Dinner with In-Laws

This evening, we went to the Cafe in Aliquippa. We were going to meet Drew’s parents there. We haven’t been there in forever. I stuck to my keto diet had a hamburger with no bun and a side of coleslaw. I had a couple drinks with my mother-in-law, crown, and soda waters.

At dinner, we talked about all that has been happening in our lives and in their lives. We hadn’t been out to eat together in a long time. She asked about my diet and I told her it is going so well. I really feel better eating this way. She was glad to hear it. We talked about my birthday plants, and dinner at my parents, as well as their vacation to Cape Cod. I am glad I got to see them.

When Drew and I got home, I had another crown and soda, then it was off to bed for this girl.

Cafe. Dan’s Birthday Bowling Party

Today, I went to the gym in the morning for an hour. I didn’t want to sit around and watch the reruns of the Hills anymore. I just needed to get out. I was so bored and feeling a bit anxiety ridden, exercise helps. I did the treadmill and the elliptical, but it felt like there were too many people around. After the elliptical, I went home.

On my way home, I needed to get into a project. It was 74 degrees outside! I opened the windows, and started putting away some heavy sweaters, that I know I am not going to wear anymore for the rest of the winter. I knew it was going to get colder again next week, but I needed something to do and I am home anyway. I called Leanne while I was putting clothes away in the garage. I told her about the drama, and she thought it was funny. I said, he is a bit of a wild card. People change, but I don’t know about that one. Leanne was saying how tired she was, and needs a nap before the party tonight.

After organizing everything, and putting everything away. I was exhausted. I logged on my computer and saw that the position I have been waiting on was reposted. It kind of threw me for a loop, because does that mean either Danielle’s are not viable candidates for this position, or did it expire? And they have to keep it up until it is filled, even though they have narrowed it down to two Danielle’s! I am going insane.

On the other hand, CCAC North Hills called me, and wants to interview me next Friday at 10am for the their temp pool. They have a temp position open. I was excited about that, but its not the position that I wanted.

When Drew came home, we had a moment together, and we talked about how hard things have been for me. He told me that Dr. Bailey, said he was fighting off a cold, and all his symptoms were coming and going, but his immune system is strong. I was glad that he was fighting it off, but shocked that it was a cold, and not allergies. He also told me what was causing the smell in his car, and it was the pork chops that we bought from the grocery store last weekend, they slid under the passenger seat. Needless to say, we had to throw those away. We got ready and left to go to the café in Aliquippa to meet his parents for dinner.

When we arrived at the Café, Brett was happy to see us, and as usual let us sample two different beers. One as Creme Brulee, and the other was a citrus hoppy one. I can’t remember the name of it. I just got a small miller lite. I was feeling a little down, emotional, and anxiety ridden waiting for the University of Pittsburgh to call. When his parents came in, they sat across from us, and it didn’t take long for me to start crying. Talking about this job situation is testing me. I am trying to stay so positive and do whatever I can, but I am just so sick of being unemployed. His parents said that I am doing everything I can and it is hard. This is life, but it makes you stronger. Something is going to happen for you. You just have to stay positive and straighten that crown of favor. She told me to say some affirmations under my breath and thank Jesus for my gifts and all that he has given me. I could do more of that actually.

After dinner, we went home to put the watermelon beer in the fridge that Brett gave us, and the rest of my salad that I couldn’t finish. Then it was back out the door again to go to Dan and Mikey’s birthday party, which was going to be at Crafton bowling lanes. I told Drew that my ex Bumper was going to be there. I just wanted to let him know so he wasn’t blindsided. It is actually okay for us all to be in the same room now. I didn’t do too bad at bowling. Nikki, Leanne’s sister came with her new boyfriend. They brought a bottle of fireball. I never tried it before. It was yummy. It tasted just like big red gum. I think I bowled better when I was sipping it. I will admit it. I kicked back a bit, but I made sure not to get drunk. It would only make things worse for me emotionally.

After bowling we went home and went to bed. Drew was starting to feel worse. I was actually surprised he last the whole time, not feeling well.

CMU Interview

Today, I woke up around 10am. I wanted to get down there around 1pm. My interview was at 2:45pm and wasn’t going to end until 4:45pm. Once I got down to CMU, I got a parking pass and parked behind Alumni House. It was an old mansion transformed. I hung out in my car for a while until it was time to go in.

When I first walked in, everyone was in the back-dining room, celebrating a baby sprinkle. One of the girls was pregnant again with their second child and they were throwing her a sprinkle. When they were ready, I first met with Lynn she told me that Gloria Gruber wanted to meet me today, but she is out sick. Lynn and I met for a half hour, during the that I was supposed to meet with Gloria. We just go to know each other a little, and had a casual conversation. I was going to meet with Lynn again for my last meeting of the day. After meeting with Lynn, I met with Diana P and a Russian woman, who were asking me questions about my past work experience, and the data that I would be responsible for. Then I met with Diana B and another woman who was responsible with Tableau. Kathy was the last woman I met with before Lynn her involvement with the person who is going to be in my position ended. They no longer want the person in my position involved in the parent and family engagement aspect for now. Hopefully I can get that back on my plate again at some point. I would love to use my good conversation skills with the parents and the families of CMU.

Lastly, I met with Lynn again. This time it was a formal interview conversation. One of the women asked that I show her my portfolio the project I made for Katz graduate school of business. Lynn was like wow this is perfect. You must love to do documentation. I said, I do. She said she is a recovering perfectionist.

After the interview was over they said that they were going to have a decision either right before thanksgiving, or the week after. I wish I could know now. When I got home, I stopped at Wendy’s before arriving home. I was excited to see Drew. When I go home, it was like 6:00pm. Rush hour traffic was a bitch. When I walked in the door, the smell of the bath tub made me so sick. Drew was so happy to see me and to hear how my interview went, but all I could do was focus on the smell. I was about to be sick. I handed him the food, and he opened the windows for me. He felt bad that I was sick with that smell. I tried to eat the little bit of Wendy’s I brought, but my stomach was sick and I wasn’t feeling good from that smell. I had a headache, as well. He gave me some motrin and I laid on the couch until it was time to go to Aliquippa. We were going to go have one more night in the quip before they move. I was excited for the Café.

Once we got to Aliquippa, they asked how my interview went, and we went to the Café. We had an amazing dinner, and a few beers. It was relaxing and what I needed after today. I desperately wanted CMU to call me.

Not The Top Candidate/Haunted Mini Golf 2016

This morning, I arrived to the Music Building, and went to go meet with Paula. We typically have our morning chats. She asked me how yesterday went and I told her that it went really well. I was glad that I was a part of the event, despite having to get up at 3:15am. She was glad all went well for me.

However, she did tell me that I was not the top candidate for the position in the Jazz Office. I said, “Oh okay.” She said, I have completely removed myself from any decision making. I wanted to let you know that they decided on a man named Frank, who is a Jazz enthusiast. He is going to be starting during the Jazz Seminar week. Do you still think you may want to stay on until Jazz week is over and get him trained, and show him the ropes? I said, “Yes of course.”I told her I was at peace with the decision and was honest with her. I only interviewed for that position, because it was a way in the door at Pitt. I didn’t really want it. She said, she knew that was the reason, but also said, if I were to apply for anything at the University in the Dietrich Arts and Sciences to let her know and she will make the appropriate phone calls. She said, they have to at least interview me, because I am honest, I take criticism well, and I want to learn how to be better. It was nice to hear.

Although, I had so much to do now. I was crazy busy all day. I had to meet with Amy at 2pm in her office and give her the money for the essential oil that I bought from her for my PMS which seemed to work. We chatted for a bit about my position, the situation, my resume, and Geri. I left after an hour, and I wasn’t really into going back to work. I was ready for the weekend, so I went up to Andrew’s floor in the cathedral and stopped to see him for a bit. I told him what Paula said, and he said that he is sorry I didn’t get it but wants me to send my resume over to all Temps immediately, so they can keep an eye out for me. I said, I definitely will. I know they won’t do anything until my assignment officially ends, and I don’t have an end date. I have a ball park time, but that is it. I don’t want him to get all crazy on me again. Like I am doing what I can I can’t do anything else. We have a really fun weekend planned. I am ready to get it started.

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After work, we went home and got changed, then went Haunted Mini Golfing at the Windmill. It was a perfect October evening. We had so much fun. I took my annual Michael Myers picture. After golfing, we went to the Café with his parents. I had 3 pumpkin beers, and his mom had a bit too much. She was saying such mean things to his dad, and telling Andrew and I things that we didn’t even know had happened in their marriage, like how they almost got divorced! For once in our entire relationship, I felt bad for dad. After the Café, we went home and went to bed. We had a chiropractor appointment in the morning.