The Week with all the BIG CATS (4/6-4/12)

The Week with all the BIG CATS (4/6-4/12)

Guys! The weather is nice! Like, officially nice! I was able to walk to work without a jacket a couple of days this week, and I even needed sunglasses walking around this weekend. Of course, the Cherry Blossom festival was this weekend which means QUADRUPLE the amount of tourists as usual. I didn't even need to hold a pole to stand on the Metro, I was so tightly squeezed in there. Pros and Cons, I guess. With all that being said, I really am looking forward to the rest of my time in DC, especially with the nice weather. I'm hoping to go to Eastern Market soon - if any of you haven't been yet, I highly recommend it. It's like a weird mix of a farmers' market and a flea market...that's kinda the best way I can describe it. (Maybe you should just go and see yourself!)

The Internship

Photobooks, photobooks, and conference calls! That was my week this week. Every day I plugged away on the photobooks for our donors until I FIIIINALLLY was able to place an order for them on Wednesday, just before Shutterfly's 40% offer ended! I am really looking forward to seeing them when they're done, especially after how long I worked on them. I really think our donors will appreciate them, too!

 

Outside of the books, I spent at least 1-2 hours each day in some sort of conference, which was pretty cool. Monday was our semi-annual call with headquarters in NY to go over some of our current and upcoming events and issues. It was a video call, so it was pretty cool to be able to see everyone in the office, especially since Tracy and I haven't met everyone from New York yet. Tuesday, we had someone from a company called the Soft Edge come in to train us how to use our new Congressional Database, called Congress Plus. We do a lot of information gathering, researching, and contacting members of Congress and their staff, as do our advocates. The new database seems pretty comprehensive, and I think we'll get good use out of it. Finally, on Wednesday, I joined in on another call with some members from the NY office to help arrange things for our June Advocacy Forum. It was a very productive week!

 

We also had a few special guests join us for the call on Monday.

 

I really wish I could give you an explanation for this...

In TWC News...

Friday was our last day of SMLS and Civic Engagement! I think the discussion that morning was probably one of the most interesting ones we've had yet. I was a little more excited for the afternoon, however - I only signed up for one Civic Engagement module this afternoon, but I was looking forward to it. I attended the Women in Politics panel discussion and I was extremely pleased with the results. I felt that the speakers came from a variety of backgrounds and all had really interesting and relevant insight to add. The discussion of course was geared towards a career in politics, but some of the stuff was still applicable to other fields. The only part that confused me was why TWC had chosen a man to speak on the panel about women in politics - he did end up adding a lot of thoughtful information and insight about how women are viewed in the workplace by people who aren't women, however, so it did end up contributing to the overall discussion.

Outside Academia

I was really excited to get to this section of my blog because I WENT TO THE ZOO THIS WEEKEND!!!!! Anyone who has spent any amount of time with me has probably seen me get excited enough over saying "hello" to dogs on the street - a park filled entirely with large and exciting animals is pretty much like that, only a solid twenty times worse. Luckily, it was gorgeous weather for it, too - it was warm enough to be outside without a jacket, but still cool enough that we weren't sweating all over ourselves while walking around. I went with my roommate/co-worker, Tracy - it was a great time, but we went kind of late so we didn't get to see everything. I hope to go back sometime soon! (I also didn't get to buy an over-priced stuffed animal souvenir).

 

 

Big cats are probably my favorite things to see at the zoo - they're basically over-sized kittens, if we're being honest with ourselves. (Dangerous kittens. But kittens, nonetheless). Cheetahs are my favorite big cats, and luckily they have plenty of them at the zoo! However, when we stopped by the Cheetah exhibit, they were sleeping in the far corner of their area, so I couldn't get a good shot. Enjoy these adorable lionesses in their place.

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