Thursday, March 3, 2011

Washington DC: Part 2

I had so much fun having Kayley with me on this year's Washington DC trip. There was a ton of traveling (almost as much flying time as time actually spent in DC) but it was alright, since I enjoy flying with her so much. We're currently on our flight from Chicago to Seattle and we found that channel 3 has the best pop mix going on right now - so we both have our headphones on and we're having a little dance party here in row 26. She just leaned over to me and asked why no one else is having as much fun on this flight as we are. These are the questions we ask ourselves.

"Baby I like it! The way you move on the floor. Baby I like it!"

The first day in DC was great, but we were just so tired. We went to an Advocacy Day debriefing workshop, then one on the situation in Haiti. It was good to get a refresher on what Save the Children is doing right now, because while I have plenty to say to the Senators about what I saw in Guatemala, it's good to be current on the stats and everything too.

YES KE$HA. "There's a place I know, if you're looking for a show, where they go hardcore and there's glitter on the floor."

Have you ever noticed that literally every single Ke$ha song references glitter? Listen for it. I need more glitter in my life, I think. Say what you want about Ke$ha, but any woman who likes glitter that much is okay in my book.

Okay, focusing. Washington DC. My trip.

NO WAY. Okay, off topic for one more second. I've been going back and forth on whether I should buy the $7 fruit and cheese tray on this flight, because I'm hungry but the prices of airline food are always really excessive. Finally I decided to just go for it, and when I handed the flight attendant my credit card just now he leaned in and said, "that'll be $50. Nah, I'm just kidding, our machine is broken. It's on us."

So hell yeah, free food! FREE FOOD, GUYS.

OKAY. DC. I need to do this. After our workshops, there was a little reception upstairs where we got to meet the CEO of Save, awards/honors were given out, and Kayley and I made small talk with a lot of Save employees and politicians and other volunteers. Also these catering guys KEPT trying to give Kayley and I these crab cakes and little shrimp rolls, which was just silly since Kayley's a vegetarian and I hate seafood like ... a person who really hates seafood. But he was relentless. I think I waved my hand and said "no thank you" about ten different times.

Okay, this blog just isn't happening. Now "the King's Speech" is playing on those overhead airplane screens, and after seeing it win so many Oscars, I need to watch it. More soon.


The next morning:

I have been up since 11 AM and in that time I had a meeting with the people at, replied to and written over 10 emails, and am now finishing this blog post. And it's only 12:20. Sometimes I wonder if real blood runs through my veins, or if it's pure energy.

So the second day of DC, we got up early and met up with a group of people taking the children out to hold their adorable hand-made picket signs saying "Don't cut our funds, invest in our future". It was absolutely freezing but Kayley and I braved the cold to get some footage of them in front of the Capital Building.

Then it was time for breakfast where we saw a few more speakers, watched a recap on what Save has done in the past year, and I was incredibly embarrassed when they showed my video from Advocacy Day LAST year in front of about 200 people. And I know, usually my videos get 20,000+ views so what's the big deal, but the big deal is that I'm not usually in a room with all of them watching it WITH those people. Kayley seemed to delight in this, but we'll see if she's laughing next year if they show HERS. Haha.

Then we split off into our groups and headed over to the House side of congress, to meet with our first Representative (who was conveniently from Washington State). We spoke with an associate of Norm Dicks first, which went rather well. Then we had about two hours free so my group decided to while away the time in the Air and Space Museum (AWESOME). Then we headed to the Senate side to speak to an associate of Virginia Senator Jim Webb, which also went smoothly. Unfortunately my flight was kind of early so I had to head back to the hotel before my group spoke with Washington Senator Patty Murray, but I'm sure they did a great job without me.

I waited in the lobby for Kayley, and then we took a cab back to the airport around 4:30. Which almost brings us up to date.

I had such a great time returning for my second Advocacy Day, and I only hope I can keep coming back. I'll be posting a video on my channel soon about the experience, so if you want to know more, look out for that. :)

Flights taken: 4
Levels on WoW:
Mage: 56
Shaman: 34


Chelseaxx said...

Glad you guys had a great trip and are having a fun flight back :)

Paloma said...

I-I-I like it!

Kristen said...

Saying you need more glitter in your life seems like you're just begging for people to send you envelopes full of the stuff. *plots*

Molly said...

Ke$ha is pretty much the queen of glitter.
I saw her in concert last October with my best friend, before which I decided that one cannot go see Ke$ha without wearing a ridiculous amount of glitter.

beautifulmonday said...

Good work on the Hill!

I just have to ask: what did you think of The King's Speech?

Manar said...

I love Ke$ha. :D She may not be a "classy lady," but her music's really fun.

And it sounds like Advocacy Day was pretty awesome.