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.

 

 

Andrew’s Birthday Pt.2

This morning, I had a nail appt with my mom at Bella’s nails in Crafton. I met my mom at my parents’ house so I can see my doggies. I got to see them for a bit, then it was out the door to Bella’s. I drove my car to the nail salon. We stopped to get coffee on the way. Once we got to Bella’s, I signed in and told them that I was here for Ana. I wasn’t sure what I wanted. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a full set or just a little bit of tip with the acrylic dip. I wasn’t sure. I needed to talk to Ana. I knew she was running late, but I didn’t want anyone else to do my nails, but Ana.
When Ana arrived, she asked if I could come outside for a second? I walked outside, and she said, “I am sorry, but I have an 11:30am. Do you mind if someone else does your nails? I feel terrible.” I said, “yes, that is okay.” she said, “I will still do mom’s, but what exactly do you want done to your nails?” I said, “Well I know I want the dip, but I think I want a little tip on the end for some length, but not too long.” She said, “Okay.” She walked in and explained to the man who was doing my nails what I wanted.  I was so nervous it was hard for me to relax. Well, they turned out great! Now I am trying to get used to life with nails again.  I thought Drew was going to kill me. He likes my natural nails.
IMG_6156
After the nail salon, my mom and I met my dad at Hanlon’s for breakfast, in Crafton/Ingram Shopping Center. I love that place. I didn’t like it when it first opened up. I missed what it used to be, Andrea’s. The food tasted so good at Andrea’s. I was excited to see my dad.
At breakfast, we talked about work, and my upcoming semester of grad school, and etc. We talked about the concert, and how the lead singers aged and sounded a little different than what they used to sound like. My dad said, well that happens. The 90s were a long time ago. It just doesn’t feel that long ago.

After breakfast, I drove my mom home, and then I went home myself. I  had some birthday things to do with Drew tonight. When I got home, I kissed Drew and tried to hide my hands. I didn’t want him to see my nails, not just yet. I knew he would notice them soon enough, but I wanted to wait as long as I could. I cleaned up the kitchen a bit, and then we went to Best Buy. Drew wanted to get the Fitbit Versa for his Birthday gift.

On our way to Best Buy, I had to stop and get him a birthday card. This is so unorthodox. The element of Birthday surprises is gone when you get married and if you chose to have a joint checking account, well then there goes the surprise for certain. We also got candy to sneak into my purse at the movies. When we arrived at Best Buy, it is like a gadget lovers paradise. Everything looks so bright and shiny in that store. We went to the FitBit area, and there was the Versa, now the Fitbit is much better for tracking activity, then the iwatch I will say. I do miss my Fitbit sometimes, but my iwatch is more of a smartwatch, then a fitness tracker. The iwatch still tracks my fitness, but it is not as good as the Fitbit. Drew picked the special edition version of the Versa. The band was more of a nicer mesh material, instead of a rubbery feel. I told him he never treats himself. He should get what he wanted.
After Best Buy, we went home and talked about going to see hotel Transylvania 3. I made dinner and Drew ordered tickets. We were all set for the 8:50pm showing. I was so excited for this movie.  I was hoping it would be good. Drew set up his Fitbit. He looks so happy!
After dinner, we got ready to go to the movies. I couldn’t wait to see this movie. I was just hoping it was going to be good. Once inside, we promised to try to see this movie without popcorn, since we just had dinner, and smuggled in candy. We were sitting in our seats at the theater and we couldn’t take it anymore. I went into the lobby and bought popcorn. I brought down. I only got a medium though, with butter in the middle, and no butter on top. However, I do love a ton of butter, but we need to cut back and be healthier.
When the previews, started they showed the preview for the new Winnie the Pooh movie, that I can’t wait to see. I think Anthony and I are going to go see it. I know I will cry my eyes out. Goosebumps 2 was coming out. I loved those books as a child, I will probably drag Drew to see it with me when it comes out. It looks so good.

Good News

Drew got accepted into CGS (College of General Studies) today. he applied to become a student, in order to study Elementary Slovakian. He is half Hungarian and half Slovak. He is so excited to learn the language and take a new class again. This works out, because I will be in class on Mondays and Wednesdays as well. However, I start my grad class on Wednesday, when he finishes his language class, but he said he will stay and wait for me so he can drive me home.
I am so proud of my husband and happy for him. I am excited for him to learn Slovak. I won’t know what the heck he is saying. Honestly,  Pitt has been so good to us, and we can’t stop Hailing to Pitt.

No Work

This morning, I woke up at around 9:00am. I had coffee and we watched some tv, then I got showered, and got ready to go to my nail appointment.  I was excited to see Leanne. When I arrived at the nail salon, I saw Dan, who was just leaving. He was there to drop some things off for her.  Dan saw me and said, he was on the way to the hospital, they are going to do a biopsy on his dad. I wished him the best and walked into the salon.

When I walked in, I saw Maci and she walked right up to me. I was surprised to see her there, and not in school. I picked her up and hugged her tight. I miss her and how little she used to be. When I set her down, she told me she has a sore throat. I thought great. Nikki was there she was washing hair, and helping Kathie on the other side of the salon. Nikki and I are still friends, but it has been a long time since our club days.
When I took a seat at Leanne’s desk, she started on my nails. She told me how hard it has been for Dan and at home. She tries to get him to talk to her, but he just stays quiet and cries every so often. Maci being home sick. They can’t catch a break. I feel bad for them. I wish I could do more to help, but I figured getting my nails done helps. She put an acrylic overlay on my natural nails.
After I got my nails done, I was on my way home. Once I got home, I did some more elaborating on my paper and I was finished. I needed someone to look it over and see what more I could say if it was organized correctly and if my punctuation was on point. Ugh, I just want this paper to be turned in already.
When Drew came home, we took the fall and Christmas decorations out to the garage that was in the basement.  We were having a new washer being delivered tomorrow and I wanted to get some things out of the basement anyway. I hate clutter. We cleaned up the washer area and moved some basket of clothes into the basement. We haven’t been able to do laundry so it is piling up.
In the evening, I made dinner, and we watched The Office. We are on Season 3 now. I love this show. Before we went to bed, Drew and I had to move the sectional couch so they would be able to bring the washer in and remove the old one. As we were moving the couch, his slipper got caught on the silver peg that connects the couches together, causing him to fall and smack his head off of the coffee table. He fell on the floor. I hopped over the sectional and knelt down next to him. It didn’t help that we were drinking. We had a couple crowns and water. He told me that he is okay, his head just hurts. I said, “well yea you smacked it off the coffee table.” I grabbed an ice pack and put it under his head, and he rolled over on to his back. I was worried, but the visual of him falling is kind of funny. We laugh when we get hurt. I did call his mom and ask her if she could go to the hospital, she said no just give him some Motrin. How many drinks have you guys had? I said we had two each. She said, “He should be okay.” When I got off the phone with her, I called his brother, Tommy who is a nurse. He said, don’t give him Motrin since he has been drinking. He doesn’t need to go to the hospital, unless there is a lump, or if he is bleeding. Neither was happening, so I guess we are good.
However, I was scared for him to sleep, because you shouldn’t sleep when you smack your head, but I had a feeling he was going to be okay. The washer was coming early tomorrow, so we were off to bed.

Christmas Eve 2017

This Christmas Eve we wanted to be alone with each other. We typically would go to my parents’ friend’s house for dinner, but we wanted to try something different this year. We did go to 4 o’clock mass with my parents. Everyone shows up at church on Christmas and on Easter.  Thankfully we got there early and were able to get a seat. Some people were standing along the walls. I love Christmas Eve mass.

After church, my parents went home to get ready to go to their friend’s. We went home, and changed into comfortable PJs I started dinner. I made haluski, and kielbasa. It was my first time making haluski so I was a bit nervous. Then we sat down at the dinner table. The haluski turned out amazing. I can’t wait to make it again.

After dinner, we cleaned the kitchen together and watched It’s a Wonderful Life, which is a Christmas Eve tradition for me. It is weird, how something that it didn’t mean to become a tradition, just happens. My Christmas Eve would be incomplete without it.  Of course, I cried at the end. I loved this Christmas Eve and I can’t wait to celebrate many more with Andrew.

“Every time a Bell Rings, an Angel gets his wings.”-Zulu

Wednesday

This morning, I stopped at Starbucks. I need to treat myself. On my way to my building I called my mom. Sometimes a girl just needs her mom. I needed my mom so badly. I told her about yesterday and I had a little cry with her. She talked me through it, and it helped. It really did. I need my mom sometimes. I am not afraid to admit it. As much as we argue sometimes, and sometimes things are intense, but my mom is my mom. I don’t know what I would do without her. She really is such a strong woman. I get my strength from her. Yes, there are things about me that are innate, my own. My mom is truly the best mother a woman could have. She is sweet and she is tense at times, but she owns it. I respect that. It took awhile, but I respect her too. There are times that I don’t, but I stick it out and stand by her. I have failed to stand by her at times, but I just hope she knows how important she is to me, and how much I truly do love her.
After I got off the phone with her, I felt better. I felt ready to take on the day, and I had a good feeling again. I went upstairs to my department, and unlocked the doors, and sat the computer. I began the start of my day. I know nothing will really get accomplished today.

One more day to go, before holiday break. We get out at 1pm tomorrow. I am so excited! I can’t wait for this break. Now I am going to get organized and get prepped for things that January may bring, and just take it easy. I deserve it. Tonight, I think we are just going to hang out instead of going to the gym. Drew has been fighting a cold and I don’t want it to get any worse. I know he needs to rest. Bath Fitter came over and fixed the calking in the tub. I wouldn’t be able to shower, when I got home, or tomorrow morning. Drew was having the worst day, as well. His car was having issues, and was going to need to be towed to South Park, where our auto body is located.
When I got back to Moon township, I stopped at the store and got Drew some soup, tissues, and Gatorade. When I arrived home, I got Drew situated, made him some soup, and packed a bag to go to my parents tonight, so I could shower in the morning, and get a good nights sleep, since Drew has been sick, he as been congested at night, and it sort of was keeping me up, but i know it was because he was sick.
When I got to my parents, I relaxed in the living room with my dogs. I was glad to see them. My mom and I watched tv and my dad went to work. He will be retired, on Friday! I am so happy that he will be home with my mom soon. It felt so weird sleeping without Drew.

30th Birthday & 2 Years of Marriage

Today, I am 30 years old. I feel pretty good about it surprisingly.

This morning, we went to Starbucks, when we got off the bus and I got my usual. A venti blonde roast with a pump of pumpkin, and room for cream. Since I am a Starbucks reward member, I get a free Birthday drink. Drew got his usual, venti iced coffee with a shot of espresso.

We parted and went to our buildings, I called my mom and she wished me a Happy Birthday. We talked for a bit, then when I got off the phone with her I got some work done. I don’t have too much going on right now, but that will probably change tomorrow after I meet with my DGS. It will make the week go by faster.

When Nancy arrived, she brought me a blueberry muffin, and wished me Happy Birthday! I told her Thank you! I was glad I didn’t get any pastries at Starbucks this morning!

At 11:45am today, I met Drew at the bottom of the escalators and we went to lunch. He was so cute. He held my hand, while we walked to Stacked. He asked me how my day was going and if I was having a good birthday so far? I said I was having a great day.  We walked to Stacked together.

When we arrived at Stacked, they aren’t so busy. It was nice. We got right in and got a table. We both did a build your own burger and curly fries. Lunch was so good. After lunch, went to the book store and he bought me a Pitt phone case since mine broke this morning. I really need a case, this phone has to last me.

After we left the bookstore, we went back to work. I didn’t want to go back at all. Thankfully the day went by quickly, and it was time to meet up with Drew again to catch the bus

When we got home, we made dinner and he went to the store. He got me flowers and two cupcakes so we both could have one, while he sang Happy Birthday to me. After dinner, we watched Halloween II. It was a great way to start a new decade. I felt so loved and so happy.

Andrew’s 31st Birthday

Today, we went to the pool until about 2:30-3:00pm. Then we went home, the storm clouds were approaching and they were coming in fast. We went home to get ready for Andrew’s birthday party tonight. We wanted to to the Haufbrahaus there a little earlier, grab a table, and order some beers and the pretzel bites. We thought they were going to be packed since it is a Saturday.

When we got there, we got a table in the mess hall, and we had a huge long table for just us and our friends and family. We had some time together alone before people started to arrive. We also had the same server as two years ago, who waited on us, which was so cool! She remembered us, as well.
My parents arrived, and brought Drew his gift and two birthday cards. One was funny, and the other was a sweet son-in-law card. My dad bought him a picture framed with two tickets to the Steelers game, a picture of Franco Harris, and a program from the game. Drew loved it. Something for his man cave, then his parents arrived, and Zach came. After Zach arrived, Ben and Tricia showed up. Drew was on his 3rd beer at that point.

andrews-31st-birthday-weekend-2After we had dinner, and some drinks Ben and Tricia showed up, as my parents and his parents were leaving. We all went outside to the Beer Garden. Andrew at this point was on his 4th huge pint of beer. I knew this was going to be a long night. When we were in the Beer garden, Anthony and Dylan arrived for drink, and left. Then Patrick, Zach’s brother showed up, and he had a drink with us as well. It was nice to see most of Andrew’s friends show up.

At around 12:30am, it was time to get the Birthday boy home. I made sure I had his cards, he had already put the gift my dad got him in the truck, so that was safe, now to get this man home, who keeps saying it is his name day; too many episodes of Game of Thrones!

On the way home, I am driving. I reach over to touch Drew’s hand. We are a few feet away from almost being home and getting on the Thorn Run Exit. I had to pull over on 376, and he got out of the car, and managed to get vomit on the door, before getting out of the car, and vomiting up the rest. I felt bad, but I wasn’t sure what to do. I looked in the mirror, there were no cars coming. It was about 2am. It would be my luck if a cop pulled up right now, at this very moment. I got out of the car, and rubbed his back, he had vomit and snot dripping from him. I felt so bad for him, but at the same time, he did this to himself. I helped him in the back seat. I had nothing to give him to wipe his face, because we didn’t have any napkins or paper towels (I keep a roll in the car with me now though).

I finally got us home, and got him inside. He kept apologizing and I felt so bad for him. I got him wiped up and he started crying. He was so drunk. He told me how much he loved me and how sorry he was that he got like this, and that he let me down. I said that he didn’t let me down and it was okay, I forgive him, but he can’t get like this anymore.  He agreed. I got him in the shower, and I got random clothes on, so I could go outside and clean the car after I got him settled.

Once he was in bed, I went outside and cleaned the vomit out of the car. Surprisingly, it did not smell and thank God it did not, because then I would have vomited. It looked white like oatmeal. It didn’t take me long, then I went back inside, dressed in some pjs and climbed into bed with my lush husband.