welp i’m back on my couch. it’s 65º outside, breezy, the sun’s heading down the horizon. birds are chirping, wind in the leaves, and i just heard a couple loons overhead.
i <3 traveling, but it’s really something to come home.
day four of the work trip to dc was a half day of conference, and then we took in some sights before heading home. we went back to a small cafe for lunch where i almost had a bloody mary and am now regretting not getting it. then headed to the library of congress on the metro. the library closes at 4:30, so we went there first.
the architecture was great, and i wanted to buy every book in the gift shop. but i resisted and instead bought myself a hermione granger shirt that i’ve been wanting for some time now.
after that, we headed out into the sweltering heat (i would bet the heat index was 100+) and took the metro to the monuments instead of walking the mile.
walked past the US forest service! so far they haven’t been completely defunded and decommissioned.
headed to the washington monument first, which was actually taller than i thought it was going to be.
we sat in the shade for a while so i could let the sweat evaporate. i was actually starting to get worried about heat exhaustion.
the reflecting pool was drained due to some parasites that were killing the duckling, but we headed down past the WWI or WWII fountain memorial, then to the lincoln memorial. i didn’t think it would be so powerful, but it was. reading the gettysburg address kind of choked me up.
after that, we luckily just hopped into a cab back to our hotel. half the crew had lousiana seafood again, and another and i went to a pizza place. familiarity was kind of nice. we headed back to our hotel rooms and packed/chilled. around 9 a.m. i went down to the outdoor pool and stuck my feet in the water. should’ve put on the suit and jumped in.
you can see how swanky our hotel was by this long corridor of chandeliers.
this morning was early – our flight left at 8:50, so we were at the airport by 8, and i somehow got TSA pre-check, so i sailed through security. that was ok – i stood in line at starbucks for the entire time the others were in the TSA line.
plane ride was uneventful and we got in a little before 11 a.m. i was home by 1:30!
then i took a 2-hour nap, and it was a HARD nap. like i didn’t want to get up. i forced myself to, and tonight i will sleep well.
i’m glad to be home though 🙂