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

Post 3 Day Weekend

The next work day after having a three day weekend tends to feel like Monday, even though it was Tuesday!

I met with my advisor today during my lunch break to discuss a project that I volunteered to assist with. We are conducting a Market Assessment Opportunity. I am helping her collect raw data. There are two other women on the project. I have learned so much about group work from her class, and I even identified some of my bad habits when it comes to working in groups. I did well today. Group work can be difficult.

After the project meeting, my advisor and I met one-on-one about an opportunity that arrived via email on Friday. She said she would write a recommendation letter for me, before I was asked to interview. I hope I get this position. It would be such a great opportunity. We talked about my progress in the program, and an incident that occurred last semester. She was glad to hear all is well. We talked about my current job, and about a few people we know.

When I arrived back at my desk, I worked on some requests. Overall it was an easy day.

After work, I thought we had a CLA meeting planned at RMU. I was going to be late arriving so I sent an email to Nelle and Danny while we were stuck in traffic. They asked if we could reschedule for tomorrow. I said that would work. Once I got off the phone with them, I sent an email to my supervisor and CCed her supervisor. I hope they let me leave early again tomorrow.

This evening, when we got home, we cooked a keto chicken dish, along with some side dish left overs from Memorial Day. After dinner, we cleaned up, and I got a shower, then we watched Downton Abbey. I am getting him into the show. He likes it so far. I am rewatching it for the movie in September. I can’t wait!

Incoming Student Event

Incoming Student Event

By the middle of the week I was feeling much better and back to myself. No more nasty post nasal drip. Today, I helped at RMU’s Incoming Student Event. This was the last Incoming Student Event on the books for me. I truly love this event. It is one of my favorites.

When I arrived, I dragged the suitcase of promotional materials into Nicholson. I was talking on the phone to Anthony about tonight. We were going to get dinner at the Shiloh Inn and then head out that night to a bar or a club. We were either going to the Blue Moon, or to a straight bar or a night club. We never know where the night will take us, but we were excited to get out and catch up it has been too long. I noticed that Romo’s and the Cafe were not open. I was in desperate need of espresso. I set the suitcase by the Student Life table, and then took the windy stairs down to the office of Student Life. I went into the Assistant Dean of student’s section. She wasn’t due there until 12:30pm. I saw the trifolds for Greek life and some pillow cases that we gave away at the last event. I grabbed the  Greek Life Trifold, and the pillow cases. On my way out of the office I said, hi to the Dean of Students.

When I got back to the Student Life table outside of the Admissions office. I opened the trifold carrier and it was just the Greek life trifold not the student life trifold. I was confused. I also saw the Greek Life table cloth. I set up the Office of Greek Life’s table for Scott (my previous supervisor, when I was an undergrad at RMU). I then started to set up the Office of Student Life table. I focused on the items I had and I thought I would get the trifold later. I noticed some students and their families were starting to make their way to where we were located and we weren’t set up yet. When I was finished setting up the Student Life table, I went back down to the Office of Student Life this time I went to the Student Activities and Leadership Development Office. Maureen was there gathering some stuff to take up to the table. I don’t know why I didn’t think to check in here for our trifold. I helped her bring things up to the table. We had a little wheel barrel full of stuff and she had our trifold.

Eventually, we got everything ready to go and then there was influx of people. We talked about move in day, orientation, and the events leading up to orientation. I talked to this one student and her mother. The student was leaving for Paris over the summer for three weeks. I was so jealous. I asked her parlez vous francais? She didn’t even look at me. She kept looking at her phone and said, “alittle bit.” her mom laughed and I smiled. I said, “My husband I were there last May. We loved it!” Her mom asked me where we stayed? and I said, “9th arrondissement. We were a metro stop away from the Moulin Rouge.” Her mom thought it was fascinating her daughter not so much. Her mom told me that she using this app to help her learn a little bit of French. I said, “Oh Duolingo.” She said, “yea that is the one.” I said, “Yea I use it too. It’s pretty cool.” I said, “If you are familiar with basic French language and you make an attempt to try to speak it. You will be okay.” I smiled and when they turned to leave. I said, “Bon Voyage.” The mother laughed the daughter not so much. The traffic of students and their parents were dying down. It was almost time to pack up and leave.

 

RMU’s Commencement

This morning I got up at 6:30am. I got a shower and got dressed, then I was out the door. I had to be at Robert Morris University at 7:30am. I didn’t really sleep at all last night I was so excited. Stephanie McMahon is the guest speaker for the commencement ceremony, her husband Triple H will be in attendance with her!

When I was home, sick with bronchitis, John (my internship supervisor, previous professor, and friend) texted me and said, confirmed Triple H will be in attendance. I said, “John please you have to do whatever you can so I can meet him. It has been my dream!”  I have had a huge crush on Triple H since I was 12 or 13. My mom took my friend Brittany and I too see WWE’s Smackdown at the Mellon Arena. I was in love with him then and I am still in love with him now.

When I parked my car, I walked to the UPMC events center and I texted John telling him I am here, and that I e-mailed Rachel about a lanyard for today’s event. He said, Maureen will have one for you. I entered the building and it had that new smell to it. It looked so nice. I met with Maureen at the front table and got my lanyard. Maureen gave us a run down of the assignments. I was to be posted by the elevator directing people into the events center. She said, “most people will get off the elevator and have this look on their face like where do I go? I think that would be a good place for you.” She laughed and so did I. I had an easy enough job.

After we were briefed on our assignments, Anna and another girl from Residence Life (I can’t remember her name) we went to get coffee and muffins from the volunteer breakfast room. I ran into some people that I know there. We sat our side with our breakfast and coffee and enjoyed the bright sun for a moment before heading to our posts.
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When we arrived at our posts, people didn’t start pouring in until around 7:45am and then the guests came in clusters. There were so many people. My job was to make sure no one sat in the special accommodation area except for the people, who needed special accommodations.  I received a text from Mama saying “Good Luck honey I hope you get to meet him. I am staying positive for you.” She knows what Triple H means to me.

Around 9am I got a text from John saying, “Come up to the 4th floor after the ceremony starts and text me.” Oh my God this was my moment this was it. I was so excited. I told Kim, the admin who works with John where I was going. She said, “oh I want to come too. I want to meet Stephanie.” I told her I am not sure if we are going to be able to meet her. She will be on stage, but I told her I was more excited to meet her husband.

Around 9:30am, the Colonial marching band started playing and walked up the aisle. This is my favorite part ever. So much history and appreciation for the past. I watched the Colonial band march and when they finished Yankee Doodle and excited the floor. I texted John, “Can I come up? it started.” He said, “Sure.” Kim and I made our way to the fourth floor. This was the moment! I was going to meet Triple H. I was so nervous. I could feel my stomach hurting my knees were weak. The whole weak knees thing happened twice in my life; 1. when I first saw the Eiffel Tower in the distance, I kept my eye on it as we approached it. 2. Today, when I was about to meet Triple H!

When I got off the elevator, I  texted John and said, where do we go? He said, make a left and follow the hallway all the way down to the last board room on the left. I walked down the hallway and the entire time. I felt like I couldn’t do this. I was so nervous and so excited. I knew I was going to make a complete fool out of myself.

When we approached the room, Triple H was sitting at the conference room table, his back to the door, and John facing the doorway. As soon as I set eyes on him, my mouth dropped open. John said,”Danielle come on in.” I said, “Oh my God.” Triple H stood up and turned around I stopped myself from falling to my knees, but I was bent over for a second. I grabbed Kim’s arm and she laughed. I quickly straightened up. He was smiling and John was laughing. I said, “Hi, oh my God I can’t believe you are here in front of me.” he smiled and said, “Hi, I am Paul.” He held out his hand. I shook his hand and smiled. I said, “I am Danielle. I saw you back in 2000 you were here for Smackdown when it was the Melon Arena.” He said, “oh wow, you saw the show?” I said, “Yes.” I nodded and couldn’t catch my breath. John said, “Danielle, works with me she is my graduate intern.” I smiled and said, “I can’t believe I am meeting you.” John said, “Danielle do you want a picture?” I looked back at John nodded and smiled, “Yes, please.” I handed him my phone. My hands were shaking. Paul couldn’t stop smiling. John said, you have to unlock it and handed it back to me. I took my phone back and said,” I don’t even know how to do that right now.” Everyone laughed. IMG_1487.jpegI unlocked it and handed it back to John.

There it is! My picture with Triple H! The 13 year old inside of me is so happy and satisfied right now.  I thanked him so much for taking the time to meet with me and for the picture. He said, “Your welcome.” I backed away because I did want to be a rambling idiot. I was so star struck.

When we left the room, I thanked him again, and thanked John for the opportunity to meet him. John smiled and when we left the room. I was shaking, so badly. I said, “Oh my God, Kim! I can’t believe I met Triple H! I was good for life. I can’t believe I got to meet him and touch him.

I went back to my post and touched base with Maureen I showed her my picture and she laughed. I helped a couple people their seats. I watched a little bit of Stephanie McMahon’s speech, then I was able to leave for the day.

When I was on my way to my car, I did a Facebook live video about my experience meeting Triple H. Then I called my mom and told he, and then I called Drew and told him. He was jealous and thought it was so cool. I said, I was a rambling idiot. He laughed. I told him about the conversation and how it went.

Around 4pm, we went to my neighbor Amy’s house she was having some friends over and her daughter for a cookout. I brought brownies. I had a hamburger no bun, and a little bit of the sides (macaroni salad, and some fruit granola thing). Drew and I stayed until about 6:30pm.

Then we went to Sam’s Club and bought pork chops for dinner tomorrow. We are hosting Mother’s Day dinner tomorrow. Then we went to the grocery store to get the rest of the things that we would need.

When we got home, we hung out and relaxed for the evening. I had such a big day!

 

Commitments

This morning, I had a such a rough night last night, but I needed to get to RMU for the transfer student event. My ear didn’t hurt as bad. The antibiotic was working. I didn’t tell John and Maureen that I was sick. I wanted to follow through with this event. The transfer students are important to me. I was one of them.

When I arrived to RMU, I parked outside student life, and went to Romo’s and got a bagel and some hot tea. I got back in the car and drove to Wheatley Center. I ate my bagel on the way. I got out of my car and pulled the suitcase of my trunk, that contained handouts and take-a-aways from the Office of Student Leadership and Activities Department. I shut the trunk door and walked into the Wheatley Center.

So the Wheatley Center, just opened at the end of my last semester at RMU. I never really spent time there. When you first enter, there is this giant area with an open welcoming space. There were tables set up for different departments on campus. I set up next to the UPMC my health network, there was so much irony in this. I put the handouts on the table and made it look pretty. I took a picture and sent it to Maureen. She thanked me for being there today.

Throughout the event, I kept blowing my nose, and drinking water. Next to me, was Residence Life. Anna a girl from my Master’s program was at the table. She and I talked for a bit. Anna, Diana, and myself just finished a group project together and we got an A on the presentation, an A- on the paper, and an overall A in the class. We talked about our grade and Max’s comments. I was proud of our group.

Ugh I hate being sick. The nurse at the table next to me on my right said that I should go to Walmart, and show my ID at the pharmacy and ask for Sudafed. It is the behind the counter stuff, so it is pretty powerful. I took her up on her suggestion.

After the event was over, it was around 11:30am. I got the table packed up and put all the handouts in my suitcase and I was the first one out the door. I drove to Walmart and picked up the Sudafed and a few other things. I felt well enough to perhaps go to the wedding reception that evening for Ashley and Andrew.

When I got home, I rested for awhile and then we got ready to go to the reception. Now I probably shouldn’t have went, but I was feeling like I could make it. I put on a brown dress with some beige pink heels.

When we got to the Marriott, we walked inside and started talking to some of Drew’s cousins. It was good to see them. We only seem to see them at events like weddings, funerals, bridal showers, and baby showers.

Finally the ballroom was open and we could go inside, the photographer took a picture of Drew and I in front of a board that had the seating chart listed. We were at table 3. We were at the same table as his cousins, his brother, and sister-in-law. We haven’t seen them since Christmas Day. It was good to hear how Waffles is doing now that he is home safe.

There was an antipasto station, and an iced tea, and sangria station. Dinner was served around 7pm. They had chicken, ravioli, salad, sliced meat, vegetables. Dinner was so good. Dancing started around 8:30pm or 9pm. I danced with the bride to the Cupid Shuffle, and then Drew and I danced together. I also danced with Aunt Paula. I was doing so well. I thought I was getting better.

We left around 10pm or 11pm and went to my inlaws where Tommy and Megan were staying the night. I wanted to see Waffles. I was so happy to see him. I almost teared up. Waffles went missing a month or two ago in Erie. He was found 3 days later and has been home since. Those three days were so rough on Drew and I. When I saw Waffles, I hugged him and kissed his nose. I let him knock me down and tackle me. I have to admit I was fighting back tears. I also made sure to show Butters some love, but he just wants you to throw the ball.
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I also snapped this picture of Butters and Waffles. We are so happy that he is home safe back with is brother, Butters.

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RMU Incoming Student Event

RMU Incoming Student Event

Around 11am I arrived on campus. I stopped at the book store and got two shirts. I need to up my RMU professional gear. They had a sale going on 25% off.

After the bookstore, I went back to my car and put my bag in the back seat, then I got a coffee at Romo’s. After I got my coffee, I reported to Student Life and waited for Maureen, the Assistant Dean of Students.

When Maureen arrived, I helped her set up the Student Life table, right outside of the Admissions office. I love talking to incoming students and their families. I mentioned how Airband was last night. I also explained what Airband is. I talked about how we have 120 clubs on campus and the different activities.

At one point, when there was a break in the crowd, Maureen told me this was my thing! I couldn’t agree with her more. I love talking to students and their families. right before we took down the promotional materials. I was talking to an incoming student and her family. The mom asked me what sorority I pledged to? I laughed a little and told her I was 31 years old. She said you are so young and enthusiastic. You look so young. I said thank you!

After we took down the promotional materials, I took some to my car. I am going to be helping out at the transfer student event on the 27th. I am passionate about transfer students. I was one.

Now, I am relaxing until we go to his Grandma’s. I am thankful for my skills, talents, abilities, and opportunities!

Marietta Bound

Marietta Bound

This morning I woke up around 6:30am and got a shower. I was excited to go to Marietta. I had never been there before. I can’t remember the last time I was in Ohio. Drew dropped me off at RMU’s campus. I met the students at the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development Office. I over packed. I had 4 bags and that included my purse. I don’t know how to pack light.

When John arrived with the rental car, we packed our suitcases in the trunk. It was like playing tetris. Zai and Jake sat in the back right before the trunk of the SUV. Dylan, Sydney, and Erica were in the second row of backseats, John drove, and I was passenger. I was so excited.

On the way to Ohio, we stopped at rest stop, so we could change into our dress clothes. Erica and I didn’t want to wear our dress clothes to travel in. We wanted to be comfortable until we arrived, or were close to arriving to the conference.

After we changed and got back into the car,  we listened to Britney Spears the whole way there. I was so happy. Sydney is a Britney fan like I am.  the next stop was Marietta, Ohio!

Once we arrived on to campus, it looked so cute and so historic. I didn’t really do any research on Marietta before arriving, but it definitely had a very chill vibe to it. It seemed like time moved slow there and it was relaxing. There was definitely something spiritually relaxing about the place. IMG_1263.jpeg

The buildings on the campus have this historical and colonial look to them. I like that look it almost feels like you are stepping into history. Robert Morris University’s campus is like that in some ways.

After registration, they served lunch and it was a nice buffet style table with linen table cloths. They had chicken, salad, green beans, and dinner rolls. It was decent food, as well.

After lunch, they had the key note speaker, was Marjorie Margolies. She is the President, of the Women’s Campaign International, and former U.S Congressperson. Her story is so interesting. She is also witty. I enjoyed her speech.

After the keynote speaker, we had to hurry up the elevator Robert Morris University was due to present at 2pm-2:50pm. Once we arrived the room, the students welcome participants to their presentation, and passed out flyers and a pen to each participant. They started their presentation on time, and I was so proud of them. They all worked so hard to get to this moment. They did so well! IMG_1267.jpeg

After the presentation, we went to some different presentations. Erica, Dylan, Jake, and myself went to the Millennials and Diverse Leadership session. It was okay. I didn’t find it that informative.

After the 3-3:50pm presentation, we planned to leave campus around 4pm. We wanted to get back to the hotel and check in and get freshened up before the evening happy hour.

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When we arrived at hotel, we got our bags and checked in, I was so ready to get a shower and change. I needed to chill for a little. I was tired from the day already! John let us pick our room keys. I was 217, Jake was 218, Sydney, Erica, and Dylan were 223, and John was 335.

Once I opened the door to my room, it was a nice suite with two beds. I had never been in a hotel room by myself. It felt weird, but I could spread my things out. I laid on the bed and called Drew. We chatted for a bit, then I laid there for a second in the quiet. I didn’t bring any homework with me, and I didn’t turn on the TV. I just took in the quiet for a minute.

I got a shower and changed into jeans and a stripped top with my black flats. I dried my hair and then I got a text from Sydney and Erica. They said come over! I smiled and grabbed my make up bag and room key. I went down the hall and knocked on their door. Sydney did my eyebrows for me and then John texted me asking me what time we were meeting in the lobby to head to the happy hour? I said, 20 mins.

After the girls and Dylan were ready, I knocked on Jake and Zai’s door before going back into my room to grab my make up bag and Kate Spade clutch. I made sure I had all that I needed to head to the happy hour. We met up with John in the lobby and then we all got back into the SUV and drove to the Galley, where the happy hour was taking place.

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The sky looked so pretty. It was still a bit too cold to be outside. I enjoyed hanging out with them and taking selfies. They are the coolest group of students I will probably ever work with. We stayed until about 10pm, then went back to the hotel. We had an early day in the morning and it was back home to Pittsburgh tomorrow afternoon. I will miss Marietta.