Thursday, October 3, 2013

I know I have been here in DC for a month now and A LOT has happened and I apologize for not keeping you posted as well as I should have been. Especially considering that I arrived here during a possible government intervention with Syria, two weeks later the Navy Yard shooting, and now the opening of the healthcare marketplace through Obamacare and the government shutdown! Lots of people have been asking me what the government shutdown means for me as a Congressional Intern. Well, I get a lot of days off and some bars and restaurant have a lot of sympathy for furloughed employees with discounts and free food and drinks!

As exciting and unfortunate as the government shutdown has been, it has simply provided me with a lot of free time and an unexpected Capitol shooting. My days have consisted of the following:

Thought I would be lazy these first two days because I thought that I if anything crazy would happen it would happen the first few days. BOY WAS I WRONG!! 
Today,  I decided to go out and be productive. So I woke up at 10:30 and went for a run around the Capitol at 11. I ran around for about an hour with some stopping to take pictures of the reporters interviewing Senators and U.S. Representatives outside of the Capitol. The entire time I was thinking "WOW! This is my life! I am running around the Capitol and watching people get interviewed."
While running I came across some women who were also furloughed and selling baked good. I bought a seven layer bar considering the income from these pastries would be their only source of income due to the shutdown and it was quit delectable! By this point it was noon and I was on my way to Target to get some groceries and buy my very Best Friend Cory her birthday present so I could mail it to her once I got home. Shout out to Cory! Happy Birthday Girl!!!
So, while I was at Target paying for my month's worth of groceries I received an unexpected call from my roommate saying that there had been a shooting at the Capitol (which, is where I had been two hours before). I started freaking out because I needed to get home and with my luck, I live two blocks away from the Capitol and I had decided to go out exactly on the day of this unfortunate event.
My roommate thought it would be best that I take a cab instead of the metro so I wouldn't have to walk. Because I value my life I decided to listen to my roommate and spend $20 bucks on a cab back to my apartment. Getting the cab was fine but at the end of the cab ride it was not! Because my cab driver didn't know the shooting had happened and he couldn't get me to my apartment because several streets were blocked off, he dropped me off a a little over half a mile away from my apartment and I had four bags of groceries. I got frustrated with the driver and just wanted to get home so I paid for my cab and demanded $5 back because he didn't know what he was doing and I ended up walking in the middle of it! UGH! Walking home I was freaking out and praying that I would make it safely! Then when I stopped at a corner I noticed my bag was breaking! Wanna know what I was thinking? Well first I thought " F@#$!" Then I said "if this breaks right now I will just surrender and CRY!"  But, thankfully it didn't and I ran inside my building and then in my apartment and locked the door behind me and thanked God I made it home safe.
So, that's how things are DC. I promise I will try and get better at posting what has been happening. :)

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