Tis the… Season?

Tis the… Season?

Every year, I wait until the day after Thanksgiving to get into the Christmas spirit. The Christmas Season is by far my favorite time of year and I start looking forward to it the second school starts in the fall. Between the cold weather and stressful classes, I need a little Santa and Christmas music to get me by. In Washington D.C., however, it seems to start after Halloween. Although this is not what I'm used to, I am certainly not complaining. This weekend, I went to my first Christmas tree lighting of the year. It was at the National Harbor in Maryland. I've been there twice before in March for a political convention I attend every year but I had never seen it decorated for Christmas. It's BEAUTIFUL! It's right on the water and has a lot of really nice restaurants and cool shops. This was definitely one of the most fun things I've done during my stay in D.C. and highly recommended to anyone that is going to be here for the Fall semester. My only issue was getting home because there is no close metro station. We waited about 30 minutes for an uber just to take us to the closest station. Despite that minor issue, I had a very good time.

 

The Christmas tree all lit up... Love it!

 

 

The Ferris Wheel was lit up for the awful terrorist attacks in Paris the night before. The MC also had a moment of silence for the victims of this attack before the whole ceremony started. After they lit the tree, there was a fireworks show to the tune of various Christmas songs. Very cool!

 

 

We went to Rosa Mexicano before the tree was light. We had an amazing view of the water from our table and all that was going on. This restaurant is known for their guacamole so we ordered it as an appetizer. The chef comes right to your table with all of the ingredients and makes it right in front of you. It was delicious!

 

On Friday, I was fortunate enough to eat at my favorite restaurant, the Cheesecake Factory. I go there at least once a month when I'm home in New York and once I found out there was one so close by in Friendship Heights, I knew I had to go ASAP. I'm a very picky eater and at most restaurants I go to, I get the same thing every time. I do this at the Cheesecake Factory and it's all amazing... every time.

 

Our appetizer... Fried Macaroni and Cheese aka my favorite food EVER

 

If I could have this for every meal every day... I would. Spicy chicken chipotle pasta YUM

 

And what gives this restaurant its name... The cheesecake!

 

If you get nothing else out of coming to D.C. for a semester, you will at least leave having had very many tasty meals. Eating out is one of my favorite things to do here because to me, cooking is the WORST.

 

On a more intellectual note, I've been learning so many lessons at my internship this semester and truly growing as a person. I came here to get to experience what life is like working a 9-5 job and I am certainly getting it. My boss and I have very similar "my way or the highway" personalities and it has taking me a while to realize that he's the boss and it really is his way or the highway. As the unpaid intern, I have no say. I think it is safe to say that I serve better as a leader than a follower, but it is also safe to say that to ever be a leader, I'm going to have to work my way to the top being a follower. Although it is a hard lesson to learn, I think in the past week or so I've been doing better not challenging everything I am told to do. This is a lesson I didn't think I needed to learn but I am happy I'm learning it now before I have a real paying job.

 

I work in Virginia, so that is where I spend most of my time during the week but during the weekend, it is rare that I leave Washington D.C. Unfortunately, D.C. has a huge homeless population. There are homeless people in pretty much every neighborhood. I wanted to include this in my post to encourage whoever is reading this, whether you never plan on coming to D.C. or have your semester here planned already, to do whatever you can to help these people. I have yet to see any of them do anything violent or mean. I think it's important to keep in mind that whatever it is that got them to the point they're at was not planned. No one wants to be homeless and no one wants to suffer from an addiction or a mental disability or a job loss. I would hope that everyone who can afford it is doing something to combat this issue whether it be working at a soup kitchen or buying them lunch when you get yours. Sometimes all someone needs to turn their lives around is a friend or a small act of kindness.

 

On that note, it's time for some Netflix. Talk to ya next week!!

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