2nd Spin Class

After CMU today, I went home changed for spin class, then heated up some keto hamburger casserole from last night. I hung out for a while, and watched Jersey Shore reruns before heading out the door to spin class.

Once I arrived to RMU, I parked at the campus recreation center, and swiped my card at the front desk. I walked into the spin room and saw John was there stretching. I greeted him with a “what’s up.” I picked out a spin bike in the back next to two other girls. We chatted about the semester being almost over and thanksgiving break. I adjusted my bike a  little. I forget how to do this. The last time I did Spin was almost a year ago. It was last year at Winterfest.

Once class started, we hit the ground running full force. John is a great spin instructor. He plays awesome tunes and keeps us motivated to make it through the class. I probably didn’t push as hard as I could, but I already got my walking in today. I walked from Pitt to CMU and back to Pitt to where I parked my car, so my legs were already worked out! It was a good class over all. I was sweaty after and that is how I know I got a great work out. As soon as I got off the bike, my legs started to feel like jello.

After class, John and I talked about things I could assist with in the Spring semester. He and Maureen still want to utilize my help with events even though my internship class will be complicated and my hours will no longer count towards my internship. I was glad to hear that I was still going to be able to help as needed. Ideally, I would love to work at RMU full-time after graduate school. I am so grateful to John and to Maureen for giving me the opportunities to be involved and to build my social capital.

 

A Break in the Day

Mondays, after CMU I typically have to go to the Petersen Events Center and advise the baseball players, and help them plan their schoolwork. However, I did not have to go today, so my parents picked me up and took me to dinner at Hanlon’s cafe.

When we arrived at Hanlon’s, I ordered a BLT. I was in the mood for something simple. I love hanging out with my parents.

After lunch, I went back to my parents. My dad gifted me this necklace today.
72609206_10157695887344712_7418136873630957568_nIt is hard to see in the picture, but the text reads To my Daughter. You are braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem, Smarter than you think. And so much more than you know. Love, Dad”

I love it. Thank you daddy for this beautiful necklace and it will serve as a reminder for me. I love you! 

My dad took me back to Pitt’s campus in time for my night class. I had such a blessed day. I am one grateful girl.

 

Pitt Game

This morning, we slept in a bit and then hung out until it was time to go to the Pitt game. We had tickets in the chancellor’s suite. I volunteered to be a Lineup marshal last Spring for the Ph.D commencement Ceremony. The chancellor offered everyone who volunteered club tickets and a parking pass! Of course we were going to go! We are so blessed!

The club seats were so awesome! It is definitely a game changer to how we want to go to games, but this was a once in a lifetime experience at least for now, that is. 🙂
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We stopped at tailgate and talked to Dr. E. He was a professor that I worked with in the Sociology Department at Pitt. We chatted about the department, and about Pitt athletics. I told him who I am tutoring and how I am working with the baseball team at Pitt, as well as being a Grad Assistant at CMU. He was happy for me. We do need together together soon. He is such a good guy.

Also, at the tailgate, I ran into Scottro from 96.1 kiss. I used to work for the radio stations. While, I was a receptionist there,  I was asked to do voice overs for Blush gentlemen’s club, and a few other companies. I also did the voice imaging for the station. 96.1 kiss still uses my voice. I can hear myself when they play the bumpers and I said, “An iheartradio station!” I loved that job. Leaving that place, was the hardest decision ever so far in my life. Scottro told me that he wants to get me back in and record some more imaging for the station. We set a date for next Friday! I am so blessed and so grateful.  I am excited to be back in the studio.

The Pitt game was amazing! We won against the UCF knights 35-34. It was a last minute touchdown but a win is a win. I am so proud of our boys!

Lunch with Audrey

Around 11:30am, I went to get lunch with Audrey. Image may contain: Audrey Wright and Danielle Hornyak, people smiling, closeup and indoorShe is our facilities lady in our department. She comes around everyday empties out the garbage cans in each office and is such a wonderful sunny presence. She is such a sweet woman. I took her to lunch at Mario’s. I wanted to thank her for everything, and for just being herself. We ate wings and fries. She only had a half-hour to eat lunch.

After lunch, I went to Panther Central and exchange my staff ID for a Student ID. It feels so weird, but it is all coming together!

 

Wednesday

This afternoon, I got to meet three University of Pittsburgh football players. Marquis Williams on the left, and Paris Ford on the right. This is probably the best part of my job.
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Also, I got to meet Maurice Ffrench.
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In the afternoon today, I met with a graduate student in my department. I met with her yesterday for the first time. She wanted to go over a plan to meet her milestones. She brought me flowers. I was so touched and so grateful.
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CLA Committee

After work today, I went back to RMU. My internship supervisor teaches a class on Wednesday nights, so he wanted me to go in his place. I was so nervous. I  wasn’t sure what this was all about it. I  had dinner with Drew in the cafeteria before the meeting. I stopped down to the Center for Student Success to see Dr. Spradley. I wanted to introduce him to Drew. They shook hands and Dr. Spradley asked Drew to give him a 30-second run down of his story. Drew said, “wow okay.” He gave his 30 seconds run down and Dr. Spradley invited us into his office for some tea. I told him I was on my way to the CLA, but I wanted to pop in and see if you were around so I could introduce you to Drew.” He said, “that is one of the things I love about you.” He is getting ready to leave and wanted to know if I was still interested in speaking with him at the workshop, Titled “Communicating your Vision.” I said, “Yes, of course.” He said, “Great, I am going to send you some information next week. We can get started on building it out and fleshing out what we are going to say.” Drew asked, “would it be okay if I could attend the event and be there to support her and watch her speak.” Dr. Spradley, looked at Drew and said, “Of course, but better yet…” He turned to me and said, “Do you want him there?” I smiled, and said, “of course.” he said, “Great, that is admirable that you both support each other.” He asked me if I wanted to quarterback and be the only speaker. I said, “no, this was my first time, public speaking.” He said, “I don’t believe it, but we can co-quarterback it.” That way when the next one comes around you will be ready.

Colonial Leadership Academy. Colonial Leadership Academy is a program for student-athletes who are interested in developing their leadership abilities. They focus more on after athletics instead of their role in their sport. The CLA hosts speaker events and workshops in different leadership topics. The student-athletes have to apply to get into the academy, in the past, they have accepted everyone who applied because they want to be there. The student-athletes, who applied for this are the students who are exceptional.

After we left Dr. Spradley’s office, we walked to Hopwood Hall where my meeting was going to take place. He kissed me before he left. I walked into the auditorium and there were two people sitting in the back of the room. I approached them and asked if this was the CLA? They said, “Yes.” I said, “I’m Danielle, John Locke’s graduate intern.” I smiled and shook their hands. I met Nelle and Danny.

Before the presentation got underway, Nelle and Dan gave me a rundown of the CLA. The Colonial Leadership Academy is a program for student-athletes who are interested in developing their leadership abilities. They focus more on after athletics instead of their role in their sport. The CLA hosts speaker events and workshops in different leadership topics. The student-athletes have to apply to get into the academy. In the past, they have accepted everyone who applied because they want to be there. The student-athletes, who applied for this are the students who are exceptional.

This is so cool. Student-athletes are my research interest. I was glad to be apart of this. Nelle told me they are looking for two more speakers to come and speak about leadership at the end of March, and early April. I reached out to my advisor in the program and my friend Alicia. Hopefully, they will be able to come and present.

After I get situated in my career, this would be something I would like to do is speak about leadership. I feel like I have somethings I could say now, but I am not sure if it is exactly what they are looking for, but I will keep documenting for when it is my time.

After the CLA, I went home to my husband and spent the rest of the evening hanging out relaxing. I am so grateful for Drew and how supportive he is.  I feel so loved.

 

 

Christmas with My Parents

The day after Christmas Day we celebrated with my parents. We opened gifts. I got my Dad a gift card to the movies. My mom got some pieces to her Winterberry collection. I was anxious to see what we got from my parents. I think I already knew what I was getting, but Drew knew for sure we were getting the Nintendo Switch. I had asked for it for Christmas. Drew and I can’t stop playing it when we go to Best Buy.

It was our turn to open gifts, Drew got some beer glasses for his man cave. The glasses have his name on it. My parents gifted us with a Nintendo Switch, the Mariokart game, and a Paris calendar for our kitchen. We both received a little bit of money from them as well. I was so thankful and so happy. We couldn’t wait to go home and play Mariokart.

When I was younger, my dad and I used to play Super Nintendo. I am not a gamer, but I remember playing that console for hours. The graphics have come such a long way since the 90s. It looks so real now.

As the day went on, I started to feel a little sick in my stomach, but I was going to pull through it was Christmas. I wasn’t as bad as Drew, but there was something going around, plus we were eating all this different food.

At dinner, Drew and I prepped the food, and served my parents. It was nice and relaxing to finally be able to celebrate Christmas with my parents.