This morning, I got up got showered, and got ready to go to my parents. Drew was going to go to the gym and he had some work to do on the computer. When I got to Crafton, I got to see my dogs. I missed them so much. We all got in my dad’s car, and we went to Robinson, and did some shopping. We went to Ross and I got two tops there for work, then to Kohl’s and I got two tops, two bottoms, and pair of neutral heels. My mom and dad spoil me.
After Kohl’s, we went to eat lunch at Eat n Park. I really wasn’t all that hungry, but I ate soup and hung out with my parents. I always like when I can see them. I miss them sometimes, other times I am glad I don’t live at home anymore. I really do miss my dogs though.
After Eat n Park, we went back to the house and I cuddled my dogs for a bit before I left. I had to get home and finish the laundry, and Drew planned on grilling for dinner. When I got home, Drew fired up the grill, we went through the mail, and I cleaned and did some laundry. I really need to clean the house top to bottom. Maybe next weekend.


First Day

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 thought here we go again! 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.

When she came back, I got up to go to the rest room and went downstairs to see Pat, after I got out of the restroom. She and I talked. She officially welcomed me in so many words, but then she told me to curb my enthusiasm, since we are doing this before orientation. I need to not say anything. I said, well the only people who know are you, Wendy, my husband, and she then cut me off and said, Paula knows. I said yes, but she is like my mother and she has been trying to get me in to Pitt, and has helped me and I trust her.” She didn’t have much to say about that, but then she said all your references from Music were fabulous, however one was not in your favor, and I said, oh? Well that is upsetting, because I worked really hard to network here and build a good relationship during all my assignments. I find it hard to believe, and so unfortunate. May I ask who? And she said, I can’t say. I said, “I am sure, but I think I may know who it is. We have had a run in before and she is the only one I had an issue with, but I can’t be sure.” She said, all I am going to say is be careful who you step to in HR.” That right there was enough for me. I knew exactly who it was. I wanted to tell her the situation, and when I started she raised her hands up and said, “no I don’t want to hear it. Let’s just move on.” I said, “okay.” Then she said, we all have had complaints about us, that have gone to HR. I have and I have been here 30 years, but learn from it, that is all.”

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 tried not to raise my eyebrows this woman was a straight shooter, and so am I, but two straight shooters in one building? Look out!

After my meeting with her, I went back up to sit again with Sharon. It was almost lunch time. I watched some people come in and out of the chapel, visitors, and the like. Then, it was time to chat about a lunch schedule. Someone should always try to be up front in the chapel at all times. Frank was going to go to lunch first, me, and then Sharon.

Before I went to lunch, I went down to see Wendy, and I wanted to talk to her about my schedule, and something about what Pat said to me. I told her the story, and she said it wasn’t HR. It was someone from your first assignment. The reason why you didn’t get offered the position, is because they thought you were unprofessional. At times, it is hard for us to separate our fun personality from our work personality. We wouldn’t talk the same way we do with our friends, as we would at work. I said, oh well I never heard anyone there give me a bad review from Katz. I was told I didn’t get the job, because I didn’t have enough experience as an executive assistant, and then I was immediately placed with Music. She shrugged her shoulders. I have a hard time beliving it was anyone from Katz. Then again, who knows, but I can only think of one person who would drag my name through the mud.

After that conversation, we went over my schedule. What time I need to arrive on Friday, and Saturday, and I apologized again for what they heard from one of my references, and she said, well you are here because you did so well at Music and Dr. Rice loves you, and thinks you did an amazing job over there and was so upset you didn’t get the position, just do the same here, and I feel as though you already learned from it, or else Music wouldn’t have raved about you. I thanked her for her advice and off I went. What a day!

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 Sharon came back, she and I chit chatted some more and talked to some visitors, but I couldn’t stop thinking about what the hell happened and was it really that woman from HR, or was it Katz? I don’t know I can’t get over it. It is bugging me. Gawd!

When it was 10 minutes to 5pm, we started to close up, and Drew came over to see me and the chapel. I have been texting him off and on about all this and he was upset for me. When he came into the chapel, I introduced him to Sharon, and then I followed her around as she closed. Then, I was out of there.

As we walked to the bus, I talked to Drew about everything and he felt so bad for me. He and I racked out brain, but still came to the same person. I hope I can get over this soon. I fought back tears all day.  When we got on the bus, we talked about it some more, and then before you know it, we had to get off to catch our transfer bus. I had to take the G2 so I could meet up with my mom in Crafton. She was taking me dress shopping, and to dinner.

When I said goodbye to Drew, I got on the G2, took a seat, and put my earbuds in and played some rock music. My mom and I texted and kept in touch, while I was on my way to Crafton. I didn’t want to leave Drew. I wanted to stay with him, and have him make me happy again.

When I got to Crafton, my mom picked me up and we went to dress barn, and she bought me three dresses and a pair of no show socks for my flats, then to Walmart, and then Max and Erma’s for dinner.

When we got to Max and Erma’s, she and I talked the entire time and she said for me to get over it and learn from it, and don’t let it affect my work in this new opportunity. I agree. I won’t, but it just sucks. Always seems to be something that sets me back, whether it is myself or someone else.

Dinner was yummy. I had a salad again. Salad for lunch and a salad for dinner, and a salad tomorrow. I don’t want to put on any extra weight with this job, and I want to try to get the gym in whenever I can.

Thankfully, Drew is around to help me get ready for our Father’s Day cookout on Sunday. He is going to clean the house and go grocery shopping, and pick me up from work. I am one lucky girl. I have such a busy weekend. Rehearsal until 5:45 tomorrow, wedding Friday, and 3 weddings on Saturday. Then Sunday Monday, and Tuesday I am off. Whew!

Hopefully, tomorrow is a better day.

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!

Dermatologist & A Day with Mom

This morning, I had to go to the dermatologist, and get some blemishes checked out. It turns out that I was 17 minutes late. I thought my appointment was at 8:30am. It was at 8am. Whoops! I did go to Starbucks before, and they took a little longer with my drink. Today was going to be a long day.

Once I got to the dermatologist, they were able to take me in right away. Nick, the dermatologist, said they can’t biopsy my blemish, because it is not raised or cancerous, they suggested a cosmetic dermatologist, but it won’t be covered under insurance, so he is going to prescribe me this chemical peel stuff, Retin-a cream. It could make it go away after a few weeks, and will help me down the road with preventing fine lines and wrinkles. Also, I have little bumps on my legs, they are keto something, and fair skinned women get them more frequently over the years, hardly noticeable, but they are there. There is no cure, yet, but a lotion will help minimize the appearance smooth them, and make them not so red. so far 29 year old skin sucks!

When I left the dermatologist, I went home and Drew put some last minute things in his suitcase, showered, and then we left for the airport. I was starting to get so sad. 😦 I was going to miss him so much. When we arrived to the airport, he parked his car at the curbside, checked in, and we kissed. I turned to leave. He said, “wait bub.” I turned around and he took me in his arms, and kissed me over and over again. He told me he loved me. It was so hot. I am going to miss him like crazy.

When I finally let him go, and got back in the car, I drove off and called my mom. I was going to meet her at Eat n Park. When I arrived at the Eat n Park, I got a booth and ordered a latte and waited for my mom to arrive. We had a light breakfast, and it was nice to see her.

After breakfast, we went shopping she bought me coach flats, since mine have a hole in them, and I had to throw them away. Then we went to kohl’s, she bought me a work top, and a top to wear to the Tom Petty concert. this woman is amazing!

After we went shopping, we went back to the house, and I got to see my dogs. My dad made dinner for us around 4pm. I dosed off during Dr. Phil, but I was pretty hungry. I needed to get back home and do some laundry. I was ready to go back to my house, even if it was going to be empty. Right now, I am watching the Pens game, texting Drew off and on and doing laundry. I am not sure when I will go to sleep. I am not looking forward to sleeping by myself tonight.

Church & Beauty and The Beast

This morning, I woke up early to get up and go to my parents house. I was going to church with them.  When I got to my parents, I was able to see my dogs for bit, then it was time to go to church. Church was church, and I got to shake hands with Father J after mass.

After church, my mom and I went to breakfast at Hanlon’s. Daddy had to go to his RCIA class. After breakfast, my mom and I went shopping. I got a sweater and a dress at TJ Maxx, and she bought me some black pants that fit for work. I desperately need black pants in a smaller size, and I like the thinner look in the legs, not the wide look. I have so many that have that wide look, and I don’t really wear them.

Before we knew it, it was time for the movie, when we got to the to movies, it was packed with little girls in their fairy tale princess outfits. It makes me want a little girl one day! The movie was amazing! I loved it! The beginning showed how he Prince was vain and frivolous and the French fashion. Then it explained how the curse was put on the Prince.
Throughout the movie, it showed the backstory of Belle’s childhood and the Beast’s, which is something you didn’t see in the Disney version from the 90s. I definitely want to own it when it comes out on blu-ray. I still mourned the beast, when he turned into the handsome Prince. There was a ton of adult humor and innuendos throughout the movie, but it was classy, and tasteful. I just loved it. I can’t say anything bad about it, and there is not one thing I didn’t like about it.

When I got home, Drew was home working on the basement. I started doing my training for work. I could only manage to do it for an hour. I just think this material is so dry, and my heart is elsewhere when it comes to my job situation, so he was going to have to be good with only an hour of training. We will see, what tomorrow brings.

6 Month Smiles Consult

This morning, I woke up when Drew left for work. I got ready and drove to my parents to drop off my car. My mom took off work today to go to the dentist with me. I wanted her to sit in on this consultation with me. The consultation was free. I wasn’t sure about this. I am not sure I want braces as an adult.

During the consultation a girl took a mold of my mouth, in case I choose to do this, then the molds will be ready to go to be sent off to a lab. She also took pictures of my mouth, almost every angle imaginable. I had to put in cheek separators and she even took a birds eye view of my teeth. Then, we met with Dr. Barber. He explained what COULD happen if I do not get this done in the future to my teeth. I could have a tooth chip, or lose a tooth due to the fact that the bottom teeth pushed them out, because they weren’t straight. My crowding could get worse, and make it harder to clean, and my gums would get more inflamed. I felt very educated and informed when the consultation was over. The cost however is steep for us right now. 5,000 dollars roughly is what it will cost to have this procedure. I will have to keep the braces on for 4 months, then they will put in a fixed retainer to keep them straight, and to keep them from moving back.

Upon leaving the consultation, I received a folder of information, and a cost breakdown for Drew. My mom and I went to lunch at Eat n Park, then did some shopping at Penney’s. It was nice to get out and have a day with my mom. After we went shopping, we went back to Crafton. I stayed at their house for awhile, to see my dogs. I left around 3pm to go home. I was ready to see Drew and talk to him about 6 month smiles.