Last Tuesday in the Chapel

This morning, I wanted to stay in bed. When I woke up, got showered, and washed my hair. I put on this little black dress that I got the goodwill. It is cute. I wanted to get today over with. I kept feeling like I was getting sick.

When we got to Oakland, we stopped at the Cathedral to get coffee. I am hooked on this iced coffee with espresso and a pump of vanilla. Then we went our separate ways.  When I got to the chapel, I called my mom and we chatted for a bit, then I opened up the chapel. I was hoping for a chill easy day.

When Wendy arrived, we counted the money from yesterday and the sales we made weren’t so bad. Tours typically bring in people who want to spend money.

When Pat arrived, we talked about my hours and they are going to pay me ahead of time for the two weeks of weddings that I agreed to, but we are going to meet on Friday to enter my hours.

Throughout the day we had some visitors, and a tour at 2:45pm. Thank God, Wendy was giving the tour. I don’t know an hour’s worth of information about the chapel.

When it was time to close for the day, I counted down the money and locked the doors as quick as I could, then I met Drew outside. I couldn’t wait to go home and have two days off.

When we got home, our power was off. Apparently a really bad storm came through and knocked everyone’s power off. He went to the gym and I went to Medexpress to get my ear checked. It was super sore. I thought it was infected.

When I got to Medexpress, they said it wasn’t infected there was fluid built up and that was causing the ear ache, but things could change over night, so she wrote me a script and told me to take a antihistamine first for three days, if it gets worse take the antibiotic. I could do that.

When I left Medexpress, I went to Giant Eagle and dropped my script off, then went home. I got a shower and relaxed on the couch. My phone was the only method of entertainment, still no power. I lit some candles and waited for Drew to come home.

When Drew came home, he brought chicken tenders and bottled water from the store. As soon as we were unloading the groceries, the power came back on.

Second Day

Today was a really good day, but it was a long day. This morning, we drove to Crafton and got the G2 into Downtown. I was quiet and not as talkative. I just wanted to start over from yesterday. The excitement and the newness about this position is gone for now.

When we got to Oakland, we got coffee in the cathedral and saw Marilyn. Then he went up to his floor and I went to my building. When I climbed up the front steps, I set my stuff down and opened the door with my key and pulled on the handle and walked into the chapel. I turned on the lights, and got settled.

Once I was all settled in, I started to read over my materials until Wendy walked in, she said Good Morning beautiful! She and I got all caught up and I changed my shoes. We filled the take aways that visitors love to take when they leave the chapel.

When we went back upstairs, frank was there sitting at the desk, and he finished opening the chapel. Wendy and Frank chatted before she went down to her office. Frank had some things to do on the computer, so I read the Chapel book, walked around and checked out the windows with a binoculars. Then a couple came in to just look around for their wedding. I walked around with Frank while he gave them some information.

When they left, I sat back down and finished reading the book and talked off and on with Frank. When someone came in, I showed them around and handed them a brochure about the chapel. I chatted with an English family, and they ended up buying a thing of mint tins. I gave him his change and he told me to keep some of the money. I deposited the money into the donation box. I get paid an hourly rate, and can’t be tipped.

I refilled some of the merchandise, and was on my feet for most of the afternoon. I had a blister on my ankle and my hip was killing me since I was walking funny due to the blister. Physically wasn’t a good day, but I was relaxed.

When the couple came in for the rehearsal, Wendy and I were setting up, taking kneelers down, and putting them in the spot for the couple to use, plugging in mics, setting up the tray for holy water and the dish for the rings, etc. the whole time I was limping. The kneelers were so heavy. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do this.

When the rehearsal kicked off, we went through it twice. I counted the people for IA because they like numbers, then we watched them run through, and the two singers stayed after to practice with the organist, which took a little longer than they expected.

When Andrew came to pick me up, it was close to 6pm when I was able to leave and Frank locked up. Wow I am exhausted. When I saw Drew, he seemed fine, but was increasingly cranky and I was tired, and worn out. I am exhausted on my feet and my hip is killing me, and I don’t want to fight with him. I hate it.

When we got on the second bus, the mood between us was better. If this is how it is going to be with me working this crazy ass schedule, then I don’t want to do this job. Sometimes we both wear our moods on our sleeves and are not the best versions of ourselves that we can be to each other.

Tomorrow I don’t have to be at work until 1:45pm, and I won’t be done until around 8pm. Whew! More later

First Day at Heinz Chapel

So, I am finally laying down, and I have the chance to write something. I am not sure how I feel about how today went. So, it being my first day, there is so much to learn, but I was excited to be back to work at a University again, especially since it is Pitt.

However, out of habit and a fear of being late, I show up a half hour early. After I got coffee with Drew, I was still early. I stood outside and ate my hard boiled egg, and waited around for a familiar face from my interview to approach me. I face-timed my mom. She was excited for me. I showed her the building from the outside and how close it was to the cathedral. She was happy!

When Wendy approached the chapel, she saw me standing outside. She said wow you are early. I said “Yes, I am typically either right on time, or running a few minutes late. You never know with the buses.”

When she unlocked the door, we went inside and she immediately turned on the lights, and then she said I could put my lunch in the fridge that was located in the book closet, then we walked around how the chapel gets unlocked. We put out the open sign, to let people know we are open.

Then Sharon walked into the chapel. I was to shadow her all day today. We shook hands, and then we went down to Wendy’s office and she handed me a set of keys. Then, I went back upstairs, and sat with Sharon. She seemed kind of distant and cold.  I was waiting for her to tell me what the day-to-day is like, and she said “I don’t know what to tell you, so just read over your stuff. You are like the 10th one I have seen here, every time I turn my back we have someone new.” I didn’t say anything I just picked up my stuff and started reading. I didn’t really say anything to her.

Eventually Sharon was called down to Wendy’s office and it seemed like she was there for a while, so I just read the information and hoped no one came in that needed anything or had any questions because I wouldn’t have the answers.

Then we went over, my schedule for June. She told me this Saturday, I am to shadow Frank and not open my mouth for anything, unless it is to ask a question. I am going to learn so much from her.

When I left her office, I went up to the office Frank wasn’t there, so I just sat down and read over somethings, and Frank approached me and sat down next to me. We talked about the history of the chapel, the high points to it, when giving tours, and how he was the Heinz family archivist and historian. I was interested in the history of the building. People came in and out of the chapel as we talked. I was kind of amazed how many people came in off the streets to see this place. I listened in on one of his tours. It was pretty cool how much he knew and he gave a great tour, so informative.

When it was 10 minutes to 5pm, we started to close up, and Drew came over to see me and the chapel. When he came into the chapel, I introduced him to my co-workers.

In the evening, I went to dinner with my mom and then we went shopping.