Fleetwood Mac Concert

After work, I took the bus out of Oakland and was dropped off right outside PPG paints. I met my dad at TGI Fridays. I was so excited for the concert. I have been wanting to see Fleetwood Mac for so long! My dad brought me up on Fleetwood Mac, Beatles, Tom Petty, etc. He is the reason why I have such good taste in music and a strong appreciation for music in general.

After dinner, we stood outside the arena until they opened their doors. Once inside we stopped at merchandise table and my dad bought me a t-shirt to add to my collection of concert shirts. Then I bought my dad a rum and coke and I got a Redd’s Black Cherry ale. I was falling off track with my keto diet, but tonight was a celebration.

Our seats were amazing! We could see right on to the stage, and make out who everyone was.
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Stevie Nicks is a goddess. She was dancing around on stage, twirling and rocking. She has so much good energy about her. I just felt very at peace and very grateful for the experience.
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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.

New Freedom Card

Today, I left work at 3pm. I was on my way to RMU. Traffic was too bad probably because I left at 3. I arrived to RMU around 4:30pm. I got a visitor’s pass from RMU police and then put it in my car and walked to the Revere Center.

When I walked into the building, I couldn’t remember which way to go. I read the sign and it pointed downstairs, but when I went downstairs, I forgot the freedom card office is straight back. I stopped into another office, I think it was Student Accounts. A work study was working the front desk. He told me freedom cards are down the hall. I said, “Oh okay, thank you.” I turned and walked down to the hall and there it was on the door, “Freedom Card Office.” I walked in and approached the work study, who was sitting in a cube. I told her I was here for a freedom card, my name is Danielle. I am a graduate intern with John Locke. She said, “oh okay, he told me you were coming.” I smiled. She said, your name isn’t coming up in our system. I said, “Oh I am alumni, and it is under my maiden name.” I gave her my maiden name and there I was. She said, “She couldn’t edit my name, but she could add to it.” I said, “Okay, I guess I will be a hyphen then.”  I truthfully didn’t care. I always joke with Drew about being a hyphen and he always says no. Honestly, it is nice to see my maiden last name next to my married name. I don’t mind it.

When they created my card, they used the same picture I took for the first one when I was an undergraduate. I thought that was great. I didn’t mind it. I was going to wear the same shirt, but it was so hot outside. They also gave me a staff card. I thought that was pretty cool as well.

After I got my card printed, I reported to John Locke’s office. He was pretty busy. We got my e-mail set up, and he gave me a parking pass. He said, he didn’t have anything for me today, but we will be in touch. He asked, if I could help with the Colonial Theater and sell tickets at the Box Office, next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday? I said, I can do that. I will see you then.

I left his office and called Drew and told him about working the Box office and my RMU ID. I said, can I get something at the bookstore to celebrate. he said, go for it Bub! When I went down to the bookstore, theater music was playing in the store. I liked it. I shopped around for an ID holder, an RMU lanyard, and went to the counter. A there student who graduated around the same time I did sold me the items, and then he saw my freedom card. He said, Oh I didn’t see that you were staff you get 15% percent off. Here I will return those items and you can buy them back, and I will give you 15% off. This is so sweet.  I said, “Oh but I am intern.” He said, “Doesn’t matter you have a staff ID.” I also bought a Colonial Crazies shirt. Why the hell not? I am enjoying this. I would have bought more, but I didn’t want to over do it.

When I left RMU, I took some pictures. I had this overwhelming sense of pride to be an alumnus of RMU. I feel blessed and grateful.

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When I got back to my parents, I finally met Alyssa. We talked for a bit. She is helping with the dogs during the day, while I was at work. She is also my distant cousin. She was telling me how she loves Paris and how little she is. I smiled. I said, they are both good dogs, but Paris has a little personality to her. We chatted for a bit, but I had to get ready for Drew to come over.

When Drew arrived it was 7:30pm. He wasn’t feeling too well, but wanted to be here with me to help me with the dogs tomorrow, so I could work on my paper. I am nervous about sitting down and crafting it, but I should have all that I need.

In the evening, we relaxed and watched Smallville before going to bed.

First Internship Meeting

Today, I met with John Locke at 1pm. I was so excited to go back to RMU. I felt as though I was going to get this overwhelming sense of nostalgia. I had 30 mins before my meeting. I went to go visit MC, a professor I had when I was an undergrad. I talked to her about my class that I had last night. She gave me a great way to look at things. I told her how I feel as though I am going to struggle with it. She said, understandable, but a lot of the times we need to remove the lenses that we were born with and put on a new pair and read through those lenses and try to see things from a different perspective. I said, I think I am afraid of what I may find. She said, that is okay, but that is how we become educated and better at seeing things in different people. I am so glad I talked to her. I feel better. I also asked her about the assignment that is due on September 10th. I have to summarize chapters 5-8 and say what the theme is in each chapter and summarize the key points of the theme. I said, Why am I struggling over this task? She said, you are thinking way too much about it. I said, “probably so..” She laughed. She is going to send me some articles. I am so glad to have her in my circle of friends.

After my meeting with MC, I walked to the Center for Student Success to meet with John Locke. I was so excited! On my way I took a picture with Bronze Bob. This is my second picture with Bronze Bob. He is a pretty cool guy. I am happy to be an RMU alum.

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When I arrived, he was coming back from a lunch meeting. When he approached me, he hugged me and lead me into his office. He gave me a t-shirt and some Bobby Mo socks. They are so cute.

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Our meeting lasted for 2 hours. I have a better sense of what is expected of me. I have some things to do for him remotely. We are going to communicate via google docs for now. My RMU e-mail will get set up eventually. I am just so blessed to be a Colonial and have made some awesome connections and friends. Being on RMU’s campus made me realize how far I have come and how much I have accomplished. I needed that.

After my meeting with John Locke,  I went to Romo’s and had a Colonial Club. It is now called a Po Colonial. It still tastes the same. However, they serve it to you on a pretzel bun. It tasted so good. This was the only thing I ate all day. I am good for the rest of the night.

When I arrived home, I got a cold shower and sat down to update my blog. I feel so bad for letting this go so long. My life is about to get so crazy, but I am going to try to keep up with this I promise. I have class again tomorrow night, Leadership. I am really excited for this class. I need this day to remind me how I am on the right track and I have done pretty well for myself.

Early Birthday Gift

Today, at lunch Drew and I had an appointment to go to the Pitt bookstore at 1pm. We were going to look at MacBooks and hopefully purchase one today using our payroll deduction. We did think Best Buy was cheaper.

At the bookstore, they told us that we would have to pay 10% down (we ended up putting 20% down). We get 150 dollars off the original price due to the Education Discount. We also had to pay $20 for a service fee. However, we get free Beats head phones. I wasn’t crazy about the Beats, but they were part of the deal.

After getting our questions answered and going over the cost. Drew asked me what I wanted to do? And I said I want to do what you want to do. I can wait until October (my Birthday is October 24th) he said, let’s get it today. I hugged him and said, thank you! He said, Happy Birthday baby!”

At the check out counter, we decided to do the payroll deduction for 18 months. We will be paying on this computer for awhile, but it is worth it. I was so excited my first Mac! The Beats weren’t just the huge DJ head phones, they had ear buds to choose from as well. I chose the white Powerbeats. They are wireless. Alright I will try them.

When I got back to the office, Gene, our in house IT guy, set it up for me, and put on Microsoft 360 (because I work at Pitt, I get 5 free software downloads). I couldn’t wait to go home and play on my computer.

Once we got home, I turned on my computer and showed Drew. He said that looks so cool. I set up my Beats. I love them!

Drew went to the gym, and I went to Subway. I got footling subway club on wheat with all the veggies except for jalapeños. When I got home, I got a shower, ate half my sandwich and got caught up on Teen Mom 2, then put some laundry in. I had a good day.

Christmas Eve

My Christmas Eve traditions have changed over the years. We used to go to my Aunt and Uncle’s in Upper Saint Clair, up until my Aunt and my Grandma passed away. The traditions in the family have changed. So ever since our family traditions changed, we have been going to my parent’s friends’.

We went to my parent’s around 1pm, opened gifts then went to Christmas Eve mass. After church, we went home fed the dogs, and then got ready to go to Carol and Fred’s. It was nice, but I am ready to relive the magic of Christmas again. Christmas used to be so magical, when I was a child, and as I became adult it lost its magic in a way to me. I think as an adult, the magic is being with the one’s you love, until children come along, and then you create the magic for them.  I am ready for a new Christmas tradition.

My Last Day at FedEx

Today, is my last day at FedEx. It is bittersweet. I am sort of glad to see it end. I think it was time to move on.  I am not really going to miss it here at all. I will miss the people, and think about them often, but the job itself was boring, probably because I was a temp.

However, I am sure if they were to bring me on full-time they would have me doing more. My feelings would be different, but whatever. The lady that I am replacing is coming back Monday. I really got to be a part of so much here. I had a little bit more responsibility more than,  I ever was able to have before. Jim utilized me more than Harry. Harry didn’t want me to do too much for him, because when Dorothy came back, things would go back to the way they were. Jim had me organizing his One Note, attending staff meetings, making flight arrangements, building itineraries for his team members, etc.  Venkat allowed me to proof read a document for him that was a legal document. He wanted me to make sure it was clear in civilian terms. I felt like I had a little more responsibility with this position. I knew I could handle this and more. I just needed the right position for it to work for me.

Before I left, I stopped by Venkat’s office, and he gave me a hug and wished me well. He handed me a little box. Inside the box was a little “FedEx” pin. I was so touched. I almost cried. I never felt before like I meant so much to organization before. If the opportunity was ideal, then I would definitely work with FedEx full-time.

Today, I am listen to songs from my youth, and the one that I am listening to at the moment, is Hilary Duff’s song, “Fly.” This song comes on right before a big break through happens in my life. It is a good song and very inspirational. I will see where this next adventure takes me, but now it’s time to “Fly!” More later.