Well, something pretty important happened this week. All the people clogging up the Metro was evidence of that.
Inauguration 2009!!! I'm just going to apologize ahead of time if I start to ramble or make no sense because everything still hasn't really sunk in yet.
Sunday was the inaugural "We Are One" concert. Rebecca and I woke up bright and early to go stand in the cold for that. It was totally worth it; we were so close that we had to move back a little so we could see better! All kinds of big movie and music stars were there, it was an amazing show and a lot of fun. My friends Kyle and Alex (who I went to elementary school in Davis with) were there too which was really cool.
3:30 Tuesday morning Rhianna and I started our Inaugural adventure. We got down town at around 5:45 and waited in the cold (probably around 15 degrees) with a lot of excited people. Luckily we ended up with tickets, courtesy of my friend James, so we were on the right side of the Capitol lawn for the ceremony! I of course am quite short, so I still had to stand on my tip toes with my camera in the air...but I knew how close I was and that's what mattered. Before they let us in, while we were all squished together in line, there was such an incredible energy, people were singing, and it was just unlike anything else. I thought I was going to be pretty emotional during the ceremony, but I wasn't too bad. I later realized that it was because I was just so excited during the day - that night I pretty much lost it listening to a 7 year old boy missing his 2 front teeth talk about how he's going to tell his kids that he was there "when he's all grown up." I still can't believe that this all happened. I'm just so thankful to be here, and where I am in my life right now, studying Politics and able to experience all of this in such a unique way. I suppose I still don't really have the words to describe it all. It's just so overwhelming/amazing/exciting/emotional/incredible etc...etc...etc...
This past weekend Rebecca, Kyle and I went ice skating in the sculpture garden at the National Gallery...that was an experience. It was fun and I didn't fall, but it definitely took some concentration. Afterward we met up with Alex to quickly pop into the American History Smithsonian. We were tired and hungry so only spent an hour or two there, but I will definitely go back to see more.
Today was an especially happy day. I had been stressed about choosing an internship for about a week, and last Friday I accepted a job with US PIRG (Public Interest Research Group). Wouldn't you know it, two hours later I got an email from the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. After talking to both my parents and to my professor, they all told me I absolutely needed to take the interview anyway and see what happens from there. I had a phone interview with them this afternoon and they offered me a job!!! I of course accepted and am thrilled! This is my dream job, I can't believe how lucky I am. I'm thankful for being registered in her district and having connections through USF, those definitely got me in the door. I know another girl who applied and was equally qualified, but got turned down. So thank you San Francisco!! And to top it off, we had some beautiful snow for the first time since I've been here today! Ok, that part is a little less exciting, but I still like it!
So here is the link to probably more pictures than some of you want to see, but as you know, this was an important week, and I documented it well. Enjoy!