Also last night Ralph Nader came to give us a talk for our Monday Night Forum and he told us to always avoid the corporate mindset and be freethinkers who are critical of everything and to challenge what we think is wrong and he sounded just like my mom, which cracked me up. Mom, you should run for the Green Party’s elections.

And for dinner I cooked the beets I got at the farmer’s market this weekend and they were amazing. I”m obsessed with beets.

I think that’s all, for now.

Oh man. So Saturday was perfect. Sami and I went to brunch at Saint Ex, which I now think of as “our” spot even if we don’t get to eat there again. There was a record store right next door that had a long line for Record Store Day.  We jumped into it and when we got into the store, we each bought a couple records and Sami picked up two free William Fitzsimmons tickets (which she then (wonderful human that she is) bequeathed to me because she would be back home by the time the concert happened on Sunday.

Then we went back to my apartment to drop off our purchases and rest for a bit before heading off to the zoo.  My roommate Cassie came along, and we met Taylor, the guy I’ve been dating, when we got to the metro stop.  We all walked around the zoo together (there were SO MANY PEOPLE) and the weather was beautiful. We spend a ridiculous amount of time in line to see the pandas (I definitely have to go back on a less-busy day!) then walked back to the metro. Cassie left us to go rest at home, as she was recovering from a pretty bad cold. So Taylor, Sami and I headed to Eastern Market to check out the farmer’s market, the used bookstore there, and to have dinner. We had pizza, then went to the gelato place next door for dessert. 

After dinner, we went back to my apartment to rest some more, then headed out to a couple bars to celebrate Sami’s 22nd birthday (which is today, by the way! Happy birthday darling. xx) with drinks and boy-stalking. We were out past midnight, which was fun for a change. 

We got home and went to sleep, then woke up Sunday morning ready to eat. Aha. We walked to Dupont Circle and got THE most amazing bagels, with stops at Starbucks (for coffee), the farmer’s market (for apples), CVS (for snacks for Sami’s busride home) and Krispy Kreme (also for the bus voyage). We went home and enjoyed our beautiful food, then Sami packed up and we went to meet her bus.

That night Taylor and I went to see William Fitzsimmons and the concert was just beautiful. It was such a good night. 

Today (Monday) was pretty uneventful. But I’ve just realized it’s week four. Or five? already. Time is going way too fast. Ugh.

I miss Sami already!! We had such fun (and good food). 

Back to the veggie and quinoa, no-Sami grind. Boo.

Best day ever.

Best day ever.

The first full day of Sami’s visit was awesome! After my class ended at noon, we headed out to Chipotle’s Southeast Asian-inspired chain, Shophouse, for lunch. We went to a used bookstore and browsed for a while, then headed to the National Mall for tourist time. We visited the Hirshorn, the National Botanical Gardens, and the National Gallery of Art. Then we went to see the Lincoln Memorial, and had dinner at THE most amazing and delicious restaurant called Founding Farmers. 

Today we’re having brunch on 14th street and hitting up the record stores (ITS RECORD STORE DAY HOLY COW), which are all clustered in the U Street neighborhood. Then we’re going to the zoo with my roommate in the afternoon, and heading to Eastern Market for dinner (we’re celebrating Sami’s birthday) and probably heading out to a bar or concert afterwards.

What a perfect, amazing, time-of-my-life kind of weekend. 

Here, have some photos from yesterday.

imageShophouse noodle bowl! :3

imageSami with the Capitol building!

imageBeauuutiful plants at the botanical gardens

imageSpring is the best.

imageCamera-obsessed at the National Gallery of Art.

My boss always says “beep beep beep” before he comes into a person’s cubicle. He walks really softly and I guess he used to scare people by popping in on them. It’s really hilarious.

That’s all I have to report. 

I just got back from a three-mile run with my roommate down around the White House and back. It was so refreshing to see it at night, and it was maybe 70 degrees out!! So beautiful.

My days lately have been a blur of walking and grocery shopping and errands and work and class. I’ve been feeling a little homesick this week. The warm weather makes me miss my parents and my dog and In & Out (ughhh, In & Out). But things are going well here. Sunday I had a fieldtrip to the National Gallery, and it reminded me of how many amazing things there are to experience in this city. I just wish I had more time! Ugh. And I haven’t even started writing my papers yet. Things are going to get even busier when Sami comes to visit from New York this week and after that, I’ll really have to get down to business, school-work wise.

Here are a few (bad) photos of what I’ve been up to lately. 

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My new best friend Harold, on my cubicle wall at work.

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The National Gallery of Artimage

Looking forward to this Andrew Wyeth exhibit!

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All the Sriracha was gone. ;_;

This week has FLOWN by. Yesterday I made it down to the tidal basin to see the cherry blossoms on my walk home from work. This weekend is when they’ll be at their peak, so I’m glad I made it down there. Though the whole city is pretty amazing; everything is blooming.

This morning I had class. My general seminar is pretty tedious and uninspiring. I need to start putting together a source list for my 20 page paper over the weekend. Ugh.

Tonight I met my roommate at the Capitol when she got off from work and we took the metro then the GUTS bus (the unfortunate name for the free Georgetown University shuttle) the college for Relay for Life. Cassie’s a legislative ambassador for the American Cancer Society as well as a brain cancer survivor, so she went around and introduced herself to literally everyone and we met so many amazing people.  We also shared some moments where people told their cancer stories and we all cried a little bit and hugged. I’ve never been anywhere where strangers connect so instantly before.  Then we got dinner for free at the survivor’s dinner, and Cassie did the survivor’s walk before we went home.

Then I came home to an email from my favorite art history professor saying they’re considering nominating me for a departmental award. I’m so excited and honored and ugh. Just so happy. 

This weekend’s gonna be great but I really need to start working on my bazillion papers. 

Lots of love,

B.

"I have to go baaaack."

This morning as I left my building I passed a family that were clearly tourists but were the BEST DRESSED tourists I’ve seen in this city. I would their collective style (because their clothes definitely matched in a way) “upscale casual”. Anyways, as I passed them, I realized they were all speaking French. Duh. Of course they were French. They were beautiful.
It reminded me of one of the librarians here in the European Division. He’s a Russian specialist, and a couple weeks ago, he took his first trip to Paris. He was there for two weeks. The hilarious thing is, his cubicle is right next to mine. So I’ve been able to hear basically every conversation he has. And in every one, he talks about his trip, and how amazing Paris is, and he literally groans about how he HAS TO GO BACK. And then I’m sitting there, laughing to myself in my little cubicle, because it makes me realize that no matter how old a person is or what gender or what they’re interested in, Paris has the EXACT same effect on everyone. Ugh. Let’s go, guys. Let’s all go back.

My New York Trip!!

Oh my gosh, so much happened in the past few days. I can’t even begin to tell you everything. 

On Friday, I left Union Station at around 2:30 after class. It was raining pretty hard and traffic was really bad, so the trip that was supposed to take four hours actually took six. Luckily, Sami found me without any trouble and we set off in the freezing rain to have dinner in Queens. We struggled through the metro, the bus, and across her campus, all in the name of French onion soup at the Sly Fox, which totally lived up to our expectations. Then I went and got a guest ID (ooh, ahh.)

The next day, we went to the Sami’s English department’s grad conference for breakfast and to listen to the keynote speakers. It was so nice to get to meet many of Sami’s friends and to see where she works. And the conference was so interesting! We wished we could stay for the whole thing. But we headed off to the city, and on the way (ish?) we went for Sami to get a haircut, kind of on a whim, which was awesome. Our first stop in the city was the Met, where we stayed only long enough to look at the gift shop because we decided to spend our money on the Morgan later. We ended up at Shake Shack after a restroom adventure, then headed to the Morgan Museum and Library. Neither of us had ever been, so we experienced it for the first time together, which was so nice. We were so, so impressed by the temporary exhibits. They were some of the most well-designed and curated I’ve ever seen. Like, in second place after the Musee d’Orsay’s L’impressionism et la mode. That good. On our way back home, we stopped to take photos in the middle of streets, by an antiquarian bookstore (where we saw a guy we’d seen earlier that day—“Plum Suit Guy”.), and basically all over. We stopped by Strand Book Store, which was gigantic and beautiful, before heading back to Queens, where we picked up sushi for dinner and settled in to watch Shopgirl (or at least the part that loaded. *shakes fist at laptop*). 

The next day, we woke up late, went to IHOP (because the place we wanted to do brunch opened too late and IHOP is amazing anyways), then took a nap. We barely (and I mean BARELY, with seconds to spare after running five blocks) caught my bus back to DC before it was supposed to take off. Such perfect timing that reflected the greatness of the weekend as a whole.

I’m sorry this post doesn’t very well reflect the hilariousity or fun spirit of the weekend itself. But there’s so little time these days, and I’d rather spend it sleeping than writing.

I got my own cubicle at work today, and got some positive feedback from my boss on the first few pages of my project. I emailed my supervising professor at home with a paper topic idea, too, and he approved it. I Facetimed my brother from in front of the Capitol building, and the whole city is about to bloom into springtime. Things are going so well. My friendships with my roommates, new people here, and my besties from home are all growing stronger every day. Ugh. What a great week it’s been already.

Love to you all,

B.

This week I’ve been so frenetically busy. I wish I had more time to update about what I’ve been doing, but I’ve been too busy doing it! I hate when that happens.

Tomorrow I’m headed to New York to visit Sami. I’m so excited for that.

Photos to come,

B.