I’ve been slacking in the writing department. Honestly I don’t know where January went. So much has happened, and I have been so busy that I am just realizing February starts on Monday. So here’s a little run down of the past month…

A good college friend, Kirsten, came to visit for New Year’s Eve. When she got in that morning we went to the grocery store to stock up for the next few days. That afternoon I had to work, and since I got off at 7, Kirsten and a couple other girls met me near the store. We ate and began the New Year’s festivities. (For an idea of how the night turned out read the previous post, “A Series of “Fortunate” Events?”)

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Day we spent the morning trying to piece my life back together. Then after a late lunch at ‘Whitlow’s on Wilson,’ we walked the monuments. It was a great day and we definitely benefitted from the fresh air!

Saturday morning I had to work again, but that afternoon we took a Capitol tour, and then walked through the tunnel to the Library of Congress. That night we met up with a Kirsten’s friend, Kelly,  from PA school. She just happened to be in town at the same time. Ironically enough she and her friends chose the same bar I got kicked out of on New Year’s Eve – the doorman definitely remembered us.

Sunday was Museum Day – Holocaust Museum, Museum of History Science, and the National Archives. I’ve been to the Holocaust Museum multiple times, but I hadn’t walked through the main exhibit since I was a kid. As usual it was emotional and unbelievable. At the Natural History museum we saw a giant squid,  the African Voices exhibit, and the Hope diamond. The National Archives of course had famous documents like the Declaration, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution, but we also saw William Taft’s giant tub and Shaq’s size 22 shoe! That night we met up with my group of girl friends for wine and chit-chat.

Shaq's shoe

the Hope Diamond

Kirsten left Monday evening, but we got to spend the day shopping in Georgetown, where I also introduced her to Georgetown cupcake – the best I’ve ever had. It was a great trip and exactly what both of us needed.

The day after Kirsten left, I started my internship and prepared for my next visitor, Erin, my first college roommate. She and I saw a lot of the same sites, but instead of the National Archives, we went to the Sculpture Garden and the Museum of American History, where we saw the dresses of the First Ladies and Julia Child’s kitchen.

"I'm Julia Child... Bon Appetit!"

One night Erin and I ate at a place in my area called La Tasca, a Spanish tapas restaurant. The food was delicious and so was their homemade sangria! We were also lucky enough to be seated next to what had to be the beginnings of an internet-induced relationship. The match.com couple was strange and entertaining to say the least, completing the evening with a serenade of “American Pie.”

roommates :)

in front of the US Capitol

these two fatties got four cupcakes... and ate all of them!

The next weekend I successfully completed my annual qualification training for Continental. Since I am still technically an employee I am required to maintain my certification in order to keep my benefits. Will and I camped out in the crew room the night before, and were able to see many old friends!

Last weekend I went back to Dallas for my friend Whitney’s wedding, sausage making at my dad’s lake house, and an overdue visit with Betty Carrier and Co. The bride was beautiful, as was everything else about the wedding! Sausage-fest resulted in over 400lbs of a variety of sausages. We even used some of the spicy ground pork to make dinner at Betty’s… very interesting!

just ONE of the many ice chests full of ground meat

with the beautiful bride

Betty and me

Now it is snowing (for I think the fourth time this winter) and I am finally enjoying some R&R!

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