Back to the Gym

This morning Drew woke up not feeling good. He said, his throat was sore. I thought oh great! He is getting sick. I felt bad for him. We parted ways once we got to Oakland. He was feeling off all day. We kept in touch via messenger.

At lunch, I went to the Greek Food Festival with Nancy and Wynn. Last year was my first year going with them. Last year, I waited in line last year for a gyro that took forever! I should have ordered ahead.  Wynn and I both wanted a gyro but were not going to wait in line for it. We went inside to the dining area and placed our order. I ordered a Greek Meatball, and one piece of spanikopita. I tried to maintain my willpower, but I broke down and bought a piece of the pasta flora for desert. I figured I was going to go to the gym tonight anyway.

Once we got our food, we went outside and took a seat at a table. We chatted and ate and talked about the latest things. Before we left Nancy, wanted to buy some Loukomades. They had some to sample. I asked her what they were. She said, “they have a sample try one.” I picked one up that was attached to the stick. I took a bite and said, “Oh my God that tastes so good.” She cracked up laughing. I didn’t buy any. I just wanted one.

When we got back to the office, the carb coma sent in early, but until next year!

After work, I met up with Drew and he looked miserable. I felt so bad for him. We didn’t say much on the way home. I asked if he wanted me to stay with him this evening. He said, no he is just going to go bed. When we got home, he went upstairs and went to bed. I asked him if he wanted me to wake him up when I got home? He said, “Yes.” I got ready to go to the gym.

When I arrived to the gym, I have to admit I was nervous. I was nervous to get back into the routine again. Thankfully it wasn’t too packed. I was able to get on treadmill and not be surrounded by others. I started out at 1.5 incline and 3.5 speed for 5 mins, then kicked up the speed to 4.1 for 2 mins, then ran for a minute at a 5.6 speed. I repeated this formula for 30 mins. I was sweating like a hog. It felt so good.

Once I was done on the treadmill, I did some strength training arms and hips and then I was done for the day. I went home to my sick husband.

When I went home, I got out of the car and saw my neighbor Amy. She invited Drew and I to her house on Saturday. She is having family and friends over for a cook out. I was grateful she offered. I asked her what time? and she said, around 1pm but probably won’t eat until about 4pm. I told her I did have to work at RMU’s commencement that morning, but I would be over after. I told her I am there just for the morning and to get it started, so I should be available, but Drew is sick he has a sore throat and is laid up, but if he can’t make it I still will attend for a bit. I asked her what I could bring and she said a dessert. I can’t go anywhere empty handed.

When I walked into the house, I went upstairs to my sick husband and kissed his forehead. He woke up and I said, “do you want some soup?” he whispered, “Yes.” I went downstairs and made soup, and put some chicken drumsticks in the oven. I felt so bad for him. He looked so sick. While he ate, I told him about Amy’s party on Saturday if he is up to it, but I am not sure we should have Mother’s Day dinner in case you aren’t feeling well. He agreed. After he ate, he went to go lay down. I sat on the couch, while he slept on the floor.

When the chicken was done, I put them on plate to cool down, and put the baking sheet in the sink to soak with hot water and soap. I ate a piece of chicken and walked into the living room and he opened his eyes and asked if the chicken was good? I laughed and said, ‘Yes, do you want some?” he nodded and smiled. I said, “do you want me to pull the meat off the bone for you?” he said, “yes, please.” I put some chicken in a bowl for him and gave him a fork. He ate almost two helpings. He perked up a little after. I cleaned up the kitchen and went upstairs to take a shower.

After my shower, I got changed into pjs and went back downstairs to kiss him on the forehead. I told him I was going to go lay down and I will see him when he comes up to bed.  I hope he feels better soon.

 

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.

Wednesday

This afternoon, I got to meet three University of Pittsburgh football players. Marquis Williams on the left, and Paris Ford on the right. This is probably the best part of my job.
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Also, I got to meet Maurice Ffrench.
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In the afternoon today, I met with a graduate student in my department. I met with her yesterday for the first time. She wanted to go over a plan to meet her milestones. She brought me flowers. I was so touched and so grateful.
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McDonough Dress Rehearsal

Today, I took off work to go to RMU. The students were going to practice their presentation in front of an audience of student affairs professionals and my previous English professor. I was finally able to wear my blue Calvin Klein business professional dress.

When I arrived at RMU, I got a coffee first before going to the Student Life office. I had to print out the handouts for the presentation. I printed out 20 just in case. I was so excited to see my previous English professor. She and I have kept in touch via e-mail over the years.

Finally, I walked into the classroom where we were having the rehearsal and some of the students were there already setting up the room and getting it ready for the presentation. I was proud of them. I gave them the handouts I printed and waited for everyone to show up. John showed up first and he greeted me. I could tell that he was ready for this presentation and excited for the students.

A few moments later, Dr. Pamboukian, previous English professor, showed up and we hugged. I haven’t seen her in so long. We sat next to each other and chatted before the presentation. Before the presentation got underway, John made an announcement and introduced me.

I felt the students did a good job. They still have a little bit of practicing to do and they need to slow down some, but other than that. I am proud of them. They did a great job. After the presentation, the audience gave the students some valued feedback and things to think about before the actual presentation day, which is Friday.

After everyone left, John and I met briefly with the students to go over what time to meet on Friday and how things are going to go on the day of the conference. I am ready to get out of Pittsburgh for a while and delete my work e-mail off my phone for a couple days. I need a break.

When I arrived back home, I changed and met my parents for lunch at Armstrong’s. While I waited for my parents to arrive, I worked on some notecards for the presentation that evening. I am working with this girl Haley. She and I are competing against two other students, who are also presenting on the same topic. The winner automatically gets an A, with no rubric. The loser gets a rubric and slightly lower grade, if not an A-.

After lunch, I went home again and got packed up to go to Pitt to meet up with Haley. When I arrived on campus, I met Haley at the Career Center and we worked on the presentation until it was time to go to class.

When we arrived in class, I took out my computer and checked my e-mail. We were like the 5th group to present. I was ready to get up there and get it over with.

Finally, it was our turn, Haley and I were first. We presented and I think it went really well. The judges had some questions for us, but I think other than that we were good. The next group went up and presented. I personally didn’t think theirs was as good as ours and they ran over the time limit.

After all the presentations were done, the judges decided the winner for each topic. Haley and I did not win. I was a bit bummed. We also received feedback on our themes paper. I agreed with most of the things he said, but I still got an A- so I am okay with it.

After class, I met up with Drew I told him that we didn’t win, but I think we did well. He said, I am sorry, that sucks. I smiled and shrugged.  We drove home and then when I got home, I heated up my lunch from earlier and split it with Drew.

After dinner, I got a shower and then we got ready to watch the season finale of Siesta Key. It was so good. I am ready for another Season!

First French Class

Today was my first French class. I am taking French 1 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday’s in the Cathedral of Learning during my lunch hour. I am just going to practice my french. The professor gave me permission to attend, even though I am not paying tuition for the class, which was super nice of him.

I walked over to the cathedral with Dr. E, a professor I work with in the Sociology Department. He is taking Italian. Our class rooms are next door to each other. I thought the class was going to be in the French Nationality Room. I was a little disappointed. The class room was basic. I took a seat near the back.

In the beginning of class, the professor asked us a question in french, and wrote the response on the board for us to respond back in French. It was fun. He asked a few of us why we are taking French? He called on me and I said, “I am obsessed with the French culture for as long as I can remember. I took French 1 and 2 in high school, and my husband and I just visited Paris back in May and managed to navigate France with knowledge of French 1 and 2, so I am here to practice my French.” the professor smiled and said, Merci. I smiled I was so excited to be there. I didn’t really participate too much because I wasn’t a paying customer. I wanted the students to get the most out of it. I was just there to practice and absorb.

At the end of class, he let us out early. I was excited for Wednesday! I am not sure how long I can keep this going. As long as my grad classes don’t keep me too busy, but my first French class since high school was a success!

Court side Pitt Panther’s Game

Court side Pitt Panther’s Game

After work Drew and I went to the Pitt Panther’s game. We took a shuttle to the Pete and we picked our tickets up at WillCall and then went inside the Pete. When we got inside, we went through security and made our way to our seats.  We were told to go to the sign that would take us down the stairs all the way down to the floor. I looked back at Drew and smiled. We made our way down the stairs. We found our seats. we were on the court, in the same area as the athletics staff. We were in front of where my contact would sit in athletics. We were in the big shot section. Drew was so happy his face lit up. I can’t think of a better way to start winter break.
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Division Christmas Party

Today, was our Division Christmas Party. The party started at 11am. It was supposed to go until 3pm. We had to dress like our favorite Christmas character. I was going to be a sugar plum fairy, but that would just be too much. I thought about Cindy Lou Who. I am not sure, if I feel like doing my hair like that and putting all that much effort into it.  I decided to be Sally from the nightmare before Christmas. I already had the costume and the make up. I changed into my costume around 10:30am. 56692952443__a5827abc-0f60-4596-8535-f22ded82f533
I was ready. I didn’t go all out with the make up. I just did a little. Nancy dressed up as an Elf. We loaded the cart up with things to take up to Africana. There weren’t any faculty around. The staff were ready to party.
When we arrived up to Africana, we set our grab bag gifts under the tree in the conference room. Then, we went to into the kitchen and surrounded around the food. Everyone was dressed up for the most part. We were all waiting on Linda to arrive with fried chicken. She was going to surprise everyone with her costume. I had a feeling that she was going to come dressed as Santa.
Eventually Linda arrived with the chicken, and she was dressed as Santa! I knew it! We all ate lunch first in the conference room. Then we played games. One of the games we played, was we had to build a gingerbread house in teams. Each team had to have a leader. Everyone else was to be blind folded except the leader. I was the leader on my team.  The leader couldn’t touch the house, but could touch the supplies. My team consisted of Wynn, Nancy, and Lynn, the blondes. Our house didn’t stand.
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It was fun. We had a good time doing the team building exercise. After the gingerbread game, we played a game of family feud Christmas style. We had to an answer a questionnaire before the party and Jenna gathered the answers and put them into the game. We all had so much fun and made so much noise.

After the jeopardy game, we did the grab bag gift. When it was my turn to choose a gift. I chose the sparkling box. I opened the box and inside was a picture frame. The picture in the frame was a selfie of Linda my division administrator. I cracked up laughing. Everyone thought it was so funny. This gift was made for me. I love it. I have it in my office. At the end of the party we took a group picture. We truly do have such a good group of people in our division.
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