Thursday, May 31, 2012

Memorial Day Concert

We went to the Memorial Day concert that was at the Capitol Building front lawn.  
We got there early and met up with some of the people in Adam's internship program.  Snacks, sun, blanket, sketching, games, and music.  It was great. 
 About half way through the program, we got evacuated because a huge storm was coming straight for the Capitol.  Rather than getting onto the nearest metro station like the other thousands of people, we walked as far as we could before having to go underground from the wind throwing projectiles at us.  We were able to beat the rush into the subways by walking to the farther out metro.  By the time we got off our stop the downpour had started.  The rest of the afternoon was spent with clean pajamas and mango sorbet cuddled up in front of the TV where we caught the rest of the concert (they switched from live footage to the rehearsal backup.)

Honor the Fallen

Memorial Day weekend was quite the weekend.  We usually have only Saturdays to hit the city and the sites and trust me, we hit them hard.  This weekend we had four days! So we did a lot. I'll post them separate thought.  Being in the Capitol for Federal holidays definitely brings them to a whole new level.  I can't wait for The Fourth of July.  

       Arlington Cemetery 
We went to Arlington Cemetery where after the Civil War, Robert E. Lee's land was taken from him and used to bury the union soldiers.  It is a gorgeous place; beautiful and sacred.  We went Saturday before Memorial Day so we got to see the place with all of the flags put out.  

Sunday, May 20, 2012

We Made It!

We made it to D.C. 

WHAT ADAM'S UP TO:  Last summer Adam and I were talking about what we wanted to do for the summer and thought... why not do something fun like D.C.? So we did.  Adam got into our university's prestigious internship group, the Washington Seminar.  It's kind of like a temp agency that takes care of the background checking and interviewing and put's their stamp on them so that people looking for interns already know they're cream of the crop.  Adam is working with the Capitol Building with the senate as an intern for Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid.  He's gets to go into the Library of Congress (which is gorgeous), the Capitol, attend congressional hearings and stuff like that.  

WHAT TRICIA'S UP TO: I got a job at National Geographic Headquarters as a production coordinator for the Media department.  I work with the Radio show and with the film department that works with grantees.  This is one of those miracle-type things.  I didn't have any time to look for a job or internship before we left and NG's film dept. just happened to be looking for a short term employee.  Lesson: prayer does pay off.  There's always something cool going on at National Geographic; my first two weeks have been pretty awesome.
LIFE IN THE CITY: We live in a little apartment right by George Town.  We really lucked out with our housing.  We are right inside the D.C. city, next to a metro and only a 20 min walk from my work.  It's also in a very ritzy/nice area that is safe and pretty and has all kinds of fun restaurants and shops to visit.  The apt. complex we live in is owned by the LDS Church and is specially for interns from BYU so we are really lucky to get a spot.  Of course we do have to get used to living in dorms again.  Shared kitchen, next-door neighbors and their roommate.   Exactly like a Helaman Halls freshman dorm on BYU but with your own bathroom.  It has been an adjustment (pushing twin beds together, sharing kitchens, etc.) but living so close to the DC world makes it worth it.  However, anyone wanting to donate a king size memory foam mattress top for the cause will be awarded a National Geographic year subscription. 

We both work full time all day, all week but when we hit the weekends, we hit them hard.  Here are some of the things we've been doing.  Apparently a restful weekend is for the weak.


For two weekends the Embassies opened up to the public and put on an open house.  Steel Drum bands, Kazakh chocolate, Dutch Struffelwaffles etc. 


A  backwoods burger joint that Obama keeps bringing dignitaries to. Figured we'd see if it was good.
 It was. 



Etc. So stay tuned.