Strip-District

This morning, I went into CMU for a couple hours, and then drove to the  Strip-District to meet up with my cousin’s friend. She was interested in perhaps working in athletes and was wondering what my thoughts were, and if I could possibly share my network. I wanted to meet up with her first before I gave her my contacts.

When I arrived to the Strip District, parking was a nightmare. I was looking for that one street, I can’t remember the name of it, but it’s where they filmed a scene from Mission Impossible 3. There for a fact is parking usually up and down that street.

However, it was in the evening, when I remembered there being parking, not in the afternoon on Friday! Instead of battling for street parking. I parked in parking lot on 23rd street. It was going to be $10. I didn’t care. It was better than fighting the other cars. I walked towards the coffee shop where I was to meet Lauren, but I texted her and asked if she wanted to meet for lunch instead. She suggested a restaurant, that was around 21st street. It was half way to her work. I went to the restaurant, and it was jam packed. There would probably not be anywhere for us to sit and it would take longer to get our food. I went to the sushi and soup restaurant next door and it was mostly empty. I texted her and told her where I was and how it wasn’t crowded at all and it would be easier to have conversation there.

While I waited for Lauren, I ordered a huge bowl of Chicken noodle soup.
IMG_3178.jpg I have never seen anything like this before. I texted her and told her I ordered some soup already. She said, not a problem and she was 5 minutes away.

When she arrived, I stood up and shook her hand. She thanked me for meeting her. She sat down and ordered her soup. This was her first time there as well. We chatted about athletics, and her background.  She was a student-athlete and is more interested on the events side of athletics and game day operations. I told her how I might be able to able her. I told her I could send an e-mail e-introducing her to who I know. The rest would be up to her and my contacts. I am so grateful to the people who have helped me along the way, and if i can do the same for someone else. I am happy to pay it forward.

After lunch, I wondered in and out of the shops in the strip district. I got my father-in-law his Christmas gift. When I saw it, I immediately thought of him. Then, I bought a Burberry type looking scarf. It’s not a real one, but it looks just like it!

When I got home from the strip district, I got to work on editing our final paper for assessment class. After the edits, I downloaded the paper from the google doc to check over the formatting one last time, and then I submitted it to Max for our group. The waiting game for the grade to appear began! I completed the online evaluations for my group members. The semester was officially over!

Last Grad Class of the Semester

Today, I attended the volunteer luncheon at the Petersen events center for the Ph.D. Commencement Ceremony. I walked to the Pete with Brian, who is also a graduate admin. Once we arrived into the Pete, we took the escalator up to the second floor, and then got into the elevator to go up to the campus view club. They had lunch for us. I ate Chicken Florentine, a little mushroom ravioli with a salad. We sat a table with someone from the Grad Dean’s office. This was her first time volunteering. This was my second time volunteering and Brian’s 3rd. I helped out at couple events for Pitt, so it was cool to connect with the friends I have in the Office of Special Events. 🙂

After lunch, we had to report to our designated areas for training. Stacy, from Special Events, recognized me and gave me a hug. She thanked me for volunteering and was so happy to see my name on the list of volunteers. 🙂 Stacy explained our position and how we are to report to our stations at 4:15pm. The lunch or early dinner would be served at 3pm. I was in the same position as last year. I was working with the person from the Grad Dean’s office and was responsible for lining up the Arts and Sciences graduates. It is cool to be apart of.

After training, I went back to the office. I had my last Student Development Theory class tonight. My group was going to meet me in my office at 4pm to go over our presentation and make sure we were good to go to class tonight. I was ready to get the semester over with and go home.

After finalizing our presentation, we went up to class. I walked into the classroom and sat next to my friend Julia. I looked at the board. They were playing hangman. I laughed a little. You could tell everyone was so over the semester and ready for summer.

Our professor, Max walked in and saw the hangman and it said, “We Love Student Stories.” Max had this smile on his face and he was laughing. I snapped a quick picture of him in frontIMG_1373.jpeg of the board.

When it came time to present our student stories, my group went first. I wanted to be done. He liked our presentation and two people had questions for us including Max. He asked about our model and he said, we did a great job! I am so glad to be done.

After our presentation, 5 more groups presented and then he wished us a happy summer! I am excited to see my grade.

In the fall, I will see Max for Internship. I am looking forward to next semester, but I am excited to relax for the summer!

Personal Day

Today, I took a personal day. I needed some me time and time to get some homework done with this weekend with all that we have planned. I also had a couple errands to run. In the morning we went to breakfast at a French and American Cafe, Cafe Des Amis. I am Boujee (as you know) and I am a bit of snob, but Drew and I went to Paris and we went to England. We have been to great restaurants and not so great restaurants. The food at Cafe Des Amis is awesome, but the staff and service is a C- it can be so much better and should be so much better.

When you walk in, you got to the counter, place your order, pay for your meal and then seat yourself. You have to get your coffee yourself, it is self serve as well as the bottled water, and bottled drinks. I hate that. If I am going out to eat I want to be waited on. The least they did was bring you the food once it was ready.
IMG_0947.jpegI ordered the French toast and it was served on a baguette. It was amazing. The food was so good. Drew got a bacon and avocado omelet. I won’t hurry back to the restaurant at all, but the food was so good.

 

 

I don’t know what do you guys think of having to serve yourself pretty much at cafes? Does it bother you?

After breakfast, I went home and started to work on my homework and he went to his annual PCP appointment. I worked on homework until about 11:15am. Then I got ready to meet one of my old colleagues from the radio station where I used to work. He was hooking me up with lunch and Disturbed tickets. I was not hungry at all but he treated me to lunch. I had a small grilled chicken salad. It was good to catch up with him, so much has changed there since I left.

After lunch, I stopped to see my old boss from Fastest Labs, Chris and then I talked to Earl the maintenance man, who also does the maintenance for the radio station where I used to work. The buildings are in the same office complex.

After visiting with my old friends, I went to get my oil change then to the goodwill. At the goodwill, I snagged a blue Calvin Klein dress for $6 dollars and a top that had the tags on it still. The top was $58.00 and never worn. If that is not Boujee on a budget then I don’t know what is. I have become such a good goodwill shopper. I have always found a few things when I go.  I think I am going to wear a blue dress to the ballet tomorrow. I will be sure to post some pictures.

Also, I was able to set up my interviews for my project for Student Development Theory. All-in-all it was a nice and relaxing day.

 

 

Social Sciences Picnic

This morning, I had to carry it the taco dip for the picnic. I wanted to make something cold, so I wouldn’t have to heat it up. I hate using the microwave or lugging around a crockpot. Drew helped me.

Around 11:30AM, we went down to the picnic, and got everything ready. It is always fun coming together and eating as a Division, one happy family. We were asked to bring our pink flamingos to the picnic. Every new hire, and people who have been there received pink flamingos. There is a story behind the flamingo. It is small inflatable thing that you hold your drink in. This was my second Division picnic.

After we finished eating, I helped pack things up on the cart and take it back up to the Sociology kitchen. This was the first event of the week, but there was more to come. It was about to beginning of the semester.

Porch

This afternoon, I went to lunch with Cindy. She is new to the division. My mentor left to take another position in another department, so now Linda is mentor. The person replacing my mentor is Cindy. She is so down to earth, nice, and will really fit in here. Brian, Cindy, Wynn, and myself walked to the Porch together.
When we arrived, we ordered our food, and Wynn paid for our lunch. She will probably get reimbursed as an expense. I still thought that was nice of her to do. We sat a table, and got to know Cindy. She is so funny and easy going. I am excited for her. We all talked about what it’s like in our departments. When food arrived, Wynn and I split a Marguerite pizza. I was still a little hungry after, but I would be okay.
After lunch, we walked back over to Posvar. Cindy and I talked about England and France. She said, that she vacationed over there recently, and was excited for me. When I got back to my office, the day went by so slow. I was ready to go home. I wasn’t quite feeling myself. I am a little bloated too. I know it’s hormones and period related, but it’s annoying.
On the way home, I was kind of cranky. I don’t know why I just was. Drew was a little cranky too. He was going to go to the gym, but decided to stay home with me. Tomorrow is another day.

First Week

My first week as a full-time employee of Pitt was awesome! Yes, it was a bit overwhelming with all the information, but my office is beautiful. It is so big, and I have so many shelves. I am just so happy. Today, I finally feel like I had a grip on what exactly they were talking about, but there is still so much to learn and a whole different vocabulary, as well. I need to add to my acronyms list.

Today, I met with Mel in the morning. She and I developed a list of things we need to do, orientation is one of the top priorities, and updating the binder, as well as creating them for the students. It is hard when the previous person isn’t here to train. I am trying not to get too overwhelmed, but it is difficult to pick up where someone left off, and not know really where they left off, or where anything is.

When it was time for lunch, Wynn and Nancy asked me if I wanted to go with them to get Chinese food. I was so happy, my first lunch date with the women from the office! I am fitting in so well here already. At lunch, I learned more about the people and the department. I am sure whatever we talk about at lunch, stays at lunch.

After lunch, we went back to the office. Nancy and I had no clue what we were doing, or what we needed to get done. I finally was able to finish this project I had been working on with Mel regarding student eval letters and OMETS. I had to upload them in the Box, and make sure everything on the box was on the Z drive. I have so much still to do, but Monday will be here soon enough.

 

Winding Down at the Jazz Office

Today, so far the morning has been somewhat eventful. Paula wants to help me get prepared for my interview, and ask me some open-ended questions, and see how well I answer them.

At 1pm today, we have lunch with Geri at the porch. I am excited more free food! Lunch was so nice. We had a good time, and chatted about work, and personal things. She was interested in getting to know Frank and I. She asked us about our backgrounds, and our families. It was fun.