Another Pitt Interview

This morning, I got up at 5:30am and got in the shower. I had to catch the earlier bus in order to get down to Oakland a little bit early. I had to be there before 7:40am. I had an interview with Alumni Hall. I really wanted this position. It would mean full time with the University, and I really wanted my weekends back!

When I made it down to Oakland, I went to Starbucks and got an iced caramel macchiato. I stopped at Heinz Chapel for a second to put my lunch in the fridge, so I wouldn’t have to carry it with me on the interview, or shove it in my bag. I tried to use my keys to get into the Chapel, and the door wouldn’t open. I thought hmm they changed the locks on me already?! Then the rain started pouring down. I stood under the chapel for a while, and a boy came up the stairs of the chapel to seek shelter. He and I started chatting. He said, “I left my umbrella in the car.” I said, ‘I did too, my phone didn’t say anything about rain, so I didn’t bother bringing it with me.”

When the rain steadied, we made a break for it. The rain started to come down again, so I put my sweater over my head, and walked toward the cathedral, and stood under the doorway for shelter again. The boy did the same. He saw me again, and we shared a little laugh. All of the sudden this woman, came up to us, and she approached me. She looked like a woman of Indian decent. She said to me, “You looked like you were doing a strip tease for a second.” I laughed and said, “oh okay, well I was fully clothed.” The boy and I looked at each other and waited until she went inside the cathedral, then the boy said, “I think that is the same woman, who would go in to the street to walk around me. One day, she was walking past me, and said look Mom, sexy boy!” I said, “Oh wow, that is so weird.” We started walking again. He was going in the direction of Salk Hall. I was walking in the direction of Alumni Hall. Then he said, “Apparently, there is a mental hospital not too far from here, and if they are stable enough, they let the patients walk the streets. She may be one of them.” I said, “Good to know.” Then we parted, and he said, “Have a good day. ” I said, “Yes you too.”

When I went inside Alumni Hall, I took a seat in the lobby and finished my coffee. I dried off and changed my shoes. I put my black heels on, and then approached 140 Alumni Hall, and introduced myself. Kathy was sitting at the front desk. She said, “You must be Danielle.” I said, “Yes, I am.” She shook my hand, and welcomed me back. When I walked past the front desk, this area looked like a living room. It had a huge couch, coffee table, bar, and then a conference room. It looked so nice. There was so much money in this department.

When I took a seat on the couch, she asked me if I wanted some coffee, I said, “Yes, please.” I did already have some, but it wasn’t enough. She invited me back, to the kitchen, so I could put cream in my coffee. We chatted about Heinz Chapel, and the position.  Then she invited me to sit in the conference room, and we would just sit and chat until the other attendees arrived.

When the two women arrived, I stood up and shook their hands. Immediately, I asked Jana if we ever met before? I referenced how I helped out at an event, the Frontier’s conference. I thought that was a good ice breaker. She said, “No, I don’t think we have met before, but I was there that day.” I said, “Oh okay, I so enjoyed that event and being apart of such a big day.” She asked me about my last name. She said, “Your last name is familiar.” I said, “Yes, my father-in-law and my brother-in-law both went to Pitt, and my husband works in the Cathedral in CSSD. My father-in-law, Tom used to give to Pitt, and used to be a season ticket holder.” The women both nodded their heads and smiled.

Then the interview got underway, they asked me the typical behavioral questions, my work style, etc. Then Jana asked me, “How do I feel about Coach Stallings?” I said, “I don’t know much about him, but I do like Dixon better.” They all laughed. I said, “But I could research him, and I do hope he will do well this year, and the Panthers will be good.” She smiled and nodded her head. I also said, “I am sad that Robinson graduated, and that Adams moved to the pros.” I think they were surprised, that I knew some of the players, and paid attention to Pitt Basketball. I told them that my husband and I are huge Pitt basketball fans.

Then she asked me about, Coach Narduzzi I said, I think they will do well. I don’t really know too much about college football. She said, “You are more of a Pitt basketball fan right? I said, “Correct.” She said, “Sometimes alumni will call all upset about a game, a coach, or a player and you will have to talk them down off the ledge, and be a Pitt cheerleader.” I said, “I am very familiar with that having worked in the Phonathon department at Robert Morris University. I would have to cold call alumni, get them feeling warm and fuzzy, update their information, and then ask for donation to the school. They were happy to hear I had experience in doing that.

Overall, the interview went really well. I had a good feeling about it. Now I had to go start my actual first day at the chapel. When I arrived, I put my lunch in the fridge, and got settled. I had to put my game face on, and not be so honest about my eventful morning so far.

When Sharon came in, she was working on her weddings. I asked her when I should work on mine, and she said typically 2 weeks out. I said, “Oh okay, well the next time I am in is the second is that too far away, or should I wait until the 8th.” She said, I wouldn’t wait until the 8th, they may get worried if they haven’t heard from you by then.” then she said, “You know we have another computer downstairs, and phone you can use to make your calls from.” I said, “Oh okay, well what am I supposed to say?” She really didn’t answer me, and didn’t feel like helping me, so I went down to see Wendy.

When I stepped into Wendy’s office, she asked me if I had trouble opening the door this morning, and I said, “I did, but I just figured my key wasn’t working. She said, oh how early were you were? Because it was bolted shut.” I said, “Oh not that early, but I did notice it was hard to get open, and I said I had a meeting to go to before I came to work today.” Lie. Damn. I have such a hard time being secretive. It seems so hard for me to not what to tell everyone EVERYTHING!

Immediately, I then switched gears and told her about the conversation Sharon and I had, and I wasn’t sure when I was supposed to make my wedding calls, and how she told me to just come down here and wasn’t being all that friendly, and open. I am not sure what to do, and I don’t think she really knows that she should be trying to help me.”

Wendy then said, “Oh okay, well I haven’t talked to Sharon yet, about her role in all this, would you like me to? That is weird you aren’t supposed to know what to say.” I just shrugged my shoulders. Pat then came into Wendy’s office, and asked what the problem was, Wendy filled her in, and Pat said, “Oh well yes we have to address that. Give Wendy a half an hour and she will be up.”  I went upstairs, and then sat next to Sharon. Whether she liked it or not, I had to be next to her, and she was going to have to deal with it. I think she is the type that when she gets frustrated it seems like she is being a bitch, but she is not it is just how she is, and perhaps she feels as though I am not going to stick around long so why train me?

As I was sitting there, I could feel as though I was having muscle cramps in my stomach. I went to the bathroom and my period started again! I just had one two weeks ago. I thought this was so weird. I never had two periods in one month before. I called my gyno immediately, and have an appointment next month. I need to make sure all is well. She said, it could be because you are working out more, and losing weight. Still though, I am nervous and shocked.

At the end of the day, Drew met me at the Chapel. He was feeling so sick and I couldn’t wait to get home. When we got home, we just hung out and rested. I made dinner. It was a chill night.

Anthony’s Birthday Party

This morning, I got a phone call from Pitt. It woke me up. I was hoping it was the sociology department offering me the job. It was Wendy from Heinz Chapel. They wanted me to come in for an interview today. I remembered applying for that position, but it got cancelled. I said, “Yes, definitely. What time do you have available?” She said, “Whenever you can make it, today. We will be here.” I said, “Okay, I live in Moon. I can be there within 2 hours.” I got off the phone and got in the shower. I got the quickest shower ever. I got dressed, and blew dry my hair. I straightened it, and called Drew real quick I told him, and he was happy for me. I was glad I had my resume already to go.

After I got dressed, I packed a bag and it was off to Oakland I go. I hit some traffic in the West End, heading to the Fort Pitt bridge. Merging on the bridge, is always a good time. When I arrived to Oakland, I drove towards the Sennott Square parking garage, and saw that it was full. Of course it would be full. I decided to park on the street. I parked on Bellefield by the Music Department. I fed some money in to the meter, and then made my way to Heinz Chapel. I figured there was no time for coffee, just get to the interview.
When I was close to the chapel, I stopped and changed my shoes. I changed out of my tennies, and into some heels and then I entered the chapel.

When I walked in, I looked around and thought it was so beautiful. I never have been in the building before. I looked around for Frank. He was the man that I was supposed to meet with and he would let Wendy know that I have arrived. I called Wendy and she said, “Oh is Frank not there?” I said, “No, he is not.” She said, “Okay, I will come up and get you. I can bring you down.” When she greeted me, she was so sweet. We shook hands, and she escorted me downstairs. She led me to the Director’s office, where I met Pat. She is so nice. I shook her hand, and took a seat. They told me about the position. They handed me a hand out. They told me to take a few minutes and look it over. I liked what I saw. Sure the schedule is something I had to get used to, working on the weekends, but it is Pitt. It is a position at Pitt. It is a way in the door. They explained to me that I would start out at as a Temp in the Temp Department. I am familiar with that, but they are hoping to move me out of the department in a month and I will be a full Pitt part-time employee. The interview went so well.

At one point, they asked if they could have a moment to speak to one, another. I got up and walked out of the office, and took a seat on the couch. I flipped through the book, Pat handed me on the way out. After a few minutes of sitting there flipping through the book, Wendy called me back into the office. I went back into the office, and took a seat. Pat said, “We think you would be fabulous for this position!” I smiled so big and leaned back in the chair, and said, “Thank you! I am so happy. I won’t let you down.” We went into Wendy’s office and she called HR with me right in her office. She was trying to get me skate around orientation since I have already been through it. Well it’s not possible, but Wendy wanted to know if I would feel comfortable starting Wednesday regardless, even if HR wasn’t ready for me to start. They would still add my hours in after I completed orientation. I agreed to the start date of next Wednesday. I was so excited.
When we left Wendy’s office, they took me on a tour of the chapel, and what each of the panels mean on the stain glass windows. She also told me about the history of the chapel, etc. I kept a close eye on the time. I was running out of time on my parking meter. I still needed to go tell Drew about the good news.
When I left the chapel, I went to the cathedral. I called Drew and asked if he would meet me at Hogwarts, which is the lobby of the cathedral. When I was walking through the revolving door, I saw him coming in my direction. I was smiling so big. I am sure he could tell. I asked him to come outside with me.
When we stepped outside, we were facing the chapel. I said to him, do you seem that building right there? I pointed to the chapel. He said, “Yes, I do.” I turned to him and said, well I am the wedding coordinator of that building. He smiled so big and congratulated me. He hugged me so tight. He was so happy for me. We kissed. It felt like old times again, like when we first started dating. He walked with me to feed the meter more money, then we went to the Music Building and told Paula the news. Paula was surprised and taken back by it. I never told her applied for it, and asked me about Sociology. I said, I don’t know this is up my alley. She was happy for me, but I think was a bit sad that she went to bat for me, and I chose another position.
After we left the music building, we got lunch together at LuLu’s Noodles, a Chinese food place. I had never been to it. At lunch, we both had the Thursday special. There was so much food. We chatted about my schedule and he encouraged me that we would make it work, and he would be there with me. I feel so damn blessed. I am so happy. After lunch, he went to the cathedral and I went to say hi to some of his coworkers. His boss, Bill was so happy for me, and so was Chad. I am so excited, but not sure how I feel about this schedule.
When I left the cathedral, I went to see Marilyn at the fake starbucks. I told her the news and she was so happy for me. I can’t wait to see her more often. I felt a huge sense of relief. I am finally in the door at Pitt. The bus ride home seemed to take forever, and I had so many things I needed to do before I head to my parents. I wasn’t expecting to take this long at Pitt.
When I got back to my car, I drove to get an oil change. My air filter needed changed as well, so that was 82.72. Then I went home and changed out of my interview clothes and put on some jeans and top. I drove to my parents. I said hi to my kids, and then my dad and I left to get a pedicure. There was a little bit of wait. We all wanted Anna to do our toes. Her mom was pretty busy. Anna didn’t realize I was getting a pedicure and started on my parents. I was last to get done. We were going to go to dinner, but we just went to Wendy’s since it was getting so late, and they needed to get home and feed the dogs. After we ate dinner, I left. I couldn’t wait to get home.
When I got home, my neighbors’ kids were out back throwing a football. I went outside and played with them. The pens game was due to come on at 8:30pm. After a while, I invited them inside. Drew was still at the gym. We all sat on my couch and watched the Pens game. When Drew came home, he was happy to see our neighbors there.

They left at the end of the 1st period. I was playing phone tag with Dylan and Anthony. Anthony was coming by to pick me up to go to the Blue Moon for his birthday. There was a drag show tonight. I hadn’t been out in a while with them. I was going to miss Drew.
When Anthony came to get me, I was finishing up my makeup. I gave him a happy birthday hug, and Drew said happy Birthday to him, then we were out the door. We drove to Anthony’s, I put my lipstick on and Dylan came inside. On our way to the Blue Moon, we blasted Britney and it was awesome!
When we arrived, I took Anthony’s keys. I decided I would be the DD tonight, so Anthony could have fun. When we walked inside, it was like a whole new world. All the drag queens looked so beautiful, well most of them. We ran into Ray. Ray went to RMU with all of us. The show was late to start, so we took selfies, and I had two drinks.
Finally the show got underway, it was the start of Pride week. The two hosts were so funny, and so open about their experiences. The best in the show was Bambi Dearest. She really can bring a following, but she knows she is good, which makes her not as cute, but she is beautiful to look at and watch.
After the drag show, I drove Anthony’s car back to my house. Dylan was going to take over and drive from there. We sat outside in the parking lot, and sang Moulin Rouge together. It felt so good to sing crazy loud. It really healed me from all that madness with this job searching, and it was just what I had in mind, when I thought about celebrating the big news about me finally working at Pitt.

Interview at RMU

This morning, I didn’t wake up completely until a quarter to 10am. I slept so good, and didn’t want to get out of bed. I do remember texting Drew off and on early in the morning about the dogs.

After I got out of the shower, I put on some random clothes until it was time to change into my interview clothes. I wasn’t all that nervous, probably because I slept well. I was anxious though to get on campus. I made some pumpkin coffee, and drank it out my favorite mug.

Then it was time to get ready and get dressed. I was so excited to get on campus. I got there an hour early.

I texted Anthony and told him that the bitch is back. He and I met at RMU and are still best friends to this day. I ordered my usual coffee at ROMO’s, French Caramel Latte with fat free milk. Then, hung out at a high top table and soaked in the memories, and surfed on my phone.
Once I left ROMO’s, I got up and went outside and took a walk through the forest of fun, until I approached the building where my interview was going to be.

I remember when this building first opened. Anthony and I had so many inside jokes about it, especially about the stock market ticker. It makes me laugh a little just typing this entry. I walked up the walkway and paid a visit to the theater.

This is where I met Anthony, Dylan, Ray, and Allie. I keep in touch with Anthony the most

still, but theater to me has always been a sort of spiritual thing for me. I used to dance, and I did dabble in some acting, but it was always so fun to get up on stage and dance or play part. I wasn’t in any of the big productions, but I did take part in small roles for friends who were in Directing Class. I also took a theater arts class, and a dance class at RMU. I turned to the theater for my release from all my stressful classes and I don’t regret for a minute.

When I walked into the theater, I sat inside the auditorium for a bit.

 

This is like my version of church. I just wanted to sit there for a minute, catch my breath and mediate. I reflected on RMU; my time, my memories there, my classes, friends, and professors. The connections I made there. How happy I am that I chose RMU as my school. I also thought about my occupations and how far I have come in my job life, and what has brought me to this chance to interview for my school. It kind of amazes me, a little.

When I left the auditorium, I went to the bathroom and changed my shoes, and I remember when I used to rush to the bathroom after dance, and change out of my dance clothes and race to myths class, always a few minutes late. Thankfully Dr. Karshner was cool.

After changing my shoes, I left the theater building and went to the business building rang the doorbell to their office door. Dr Robbins, opened the door, and greeted me. We shook hands and he led me into a conference room, where Bethany and Yasmin were waiting for me. The office was no bigger than a living room. It was small and quaint. I shook hands with Bethany and Yasmin, and then took a seat next to Bethany, and the interview got underway.

During the interview, they asked me the typical behavioral questions, tell me when this happened, or a time when that happened, etc. I felt like I did a good job of answering their questions. It was very relaxed, but formal environment, I related most of my answers to my experiences with Pitt. It was the most relevant experience to working within a University type setting. I believe they were happy with me and liked me. They said they would get in touch with me next week, Wednesday or so.

After my interview, I went to see John Locke, but he wasn’t in his office. The receptionist said he was setting up for graduation, so on my way out of his office, I ran into Scott my old boss at the Phonathon. He gave me a hug and almost didn’t recognize me.

After talking to Scott, I went to Sewall Center, and I messaged John Locke on Facebook messager. He told me he was in the arena and to come say hi! It has been years since I seen him.  When I walked into the arena, they were setting up for graduation. I can’t remember my graduation and it was only in May of 2013, but I still don’t really remember it. when I saw John, I gave him a hug. He and I chatted about my interview, and he told me he would drop Yasmin a line in an email for me. I was happy that he was going to help me. I did ask if he needs any help with graduation on Saturday? He said he thinks he is good. I wanted to volunteer any help, so I could be seen on campus and it would be fun to help!

When I left campus, I went back to our house in Moon. I typed up some thank you notes to the people I interviewed with, changed my clothes while I was on the phone with my mother-in-law then it was out the door, and back to Crafton to take care of the dogs for one more night.

When I got off the parkway in Greentree, I drove past Fastest Labs, and called Chris. He said he was getting ready to hop on a conference call, and he would call me back. I figured it would be nice to follow up with him and see what happened today, while I was not in the office.

When I got home, the dogs were crazed to see me and they tore up some paper coasters, and there was poop in the dining room. I know it was a long time to be left alone so I excused their behavior. My parents would do the same. Chris eventually called me back. He asked about my interview, was glad it went well. He told me about his awkwardly busy day, then that was it. I was nervous to show up there tomorrow.

An Unexpected Call

This morning, Drew had a dentist appointment, so he came to my work and brought Chris and I donuts from Peace Love and Little Donuts. I was so happy to see him and glad he got to meet Chris. Drew told me that he had to be fitted for a mouth guard for night time and random wear. He is wearing his teeth down and some damage has been done. I felt bad, but was glad he could get the guard. He had to leave after a while, he wanted to go home and work on the basement.

While I was working, I got a call from my RMU. I ran outside to take the call. Chris could tell that it looked suspicious, but I didn’t care. The girl from RMU told me that they needed to push my interview back to Thursday, instead of Tuesday. I said, that it was okay, I completely understand. I think someone that is going to be on the interview is going to be out of town, so that is why. The girl and I talked for a good half hour about the position, and she volunteered so much information. It was a good conversation, so now the interview is set for May 4 at 1pm. I am so excited!

When I went back inside, I felt like I had to be honest with Chris about these mysterious phone calls, so I was honest. I told him everything and he was sad, but happy for me if this is what I truly want. He wants to keep me on the payroll, and asked if I would help with after hours collections, and marketing events if I was able to. I said, I definitely would love to help. I will keep him posted with what happens after May 4. That night, I had such a great work out at the gym. It was good day!

Friyay

This morning, I couldn’t get out of bed at all today. I woke up at 9:30am. I went downstairs, and saw Dawson’s Creek is going to be on until 1pm! They are showing the final episodes, then on Monday they are starting over again with Season 1, Episode 1. I am so excited! I can’t get tired of this show. I made my tea and called my mom. She and I talked about my interview. She thought it was out in Cranberry for some reason.

Once I got off the phone with her, I drank my tea and watched Dawson until 11:00am, then I had to get ready. I got a shower and got dressed. I packed my interview bag, and then I was out the door at 12:15pm. I wanted to stop and get some coffee at Starbucks. I got a grande iced coffee with cream and two sugars. It was so yummy.

After I got coffee, I text Earl and asked if he was around to BS. He said, he would be either in his office, or outside with his bike. When I entered the building, I went to his office, we chatted until 10 mins to 1pm, and then I went up in the elevator to Fastest Labs. Once I got off the elevator, it took me a minute to find the office.

When I walked into the office, he was behind the desk on the phone, the office looked really nice compared to when I saw it for the first time. When he got off the phone, he shook my hand, and greeted me. The interview was very relaxed, and informal. He walked me around the office, and showed me the same procedure, as before. We talked about my ick factor. He understood, and tried to ease my ick factor. It worked a little, but on a scale of 1-10, it was about at a 9. I just never had to do anything like this before. He understood. I felt the overwhelming need to be honest with him about EVERYTHING, including how misinformed my husband was about my opportunity at Pitt and that I still have a chance. He understood and respected it. I just don’t know of any other way to be. I just need to be honest. We had a great conversation about what I wanted for myself, and what I expected from this position. He respected me and my point-of-view and knows that I am capable and able to do more, then the basic.

At the end of my interview, he told me he would let me know on Wednesday his decision, whether not I receive an offer. When I left his office, I went down the elevator to Earl’s office, and we chatted for a while, until about 2:30pm. He loves to give me advice. He is so funny. When he left, I left.

On my way home, I called my mom. I told her about the interview and my plan. My plan is that hopefully Pitt will call me here before Wednesday, but if they don’t call by Friday, then accept the position, assuming he offers it to me, but if Pitt calls while I am in this position, then I will probably have to have the awkward conversation with Chris and leave Fastest Labs. I just wish Pitt would make up their mind and make this decision easier for me. If they don’t give me the offer, I have a fall back plan. If they give me the offer, then I have someone who will give me a good reference as a backup if I should ever need it, who will be happy to call me if the business grows, if I find myself looking for another opportunity. I just don’t see any other way in this, but to be honest and positive, and of good character with this process. It only will do me well in the end.

Now, I am waiting for Drew to come home. I washed his work clothes, and they are hanging up now. I have another load of laundry in the washer. We have a pretty relaxed weekend ahead of us. Today, I feel at peace with my decision and where I stand with this job process, now it is only a matter of waiting. Yes, more waiting, but I feel comfortable and secure.

CCAC Interview. Ohio with Dad. Fish Fry

Today is the first Friday of Lent, so that means Fish fry! This morning, I got up around 7:30am, and got a shower, dressed for my interview, and then made my way out to CCAC in the North Hills. We were supposed to get some snow today, so Drew let me take his car instead. When I arrived at CCAC, I parked the car, and thought how cool is this? I am back at the campus where it all started for me. The friendships I have made, the struggle through math class, Sarah and I stopping at Sheetz before class, and ice cream at Brusters sometimes after class. I had two or three classes here at this campus, but it was so cool to be back. The same receptionist sits at the front desk still, after all these years. She and I talked a bit about how I used to go here, and how long she has been working here. I told her I was here for an interview with the Career Services Department, then the woman that I was interviewing with came around the corner and said to me, “Please tell me I told you, 10:00am? I said, “Yes you did, but I am always early.” She gave me a couple papers to fill out, and asked me to wait at the café. She will be down to get me. I went to the café, bought a small latte for nostalgia sake, and sat down at the table to fill out the papers.

As I was sitting at the café, a boy looked in my direction from down the hall. I didn’t recognize him. I am sure the people that I used to know here are long gone, and moved on from this place. A little while later, the boy appeared again, and made his way to my table. I saw him walking towards my table, so I kept my eyes focused on my papers, and then looked at my phone. I didn’t want to draw his attention to me. I wanted him to go away. I didn’t want him to think I was interested. I could tell there may have been something wrong with him. A minute later, he walked away. The woman who was interviewing me approached me, and took me up to the third floor where my interview was going to take place. When we made our way to the room, two men were coming out of the room. They were confused about the time and location. She said to them, “No you are in the right place.” She introduced me to the gentlemen. They all had a part to play in the career services department. Their titles escape me now. They were seated in panel style. I passed out my resume to them and the interview was underway.

During the interview, she told me about the position, my duties, and who I would be reporting to, the hours, the wage, etc. She said the position is part-time. One of my duties, would be to create resumes for students to use as template for their own. Wait what? I had to create my resume on on my own. Well Drew helped of course, and maybe Emily did too at Pitt, but it was up to me to make my own resume, and make the connections. This is babying at its finest. I don’t like that all. Part of the journey is figuring this out on your own. Well and as time went on, and my experience grew, and I started working at Pitt, Emily helped me with mine, but still I had to seek the help out on my own.

Suddenly my wrist band started to vibrate, and I looked down at my wrist casually, and saw it was a phone call. I thought maybe this is Pitt. Maybe this is them! I felt the need to be honest during the interview, and I told them the honest truth. I am looking for a full-time position, so just to be upfront. Also, I am waiting on results from a second interview that I had with Dean Davis, in the social work department of the University of Pittsburgh. She said that she was an alumnus of that University, and has her Ph.D in Social Work and is familiar with Dr. Davis. What are the odds!? She said, thank you for being honest and if Pitt is what you want, then we wish you the best of luck! I kind of figured that I wasn’t going to hear back from them.

After the interview, I drove to my parents.’ I told my dad I would go to Ohio with him. He had to make the final payment on an end table, and pick it up today. Afterwards, we were going to go to the Dutch Haus for lunch.

On the way to Ohio, we drove through a snowstorm. We couldn’t see 10 feet in front of us. We made it to Sheely’s safely, then to the Dutch Haus. Once we go to the restaurant, I wasn’t all that hungry, so I had the salad bar, and a cup of soup. I had to be careful what I ate. It was Friday, so no meat. I didn’t want to spoil dinner either since we were getting fish from Moon’s fish fry.

Once we got back to Crafton, I stayed at my parents for a while, so I could see the dogs and keep them occupied while my dad set up the end table. When he finished the end table, I left to go back to Moon.

On my way back home, I stopped at the Fish Fry and picked up our dinner. Fish isn’t good cold, so I was going to have to reheat it when Drew gets home. When Drew came home, he brought us beer and I reheated the fish. It was yummy. We were ready for the weekend to begin!

Interview #3

When I woke up, the street seemed clear, but there was a lot of snow along the side walk, and in the yard. When my dad came home, he cleared the driveway for me, and cleaned off my car for me. Drew texted me to make sure that I allow myself some time to clean off my car. I said, I think my dad is doing it for me. I am well taken care of that’s for sure. I got a shower, and got dressed. I am not sure how this is going to go. I am not really all that nervous I just want to get it over with.
When I left the house, and drove to the Crafton stop. The roads were perfect, a little slushy, but I was better off in Crafton, then being out in Moon. Drew texted me good luck. I was happy to see that text, and I couldn’t wait to get down to Oakland. When I got downtown, the sidewalks were so slushy. What the hell are my tax dollars going to?
When I finally got down to Oakland, I could smell the nasty Oakland air. It always smells like shit, right at the stop where the Porch is. I went to the Porch to see Tila. She gave me a free coffee, and wished me good luck on my interview. She hopes I get the position that I want the most. I will probably be there every morning, if I were to get this position.

When I walked into the Cathedral, I saw my police officer, he gave me a hug, and a kiss on the cheek. He wished me good luck, and is praying for me. I think he likes me a little more than he should, but I am keeping him at a distance. When I got up to the 7th floor, Drew was in the bathroom, and I changed my shoes at his desk, and finished my coffee, while he was in the bathroom. He came around the corner, and saw me at his cubicle, and smiled. I got up and kissed him, so he could sit down at his desk. We chatted for a bit, and then I was on my way to my interview. I stopped by Emily’s office, but she wasn’t there and neither was Amy. I think the snow was holding people up.
When I arrived to the 20th floor, I noticed there just offices of the faculty members for the department, it wasn’t the actual floor I was supposed to be on. I went to the 19th floor, and went to the restroom. I figured I would hang out there, maybe try and use the restroom, call my mom, kill some time, and then figure out where I am supposed to be. I swear she said 20th floor. When I looked up the woman, that I spoke with on the phone prior to today, her address was 2117, or something with a 21 in front of it, and that means she is on the 21st floor. I called her when I got out of the restroom, and she said she was on the 21st floor. I figured well go up and see if they can take me early, theatre arts did, but that didn’t turn out so well.
When I arrived at the 21st floor, the woman greet me and told me to come back 10 minutes until 10am. I said, alright sounds good. I went back down to the basement of the cathedral, and ate my pop tart, then it was time to go back up to the 21st floor. I was concerned I wasn’t going to get an elevator in time, but I did. When I went back up to the 21st floor, she showed me into her conference room, where I met the members of the department. The interview went so well. I felt very confident leaving there. When I went back down to the 7th floor to Andrew’s cube, he was happy to hear that all went well. I changed my shoes, and put my coat on. I told him a little about the interview, and he was glad all went well. I decided to go visit the music department.
When I arrived to the Music Department, Paula was surprised to see me. She gave me a big hug, and we went into the main office, and I said hi to Matt, and the new work study Kyle. After conversing with them for a bit, Frank came in the Main Office. He told me to go away, and asked why I keep coming back? Paula said no we like when she comes to visit we miss her! I just laughed. Frank is harmless and doesn’t bother me one bit.
After talking with them for a bit, I went to go see Phil, and he said that he put his shoes on for nothing! He put his shoes on to come to the main office to see me. We went back into his office, and chatted about the interview. He asked how was social work? I said, Social. He laughed. I think Phil has a certain type of humor, and I get it. Frank came in as we were talking and somehow the conversation turned political, and it got a bit intense, but Phil just smiled at me. He knows we agree to disagree, and that is the beauty of AMERICA! I had to go to Frank’s office to get the e-mail addresses of the people that I met with today, so I could do thank you notes. Whew! Frank told me about his guy stories, and how his love life is a disaster. I love hearing stories of people’s love lives.
After I left the music department, I said goodbye to Frank, Phil, Paula, and Matt then it was on my way to the bus. I was in no hurry to get home, but home I went. When I got home, I ate lunch and then I took an hour long nap. I woke up with indigestion, but then it was time to get ready to go to the gym, and for Drew to come home.

When Drew came home, we went to the gym. I had to go hard since I took a nap. I had some energy to burn off. It was a slow and easy night at the gym. I don’t think it was that busy. After our workout, we came home and he cleaned off my car for me, and then we watched little television, and it was off to bed for us.