Spring Semester

I am starting my second week of the Spring semester. Last week I couldn’t seem to find the grove. I am still working on trying to find the grove. I am reminded by a phrase that I have heard before from an old friend when it comes to finding your routine, just keep moving, don’t think just do. I haven’t tried to stop and and think. I just keep going without thinking about it. My schedule is as follows:
French class on Monday Wednesday and Friday during my lunch hour at 11am-11:50am. I love learning French. The instructor speaks in English for a little before class. I say, Bonjour to him in the hallways before class. He seems nice. At first I was surprised by how much I could understand. I understood bits and pieces when we were in Paris. Sometimes I raise my hand and participate. Sometimes I don’t.

Tuesday after work I have Student Development Theory with Max. I have had Max as a professor before for class, two semesters ago. He is a good professor. The class seems like a lot of work for someone, who is part time in the program like me. I am wondering how I am going to be able to fit all this in with work and my internship, but it will work out. I have to try to do the best I can. I can’t quit now.

Thursday after work I have Legal Aspects of Higher Education. I feel pretty good about this class. My professor is interesting and nice. She goes over a lot of detail, which is good. She asked us on the first day, if we ever read any legal cases before. I told her that I did last semester for a paper I wrote on the Grove City vs. Bell case. I am excited about that class. I think it will be interesting. This is the only elective I could take where my schedule would be on opposite days. It is too hard for me to take classes on back-to-back.

Presently, I am sitting the common area of the cathedral, aka Hogwarts and writing this post. I should be reading. I will get to that in a minute. I need a breather from school work. I wrote all weekend (Saturday and Sunday.) Today, I turned in my essay and my summaries for Max. I don’t have any summaries do next Monday, which is nice just have to read. I will have summaries the week after next and a bibliography due. I need to meet with my group to decide on a student population. I really want to work with athletes. We will see how that goes.

One more entry about Friday night and I promise I will start reading.

My Dad’s Birthday

I drove to my parents and we drove to Cinemark in the North Hills. I was so excited to see the Nutcracker and the four realms.

Image result for Nutcracker and the four realmsI have seen the previews and I couldn’t wait to see the movie. Once we got to the theater, we went through the concession lines. I got popcorn, diet coke, and a water. I bought my parents popcorn and my dad some candy. My mom wanted a drink and daddy wanted a coke. Not a problem I was treating them since it was my dad’s birthday. Once we approached the box office, the usher scanned my phone. The tickets were on my phone. My parents were so amazed by that for some reason.

Once inside the theater, we took our seats and once the movie started, and I heard the familiar Nutcracker Suite started to play, and I was immediately in love. Something about the Nutcracker really gets me into the Christmas spirit.
When I was younger, my mom took me to see the Nutcracker for a few Christmases in a row. It was just a magical tradition for me as a little girl, the ballerinas, the grace and the beauty. Also, I took ballet lessons as a child (up until I was 15 years old). I think I wanted to be a legit ballerina.
After the movie, which was everything and more that I could have hoped it would be. I had to stop and use the restroom on the way out of the theater. After I finished my business, I stayed in the stall a few extra minutes and checked to see if my grade for my paper was posted. I was so nervous about it. I wanted to do well, and I had the TA look it over, so I felt confident, but something was bugging me about it for some reason.
Courseweb finally loaded, I saw that my grade for a paper was a C. I was one point away from a B-. I was going to have to rewrite. I was so upset. I cried.
When I got out of the bathroom, I told my parents. They felt so bad for me. They knew how hard I worked on it. They knew I sought help and yet still I got a C. I texted Drew and he felt so bad for me. I told him that I was probably going to have to rewrite. He told me that I should rewrite and just accept it. I was still going to pass since I did well on all my other assignments. I was still so upset. I just wanted to go home, but I had an appointment at the Apple store in Ross Park Mall.
When we arrived at the mall, I checked in at the Apple store. They said it would probably be about 2 hours. My parents had to go home and feed the dogs, so I just stayed behind. I didn’t want to be there, but I wanted to be alone. I was in such a bad mood. I just wanted to see my husband. I was dreading having to rewrite this paper, but I felt as though, if I did rewrite, I would be in a better place with my grade going into the final paper.
When I finally saw my husband, I gave him a big hug. I wanted to cry. I held back tears in the Apple Store. Finally, my phone was complete all I had to do was get my battery replaced. I was so glad to go home and get out of there. When I got home, Drew and I talked and he was so supportive and didn’t think I needed to rewrite but supported my decision to. I had to get a plan of attack together. First, I needed to talk to the TA tomorrow, and see what I need to do to improve. I was so anxious for class the next day.

Pitt Stronger Than Hate

Pitt Stronger Than Hate

In the morning, I went and got my  free Pitt Stronger than Hate t-shirt at the William Pitt Union. At 12pm, Nancy and I went to the Memorial for the Tree of Life victims. The memorial was held on the lawn of the Cathedral in between the Cathedral and Heinz Chapel.  There were thousands of people there.
Image result for pitt stronger than hateChancellor Gallagher made a speech, and so did Bill Peduto and Rich Fitzgerald. This was the first time I seen Bill Peduto in person. It was a cool experience.

On the way back, Nancy and I stopped at Taco Bell in the William Pitt Union and got lunch, then went back to the office.
After work I had the politics and history of higher education class. Julia and I had to give our oral presentation on Title IX. We both were ready and prepared for it. After a group did an engaged learning activity, we went up to present. We did so well and we made the time limit. I was so proud of us.

When I got back to my seat, I fired up my computer and she posted the grade of our presentation 60/60. Whew! Now I need to find out what I received on my second paper. 2 more assignments left. One more summary to complete, as well as the final paper on my philosophy of education. I am going to start the paper this weekend I think. I am ready for the end and for Christmas break!

31st Birthday and 3 Year Anniversary

Today is my 31st  Birthday, as well as mine and Andrew’s 3rd wedding anniversary. I was not looking forward to going to work, but I did anyway.  On my way to my building, I called my dad first and he sang Happy Birthday to me. Then I called my mom and she did the same thing. It was sweet. After I got off the phone with them, I sat down at my desk and started to work. Nancy came in and wished me Happy Birthday.

A delivery man showed up with some flowers and asked for me. I smiled when I saw the flowers. I was so surprised. I had to take a quick picture. I was in the middle of a project with Nancy. I called Drew and thanked him for the flowers and we face timed for a minute so he could see them. He was glad I liked them. He is so sweet.

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Around 9:30am, we ate a catered breakfast in the conference room and had a staff meeting. Linda called us together to go over somethings and some procedures. She also announced that it is my Birthday! Everyone wished me happy birthday and I also told them that today is also my 3rd Wedding Anniversary. They wished me Happy Anniversary, as well. It was sweet.

After breakfast, I sat down and got some work done, until 1:00pm. Andrew and I were going to lunch at Fuel and Fuddle. When he came to my office, Melanie and I were going over a project and getting things ready for the Fall schedule.  We are meeting again at 3:00pm. It was going to be a busy  afternoon.

At lunch, I didn’t behave with my Keto Diet. I ate nachos, and Drew had an appetizer and a burger. We will be good tomorrow. 🙂 It is a celebration today. We had a good lunch and didn’t want to go back work.

Around 3pm, I met with Melanie and got things straightened out and we had a plan. I went back to my office and it was about 4:00pm. I started packing up to leave. I had to go meet my TA for my Politics and History class. She was going to look over my paper and give me some pointers. I still need to get the rest of the paper looked over by my tutor. I am starting to get nervous. This is too much left to close to the weekend. I wanted to be able to put it past me before the weekend arrived.

When I arrived to the TA’s office, she wasn’t there. I waited around until about 5pm then walked back to Posvar. I received an e-mail from her. Her meeting ran late and she apologized. I said it’s okay. She said she would come by office tomorrow whenever I wanted. I said that I had nothing going on tomorrow and I look forward to seeing her. I am getting so anxious.

Around a quarter to 6pm, my friend Julia approached the bench I was sitting on outside of our class room. She and I complained about the semester and etc. I told her my issues with the TA and she said that sucks. This is why I try to get things done as early as possible.

Leadership class went well. We got our papers back, our group got a 48/50. Whew! I wasn’t sure what we were going to receive. I was glad that we did so well. We also started to give each other performance reviews. I had to review Julie. She was so cool with everything I said and agrees with me.  I felt relieved.

After class was over, I met with Drew outside my department. I told him about my grade. He said, babe you are kicking ass!  I said, “I know right!” We went into my office and got my flowers so I could take them home. I didn’t want to leave them at work.

When we got home, I got a shower and put on some pjs, then we opened cards together. It was a sweet moment. Then it was bed time. We both were so tired. It has been a crazy week, but I had a great birthday and anniversary.

Paper Writing

Paper Writing

After pumpkin picking, and shopping around. We went home  and I sat down to write my second paper for class. We had to pick a policy and or a court case, and describe the importance to Higher Education, as well as who was excluded, and who did the policy help or hinder. I chose to write about the Grove City vs. Bell case.

I am not one for reading legal jargon. It is pretty dry stuff. I think I got the gist of the case. Writing always came easy to me, once I sit down and start it, but it’s just getting to the point where I am sitting down and actually writing it.

So I poured myself a glass of wine and I think it worked. I was able to finish paper by the end of the weekend!

Meet the Colonials

Meet the Colonials

After work today, I stopped to grab a double whopper without a bun. I stopped home, and scarfed down my food, and grabbed the mail. My RMU alumni quarter zip came in the mail today.  I love it. I thought it was going to be a bit thicker, but It is so comfy. I am glad a I got the large, that way I can wear a t-shirt underneath it. Drew’s arrived today too I will let him open his up. My mother in law was going to come over to pick up a package that Tommy I guess had delivered here, since he is going to be in town tomorrow.
Image may contain: Danielle Hornyak, smilingAfter I threw away the junk mail and threw away my Burger King evidence I put some make up on and I was out the door. When I arrived to the fitness center, I parked right outside and walked in. I told the student at the front desk that I was here to see John Locke. She said, he is in the gymnasium last time I saw him. I smiled and said, “thank you.”

I walked into the gymnasium and he was running around setting up.  I approached him and he said, “Hey Danielle!” I said, “Hey John!” He said, “Doug is over there hanging drapes on the railing. Would you mind helping him?” I said, “Not a problem.” I went over and helped Doug and the student workers hang drapes on the banister, and create an 8ft over hang  to keep the players hidden in the back, so it was like a magic show. I thought it was pretty cool.
Then John pulled me aside and said, so you are going to be like the defacto stage manger. i said, “okay, cool.” He said, you need to make sure the players are lined up and know their order, and you are going to make sure everyone comes out on time and when they are supposed to.” I nodded and was so excited.
After I got briefed on my assignment, we went into the women’s locker room and made sure the hostesses knew how to pronounce their names. They were cooperative and friendly. John told them this is not sports, this is theater. Tonight is about theater. This is your celebrity moment and a chance to engage with your fans.” They all nodded and we called out their names, then they practiced their dance.
Then we went into the Men’s locker room and John introduced us to the players. He told them the same thing that he told the women’s basketball team. This is their moment to connect with their fans. This is not about sports this is theater tonight. He is so good at this. After we lined the guys up, I asked them if they knew their order if they could remember their order for me to make it easier on me. They all were cooperative and funny.
We went back out on the court and people started to arrive, and then around 9pm, I went outside with one of the work studies and she helped me get the players ready and lined up. All of the sudden I saw Andy Toole the men’s basketball coach. I said, “Hi Andy, do you remember me? He said, “yeah we met before.” I said, “at the radio station.” he said, “Yea.” I smiled and shook his hand. He said, “Do we need to line up now?” I said, “soon yes, please make sure the guys are ready to go.” He went back to the locker room and then I saw the revolutionary band getting ready to walk out. IMG_6570

I went back into the back and asked Jordan to please line up the players women will be going out first. The players lined up outside. I stood by the garage door to listen for a knock. When John Locke knocked on the garage door the band started to play and the door opened up, they walked down the red carpet playing Yankee Doodle. I felt so proud to be a Colonial.

I made sure to stay away from site when the garage door opened. When the players were lined up outside, the band was doing their thing for a little while, so Jordan I made sure they were in order.

While the band was doing their thing, I talked to Andy Toole some more. I said to him “so you probably already know I am not at the radio station anymore.” He said, “I see that.” I said, I work at Pitt and I am in grad school there.” He said, “Booo.” I said, “Well I went here for my undergrad.” I said, “I would love to come back and work here. I am really interested in athletics and student affairs.” he said something along the lines of that’s great. We can try to make that happen, or something like that. I said, “Definitely, lets connect.” He said, “definitely.” I smiled and was so giddy inside. I fangirled a bit.

Then I asked the women’s coaching staff to get on deck and please line up on the red carpet. The garage door opened and they went out. Then the door opened and shut for each player to have the spot light. When the women’s were down the red carpet, the garage door shut and I asked the men’s coach staff to please come up and stand on the red carpet.  They were so excited to go out.

When the door opened for them, they walked out and the garage door shut behind them. Then I asked each player one at time to stand at the end of the red carpet. I confirmed their names as they approach the carpet to make sure they were in the appropriate order. I take this stuff so seriously. I am so type A and so organized. Once the players were down the carpet and onto the court. Went through the back over the building and on to the court to watch the event for a bit.

As I was setting up for musical chairs, I feel a hand on my shoulder I turn around and it was Skylar my friend from the theater. He said, “Hey, I love you!” I smiled and said, “and I love you.” Then we took a selfie together. I am meeting so many awesome people. I am really hoping things work out at RMU in the long term eventually.
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After the event was over, I helped clean up and then I got my first ever picture with Romo!

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I was out of there at 10:30pm. I fist bumped John Locke and he said, “thank you so much.” I said, “not a problem.” we confirmed the details for Saturday, which is the homecoming game. I am super excited, but I am ready to go home and go to bed. I drove Jordan back to her dorm and then I was on my way home to go to bed.

I am so grateful and so thankful for my opportunities for RMU and for Pitt. RMU holds a special place in my heart.

Tanning Salon, Colonial Theater, & Homecoming Dance

I was able to sleep in a little, but I wanted to get up and have breakfast with Drew. I really haven’t been able to spend that much time with him since I have been so busy after work with the theater. I missed him.

After breakfast, I got a shower and got ready to head to the tanning salon. I was to work there from 11-4. Leanne’s mom already paid me and I planned on getting some reading done, while I was there.

When I arrived to the salon, I hung out with Leanne for bit, and then got to reading. I helped out around the shop, as well as painted my toes the same color as my nails, and then cleaned out Margie’s pedicure basin, and Tisha’s color bowls. I really didn’t feel like reading, now that my paper was done and all but turned in. I am going to look it over tomorrow. I just had no motivation to do anything after that paper.

While I was there, I stopped by the Better than Honey Boutique and shopped in their last chance chest. I found this really cute top. It is olive green and it has two white skulls on the boobs and rhinestones down the middle. it is so cute on and fits so nicely. Better Than Honey  - Better Than Honey

After I bought the top, I went back to the salon. I didn’t want to be gone too long, even though I was only two doors down from the tanning salon. The women will talk if I am gone too long.

When I arrived back, I got packed up it was almost time for me to leave. We only had one tanner. gone are the days where this place was full of tanners, and there would be line, those days are gone. Tanning tax killed the industry and the fact they are linking it to skin cancer. I was such an avid tanner. I could have gone in the bed today, but I decided against it.

I left the shop at 4pm. Kathie and Margie were still there doing nails, so I didn’t bother to lock up. I left the key in Leanne’s drawer and I was out the door.

On my way to Moon, I met Drew at his grandma’s. I was glad to see him and grandma. I gave her a kiss and I visited awhile with her. Around 10mins to 5pm, we left to get dinner at Mike and Tony’s. We haven’t been there yet together and we haven’t gone out on a date in awhile. It was nice to just sit together and spend time with one, another.

After dinner, I kissed Drew goodbye and I  drove to RMU and as usual parked at Nicholson and walked down the front walk way. I was on the phone with my mom and I turned behind me. I saw a cop car driving up the walkway. The RMU police car parked in the same spot as the other night and he got out. I waited for him. I said, “did you see my car?” he laughed and said, “no, a girl needs let into the admission’s office.” I said, “oh okay.” He said, “After I let you in, I can ride you up to Massey if you want?” I said, “Sure.” He asked, “If I mind going to get the money, alone?” I said, “Not at all.” I walked down to the office and got the money and then locked the door behind me. I walked back up and saw him waiting for me by the admissions office. I smiled and we walked back out to his police car. I got in the front seat. He drove me to Massey and asked what time I would be there until? I said, “until like 7:30pm, or 8pm, then to the Fitness Center for the Homecoming dance.” He said, “call me after I will drive you back to Nicholson and take you to the Fitness Center.” I said, “are you sure?” He said, “yea, just give the station a call.” I said, “Thank you.” I got out of the car and walked into Massey.

Once inside, I greeted everyone and said, “Hello!” they shouted back, “Hey!” I set up my station at the table and sold some tickets and swiped some people in. Then stayed for 5 mins after the show started. I packed up and called the RMU police office. They said that someone will be right over to take you up to Nicholson. I said, Thank you and hung up. I waited outside and there was my officer friend, driving up to Massey. I approached the car and got in the front seat. he asked, “how I did?” I said, “We did pretty good actually.” and I told him what we made in ticket sales and he smiled. After I dropped off the money in the office and locked it up, he drove me to my car to unload my tote bag. I only wanted to bring just the essentials, keys and phone.

When we arrived to the Fitness Center, he said, that he would be around if I needed a ride back to Nicholson to get my car. I said, “thank you, and be safe.” I got out of the car and walked towards the entrance of the fitness center. I introduced myself to Nancy, the admin in the development office. She remembered me from visiting John the past couple times I have been on campus. I also introduced myself to Armand the director of athletics. I used to get e-mails all the time from him as an undergrad promoting sporting events. I also met Sarah, the director of Campus Recreation. I also reconnected with a few faces that I saw as an undergrad, Nicole from Center for student success. She used to scare me as an undergrad, but not so much anymore.

After getting a tour of the facility, it smelled like a brand new building. The building is newer, and the was the first time they were holding a homecoming dance at this location. We were given assignments and told what to do. I was partnered with Sarah and Annie. Sarah and I were to monitor the dance floor and if we see something, and or smell something (weed), then we let RMU police know and they will handle it.

When the dance got on under way, I watched the couples enter the gym with their significant others, and judged their dresses. Sarah and I agreed that some of the dresses were a bit outrageous. I would never think of wearing some of the dresses I saw that night. Also, at one point my first supervisor from the Phonathon department at RMU approached me and was surprised to see me. He said, “Wow! What are you doing here?” I said, “I am an intern for John Locke. I am going full circle being back here.” He said, “Yes you are definitely going full circle.” He gave me a hug and we got caught up on all that has happened in our lives.

At around 11:30pm, I hitched a ride with Sarah up to Nicholson’s parking lot to where my car was parked. I drove home and when I arrived home, Drew had the house all clean and the living room was vacuumed. I am so grateful for him. He does so much to help out around the house. My ankle was so sore from standing in flats all evening. I needed to get a shower and get some ice on my ankle then head to bed.