RMU CLA

After work today, I decided last minute to take a personal day tomorrow. I sent the e-mails and the text messages then put up my out of office.

Once I dropped Drew off at home, I went to RMU to meet with the CLA and plan the curriculum for next semester. I stopped at Romo’s when I got to campus and picked up two granola bars. It was going to be an insane couple days so I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t eating too much junk.

I walked into the UPMC Events Center, and walked into the Athletic offices and met with Nelle and Danny. We planned started to plan the curriculum and talked about the upcoming events. I am excited about the CLA this year and to put our ideas in motion. We divided up the work to accomplish remotely. After the meeting, Danny let us pick through the box of apparel. I got two RMU volleyball shirts and a pair of sweats. 🙂 I love free merch! I didn’t get home until closer to 10pm. I was exhausted and so ready for the long weekend ahead.

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!

Incoming Student Event

Incoming Student Event

By the middle of the week I was feeling much better and back to myself. No more nasty post nasal drip. Today, I helped at RMU’s Incoming Student Event. This was the last Incoming Student Event on the books for me. I truly love this event. It is one of my favorites.

When I arrived, I dragged the suitcase of promotional materials into Nicholson. I was talking on the phone to Anthony about tonight. We were going to get dinner at the Shiloh Inn and then head out that night to a bar or a club. We were either going to the Blue Moon, or to a straight bar or a night club. We never know where the night will take us, but we were excited to get out and catch up it has been too long. I noticed that Romo’s and the Cafe were not open. I was in desperate need of espresso. I set the suitcase by the Student Life table, and then took the windy stairs down to the office of Student Life. I went into the Assistant Dean of student’s section. She wasn’t due there until 12:30pm. I saw the trifolds for Greek life and some pillow cases that we gave away at the last event. I grabbed the  Greek Life Trifold, and the pillow cases. On my way out of the office I said, hi to the Dean of Students.

When I got back to the Student Life table outside of the Admissions office. I opened the trifold carrier and it was just the Greek life trifold not the student life trifold. I was confused. I also saw the Greek Life table cloth. I set up the Office of Greek Life’s table for Scott (my previous supervisor, when I was an undergrad at RMU). I then started to set up the Office of Student Life table. I focused on the items I had and I thought I would get the trifold later. I noticed some students and their families were starting to make their way to where we were located and we weren’t set up yet. When I was finished setting up the Student Life table, I went back down to the Office of Student Life this time I went to the Student Activities and Leadership Development Office. Maureen was there gathering some stuff to take up to the table. I don’t know why I didn’t think to check in here for our trifold. I helped her bring things up to the table. We had a little wheel barrel full of stuff and she had our trifold.

Eventually, we got everything ready to go and then there was influx of people. We talked about move in day, orientation, and the events leading up to orientation. I talked to this one student and her mother. The student was leaving for Paris over the summer for three weeks. I was so jealous. I asked her parlez vous francais? She didn’t even look at me. She kept looking at her phone and said, “alittle bit.” her mom laughed and I smiled. I said, “My husband I were there last May. We loved it!” Her mom asked me where we stayed? and I said, “9th arrondissement. We were a metro stop away from the Moulin Rouge.” Her mom thought it was fascinating her daughter not so much. Her mom told me that she using this app to help her learn a little bit of French. I said, “Oh Duolingo.” She said, “yea that is the one.” I said, “Yea I use it too. It’s pretty cool.” I said, “If you are familiar with basic French language and you make an attempt to try to speak it. You will be okay.” I smiled and when they turned to leave. I said, “Bon Voyage.” The mother laughed the daughter not so much. The traffic of students and their parents were dying down. It was almost time to pack up and leave.

 

RMU’s Commencement

This morning I got up at 6:30am. I got a shower and got dressed, then I was out the door. I had to be at Robert Morris University at 7:30am. I didn’t really sleep at all last night I was so excited. Stephanie McMahon is the guest speaker for the commencement ceremony, her husband Triple H will be in attendance with her!

When I was home, sick with bronchitis, John (my internship supervisor, previous professor, and friend) texted me and said, confirmed Triple H will be in attendance. I said, “John please you have to do whatever you can so I can meet him. It has been my dream!”  I have had a huge crush on Triple H since I was 12 or 13. My mom took my friend Brittany and I too see WWE’s Smackdown at the Mellon Arena. I was in love with him then and I am still in love with him now.

When I parked my car, I walked to the UPMC events center and I texted John telling him I am here, and that I e-mailed Rachel about a lanyard for today’s event. He said, Maureen will have one for you. I entered the building and it had that new smell to it. It looked so nice. I met with Maureen at the front table and got my lanyard. Maureen gave us a run down of the assignments. I was to be posted by the elevator directing people into the events center. She said, “most people will get off the elevator and have this look on their face like where do I go? I think that would be a good place for you.” She laughed and so did I. I had an easy enough job.

After we were briefed on our assignments, Anna and another girl from Residence Life (I can’t remember her name) we went to get coffee and muffins from the volunteer breakfast room. I ran into some people that I know there. We sat our side with our breakfast and coffee and enjoyed the bright sun for a moment before heading to our posts.
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When we arrived at our posts, people didn’t start pouring in until around 7:45am and then the guests came in clusters. There were so many people. My job was to make sure no one sat in the special accommodation area except for the people, who needed special accommodations.  I received a text from Mama saying “Good Luck honey I hope you get to meet him. I am staying positive for you.” She knows what Triple H means to me.

Around 9am I got a text from John saying, “Come up to the 4th floor after the ceremony starts and text me.” Oh my God this was my moment this was it. I was so excited. I told Kim, the admin who works with John where I was going. She said, “oh I want to come too. I want to meet Stephanie.” I told her I am not sure if we are going to be able to meet her. She will be on stage, but I told her I was more excited to meet her husband.

Around 9:30am, the Colonial marching band started playing and walked up the aisle. This is my favorite part ever. So much history and appreciation for the past. I watched the Colonial band march and when they finished Yankee Doodle and excited the floor. I texted John, “Can I come up? it started.” He said, “Sure.” Kim and I made our way to the fourth floor. This was the moment! I was going to meet Triple H. I was so nervous. I could feel my stomach hurting my knees were weak. The whole weak knees thing happened twice in my life; 1. when I first saw the Eiffel Tower in the distance, I kept my eye on it as we approached it. 2. Today, when I was about to meet Triple H!

When I got off the elevator, I  texted John and said, where do we go? He said, make a left and follow the hallway all the way down to the last board room on the left. I walked down the hallway and the entire time. I felt like I couldn’t do this. I was so nervous and so excited. I knew I was going to make a complete fool out of myself.

When we approached the room, Triple H was sitting at the conference room table, his back to the door, and John facing the doorway. As soon as I set eyes on him, my mouth dropped open. John said,”Danielle come on in.” I said, “Oh my God.” Triple H stood up and turned around I stopped myself from falling to my knees, but I was bent over for a second. I grabbed Kim’s arm and she laughed. I quickly straightened up. He was smiling and John was laughing. I said, “Hi, oh my God I can’t believe you are here in front of me.” he smiled and said, “Hi, I am Paul.” He held out his hand. I shook his hand and smiled. I said, “I am Danielle. I saw you back in 2000 you were here for Smackdown when it was the Melon Arena.” He said, “oh wow, you saw the show?” I said, “Yes.” I nodded and couldn’t catch my breath. John said, “Danielle, works with me she is my graduate intern.” I smiled and said, “I can’t believe I am meeting you.” John said, “Danielle do you want a picture?” I looked back at John nodded and smiled, “Yes, please.” I handed him my phone. My hands were shaking. Paul couldn’t stop smiling. John said, you have to unlock it and handed it back to me. I took my phone back and said,” I don’t even know how to do that right now.” Everyone laughed. IMG_1487.jpegI unlocked it and handed it back to John.

There it is! My picture with Triple H! The 13 year old inside of me is so happy and satisfied right now.  I thanked him so much for taking the time to meet with me and for the picture. He said, “Your welcome.” I backed away because I did want to be a rambling idiot. I was so star struck.

When we left the room, I thanked him again, and thanked John for the opportunity to meet him. John smiled and when we left the room. I was shaking, so badly. I said, “Oh my God, Kim! I can’t believe I met Triple H! I was good for life. I can’t believe I got to meet him and touch him.

I went back to my post and touched base with Maureen I showed her my picture and she laughed. I helped a couple people their seats. I watched a little bit of Stephanie McMahon’s speech, then I was able to leave for the day.

When I was on my way to my car, I did a Facebook live video about my experience meeting Triple H. Then I called my mom and told he, and then I called Drew and told him. He was jealous and thought it was so cool. I said, I was a rambling idiot. He laughed. I told him about the conversation and how it went.

Around 4pm, we went to my neighbor Amy’s house she was having some friends over and her daughter for a cookout. I brought brownies. I had a hamburger no bun, and a little bit of the sides (macaroni salad, and some fruit granola thing). Drew and I stayed until about 6:30pm.

Then we went to Sam’s Club and bought pork chops for dinner tomorrow. We are hosting Mother’s Day dinner tomorrow. Then we went to the grocery store to get the rest of the things that we would need.

When we got home, we hung out and relaxed for the evening. I had such a big day!

 

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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The Last CLA Event of the Semester

After work today, I changed out of my Pitt t-shirt and zip up and into a dress for the last CLA event of the semester at RMU. The Third Years were presenting their leadership project.

The event was catered Nelle ordered tacos for dinner with all the fixings along with chips. I definitely had a taco and some nachos.

There were four presentations. Girls Softball worked on a fundraising imitative called Home Run Derby for Adoption Connections. They had a power point presentation of their project and what they learned when organizing the project. At the end, I asked them questions such as what will you do differently next time? etc. All the presentations were really good.

After the presentations, the seniors received the CLA sashes and they left the room.  I met with Nelle and Dan and we set aside a time to talk about a Leadership Summit that they want to help organize. It will be a day long event on campus. We just don’t have the details ironed out yet. I am excited to be a part of this and it involves athletes which is definitely a research interest of mine.

When I got home, Andrew had already vacuumed and brought up towels from the basement that he already folded. He is so helpful! I am truly so grateful for him. I received a text from my group, and said it said the grade for the paper and presentation was posted. I turned on my computer and logged into Courseweb. We got an A on the paper and an A on the presentation. My grade in the class is a solid A! I was so happy! Now I just need to get my grade from Legal Aspects of Higher Education. I am not too worried about that class, but I am anxiously awaiting the grade!