Thursday, July 26, 2007

My story book tale

So, I thought I had made up my mind about the city. I thought that I could never live here, and I thought that no matter how much I enjoyed politics, or loved the atmosphere that I could never deal with the hustle and bustle and high stress of a huge city that never slows down. I was wrong. I hadn't been to Alexandria yet.

Last night Reuben convinced me that before I completely wrote of D.C. I had to experience Old Town, which is the historical district of Alexandria, VA. I fell in love. It's seriously the cutest place I've ever been. It's story-book, really. There are red-brick streets and pubs that Jefferson and Adams frequented once upon a time, and real torches on either side of cute doors that match cute shutters on every street. The river is just a few blocks down and there are charming hole-in-the-wall restaurants everywhere, not to mention what looks to be some amazing shopping to be done. I'm in awe. I am truly swept away.

We ate at the cutest italian resturant that honestly had stone walls that might have been there since the 1800's, and then we walked down to the dock on the river that had real wooden boats docked and ducks swimming at our feet. The smell of fish didn't even damper the atmosphere. It was perfect. Too bad I wasn't with someone special or I might have been floating.

The moral of the story is that I fell in love with Alexandria last night. I could definately see myself living there and working in D.C. even if D.C. is kind of annoying at times. I could put up with it if I got to live in such a wonderful town.

Back to work. In a big building, with the phone constantly ringing, and a steady stream of mail to be sorted. yay.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Texas, oh Texas!

I realized that I never explained why the last post was entitled Birthday Cake. I've been craving birthday cake since I got to D. C. although I'm not sure why this is. However, we've searched everywhere and just have ran in to any birthday cake. So, you can imagine my complete bliss when I got up Monday morning and noticed a white cake with white and pink icing on the counter in the kitchen. Sarah brought it home and I was ecstatic.... really. It gave me a sense of comfort (I know, dangerous.)

Moving on... today has been boring. I'm sitting at the front desk... where else would I be? and answering phone, doing clerical duties, and feeling like I didn't have to go to college for this. blah. Not even the occasional text from Brad to keep my day interesting... he's busy at work. boo. That's okay... I never pass up the chance to surf the internet all day and be a bum. I might even get ambitious in a little while and venture downstairs to get a snack. I shouldn't.

OldTown tonight with Reuben. I've decided that if I ever plan on moving back to D.C. and living here then I want to live in Virginia. So, he's going to show me around and hopefully that will impove the chances of me being able to bear this city in the future. Right now I just can't handle the thought of living here, even though I love it so much.

I really can't wait to get home. I miss my family, my friends, my church, my bed, and Conway so much! I won't get back to UCA until late August, but being in Texas will at least make me feel closer. I talked to Jenn yesterday and she said that Hannah learned to smile. That's crazy! I can't wait to get home and see her... I'm sure it's beautiful. I miss everything... Pray for my daddy today... he didn't have a very good night and when I talked to Mom this morning things didn't sound good. The dr. switched his pain medication though, so maybe that will help.

I can't tell you how bored I am right now. I hope this isn't what the real world is always like. =)

the last of the pictures...


I realize it would have made a lot more sense to add these with my post about the zoo, but I didn't do it that way. Enjoy!

photos... finally

Here are just a few inspiring pictures that I thought I would add from the weekend. I realize I've been lacking in the picture department, but not having a digital camera really puts a damper on things. Anyway, I'm about to upload more pictures with not so many captions, so good luck deciphering what the are. I might edit later... but I kinda doubt it.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Birthday Cake

I got to sleep in on Monday morning because I took off from work. I was scheduled to take off on Friday afternoon, which would have been a bit more traditional, but all of the other interns in the office asked to take off Friday afternoon as well, so Sarah and I opted to have Monday morning off, since both of our visitors were not flying out until Monday.

Of course I didn't actually sleep in on my day off. My dad was scheduled to have surgery on Monday so I woke up around 6am worrying and fretting. (thank you all for your prayers, by the way). I tried to sleep in until 11, waking up to tell Julie bye. I headed to the office around 2 for a very short day. It was glorious. After work we went to McFadden's and the group I was with called the hogs atleast six times in an hour. I'm sure everyone hated us, and I was sick to my stomach from all the woo-pig-sooie crap. Go BEARS!!

the weekend- d.c. style

Breezing through Saturday and Sunday... because truthfully I feel like the sight-seeing bit is boring for you at this point. I'm still enjoying it. I'm not sure all the beautiful sights in this city could ever get old.

Saturday we woke up late and went to the zoo, where I reaffirmed my doubts about having children. We took the back exit out of the zoo (risky idea) and ended up taking a gorgeous (but leghty) walk through Rock Creek Park. We met a few friends at the National's game in the second inning and suprisingly they won! We also got to see someone hit a homerun!

Then we went home and showered and went out with Ramey for dinner (at like midnight). We watched L.A. play Chelsea (MLS) and Beckham's first game for L.A. He only played like 9 minutes, but dang he looked good. In case you don't know this about me, I am a HUGE soccer fan, and I do believe that David Beckham is possibly the reason God invented soccer. YaY for God!

Sunday was more sight-seeing. Lunch on the steps of the Library of Congress, the National Art Gallery, a sculpture garden, and the Natural History Museum. Then we tried to go on that tour of the Potomac at night again with Reuben, another failure, and ended up walking to the monuments at night. It was good. I just hope Julie enjoyed it as much as I did.

I'm SO glad she came to visit. It really made this weekend a lot of fun. I would have been very lonely if she weren't here, because Sarah's boyfriend came to visit and she was gone all weekend. Tater was in a terrible mood all weekend. She got in to it with Ramey. I'm just trying to stay out of her way to tell you the truth. Only a week left.