Home Sweet Home

When we finally landed in Pittsburgh, my parents picked us up from the airport and took us home. We were so tired. I had to edit my paper. My TA got back to me with a few revisions to make. I wanted to get unpacked and get the laundry started, as well.

Once we were inside and my parents left I got to working on my paper. I made the revisions she suggested and sent it back to her for one last review. I added a few more things to my group paper for leadership, but I submitted everything for the most part before we left for Charlotte.  Drew went to the gym and I took a nap.

I slept until about 4:30PM then I got up. I switched the laundry and when Drew came home with the groceries I made dinner. I was ready to go tomorrow. I was going to submit my paper once I got to work in the morning. Now all that we had to was relax and enjoy the rest of the evening. We had such a blessed and awesome weekend.


This morning I got up at 8:30am, got showered, and ready to go to Barre class at my instructor’s dance studio in Ambridge. We were to be there at 9:30am. When I arrived it was 9:15am, I sat in the car out front of the studio. 9:15am turned into 9:45am, and still, she wasn’t there. I just decided to head back home. I was bummed. I was looking forward to going to barre.
When I arrived back home, I got changed and kissed Drew. He was going to the gym, and I didn’t feel like working out if it wasn’t going to be barre class. I went to my parents to see my dogs.
When I arrived at my parents, I brushed Paris and Louie’s teeth. Then we got ready to go to breakfast. We went to Hanlon’s Cafe. For some reason, I was so hungry. I ordered the Handful; 2 pancakes, eggs, and hash browns.  I ate most of it. My parents and I sat around and drank a few more cups of coffee before it was time to go back home.
When we arrived back home, I kissed my dogs and got my keys. I said, goodbye to my parents and then I got in the car and drove home. I thought Drew was going to be there when I arrived home, but he wasn’t. He was still at the gym. I got changed again, and put another load of wash in the washer, and watched another episode of the Handmaid’s Tale.
When Drew came home, we kissed and brought up the towels that were in the dryer. I fell asleep on the couch, while he watched hockey. I was in and out of sleep. When I woke up from my nap, I checked my phone and I received an e-mail from my professor, the one who teaches Research Methodology. In the e-mail. she said that she is going to record my grade as a B. I saw that and was so happy. I told Drew about my grade and he was so proud of me. I was so satisfied with my first semester of grad school.
When I woke up, we made dinner. It was another night of fish, but it was so yummy. Drew finds all these different flavors. We are on a fish kick. After dinner, we watched Jersey Shore: Family Vacation. We didn’t get to finish the episode during the week. We got too tired. There was another episode on after this, but we were getting sleepy, so we called it quits after we finished the first episode.

New Washer & Spring Cleaning

We were up at 6am. Supposedly the delivery people said we are the second delivery today. I got a shower, got dressed, and made some coffee and watched Reign, while Drew was getting ready.
When the delivery people showed up, Drew went outside to direct them to our place. One of the delivery men came inside with Drew and then they went downstairs to the basement. The delivery man had to get an idea of how the house was set up, so when they brought the new washer in, they hooked it up and got it ready to go. The old washer, when they brought it up, the hose came loose and water dripped on our light beige carpet. I just gave Drew a look. He knew I was pissed. The guys apologized.

When they left, Drew and I went to Walmart and picked up some carpet stain remover.
When we got home, Drew sprayed the carpet and then he ran the carpet cleaner machine that we borrowed from my parents’ awhile ago. It was going to be a day of cleaning. I was so out of it, from getting up early.
In the afternoon, Drew left to go to the gym, I laid on the couch and took a nap. When I woke up it was 4:30pm, and he was on his way to pick me up so we could go grocery shopping. When we came home,  he ran the vacuum over the dry carpet and I made dinner. It was a long day.


Rainy Day

This morning, we were slow to get up. It was going to be a rainy day today, so we just planned to lay low. I made pancakes for breakfast. We didn’t really have anything planned today. We decided to get out for a bit, so we went to Target to buy two lamps, and get some more ideas to help improve our little town home. We seem to agree on the same things, when it comes to how we want to decorate.

After Target we went to the mall, we put a payment on the ring that I want for my right hand. I am so spoiled. I want diamonds on both hands. I can’t wait to get it. Rudy, the jeweler inspected my wedding rings, and he said, I needed a rhodium dip. I just got one done before we got married, but I guess you have to do it every couple years, so the white gold rings, don’t turn yellow. He asked us to drop it off on Tuesday, before we got a July 4th cookout. We will add that to our to-do list.

After we left the jewelry store, we stopped at this new store called the Home Collection. Their store is in the same space as Abercrombie and Fitch. We decided to check it out. The mall needed a home sore. When we walked in, you could still smell the Fierce cologne. The store was nice. A lot of high end furniture. The decor was really girly. I liked it, but it still looked like Abercrombie.

After the mall, we went to Chik-fil-a. I never saw that place so busy before. We were lucky to get a booth, so I grabbed us a seat and Drew ordered our food. They brought it to you, when it was ready, so you didn’t have stand at the counter and wait for it. After we finished eating, we left and went home. I think we had enough errands today. I could go to Walmart later on in the week. We could grocery shop tomorrow, as well.

When we got home, we laid around and watched television. We decided to take an hour nap. When we woke up, we got ready to go to dinner. We were going to the Industry Pub to celebrate my new position. I put on a dress, and some heels for dinner. It felt good to get all dressed up.

When we arrived at the Industry Pub, we were seated by the windows, and it seemed to be like the old people section. We felt so old. We wanted to be where the bar was, so we asked to move, and they were happy to accommodate us. They moved us to a high top table, by the bar. Now we felt like we were part of the party. Drew started out with a smoked whiskey, and he congratulated me on my position. I had a Magic Hat #9. I had two Magic Hats. Drew had a magic hat, as well, then a crown reserve, and lastly a Yuengling. We were there to celebrate. After two magic hats, I knew I had enough. For an appetizer we split this huge pretzel.

Bittersweet Day

This morning, I was able to sleep in a bit, which was nice. I didn’t have to be in Oakland until 12:30pm. My second interview with Alumni Hall wasn’t until 1pm.

Around 11am I got dressed in my grey business suit, with a white blouse. I looked very professional. I wasn’t sure what to honk about this interview, but I was excited to have made it to the second round.

When I arrived in Oakland, I parked a long S. Bellefield, by the Music Department. I hate parking on Fifth or any main street for that matter. I always feel pressured, and parallel parking is not my forte.

When I walked into Alumni Hall, I had 15 minutes to go before my interview started, so I introduced myself to the receptionist, and told her who I was here to see. She notified my contact, and I changed my shoes. As I was changing my shoes, and putting on my heels, Kathy came around the corner and shook my hand on her way to lunch. She is one of the women I met with during the first round of interviews.

After I was situated, I took a seat and waited for my contact to greet me. When he came around the corner he shook my hand, and introduced himself. I told him my name and he invited me back to his office. On our way to his office, he introduced me to his assistant, and then we went into his office. He shut the door behind me, and asked me to sit at the round table.

Once I took my seat, I handed him my resume, and the interview was underway. He was straight up with me and told me this position, would be like trying to get a drink out of a firehose. I kind of laughed a little, thinking he was trying to be funny. He said, no I am serious. I said I never heard that phrase before. He said, well it is a new positon, and the duties are going to be very vague. I am not even sure who you will be reporting to, but you will be upstairs in a cube, responsible for many different tasks. You will be at many events, etc. I am not sure what they told you about the position, or if they really told you much at all.”

During the conversation, I tried to reflect on what what said during the first interview. Granted that first interview took place like a week ago, so I really can’t remember what all was said. Other than the fact that, they asked me what I thought of Stallings and Narduzzi. I did however appreciate him being straight up with me about the position. I have done very little with Alumni, but I always thought I would love working in this department, and have loved what little I did, but was it enough to survive in this position?

Around a quarter after 1pm, he said the reason why I keep looking at the time, is because the director of Heinz Chapel is due here at 2pm and you need to be out of here. I don’t want her to see you. I said, oh okay, that is a good reason.” I don’t want Heinz Chapel knowing that I am seeking another position, but he did say that if I were to be there candidate that he would chose, then he would take it upon himself to tell her. I don’t believe they would hold me back, but I don’t want to assume anything here.

After the interview was over, he told me not to be alarmed if I don’t hear anything back for a couple weeks with the holiday approaching, it will take some time to sort everything out, and for all of this to go up the flagpole. I was just honored to have a chance.

On my way to the car, I called Drew and told him what happened and how it went. He thought it was funny that She was on her way to meet him, and I was there. I was glad I didn’t run into her. He was glad it went well, and we both thought this would buy me some time to hear from Linda as well.

When I got home, I made some lunch, and thought about throwing in some laundry, but I just tossed in the basement, and left it for Friday. After lunch, I took a nap, and woke up to a phone call coming in from my mother-in-law. I answered the phone and we chatted about my interview. I had to get up and get ready to go to the gym, when Drew got home.

When Drew came home, we talked for awhile about the two positions, and what it would mean if I chose one or the other. We also discussed how intense and vague the alumni one sounded. Perhaps I would be better off with social sciences.

When we finally got to the gym, we went our separate ways. I did my usual routine, an hour of cardio then machines. I really needed the workout and I did have some energy to burn off. It felt good.

When I was finished, I went to the lobby and waited for Drew. I checked Facebook and as I am scrolling I see one of my friends had a picture up of Geri Allen, and the caption said something to the effect, Rest In Peace my dear friend. I couldn’t believe it. She is gone. Someone I worked for has passed away.

Second Orientation at Pitt

Today was my second Orientation at Pitt. I have already been through the Orientation once before, when I was a temp last summer, but since some things have changed I have to go again. I was not looking forward to seeing the one woman that I had a run in with back in November, but it was inevitable, and I planned to be nothing but kind to her.
When she opened the door to take me back to the conference room, I made sure I said, hi to her, so I said, “Hi Kristen.” She smiled and said, “Hi.” I took a seat where there was a folder, and waited for Orientation to start. I wondered who would be conducting it. Would it be the same women as last year? Or someone different?

When Christine walked in, I was happy it was her. She was my favorite person on the all temps staff, but I wondered why I haven’t really heard from her regarding any new open assignments. I had an idea why I haven’t heard, but I think I missed out on some opportunities, because of certain people. I guess I only have myself to blame for that.  The thing Pat told me, was really bugging me.  I wanted to know what I could do about it, and how I should go about dealing with this. I thought about asking her for advice, but Drew and I were texting and he said, “I would let it go babe.” I think I have said enough. He is right. After orientation was over, I went to catch the bus. I called Wendy and told her it went well. She was glad, and said she will see me on Wednesday.

When I got home, I decided not to go to the gym. I was feeling like I as getting a little sick. I thought maybe perhaps I was coming down with a cold. I just did some laundry and some cleaning. I was feeling really warm and out of it. I think it is probably just stress. I took a little nap, then went to the store. I drove to the chiropractor. He was able to squeeze me in for a 3pm appointment.

When I got to the chiropractor, I could tell Dr. Bailey was on one of his power trips, and on his soapbox with his instructions. I have lost some weight, since I started going to him, and I am going to the gym more, but my new work schedule, does have me on my feet, but I am not able to go to the gym as much as I used to be able to, anymore, but I still go. He is always telling me to stretch and it goes in one and out the other. I just want to be adjusted, so I can go home. He said my neck was out. I knew that already.
When Drew came home, he was kind of feeling the same way and headed to the gym to sit in the sauna for a while. I just wanted to stay home and watch Nashville, so that is exactly what I did.

Frontiers Conference

Frontiers Conference

Today, I had to get up at 3:15am. I was asked a month ago to work an event at the University of Pittsburgh for the President of the United States. He was coming to Carnegie Mellon, and it was rumored the President was going to stop at the University of Pittsburgh, as well.

When I got to the bus stop in Crafton (we were going to Leanne’s after work), I noticed that the busses are not going inbound to downtown until 5:00am, so I decided to drive into work. I got down to Oakland at 4:30-4:45. It was so dark. When I was walking down Forbes to the campus, the cathedral looked so dark and scary. There really weren’t any lights on at all around the cathedral. I was super paranoid.
As I was approaching the Starbucks by the William Pitt Union. I ran into Wendy. She and I worked the International Student event. She gave me a hug, and we walked to Alumni Hall together to see if maybe they would have coffee or breakfast for us. Well all they had was coffee. I reconnected with the Assistant Dean of Katz graduate school. He remembered me from my assignment at Katz. It was cool to be recognized.

Shortly after I arrived, Jason arrived we got the registration tables set up. I was going to work next to Stacy. She had the iPads. I had to check people in using the iPads. I had a lanyard on along with my security clearances. It said, White House “Frontier” conference on the lanyard. I was running on pure adrenaline. Drew brought me coffee and a breakfast sandwich from The Porch.

After checking exhibitors, and the guests into the building, I was done for the day. I didn’t expect to be done at 9am, but I was. I decided not to go into the office. I had a parking garage bill tallying up and I did block the whole day off to be at this event, so I just went home. I didn’t get to see the President, but I go to be a part of the event and that is all that matters. I did hear from Andrew later that day, that the President was rumored to be at Alumni Hall around 11:30am. Secret Service snuck him in through the back door, before he exited and drove down Fifth Ave, kinda cool.

When I got to my car, I was cold and my feet were wet from the rain. I decided to go to my parents. I missed my children and wanted to see my puppies. We took an hour nap together, and then I went to Leanne’s. Andrew was going to meet me there when he got off the bus. Dan was going to look at Drew’s car and see whey there was a noise happening when he was driving. I hung out with Leanne and Maci. We went to the store, and got stuff for dinner tonight, and played around in Aldi’s. When we got home, I helped her cut up the vegetables for dinner, and hung out with Maci. She is getting so big! I hate it.

In the evening, Drew got there and Dan looked at his car. Dan said he needed new brakes, pads, and rotors, so there goes more of our money this weekend. Money is just going everywhere these days. After they checked the car, we ate dinner and then it was back to Crafton. I am going back to Leanne and Dan’s on Monday, so Dan can change the brakes.