French Class

First French Class

Today was my first French class. I am taking French 1 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday’s in the Cathedral of Learning during my lunch hour. I am just going to practice my french. The professor gave me permission to attend, even though I am not paying tuition for the class, which was super nice of him.

I walked over to the cathedral with Dr. E, a professor I work with in the Sociology Department. He is taking Italian. Our class rooms are next door to each other. I thought the class was going to be in the French Nationality Room. I was a little disappointed. The class room was basic. I took a seat near the back.

In the beginning of class, the professor asked us a question in french, and wrote the response on the board for us to respond back in French. It was fun. He asked a few of us why we are taking French? He called on me and I said, “I am obsessed with the French culture for as long as I can remember. I took French 1 and 2 in high school, and my husband and I just visited Paris back in May and managed to navigate France with knowledge of French 1 and 2, so I am here to practice my French.” the professor smiled and said, Merci. I smiled I was so excited to be there. I didn’t really participate too much because I wasn’t a paying customer. I wanted the students to get the most out of it. I was just there to practice and absorb.

At the end of class, he let us out early. I was excited for Wednesday! I am not sure how long I can keep this going. As long as my grad classes don’t keep me too busy, but my first French class since high school was a success!

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Keep Calm & Hail To Pitt

Today, I had my staffing interview with the University of Pittsburgh. I was going to meet Drew’s coworkers today, before going to my interview. I was so excited. I have heard so much about them. I left the house around 11:00am and started on my way to Oakland, and it was an adventure! I had to park a little far away in what is called Panther Hollow. I have never driven to Pitt before by myself. The last time I was there was back in 2009 when I wanted to go to school there, and they wouldn’t accept me because I had “C’s” on my transcript. I guess it was a blessing in disguise really, the campus just seemed so intense and overwhelming. I don’t think it was something I was ready for at the time.

When I finally got to the Cathedral and walked inside the main floor, it looked like, a chapel from Victorian times and it was rather breathtakingly interesting. If I was a student that is where I would probably spend most of my time on my computer writing and blogging. I took the elevator up to the 7th floor, and put on my black high heels. I was so excited to see Drew. I met the admin, and told her who I was and that I was here to see Drew Hornyak. She let me go sit at his desk in his cube. I wanted to surprise him. Some people saw me in Drew’s chair and realized I wasn’t Drew. They introduced themselves to me. I was glad to meet them and they all seemed so friendly.

When Drew finally got out of the meeting, he came around the corner and saw me in his chair. He laughed. I said, “Hello Husband.” I got up and kissed him. He was happy to see me. He introduced me to everyone at work, and they all seemed so nice. I am so happy for him. I even got to meet his boss Bill, who said nothing but nice things about my Husband. I knew that he would. He is such a great man, and a hard worker.

After I met his coworkers, we went to Quiznos for lunch, and Drew asked me if I wanted to leave Butters there again for another night? I asked him why? If it was because he was so high-strung? Or if it was because he wanted more time with me? He said “well I want more time with you. I want another dog free night!” I would love another dog free night actually, but I was concerned that there wouldn’t be enough food for him there, so I was going to have to drop some food off to him.

When it came time for my interview, Drew walked me to Craig Hall, and then he had to go back to work. He wished me luck, and kissed me goodbye. I had such a nice day with him, and I was sad to see him leave. It felt like old times again. Like we were on a date. I felt honored to be his wife, and so damn lucky.

The interview with the staffing woman from Pitt went really well. She told me how it works there and asked me about my previous work history, something that I just love talking about, but I try to do with grace and tact.  She told me that right they don’t have anything open, but will be in touch with me towards the end of summer. I said, that is perfect, and I look forward to hearing from her. She had to me do a typing test, which I aced. However, the Microsoft Word test I am not sure I did too well on that, but I think I knew most of them, but I am not sure I don’t feel as confident about that test as I do the typing test. I couldn’t wait to hear from then