Dermatologist and the “C” Word

Today, I had my first ever Dermatology appointment at 8am. My mom was going with me. I dropped my car off at my parent’s house. Then we got in her car, we stopped for coffee on the way to Wexford. I was so nervous. I didn’t want to have skin cancer. My mind was racing.

When we got to the Dermatologist, they took me right back. His resident doctor was the frist in the room and she examined my face with a light. Then Dr. English came in and he examined me with the light and wanted to take a biopsy today, but he is pretty sure it is cancer. He has seen enough of these to know. He explained how important it is to wear sunscreen from now on, and especially since I am so young to possibly have cancer!

When I heard the “C” word, I freaked out inside. It was like someone punched me in the gut. I vowed to myself, no more tanning beds, and vowed to put on sunscreen when I go to the wave pool. They said I would know the results in about a week, but I had to wear a Band-aid until I got my stitches out. This was going to be an extremely long week!

After my dermatology appointment, mama and I had some retail therapy at Kohl’s and went to lunch, and then it was time for me to go back to my parent’s house and get ready for my interview with Bradford Schools, which I wasn’t even sure I wanted the position. I just needed something to hold me over in the interim.

When I got to Bradford Schools, I sat in the lobby. There was a woman sitting on the other side, and she had the same public speaker handout I had. Perhaps she was my competition. Then a man walked in wearing a business suit, and took the same handout,  that I had as well. I thought great more competition, and here I am with a bandaid on my face.

Nikki, the hiring manager escorted all of us to this classroom, where she went over the details of the position, and said that we cannot create our own schedule, she hands us a schedule. We tell her how many days we can work. They told us on the phone that we could create our own schedule, which was partly the reason why we all wanted the job. There were many inconsistencies in her explanation that day, compared to what they had said to us previously, on the phone.

One by one, we were pulled away separately to sell ourselves and for her to evaluate us. I was last. When it came time for my turn, I told her upfront about my biopsy, and she felt so bad for me. At the end of our conversation, she handed me a script and asked me to memorize it the best that I can and what time would I be available to come in on Thursday to audition? I thought Thursday, like Thursday! That is a day away! I said morning, preferably. She said, “9:30am?” I said, works for me. What did I get myself into?

When I left the building,  I went outside, and sat down outside of Buckheads and started reciting and memorizing my speech. My mom came to pick me up, and asked how it went? I told her and she said, Yea I don’t think you want that. Well until Pitt calls what am I to do? She said, I agree, but this job isn’t for you. Well that maybe true, but I need to do something until Pitt calls.

 

Keep Calm & Hail To Pitt

Keep Calm & Hail To Pitt

Today, I had my staffing interview with the University of Pittsburgh. I was going to meet Drew’s coworkers today, before going to my interview. I was so excited. I have heard so much about them. I left the house around 11:00am and started on my way to Oakland, and it was an adventure! I had to park a little far away in what is called Panther Hollow. I have never driven to Pitt before by myself. The last time I was there was back in 2009 when I wanted to go to school there, and they wouldn’t accept me because I had “C’s” on my transcript. I guess it was a blessing in disguise really, the campus just seemed so intense and overwhelming. I don’t think it was something I was ready for at the time.

When I finally got to the Cathedral and walked inside the main floor, it looked like, a chapel from Victorian times and it was rather breathtakingly interesting. If I was a student that is where I would probably spend most of my time on my computer writing and blogging. I took the elevator up to the 7th floor, and put on my black high heels. I was so excited to see Drew. I met the admin, and told her who I was and that I was here to see Drew Hornyak. She let me go sit at his desk in his cube. I wanted to surprise him. Some people saw me in Drew’s chair and realized I wasn’t Drew. They introduced themselves to me. I was glad to meet them and they all seemed so friendly.

When Drew finally got out of the meeting, he came around the corner and saw me in his chair. He laughed. I said, “Hello Husband.” I got up and kissed him. He was happy to see me. He introduced me to everyone at work, and they all seemed so nice. I am so happy for him. I even got to meet his boss Bill, who said nothing but nice things about my Husband. I knew that he would. He is such a great man, and a hard worker.

After I met his coworkers, we went to Quiznos for lunch, and Drew asked me if I wanted to leave Butters there again for another night? I asked him why? If it was because he was so high-strung? Or if it was because he wanted more time with me? He said “well I want more time with you. I want another dog free night!” I would love another dog free night actually, but I was concerned that there wouldn’t be enough food for him there, so I was going to have to drop some food off to him.

When it came time for my interview, Drew walked me to Craig Hall, and then he had to go back to work. He wished me luck, and kissed me goodbye. I had such a nice day with him, and I was sad to see him leave. It felt like old times again. Like we were on a date. I felt honored to be his wife, and so damn lucky.

The interview with the staffing woman from Pitt went really well. She told me how it works there and asked me about my previous work history, something that I just love talking about, but I try to do with grace and tact.  She told me that right they don’t have anything open, but will be in touch with me towards the end of summer. I said, that is perfect, and I look forward to hearing from her. She had to me do a typing test, which I aced. However, the Microsoft Word test I am not sure I did too well on that, but I think I knew most of them, but I am not sure I don’t feel as confident about that test as I do the typing test. I couldn’t wait to hear from then