A Day Inside with Netflix

This morning, my voice was slim to none. I had tickets to the Pitt game, but the roads were slick, and more bad weather was on the way, so we just decided to stay inside. I worked on the signs for the RMU day of service event that will take place on Monday. I also finished my problem statement for seminar class, which was also due Monday by 12am.

Also, I was able to get some reading done for Ethics.

We started this new series called “Dracula” on Netflix. So far I like the book better and I much prefer Johnathan Reyes Meyers as Dracula, but it’s okay.

We also finished that Aaron Hernandez documentary, which is also on Netflix. The series shook me. It was only 3 episodes. I am not sure what to think of it quite honestly. There has to be something there with the concussions and the toughness of the sport that is football, but in true student affairs terminology there is just a lot to unpack there. There didn’t seem to be anything positive in his childhood either. It’s sad.

 

Robert Morris University Student Activities Fair

Robert Morris University Student Activities Fair

This morning, I woke up around 8:30am. I got a shower and got dressed in “Colonial Casual.” I was helping out at the Student Activites Fair. I was going to work alongside the Assistant Dean of Students and help out at the Student Life table. I was so excited to work with her. I helped her gather somethings from her office, and we went up to Hopwood Hall.

We hung out at the table and waited for prospective students and their families to stop by on their way to the talk that John Locke (my internship supervisor, previous professor, and friend) was giving.

As students and their families came by our table, we answered their questions about Student Life at RMU. There were things I couldn’t answer because I was a commuter and transfer student. I didn’t take advantage of Student Life.

At one point, the assistant dean of students left to go check on the other events that were happening in the Hale Center. I took a seat on the window ledge and posted my pictures on social media. A man left the auditorium and walked to the water fountain and approached the seating area where I was. He asked me if I was a junior or senior? I smiled and said, “thank you, but I am actually a graduate intern. However, I did attend RMU for my bachelor’s. He took a seat on a chair. He said, “Oh okay, what did you study?” I said, “English Studies, literature, and etc.” He said, “Oh okay, How did you like it here?” I smiled and said, “I loved it, but I was a transfer and commuter student, so I didn’t take full advantage of the opportunities that RMU had to offer. I would say like my last year here I was finally getting into the groove of things. I made friendships, and developed a routine of arriving at campus early, and not leaving until like evening time, but then before you know it, you graduate, and it’s over. He smiled, and asked, “Where did you commute from?” I said, “Crafton. my family lives there still.” He said, “Oh we are from Crafton.” he told me his street name. I had friends who lived on that street. I smiled and nodded. I told him where about my parents live and he nodded. I smiled.

At one point in the conversation, he made it a point to tell me that he was there with his ex-wife and his son. It seemed like he was gauging my interest. He then said, “Alright, well I better get back in there.” I smiled and said, “Nice talking to you.” He said, “Yes, you too.” I stopped and thought for a moment did I just get hit on or was he being nice? Around 12pm, I helped break down the table and pack up the flyers and helped her carry things back to her office. I stopped into John’s office on my way out to see if he needed anything he was talking to Scott, my old boss at RMU, who used to run the Phonathon department.

Throughout the conversation, Scott remembered he wouldn’t be able to take the students to the Carnegie Museum on Saturday. I asked if he wanted me to do it? He said, “You would?” I said, “yea, what time are you thinking I am supposed to go to the KISS concert with my dad that night?” He said, “You are going to the KISS concert?” I laughed. He said, I will confirm with you, but if you could that be awesome. John interjected, “Yea, she can do that.”

When I left RMU, I went and got my nails done. I had plans to get them done next Saturday in preparation for McDonough, but if I am taking the students to the museum, then I am not going to be able to get them done. I drove to Bella Nails and was able to get right in and out.

Then I went to the Mall. I needed jeans. I went to American Eagle and bought two pair of Size 12 jeggings! I was so happy I fit into a size 12!

After the mall, I went home and Drew was unpacking groceries. I helped him put them away and then I started dinner. I was so hungry.

After dinner, I took a nap and then watched this movie called The Dirt on Netflix. It is about Motley Crue. It was good, a bit cheesy, but good. I could never live the rock star lifestyle. I would get so tired of it.

Lisa’s Bridal Shower

Lisa’s Bridal Shower

On Saturday, we woke up early and got ready to go to the chiropractor. We had appointments for 9:30am. My adjustment went well and it felt so good. My neck was bothering me, from looking down and reading, but not anymore.
On our way home, we stopped and had breakfast at King’s. I am not too crazy about their food, but Drew likes it. I had the veggie scrambler with sourdough toast. Sourdough was the closest thing they had to Italian bread. Drew had a meat omelet.
When we got home, I tidied up the house, my mom was coming over around 12pm. She and I were going to hang out have some coffee and visit for a bit before we left to go to the bridal shower. Drew was packing up and getting ready to go to the gym, but work emailed him and told him the testing on the software needs to be done now, so he had to stay home and run some tests.
As I was getting ready my mom rang the doorbell, I ran downstairs to open the door for her. She came in, and I put on some coffee. Now that I don’t live at home anymore, I love seeing my mom. I miss her, my dad, and the dogs. We have a better relationship, now that I am out of the house. We had some coffee and Drew came in the house, since he had to run testing, he had to turn around come home.
While we were visiting, I told my mom about the show, the office. I showed her some clips. I said you have to sit down and start watching this series. I can’t believe I never watched this before. She thought the clips were hilarious and she was going to start watching it. I told her it is on Netflix. Drew laughs at almost everything in the show. I don’t. I mean somethings are hilariously funny, and others are just stupid, that is our sense of humor though.
When we left the house, I told my mom I would drive. She grabbed Lisa’s gift out of her car and put it in my car. I drove us to the shower. It was at Sewickley Hills park. I knew roughly where it was. I turned on my GPS just in case. Surprisingly, the whole way there my mom did not complain once about my driving.

When we arrived at the venue, I parked and changed into my leopard high heels. I haven’t work heels in so long, this was going to be interesting. When we walked into the party room, we set our gifts down at the table and then mingled with some people that we knew. We hugged and kissed the bride-to-be, Lisa. Then we went and got a drink. We took a seat at the table, with some friends of my mom’s. All of Celeste’s nieces are all grown up now. I saw so many people, that I remember seeing for years, but some definitely looked so much older, while others looked the same. Time is a funny thing. You just think people never age, when you are younger. They are always going to look the way you remember them for forever.

We watched Lisa open gifts, and she got everything that a bride would receive for her shower. Showers are not as fun when they are not your own, but Lisa looked so happy. My mom and I took a selfie together at the table. It is in the featured image over this blog. We had a great time, and I am glad I stayed the entire time. I was flirting with the idea of leaving early because I had to write a paper, but I am glad I didn’t leave early and stayed with my mom. When we arrived back to my house, Drew wasn’t home he was at the gym. He was due home shortly. My mom left to go back home. She and dad had plans that evening.

When I walked inside my house, I saw that the mail arrived. I opened the mail and noticed, that my bracelet came in the mail today, It is a bangle bracelet and it says, “Live the Story You Want to Tell.” I just love this message. on this bracelet. I think that it is a positive reminder to be a good person, and live the life that you would be proud to talk about. My friend Lindsay that I went to high school with, sells Paparazzi jewelry and this was my first purchase. I wasn’t sure what I was going to be buying, but the quality is awesome and the price is affordable. I will be on the lookout for other pieces to purchase in the future.

After stalling and googling over my bracelet, I walked into our office and started working on my paper. I was so anxious to get this thing over with and put it behind me. I have so much anxiety over it. I just want to do well in Grad School and I care so much.

After a while, Drew came home, and I figured I would just pretty much wear the same thing that I have on to go out to dinner with Drew’s friends, and their wives tonight. It was his buddy Mike’s birthday. We went to dinner at Azteca, a Mexican restaurant.

It was so good to see everyone. We haven’t seen Mike and Stephanie since Drew’s birthday party. I can’t tell you the last time I saw Kim and Denny. Well, I did see Denny when I was leaving Sewickley hospital, sick with the flu, but that doesn’t count. I do not remember the last time I saw Marj, Mike’s sister. The food at Azteca was good. Drew and I had a burrito. We ordered chips and guacamole. It was so good. I could make a meal out of just chips and guac.

After dinner, we went to Primanti’s and had drunk ducks. I can’t tell you the last time I had a drunk dunk. You could tell when we were at Primanti’s that we all were getting over being out and staying out late. We were all so tired. Mike was ready to get back to the house, and have us all over and drink there.

On our way to Mike’s, Drew and I stopped home. I put on some sweats, a t-shirt, and a hoodie with a pair of UGG boots. I was over the heels. I was pretty much in them all day. When we arrived at Mike and Stephanie’s, everyone was winding down some and getting sleepy. We did play this game called bad people, it is like Cards Against Humanity, but you are all given identities. Each person takes a turn fulfilling the role of the dictator. The dictator gives out the identity card to each player. The dictator reads the scenario and the players have to pick from the identities which one the dictator will choose. The dictator has silently chosen who he is going to pick when the dictator reveals his choice, whoever chose the same identity as the dictator gets a point. It is such a dirty, but a hilarious game. Drew and I stayed until 12am, then we went home. I had a long day and we didn’t have the energy to stay out all night.

Wednesday

Last night, we packed to go to Crafton. Drew had a rough day at work. The system crashed and he texted me saying he wanted to throw up and scream. I felt so bad. I know how hard he has been working for this demo that is supposed to debut on the 13th, so I am trying to be as supported as possible. We had Wendy’s for dinner and watched two episodes of Entourage, then packed up. After packing, we watched Siesta Key; the season finale then went to bed.

Today, I drove into Crafton. We are dog sitting, again! I can’t wait to see my dogs, but it is such a pain to be back home if that makes any sense. We have to pack, and then be responsible for the dogs. I just want to love them, play with them, cuddle them, then leave, but the responsibility in the middle of the work week is eh.

On my way to Crafton this morning, there was an accident in the left lane on the parkway right before the Green tree exit. Traffic was a slow crawl to the exit. The yinzers, who don’t know how to drive. You gotta love them! I texted Nancy and told her I would probably be a few minutes late. She was okay with it.

Once I got to the bus stop in Crafton, it was 7:15am. I didn’t want to wait for a 28x, so I took a g3 into town, then a 71 to Oakland. Drew was smart and got off on the Carnegie exit from the parkway, and went to Crafton that way. I should have done that I was hoping to not be in traffic that long. Being late sucks.

When I finally walked into my building, it was a little after 8am. I was so rushed. I called my mom for a bit, then got to work. I texted Nancy and told her I was here. She said, not too bad for an accident. I agreed. I have done some projects here and there, but today I have a meeting with Mel and Jen at 2:30pm, then a 3pm meeting with Melanie. I hope this day goes fast so I can see my pups.

At lunch, Nancy and I went to Five Guys. I have never been there before. I had burgers and fries two days in a row now. I feel so fat. I can’t wait to go to the gym on Sunday. I need to eat better, but it so tempting. I eat salads every day, but then Nancy asks me what I am doing for lunch? and I lose all control!

The meeting with Mel and Jen went well. We finally are on the same page and seem to know what to do in case a student comes to us with an issue. After we met with Jen, Mel and I finished our One-on-One. I had some work to do when I got back to my desk, not enough people applied to teach in the summer. They seem to want the research money more than the teaching money. I had to remind a few students to please send in the applications, and I have some organizing to do, but nothing major.

After the meeting, the day flew by. When Drew and I were on the bus, he told me that they were able to restore backups since the system crashed, but he is thinking that he is going to have to pass on this weekend’s festivities so he can catch back up. He feels so pressured. This demo is to take place in almost a week! I am sad that he might have to miss out this weekend, but I understand.

When we got on the bus, I got a call from my dad around 5:00pm. He called to ask me if I got home yet? I said, “No I don’t get out until 4:30pm. I get home around 6pm on a good day. You know that.” He said, “I know. I am sorry.”  I said, “I will call you when I get home.” I hung up the phone and gave Drew a look. He shook his head. They didn’t get the pet sitter to come today, because they left around 10am, but they should know what time I get out of work, and when I get home by now. I was just so annoyed. Nothing seemed easy today.

When we finally got to my parents’, I let the dogs out and they went to the bathroom and they were fine! After I fed them, my mom texted me and asked if the dogs were ok? I said, of course, I would text you if something was wrong. I just want them to back off. They should have had someone come to the house today, but since they didn’t they are up my ass about it. I am doing the best I can. I can’t control traffic, or when I get to leave work. I got it guys.

After I fed them, we ate dinner, then I got a shower and we watched a little of Pens game,  then turned on Entourage. I am just not in a hockey mood yet. I feel as though it just ended, but it was cool to see the banner be raised, and Sid come out with the cup. I didn’t feel like going to bed until 11pm. After two episodes of Entourage, we started to watch the Lady Gaga Documentary 5 foot 2. I like it so far. I started dozing off, but I had to get the dogs out one more time before I went to bed.