Back to Work

Over the weekend, I took it easy and just relaxed and made sure I was well rested for Monday. It was going to be weird to go back to work.

Once Monday arrived, it took me all morning to get caught up on e-mails. Everyone was welcoming and asking how I was feeling. It was pretty low key because all the faculty and students are pretty much gone for the summer. Summer classes start up next Monday.

After work, I had to go to RMU to help out with an event that was happening at the theatre. There was a magician and hypnotist there. I was on hand just for the happy hour part. I wanted to make sure everything went smoothly since there was free beer and wine, as well as chips and salsa. It is Senior week at RMU, so the only students who are on campus are the seniors.

After the event, Drew and I went to Primanti’s for pizza and beer. I really need to start eating better. I will admit the pizza there is so good and it has been so long since I had a beer.

Mama’s Retirement Party

Mama’s Retirement Party

After work today, we drove to Carmody’s in Neville Island for my mom’s retirement party. She originally didn’t want anything, but I talked her into having a little something. She has so many friends from work, and it is important I put something together for her. It wasn’t a surprise. We worked together on the guest list. I sent out e-mail invites. We invited 30 people and all but a couple showed up. It was a great turn out, and it was good to see some of the guys from the chemical plant.

After dinner was over, and people started to leave. My mom wanted to stay and hear the live band with some of her work friends, so Drew and I stayed out with them. I am not much for live local bands, but it was fun.

When we got home, it was around 11:00pm. My mom seemed so happy at the party and I am glad she enjoyed herself. I can’t believe both of my parents are retired now!
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Workshop & Happy Hour

This morning I had a workshop that I had to go to. It was called Taming the E-mail Beast. I am three workshops away from the admin professionals certificate. I cannot wait to be done! I want to go for the Diversity and Inclusion one next, most of my workshops should roll over for that one.
When I arrived at the workshop, the woman who was hosting it, Diane, we had chatted a few times about my career and professional development. It was good to see her again. She started off the workshop with a PowerPoint slide, and she had the power point slides printed out for us on paper. I find these workshops so informative.
While I was waiting for the workshop to begin, I noticed that there was a job listed on PittSource. I wanted to apply for. It was an event coordinator position.  I have been trying to get involved in events at Pitt for so long now. I texted Phyllis and asked her if I could meet her after the workshop. I had a question for her. She asked if it was good or bad? I laughed a little inside. I texted it’s good. She said, Ok.
The second half of the workshop was hosted by one of Drew’s co-workers. He was going to talk to us about some of the features in Microsoft Outlook. I didn’t feel I needed to hear that part, so I quietly stood up and left. I figured if they would ask I would say, that I had a call that I needed to make.
When I arrived back at Posvar, I went to Phyllis’ office and we talked about the position. She said, “well all you can do is apply for it. I don’t want to see you go. I am not done yet.” I laughed. I agreed, part of me feels like I shouldn’t go, and I should stay. I need to learn so much still in this position. She encouraged me to talk to Linda about it.
When I arrived back to my office, Nancy said, I know you have your meeting with Linda today, but just let it go easy, and let her talk. She is in a mood today. I said, “Oh okay.” I decided to tell Nancy about the position. She immediately said You know you can’t apply for anything until at least a year right?” I said, “yea, I know, but I can always put the date that I am available to start, is after my one year.” She asked, “You really want to do events?” I said, “I don’t know.” She said, “well I wouldn’t talk to Linda about it today. Wait until you get a second interview.” I smiled and sort of agreed.
That afternoon, I had my one-on-one with Linda. I created a small agenda and prepared myself for my meeting.  When it was time, I walked back to her office. She invited me, and I took a seat. We talked about my goals and the things that I am working on. She thinks I am doing a good job and said, “It sounds like you know what you are talking about.” She said, “Anything else?” I said, “Yes, well sort of.” She laughed a little. I said, “Well there is this position I want to apply for on PittSource. It is an event coordinator position.” She said, “I think you would be great at that. What department is this for?” I said, “University Library System.” She said, “I don’t know anyone over there, but I won’t hold you back  you know that.” I said, “Thank you. my 1 year is coming up and I know I can’t apply for anything until after….” She said, “if they want you, we can waive that for you.” I said, “Oh wow, thank you” I started to get a little emotional. I thought what am I doing leaving here? They love me and they will work with me, probably more than the library, but I have to try. I feel that I need to try. I thanked her for her time and left her office.
After the meeting, I talked to Nancy and told her what she said. She was glad that it went well. I was glad it went well too. I did some tasks, then it was time to get ready to go to a happy hour with my music friends.
When I arrived at UClub, AJ the birthday boy was there, along with the chair I sat down on the couch with them and chatted for a bit. Then Paula and Stephanie showed up, as well as Susan and her husband. We went up to the rooftop and got a table. We ordered our drinks, and then my husband arrived. Lastly, Phil and Gaea arrived. The gang was all there. I only had one drink.
After a while, we were all sitting around when all of the sudden Chancellor Gallagher approached our table. He got a picture with AJ. Then Drew and I got a picture with him. Drew was starstruck. It was so cute. I have my picture already with him, but I am glad I got another. This one the cathedral is in the background it looks so good.

After the chancellor left our table, we chatted some more, but it just didn’t feel the same with these people anymore. I have been gone from the Music Department for a while, and it felt like I just have moved on. Paula told me there is a retirement party for Doretta on Thursday and asked if I wanted to come? I said, “oh for sure! I would love to!” Shortly after we got up to leave. I still have to figure out what I am making for dinner, or what we are going to do for dinner.

Happy Hour

In the afternoon, a student stopped by my office and asked if Nancy was around? I said, yeah she is right next door. He went into her office and asked her if he could use one of our classrooms in the summer. He was from Poli Sci and needed a classroom to use. Nancy asked me to confirm if there were any classes there in the summer? I said, no we just booked up WWPH 2200. She said, would you mind taking him down and showing him the room, and seeing if it is something he would be interested in. I said, not at all. I shut my door and walked with him down to the hallway.

On the way to the classroom him, I asked him why he needed a room? he told me he needed it for a study he was conducting for three weeks in the summer, and how he is from Poli Sci, as he was talking, I noticed he had an accent. I asked him, where he was from? He said, France. I said, Awesome! I love France!  He said, Have you been? I said, no I am going there in May with my husband. We are combining France and England. I love French culture. He said, when did you fall in love with France? ugh, his accent and the way he worded that question. I was weak in the knees. I know I am married, but a girl can still get weak in the knees. I said, “Well I think I first fell in love with France, when I started studying the language and that was my freshman year of high school. He didn’t really say much. I opened the door to the room and we walked inside, he flipped on the lights and looked around. He said, “Yea, this would be perfect.”

When we walked out of the room, I told him how I named my dogs Paris and Louie, and he said, Americans and their dogs. I was instantly deflated. I didn’t know what more to say. I love my dogs. When we got back to my office, I gave him my card and told him to e-mail me the details of his room reservation and off he went.
After work today, I had to stay and help with the Comprehensive Examination Event. I help Nancy set up throughout the day. Around 5pm, she left to go home. I stayed behind and helped to clean up. I felt bad. I stuck her with clean up after the Capstone event. I was having one of those days, where nothing was going to be said right to me.
Towards the end of the event, I started cleaning up and putting things away. I wanted to get out of there, but I had to wait until everyone was finished. When I was washing dishes and putting away the snacks, my husband, Mark (professor), and another professor were standing in the kitchen talking to me. I told Mark about the French guy that I met, a real authentic French man. Andrew and mark teased me about the cute French guy. Mark said I thought you liked England? and English culture. I said, “oh don’t make me choose.” I can’t choose. A girl can’t choose. They all laughed, including my husband.
After I was finished, I locked up the department, finally done for the day. Mark, went out for drinks with Andrew and me to make sure we had everything good to go for our trip. We wanted to go somewhere we could sit outside, the only place we found was this bar called Garage door. I had never been there before, but it was jam-packed for the pen’s game. We walked to the back area, where there was a pool table and a few small TVs. Mark got us two pitchers of beer. We talked about the department, England, life, and human experience.

After we finished the two pitchers, we got another two pitchers. The beer was the Brackenridge Ale. It was a dark ale. Ugh, I should have stopped right there.
When we left, it was almost midnight. I had to stop at Posvar and get somethings from my office to write my paper over the weekend. I was dreading this paper. When we left, we said goodbye to Mark, and then it was home. When we got home, I got sick and threw up a few times. I shouldn’t drink again, ever. It was going to be along day tomorrow. I had a wedding to go to.

Graduate Student Visitation

Finally, the day was here for the perspective Grad students to come visit the department and see what we have to offer! I was going to be in and out of my office all day. In the morning, as the students arrived I gave them the folders that I made for them, and walked them to the conference room. They filled out the W9 so they could be reimbursed for the cost of their flight.
At one point, one of the grad students arrived and he introduced himself. As soon as our eyes locked, I knew it was going to be an instant  friendship. His name was Juan. He had the best personality, and we were going to be fast friends I just knew it. He said, he felt it too.
After everyone is the conference room, I took a seat next to Melanie and he explained the department and how it is organized. The admins and our roles, as well as the faculty and their areas of study. It was nice to have a refresher.  I did learn some things I didn’t know.
When the pizza arrived, I helped to set it up with plates, forks, ice for the pop, etc. I love organizing events, so this kind of stuff was one of my strengths. During lunch, we talked about Pittsburgh; things to do and see, places to go, places to eat, etc. After lunch, Melanie and I took them around the department, and showed them the highlights of Posvar Hall. I know two of them committed already, but I wanted the other two to commit as well.
After the tour of the building and the department, I was able to go back to my desk and check my e-mail. I processed some requests, but I couldn’t get started on anything big. At 3:30pm, we all met in the department and walked over to the UClub for the happy hour. I brought a sign-in sheet for me for expenses purposes. It was my job to make sure everyone, who was in attendance had their name on this list, so we could get reimbursed. I stayed until the end. Drew came by after work. He had a beer with Melanie and I and we congratulated ourselves on the job well done. Whew I was ready to go home.

 

Cognos

This morning, I had a busy day ahead of me, and we decided to drive in so I could get there a few minutes earlier. I ended up being a little late walking into my office. Thankfully no one noticed. I was hoping for a better day today.
Yesterday afternoon, I got an e-mail from Rooms and Scheduling because they didn’t have enough rooms to accommodate our Tuesday and Thursday class schedule. I was upset, because Nancy isn’t here to help me figure out these changes, and I haven’t been trained really how to build the schedule, so I went where I thought I would find the answers. I still had some things to iron out.
Around 10 am, I had to attend training for Cognos, a new tool the grad admins are going to utilize for pulling data regarding student information, scheduling, enrollments, etc. It is the same tool Drew uses, but he has different access and uses it for different things. The man who hosted the training is someone I met previously through Drew his name is Chris. He recognized me. It was cool that I pretty much knew the person training us, because of my husband. I felt popular for a split second.
After training, I went back to my office and met with Suzanne (the chair) regarding the schedule. We were able to figure out things for now. We still have some more details to attend to, but it was intense for a minute. I was thankful that I got everything straight when I spoke to Rooms and Scheduling and forwarded the changes onto them. It will be so interesting to see the proofs.
After the meeting with Suzanne, the afternoon flew by. I was doing last minute things until Mark and I left to go to the Porch. We were going to meet Drew there to discuss our England trip. Once we got to the Porch, Mark and I sat at the bar and waited for Drew. We ordered a couple beers, and then Drew arrived shortly after. We moved to a table and discussed England, Academics, Philosophy, Sociology, England politics, etc. Everything nothing was off limits.
When we left, it was around 9:30pm. Drew and I stopped off at Wendy’s on the way home. We didn’t eat at the Porch. Mark wasn’t ordering any food, so we didn’t want to eat in front of him, and talk. It just was weird. I decided to call my mother-in-law. I wanted to get an update on Grandma. She had some internal bleeding and had to be rushed back into the OR. She is now resting in ICU, but I am just wondering when is enough, enough for this poor woman.

Happy Hour

In the afternoon around 3pm, I had my final meeting with Melanie. We went over some upcoming assignments that I need to complete. We talked about my provisional coming to an end.  She honestly told me it is hard because I am so new. The faculty are frustrated because there isn’t someone more hands-on to train you. My predecessor was there for 6 years and knew all the answers, and what to do. You are still learning, so there are growing pains for everyone here.
At the end of the meeting, I put my laptop back in my file cabinet drawer, in my office and locked up. I turned off my Christmas lights and said Goodbye to Nancy. Melanie and I met out in the hallway, and we walked to the Porch together. She said, her husband was coming to meet us there eventually. I was excited to meet him. We sat at a table, and a waiter brought over some menus, and we ordered two beers. I ordered the Mad Elf. It was a darker ale, but it was good.
Eventually, Melanie’s husband arrived, and he shook my hand. It was so nice to meet him. He seemed so relaxed and chill. You could tell how much he loved her and she loved him. It was sweet to see. Drew was at the Porch as well. He was with some friends from his department. They had their annual awards ceremony today, and they always conclude it with a Happy Hour.
At one point, Drew came over and shook hands with Melanie’s husband. We all talked about Pitt, sports, and what Drew does for a living. Drew had to go back to his party, and after we finished our second beers, Melanie and B left. I said goodbye to them and told B it was nice meeting him.
After they left, I joined Drew’s table. I sat across from his boss, next to Drew.  Drew’s boss complimented my nose stud. I had a beer with them, and we all got up and went to Hemingway’s for Music Trivia night. Drew, Jim, and I said goodbye to Bill and Chad and walked to Hemingway’s.
Once we arrived at Hemingway’s, we found our party, and we squeezed into a booth. They were finishing up the round and then there was going to be a Last Chance round.  Miller Lite was sponsoring the Music Trivia night, so they were giving away T-shirts, socks, wrist bands, and promotional sweaters. The sweater that they were giving away, was the one I saw at the Beer distributor when I went with Drew. I said, “Babe, that the sweater I wanted.” Well one of Drew’s co-workers at our table, won the raffle for the sweater. She gave it to me. I was so happy. Drew and I also got t-shirts, as well. It was so much fun. I had some beer there too. I was not looking forward to tomorrow morning. When we got home, I put some pjs on then it was right to bed. We had such an early day tomorrow.