After a Stressful Week…Finally Moved Back Into College


I moved back to Pittsburgh this past Monday and it’s taken me forever to write a post about it! My dorm (which is a school apartment) is really freakin nice. It’s probably going to be nicer than my first apartment ha. The kitchen has black appliances and even a dishwasher. Living room is kind of small, but it has decent furniture. All the rooms have floor to ceiling windows with a beautiful view of the river and Station Square. I accidentally moved into the wrong bedroom at first (Point Park assigns bedrooms and I moved into bedroom C instead of B). So I had to move all of my stuff into the right room. I feel incredibly stupid for doing that, but all is well now. On top of moving into the wrong bedroom, I dropped my phone and now it’s not working, so I’m getting a new one sent to me.

Since I’m an Honors Program mentor I got to move in before my other roomies and practically more than half of the school. Everyone is moving in today so there are boxes and crap all through the kitchen and living room. Not really excited, just apprehensive about new roommates since I’ve had so many bad situations in the best. Who knows, this year could go smoothly in that area.

On top of moving in, I’ve spent the past four days cramming in Honors Program events. They lasted pretty much all day. Tuesday we had all day orientation where we had a trainer from The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania come and do a presentation for us. We learned about what role a mentor plays and how a mentor relationship is different from natural relationships (friends, parents, etc). It was really interested and a good learning experience.

After the presentation we had a free lunch…WOOT. The Honors Program is well-known for providing free food during their events so I devoured some delicious R&B’s Pizza (best pizza in downtown and my personal favorite). When we were done chowing down, we learned how to make towels animals for our resident mentees. I made two towel dogs and one towel elephant. They were kinda cool but kinda cheesy…meh oh well. We also put together some goodies bags for all of the new Honors students.

While delivering the goodies to their rooms I met one of my mentees on the elevator so that was cool.

On Wednesday we had the new Honors students move in so we helped them out with that and set up a move in table where we gave them their room keys and all that fun moving in stuff. Later that night we had an orientation dinner in the park. They served sandwiches and salads. A bit informal, but the food was good. We were supposed to play a group game but most of the kids bailed so it never happened. This is where everyone got to meet their mentees, but a lot of them didn’t show up. I only met one of mentees there and the mentee I met on Tuesday was there as well.

After the dinner another mentor and I took some of the mentees on a walk all around downtown which was a lot of fun. I was able to get to know some of the new students and they were able to learn about the city so it was a win/win situation.

Thursday we did a City As text activity which is where all the mentee groups paired up and toured different sections of Pittsburgh. After touring around the groups came back to school and put a presentation together to give the next morning to fellow Honors students. My group got downtown so again I walked all over downtown and North Shore showing kids around. It was a beautiful day and I had a pretty good time, plus we had some bangin grub at Mullen’s.

Friday morning we had the City As Text presentations and then we did a community service activity with the Animal Rescue League. Near the school we had cuddle a kitty for a dollar and in Market Square we had pet a puppy for a dollar. We also had a pet gift basket raffle for $1. It went really really well and I think we made a lot of money for ARL. People in the city really responded to seeing cute little kitties and puppies in the middle of downtown ha.

That was the last long day of Honors Program activities and events so now I have all weekend to chill out and the first day of class on Monday to look forward too. I’m not completely done with my room, but when I am, I will defiantly post pictures.

Toodles for now!

PS. I almost forgot to mention that in September I’m having a back to school giveaway in honor of the blogs belated one year anniversary. I know I’m way late on the giveaway considering the anniversary date was August 8, but hey, its free stuff. Keep checking back to hear more.

I Never Want to Move Again


My dad signed off on the house this morning and handed over the keys to the new owner of the ranch house I called home for 15 years. The past month my life has been completely filled with moving out of the old house and getting the two new houses (moms house and dads house) ready to move into . I still can’t believe all of the stuff that my parent accumulated over the years and I don’t know how we managed to make it all fit into moms tiny attic and dads basement. It was very tedious and long week to get everything done. Now that we only have two houses to worry about I’m sure there will be a lot less stress.

For now on I will be living mainly with my mom in a three-story half double. It’s a very old house that was probably built-in the late 1800s or early 1900s. All the walls are curved and crooked and nothing is really level in the house. That’s something you can expect from old houses so it doesn’t really bother me. The neighborhood is nice and cozy, the only problem is the dog shelter across the street where the dogs bark constantly at you.

The kitchen hasn’t been redone at all. It still has the original wood cabinets. The newest thing in the room is the flower wallpaper and wood border along the bottom. The floor tiles are in pretty bad condition and are really filthy, nothing you can’t fix with some elbow grease though. Dad put new draws in because some of them were unusable and did a few other things to spruce it up a bit.

The dining room and living room were recently dry walled. Both rooms also have a new wood floors. I would say they are the nicest rooms in the house. They are really plain with just cream-colored paint on the walls. The dining room has a country/primitive wallpaper border around the top. It’s not really moms or my style, but the landlord put it up before we started renting.

My bedroom is fairly big in size. I now have a full-sized bed instead of twin and I got a new quilt from Target for it. None of the decor I had in my old bedroom goes with my new one so I have been on the hunt for new decorations and the like to put in my room. I got two framed pieces of art from Ollies Bargain Outlet for $5 a piece and a cute little bedside stand (I will post pictures later). I’m still looking for a tiny desk to sit my computer on and a table lamp for beside my bed.

The bathroom only has a tub in it, but the previous owners converted a closet into a shower room. Its kinda awkward and was not well constructed when we first started renting the house, but luckily my dad is really handy and redid most of the room and fixed the mistakes. Now it looks pretty good, just needs stained and decorated.Once its finished were decorating it uses teal and brown colors. Mom found some decorations that have silhouettes of birds on it so were adding that into the decor as well.

The attic is two tiny rooms. We are using one for storage and the other one we are converting into a walk-in closet. Unfortunately, there is no heat, air conditioning, or wall outlets on that floor. Its been a task to work around those problems, but we have been making it work so far. Once we get everything organized we are planning to decorate it. Were going for a vintage Paris theme, very fancy and elegant.

We still have boxes and crap everywhere. It going to take a few weeks to get settled in. We still need to hang things up on the walls and get the shower room done. I started taking before and during photos of the whole process and plan on posting those when the house is completely done. For now I will leave this post with a picture of my empty room at the old house and the initials Travis and I carved into the tree in the backyard the last night we had the house.

My empty room 😦

RW and TR…Travis and I’s initials carved into the tree in the backyard. We had our first kiss in the backyard so I felt like this was appropriate.