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I went to Washington, D.C. this weekend and had a really lovely time. I mean, seriously, a wonderful time. I purposefully (and successfully) didn't think about work at all, and became all happy and rested and then bubbled up with hope and delight and plans and ideas. After touring about in the morning and mid afternoon, I'd head back to the room after a fairly early dinner (usually with a cupcake in hand) and spend the evening cross stitching in the room's super comfy chair whilst listening to music or reading or reading whilst bathing. I had bought this album by Olafur Arnalds and Alice Sara Ott called “The Chopin Project” and have been listening to it for days and days.

Of course, work has nearly sucked out all the joy.

Still.

There is an Elaine de Kooning exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, which was the reason I went. She painted my favorite portrait in the place: JFK in greens and yellows and blues and light. I visit it every time I go, and I loved having a chance to see more of her work. I also went to the National Archives, the National Zoo (the suck, honestly (so many school children. Quite possibly all the school children), though I did see one and a quarter pandas before tossing my hands up in defeat and heading toward the exit. Pro tip: if you're going, get off on the Cleveland Park station. The walk is lovely and flat and there's a huge Art Deco style building and it will have you searching for the cost of homes ($210,000 for 400 square feet! I could live in 400 square feet!) The Woodley Park station is torture and hate and fear and loathing (by method of hill).

There was also food, so much food, and by liberal use of Yelp, it was all very good food: The Pita House in Alexandria (which is divine. Laura and I went there for my birthday two years ago and I've been dreaming of it since), Hill County BBQ (near the NPG), Old Ebbit's Grill (near the White House), Paul's Bakery (at the Navy Memorial. I even forgive them for putting olive in my ciabatta roll because the sandwich: mozarella, pesto, tomatoes, and arugula, was so perfect), Los Cuates (fresh, fantastic Mexican in Alexandria). And cupcakes. I might have visited Alexandria Cupcakes three times. It couldn't be helped! (coconut, carrot, lemon, vanilla with raspberry, strawberry, chocolate with mocha icing). The boxes held two! I couldn't just buy one. That would have been unAmerican.

Of course, my favorite part of D.C. is the metro. I stayed in Alexandria at the Hilton near the King Street metro and the Amtrak, which is so incredibly convenient. I could walk to the hotel from the Amtrak station (after a mere ten hour train ride) then take the metro into the city, thus never stepping foot into a D.C. cab, which is always my goal.

anyway. Back now. It was a crazy time to take vacation, especially as I had just been out of the office the week before for a conference. I'm still not caught up. I may never be caught up (especially because I'm anti-working weekends this year). Particularly as my boss and I had a very odd four hour meeting that ended up including a surprise lunch (student appreciation day happened outside her door. totally forgot about that.) It's just been two days and I'm already feeling a bit defeated and my lovely vacation glow of energy and excitement are pretty much tamped down.

For fun today, I delivered a gift that I picked up from the White House Visitor's Center (quite a nice little quasi museum btw, though I was more enamored of the space, the Malcolm Baldrige Great Hall, which had belonged to the patent office and had the most amazing plaster ceiling) to a coworker who has a weird Taft thing. She was very excited that I had found a bookmark that had President Taft in his car. (A serious Taft thing. She managed to rename our "social wellness committee", which she leads, to T.A.F.T ...let me think: Something and Fellowship Tribute committee. They picked the acronym and then made up a name to go with it.)
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Date: 2015-04-29 07:30 am (UTC)

nerakrose: drawing of balfour from havemercy (Default)
From: [personal profile] nerakrose
that sounds like a lovely trip :D how are you doing otherwise? been a while since i heard from you ^^
Date: 2015-04-29 10:50 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] juke-box-dive.livejournal.com
It was very nice. I love D.C. Well, so far I've fallen in love with every major city I've ever visited that has decent public transportation. It's barely even an option in my state, which makes getting around really hard as I don't drive. It's really freeing to just be able to go.

Hello! I'm doing well, actually. Last year was pretty awful as I had a couple of medical issues, and I'm in the process of recovering now, but mentally, I feel much stronger. Being sick just really wore me down and I kinda went silent, except for pressing "reblog" on tumblr. How are you?
Date: 2015-05-01 06:34 pm (UTC)

nerakrose: calvin and hobbes hugging (*hugs*)
From: [personal profile] nerakrose
i know what you mean! i don't drive either (don't even have a license) so i'm pretty reliant on my own two legs, my bicycle, or public transportation.

oh, that sounds shitty. :( glad you're doing better. <3 are you still doing yoga?

i've been doing about as good as you, i think - nothing medical (thank god), but last year was extremely toxic at work what with being bullied by coworkers and the environment generally being really shitty. all the toxic people are gone now though, so i've been feeling really good lately and i've been given proper tasks fitting to my job as well, so things are looking up. :) oh, and i'm also in the process of finishing my studies! next week i'm starting my master's thesis for real. :D
Date: 2015-05-03 10:42 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] juke-box-dive.livejournal.com
I know how it can be when there's a terrible person at work, so I'm glad that they're gone and you're able to stay and hopefully enjoy your job now. It's really exciting to hear that you're starting your thesis, though! How long will you take to finish it?

No yoga, sadly, not since October 2013. My back got dramatically worse that summer until I finally had to give it up. I'm really sad over it. Last summer was rounds of shots and medicine and physical therapy, which has brought the pain to manageable levels, though being so inactive has made me weak as a kitten. I'm going to try to get back to it this summer. It's my goal to start back on my birthday. We'll see what my doctor thinks about that idea in a couple of weeks :D
Date: 2015-05-04 08:41 am (UTC)

nerakrose: drawing of balfour from havemercy (Default)
From: [personal profile] nerakrose
i'll only be able to stay until i finish my studies (unless they offer me a permanent full-time position :D), but it's pretty great. i was so close to quitting around this time last year, and again come september. the only reason i didn't quit in september was because a) i didn't want to leave my one good coworker behind to deal with the crap because she's really lovely and has been 150% behind me and supportive and b) i knew that the two remaining toxic people would be leaving by the end of october.

i'll be handing my thesis in november 2nd! so i have six months to write it. :D

oh, i'm sorry to hear that :( here's to the doc saying go for it, so you can get back to doing it :D it always sucks having to give up something you really enjoy, so i hope it works out. :)
Date: 2015-05-03 02:12 am (UTC)

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I admire your traveling experiences, and take vicarious pleasure in reading about them!
Date: 2015-05-03 10:43 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] juke-box-dive.livejournal.com
:D I think I've gone to D.C. three times in the last 18 months. I really love it there but kinda ready to see something new, I think. Laura and I have plans for the fall, so we shall see.

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