Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hit the Ground Running

In the past 2 years I have moved around a lot. You would think that I would have the routine perfected but I don't. I still and always will overpack, need my parents to bring me things when they comes to visit, and once again go through those awkward first introductions when people ask what my major is and I hesitantly answer, "Oh I am still trying to figure it out". I will say that I am pretty good at fitting lots of things in confined spaces. One thing I have learned is the best way to get to know a new city or place is just to start walking the streets and you'll figure it out pretty quickly.

I started my internship for Congressman Matheson yesterday. I had butterflies the entire way to the office but right when I walked in they went away and I got started. Everyone in the office was nice and welcoming and then they just threw me into what I was suppose to be doing. Luckily, the U of U intern had been there for a week so she showed me the ropes. I learned how to answer the phone, "Hello, Congressman Matheson's office" and with that how to transfer calls (not as easy as you would think). And then we were sent on a scavenger hunt all over the Capitol, Congress, and Senate buildings. That would be 2 hours of walking and let me tell you I learned the whole don't wear high heels in DC lesson real fast.

Ronald Reagan 
Sergeant of Arms

I hadn't seen much of the city so after work I bandaged my feet up and went for a run. I think it was one of the most beautiful runs I have ever been on. I had to keep stopping to take pictures and take in all the sites I was seeing. I could not get past the fact that I was so casually running past such historical and significant sites. I am happy to report that I haven't gotten lost and after 2 days I feel pretty comfortable in my new home.

Lincoln Memorial

Washington Memorial

The second day of work was good, I got my ID so I am an official staff member. After I definitely wanted to go out and about. Since we live next to Georgetown a group of us went to check it out and find the oh so famous DC Cupcakes. Well, I now know where I will be spending most of my free time. Georgetown has the best shopping on such a small street: Anthro, Urban Outfitters, H&M, Lucky, Lulu, JCrew and others. My credit card is in serious trouble. It was so cool because they were filming the new season of DC Cupcakes when we walked in the store so we got to see the TLC filming crew. Unfortunately, Sprinkles cupcakes taste much better.

It is not going to take long for me to fall in love with Washington D.C!

The Statue of Freedom on top of the Capitol sits 287 feet above ground