Candle Lab

Candle Lab

After the princess parties, I got changed back into my normal clothes. I said goodbye to Tracy and thanked her.  I had to run home and get ready for an event for Carnegie Mellon University. They were doing a senior year experience event at the Candle Lab in Lawrenceville. I kept my false eye lashes on. My supervisor from CMU greeted me when I arrived to the candle lab, and asked how my parties went. I told them they went so well. it is so fun. I still have my lashes on. He said, that is good! He asked us if Drew and I wanted to make a candle. I picked out a jar and we sniffed all the scents.

We decided on banana brûlée, and bourbon. It wasn’t so bad at all. It was a little sweet with a little bit of liquor. We poured the wax in and then put the wick in and stirred the wax for a minute, or so. Then you have to let the candle sit for an hour.

Around 5:30pm, the students from CMU were being bused in. We were offering them food, and wine. My boss carded them at the door. Andrew and I wrist banned the 21 year olds, and they were allowed two glasses of wine. There were two groups of students coming. We had to make the food and wine stretch. It was fun to be a part of, but I was tired.

Around 8pm, we were able to leave for the night. I am excited to burn our candle.

Catching Up

After CMU, I went to RMU to meet with John around 3pm. We talked about the Meet the Colonials event, and how I am to be stage manager, and where I will be stationed for the event. It is one of my favorite events to assist with.  We also had a quick meeting with the Assistant Dean of Students and she approved the commuter student program proposal. We are set with a date, time, and location. I need to reach out to other people in the University to see who can collaborate and talk about the services that RMU has for commuter students. I also asked my best friend Anthony to come speak. He was super involved as a commuter student, where I was not. I didn’t get involved until it was my second to last semester and then it was too late. If I didn’t get involved, I wouldn’t have met Anthony. 🙂 John and I set up our next meeting for next Friday after the MTC event.

After my meeting with John, I stopped at the store and picked up a small box of Blackbox Pinot Noir wine. I wanted to treat myself after the event on Saturday. Drew also wanted a case of Truly.

Then I went home to my husband, and started to cook dinner as he finished up working.

After dinner, we went to the mall to get out for bit. We bought two candles at Bath and Body works, and then to Spirit Halloween. IMG_2627 I make sure to donate every year.

Plus you get these really cute bracelets.  I have a little collection of them. I think it is a good cause for a halloween lover like me.

Friday Evening

Friday Evening

This evening, I stopped at RMU’s Octoberfest. John, invited Andrew and I to stop by. Once we arrived, I didn’t see him at first even though he was standing right in front of me. We had laugh at that. Andrew and I got some food and took a seat a table, John joined us. We talked about all things RMU and things I could be involved in and one of them is the Meet the Colonials event, which is happening on October 17th. I am so excited about that event. I get to be stage manager again!

After Octoberfest, we went home for a little, then it was back out the door again. I had to stop by CMU and check in on the Late-Night event. This one was called the Colors of India. I received my first Airbrush Henna tattoo, and ate a samosa. I sent some pictures to Andrew and we left around 10:30pm.

1st CLA Meeting

1st CLA Meeting

Tonight was the first meeting of the Colonial Leadership Academy at Robert Morris University. I was so excited to be apart of this event. We had a room full of bright athletes who were handpicked to be apart of the CLA.

Nelle, Danny, and myself met during the summer in the evening, after I was done at work to put the proposal together for the new AD, determine our mission and vision statements, our Pilars of leadership, and the curriculum. I was so happy to see it finally come together. The athletes seem so eager to see what we have in store for them this semester.

At the end of the meeting, the next CLA meeting will take place on September 30th.  I will not be able to be there due to class, but I am excited and hopeful to attend future meetings.

Go Colonials!

Student-Athlete Orientation

I have an interest in student-athletes. I am hopeful to be able to do my Master’s thesis on some aspects of student-athletes.  I was able to observe the student-athlete orientation in the new UPMC events Center. There were several speakers, Dr. Howard (The president of RMU), RMU police spoke about safety and performance enhancement drugs, there were a couple other speakers including the new athletic director Chris King. I found the information they were providing the athletes very informative and insightful. I am hopeful to work with student-athletes in the future.

Transfer Student Ice Cream Social

Transfer Student Ice Cream Social

I do not repot to CMU on Fridays unless there is an event happening, where I have to check in. I still want to be able to help at RMU when I can. Today was one of those days. There was a Transfer Student Ice Cream Social Happening. I met with Natacia in the Center for Student Success to help her create a flyer in Canva for the event. We talked about the social, and the itinerary for the event. I was excited to apart of this event.

When I went to RMU, I was a transfer student, a commuter student, and a first-generation student. The transfers, commuters, and first-gens hold a special place in my heart. I am passionate about them and want to see them succeed.

When I arrived to the event, which was held in the Franklin Center. Believe it or not this was the first time I have ever been in the Franklin Center. I logged in and turned on my Spotify and started playing a playlist for the social.

A few minutes later, Natcia arrived and I helped her set up. Once the students arrived, we got started with the ice cream. Sewickley Confectionary provided the ice cream. Then Natcia conducted some ice breakers with the students. After ice breakers we introduced ourselves and the contacts from the Career Center spoke about ways they could help the transfer students. Natacia also spoke about the Center for Student Success. It was a good event, but only a handful of students showed up. I wish more students would go to these events, but we do what we can to show that RMU cares.

Sunday

Sunday

This morning, I woke up and got a shower, I looked in the mirror and saw how red I was on my chest and arms, not so much on my face. I finally got that sun that I wanted to get so badly! Today, is Stephanie and Mike’s youngest son’s birthday, Stephen. I looked outside and thought today looks like a great pool day! We thought about going to the wave pool, but Drew said it was supposed to rain around 2:30pm (it ended up not even raining). It was probably a good thing we didn’t I needed to work on this market assessment evaluation for my adviser. I meet with her on Thursday and I need to have something to show her and I do have a few questions. I am finding that it is not as easy as I thought it was, or maybe I am thinking too much about it.

After we ate breakfast, so Drew could get ready to go to the  grocery store, I put in his work clothes. He was going to grill out tonight, but also wanted to go to the gym. While he was at the store, I started researching. He called me to check and see if we had olive oil, so I got up from my computer and checked. I said, “No, we need some.” Then, we got off the phone. I went back to researching and then he texted and said I am on my way home. I ignored his text and kept working on my project. When he came to the door with the groceries, he rang the door bell. I got up from my computer, and opened the door for him. He carried the groceries into the kitchen and set them on the counter. i asked if he wanted help? He said, “no I got it you go back to researching.” I said, “Your clothes are done in the washer. Do you want me to get them or are you going to hang them up after you put groceries away?” He said, “can you hang them up for me please?” I went down to the basement and hung them up. I put another load of clothes in the washer. He was on his hands and knees looking for a mixing bowl to marinate the steak and the chicken. I walked into the kitchen and saw him I said, “Why don’t you just go to the gym with me tomorrow and prep dinner, and help me around the house so I can get this project started on?” I felt like he was doing too much with little time.  He said, “Alright, I can do that.” I smiled and I helped him with the marinade and then went back to the project.

As I was working on the project, I was running into some road blocks and needed to ask her some questions on Thursday. Luckily, it is not due until end of August, and we are just collecting raw data. I took my computer outside, around 4pm when we started to grill and tried to research one more piece and then I put it aside for the night to enjoy my evening. I was able to get most of the laundry done and I assisted him clean up in the kitchen. Dinner was amazing! Steaks, asparagus, chicken (marinated on the grill). We made extra food for the week. I need to get back to eating low carb if not keto.

Goals of the week ahead:

  • Hopefully hear about an interview for the GSA position
  • Gym
  • Happy Hour with my music Friends on Tuesday
  • Meet with my adviser on Thursday to go over this project
  • Long weekend next weekend