This week has been a very busy week with a excessively dramatic ending:
Monday - I watched the Secretary of the Interior present the 2011 Department of the Interior Budget Request in front of a live audience of Interior employees and members of the press. Went to a Happy Hour hosted by the President of Pacific Lutheran University. Caught up with him and met some fellow Lute alums who have also made their way out here to DC.
Tuesday - Went to a small lunch gathering in the Assistant Secretary's office and talked to her about recognizing the artistic talents of DOI employees. She thought it was a good idea, so I think they will be having a photo contest which I fully intend to enter. Went to the dentist and found out I needed a crown on a back molar.
Wednesday - Worked hard and played hard. Went to PMF Happy Hour after work and smoozed with coworkers and friends at other agencies. Kind of like Cheers, only everyone never remembers your name. But that's okay, because they can just get your card and promise to do lunch sometime.
Thursday - I watched the President and family pull out of their house (the big White one) and drive to the National Prayer Breakfast, it was the first time I have gotten to glimpse the First Family through the windows of the motorcade (did you know that the windows are not tinted?), very exciting. I also got the temporary crown on my tooth, not so exciting. Stocked up on a few supplies before the storm arrived.
Friday - Mentally prepared for a crippling snow storm, still went to work, though government employees had a 4-hour early dismissal. I ended up staying a little later to finish up our major Economic paper (look for press release next week) and then went to volunteer at Miriam's Kitchen to help prepare and serve food. The snow began Friday evening, causing DC and life as we know it here to come to a complete halt.