Saturday, December 18, 2010

Festive DC stuff + new camera!

I bought a new cameraliterally I bought a new camera yesterday.
It isn’t anything exciting like Kassie’s new camera.  But considering the last camera I owned was free (steph, found it at a bar) and it hasn't worked in over a year.  It was very exciting for me!

My impulse buy came after I decided to walk to the National Christmas Tree and realized that my phone feels the need to die after taking one photo
As a result of me being frustrated and annoyed that I accomplished nothing on my day off I made my way up to Best Buy and splurged on a camera that was on sale -of course they all were on sale and anyone who has been to the Columbia heights Best Buy and played with their cameras knows that it is really a hit and miss, since 85% of the displays won’t turn on… but me being “camera” savvy I had no problem picking on out.-

Today I decided it was completely necessary to go see the Christmas tree after work.
I also convinced Ruth to go with me to make up for the whole her tricking me into going to the Jewish social event.
I can only imagine she enjoyed being surrounded by “Jesus” Christmas stuff and my inability to answer questions such as
why the importance of the tree
what the significance of the mistletoe?
Hmmm, idk. I blame commercial Christmas and Santa for these things. 

The Tree and White House
One of the 5 photos I made Ruth take of me. this one says "I don't need friends in my photo to be cool and the guys behind me are too insecure to take photos by themselves."
The "Iowa" Christmas Tree. 
yeah, I know I also thought it looked a little weak. 
I found it entertaining that this ornament feel off the tree. 
very Iowan.
These pictures really don't allow you to see the intense crowds that was present.  I was really shocked that so many people would show up to see a Christmas Tree.  But then again it is Saturday and Ruth pointed out that is seemed like a good place to go to on a date

Oh, we also went to get food afterwards and the shop happened to be closing and we scored 2 free muffins. It was all very magical!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Why I don't take the metro

I completely forgot to mention the most important part of the night in my previous post.

On our way to the event we were taking the metro over to Chinatown.  I barely ever take the metro, if I do it is usually one straight shot and I don’t ever transfer.  And plus it cost too much

We were going to take the bus, but b/c of our inability to pay attention to the stops we missed ours and decided to take the metro.

When we arrived in Chinatown we took the escalator up to the top.  -obviously, b/c I wasn’t going to walk up the stairs and plus it was kind of a hike.-

It should also be noted that I have an inability to pick up my feet when I walk. 

As a result when we got to the top, I slide my foot off the top step and a piece of yellow metal came with it.

This metal got stuck in the escalator and it came to an abrupt stop.

Yep, I broke the escalator.

The person behind me shoots me a look like I did this just to ruin his day
I mean seriously he had to walk up maybe 5 more stairs.

I mean I did feel slightly bad b/c there was an array of people behind us.  And I imagine if anyone had a suitcase or a small child they probably would have gone home and blogged about the crappy DC metro system. – but in reality it was just a girl and her inability to pay attention to what she was doing, but then again… maybe they should regularly check the escalators to make sure everything was screwed in correctly-
Of course now I know to make sure to pick up my feet when I get off and to make sure that the yellow square pieces at the top are screwed in correctly. 
I advise you all to do the same. 
It could have been worse... I could have lost my shoe. 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Yep, I’m definitely not Jewish

Things you need to fully understand before reading this post.
1.  I’m not Jewish
2. I’ve never been to a synagogue
3.  This post should have been written 1 ½ weeks ago.

I was tricked into going to a Hanukkah (or Chanukah… but who am I kidding, I have no idea how to speak Hebrew and I’m not Jewish so Hanukkah) event.  In reality I may not have been “tricked” or even "convinced," Ruth –a girl I work with- asked me if I wanted to see a Jewish comedian with her. 

After youtubing a couple of his clips and making sure that it was okay for me to laugh at his jokes, I agreed to go.  Sure it was a Saturday and it cost 20$ to go, but I really had nothing else to do.

We went and we were basically rejected at the door.  I imagine they took one look at me and realized I wasn’t Jewish and decided that they should lie and say they were sold out of tickets. 

But that’s a lie, they really were sold out of tickets. (and plus I have dark brown curly hair and I work at the Holocaust museum… I could very easily be Jewish? Right?!?!?)

Ruth went up to a lady who looked very official - she was wearing a name badge and everything - and asked if there was any way we could go to the event. 
In her overly excited voice (think HS cheerleader) she told us that unfortunately they were sold out of tickets, but we should come back for the after party and there would be free food, a DJ, drinks, and that it would be lots of fun! After informing us that it started at 9:30 and only cost 10 dollars, we pretty much decided that we would go. 

And plus, she must have noticed that we were bummed about missing the comedian and she offered to steal give us some of the free donuts they had.  I said that I was good.  But Ruth insisted that we get some.

As a result for Ruth’s need for free “stuff” we got 2 free donuts.  One with jelly filled and we spent a good ten minutes deciding what to do with it.  We decided just to throw it away, after unsuccessfully offering it to a couple of strangers.

We spent the next hour or so at Rocket Bar.  Were we played Connect four and Scrabble.  I continually won at connect four and listened to Ruth claim that the reason she kept on losing was because she has never played connect four (seriously, she grew up in Vermont…. Not some strange country like Canada that probably doesn’t have awesome games like connect four).
To be fair she did bet me at scrabble. 

We made our way back to the synagogue to attend what we thought would be a fun-filled “after party”
We paid our ten dollars and walked into the event room.

Automatically literally seconds- after we walked in we felt awkward.  It felt like a middle school dance, but instead of guys on one side and girls on the others.  It was groups of pairs; two girls, two boys, two girls, two boys, etc.

It soon became clear to us that we were at what I can only call a “Jewish singles social event.”  But not just any kind of “dating” event, one with the oldest girl being 25 and the youngest guy being 35.

I decided that we should stay for a little bit considering that we spent 10$ to get in.   (And at this point I thought maybe I could find myself a Jewish Dr. or something)

After a couple of minutes two guys walked up to Ruth and me and introduced themselves.  They automatically asked if we regularly attend this synagogue and I just give a blank-stare to Ruth.  She responds with the “oh, we work together response and that I wasn’t Jewish… blah, blah, blah.” 
Then they asked  how the mission of our museums differs from Yad Vashem.  Um, this is not a get to know me question?-   And after some more awkward convo we found out that they were both Eye Doctors (my friend steph would appreciate this) 
as a slight side note: one mentioned that he has lived in this area for 8 years (and he didn't attend grad school in DC)... this should give you a hint on their age. 
They soon excused themselves to get themselves a drink. They offered to get us a drink, but we politely turned them down –when I say “we” I mean “me” I have a feeling Ruth would have wanted a free $3 soda, but a $5 beer seemed pointless-  

The next guy who talked to us was an out of  shape-balding  guy in his late 30’s maybe early 40s.  He awkwardly stood next to us for ten minutes before he talked to us.  And then he asked us if we wanted to dance. –um, no-
Needless to say, we danced a little –by ourselves- and after the creepy guy decided to join us we decided to leave.

To visualize it for you: I imagine it would be a lot like a 90's High School teen movie
you know where the cute pretty naive girl is just waiting for the her prince charming. That prince charming isn't the popular captain of the football team (or perhaps, college freshmen studying some BS major like Pre-Med) but instead it is a nice nerdy guy who really understand her needs. 
nerdy guys with Middle age Jewish Adult 
Amanda Becket with single young 20 something yr old girl.  

What I learned:
I spent 10$ and a half an hour of my life to realize that I no longer want to marry a Jewish guy.  Or at least I now know single events are awkward and weird.  

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I hate “To do list”

Everything about them drive me nuts.
Mostly b/c I feel stupid writing the little things down that I would normally do.

But I had a lot planned for my day off.
And if I was a “To do list” person I’m sure my list would have looked like this:

Buy new black work pants.
Sign up for a gym membership
Sign up for Netflix
Clean my room
Eat Lunch
Shower before noon
Leave my apartment before noon
Go to a coffee place and use their free internet while enjoying some sort of hot beverage
Write a blog post about the Jewish social event I was tricked into going to
Go to the Capitol Tree lighting at 5
Go to the USHMM event tonight with Judge Thomas Buergenthal at 7
Do laundry
Pluck my eyebrows
Go grocery shopping 

But what I’ve really done today
Woke up before 1
Ate some cookies
Wrote this blog post
Found a Christmas Pandora station.

I still might do some of the things on this list… the day is still young. It's is only 2. 

And I think I was just convinced to go to the event at USHMM (mostly b/c I was told there was free food) and if I go to that I’ll probably go to the tree lighting. 

So, I guess my day might be more eventful than I originally thought. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

TV and the Holidays

I don’t own a TV
Normally I’m okay with this.

But two times out of the year it makes me sad. 
those times happen to fall around the holiday session.  
First off, I missed out on the 13 nights of Halloween.
And Now I’m going to miss out on the 25 days of Christmas.

Which means no Rudolph, Frosty, Scrooge, Grinch, etc…

Yesterday I came across "the 2010 Christmas Holiday Schedule"… which stats time and dates when you can watch varies different Holiday shows.   
Because I’m a nice person I’m forwarding this information on to all my blog followers who have a TV

For those of you who are concerned... I just bought a copy of It's a Wonderful Life.  
Now I don't have to wait until Dec. 24 to watch it.  
I can watch it whenever I want. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It has been a year.

Hey mom….

I’ve really missed telling you random unimportant (sometimes important, but mostly unimportant) life events that have happened to me this past year…. Mostly those things that sometimes I feel stupid telling other people. 

So here is my sappy list of things I know you would have loved hearing about.

I graduated!  The event itself was uneventful.  I didn’t buy a cap and gown, I didn’t take fun pictures in front of the old capital, I didn’t go eat a fancy diner, and I didn't walk… I actually think I slept in until noon and spent rest of my day writing a final report that was due the week before.

I missed your amazing graduation package you would have sent me… especially the card that would have mentioned that you were proud of me and that I was your favorite child.  (Those cards were my favorite)

I moved home for a month. *cough* you can imagine how much I enjoyed that.

The post-graduation Job search

And getting annoyed with every aspect of it
Well… Mostly how I got annoyed with people.  You would have told me that everything would have worked out and not to worry about the little things.  You would have been content with me living at home for as long as I wanted.

You never would have told me to apply to McDonalds.   

My decision to move back to IC.  You wouldn’t have thought of this as a dumb decision… if anything you would have liked that I was living closer to Kinsey.

no Alcohol February

I got a job!  At a casino! You would have loved every aspect of it. 

Literally you would have loved everything from the free soda/popcorn/ice cream to the “C” musicians that would play there. 
Not to mention you would have loved all the stories about the random old people

I went to a psychic with Steph. It was depressing.  You would have wanted to know every detail.  Steph called her mom right after… I would have called you and you would have had an answer for everything.

My new obsession with Zombies. 

Boys, cheesy fries, and first date jitters…you would have thought this was cute.

My decision to live with Kinsey and Steph. 

My 3 month review at the Casino.  They told me I smiled too much.

Kinsey’s semi-boy drama… It would have made you happy knowing that I was living in IC close to her.

New prowling dresses

Sketchy IC apartment. And even sketchier roommates.

Car problems.

My decision to move to DC.

The job search (again)

The interviews.

Kaci’s bachelorette party and wedding.
But I probably would have just talked about the invites and programs I made.

Cedar Rapids

Moving to the new apt in Coralville... and how every aspect of it sucked.

A week after being in my new apartment getting the internship at USHMM.

Giving my 2 weeks’ notice literally minutes after I found out.  I probably would have called you first, but instead Ashlee from work was the first to know.  (I think dad was probably one of the last to know)

My last weeks in IC and going out with my work friends. 

The time Kinsey made me leave work early to sit in the hospital waiting room with her for 3 hours.
You would have wanted to know everything about Kinsey being in the hospital.  I’m sure you would have insisted that I spend the night with her.

My drive to DC

My search for an apt.

Everything about DC… You would have loved the museums/monuments/attractions.  More importantly I wouldn’t feel lame telling you how much I like the zoo, the dinosaur bones, or that seeing the Washington monument and capital everyday makes me happy.  

The random celebrities that come to the museums.
The countless first hand stories I have heard from survivors and liberators.

Birthday packages and the random dollar bills
Election Day packages and the random political cartoons
Harry Potter packages and the random HP articles.  You would have loved that I wore my “Harry” Shirt to the movie

Random DC events I go to by myself

PG versions of my nights out

Prime-time TV show
DC grocery stores

My new life goals and crazy things I want to accomplish.

The job search (again)

And of course all the random day-to-day activities that happened this past year that wasn’t important enough to make this list…
I should say that I’m now going to eat some chicken nuggets, have a diet pepsi, a banana split, and watch CSI. 
But in reality I’m going to get some Burger King, have a wild cherry pepsi, chocolate chip chocolate ice cream, and watch it’s a wonderful life on repeat. 

Love, Kelsey