Last Day at Pitt

Last Day at Pitt

Today, is my last day working at Pitt in the Sociology Department. I am still going to be a graduate student in the School of Education’s Higher Education Management Program. I can’t believe it. I have learned so much here. I met my co-workers, who are my lifelong friends Wynn, Jenna, and Nancy.

Wynn, has been my mentor. She has helped me so much in this role. Sometimes we just go for walks outside around the building and talk about trashy novels. She was in my part of my position before Sociology became part of the Social Sciences Division. She is a departmental coordinator in Political Science now but was still willing to help me navigate my position, and was always there for me for anything.

Jenna, took Nicolette’s old position in Africana. Jenna has her Master’s in Italian. She is so sweet, and eventually took a job at Google and left the University. She and I still keep in touch.

Nancy, has been at Pitt since was 17 years old. Nancy will be retiring in January. She has been so awesome. She was like another mother figure to me. She would say the funniest things, and would always say her computer does whatever it wants. I will miss her dearly. Honestly, if I was still in this role, when she retired I don’t know how I would be able to do this position without her.

Being the Academic Coordinator in this role has allowed me to meet so many athletes. One of my favorite faculty members in this department works closely with the athletes. Sometimes some of the well-known football players and basketball players would stop by his office. I would make sure to say hi to them wish them well, and even get a selfie with them. I made friends with one of the advisors for the athletes and every once in a while, I will score some tickets to the football and basketball games. We are going to keep in touch. I am so blessed and so fortunate. I guess it is like any position. You can make it yours, and try to enjoy every day that you are in the role, or you can be miserable and count down the days until the next opportunity. I tried in this role, and I think I did well, but my heart is not in it. This position is just not for me and it is not a good fit for me and my personality, but I will miss my friends, and meeting the athletes. I hope to end up back at Pitt one day, but just in a different department, and on a different angle of the University.

Hail to Pitt!

Samuel

Samuel

This evening, we met Samuel for the first time. Samuel is Ben and Tricia’s second son. Ben and Tricia are our friends. Ben went to Grove City with Drew. Tricia is a sweet heart. Our men are so alike. Ben was in our wedding as a groomsmen.

Eventually, Drew got to hold Sam. TbffB%ZOS664M7er0LFlMwHe looks so good with a baby in his arms. It made my ovaries bounce with excitement. Seeing Drew hold Sam made me so excited for our future. He is going to be a great dad. Although he is nervous to hold other people’s children he looks like a natural and will be such a good dad one day.

 

 

Jackson is Ben and Tricia’s oldest. He is into his toys and his mom. He won’t sit with anyone other than Mom. He is so cute. Eventually I got a picture with Drew and the boys.

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A Night Out

A Night Out

On my way home from Robert Morris University, I stopped at Starbucks for an iced coffee, no classic syrup, a shot of espresso with cream. I needed my espresso. When I got home I kissed my husband, got a shower, and got changed. I kissed my husband one more time, then I was out the door to go to Anthony’s.

There was so much going on in Pittsburgh; Garth Brooks concert, open carry rally, etc. I knew traffic was going to be a nightmare, but I grew up in Crafton and now how to get around traffic. I took the parkway 376 to the Greentree exit. Everyone that was in front of me seemed to be staying straight and heading towards Downtown Pittsburgh. I then took the back way to the West End, which didn’t have any traffic at all, then I hoped on 51 to Mount Washington. It was a piece of cake. I called Anthony when I was 2 mins away. He met me outside. I parked and we hugged it has been too long since we hung out just us.

When we entered his apartment, Dylan was on the couch. I said, hi to him. Then I sat at the table and did my make up while, we got caught up on the latest drama.

Once we were ready, we got in Anthony’s car and I played the usual tunes the Spice Girls, Britney Spears, etc. We parked in the parking lot next to the Shiloh Grill.  We went there together several times before I got married and moved out of Crafton. I turned Anthony onto this place. Image result for the shiloh grill

They have this item on the menu called, “The Britney Spears.” they are chicken tenders. We had to order them because we love Britney Spears and there is so much going on about her in the media right now. We just want her to know that we support her are ready for her when she is ready.
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These are the Britney Spears chicken tenders. They come with two dipping sauces. It was a cute presentation. I had to show you all. Anthony and I split the tenders.

At dinner, we talked about the latest gossip, what was going on at work, his dating life, my internship, work stuff, and what the plan was for tonight. At dinner, Dylan really didn’t say too much.

Also, at at dinner Anthony had this drink called a Happy Ending. It is a cucumber spritzer. It was good. I had a Moscow mule.

After dinner, we checked out the Night Market in Market Square. I was already getting tired. There were some cute things at the Night Market, but nothing I couldn’t live without. We walked past the PPG place on the way back to the car and there were children jumping in and out of this water fountain where the ice rink typically is in the winter time. Summer was coming!

Once we got back to Anthony’s we hung out it was still a bit too early to go out. I knew once I sat on the couch I was going to fall asleep and not want to go out. Anthony got a shower and Dylan and I watched Titanic together. We always recite the lines when we are together. Anthony makes fun of our love for Titanic. He took a snap chat video of us just sitting in the same pose watching the movie.

Around 10:30pm, Dylan left to go home. Anthony and I got in my car and we made our way to the Southside. I haven’t been out to the south side in so long. I drove down East Carson and tried to find spot to park, which is half the battle. Luckily it didn’t take me too long to find one. I parked and we got out of the car and made our way on foot to go up East Carson. All the sudden, a younger man approached Anthony and me and said, “So where are you guys going tonight?” I laughed and looked at Anthony and he laughed. We just kept on walking.  Anthony said, “that was so weird.” We walked into the bar called, “Jimmy D’s.” Anthony has never been there before. I have I won Mardi Gras Queen here back in 2010. When I told Anthony, I won Mardi Gras Queen he was like, “You won Mardi Gras Queen?” and laughed. I said, “yes, I did.” I tossed my hair off my shoulders to be sassy. We walked upstairs and there was no one on the dance floor yet. Once we  approached the bar and saw a sign that says, “Cash Only.” I said, “Oh Cash Only.” Anthony laughed. The bar tender said, “yea, but we have an ATM.” He pointed in the direction of the ATM. I looked back at the ATM and then back at the bartender and then at Anthony. I said, “No thank you.” Anthony and I walked away and down the stairs. Anthony said, “You have an ATM, so does PNC, but I don’t get there to get a drink.” I laughed.

We made our way towards Foxtail (the old Diesel) then we saw this baby in a thing that has wheels on it, and you put the baby in the middle. I don’t know the name of this thing, but lets call it a walker. The baby was cruising around on the sidewalk and almost out in the middle of the street. Anthony  grabbed my arm and started laughing. he said, “Let’s go this way.” We walked in the other direction towards 18th Street. We went to the Tiki Lounge. I asked, if there was a cover? the bouncer said, “1 dollar.” I laughed and said, “I don’t have cash.”  He said, “I am just kidding.” We showed them our IDs and walked in to the bar. The Tiki Lounge has an island theme to it and typically is packed. There were people sitting at the bar, and at tables along the side. I looked back at Anthony. He said, lets go straight back. I walked to the back, and saw only two men on the dance floor just eyeing us up. I looked back at Anthony and pointed towards the front. He laughed and said, “Yea back to the front.” We walked out of the Tiki Lounge and back up towards Nakama where we saw the baby in the stroller.

Across the street we heard some decent music at this one bar. I said, “Lets go over there.” we had to cross the street first. We crossed quickly and entered Bar Louie. This was a multi level bar. We got a drink at the first level of the bar. Then explored the different levels. We walked up the stairs and there some people dancing around the electronic jukebox on the wall. We stood by the wall and watched all the newly 21 year olds. The guys in their khaki board shorts and t-shirts. Anthony and I shared looks and laughed. Things have changed a bit since we were newly 21, or perhaps we were just getting older.

Anthony told me he said, “I saw so many guys checking you out.” I said, “really?” He said, “Yea, especially when we were downstairs.” I just don’t notice it really anymore. I have been married for 3 years.

After we finished our drink, we moved onto the next bar. We walked back across the street to Foxtail. Foxtail used to be Diesel. Diesel has so many memories for me. I blacked out there once (thank God I was safe), past moments with someone from my past, etc. I went here several times with my friends when I was 21. There was no cover. When we walked into Foxtail, the layout of Diesel was the same, but it was less millenial techno club, it was packed. There were some nights where Diesel wasn’t packed.  The neon blue lights with black decor that was once Diesel was gone. Foxtail had a wooden look to it. The DJ booth was still placed above the dance floor. Platforms for dancing and for security to peace keep still existed. I do miss the old Diesel look and the memories that it held, but nothing lasts forever.

The dark creepy hall way still existed with the bathrooms off to the left. The dance floor was packed. The music was blaring. We got a drink. I had one double titos and soda water. Anthony had the same. He bought this round. We went to the dance floor and it took a minute to get into it again and it back at it, but we were dancing and looking around. It was different. It took a minute to get assistance from the Titos to help the dancing and for it to feel normal again.

Two double vodka and sodas, and (one single shot of Titos and soda water later). We were dancing on the dance floor and having so much fun. We would move around to make sure no one creepy would try to dance with us. At one point Anthony spotted a guy with highlights. He said, “I see high lights!!” We laughed. I love going to gay bars with him, but I like dragging him to straight bars too! We have so much fun together. I really needed this time with him. I needed to cut loose and that I did. When I went to the rest room, I was swaying. I knew then I couldn’t drive, so I called my parents. 31 and I call my parents to bail me out of situations. 🙂 My mom was happy that I called and said, it’s 1:30am we will call you when we are close.

When I exited the restroom, I told Anthony and he said, “okay.” I said, “lets go dance!” We went back out to the dance floor and danced until my parents called me. At one point, my mom said,  we are here where are you?” I told Anthony my parents were here. He said, “okay lets walk to the car.” I stumbled out of Foxtail and gave Anthony the phone so he could talk to my mom. We walked to the car and parents met us there. I gave my mom my keys. Anthony called Drew, my husband and told him that my mom came to get us, and she is going to drive Danielle back to their house and drop him off at home. He was happy we were safe. Anthony said, “She needed this ya know cut loose a little.” I am sure Drew agreed, but was happy I was safe.

After my mom dropped Anthony off at home, she took me home. I walked into the door of my parents and my mom made me an egg sandwich. My dad was sitting his chair and looked at me while I ate and said, “Are we a little old to be doing this?” I sneered at him. I said, I am always the grown up and taking care of everyone. I was responsible.” He laughed a little.

After I ate my egg sandwich, my mom gave me some pjs, and a tooth brush. I brushed my teeth, changed, and went to bed. I was hoping to not have a hang over the next morning.

 

RMU African American Leadership Experience

RMU African American Leadership Experience

This morning, I met my friend Eric at Yorktown. We were helping out with the African American Leadership Experience Conference. Eric is my friend from my Higher Education management program. I wanted him to attend because I think that he could meet some influential people at this conference and I think that he is a great role model and very professional.

At one point, I met one of the higher-ups at CCAC and I told him about how I started at CCAC and how I try to correct that negative stigma around Community Colleges. He said he would like to bring me along with him. I laughed.

I was able to sit down and talk to the Director of Student Life about my interests in education and what I would like to write about, and etc. It was a great experience.  I even got to take some professor pictures. Well, they are as good as they get for now.

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Halloween 2018

This morning, I helped out at the RMU football game. It was student government day, so every student, who swiped their freedom card and received a ticket, could vote for the organization of their choice. The organization with the most votes would win $500. The band, who belongs to the KKY organization, didn’t swipe in but wanted to vote for their organization. The student worker that I work with, Jordan, she is a member of Sigma Kappa and wanted her organization to win. I actually am not sure, who won, but KKY did get the most votes, but not sure if they count since the band didn’t swipe in.

After I got home from the football game, I went home and grabbed my acrylic dip powder set, and went to my parents. I did my mom’s nails. Then I went home to do some homework until it was time to go to Leanne and Dan’s. I couldn’t wait to get all dressed up.

After I got my witch costume on, I put my make up on and ended up dropping the eyelash glue cap down the drain. Drew had to take off the p-trap and get the cap out. I was a little off that night. I was starting to get a headache as well. I was a little hormonal, but I just had a day of being on the go and no time to catch up.

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When we arrived, to Leanne and Dan’s, we knocked but then walked into the house. No one was in the living room. We walked inside the living room and I yelled, “Hello?” Maci came down the stairs dressed as a mermaid. She gave me a big hug she looked so cute.
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One of the moms was there and Maci was playing more with her and not really sitting with me, and being around me like she used to. I will always be her Daniel, but she is growing up now.

I walked over to the stairs and shouted up to Leanne and said Happy Halloween! She said, “Hey broad.” she was up getting ready. Drew went down to see Dan and the rest of the boys. I went upstairs to say hi to Leanne before making my way down to the basement. Leanne was still getting ready with her friend. Eventually, I made my way down to the basement to join Drew and the guys. At one point, Nikki and Paul came in and Paul was dressed up as the mad hater and Nikki was dressed up as Alice and Wonderland. It was good to see them. I haven’t seen them in a while.

Andrew and I didn’t stay long. We left around 10:30pm. I was tired of having an early day that day. I needed to go home and go to bed. I had some homework to do tomorrow. Halloween was different this year

Porch with Frank

Around 12pm I met up with Frank at the Porch. He handed me a poster for the Pitt Jazz seminar and concert (I have it hanging on my office door.). We talked about the jazz seminar and the committee. I  think Frank is doing a great job and I am glad he was chosen for the position and not me. I am also glad that a friendship came out of that situation. He asked if I could still work the jazz concert event at the raffle table like I did last year. I told him of course I would. I am hoping that this year goes smoother than last year.

I took a closer look at the dates on the poster. I am thinking of attending the Jazz kick off event, which is on October 29th at 12pm in the William Pitt Union. I will probably sit with Paula during that event. I know she likes to go. It shows support to for the music department and the Pitt Jazz Ensemble.

Then I checked the date of the Jazz Concert and that will be on November 3rd in the evening, which is the same day as the event I am working for RMU. I have already told RMU that I would help with their event so maybe it will end in time for me to head to the Jazz concert. I didn’t let Frank know, I will soon if there is a conflict, but I doubt there will be.

After lunch, I went back to my office and hung up my poster on the front door. I made sure my calendar was up-to-date.

Social Sciences Picnic

This morning, I had to carry it the taco dip for the picnic. I wanted to make something cold, so I wouldn’t have to heat it up. I hate using the microwave or lugging around a crockpot. Drew helped me.

Around 11:30AM, we went down to the picnic, and got everything ready. It is always fun coming together and eating as a Division, one happy family. We were asked to bring our pink flamingos to the picnic. Every new hire, and people who have been there received pink flamingos. There is a story behind the flamingo. It is small inflatable thing that you hold your drink in. This was my second Division picnic.

After we finished eating, I helped pack things up on the cart and take it back up to the Sociology kitchen. This was the first event of the week, but there was more to come. It was about to beginning of the semester.