Back to Work

Over the weekend, I took it easy and just relaxed and made sure I was well rested for Monday. It was going to be weird to go back to work.

Once Monday arrived, it took me all morning to get caught up on e-mails. Everyone was welcoming and asking how I was feeling. It was pretty low key because all the faculty and students are pretty much gone for the summer. Summer classes start up next Monday.

After work, I had to go to RMU to help out with an event that was happening at the theatre. There was a magician and hypnotist there. I was on hand just for the happy hour part. I wanted to make sure everything went smoothly since there was free beer and wine, as well as chips and salsa. It is Senior week at RMU, so the only students who are on campus are the seniors.

After the event, Drew and I went to Primanti’s for pizza and beer. I really need to start eating better. I will admit the pizza there is so good and it has been so long since I had a beer.

Commitments

This morning, I had a such a rough night last night, but I needed to get to RMU for the transfer student event. My ear didn’t hurt as bad. The antibiotic was working. I didn’t tell John and Maureen that I was sick. I wanted to follow through with this event. The transfer students are important to me. I was one of them.

When I arrived to RMU, I parked outside student life, and went to Romo’s and got a bagel and some hot tea. I got back in the car and drove to Wheatley Center. I ate my bagel on the way. I got out of my car and pulled the suitcase of my trunk, that contained handouts and take-a-aways from the Office of Student Leadership and Activities Department. I shut the trunk door and walked into the Wheatley Center.

So the Wheatley Center, just opened at the end of my last semester at RMU. I never really spent time there. When you first enter, there is this giant area with an open welcoming space. There were tables set up for different departments on campus. I set up next to the UPMC my health network, there was so much irony in this. I put the handouts on the table and made it look pretty. I took a picture and sent it to Maureen. She thanked me for being there today.

Throughout the event, I kept blowing my nose, and drinking water. Next to me, was Residence Life. Anna a girl from my Master’s program was at the table. She and I talked for a bit. Anna, Diana, and myself just finished a group project together and we got an A on the presentation, an A- on the paper, and an overall A in the class. We talked about our grade and Max’s comments. I was proud of our group.

Ugh I hate being sick. The nurse at the table next to me on my right said that I should go to Walmart, and show my ID at the pharmacy and ask for Sudafed. It is the behind the counter stuff, so it is pretty powerful. I took her up on her suggestion.

After the event was over, it was around 11:30am. I got the table packed up and put all the handouts in my suitcase and I was the first one out the door. I drove to Walmart and picked up the Sudafed and a few other things. I felt well enough to perhaps go to the wedding reception that evening for Ashley and Andrew.

When I got home, I rested for awhile and then we got ready to go to the reception. Now I probably shouldn’t have went, but I was feeling like I could make it. I put on a brown dress with some beige pink heels.

When we got to the Marriott, we walked inside and started talking to some of Drew’s cousins. It was good to see them. We only seem to see them at events like weddings, funerals, bridal showers, and baby showers.

Finally the ballroom was open and we could go inside, the photographer took a picture of Drew and I in front of a board that had the seating chart listed. We were at table 3. We were at the same table as his cousins, his brother, and sister-in-law. We haven’t seen them since Christmas Day. It was good to hear how Waffles is doing now that he is home safe.

There was an antipasto station, and an iced tea, and sangria station. Dinner was served around 7pm. They had chicken, ravioli, salad, sliced meat, vegetables. Dinner was so good. Dancing started around 8:30pm or 9pm. I danced with the bride to the Cupid Shuffle, and then Drew and I danced together. I also danced with Aunt Paula. I was doing so well. I thought I was getting better.

We left around 10pm or 11pm and went to my inlaws where Tommy and Megan were staying the night. I wanted to see Waffles. I was so happy to see him. I almost teared up. Waffles went missing a month or two ago in Erie. He was found 3 days later and has been home since. Those three days were so rough on Drew and I. When I saw Waffles, I hugged him and kissed his nose. I let him knock me down and tackle me. I have to admit I was fighting back tears. I also made sure to show Butters some love, but he just wants you to throw the ball.
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I also snapped this picture of Butters and Waffles. We are so happy that he is home safe back with is brother, Butters.

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Finally Friday

Work was not too bad today. None of the faculty came in until around 12pm. I ate lunch with Nancy in the kitchen. After lunch, I answered e-mails. I was able to work on my paper for legal. It is actually coming along rather well. I am happy to have it almost done. I just have to write three pages left and a strong conclusion and then I am done. I talked to my professor about it last night and she was telling me not to stress about the paper. I am not stressing, but it’s just sitting down and crafting it.

After work, I drove to RMU where I am currently sitting in Massey Theatre to help sell tickets. I hope we get a crowd of students. There is another event on campus for Greek Week it is called Airband. I asked some students campus what Airband is and they said it’s like the biggest event. They dress up in costumes and make up, and they sing and dance on a stage. It is like lip sync challenge. It sounds pretty cool. I didn’t get involved in much when I was an undergrad at RMU. Looking back, I wish I would have. I dabbled in theater and made friends that I still talk today, but I didn’t participate in Greek Life. I probably would have, if I lived on campus and was a traditional four year student.

I may stop by Airband after and check it out, but I am a little anxious to go home and hang out.

 

A Day of Appointments

It was a short work week for me since I was off sick on Monday and Tuesday. I reported for work on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday was a planned sick day. I had a dentist appointment to attend and a dermatologist appointment to go to. I also need to help out at the Colonial Theatre for the musical “All Shook Up”. I am typing this entry as I sit in the Colonial Theatre. It has been a day!

At the dentist, I have no cavities, but they did want me to consider MTM, minor teeth movement. My bottom teeth are crowded a bit. They could be straighter I will give them that, but it is not too bad. It could be worse. MTM is comparable to Invisalign and it will cost $3,800. Now, our insurance does not cover Adult ortho, but it could cover children ortho under 19. I am too late. I have never needed braces and if my teeth were a big deal when I was younger, then I would have had them if I needed them. Whatever.

After the dentist, I went to Wexford for my Dermatologist appointment. No skin cancer, no biopsies. I am thankful. After I left the dermatologist, I went home to kiss my husband and to change. I had to get ready to go to RMU. I had a 3:15 apt with the director of student success.

When I arrived at RMU, I went to the office of student leadership and development where my internship supervisor’s office is. I put my things in the back room and changed into my heels. I pranced up to ROMOs and bought a French Caramel Latte. It is the same thing I used to get when I was an undergrad there. I love it. Then I went back to the office of student leadership and development. I saw an email from my student loan provider and had to clear up some issues with the amounts they were going to charge me. I looked around the cafeteria and thought this is what you have to look forward to kids after you graduate, don’t be in such a hurry!

After I got off the phone with them, I went to meet with the Director for the Center of Student Success. He wanted to give me a mock interview for the position that I applied for. Unfortunately, he is not able to consider me for the position because I do not have my Masters yet. I get it. It just sucks. I was hoping that they would work with me until I got my Masters.

After I completed the interview, he gave me some great advice. Things I never even considered before. He wants to continue working with me to help me perfect my skills. He even asked if I would present with him at a workshop on April 2! I have never been asked to present before at a workshop. I felt so honored.

By the time I got back up to the Student Leadership Development and Activities office, John had already stepped out. I talked to Mikhalia and she said, that he said he would meet me at the theatre.  She also said that he wants me to do the front house manager position. She and Jordan will sell tickets and swipe people in. I said, “okay, perfect.” I changed my shoes and went and grabbed her and I some dinner. We ate together, and then I got packed up to go to the theatre. She said she was going to go back to her dorm for a bit and meet me at the theatre. I asked her to give me the money since she was going back to her dorm. I didn’t want her walking around campus with the theatre money.  I put the money in my tote bag. She asked me to take the bake goods over for the ZTAs to sell at the theatre. I said I would do so.

When I left to go to the theatre, I took the forest of fun. I am remembered of my memories on campus. Every time I get so damn nostalgic. I love it there. I am going to end up working there one day. I know it.

When I arrived at the theatre,  I put the baked goods in the concession area. I was feeling stomach sick, it must have been the chicken that I ate. It was not agreeing with me. Eventually, Jordan showed up and we got the lobby set up. Jordan yelled at me for drinking Voss water. She thinks that is why my stomach was upset. She and I hung out until Ray came to set up the lights and he was going to tell us when to open the house. Mikhalia arrived with the tickets and I handed her the money that I had on me. I helped the ZTA girls set up the concession table. Then we waited for the guests to arrive.

Once John showed up, I gave him an update and he said, we would chat soon about McDonough and how my feedback/mock interview went. My parents arrived to see the musical. Once the show started, I only stayed for the first half then I went home. I was not feeling well for some reason. It was a long day.

RMU Winterfest

This morning I got up at 7:45am. I got a shower and put on some gym clothes. I had to head to RMU to help out with Winterfest, but I wanted to go to spin class first. John Locke, my supervisor of my internship as well as my previous professor was the spin instructor. I was so excited about my first spin class.
Image may contain: one or more peopleWe listened to Christmas music, throughout the class. It was challenging, but fun.

After class, I went home showered, changed into black jeans and a red Colonials top. I dried my hair and then I was off to help out at Winterfest. I was going to be on hand to help with anything until 4pm, then we were going to Anthony’s Christmas party.

The student program board, set up the build-a-bears and the vendors came and set up for the wax hands, and the bead bracelets. It was nice.

 

When things started to get underway, John and I went into his office and had our meeting about McDonough. We talked about the abstract that I was tasked to write 300 words and I would have to submit it to him by Tuesday. He also wanted me to come back to campus on Tuesday.

While we were meeting, Ray walked into John’s office. I was surprised to see him. They talked about Theater stuff and Ray is going to stage manage for the musical in the spring. Ray told me that he and Anthony are looking for a place together in the Northside. They fell in love with the one duplex. I knew that was Anthony’s dream to live in the Northside. He is trendy like that.

After the meeting, I went back to the cafeteria and helped the kids clean up. Jordan and I got our pictures taken in the photo booth, and then we had lunch together. Shortly after lunch, I left campus and went home.

When I got home, Drew had the house cleaned up and was cooking dinner. I got up and got a shower and got changed into some party clothes. After dinner, it was out the door to Anthony’s.
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When we arrived, Anthony greeted us, but Dylan seemed moodier than usual. He must be upset about the move. However, we still managed to get some Titanic references in. Image may contain: Danielle Hornyak and Dylan Murtha, people smilingHe wrote on my cup Rose Dewittbukater. He is my Jack Dawson.

We all sat around and talked about Anthony and Ray’s potential new place. We talked about Anthony’s job, and love life. Then Ray and Tony arrived, along with Rebecca and Shelley. Everyone was there.

Ray, Dylan, Tony, and Anthony did the gift exchange game. It was hilarious to watch because there were only a few of them participating. Then we played the game where there is a giant ball and you have to unwrap it with oven mitts, without tearing a hole in it. It is so fun. Meanwhile, someone is rolling dice to get doubles so they can steal it off of you.
After that game, we all took pictures and I think it was around the time to go. I had such a long day and tomorrow was Sunday.
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Halloween 2018

This morning, I helped out at the RMU football game. It was student government day, so every student, who swiped their freedom card and received a ticket, could vote for the organization of their choice. The organization with the most votes would win $500. The band, who belongs to the KKY organization, didn’t swipe in but wanted to vote for their organization. The student worker that I work with, Jordan, she is a member of Sigma Kappa and wanted her organization to win. I actually am not sure, who won, but KKY did get the most votes, but not sure if they count since the band didn’t swipe in.

After I got home from the football game, I went home and grabbed my acrylic dip powder set, and went to my parents. I did my mom’s nails. Then I went home to do some homework until it was time to go to Leanne and Dan’s. I couldn’t wait to get all dressed up.

After I got my witch costume on, I put my make up on and ended up dropping the eyelash glue cap down the drain. Drew had to take off the p-trap and get the cap out. I was a little off that night. I was starting to get a headache as well. I was a little hormonal, but I just had a day of being on the go and no time to catch up.

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When we arrived, to Leanne and Dan’s, we knocked but then walked into the house. No one was in the living room. We walked inside the living room and I yelled, “Hello?” Maci came down the stairs dressed as a mermaid. She gave me a big hug she looked so cute.
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One of the moms was there and Maci was playing more with her and not really sitting with me, and being around me like she used to. I will always be her Daniel, but she is growing up now.

I walked over to the stairs and shouted up to Leanne and said Happy Halloween! She said, “Hey broad.” she was up getting ready. Drew went down to see Dan and the rest of the boys. I went upstairs to say hi to Leanne before making my way down to the basement. Leanne was still getting ready with her friend. Eventually, I made my way down to the basement to join Drew and the guys. At one point, Nikki and Paul came in and Paul was dressed up as the mad hater and Nikki was dressed up as Alice and Wonderland. It was good to see them. I haven’t seen them in a while.

Andrew and I didn’t stay long. We left around 10:30pm. I was tired of having an early day that day. I needed to go home and go to bed. I had some homework to do tomorrow. Halloween was different this year

RMU Homecoming

RMU Homecoming

This morning Drew was still trying to recover from being in Orlando, but we got ready and left to go to RMU’s homecoming. I knew of the lot that we had to park in, but when we arrived on campus it was full. We were told to go straight and find other parking. All the parking towards the stadium is full. We parked in Massey’s parking lot.

We walked to Nicholson. It was fun to be there together. Andrew and I both went to RMU together. He went for his graduate degree and I went for my undergrad. We walked by the department where I intern. We went to Nicholson where he could get the RMU shirt that he has on in the picture below. RMU is so special to me and I was so glad to be walking around the campus with him. 43319863_10156770765764712_4845979606865412096_n

After this picture, we went to the field. We cut through the tailgating lot. Some college students were drinking and playing corn hole and there was music. It was crazy. I felt a little old. When we arrived down to the field, on the plaza we stopped at Will Call and Andy Toole was standing there on his phone. He didn’t recognize me with sunglasses on and I didn’t want to interrupt his phone conversation, but I did want to introduce him to Drew.

When we approached the Will Call booth, they asked for my name and I said, Danielle Hornyak. They asked are you with John Locke? I said, “Yes, I am his graduate intern.” He said, “Cool, he told us you were going to be here.” I laughed a little inside.  I looked back at Andy Toole and lifted up my shades so he could see me. I waved a little and he waved back. When we walked away, Drew said, “That is so cool that you know him!” I smiled. We met up with Maureen and Nancy. They told us that the pizza should be arriving around 12:20pm. She pointed to the tent where we will be located. Shes said, Right now the students are selling tickets, but when the pizza arrives they will leave. I suggest you stack the pizzas on the side tables, and just plate the pizza and put it on the table out front for people to grab and go.” I nodded. They seemed like easy directions. she also said it would go fast.

After meeting with her, we spotted Andy Toole again and he was off the phone, so we approached him and I introduced him to Drew. Drew shook his hand and said, he was a big fan. I smiled watching the two of them. We chatted with Andy for a bit before heading into the stadium.  Once inside, I didn’t want to sit because I wanted to be able to be by the exit when we have to do pizza duty and I wanted to look like I was there to help out not watch the game.

When the opening ceremony started, I  felt this overwhelming sense of pride and honor to be a Colonial. I remember when this was the easiest time for me and also the hardest time in my educational career. I am so proud of where I went to school.

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Pizza duty was fun, but as we were under the tent it started to rain. Luckily we were under a tent. It was hard to tell when it was half time due to the rain delay, so at one point we just decided to start handing out the pizza. Some of the students wanted a whole pie for the cheer team, or for the band, etc. We had to tell them no. One of my friends from my literature classes came by. She was telling me that they used to give whole pies to the band and the cheer team because it was Hometown pizza and it was dirt cheap. I said, “that makes sense.” It was good to catch up with her and hear about her life after RMU. She asked me about my life after RMU. I filled her in and she was happy for me.

After pizza, we went home and got showered and then got ready to make some dinner and then to the movies to see Venom. I was so excited for this movie!