tried to be considerate of my time on the machines, so others could use them. I think we are all in this together, and need to remember to be kind to one, another.
After the gym, in the late afternoon, Andrew and I decided to go to Primanti’s for green beer. Typically, one would not be able to find a parking space at this location, or a space at the bar. However, we were able to find both ,a parking spot and a space at the bar. We opted for one of the high top tables in the name of social distancing. We ordered our green beer and seemed to be the only ones who were drinking it. Until one girl at the bar was like, “hey, they have green beer!” It seemed as though everyone forgot that we should celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Recently, I found out my nationalities through a 23 and me test. I am British and Irish mostly. Also a mix of other nationalities, but mostly British and Irish, so I have to have at least one green beer. We ordered our sandwiches, and enjoyed just getting out for a bit. We were going to be inside for the most part of the week next week working from home. We still plan on trying to go to the gym, as long as it doesn’t close.
Also, I am over going to the store. It is barren anyways; no bread, no milk, no toilet paper, and no organic meat. We went this morning to see if they restocked their shelves. we bought fresh spinach and plan to freeze some, and some organic vegetables. We also managed to get the last bag of frozen organic chicken. It is madness.
I hope everyone is staying safe, using common sense and washing their hands!
Yesterday, Drew was at work when he texted me and asked me if I had seen an e-mail from the Chancellor, of the University of Pittsburgh. I refreshed my e-mail on my phone and saw that that I had received an e-mail and it was about Pitt’s Actions against the Corona Virus. I read the e-mail and we are moving to online learning, and there will not be anymore in person classes for the rest of the semester. I couldn’t believe this was happening. Robert Morris University sent out there notice and are moving to online learning, and even cancelled fan attendance at the Women’s basketball game for the NEC Tournament final. Carnegie Mellon University send out their notice and are planing to move to online learning, but need a couple days to sort it out, but the campus will remain open, but most events are cancelled, as well. This is such a strange time. I feel the need to look out for myself and prepare to be disciplined since now everything is to be conducted for school online.
Andrew and I went to the store yesterday to grab a couple things and the aisles that contain toilet paper were bare. There was hardly any Lysol wipes. This is madness. When we got home, I put dinner in the oven, and we watched the President address the nation. I need to think about my safety and the safety of those around me, and social distance myself. I hope this doesn’t last long, but it is the way it has to be for now. I think it’s good we learn to embrace virtual learning and test our tech skills and knowledge.
I am so proud to be a Robert Morris University alum! They won the final round of the NEC Tournament. Drew, my father-in-law, and myself attended the game. At the end of the game, the Colonial crazies stormed the court. It was so awesome! There were some familiar faces in the audience, Charlie Batch was court side, and Tim Benz was documenting the play-by-play for the radio stations. I was able to connect with both them. It was the perfect moment before the storm that would be upon us later in the week.
Robert Morris University will be apart of Selection Sunday for the first time since 2015. I can’t wait to see where their journey takes them. Let’s go Bobby Mo!
In the afternoon, Andrew and I attended the RMU men’s basketball game. They are in the NEC tournament. If they win this, they go on to the next round. I was so excited for my alma mater! Our seats were in row A. We were behind the floor seats. It was as close as we could get to the court. We had a great seats for the game. RMU did so well and beat LIU.
After the game, Drew and I decided to go to the box office and get tickets for Tuesday’s game for the NEC Tournament Final. They will play St. Francis. We were not able to get the same seats, but we did get the same section. I am so amped for my school!