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The Holidays are here...

semi-overcast 10 °C

Coming off a fabulous weekend in New York, work was anything but exciting. Especially with the prospect of research and paper writing (my last college paper!!!!!) over the weekend. Fortunately I have perfected the art of procrastination and found plenty of other things to do with my time.

Last week was pretty low key here. Its getting pretty cold which is just an excuse for me to finally bundle up in all the clothes I have been waiting 4 years to wear (ok, thats a lie. There is no way clothes from 5 years ago still fit, but its an excuse to buy the clothes I have always wanted but never needed to wear in always-sunny-and-warm San Diego. I'm not complaining. Really). One chilly night Katie, a co-worker and I went to the screening at the really great Landmark theatre. The film was a short documentary on the South African educational transition from high school to college or work called Testing Hope. The filmmaker, Molly Blank, was there to talk about the film and answer question. Pretty neat, but the real selling point for this theatre (especially when the screenings like this are free) is the gourmet chocolate (calling all Becky's to the E Street Theatre!!!), wine and beer they sell at the concession. You can also flavor your popcorn with any assortment of gourmet flavored salts...aka don't eat dinner before the show!

Friday wrapped up the week nicely. In the morning Meredith, my boss, and I attended an invite-only (oh la la!) award ceremony being presented to a doctor from Sudan. The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Center presents one every year and this year I got to go and sit among the likes of Mia Farrow, Danny Glover, Ethel, Ed and Kerry Kennedy! It was in this gorgous senate room (yes, that is exactly where all your dearly departed tax dollars go) with its ornate and intricate ceilings, tapestries and a fully catered reception. I headed out of work early to enjoy a relaxing evening of "research" which is what I am not calling sitting in front of a movie with my papers and books spread out on top of me. Note, I didn't say I was looking at any of those materials.

Saturday afternoon I paid for my Friday evening laziness with my eyes glued to the computer screen..as if that isn't what I do most days at work, happy friggin' weekend! I cranked out a few pages and called it a night. My roommate and I headed out that evening for some winter wonderland fun. The National Gallery of Art sculpture garden covers its huge fountain with an ice rink in the summer so we bundled up in our gloves, scarves and coats (mostly for that wintery effect, its not actually that cold) and amused ourselves for an hour by skating in circles...the things we find fascinating??!!??

Sunday was also relaxing. Some paper-writing, book-reading, movie-watching, and paper-re-writing (thanks to my computers profound hatred directed at me).

Monday evening I stayed late at work to follow up on some not-so-hot job prospects in CA. Its really hard to smile your way out of young and inexperienced over the phone...I guess my shmoozing will be put on hold until I can meet face to face.

On a brighter note I am off to Thanksgiving festivities with the Smith's on Thursday. And now that Thanksgiving is here and black Friday is upon us, I can safely listen to Christmas music without ridicule or scrutiny!

A shout out to the Taylors and Mom for my festive cards. I love you all and I'm thinking about all you guys too! Happy 21st Steven (not that you read this) and did Audrey get her package yet??? Happy Turkey Day!!!

Posted by tuffchix 20:29 Archived in USA Tagged armchair_travel

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