02.10.2007 - 08.10.2007 33 °C
Tomorrow I'll officially have made it 2 weeks in DC!!! I am successfully living up to my title of intern/tourist/traveler/student/football fan/Betty Crocker. Tuesday my roommate and I put on our East coast hats and headed to The Front Page (the local bar decorated with replicas of the worlds most important historical front pages) where we people watched sipped the local brew. Wednesday was no less eventful for me as I enjoyed a fabulous dinner out with Marty's sister, Beth, who was able to fill me in on the in's and out's of DC and my 'hood in general. Thursday took Erin and I over to Georgetown where we met up with Austin and his friend to hit up a fundraiser at the quintessential Georgetown scene, Smith Point. After stepping over blue-blazer clad, Ralph Lauren imitators, careful not to accidentally squish the pointy toed shoes of their cocktail dressed, pearl adorned girlfriends (I only say this with slight annoyance as on most occasions I would love to be dressed in a cocktail dress and pearls), we finally made it to the dance floor. Friday morning came early and the afternoon could not have come soon enough. Just when I thought I was gonna get a nap, an invite to an 80's cover band playing in nearby Clarendon, VA pulled tore me away from my bed and into the smoke filled Clarendon Grill (smoking is unfortunately still legal indoors in VA!!).
Saturday morning was no time for stopping. Erin and I rolled ourselves out of bed and onto the metro into Alexandria, VA. Here we wandered the streets of the 12th annual Art on the Avenue, gandering at over 300 artists and smelling delicious foods from all over the world. Imagine a HUGE Wednesday night market but 17 times longer, 50 degrees hotter, with thousands of small children and dogs running around excited about everything. It was wonderful, mom and grandma- you would have loved it! The rest of Saturday was just as enjoyable as we made our way down to Old Town Alexandria to wander around the waterfront on the Potomac and up the tree lined streets lined by old style streetlights with flower baskets hanging from them, brick buildings, brick sidewalks, brightly painted row houses with cute little signs describing every nick-nack boutique and restaurant you could ever want. My favorite was Pop's Ice Cream Parlor where my double scoop of pumpkin and Guiness ice creams couldn't have been more refreshing! Twenty blocks later, we were back on the metro for home, where I got my first night of relaxation for the week.
Sunday morning, I had had enough of the whole R&R thing and kicked it into gear for a day of wandering the capital area. I headed south toward the Tidal Basin, making my way past the Federal Reserve, the State Department, Department of the Interior, Organization of American States and White House before hitting the breathtaking WWII Memorial and on down to the water's edge to see the Jefferson memorial across the basin. Winding around the basin brought me toward the Washington Monument which became the backdrop for a rugby pitch (ahhh...rugby!) before walking me right past the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The Holocaust Museum is beautiful. It is respectful and threatening at the same time. Its grotesque and breathtaking. You have to see it.
The rest of the day was fairly insignificant. A breeze through Chinatown (SF takes the cake!), and strolling through Penn Quarter and downtown before heading home to rest. By the evening, I had a little more energy and Erin and I made our way down to Buffalo Billiards to play some shuffleboard and watch the Packers lose (and my fantasy football team dive even lower in the rankings).
Monday is a holiday for everyone here on the Fed's schedule and I reaped the benefits of that choosing to spend my monday wandering up and around Georgetown and the university there before baking a quiche and settling in for the night.
Tomorrow its back to work. Hopefully I will be getting so exciting projects soon, as I am sort of just a go-to girl for little things here and there right now. Next up on the 'To Do' list is a House of Representatives hearing on Wednesday and a trip to the Pentagon on Friday!