Its official, the rain, the cold, the colors; fall is here!
22.10.2007 - 28.10.2007 15 °C
I think I'll go backwards this week and you can read about the funnest (yes, that is a word..today anyway) first and then the stuff that I have forgotten some of the little details from at the end.
So, today was the Marine Corps Marathon, starting and finishing in Arlington Cemetery and while I am nowhere near motivated enough to run for 4+ hours I though I would follow the hordes of people hopping from one cheering spot to the next to rally their exhausted loved ones who still had miles ahead of them...Ah, how sweet. Anyway, to justify my presence on the overcrowded metro without a cheesy sign saying "you've got it." or "keep it going," or "run baby run," I made a beeline for a place I blended in much better, the Pentagon City mall. Now I know you're all saying, "did you really go all the way out to DC to go to a mall?" and my response to you is, "yes, today i did." However, the day was not completely lost on a rather modern and well stocked Virginian mall. I was home in time to take a walk down our now auburn-golden-orange canopied streets to the local store to pick up ingredients for creamed butternut squash and quiche Florentine. And after having set myself up with meal for the rest of the week, I was able to relax with my 3rd book of this trip, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, about a sea monster, a northern california coastal town, and 1400 people prescribed placebos instead of what they think are anti-depressants. Amusing, to say the least.
Ok, Saturday. I went tree hunting. Well, actually, more like tree scouting. In a cab earlier this week, I had gone past some of the most beautiful trees changing colors and dropping leaves down by the capitol mall so first thing Saturday morning I walked myself down to the Tidal Basin and started snapping pictures. Soon I had led myself all the way around the Tidal basin passed the massive statue of our 3rd president Jefferson at the Jefferson Memorial and onto the equally impressive, but in a not-so-imposing-nature-friendly-love-not-war-take-care-of-each-other kind of way to be found at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Its fantastic! Different than all the other huge white marble memorials and monuments in Washington it very peaceful, commemorative, respectful, and you almost wouldn't know its there. Its nestled into the south rim of the Tidal Basin and is a must see! I took the train up to Friendship Heights after that to check out the neighborhood, try some Maryland Cream of Crab soup at Clyde's and oogle at all the accessories I can only dream of in the windows of stores like Gucci and Louis Vuitton that line the streets.
Now back to the work week. Thursday and Friday were kind of wind down days for me. Wednesday was when all the work I had been doing to put together the Vigil for Darfur came to fruition and we had a peaceful candlelight vigil outside the White House. The rain let up for the hour we were there, the office came out to support, the speakers were composed and concise, the White House accepted our 500,000 signatures on the Global Petition to save Darfur (if you would like to sign it and be include in our 2nd delivery to the White House in December please go to www.instantkarma.org), and the meeting being held simlutaneously was productive and the Bush administration held firm that Darfur is, indeed, at the top of the agenda and they are on schedule to fulfill the tasks they have pledged themselves, their funding, and their manpower to.
Backing up even further Monday (Happy Birthday Grandpa!) was the day of my workshop to gear up for Wednesday's event. Everyone showed up enthusiastic, we filled the room and everyone paid attention and was interested in the speaker and then fully participated in the activities. I have to admit, after both the success of the workshop on Monday and the vigil on Wednesday I was just the tiniest bit proud of myself...exactly the motivation and (self) pat on the back to keep on truckin' in this whole 'professional' life track I seem to be on.
Well, now to mix you up let go back to going forward in time to a look at what is coming up. I sort of see this weekend as the last one of my first 'phase' of DC. I have mostly been working, getting settled here, seeing DC and learning my way around. The next part is a whirlwind of travel, visitors, holidays and before I know it I'll be back in CA. Looking just to this next week though; tomorrow I am meeting with Bob McCarty, the executive director of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry to chat a little about what its like to be at the head of youth ministry for the entire country. And, to finish off my week, I am very, very, very much looking forward to Marty coming visit on Friday.
Well, tootles for now. Hope everyone is enjoying fall in your part of the world!