Workshop & Happy Hour

This morning I had a workshop that I had to go to. It was called Taming the E-mail Beast. I am three workshops away from the admin professionals certificate. I cannot wait to be done! I want to go for the Diversity and Inclusion one next, most of my workshops should roll over for that one.
When I arrived at the workshop, the woman who was hosting it, Diane, we had chatted a few times about my career and professional development. It was good to see her again. She started off the workshop with a PowerPoint slide, and she had the power point slides printed out for us on paper. I find these workshops so informative.
While I was waiting for the workshop to begin, I noticed that there was a job listed on PittSource. I wanted to apply for. It was an event coordinator position.  I have been trying to get involved in events at Pitt for so long now. I texted Phyllis and asked her if I could meet her after the workshop. I had a question for her. She asked if it was good or bad? I laughed a little inside. I texted it’s good. She said, Ok.
The second half of the workshop was hosted by one of Drew’s co-workers. He was going to talk to us about some of the features in Microsoft Outlook. I didn’t feel I needed to hear that part, so I quietly stood up and left. I figured if they would ask I would say, that I had a call that I needed to make.
When I arrived back at Posvar, I went to Phyllis’ office and we talked about the position. She said, “well all you can do is apply for it. I don’t want to see you go. I am not done yet.” I laughed. I agreed, part of me feels like I shouldn’t go, and I should stay. I need to learn so much still in this position. She encouraged me to talk to Linda about it.
When I arrived back to my office, Nancy said, I know you have your meeting with Linda today, but just let it go easy, and let her talk. She is in a mood today. I said, “Oh okay.” I decided to tell Nancy about the position. She immediately said You know you can’t apply for anything until at least a year right?” I said, “yea, I know, but I can always put the date that I am available to start, is after my one year.” She asked, “You really want to do events?” I said, “I don’t know.” She said, “well I wouldn’t talk to Linda about it today. Wait until you get a second interview.” I smiled and sort of agreed.
That afternoon, I had my one-on-one with Linda. I created a small agenda and prepared myself for my meeting.  When it was time, I walked back to her office. She invited me, and I took a seat. We talked about my goals and the things that I am working on. She thinks I am doing a good job and said, “It sounds like you know what you are talking about.” She said, “Anything else?” I said, “Yes, well sort of.” She laughed a little. I said, “Well there is this position I want to apply for on PittSource. It is an event coordinator position.” She said, “I think you would be great at that. What department is this for?” I said, “University Library System.” She said, “I don’t know anyone over there, but I won’t hold you back  you know that.” I said, “Thank you. my 1 year is coming up and I know I can’t apply for anything until after….” She said, “if they want you, we can waive that for you.” I said, “Oh wow, thank you” I started to get a little emotional. I thought what am I doing leaving here? They love me and they will work with me, probably more than the library, but I have to try. I feel that I need to try. I thanked her for her time and left her office.
After the meeting, I talked to Nancy and told her what she said. She was glad that it went well. I was glad it went well too. I did some tasks, then it was time to get ready to go to a happy hour with my music friends.
When I arrived at UClub, AJ the birthday boy was there, along with the chair I sat down on the couch with them and chatted for a bit. Then Paula and Stephanie showed up, as well as Susan and her husband. We went up to the rooftop and got a table. We ordered our drinks, and then my husband arrived. Lastly, Phil and Gaea arrived. The gang was all there. I only had one drink.
After a while, we were all sitting around when all of the sudden Chancellor Gallagher approached our table. He got a picture with AJ. Then Drew and I got a picture with him. Drew was starstruck. It was so cute. I have my picture already with him, but I am glad I got another. This one the cathedral is in the background it looks so good.

After the chancellor left our table, we chatted some more, but it just didn’t feel the same with these people anymore. I have been gone from the Music Department for a while, and it felt like I just have moved on. Paula told me there is a retirement party for Doretta on Thursday and asked if I wanted to come? I said, “oh for sure! I would love to!” Shortly after we got up to leave. I still have to figure out what I am making for dinner, or what we are going to do for dinner.

Workshop With Nicollete

This morning, I had a workshop to attend with Nicolette. It was one of the Professional Development workshops. We walked to Craig Hall together and talked about everything that is going on in our lives.
When we arrived at the workshop, we sat next to each other at a table. I said, “Memories. This is where we first met.” She laughed and I did too. We looked through the power point and saw some snapshots of random pictures at the table. A woman sat down next to me. Her name was Emily. She was the admin in CSSD, where Andrew works. 🙂 She and I said, hi to each other.
The first assignment of the workshop was to pick a picture from the table, hold it up for our table members to see and tell a little bit about ourselves, and why we chose this picture. I held up the picture of the Vegas strip. I introduced myself and then said, “I chose this picture because Andrew and I are going to do some traveling next month to Europe, but Britney Spears just finished her Vegas residency, and this is a picture of the Vegas strip.” They all laughed. I am so obsessed with Britney.

The point of that exercise is that people are going to associate you with the picture you chose. I am perfectly fine with being associated with Britney Spears, this doesn’t bother me at all.
At one point in the workshop, The presenter said, it is important to not lose your personality for a position in a company. You don’t want to have to compromise, who you are. I can’t remember the exact wording, but I thought about my bubbly personality. Could I be more professional? Yes, everyone can be. However, my bubbly personality is part of who I am. It is not a bad thing, it is just who I am. In the beginning, I was constantly told to be less bubbly, and more professional. I don’t think bubbly is not professional. Perhaps, I just need to be more professional, but that doesn’t mean losing myself, and my personality. Maybe carving it? But, I have been more successful as of late with professionalism, but this is my first real position at the University of Pittsburgh. However, the presenter did make me think about things.
After the presentation, the professor caught me in the hallway waiting for Nicollette. She said she didn’t mean to call me out in the presentation. (I talked to her during the break about my personality). I said, “no, you didn’t.” She said, ”That is a shame though that you feel as though you can’t always be yourself. Do you think that maybe you need to look elsewhere, so you are more fulfilled.”  I said, “see that is the thing. I chose this position, because the other offer I had at Alumni Hall, is something I didn’t think I was ready for, and this position was going to give me a way into the University and be more my speed for now. Maybe I should have taken a risk, but would it have worked out? I don’t know.” I also told her that I am about the brand of the University of Pittsburgh. If you were to take the department I work in and put it in a different University, it would still run the same with a different brand. She nodded her head in agreement I told her that when it comes time for me to look elsewhere and apply for a different position in the University would she look at my cover letter? She said, she would definitely give me some feedback and things to consider.
When Nicollette and I walked out of the building, and back to our office. We talked about what the woman said, and I told Nicollette my thoughts and she agreed with me. It was just a matter of waiting for something to open up and then taking advantage of it, and see what happens. For now, I have a job and I am making money, and I refuse to lose my personality.

After the workshop, I met with Melanie about things coming up. It was a quick short meeting. I had to meet Suzanne and Nancy today to go over the schedule and probably cancel some classes. I knew it was going to be a long meeting. I got prepared as best as I could because I just found out about it.  We met in the chair’s office, and the meeting took until 3:30pm. It was a long meeting. I have some things to do in order to change the schedule, but Nancy said we will go over it tomorrow. I am not going to cancel classes yet, not until it is official. We are waiting to gauge the interest of some of our fellows first. After the meeting, I went back to my office and waited for 4:30pm to arrive so I could go home. I decided to not go to barre today. I just wanted to hang out.

Workshop

This afternoon I had a work shop in Craig hall. I am working towards the admin professional’s certificate. The weather was nice outside, so I was anxious to get out for a bit and walk around. I listened to some music on my way to the workshop and I was kind of in my head a little bit today.
When I arrived to the workshop, I set my things down a table in front, and the workshop was about Time Management. I feel as though this workshop will confirm that I am on the right track. I do have good time management skills, but there is always more to learn.
At one point, she let us take a break, get some water, and use the restroom. The presenter and I talked about the certificate and I told her I was close to completing it. I asked her what the capstone portion was like. She said, oh it’s easy. We just invite you back, and we have a conversation about the things you learned, and then you receive your certificate. It is nothing intense. I said, oh okay. I was glad to hear that I didn’t have to write a paper or anything.
After the workshop was over, I walked back to Posvar and managed to escape the rain. I enjoy the walk from Craig to Posvar. It is nice to clear my head some. I don’t mind walking by myself either. Some people here like to walk in herds, not I. I don’t mind the alone time.
When I finally arrived to barre class, it had already started, so I grabbed my materials, and mouthed, “Sorry” to the instructor. She smiled and I set up and got right into it. Some positions felt easier to do, others still felt hard to do. I am getting there. I will miss barre this Sunday due to having to write my paper.  I will plan to go next Sunday, assuming my school work is done. There will be plenty of time for barre after my school work is done.  After class, I told the instructor I would have to miss barre on Sunday, due to school work and she laughed and said, “I remember those days.” I laughed. I told her I would see her next Wednesday.
When I went back to my house, I got a shower and laid on the couch, I was so tired. Drew was due home tonight. His flight was going to be delayed. He wouldn’t get home until 12am. I went upstairs to lay down, but I left the living room light on. I planned to get up and greet him at the door, when he arrived.
Around 12:15am he came home, I was so happy to see him. I got up and went downstairs to greet him at the door. I opened it for him, as he lugged his suitcase into the house. We hugged and kissed. I did miss him so much. I was glad to have him back, but there was definitely going to be an adjustment period for him. There was a time change in Oregon, 2 1/2 hours behind us. He opened his suitcase and gave me the gifts he bought me. We have an inside joke about beavers, so he bought me a beaver since Oregon State University is home of the Beavers. He also bought me a teddy bear dressed like an Oregon State cheerleader. He is so thoughtful. I am glad he is finally home, safe and sound

Workshop & Sushi with Nicolette

This morning, I had a work shop to go to, but I was so busy working on Gen Ed stuff before I left for the workshop. I ended up being 5 mins late, but when I was in the elevator, the woman who was also in the elevator was the one hosting the workshop, so I am glad I wasn’t the only one late.
When I signed up for this workshop, I am not sure what I expected it was going to be like, but it was stuff that I pretty much already knew how to do. The woman overly explained things, and didn’t really seem to have the audience participate much, unless it was to ask questions. I was so tired and was disappointed over the workshop. It didn’t really provide me with anything new. I had so much to do at my desk regarding these gen ed proposals.
After the workshop, I went back to my office, and pretty much dropped my stuff, went to the restroom, and then Nicolette was meeting me outside Sociology for lunch. We were going to get Sushi, or something at Sushi Fuku. I was so excited. I love Sushi. When she arrived we went out the door of Sociology and walked to the Sushi place. I couldn’t wait to get out of that office. I had so much going on and didn’t want to be there.
When Nicollette and I walked into the restaurant we got in line. Luckily they weren’t too busy yet. I had never been there before. She said, that she usually gets a bowl. You pick your rice, then your meat, 4 vegetables, and then sauce. I thought that sounds like a plan. I got a bowl with brown rice, spicy crab meat, green onions, cucumber, cream cheese, avocado, spicy mayo. She got a bowl with spicy crab meat, the same vegetables and cream cheese, but with yum yum sauce.
While we ate, we talked about our weekend plans, and my birthday. She bought my lunch today for my Birthday. She is the best. We stayed and chatted for awhile after we ate, then we lost track of time and had to head back to the office.