Christmas Shopping & the start of break

After CMU, we decided to go finish our Christmas shopping. We are so last minute every year. After we finished up at the mall, we stopped at Bucca to toast to the semester being over and receiving my grades. We ordered a spicy sausage rigatoni. The small size feeds three people. We split the rigatoni and of course had some bread. I treated myself to a couple glasses of wine. It was so relaxing the semester is over, and I am offically on Christmas break! I want to enjoy every minute of this break.

Starting to Feel Better

Today, after CMU I  went to Pitt to check in with my group for the functional area project. She was still having trouble, so I suggested we create a sway instead. So I created a sway, and trimmed the audio, so we wouldn’t have to re-record our audio. I added some pictures and some text, and then sent it off to one of the members for approval and then submitted it. I was over it.

In class, I got some confirmation about the projects that are due next week (after this weekend). I feel better and I am just going to do the best I can with the time that I have and I have found that it typically is okay in the end. Julia, my friend in the program said, she thinks we will survive. I agree with her.

After class, I went home and tried on my birthday present from Andrew. He got me Hunter rain boots. 🙂 I have been wanting a decent pair of rain boots for so long! I am in love.

It is supposed to rain the next couple days here, and I am so excited because I have really cute boots now to wear in the rain!

Pumpkin Picking

This morning, we got a later start to our day, but we wanted to make the most of it. We went pumpkin picking at Sorgel’s orchards in Wexford. We figured it is best to go on a week day, then on a weekend. Image may contain: 1 person, standing and outdoorAndrew didn’t seem like he was in the mood for it, but I was excited to get pumpkins. Instead of walking up the hill to the pumpkin patch, we got a wagon and went to the stacks of pumpkins that were in these huge containers. It is a convenient way to pumpkin pick, but it is not the same as going up the hill to the patch.

Once we got our pumpkins, Andrew carried them to the car. It was a bit of a climb and dragging the pumpkins, but I was excited and ready to carve them!

Once we got home, we had a little time in between before we met with Anthony and Dylan to go to Phantom Fright Nights!

Birthday Festivities

Today, is the eve of my 32nd Birthday and 4 year wedding anniversary. Andrew went to a conference in Miami and he comes back tomorrow at 4:30pm. I threw a fit about it at first. I didn’t want him to go to the conference, but I am glad that he will be home tomorrow, the actual day of my birthday and our anniversary!

This morning, I was meeting with my supervisor when I received a flower delivery. I was surprised. They are so gorgeous! I texted Andrew and thanked him for the beautiful flowers. He was glad that I liked them.

After work, I had to tutor a football player, I put my flowers in the center console of my car, and drove to where we have a parking lease. I parked my car, and left my flowers in the car. I tutored for about an hour, and then went back to my car to drive home.

When I got to my parents, I brought the flowers in, and put them on the bay window. Then I went to dinner with my dad at the Greentree Inn. We had a birthday drink and talked about my birthday, grad school, and etc. It was nice to have a father/daughter dinner together.

Back at my parents, I took a couple pictures with little Paris, then it was off to bed for this girl.IMG_2718.jpeg IMG_2715.jpeg I can’t wait to see Drew. When I was laying in bed, I received a call from Drew he and I talked for a bit, and I cried a little. I do miss him so much!

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.

Monte Carlo Night

After I left CMU, I took the bus back to Robinson to get my car. I got in my car, went home and showered. I changed into my Monte Carlo clothes for the event tonight; black leggings, black and white converse, and a black and red RMU shirt. I laid on the couch and took a nap.

When I woke up from my nap, Drew came in the house with some fast food for me, so I wouldn’t have to get dinner at RMU. I wasn’t sure what they were going to have to eat at the event. After dinner, I left to go to the event, and I was going to meet Drew there.

When I arrived on campus, I walked down to the cafeteria and talked to the orientation leaders. They told me the plan, and I offered to stay at the cafeteria where the event was going to be until the leaders brought the students over to the event. We devised a plan to hand out raffle tickets as they walk through the door. Emma was going to swipe them in, and then I saw my friend Skylar.4TEHnWnBRf6A6b81OxUOGg.jpg I will miss him so much when my time at RMU is over. He told me I was not allowed to leave RMU. He told me he was going to glue my feet to the floor. I wish that was the case and I didn’t have to be finished with my internship there.

The event went so well. I was proud of the orientation leaders. When Drew arrived, he told me his car was acting up again. He was pretty worried and seemed off at the event. We left together just incase his car would break down. Tomorrow, he was off work and planned to make some calls.

Last Day at the Wave Pool

This morning, we went to the wave pool. It was going to probably be the last Saturday we could attend. Our schedules are jam packed when school starts. It was hot and humid out so it was the perfect pool day.

When we approached the pool, and walked along the green turf we noticed that half the pool was roped off. Drew said, “oh I bet they don’t have enough life guards. They all went back to school.” I said, “yea, they could have charged us half the price.” Image result for dashboard confessional so long sweet summerWe laid out on our towels, and lathered up with sunscreen. I laid in the water for a while. I felt like I was trapped in a Dashboard Confessional song. Specifically, the song that says, “So long sweet summer.”

Anyway, we stayed until about 2:30pm, then I had some things I needed to accomplish before I started at CMU on Monday. I was a bit nervous to start a new institution, but excited to see what the week was going to bring.

On Sunday, we organized the basement, and got some things put away in plastic bins and taken down to the garage, or thrown out. There is a good chance Drew is going to be working from home soon in the near future, and I already claimed the upstairs extra bedroom as my office. Also, it gave us a reason to go through the random things in the basement.

 

Wave Pool Day

In the morning, we went to the chiropractor and I had a good report on my hip! I don’t have to go back for 2 weeks!

After the chiropractor, we changed into our swimsuits. It turns out the rain was going to hold off until the evening time, so we packed for the pool.

We stopped for breakfast at Eat n Park in a Wexford, then we were off to the wave pool.

Once we arrived we laid down our towels and lathered up with sunscreen. We stayed at the pool until around 3pm, then left to head home.

When we got home, I showered, changed, and sat down to write my paper that is due on July 8th. I really don’t want to do homework over the long weekend, so I am trying to get it all done beforehand. I felt like I got a good start on the draft.

In the evening, Drew went over Mike and Steph’s for a guys night. So I decided to surprise my parents at church for 5:30pm mass, and then go out to dinner. I took them to the Bottleshop in Bridgeville to try something new. While at dinner, I missed my husband. I like how we can just go out and relax and have a couple drinks and chill. It’s different with my parents.

After dinner, I went back to my parents to see my dogs for a little, then I drove home.

When I got home, I put some pjs on and turned on the movie After.

Date Night

After work today, Drew left early with me at 3pm. We drove to Crafton. Traffic in the Southside was horrendous. It took us forever to get to my parents.

Once we arrived, I let the dogs out. They were so excited to see us. Then, we went back inside and I fed them. Then I went and got a shower and put on some relaxing clothes. I was getting to the point that I missed our house, our routine, and our bed. I am ready to go back home. I will miss the dogs though.

Once I was out of the shower, and Drew went up to change I fell asleep on the couch with the dogs. When he came downstairs, he said, “Are you ready to go to dinner?” We always go to this place called the Hop House, when we dog sit together. It is a hole in the wall bar and restaurant. I said, “Yes, I am.” He said,” are you sure? Or do you want to stay home?” I said, “No I want to get out a bit.” I let the dogs out one more time before we left.

When we arrived at the hop house, it wasn’t packed it was close to 5:30pm. We sat at the bar and I ordered a Coors Light it is has been a long time since I had a beer. Drew and I talked about the week and about work. We were both on the same page. We were both so tired and ready to go back to our house.

After dinner, we went back to my parents and let the dogs out and sat outside with them for a few minutes, before going back inside. We watched an episode of Downton Abbey. I am getting him ready for the movie in September!

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.