Wednesday, October 15, 2008

So I am officially awful at blogging! I cannot even keep up with my own life let alone document it on a regular basis! But once again I will try to cram in the last few weeks! We went to Gettysburg and it was so amazing! I absolutely loved it and I've decided deep down I LOVE history! It is just so interesting to me! After Gettysburg we went to Harpers Ferry and it was so neat. It was such an amazing view and we learned all about the infamous John Brown! The next week was INSANE on the hill. The Senate was supposed to be out of session, but because of the economic crisis we stayed in session and handled the "bailout" situation. Constituents were calling like mad, and everyone was running a million miles a second! One day I worked from 9 am to 10:30 pm! That was the night of the actual vote in the Senate. It was really neat though because I got to be in the Chamber and watch the vote, so I saw EVERY SINGLE SENATOR (well... besides Kennedy)! Yep.... Obama.... McCain...Clinton...Kerry...Biden... You Name It!! It was the most memorable thing I think I will ever experience! Well, now that congress is out of session and most people are gone working on campaigns in their home states the Hill has definitly died down the last bit! Since we didn't have work yesterday, some friends and I took a weekend trip up to New York! We took the most sketchy bus EVER! We boarded the bus in the middle of an alley in DC and then it broke down so we sat on the side of the highway in New Jersey for 2 1/2 hours! Mind you it was 3 AM, so we were all pretty exhausted by the time we actually got to the city, but it was SO MUCH FUN! We stayed at the Sheraton right in Times Square, so it was a really good location! Brooke and I went to Little Mermaid and Young Frankenstein! We waited in the half-price ticket line and still ended up with second row seats to Young Frankenstein!!! It was so fun to be right by the stage and actually see each facial expression perfectly! We spent a night in Little Italy and had an amazing dinner! We shopped, ate out, played around and had a really great time! We decided the difference between our home and New York is that New York is louder and dirtier! We were kind of glad to get back home to a place we are familar with! Now I'm back to work and busy with papers and applications and all sorts of things! But this weekend I get to go to New York again to be with the BUSHNELLS and I am SO excited I can hardly stand it! I cannot wait to see familiar faces!!

Friday, September 26, 2008


Well, things are crazy here with McCain and Obama on the hill. There are reporters all over the place in the senate building, and everyone is running all over the place! Exciting things are happening right now, and I am loving being here at this time. On Wednesday Brooke and I went to the PRISM awards showcase on Capitol Hill and it was really fun. We've decided to start networking so we can go to cocktail parties everynight and not have to pay for dinner! ha ha Tonight Chad and I went into Baltimore to the Orioles game! It was lots of fun. We got very into it with t-shirts, peanuts and hot dogs. We got to meet up with Joen's sisters family and watch the game until it got rained out- it was fun to go to Baltimore! Tomorrow we go to Gettysburg so I'll make sure to keep you updated!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Washington DC

I'm Definitely new to this whole "blogging" thing, so forgive my ignorance as I have an enormous post and a trillion pictures!

Well, I finally moved to DC, and I absolutely love it! I live right downtown in between Georgetown and George Washington University so it is great! I started work last week and I am having a great time. Its really busy and pretty stressful, but I love it. I have already met tons of senators and am learning more than I ever could have imagined. I miss everyone from home, but it is so crazy here that I don't have anytime to think about it! It is such a new experience being somewhere where no one even knows what Mormons are! There is one other intern in my office and I am the first LDS person she has ever even met or heard of. I got called as the ward missionary, and I feel like there is no better place to have that calling besides the District of Columbia. Everyone thinks I'm crazy for just ordering a coke after work when we go to mingles with free alcohol! My testimony of the gospel has grown so much from being out here. I have realized how important this church is to me, and how strongly I value my standards.
Well, Brooke and I went to the Celine Dion concert last week (hence the excited picture) and it was phenomenal. She is so amazing live, we had a great time. This last weekend we took a trip to Philadelphia and it was so much fun! We got to see the Rocky Statue, Independence Hall, and many many more things. We spent the first night at Valley forge and then went into the city so it was great. We were looking everywhere for someone posed as Ben Franklin for the sake of the "office" and we finally did at an Indian Festival... yeah... really random! I really enjoyed Philadelphia though, and I am looking forward to next weekend when we go to Gettysburg!
Well, this is certainly an adventure and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I'm beginning to get the hang of things such as wearing flip flops to work and then changing into heels, always washing your hands after the metro, holding onto your bag tight, having a good ipod playlist, carrying endless amounts of band aids for constant blisters, compiling daily "business attires", eating spaghetti-Os and toast every night, walking 5 miles like its no big deal, talking to thousands of random people a day, and having the experience of a lifetime! I love my new home and I'm turning into an East Coast girl!!