Sunday, February 22, 2009

Countdown Races Sing This Song...

So this Saturday was a great day. My friends Bryan, Mike, Jed, and I drove to Charles Town, West Virginia and went to the Race Track. We got a reservation for the high class buffet and pretty much stayed there from 5:30 to 10ish. So much food equals awesome. We also made a few bucks so that was sweet. I can see how betting at the race tracks can get super addicting. The only lame part was during the last race one of the horses stumbled and broke its legs and they had to put it down right there on the track. That was kind of a downer.

The ride to the race tracks was the best part. West Virginia is just like John Denver said - almost heaven. The only way it would have been more perfect is if the "mountains" were really mountains. I could so totally live there. I don't know if West Virginia really was exceptionally beautiful or if I really, really, really miss the mountains and open spaces, but I loved West Virginia so crazy much.

We rented a car and the guy upgraded us to a hybrid so we went well over 200 miles on 5.8 gallons of gas. It would have been more if I had driven since Mack taught me well in the ways of hypermiling. It actually bothered me a little how fast Mike was accelerating and braking.

It took us a while to get out of the city because we only had google's very un-specific directions on Bryans BlackBerry but once we did it was beautiful. We got out at one point and wandered around this little river and took pictures on the bridge. This place really was great. Beautiful, open, quiet, but within an hour drive of DC. I'm totally going back.

We also went to Harper's Ferry on the way there and wandered around. There were some awesome shops and it was just a fantastically quaint little town even though most of the town was little museums and historically preserved exteriors that changed their interiors into bathrooms and stuff. I did get a fantastic hand made mug. Their website is It's a crappy website, but I'm pretty sure you can buy stuff online.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Glories of the Flea Market

So a few of us went to the flea market this past Saturday in Eastern Market. It was one of the most incredible places I've ever been. I got a few cheap things and one pretty expensive one that is hanging above my bed right now and that I'm going to love forever. This guy's paintings were so amazing - totally knocking off Van Gough but putting fantastic scenes in the art. Starry Night is my favorite painting of all time and DC is one of my favorite places of all time, so this was something I just couldn't pass up. Although because of that purchase I won't be able to get anything else for a while even though my friend and I decided that going to the flea market for breakfast every Saturday was going to be a ritual (apparently they have great breakfasts).

On a more random note, I'm going to the airport in a bit to go pick up my friend James. He's staying with me till Tuesday and I'm totally stoked. We get work off on Monday and I got Tuesday off as well so this will be a nice long weekend.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Life in D.C.

Sorry about the lack of posts. Hopefully I'll be better from now on - especially now that I have more to write about than just college life in Logan.

I've been here in D.C. for over a month now, and I'm loving it. I'm living in Arlington, Virigina in Crystal City. The metro is just about a 7 minute walk from my apartment and from walking out of my apartment to walking into my office is about a 40 minute commute. The apartments are the nicest I've lived in as a college student. I have a freaking dishwasher again!! That has been one of the best things. The apartments are really big and we don't have to pay utilities. It's awesome.

So here is a day in the life of Jenna: I wake up M-F at 7. Take a shower, get ready, and leave by about 8:15. I usually have to wait a bit for the yellow line to get there and while I wait I usually bump into someone else I know who is going to work. I used to take the metro to Union Station because that's closer to the Senate side, but it turns out that even though the Capitol South stop is a longer walk, it's a prettier walk, faster all around, and 30 cents cheaper. On my way to work I pass all of the House buildings, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress. I get to work around 9, take an hour lunch around noon, and get off for the night at 6. I come home, eat a little dinner, and go downstairs to the guys apartment (I still enjoy the company of guys better). Mondays we'll go to FHE and/or half price burgers at the sports pub, Tuesdays have become pupusa night at the Salvadorean resaurant close by, Wednesdays are Costco night, Thursdays are karaoke at Bailey's, and Friday we usually go out. But I generally don't go back upstairs to my apartment until I go to bed, even if we don't do anything. Saturdays we generally spend all day and most of the night out and Sundays are generally spent relaxing at home (or downstairs in my case) or at a museum or something. All in all I have a pretty busy schedule and it's awesome. I'm loving it.

For sure the best thing here are my fellow interns which is why I don't think I'd enjoy it as much as I am if I stayed out here. There are 5 apartments of interns here from USU, ISU, Weber, SUU, and UVU (all of which rent the apartments from Utah State) and I spend most of my time hanging out with 2 of the apartments (neither of which are mine for some reason). It really has been great.

Alright. That'll be all for now, but I'll try and keep this more updated with my life here back east.