Fall has arrived!
08.10.2007 - 14.10.2007 20 °C
This week welcomed us with 90% humidity and 90 degree temperatures. On Wednesday we finally got the first real day of fall. Breezy, cool, crisp air, jacket required. Along with fall came my workload, and I'm not complaining...yet. This week I finally solidified some of my projects over the next couple of weeks which center around getting ready for our regional conferences all over the country, organizing our United Nations Day events, creating a film library on Darfur, attempting to contribute to webpage editing and a slew of other meetings, mini-projects, assignments, etc. I'm stoked. Very excited to be busy and have projects of my own!
After getting my work life all squared away on Wednesday, I was able to meet up with Gaelan (friend from RAD) at this crowded mexican food place (Laurial Plaza) just north of Dupont. We finally got to catch up on the last few months/years of life and fill each other in on life in DC and at home in California. Thursday night, we got to hang out again and I met her great group of friends for dinner at her adorable house in Friendship Heights. It was really nice to hang out at a house with great people and just relax, eat dinner, and chat.
Friday was a crazy day! The morning shot me out the door to Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey's office where our tour of the Capitol Building began. After being led through the underground network of hallways and tunnels that connect the 3 house buildings on the south side of the capital mall, we crossed under Independence Avenue into the Capitol. The building is amazing. Each state has been allowed to donate 2 statues which litter the buildings 2 wings (House and Senate) as well as the grand rotunda, originally crafted from wood, now made of BILLIONS of pounds of marble supported by a mere 18 columns in the basement level. Crazy! There is some pretty intricate woodwork and artwork throughout the Capitol, and walking by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's office was nearly a brush with fame! After a few rushed hours at work, I was off to the Pentagon. Greg Smith (Steph's father-in-law) was gracious enough to set up a tour with his Public Affairs Office in the Department of the Navy at the Pentagon. I was able to see into all the newsrooms, as well as meet a lot of the people who handle the Navy's PR. I'm not so sure government public relations is my thing, but it was definitely interesting to see where it all happens. Not to mention, being in the Pentagon made me feel pretty important.
This weekend was pretty low key. Friday night was a housewarming party with girls from work, Saturday day was spent walking around the city and catching the England-France semi-final world cup game, watching a movie and baking cookies (how Martha Stewart...I know!). Sunday was a run up to Adams Morgan, and then off to Friendship Heights to carve pumpkins, drink cider, watch football and hang out with Gaelan and friends. Very fall festive and just how I like to spend a relaxing Sunday.
This week I hope to update my happy hour list by visiting a few new places on my list. Next weekend I hope to catch the finals of Rugby world cup (England vs. South Africa), maybe see some more museums and try to hit up the Zoo before it gets too cold.