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This morning, my ankle was so sore. I was holding back tears as we were walking out the door to get into the car. I hate crutches. I am not coordinated enough for this. One really has to focus when using them.

When we arrived to Oakland, Drew parked underneath my building and made sure I got to my office okay. I am so grateful for his support. Once at my desk, he helped me get my foot propped up on a chair. I was ready to work.

Throughout the day, people asked me about my ankle and how it happened. Nancy the other admin I work with reminded me to ice and prop it up higher so it keeps the swelling down. Everyone was supportive. Nancy left around 12pm.

The day went smooth for the most part, but my day was long from over. After work I had to report to RMU for my internship. I was helping out with the Colonial Theater. I had to sell tickets in the lobby before the show. I refused to bring my crutches to RMU.

On the way to RMU, I had to stop home and get my computer. I was going to need it for the card swiper. I had to use the card swiper to keep track of students, who were attending the play.

Once I arrived to RMU, I was walking decently and had two shoes on which was nice for a change. I parked at Nicholson lot and walked to the Student Development offices and picked up the money for the ticket sales tonight. I was nervous how this was going to go.

Then I got in the car and drove to Massey theater and was able to park close to the walkway. I got out and carried the little money safe, my computer, and my totebag down the walkway. I walked into the theater and introduced myself to the theater students. Hannah was the house manager, and Allison was the theater director. I also met Skylar who let me use his computer. My new Mac doesn’t have the USB ports. I forgot to bring my connector. I would remember that tomorrow.

After I got set up, students started coming in. We didn’t have too many students due to the rainy weather, but I was able to swipe their card and sell some tickets to a few people. Once the house opened and the show started I waited 5 more minutes before shutting the computer down and packing up.

When I walked back to my car, I got in and drove back to Nicholson to take the money back to the office and lock it up for the night. My ankle was sore and I was so tired at the end of the night, but I had fun and I enjoyed meeting new people. Also, I sent John Locke an e-mail of how many tickets we ripped and how many tickets I sold.


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New Freedom Card

Today, I left work at 3pm. I was on my way to RMU. Traffic was too bad probably because I left at 3. I arrived to RMU around 4:30pm. I got a visitor’s pass from RMU police and then put it in my car and walked to the Revere Center.

When I walked into the building, I couldn’t remember which way to go. I read the sign and it pointed downstairs, but when I went downstairs, I forgot the freedom card office is straight back. I stopped into another office, I think it was Student Accounts. A work study was working the front desk. He told me freedom cards are down the hall. I said, “Oh okay, thank you.” I turned and walked down to the hall and there it was on the door, “Freedom Card Office.” I walked in and approached the work study, who was sitting in a cube. I told her I was here for a freedom card, my name is Danielle. I am a graduate intern with John Locke. She said, “oh okay, he told me you were coming.” I smiled. She said, your name isn’t coming up in our system. I said, “Oh I am alumni, and it is under my maiden name.” I gave her my maiden name and there I was. She said, “She couldn’t edit my name, but she could add to it.” I said, “Okay, I guess I will be a hyphen then.”  I truthfully didn’t care. I always joke with Drew about being a hyphen and he always says no. Honestly, it is nice to see my maiden last name next to my married name. I don’t mind it.

When they created my card, they used the same picture I took for the first one when I was an undergraduate. I thought that was great. I didn’t mind it. I was going to wear the same shirt, but it was so hot outside. They also gave me a staff card. I thought that was pretty cool as well.

After I got my card printed, I reported to John Locke’s office. He was pretty busy. We got my e-mail set up, and he gave me a parking pass. He said, he didn’t have anything for me today, but we will be in touch. He asked, if I could help with the Colonial Theater and sell tickets at the Box Office, next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday? I said, I can do that. I will see you then.

I left his office and called Drew and told him about working the Box office and my RMU ID. I said, can I get something at the bookstore to celebrate. he said, go for it Bub! When I went down to the bookstore, theater music was playing in the store. I liked it. I shopped around for an ID holder, an RMU lanyard, and went to the counter. A there student who graduated around the same time I did sold me the items, and then he saw my freedom card. He said, Oh I didn’t see that you were staff you get 15% percent off. Here I will return those items and you can buy them back, and I will give you 15% off. This is so sweet.  I said, “Oh but I am intern.” He said, “Doesn’t matter you have a staff ID.” I also bought a Colonial Crazies shirt. Why the hell not? I am enjoying this. I would have bought more, but I didn’t want to over do it.

When I left RMU, I took some pictures. I had this overwhelming sense of pride to be an alumnus of RMU. I feel blessed and grateful.

When I got back to my parents, I finally met Alyssa. We talked for a bit. She is helping with the dogs during the day, while I was at work. She is also my distant cousin. She was telling me how she loves Paris and how little she is. I smiled. I said, they are both good dogs, but Paris has a little personality to her. We chatted for a bit, but I had to get ready for Drew to come over.

When Drew arrived it was 7:30pm. He wasn’t feeling too well, but wanted to be here with me to help me with the dogs tomorrow, so I could work on my paper. I am nervous about sitting down and crafting it, but I should have all that I need.

In the evening, we relaxed and watched Smallville before going to bed.

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First Internship Meeting

Today, I met with John Locke at 1pm. I was so excited to go back to RMU. I felt as though I was going to get this overwhelming sense of nostalgia. I had 30 mins before my meeting. I went to go visit MC, a professor I had when I was an undergrad. I talked to her about my class that I had last night. She gave me a great way to look at things. I told her how I feel as though I am going to struggle with it. She said, understandable, but a lot of the times we need to remove the lenses that we were born with and put on a new pair and read through those lenses and try to see things from a different perspective. I said, I think I am afraid of what I may find. She said, that is okay, but that is how we become educated and better at seeing things in different people. I am so glad I talked to her. I feel better. I also asked her about the assignment that is due on September 10th. I have to summarize chapters 5-8 and say what the theme is in each chapter and summarize the key points of the theme. I said, Why am I struggling over this task? She said, you are thinking way too much about it. I said, “probably so..” She laughed. She is going to send me some articles. I am so glad to have her in my circle of friends.

After my meeting with MC, I walked to the Center for Student Success to meet with John Locke. I was so excited! On my way I took a picture with Bronze Bob. This is my second picture with Bronze Bob. He is a pretty cool guy. I am happy to be an RMU alum.

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When I arrived, he was coming back from a lunch meeting. When he approached me, he hugged me and lead me into his office. He gave me a t-shirt and some Bobby Mo socks. They are so cute.

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Our meeting lasted for 2 hours. I have a better sense of what is expected of me. I have some things to do for him remotely. We are going to communicate via google docs for now. My RMU e-mail will get set up eventually. I am just so blessed to be a Colonial and have made some awesome connections and friends. Being on RMU’s campus made me realize how far I have come and how much I have accomplished. I needed that.

After my meeting with John Locke,  I went to Romo’s and had a Colonial Club. It is now called a Po Colonial. It still tastes the same. However, they serve it to you on a pretzel bun. It tasted so good. This was the only thing I ate all day. I am good for the rest of the night.

When I arrived home, I got a cold shower and sat down to update my blog. I feel so bad for letting this go so long. My life is about to get so crazy, but I am going to try to keep up with this I promise. I have class again tomorrow night, Leadership. I am really excited for this class. I need this day to remind me how I am on the right track and I have done pretty well for myself.

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I heard back from Max, the professor that I had last semester. He also handles the internship portion. Max said, that the two projects sound like a great idea. I have to remember to take the internship class in the fall of 2019, and I am to have some of my hours completed by the time I take the class (no problem). There is no form and no proposal. I was so excited he wrote back so quickly and so happy that he approved.

Immediately, I forwarded the e-mail to John Locke. He texted me in the evening and gave me some details and we are looking to get a meeting together on the 28th to iron out some details and start working. I am so excited to be interning at  RMU.

RMU is where I received my bachelors degree. I was a transfer student. I started out my college career at comunity college. After I received my associates, I took a semester off to work and decide my next move. I looked at RMU’s campus and I Instantly fell in love with it. It was a gem and still is.

RMU was where I laughed, cried, struggled, and succeeded. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. I am proud to be a Colonial. I feel so blessed I get to intern there.

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Possible Internship Idea with RMU

On Monday, I had a phone call with one of my old professors and the Director of Student Leadership Initiatives at RMU. We chatted about how he might be able to utilize me as an intern in his department, and that he needs to stalk to some of his colleagues at the student affairs fair that is coming up. We rescheduled a call back for Thursday.
On Thursday at 10am, John called me and had some good news for me. He said that there are two projects coming up, that I could be apart of. I would be the point of contact for the logistics of the event. I would be working on RSVPs, table numbers, seating arrangements, observation, and etc. The first event would be the African American Leadership Experience event in November. The second event would be in February and that event was the Leadership weekend Challenge, both events go hand-in-hand. I would be doing the same thing with both events, and or more.
The next step is to e-mail Max, get it approved and there would be either a form, or a proposal that John and I would have to put together. I can’t remember. Once I was off the phone with John, I fired an e-mail to Max. I couldn’t wait for him to respond. I was so excited and so impatient.
Well today Max responded back to me, and said both events sound like a great idea! I have to remember to take the Internship class in the Fall of 2019 and have some of my hours completed by then(it won’t be a problem). I am so excited! I e-mailed John Locke and I am waiting for him to tell me what’s next. I think I need a meeting with his team, or something. I am ready to report for duty. Hopefully, I hear something soon. I am so excited!
I am going to be so busy. Until this all gets ironed out, I am going to focus on reading, and getting things ready while I still can. I am so excited to work on this project with RMU and meet some new people in Student Affairs. I feel like I am on my way !

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Not a Good Day

This morning, I could tell that there was something on the horizon. I  didn’t know what, but I didn’t have a good feeling. I just felt so in my head with school and work. Yesterday, I had a one-on-one with my supervisor about things I need to work on, and about my review. It went okay, it’s things that I need to put in motion, when I am given the opportunity to do so, and things I can work on, it is all fixable. I plan to do all of these things. I just am trying to live up to everyone’s expectations in my work life, and the expectations I have set for myself, and then the professors expectations. I was just so in my head today.

Today, I was going to leave early to take my final for methodology. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, because I am a terrible test taker, and I didn’t do too well on the midterm.
Around 12:40pm Brian came by to meet me. We had to head over to the Petersen to get our assignments. We were volunteering to be line marshals for the Ph.D commencement ceremony. I really want to get involved with Special Events, and or Athletics. I hope to eventually one day be in a position in one of those two departments.
When we arrived at the Loading Dock, we met with a woman from special events, I can’t remember her name, but we met before. She and I worked for the Frontier’s conference last year, or two years ago now. She remembered me, which was nice. She walked us up to the food court level, and told us our responsibilities. The graduates will be sitting in this area, and explained to us our duties. Nothing too major.
After we left the Pete, I went to the parking garage, and got into my car and drove home. Once I got home, I grabbed a beer, and made something to eat. I was a little hungry. Then I set up my computer and Andrew’s computer, so I could take the final on one, and research on the other. The final wasn’t too bad, I feel like I knew more, than I did on the midterm, but still I never know. There were a few I wasn’t too sure about and couldn’t find the answer in my notes, this always happens. I clicked submit and it only took me an hour or so.
Afterwards, I went to RMU and it felt good to drive on campus and be in familiar area. I really needed to be where things were familiar. I remember when this was my biggest hurdle in life. Things are harder; my job, grad school, and sometimes my marriage, but RMU is home. It is where it all started. It still has the same magical feeling to me, as it did, when I first arrived. I met my best friend here, Anthony. I grew so much here, academically, mentally, and emotionally.
When I got home, Drew was home. We greeted each other and he asked how many final went? I told him how I felt and how I wasn’t sure, but it felt like I knew more than I did on the midterm. I got ready to go to ballet barre class. I was going to be late, but at least it was something.
When i arrived, I missed some warm ups, so I just dove right into it. She changed up the routine a little, and I wasn’t quite getting the move that she was doing, so she came over and stood in front of me, so I could see and started do the move, so I could do it properly. I have never had to have that type of instruction. I know she was doing her job, so I fluffed it off, but I was so annoyed. I am good at this, usually, but just not today for some reason.
After barre was over, my butt and legs were swore so I know I definitely go something out of it, even though I was late to class. Chris, the instructor asked me if I went on my trip yet? I told her no, not until May 23-June 1st. She is supposed to train me, when we get back. I told her I was in grad school and it was preventing me from attending  class with finals, and papers, but it is over for the summer and I am hers. She said sounds good. I told her I would see her Sunday in Ambridge for barre class. She said, see you then kiddo.
When I left the gym, I went home, preheated the oven, and then got a shower. When I got out of the shower, I got dressed, and then went downstairs, put some fish in the oven, and made a protein shake. I was so over this day. I sat on the couch and turned on Reign. I wanted to finish the last few episodes. This was the least season. I am going to miss it. I love period dramas.
When Drew came home, he put the fish away, and then made me a lunch for tomorrow. He came into the living room and watched Reign with me. After Reign was over, he and I talked about my feelings and was there for me 100% and so supportive. He tells me I am hard on myself. I think I am too. I can’t help it. I don’t know how to not be. Afterwards, I went upstairs, brushed my teeth, and went to bed. It was going to be a long day tomorrow.

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This morning, I got up around 9am, and called RMU. I like my anxiousness get the better of me. I tried to send an email to the professor, but I can’t tell if it sent or not since it wasn’t showing up in my sent folder. When the professor picked up the phone, he asked me my last name. I didn’t come up in his caller ID. I told him who I was and how I interviewed with him a couple weeks ago and I just wanted to follow up with him and let him know that I am still very interested in the position. He said that he just finished up interviews on Friday and is now going over all of the applications. I said, “okay great I look forward to hearing from you regarding your decision.” Then he said “Thank you, okay bye.” I said goodbye, and we ended the call. Well I figured my phone call didn’t hurt, but it was a bit awkward, the way we ended it. I did catch him off guard.

After the phone call, I got a shower, got dressed, and watched a few episodes of Versailles,
Image result for Versailles seriesbefore I left to go meet my mom for lunch. When I arrived at my mom’s work, I was a half hour early. I am either really early or really late. I sat in my car and waited for her to come. While I waited for her, I picked up my library book that I brought with me and proceeded to read.

The other day, I checked out two books. One was Tender is the Night and the other is titled,  I’d Die for You.Image result for Tender is the Night book I am a huge Fitzgerald fan. I love a tragic hero. Image result for i'd die for you fitzgeraldI’d Die For You, is a collection of Fitzgerald’s short stories, that were never published. The book new and is only available to rent for a weeks time. Truthfully, I am funny about short stories, they are short and not always uplifting. My favorite short story so far in the book is titled, Nightmare.” In the story, there is a doctor and what seems to be a  patient love triangle, but she is a mild case. The doctor is insane, as well. You don’t find that out until the end of the story, but as you are reading it, you tend to wonder I bet the doctor is insane, as well. It kind of reminds me of the movie, “Stonehurst Asylum.”

When my mom finally came out, we hoped in her car and went to Carmody’s in Neville Island. This restaurant used to be in North Hills, but has since moved. It is a gem in this semi depressing town. So many Industrial plants, of a time when Pittsburgh was the booming industrial town that it once was, now places like Neville Island, Aliquippa, and Coraopolis are like ghost towns. However, Neville Island still has a little bit of life to it, but nothing like it used to be, I am sure. Nothing is made here in the US anymore. I digress.

At lunch, we talked about my interviews, gossiped a bit, and chatted about the upcoming wedding of Drew’s cousin Stephanie that is to take place this Saturday.  The food was awesome. I had taco soup, grilled cheese, and fries. I took half of my sandwich home to Drew.

When we left the restaurant, my mom said she really needed a pedicure and asked if I wanted one too. I said I would. She said, “I will pay for it.” I took her up on her offer. I called and made the appointment for Thursday. My mom, my dad, and me are all going for pedicures together. I don’t mind it. I wanted to get one, but then my situation with Fastest Labs happened.

When I got home, I watched more Versailles and then decided I needed to go to the gym. Drew was going to be painting the extra bedroom tonight, and I didn’t want to just hang out on the couch all afternoon and evening.

When I got to the gym, I did an hour on the elliptical, then the machines. I am increasing my weight and it feels good. I am noticing my arms, are getting stronger and I need to increase the weight more. My legs are getting there, but I still feel like I have a bit of a ways to go to build them up. I have always had thick thighs, apparently even as a baby, according to my mother.

After the gym, I went home and Drew was getting ready to paint. We greeted each other. He had a long day, and wasn’t in all that good of a mood, plus he had to paint, so I figured tonight was not a good night. I got a shower, and let him go. I did check on him throughout the night in between breaks from Versailles. The room looks so beautiful. I am so thankful for the job he is doing, both at work and in our home.

It is 11:08pm and I am tired. He is laying on ice, and I am ready for bed. More tomorrow.