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!

Workshop & Happy Hour

This morning I had a workshop that I had to go to. It was called Taming the E-mail Beast. I am three workshops away from the admin professionals certificate. I cannot wait to be done! I want to go for the Diversity and Inclusion one next, most of my workshops should roll over for that one.
When I arrived at the workshop, the woman who was hosting it, Diane, we had chatted a few times about my career and professional development. It was good to see her again. She started off the workshop with a PowerPoint slide, and she had the power point slides printed out for us on paper. I find these workshops so informative.
While I was waiting for the workshop to begin, I noticed that there was a job listed on PittSource. I wanted to apply for. It was an event coordinator position.  I have been trying to get involved in events at Pitt for so long now. I texted Phyllis and asked her if I could meet her after the workshop. I had a question for her. She asked if it was good or bad? I laughed a little inside. I texted it’s good. She said, Ok.
The second half of the workshop was hosted by one of Drew’s co-workers. He was going to talk to us about some of the features in Microsoft Outlook. I didn’t feel I needed to hear that part, so I quietly stood up and left. I figured if they would ask I would say, that I had a call that I needed to make.
When I arrived back at Posvar, I went to Phyllis’ office and we talked about the position. She said, “well all you can do is apply for it. I don’t want to see you go. I am not done yet.” I laughed. I agreed, part of me feels like I shouldn’t go, and I should stay. I need to learn so much still in this position. She encouraged me to talk to Linda about it.
When I arrived back to my office, Nancy said, I know you have your meeting with Linda today, but just let it go easy, and let her talk. She is in a mood today. I said, “Oh okay.” I decided to tell Nancy about the position. She immediately said You know you can’t apply for anything until at least a year right?” I said, “yea, I know, but I can always put the date that I am available to start, is after my one year.” She asked, “You really want to do events?” I said, “I don’t know.” She said, “well I wouldn’t talk to Linda about it today. Wait until you get a second interview.” I smiled and sort of agreed.
That afternoon, I had my one-on-one with Linda. I created a small agenda and prepared myself for my meeting.  When it was time, I walked back to her office. She invited me, and I took a seat. We talked about my goals and the things that I am working on. She thinks I am doing a good job and said, “It sounds like you know what you are talking about.” She said, “Anything else?” I said, “Yes, well sort of.” She laughed a little. I said, “Well there is this position I want to apply for on PittSource. It is an event coordinator position.” She said, “I think you would be great at that. What department is this for?” I said, “University Library System.” She said, “I don’t know anyone over there, but I won’t hold you back  you know that.” I said, “Thank you. my 1 year is coming up and I know I can’t apply for anything until after….” She said, “if they want you, we can waive that for you.” I said, “Oh wow, thank you” I started to get a little emotional. I thought what am I doing leaving here? They love me and they will work with me, probably more than the library, but I have to try. I feel that I need to try. I thanked her for her time and left her office.
After the meeting, I talked to Nancy and told her what she said. She was glad that it went well. I was glad it went well too. I did some tasks, then it was time to get ready to go to a happy hour with my music friends.
When I arrived at UClub, AJ the birthday boy was there, along with the chair I sat down on the couch with them and chatted for a bit. Then Paula and Stephanie showed up, as well as Susan and her husband. We went up to the rooftop and got a table. We ordered our drinks, and then my husband arrived. Lastly, Phil and Gaea arrived. The gang was all there. I only had one drink.
After a while, we were all sitting around when all of the sudden Chancellor Gallagher approached our table. He got a picture with AJ. Then Drew and I got a picture with him. Drew was starstruck. It was so cute. I have my picture already with him, but I am glad I got another. This one the cathedral is in the background it looks so good.

After the chancellor left our table, we chatted some more, but it just didn’t feel the same with these people anymore. I have been gone from the Music Department for a while, and it felt like I just have moved on. Paula told me there is a retirement party for Doretta on Thursday and asked if I wanted to come? I said, “oh for sure! I would love to!” Shortly after we got up to leave. I still have to figure out what I am making for dinner, or what we are going to do for dinner.

Not a Good Day

This morning, I could tell that there was something on the horizon. I  didn’t know what, but I didn’t have a good feeling. I just felt so in my head with school and work. Yesterday, I had a one-on-one with my supervisor about things I need to work on, and about my review. It went okay, it’s things that I need to put in motion, when I am given the opportunity to do so, and things I can work on, it is all fixable. I plan to do all of these things. I just am trying to live up to everyone’s expectations in my work life, and the expectations I have set for myself, and then the professors expectations. I was just so in my head today.

Today, I was going to leave early to take my final for methodology. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, because I am a terrible test taker, and I didn’t do too well on the midterm.
Around 12:40pm Brian came by to meet me. We had to head over to the Petersen to get our assignments. We were volunteering to be line marshals for the Ph.D commencement ceremony. I really want to get involved with Special Events, and or Athletics. I hope to eventually one day be in a position in one of those two departments.
When we arrived at the Loading Dock, we met with a woman from special events, I can’t remember her name, but we met before. She and I worked for the Frontier’s conference last year, or two years ago now. She remembered me, which was nice. She walked us up to the food court level, and told us our responsibilities. The graduates will be sitting in this area, and explained to us our duties. Nothing too major.
After we left the Pete, I went to the parking garage, and got into my car and drove home. Once I got home, I grabbed a beer, and made something to eat. I was a little hungry. Then I set up my computer and Andrew’s computer, so I could take the final on one, and research on the other. The final wasn’t too bad, I feel like I knew more, than I did on the midterm, but still I never know. There were a few I wasn’t too sure about and couldn’t find the answer in my notes, this always happens. I clicked submit and it only took me an hour or so.
Afterwards, I went to RMU and it felt good to drive on campus and be in familiar area. I really needed to be where things were familiar. I remember when this was my biggest hurdle in life. Things are harder; my job, grad school, and sometimes my marriage, but RMU is home. It is where it all started. It still has the same magical feeling to me, as it did, when I first arrived. I met my best friend here, Anthony. I grew so much here, academically, mentally, and emotionally.
When I got home, Drew was home. We greeted each other and he asked how many final went? I told him how I felt and how I wasn’t sure, but it felt like I knew more than I did on the midterm. I got ready to go to ballet barre class. I was going to be late, but at least it was something.
When i arrived, I missed some warm ups, so I just dove right into it. She changed up the routine a little, and I wasn’t quite getting the move that she was doing, so she came over and stood in front of me, so I could see and started do the move, so I could do it properly. I have never had to have that type of instruction. I know she was doing her job, so I fluffed it off, but I was so annoyed. I am good at this, usually, but just not today for some reason.
After barre was over, my butt and legs were swore so I know I definitely go something out of it, even though I was late to class. Chris, the instructor asked me if I went on my trip yet? I told her no, not until May 23-June 1st. She is supposed to train me, when we get back. I told her I was in grad school and it was preventing me from attending  class with finals, and papers, but it is over for the summer and I am hers. She said sounds good. I told her I would see her Sunday in Ambridge for barre class. She said, see you then kiddo.
When I left the gym, I went home, preheated the oven, and then got a shower. When I got out of the shower, I got dressed, and then went downstairs, put some fish in the oven, and made a protein shake. I was so over this day. I sat on the couch and turned on Reign. I wanted to finish the last few episodes. This was the least season. I am going to miss it. I love period dramas.
When Drew came home, he put the fish away, and then made me a lunch for tomorrow. He came into the living room and watched Reign with me. After Reign was over, he and I talked about my feelings and was there for me 100% and so supportive. He tells me I am hard on myself. I think I am too. I can’t help it. I don’t know how to not be. Afterwards, I went upstairs, brushed my teeth, and went to bed. It was going to be a long day tomorrow.

Workshop With Nicollete

This morning, I had a workshop to attend with Nicolette. It was one of the Professional Development workshops. We walked to Craig Hall together and talked about everything that is going on in our lives.
When we arrived at the workshop, we sat next to each other at a table. I said, “Memories. This is where we first met.” She laughed and I did too. We looked through the power point and saw some snapshots of random pictures at the table. A woman sat down next to me. Her name was Emily. She was the admin in CSSD, where Andrew works. 🙂 She and I said, hi to each other.
The first assignment of the workshop was to pick a picture from the table, hold it up for our table members to see and tell a little bit about ourselves, and why we chose this picture. I held up the picture of the Vegas strip. I introduced myself and then said, “I chose this picture because Andrew and I are going to do some traveling next month to Europe, but Britney Spears just finished her Vegas residency, and this is a picture of the Vegas strip.” They all laughed. I am so obsessed with Britney.

The point of that exercise is that people are going to associate you with the picture you chose. I am perfectly fine with being associated with Britney Spears, this doesn’t bother me at all.
At one point in the workshop, The presenter said, it is important to not lose your personality for a position in a company. You don’t want to have to compromise, who you are. I can’t remember the exact wording, but I thought about my bubbly personality. Could I be more professional? Yes, everyone can be. However, my bubbly personality is part of who I am. It is not a bad thing, it is just who I am. In the beginning, I was constantly told to be less bubbly, and more professional. I don’t think bubbly is not professional. Perhaps, I just need to be more professional, but that doesn’t mean losing myself, and my personality. Maybe carving it? But, I have been more successful as of late with professionalism, but this is my first real position at the University of Pittsburgh. However, the presenter did make me think about things.
After the presentation, the professor caught me in the hallway waiting for Nicollette. She said she didn’t mean to call me out in the presentation. (I talked to her during the break about my personality). I said, “no, you didn’t.” She said, ”That is a shame though that you feel as though you can’t always be yourself. Do you think that maybe you need to look elsewhere, so you are more fulfilled.”  I said, “see that is the thing. I chose this position, because the other offer I had at Alumni Hall, is something I didn’t think I was ready for, and this position was going to give me a way into the University and be more my speed for now. Maybe I should have taken a risk, but would it have worked out? I don’t know.” I also told her that I am about the brand of the University of Pittsburgh. If you were to take the department I work in and put it in a different University, it would still run the same with a different brand. She nodded her head in agreement I told her that when it comes time for me to look elsewhere and apply for a different position in the University would she look at my cover letter? She said, she would definitely give me some feedback and things to consider.
When Nicollette and I walked out of the building, and back to our office. We talked about what the woman said, and I told Nicollette my thoughts and she agreed with me. It was just a matter of waiting for something to open up and then taking advantage of it, and see what happens. For now, I have a job and I am making money, and I refuse to lose my personality.

After the workshop, I met with Melanie about things coming up. It was a quick short meeting. I had to meet Suzanne and Nancy today to go over the schedule and probably cancel some classes. I knew it was going to be a long meeting. I got prepared as best as I could because I just found out about it.  We met in the chair’s office, and the meeting took until 3:30pm. It was a long meeting. I have some things to do in order to change the schedule, but Nancy said we will go over it tomorrow. I am not going to cancel classes yet, not until it is official. We are waiting to gauge the interest of some of our fellows first. After the meeting, I went back to my office and waited for 4:30pm to arrive so I could go home. I decided to not go to barre today. I just wanted to hang out.

Monday

This morning, I had a meeting with Phyllis. We went over everything that was coming up. I really didn’t have too much to discuss with her. We chatted about life and my review coming up. It was pretty easy. I was not looking forward to going to class tonight.
Overall the day went well, I had a lot to accomplish and get finished. I succeeded with my work day, but then there was night class.

When I left the office, I went up to the classroom, which is only and escalator away. In my first class, we had a guest speaker teach us Qualitative Methods. I am not going to lie, I feel like I am good on qualitative methods. It was referenced so many times throughout the course, why do we need a whole day devoted to it?
After the first class, I went downstairs and got a bagel. I know I shouldn’t, but I was so hungry and I already had anything to hold me over for the long day. When I went back upstairs, people from my second class started pouring in and taking their seats. We had a guest speaker in this class as well. She was the VP of students in student affairs. She told us all about the college she works for and what her job was like. It was interesting, but I am so over this. I am ready to be done for the semester, and I didn’t really care what this person did for a living.
After she left, we had 2 people giving oral presentations. One did really well, the other kind of glossed over her topic and didn’t do so well. I felt bad for her, but it also petrified me. I have to do that this weekend. Mine is mostly finished, but I feel like there is still some more work I need to do. I give my presentation on Monday. The same day we turn in our second paper.
After class ended, I went downstairs to meet Drew. He was in the parking garage. When  I walked out into the parking garage he greeted me. My day was finally over. We had to stop and get gas, then it was home to bed!

Prep for Paper 2

Around 11am today, I met with my professor and we discussed my thesis for my second paper. This paper is centered around William’s text Strategic Diversity Leadership. I have to pick a University’s strategic diversity plan and analyze it according to William’s text. I already had a paragraph of the paper completed before the meeting, but that is it so far.
During the meeting, we discussed the text, the diversity plan that I picked, and the University. He told me that the plan is rather intensive and thinks it maybe a good idea if I narrow my it down to one or two goals to analyze in the plan. We talked about a plan of attack and what sources might be good to look into.  I took some notes on our conversation. I am so ready for this paper to behind me. I am not looking forward to sitting down and writing it. We also chatted about my oral presentation that I am due to present. My oral presentation is scheduled the same day as the paper. I know there is no possible way to get an extension without my grade suffering, so let the games begin. Overall, my meeting lasted a half hour. I have a better understanding of the second paper, and needed to get it done.

On my way back to the office, I ran into class mate from Max’s class. He asked me what I got on the first paper. I said, a B+. I asked what he got, and he said an A-. I am convinced he gives part-time student’s B+. As I was about to comment, Max walked by. He said, you didn’t make it very far. I said, I know right. I watched him go down the escalator. I looked back at Steven. He said a few other girls in the class that are part-time students got a B+ too I said, “well one of the Julia’s got an A- and she is a part-time student. I do remember Max saying in class that there isn’t much difference in grad school, when it comes to a B+ and A-. I think this guy was trying to stir the pot. I was hearing so many things about this professor. There are so many rumors. When I got back to my office, I did some requests and the day went by pretty quickly. Nothing much else to report.

Something Wicked is Coming…

On Wednesday, I went to get Chicken Noodle soup with Nancy from Noodles and Company. It was cold outside. I probably should have a had more on then just my black North Face zip up, but we walked to the restaurant, picked up our food and walked back to the office.

When we went back to the office, we sat in the kitchen and ate our lunch with Patty. After we ate, I went back to my office, and I could feel my throat getting really sore and scratchy. It was making me cough like crazy. I would drink water and it still wouldn’t help.
Around 3pm, I had my meeting with Melanie and Phyllis to go over what else I needed training with, and I was just coughing up a storm. I felt so bad I had to keep pulling away from the meeting; coughing, and covering my mouth.
After the meeting, Nancy said that it might be because of the salt in the soup, that has me coughing. Perhaps, but salt never used to make me cough like this.  When I went out into the hallway, I let out a huge sneeze. I was getting sick. I knew it.

At the end of the day, I went to meet up with Drew and I told him how I have been coughing and he said I hope you aren’t getting sick baby. I told him if I still feel this way tomorrow, I should go to the Pitt Clinic.” He agreed. We will see what tomorrow brings.