Pitt Game & Superbowl

Andrew and I went to the Pitt vs. Miami Game. I thought there were a lot of people there. We are not used to sitting around so many people. Andrew and I had to be careful with our language there were children in front of us, and next to us. It was a close game. Thankfully Pitt won!

After the game, we went grocery shopping, then went home. After we unloaded the groceries, Andrew worked on his homework for class. I polished my nails, and then got changed.

We went over his parents for dinner. Tommy and Megan were there as well with Butters and Waffles. We celebrated Megan’s birthday, and watched the Superbowl.

Oh, yes of course the Superbowl. I wasn’t into it at all this year. It is weird not seeing Tom Brady and company. The half time show was alright. Jlo and Shakira did well, but it was missing something for me. I don’t know Superbowl halftime shows used to be so much better and worth the anticipation.

While we were watching the game, I received an e-mail from Gina. She canceled class due to pneumonia. I felt so bad for her, but I was glad I didn’t have to present tomorrow. We have to turn in our updated problem statements, 1 page summary, and an annotated bibliography of 3 sources next Monday. I will be busy next weekend. 🙂  I did send her a clarifying e-mail to make sure I understand how to do the summary correctly.

After the half time performance, we got ready to leave and head home. Tomorrow is Monday.

First Day of my Last Year of Graduate School

Today, is the first day of my last year of graduate school. It is surreal. I am not quite ready to celebrate just yet. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done. I worked at CMU today until 4pm.

After CMU, I walked to the Petersen Events Center, and met with Chris. I helped him complete the Blue and Gold sheets, and we talked about the Spring semester. I am glad to be able to continue working with the baseball team. I stayed at the Petersen until 6pm.

Then I walked to Posvar for class. I took a seat on a bench outside of the classroom since I was a little early. I ate my salad that I packed for lunch. I was dreading this class. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did have the professor before she is good, but she is tough.

Once class  started, she said, “all you have to do to get the degree is write a lit review, that’s it.” She also said, She is going to be there to help us along the way and give us feedback as we go to build a upon. We are going to complete this using the scaffolding method. We have to turn in sections to hear by a certain deadline and she will provide feedback for us to go on for the next portion. This is so helpful. I was more at at ease when I left the class. It was a long first day back. The class runs from 7:15-9:55pm.

When we got home, I got a shower and went right to bed. I can’t believe tomorrow is only Tuesday…..

Pitt Basketball Game

This evening I was able to shadow the assistant athletic director of events for the Pitt panthers once more. I was able to see what his responsibilities were for a basketball game. It was so cool to be apart of and so glad I had the opportunity to shadow him. I enjoy being on the sidelines of the court and being apart of the behind the scenes action.

When the players, came out onto the court to warm up. I made sure to high five them and wish them a good game. A few of them I knew from tutoring the baseball players.

Attendance wise, it was. bit empty to due to Christmas break. I was just so glad to have the experience.

 

 

Pitt Basketball Game

After CMU today, Drew and I stopped to get something to eat at Mario’s, which was formerly Peter’s pub in Oakland. Every restaurant in Oakland is packed prior to the game. Mario’s has these slabs of wood as menus. I shuffled up the menus to hand back to the waitress and ended up getting a splinter in my hand. I didn’t think much of it at first.

Image may contain: one or more people, people playing sports, basketball court and stadiumAfter dinner, we walked up Cardiac hill to the Petersen event’s center for the game. Attending a Pitt basketball game or two right before Christmas break has become a bit of a tradition for us.

At the end of the first period, Drew got a beer, and I got dip n dots. We also bought a Pitt basketball ornament for our tree.

 

Director of Operations for Pitt

After CMU today, I walked to the Petersen events center to meet with Blair, who is the director of operations. I was so excited. I stopped by Chris’ office and touched base with him regarding the baseball athletes that I advise. We talked about coming back in the Spring and helping out on Mondays like I did this semester. I really enjoy assisting, advising, and helping the athletes develop a plan of study.

After my meeting with Chris, he walked me over to the area where Blair’s office is located. Blair and I shook hands and we went back to his office. He handed me a credential for the game on Saturday and a parking pass. I had a ton of questions, what time should I be there, what should I wear, etc. He told me we are going to have a meeting at 12:45pm. So I should probably plan to arrive at 12:30pm. He said to text him when I arrive and he will meet me. I am so grateful and so very excited!

After the meeting, I walked to the Cathedral to meet with Drew. He was glad to hear my meeting went well and was happy for me. We walked to the car and once we got home, we got ready to go to Primanti’s to watch the Pitt game.

Once we arrived, at Primanti’s it wasn’t as packed as it typically is. We were able to get a table in the bar area. One of the bartender’s turned on the Pitt game for us, and put on the RMU game as well. I was excited. We watched the first half of the Pitt game, then went home to watch the second half.

It was a great Monday!

Pumpkin Carving

The next morning Drew woke up not feeling good, but I was ready to go. I decided to scrape out the pumpkins and get to carving. Drew went back to bed, and I turned on some Halloween music on my phone and started the process.

First, I got out all the pumpkin goo and separate the seeds. I put the seeds in a colander in the sink. I like to bake them after I am done. Then, once I am finished scraping the pumpkin. I rinse off the seeds, pat them and then put them on a foil lined baking sheet. I set the oven for 400, and spread some melted butter over them, sprinkle them with salt, then put em in the oven for like 10 mins. They are so good!

I carved two pumpkins. One was a “Pitt” pumpkin and the other was a typical jack-o-latern. Typically, Drew is the pumpkin carver in the relationship, but I think I did a good job!

Around 12pm, I cleaned up my mess and woke Drew up to watch the Pitt game. It was their homecoming game. Unfortunately, Pitt lost to Miami. I was sad for them. This means that they won’t be going to Charlotte for the ACC tournament, which is a bummer, but we will see what the rest of the season brings for our Panthers!

This evening, we cancelled dinner reservations at Bistecca. Drew wasn’t 100%, but he still wanted to cook for me. He made me a nice steak dinner, sweet potato, and asparagus. I am so grateful for him.

Pitt vs. Delaware Champions Club

This morning, we left for Heinz Field around 10:30am. Andrew dropped me off at Will Call to pick up the tickets. IMG_2528

Originally, I wasn’t sure about going to the game. We have been nonstop pretty much every weekend, but when my contact asked us if we wanted champions club tickets and a parking pass it was hard to turn down.

Once we were parked, we made our way inside the Champions Club entrance.  It is probably the nicest club there is at Heinz Field. It is much nicer than the PNC club that we were in last weekend. We are getting spoiled with all these club seats! We walked out to the stadium seating. We were in section FC3. We were so close! Closer than I thought we would be.
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I saw some familiar names. It was so cool to see them that close. I have met a few of the players, when I worked in the Sociology department.

We stayed outside until half time then we went inside into the air conditioning and cooled down a bit. The event’s manager of Heinz Field bought us a cocktail, so I had a goose and soda water.

When the second half got started, we stayed inside a little longer. The panthers weren’t doing so well.

At one point, I stepped outside and they were playing Neil Diamond’s song, “Sweet Caroline” (but there is a Pitt version). I recorded a little video and Drew came outside to sing the song. We were hoping they could pull a win. We are loyal to our Panthers!

At the end of the game, the Panther’s won! We leaned over the railing and high five the players. It was such a cool experience. I am hopeful to have those seats again soon. They play Duke next week in North Carolina. I can’t wait for the next Pitt game!