CLA Committee

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.

 

 

Valentines Day

Valentines Day was a little different this year. I received my flowers on Sunday. Drew surprised me with a bouquet of pink roses. He knows I like any color rose, but red. I am not a red rose girl. I never have been. I am more of a pink roses girl, or any color rose, but red. IMG_0912.jpeg

On actual Valentines which was Thursday, I had class at night. However, we had plans over the weekend and my flowers came early.  🙂

I got Drew a valentines day card, as well. We were keeping it simple this year.

 

Great Gatsby Nails

I got my nails filled in Oakland on my lunch break. They were in such bad shape. I had an appt for Friday, but I already had so much planned, and homework that I didn’t want to wait. Drew was off on Friday, as well.

On my lunch break, I went to S & T nails in Oakland. I went for an Art Deco design on my ring finger, since we are going to The Great Gatsby ballet on Saturday. They look pretty good! I have been to that salon before.IMG_0953.jpg

After my nail appointment, I was 15 mins late coming back from lunch, but I made it up that day. I was stuck on the phone in my office until 5pm. I was so ready for Friday to get here!

After work, Drew texted me and asked if I could meet him in Hogwarts (the 1st floor of the Cathedral). He said, he had something to give me. 🙂 I love it when he surprises me.

When I arrived to the Cathedral, he handed me a Pitt University store shopping bag. I looked at him and said, “what is it?!” I took the bag from him and opened it. It was a great Gatsby tote!

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I was so surprised. He knows The Great Gatsby is my favorite book! My absolute favorite book! He said, “I saw this and I thought of you. They only had one left. They also had a wristlet too, but I figured you would want the tote more.” I was so touched by it. It is the little things.

Also, today, is my parents 37 year marriage anniversary!

 

 

Christmas Eve Stomach Bug

This morning Drew was not feeling well. He was feeling queasy. He blamed it on the movie theater popcorn. We got out of bed and went downstairs. He sat down on the floor and looked a little spacey like he was going to vomit. He made his way to our powder room and up came the popcorn and the Diet Coke from the night before. I felt so bad for him. I rubbed his back until he came up. I flushed the toilet and got him cleaned up. He sat down on a chair in our dining room and I put a cold wash cloth on his face. I knelt down in front of him I said. I am going to call my mom and cancel. You just go up and rest. We can still open gifts later if you want. He said, “I am so sorry baby. it is Christmas Eve.” I said, don’t feel bad. We can still watch It’s a Wonderful life (its our tradition) and celebrate, but you need to rest. Then he went back upstairs to go to sleep.

I got a shower, and then to the store, grabbed some chicken noodle soup Gatorade, and some bread. I called mom to cancel and that we would see her tomorrow at Drew’s parents. I came home and he was back on the floor. I smiled and he smiled. I got him some Gatorade and wrapped the gifts for tomorrow. I had so much to do. I work better under stress, I guess. I did get a little emotional. I know it’s silly, but at there is so much prep for Christmas, and when the situation is less than ideal the emotions get to you. I didn’t want him to feel bad, or think it was his fault that he was sick. I felt bad for canceling with my parents. I know my mom looks forward to seeing us and the holidays. I was a bit of a mess, but it this too shall pass.

In the evening, we opened gifts together. He got me a white gold chain for my diamond pendant that he bought me when we first started dating. The chain that I previously had broke. I got him a robe with his initials stitched into it. He immediately put it on and wore it the rest of the evening. I was so happy he liked it. We still watched It’s a Wonderful Life Together.

It’s a Wonderful Life is my Christmas Eve tradition. It started when I was younger. My grandma would come up from Florida for Christmas. She would send her gifts up a head of time and then she would arrive a week before Christmas and go back to Florida right before New Years Eve, but Christmas always reminded me of her. She would watch old movies in the living room and around that time of the year It’s a Wonderful life would come on and I never realized the significance of the movie and the message until I got older, but I always remember the line at the end, “Every time a Bell rings an angel gets its wings.”

After grandma passed away, we would go to my parent’s friends’ house for Christmas Eve and we would eat dinner, and spend the evening there. While the adults would spend time talking at the dining room table, I would go into the living room and the movie It’s a Wonderful Life would be playing and there it was the line, “Every time a Bell Rings an Angel gets it’s wings….” I would smile and know that my grandma was still there at Christmas time. It’s sentimental I know.

Now every year on Christmas Eve, I make it a point to sit down and watch the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Drew loves the movie. He loves taking part in the tradition. I take part in his traditions as well. Even though he wasn’t feeling well, I am glad we were together on Christmas.

Date Night the Nutcracker Ballet

Date Night the Nutcracker Ballet

This morning, I had hair appt then we were going to see the Nutcracker. I was so excited to go. I love the Nutcracker ballet. When I was younger, my mom took me to see it a couple times. She never really was into the ballet, but I thought it was so magical. When I was younger, I took dance classes. I always took ballet. I tried tap, jazz, and gymnastics, but ballet was my thing. When Drew and I were dating, we went to see the Nutcracker with our moms, but this was the second time seeing it together, but first time by ourselves as a married couple.
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The evening started out at dinner at Ten Penny. Drew made reservations and everything. I was so happy. We had a both chose the steak and I had a couple glasses of wine. We talked about how things are slowing down, and we were ready for winter break. We talked about school and our accomplishments and what we want to accomplish in the future it was nice. I couldn’t wait for the ballet.
After dinner, we walked to the Benedum hand-in-hand. It felt like old times, like we were dating again. It was nice. Once inside the Benedum, we got our tickets at will call and then made our way to the wine. In order to take your wine, or your alcoholic drink of choice in to the theater you have to buy a Cultural trust cup that comes with a lid and a straw. You have to keep the lid on and the straw in the cup in order to enjoy your drink during the performance.
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After we got our drinks, Drew bought some sugar-coated almonds and he also bought me a Christmas ornament, ballet slippers. I was so happy. We made our way downstairs to use the restroom before the performance.  A sugarplum fairy along with a photographer was placed cattycorner from where the restrooms are located. You could get your picture taken with her. Drew paid for me to get my picture with the sugarplum fairy. I was surprised. He is so thoughtful.
After my picture with the Sugarplum fairy, we made our way to our seats in the theater. We had pretty decent seats, orchestra center. The ballet began and it was magical. I was so glad he was there with me. So many times, have I been to the ballet and have seen women with their significant others, and I wondered what that would be like, having your significant other actually want to be there with you and I have to admit it was a good feeling. I am a lucky and blessed woman.

First Day of the Fall Semester

Today, was the first day of the Fall semester. I felt like I was as ready for my second semester as I will ever be. I had my book bag packed, syllabus printed and ready to go. All I had to do was get through the work day first.

At work, Nancy was off. I forgot that she was off today, or maybe she told me and I wasn’t listening that happens too sometimes. It was the first day of the semester. I had so many e-mail requests and syllabi to make copies of. Some students wanting into classes that were full, and etc. It was a bit of a nightmare, but I kept it under control and handled it pretty well.

When it was time for class, I left department at 4:15pm to go up to the classroom. I was going to be in this same room on Wednesday as well. When I walked in, the room was in pods, like grade school. I wasn’t sure about all that, but okay. I sat with Julia, because supposedly we were in the same reading group, so I guess that meant we were at the same table.

Honestly, the excel spreadsheet was pretty confusing. I don’t know how I felt about that, but whatever. I ended up being at the wrong table. Julia was at the wrong table as well. I didn’t know anyone at my discussion table, except this girl from the Dean’s office, that I had to pick up keys from a couple days ago. She recognized me and we talked, other than that I didn’t know a soul at the table.

After we got situated, she let us go around the room. She wanted to know our name, where we are from, and what we did over the summer that was interesting. After introductions, the professor introduced herself. She gave an overview about herself and her background and her interests. She seems intense but in a good way. I think she will be challenging.  I like that. She gives off good energy too.

Honestly, this class will be the reading intensive class 200 pages a class, and it is going to be interesting. I am ready for it I think, but I find myself confused over the assignment for next week. I am thinking too much about it I think. I don’t know. I am sure it will be okay. It is the first day.

After class, we were out by 7:10pm. I couldn’t wait to see Drew. I met him at the cathedral. He was just getting out of his Slovak class. I was wondering what he would say about his class.

When I met him at the cathedral, I felt so much better. I felt more calm about everything. He is my light. He told me about his class, and I told him about mine. He learned the alphabet in Slovak so far so good. I am proud of him.