University of Pittsburgh

Court side Pitt Panther’s Game

After work Drew and I went to the Pitt Panther’s game. We took a shuttle to the Pete and we picked our tickets up at WillCall and then went inside the Pete. When we got inside, we went through security and made our way to our seats.  We were told to go to the sign that would take us down the stairs all the way down to the floor. I looked back at Drew and smiled. We made our way down the stairs. We found our seats. we were on the court, in the same area as the athletics staff. We were in front of where my contact would sit in athletics. We were in the big shot section. Drew was so happy his face lit up. I can’t think of a better way to start winter break.
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University of Pittsburgh

Game Day

This morning, I didn’t feel hung over at all. We drank a bottle of champagne together, had drinks at dinner, wine before dinner, and a can of rose spiked sparkling water. I felt ready to go for game day! We got showered and went down to breakfast. The front desk attendant escorted us to the dining room. I immediately was in another time.
Image may contain: people sitting, table and indoorThe table looked so beautiful. We took a seat in the back at the small two seat table.  We got to talking with the hostess, and she poured us some coffee, while we waited for our breakfast.

Image may contain: Danielle Hornyak, smiling, sitting, drink and indoorOur table even had a little bell on it, if we needed anything we could just ring the bell. I thought oh my God no way! I have always wanted a bell. For breakfast, I had waffles with bacon and Drew had pancakes with sausage. I didn’t want to leave. I wish I could live here.

After breakfast, we took an Uber down to where some of the pregame stuff was happening. It was still a bit too early for anything, but it was cool to go and experience it.

When we arrived at the park where the pregame stuff was happening, we saw ESPN radio doing a broadcast. It was cool to see and to be apart of.  it was still too early to do anything game related. We explored around the area a little more and decided to walk back to our bed and breakfast. Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, outdoor It was cool to see and to be apart of.  it was still too early to do anything game related.

We explored around the area a little more and decided to walk back to our bed and breakfast. On our way back, we were crossing the street and some people approached us and said, “Hail to Pitt.” We said, “Hail to Pitt.” It was a father and son. He said, where do you guys get your umbrellas?” Drew told him about the 7//11 on the corner that is we got ours. He said, oh cool. He asked if were going to the Pitt tailgate before the game. Drew said, We weren’t. we didn’t get tickets in time, but it would be cool to go. He said, “I might be able to get you in. we are on the way to meet my wife at the French quarter restaurant. Why don’t you guys come have a drink? and we can plan to meet up later. Drew looked at me to make sure I was cool with it. I nodded and said, “okay, we will go for a drink.” I thought why not. When we got to the French Quarter restaurant, we met his wife and sat at the table with them. They had a special and Mimosas were like $3.50, so that is what I got. The guy’s wife asked me what I got and I said, “a mimosa” and smiled. We introduced ourselves and exchanged contact information for later. The guy said how he is an alumni of Pitt and knows all the people in athletics and the chancellor and etc. The names he was dropping I knew of, but when it was my turn to drop names he didn’t recognize them. Drew told him how we both work at Pitt and he laughed and said, “Oh like in the book store? or ticket sales?” He was trying to be funny, but I found him rude. I didn’t really like him from the start. Drew said, “no I am in a branch of IT called CSSD.” I said, “and I am the academic coordinator. I build the class schedule for the sociology department and I am in grad school at Pitt, as well.” he said, “oh okay.” He didn’t have too much to say. I went along with it, because it could mean that we could get into the Pitt tailgate.
After we finished our drink, we exchanged contact information for later and then went back to the bed and breakfast. I had to change into my rain boots. We went back to the French Quarter restaurant around 3:00pm. We wanted to grab an appetizer before we went to the Tailgate. At the tailgate, it was all you can eat game day food and 2 alcoholic drinks per person.
Around 4:30pm, we the man, his wife, and son on the street with some other couples they knew outside the restaurant and we all walked to where Pitt was having their tailgate. I had an awkward feeling, but I didn’t share it with Drew. I just hoped it would all work out for the best. We got in line and people from alumni hall and office of special events were checking people into the event. I recognized them and I knew who they were, but I may have to tell them I am someone else so I can get in if this guy was going to give us other people’s names to use. After he checked everyone in that was with him, there wasn’t a way we could get in. He said, “sorry guys” and walked away. I looked at Drew and I said, “I knew it. I knew that guy was full of it.” We got out of line and I tried to call my friend in Athletics. He said, he was at a team dinner, but would text his contact when he told me her name. I thought we have a chance now at getting in. I knew exactly who she was. He told us we should go to graham’s pour house. There were Pitt people there we could party with until we heard back.
When we arrived at Graham’s Pour House, I have never seen so many people in one bar in Blue and Gold in my life. There was a closed in patio section on the roof. They were letting people up as people came downstairs and left. They were almost at full capacity. My contact in Athletics told us to go back at 5:30pm and see if we could get in. We passed the time away and drank and sang the Pitt version of the Neil Diamond’s song “Sweet Caroline.” Everyone was so pumped. We flirted with the idea of just staying there and not going to the tailgate, but I was determined to get us into the tailgate and show that guy how ridiculous he was.
At 5:30pm, I approached the Pitt alumni tailgate. I told them that so and so (I am not saying names) said we should come back at 5:30pm and see if we can get in. She said, “Yes, you can! Did you pay online or are you going to pay here.” Drew was so happy. I said, “We are going to pay here.” They handed us our lanyards and we were in!
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We walked in and immediately took this picture of us with our lanyards. We did it! We were in the tailgate! We walked right past the guy and his wife. The guy said, “They got in.” I smiled my fake smile said, “Yea, have a good time.” We walked over to where the food was and they had tailgate food buffet style. They had little bags of chips that you could just take and go, they had cookies that you could just take and go. They had a couple stations set up for wine and beer. I had two glasses of pino grigo. After we ate, we heard someone making a speech. We went over to where the podium was set up and we saw Heather Lyke and Chancellor Gallagher along side the podium waiting to introduced. Heather Lyke was first. She talked about the spirit and Pitt panthers and Hail to Pitt. We got a selfie with her afterwards. It was too cool. Then the
Image may contain: 3 people, including Danielle Hornyak, people smiling, people standingChancellor made his speech and he said, “there is something in the air tonight.” We were all hoping  Pitt was going to win. I got another picture with the Chancellor after he made his speech. The best part is he remembered me from our last conversation. He opened his arms out for a hug and then we took a selfie with him.

 

Image may contain: 5 people, including Danielle Hornyak, people smiling, people standing and beardAfter this picture, I texted Nancy and said, another one for my Pitt board in my office! I am so glad I was able to make this happen for Drew and for us. I am so happy and proud with all that I accomplished so far. Hail to Pitt!

After the tailgate was over, we made our way to the stadium. It was pouring down rain. I was so sick of the rain at this point. When we entered the stadium, we found our seats. We were pretty much the only Pitt fans. This was clearly the Clemson side of the stadium.
Image may contain: people playing sports and stadiumWhen the game started, Clemson was the first to score. It was going to be a long night for Pitt. I texted my friend in Athletics who was on the field. He and I shared text messages throughout the game. We only stayed until the half time then we left. Pitt was losing, it was rainy and cold. It was a good experience and cool to be apart of.

Once we got back to the bed and breakfast, we got showered and laid our clothes out to dry. We got packed up except for things that we would need in the morning. We had to be out of there at 4am.

 

 

Family, Uncategorized

Birthday Dinner at My Parents

This morning we had a chiropractor appointment. I was finally going to get my ankle adjusted. He asked why I didn’t come to the office when my accident happened and I said because it happened in the afternoon on a Tuesday and you weren’t in. I am sure he would have made a special visit to the office to adjust me, if he had to. He is a family friend.

After I was adjusted my ankle was a bit sore and tender. It didn’t feel good. I knew that was going to be the case. After the Chiropractor, we went home and I did some homework until it was time to go to my parents for dinner.

When we arrived, it was a little after 4pm. I was tied up. I was so happy to see my parents my dogs. I helped my mom a little in the kitchen, while Drew and my dad watched football in the living room.

For dinner, we ate beef tenderloin and asparagus. For desert, there wasn’t a birthday cake because I am keto. However, they used a candle to sing Happy Birthday to me. My birthday gift from my parents was a rose gold iPad Pro. I love it! I can’t wait to get a case for it. My parents and my husband spoil me.

We had a great time at dinner and I loved seeing my dogs!

Robert Morris University

New Freedom Card

Today, I left work at 3pm. I was on my way to RMU. Traffic was too bad probably because I left at 3. I arrived to RMU around 4:30pm. I got a visitor’s pass from RMU police and then put it in my car and walked to the Revere Center.

When I walked into the building, I couldn’t remember which way to go. I read the sign and it pointed downstairs, but when I went downstairs, I forgot the freedom card office is straight back. I stopped into another office, I think it was Student Accounts. A work study was working the front desk. He told me freedom cards are down the hall. I said, “Oh okay, thank you.” I turned and walked down to the hall and there it was on the door, “Freedom Card Office.” I walked in and approached the work study, who was sitting in a cube. I told her I was here for a freedom card, my name is Danielle. I am a graduate intern with John Locke. She said, “oh okay, he told me you were coming.” I smiled. She said, your name isn’t coming up in our system. I said, “Oh I am alumni, and it is under my maiden name.” I gave her my maiden name and there I was. She said, “She couldn’t edit my name, but she could add to it.” I said, “Okay, I guess I will be a hyphen then.”  I truthfully didn’t care. I always joke with Drew about being a hyphen and he always says no. Honestly, it is nice to see my maiden last name next to my married name. I don’t mind it.

When they created my card, they used the same picture I took for the first one when I was an undergraduate. I thought that was great. I didn’t mind it. I was going to wear the same shirt, but it was so hot outside. They also gave me a staff card. I thought that was pretty cool as well.

After I got my card printed, I reported to John Locke’s office. He was pretty busy. We got my e-mail set up, and he gave me a parking pass. He said, he didn’t have anything for me today, but we will be in touch. He asked, if I could help with the Colonial Theater and sell tickets at the Box Office, next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday? I said, I can do that. I will see you then.

I left his office and called Drew and told him about working the Box office and my RMU ID. I said, can I get something at the bookstore to celebrate. he said, go for it Bub! When I went down to the bookstore, theater music was playing in the store. I liked it. I shopped around for an ID holder, an RMU lanyard, and went to the counter. A there student who graduated around the same time I did sold me the items, and then he saw my freedom card. He said, Oh I didn’t see that you were staff you get 15% percent off. Here I will return those items and you can buy them back, and I will give you 15% off. This is so sweet.  I said, “Oh but I am intern.” He said, “Doesn’t matter you have a staff ID.” I also bought a Colonial Crazies shirt. Why the hell not? I am enjoying this. I would have bought more, but I didn’t want to over do it.

When I left RMU, I took some pictures. I had this overwhelming sense of pride to be an alumnus of RMU. I feel blessed and grateful.

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When I got back to my parents, I finally met Alyssa. We talked for a bit. She is helping with the dogs during the day, while I was at work. She is also my distant cousin. She was telling me how she loves Paris and how little she is. I smiled. I said, they are both good dogs, but Paris has a little personality to her. We chatted for a bit, but I had to get ready for Drew to come over.

When Drew arrived it was 7:30pm. He wasn’t feeling too well, but wanted to be here with me to help me with the dogs tomorrow, so I could work on my paper. I am nervous about sitting down and crafting it, but I should have all that I need.

In the evening, we relaxed and watched Smallville before going to bed.

Robert Morris University, Uncategorized

Internship

I heard back from Max, the professor that I had last semester. He also handles the internship portion. Max said, that the two projects sound like a great idea. I have to remember to take the internship class in the fall of 2019, and I am to have some of my hours completed by the time I take the class (no problem). There is no form and no proposal. I was so excited he wrote back so quickly and so happy that he approved.

Immediately, I forwarded the e-mail to John Locke. He texted me in the evening and gave me some details and we are looking to get a meeting together on the 28th to iron out some details and start working. I am so excited to be interning at  RMU.

RMU is where I received my bachelors degree. I was a transfer student. I started out my college career at comunity college. After I received my associates, I took a semester off to work and decide my next move. I looked at RMU’s campus and I Instantly fell in love with it. It was a gem and still is.

RMU was where I laughed, cried, struggled, and succeeded. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. I am proud to be a Colonial. I feel so blessed I get to intern there.

Marriage, University of Pittsburgh

Early Birthday Gift

Today, at lunch Drew and I had an appointment to go to the Pitt bookstore at 1pm. We were going to look at MacBooks and hopefully purchase one today using our payroll deduction. We did think Best Buy was cheaper.

At the bookstore, they told us that we would have to pay 10% down (we ended up putting 20% down). We get 150 dollars off the original price due to the Education Discount. We also had to pay $20 for a service fee. However, we get free Beats head phones. I wasn’t crazy about the Beats, but they were part of the deal.

After getting our questions answered and going over the cost. Drew asked me what I wanted to do? And I said I want to do what you want to do. I can wait until October (my Birthday is October 24th) he said, let’s get it today. I hugged him and said, thank you! He said, Happy Birthday baby!”

At the check out counter, we decided to do the payroll deduction for 18 months. We will be paying on this computer for awhile, but it is worth it. I was so excited my first Mac! The Beats weren’t just the huge DJ head phones, they had ear buds to choose from as well. I chose the white Powerbeats. They are wireless. Alright I will try them.

When I got back to the office, Gene, our in house IT guy, set it up for me, and put on Microsoft 360 (because I work at Pitt, I get 5 free software downloads). I couldn’t wait to go home and play on my computer.

Once we got home, I turned on my computer and showed Drew. He said that looks so cool. I set up my Beats. I love them!

Drew went to the gym, and I went to Subway. I got footling subway club on wheat with all the veggies except for jalapeños. When I got home, I got a shower, ate half my sandwich and got caught up on Teen Mom 2, then put some laundry in. I had a good day.

Daddy's Girl, Family, In-Laws, Uncategorized

July 4th

This morning, we got up and got ready to go to the pool. We wanted to get there right when it opened. We didn’t have too much time to relax at the pool, before our families were arriving for 4th. We were having a cook out. I always wear my american flag dress on the fourth of July dress. I didn’t bother with a selfie this year.

After we came back from the pool the madness set in. Once we came home, I got a shower and got ready for our parents to arrive. While I was in the shower, I listen to music on my phone (I keep my phone in the bathroom, in a glass container. I was listening to Florence and the Machine. I had the music going and the bathroom fan going. Thankfully, I was finishing up, but I heard Andrew yelling for me, “Danielle!” He was standing at the bottom of the stairs. He didn’t bother coming upstairs to tell me that his Dad was 15 mins away with Aunt Tootsie. I got out of the shower, wrapped a towel around me and opened the door and said, “I can’t hear you.” He said, “Turn the music down.” I said, “come up and talk to me.” He just laughed, then said, “My dad is on his way with Aunt Tootsie they will be here in 15 mins.” I said, “Okay, I am coming down.” I got dried off and dressed in my american flag dress. I have to wear shorts under neath, it is a bit too short in the back. It is cut weird. I got it at the goodwill.

When I went downstairs, I started making buffalo chicken dip. His dad arrived with Aunt Tootsie, walked in through the living room and said, “Where’s Dwarfy?” He calls me Dwarfy because I am short. I am 5’3 and everyone else is so tall in this family, including Andrew. I said, “I am in here.” When he came into the kitchen, he said, “What are you making?” I said, “Buffalo Chicken Dip.” While I was waiting for the oven to heat up, I started making guacamole. It was going to be one of those days, where I rarely sit and enjoy the company.
A little while later my parents arrived, the gang was all here. When I went to the movies with my dad, my dad opened his trunk of his SUV and gave me 75.00 of fireworks. I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do with them. I know they are legal now in Pennsylvania, but I have no where to set them off. We have neighbors and trees our HOA would be so mad if we burned our grass. I didn’t see how we would have any use for them. Well last night, Andrew and I sorted through them and we were able to pull some small ones out that we could set off, but the ones that have artillery shells were going to have to wait for another day. My dad is so into fireworks and setting them off, and I think it’s cool, but there is a time and definitely a place for all that. It’s not the same anymore, where liability is a huge issue.
Andrew and his dad cooked dinner outside on the grill. His dad brought his grill of course Andrew had his.  It was nice for them to grill together. I was happy they got to spend some father/son time together. My dad hung outside with them as they grilled. I made sure everyone was staying hydrated. Dinner was fabulous; Burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato salad, chicken salad, fruit, and Aunt Tootsie’s German chocolate cake! It was nice to spend the time all together.
Around 5pm, Andrew’s mom left, so did Dad and Aunt Tootsie. I sent some left overs home for everyone. My dad, my mom, myself, and Drew set off some fireworks in the backyard. I am such a Daddy’s girl. The look on my dad’s face, when I told him we couldn’t set any of those fireworks off was just too much. I hate bumming him out. I am glad we were able to set off some. My mom was talking about making this a tradition. We will see. 🙂