Gym Day

After work today, I dreaded going to the gym. I knew it was coming and it was inevitable. When we got off of the bus, we went home, changed, and then I went to the gym. We drove separately. I had to get gas afterwards. I meant to go before, but I was on autopilot and didn’t.
When I arrived to the gym, they changed everything around. The ellipticals were in front of the treadmills and where the elliptical were the bikes are there now. However, if you are on the elliptical you have a better view of the TVs now, which may encourage me to stay on the elliptical longer! After 30 mins on the elliptical, I got on the stair master. I knew I was going to hate it.
Once I climbed up the stair master machine, I started it on a manual setting at level 3 speed. It was slow, but not slow enough.  This is a set of stairs to nowhere. I knew it was going to be terrible. I did it for 3 mins, then Drew came to talk to me, so I paused the machine. We chatted for a bit, but machine timed out and restarted. I said, “No!” I had to restart, and climb again. I climbed the stairs for 5 mins. I did end up increasing the speed, at the end for a bit, but that sucked.
After the stair master, I did the strength training machines, arms, legs, hips, and then I went home. I didn’t feel like doing abs. I stopped for gas on my way home, then went home and got a shower. After I got out of the shower, Drew came home. He had to get gas too. We made a kale, banana, and almond milk smoothie, then watched All in the Family before going to bed.

Not Feeling it

After work today, I was so tired and not really feeling the gym. I know I needed to go, but it was going to be one of those days where I force myself. I thought about just staying home and believe me it was tempting. When we got home, I got changed and we drove separately to the gym. I had no desire to go. When I got to the gym, I did the elliptical for 30 mins, then went home. At least I did something.

When I got home, I put chicken in the oven and called Anthony. He said he was making penne pasta and garlic bread. I said, I am coming over if that is cool. He said, yea no problem. I got a shower, while the chicken was cooking, then threw on some chill clothes. After the chicken was done, I set it on the stove and turned the oven off, and went to Anthony’s.

When I arrived to Anthony’s, we had a bitch session about the Christmas in July party that he threw at work today. We talked about my job and how there is so much to learn, and how grateful I am, but I am tired. Dinner was so yummy. It felt so good to eat pasta. One of the things i had to give up, when I married Drew. He is not a pasta person, and it is probably best because I was and it is not healthy for you.

After dinner, we sat on the couch and did a Facebook Live video about random thoughts and ideas. After awhile, no one was watching, so we ended the video and took random selfies. I left Anthony’s around 9:00pm. Drew was home from the gym, when I got home. He was laying in the living room watching the show Ballers. He asked me how Anthony’ was? I said, it was fun, but I am sleepy. he said, he was tired too. I cleaned up the kitchen, and put the chicken away in the fridge, then I laid with him in the living room. After Baller’s was over, we watched All in the Family, then went to bed.

Gym Day

Today, when we woke up it didn’t look like a pool day. However the sun was shining through a bit, but it wasn’t enough. I made bacon for breakfast and we had coffee. We cleaned up a little, then got ready to go to the gym. I didn’t want to lose the day. We still had to go grocery shopping.

Once we got to the gym, we went our separate ways. I was on the elliptical talking to Clay, and he approached us and said hi to Clay and me. Then he went on the stair machine. When I finished the elliptical, I did the treadmill for 30 minutes, then did the strength training machines. Clay chatted with me while did the machines, and adjusted my seat for me if I needed it. I planned to meet Andrew in the lobby ten minutes after 2pm.

After I finished the ab machine, I felt like a I got a really good workout in. I was proud of myself. I met Drew in the lobby. When we went outside, it was muggy from the rain that just ended. We got in the car and went home.

While I was in the shower, Drew asked me if I wanted to still invite Anthony to the cookout. He said, I didn’t mean what I said last night about not wanting to hang out with him anymore. He can still come over baby. I said, awww that is very nice of you. I  will tell him it is still on and he is more than welcome to come over. He said sounds good baby.

When I got out of the shower, I texted Anthony and told him it was still on and to see him around 4pm if he still wanted to come over. He said, “Definitely I am at my mom’s right now doing laundry, but I will see you at 4pm. Drew got a shower than we went grocery shopping.

When we got back from grocery shopping, I got the groceries put away and cleaned the downstairs bathroom. It was so dirty. Then Anthony arrived, and Drew heated up the grill. Anthony sat at the kitchen table, and we chatted while I was getting things ready. While Drew was cooking, I made cupcakes. I figured we could sing Happy Birthday to him, since we never did. 😦

When dinner was ready, we had hamburger, hot dogs, corn on the cob, chips and dip. It was so yummy. Then, we sang Happy Birthday to Drew. I didn’t have any birthday candles, so I used a match, but the match went out. I tried again, and it still went out, so I just lit a lighter, and we sang to him. This was so hilarious and we documented it on Facebook Live. This was the comic relief that I needed.

After dinner, we went into the living room and watched the movie 47 meters down. Mandy Moore starred in it as the lead. I knew she was going to make it alive. She was the planned one, and the apprehensive one. Her and her friend are on a vacation to Mexico, and they decide to go scuba diving with some guys they met. Well things don’t go as planned, and they end up in a cage under water being attacked by sharks. It wasn’t too bad. I enjoyed it. Definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. After the movie, Anthony left and we cleaned up and went to bed.

Barre Class

This morning, I am not sure where I got the energy, and I was a little sore from the multiple games of cornhole, but I decided to get up and go to Barre class.

When I arrived, I got my chair, my mat, and weights. It had been so long since I attended a class. 

I did like this instructor better than the other one. She was nice and very encouraging. I noticed she would look at me and shout, “Good Job” every so often. I worked my butt off. I did have some ballet training, so I was able to remember the proper forms and arm positions, as well as feet positions. 

After class, I knew I was going to be sore. I was on my way to put my mat back, when the instructor pulled me aside, and said you did so well! Great job! I tell you have had some training in ballet.” I told her my story of how I quit dancing when I was 15 and I regretted, but I have been trying to get back for a while now. She was glad to hear it. It always makes me feel good when instructors compliment my skills in dance.

After barre, I went home and got a shower, did some laundry, cleaned the dishes, made lunch. Then stopped over my parents to see my dogs and visit my dad. I stayed for an hour then went home.

When I got home, I fell asleep on the couch until 5pm. I was so tired. When I woke up, I started to cook dinner and noticed I had an email from the director of the Social Sciences department. She welcomed me to the department and gave me the itinerary for after orientation. I am to begin training immediately. I am glad to get started and thankful for the position. I am so excited!

When Drew got home, he went to the gym for a few hours, then came home and we relaxed until we went to sleep.

Communications Council & Good News

This morning, I got coffee and went to the chapel. When I arrived, I was the only one at the desk. I turned on the lights, got settled. Then Wendy came in, and Frank. At 10:30AM I went to a meeting with Wendy. It was called the Communications Council. It was a meeting where the Big Whigs were going to keep people updated on the new up and coming happenings in Communication at the University.
When we were on our way to the meeting, Wendy and I chatted about where we were from, and our backgrounds. When we walked into the UClub, we had to go up the stairs, to this really nice ballroom. The room was packed with people. I saw Sharon Blake, a woman that I used to attend Jazz meetings with. I went over and gave her a hug. Her and Wendy got to talking, and I overheard Wendy say to her, you were on our list for her. What does that mean? Where they researching people, who were associated with me, in order to gain a reference? This is so secretive and crazy! Sharon was glad that I was with the Heinz Chapel, and was happy to see me.
When the meeting got underway, they talked about Pittwire. I took some notes about Pittwire, what it is, and how it used. I felt the meeting was very informative.  I was happy to be apart of it. I was glad Pat asked me to come.
On the way back to the Chapel, Wendy and I had a personal conversation about her first marriage, she shared with me some details, and it was a deep conversation for just coming back from a meeting. We both laughed, and walked into the chapel. Frank asked if we both learned about to communicate better? I said, “Oh yes, and how to submit a story on Pittwire.”

While I was at the front desk, I got a phone call from Pitt. I went outside to answer it, and it was Kathy from Alumni Hall. She said to me, Happy Thursday, Danielle. I said, thank you and to you as well! She said, you made it to the second round, and would you be able to come in on Tuesday at 1pm to interview with the vice chancellor. I said, “that is good news, and yes I am available.” I was so excited! When we ended the call, I called Drew and let him know. He was so happy for me. I must have really impressed the director and did really well!

Around 4pm, we had a rehearsal, Wendy shadowed me around, and she said I did really well. She said she is confident in me, and thinks I will do really well this weekend. After the rehearsal was over, Drew was there waiting for me and he was still really sick. I felt so bad for him.

When we got home, we got ready to go the gym. He wanted to sit in the sauna and relax. I needed to work out. I had a long day. I was able to get over 10,000 steps in on my Fitbit.  did the elliptical, and the treadmill. I was able to run a bit too.  When I was on the hip machine, I noticed a woman was just sitting on the arm machine, the one I wanted to do next. I made eye contact with the woman’s daughter, and she asked me if I need to use the machine? I said, “Yes, I do.” She said, “No problem.” She helped her mom get up and moved her to another machine so she could sit, and rest. Her mom was rather old, and was having trouble getting around. I felt like shit.
When I was setting up the machine, I apologized to the woman, and she said, “Oh my God Bless your sweet, caring, and compassionate heart. You are so sweet. I hope your heart spreads to everyone else in the world.”  I smiled and said, “thank you.” I used the machine, and then I did the gravitron where I pull my weight up doing chin ups. It felt so good. I was sweating and so proud of myself.
When we left, I told Drew about what happened, and I said, “she could have just sat in the waiting room, and not inconvenience anyone.” He said, “There is that sweet and compassionate heart.” I laughed. When we got home, we relaxed and watched All in the Family until it was time for bed.

Felt better

Today, I felt better as soon as i woke up. I got dressed and went to the gym. I went so hard. I knew i needed to get back at it. I did the elliptical, and then the strength machines. I felt so good. When I got home, I got showered, and then did some laundry and just hung out. I needed to take it easy today since I was feeling better. I was glad to get a work out in.  I start my first actual week tomorrow as a Wedding Coordinator.

Monday, Prepping and Shopping

This morning, I went to goodwill in search of some dresses for work. I was hoping I would have some luck. I found 2. One for play and one for work. After the goodwill, I went home and got some gym clothes on and went to the gym. I actually did some running today it felt pretty good.
When I got home, I did some laundry and got a tote bag from the garage to take to work. I figured just use this until I get acclimated and won’t need to drag it around, or until his mom buys me a Pitt one from Vera Bradley. I managed to get the laundry done and did some work on my blog. One more sleep in day!