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 their 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 eye lash 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.
44946624_10156822124644712_6338108845302218752_nShe is getting so big. I miss her being so little. I could tell that she is kind of a little uninterested in hanging out with me anymore. I am not around enough. It breaks my heart a little. I don’t live close to her anymore, so I don’t get to see her as often as before. Leanne hangs out with other moms, who have children that are friends with Maci. One of the mom’s was there and Maci was playing more with her and not really siting 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 from 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.

Baby Jackson

Today, we made breakfast, and hung out before we left to go to Tricia and Ben’s. We last saw baby Jackson in November of last year when he was so new to the world. We were due to see him again. We brought him a little toy. I never go anywhere empty handed.  Jackson was sleeping when we arrived, but eventually he woke up. Tricia carried him into the living room. He didn’t come to me at first, but she handed him to me. He is in the I want mommy stage.
Eventually he did warm up to me, and we played, but if Tricia leaves the room he crawls after her. They chose not to put him in daycare. Their families help them out and watch Jackson during the week. I think it is a smart idea. I understand some families need to put their children in daycare, but if you don’t have to and you are blessed to have your family watch your children, then it is better.  I hope Andrew and I will be blessed one day with children and our families will be able to watch them during the week.
At one point, I put Jackson on Drew’s lap and this is the look Jackson gave me. He was less than thrilled. Drew stiffens up a little, and doesn’t seem as relaxed with children.  He never played with baby dolls as a child, but instinct will take over, when we eventually have our own. Jackson is so adorable, and so sweet. Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting and baby

Wave Pool

This morning, Drew had a Chiro appointment and I stayed home with the dogs. I took them out before Drew left, and then when he left. I fed them breakfast, and then I got ready to go to the pool. When Drew came home,  I made sure to take the dogs back out gain. He got his swim trunks on and then we went to the pool. Anthony and Dylan were going to meet us there, and after the pool we were going to have them over for a cook out.
When we arrived to the pool, we set our towels down and waited for Anthony and Dylan. Drew hurt his neck that morning. He must have slept on it wrong, so he laid on his towel and rested for awhile, before getting in the water.
Anthony Dylan and I laid out at the shallow end, when the wave session happened, they got their inner tubes, but they couldn’t fit in them, and on them, so Dylan and I started quoting Titanic. he said, “Get in the boat Rose.” I laughed and got on the inner tube. They dragged me through the waves, and eventually I fell over. It was so funny. The waves almost made me loose my bathing suit.  I need a full piece to hang out with them.
At one point, I made it to the deep end in the inner tube, then the wave stopped. Eventually, we got out, and then went back to laying out. Drew eventually got in the water with us and carried me around like a mermaid. It was so cute, even if he didn’t feel well.
After the pool, we left around 3:50pm, we had to stop at the store and get groceries for tonight. Dylan and Anthony were bringing things as well. We went home and got the dogs taken care of, and then Drew fired up the grill. I fed the dogs, then made macaroni salad, guacamole, and cut up things for the burgers. Dylan brought tortilla chips, and yams, but they were candied yams. He messed up. However, he brought corn on the cob too, and potato salad it would work!
Dinner was a feast! We ate at the dining room table like adults in the air conditioning. We all so burned from a day at the pool. After dinner, we cleaned up, and then went outside to play Cards Against Humanity. I left the dogs inside, but they started howling and screaming. I ended up letting them out, but tied them to my chair, so they wouldn’t lick and eat things off the deck. I hate when they do that.
After the card game, it was getting dark and the bugs were biting. It wast time to head in. I think Anthony and Dylan wanted to leave to get ice cream. I couldn’t fathom eating ice cream right now, ugh. When they left, we straightened up the house, and then it was off to bed.

St. Patrick’s Day

While everyone was out getting wasted, and probably going to the parade in downtown Pittsburgh, I had a busy day of errands. i have never been much for the day drinking, or all day drinking. I got up at 7:45am. I got a shower, dressed, and then left to go to my parents. I wanted to see my dogs. I haven’t seen them in so long.
When I arrived to my parents, I was so happy to see my little puppies. Louie took a second to let me love on him. He hasn’t seen me in awhile, and was a bit skiddish. Paris was ready for hugs and loves. I miss them. I went upstairs and hung out with my mom, after I said, hi to my dad. Paris and I snuggled in bed for bit. She was snuggled up in my arms. I love her. She is so cuddly and she loves the attention.
After a quick cup of coffee, I left to go to the hair salon. I was going to see my parents later at my house anyways. When I arrived at the hair salon, I sat in the chair. We talked about the game plan for my hair. I definitely wanted to be lighter, but I still liked the dimension, so we opted for all over blonde with a few caramel low lights. Overall I am satisfied.
On my way home, I called Drew and he told me that Dave, our handyman was there to fix the water pipe, that leads into the washer. It was all corroded. I drove home, so Drew could leave to go to the ACC tournament game. He was going to go with his friend Ben, who had tickets. I was jealous. Soon after I arrived, Drew left and my parents came over. My parents and Dave sat at my kitchen table, and talked about the Catholic parishes that are going to be closing in the neighborhood.
After awhile, I said, “alright well I am hungry, and we have to get going.” I stood up. If I didn’t, Dave would have sat there all day and BSed. He is a little lonely I think. It’s sad, but I have things to do. When we left the house, I told my parents I would drive. I opened the backseat of my car, to put my purse in on the seat, and noticed a small puddle of water in the backseat on the floor. I picked up the bottle of windshield wiper fluid and noticed a small crack in the plastic bottle. I took the bottle and the gray, plastic Walmart bag that it was in and put it on the concrete parking lot, by the bushes. I figured I would deal with that later. I was so damn mad.
Once everyone was in the car, my dad was teasing me about my taste in music. I have XM and I like to listen to 90’s alternative and grunge, the lithium channel. He wanted “The Bridge.” I settled for 70’s rock. On the way to Sheetz to find a vacuum to suck out the puddle of Rain-X on my backseat floor, my mom started to have a panic attack because she couldn’t figure out how to unlock the doors, if the car is in gear. I said, I don’t know to do that. I am trying to drive and I don’t have the patience for this shit. I was able to pull over safely. I parked the car and she rolled down the window and proceeded to argue with me, about the locked doors and she kept clicking them off, but they would switch back on, when the car is in gear. It is a safety feature. What I don’t understand is she was fine, on the way to the bridal shower last weekend, when she was in the front, but dad had to be in the front and mess with my radio. I was so annoyed.
When we put the money in the vacuum it didn’t work.  It wouldn’t suck anything up. I said, “Okay, lets go inside and get our dollar back. That solves this problem.” We got the dollar back, got back in the car, and my mom had the window down, and my dad wanted the heat on full blast. I felt like I was driving children. I was so over it and didn’t want to go to lunch at this point. I was hungry, but I was losing my appetite. I could be home reading and doing work, no I am here dealing with this. I drove to GetGo, no vacuum. I drove to Sunoco, no vacuum. I was over it.
I parked the car at Armstrong’s restaurant, we walked in, got a booth, and sat down. I ordered the baked ziti, dinner portion. I was messing around today, with a small salad, Italian dressing. I was so short with the conversation. I just wanted to go home. After lunch, I drove home and my parents left. I got out of the car, and saw my neighbor. She asked me what was wrong, and I told her. She said, do you have a shop vac? I said, “yes.” she said, use my extension cord, and my out door outlet. I said, “really? that would be so helpful.” She went inside and got her extension cord, she was on her way to Ohio. She handed me the cord and left to get on her way.
The cord was so tangled. I  was able to unravel it the best I could, and I brought up the shop vac, and hooked it up, and was able to suck out the fluid from the backseat floor. In the mean time, Drew was sending me pictures from the game. I could cry. I hate doing this stuff, and it was a long day. Andrew’s mom texted me and asked me what time we will be ready tonight? I told her I don’t think we are going. I had a long day and I am dealing with so much right now, and I don’t feel like drinking tonight, but thanks anyway.
After I got done cleaning the car, I put the shop vac away, and wrapped the cord, and stuffed it back in the plastic container, that it came in. I put it inside our house by our front door, so I remember to give it back to Amy, when I see her. I locked up my car, and got comfy on the couch. I started prepping for class on Tuesday. I was so over this day.
Anthony texted me and told me that he was on his way over. I needed to vent. He brought Dylan and Ray along with them. We all decided to go to Primanti’s for some green beer. I didn’t feel like changing, so I wore sweat pants with my friends, and they were like you could at least put jeans on to go out. I was like don’t start with me today.
When we got to Primanti’s, it surprisingly wasn’t packed, but it wasn’t night time yet. We all ordered green beers and Drew was going to meet us there. I was ready to see him. All I wanted to do all day was see him. I knew he would be able to help me and be there to support me with my mom acting like a lunatic.
When Drew arrived, we moved to a high top table, instead of a booth. I was so happy to see him. I clued him on the events of the day, and he was so upset for me, and sorry that I had to deal with all that today. We talked about the game.  After a few more green beers it was time to go, we went home and I got a shower. I told my friends, that I just wanted to be alone with my husband for tonight. I had enough today.