Monday, July 8, 2019By:
Hello all! Welcome to another week of me telling you everything there is to know about my internship. This week was a short week, so I really didn't do much at work. I published the new activities onto the optics4kids website (check them out at optics4kids.com ) and read the abstracts of the Seigman school students. English isn't the first language of many of these students, so I went ahead and corrected the grammar for them. Since it was the Fourth of July weekend, I was able to get out of work early on Wednesday and had a 4 day weekend!
Thursday was so much fun! We started the day by going to the boy's room for an intern lunch (yes, this was the start of our day. Andrew and I slept in quite a bit...) where we were served mac n cheese, hotdogs, hamburgers, and watermelon. We all played a game called “We Didn't Playtest This At All” and had a generally good time. Then at 3, we all left for Capitol Hill. Since Gia interns there, she was able to get us seats on the steps of the capitol building to watch the 4th of July concert and fireworks. It was a great view, but in order to get good seats we got there 5 hours early. It was quite humid and even started raining. Luckily we had an umbrella, but Andrew and I had to share one. We actually got evacuated for extreme weather and ended up just going home. I was actually really glad because I didn't want to keep hearing the same 2 songs they had been rehearsing over and over again, nor did I want to be outside until 8 with no food. While we were home, Andrew and I made some delicious homemade hamburgers. It was my first time making my own patties and they came out way better than I was expecting! After eating, we headed back to Capitol Hill and watched the show. It was really cool. John Stamos (Uncle Jessie) and Sesame Street hosted it, but what made it really awesome were the performers. We heard Lindsay Sterling, the lady who sings “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman, Broadway songs, Carol king, and more! At exactly 9:07, the fireworks went off and were pretty cool. The only downside was that the smoke blew in our direction so it looked like actual bombs going off in the sky! Overall it was a pretty great 4th of July.
The next day Andrew and I went out to dinner with my aunt Florie. We went to an Italian place called Bertucci's which I would not personally recommend. It was fun to catch up and talk though.
Saturday was an adventure. If you read my blog last week, you may remember me going to the spy museum. While I was there, I won a bet with my husband that he would get me a chocolate cupcake if I could hang from a bar for over 10 seconds (I got 30). Well on Saturday, I finally got that cupcake. However, this was no easy feat. You see, the cupcake shop was a 17 minute walk from our housing and of course, had no metro line close to it. The walk there was humid and warm, but we, along with Nicolas, Sami, Terry, and Noura, trudged through it. After all, the cupcake was worth it! When we got to the shop, the line was so long that it went outside and we had to stand in the humidity for a little while longer. Of course, Andrew and I happened to be wearing jeans instead of shorts, but again, the cupcakes would be worth it. We entered the store and bought our cupcakes (I got chocolate with vanilla buttercream frosting and Andrew got coconut), then left so we could hurry and enjoy our food at home. Mother Nature, however, must have heard that I wanted to eat healthier because she really did not want me to eat that cupcake. Just a few minutes after we had left the cupcake shop, it started pouring. I don't just mean it was raining hard, I mean it was POURING. Neither Andrew nor I had checked the weather so we had no umbrella, but luckily Noura had brought one and I was able to share. It was raining so hard, though, that the umbrella really wasn't helping. We eventually stopped using it because the wind was blowing it away. So there we were, running with the cupcakes in an incredible thunderstorm all to eat a cupcake. By the time we got home, we looked like we had just taken a shower with our clothes on. There was no part of us that wasn't dripping. We got home and quickly changed out of our clothes and hanged them to dry. I opened the box and saw two wet cupcakes with frosting spread everywhere but the tops of the cupcake. Mother Nature must have been laughing, feeling like she had successfully stopped me from enjoying the sweet bliss that is known as chocolate. However, she greatly miscalculated. I love cupcakes much more that I hate messy food! Andrew and I ended up eating them while binge watching the first season of Stranger things. So take that Mother Nature!
While the rain did not ruin our cupcakes, it did soak my phone. The phone is water proof and still works, but unfortunatly when I charge it, I get an alert saying that the charging port has moisture and to unplug it. So now my phone sits in a cup of rice, dead and unwilling to charge. Hopefully it'll start working again sometime soon!
Sariah Mevs Phipps