Hollywood’s Not America

ABOVE: At the Newseum in front of a real portion of the Berlin Wall!

Hi all,

This past weekend I visited the Newseum in downtown D.C. This is something that I have been looking forward to since I first found out that I was accepted into the D.C. program. My high school newspaper adviser and mentor Carolyn Wagner visited the Newseum when she took her students to a national student journalism conference last year, and has raved about it since her return!

Since then, I have been dying to go. Wagner had mentioned to me that spending only one afternoon or morning at the Newseum was not going to be enough, so I wanted to make sure that I went on a day with ample hours to really take my time.

ABOVE: Me in front of the real Tinker armbands! Wags knows how much this means to me!

Since it was Butler U’s fall break this past weekend, a lot of my roommates and friends had guests staying here. Two of my best friends are coming up in November, so I was one of the only people without guests. Since I have been attached at the hip with my roommates in all of my sightseeing so far, I thought it was extremely important that I go experience the Newseum by myself.

It was the thing that I was looking forward to most in D.C., so it just made sense to make an independent-woman-in-D.C-weekend out of it and really take full advantage of all my dear friends being occupied with their guests.

This was by far the best decision I could have ever made. I ended up going to the Newseum two days in a row and spending HOURS there. There are six floors (and a basement level) to the Newseum. To give you some insight as to how much time I was taking, by the close of the museum on Day 1 of my weekend, I only made it to the third floor… Yes, if any of my friends were there with me, they would have given up and left me anyways!

ABOVE: Me on the top floor of the Newseum! Amazing view of my favorite sight in the city!

The Newseum had several interesting, fun and even interactive exhibits, but one particular exhibit really stuck out to me. The Covering Katrina exhibit was out of this world.

Hurricane Katrina is one of the most interesting and heartbreaking natural disasters in our country’s history and certainly one of the deadliest (I think it’s #3) with more than 1,800 American deaths. Thousands more were displaced. Millions were affected. Yes, even all of us in Northern Illinois. Remember the gas prices that year? This exhibit was awesome because of the sheer magnitude of journalistic artifacts that they had from the wreckage as well as the in-depth look at the role that journalists played during this tragedy. Here is a clip that I saw in a video montage there that really stuck with me.

There were many more clips like this one, from journalists that I already admire, and to see them acting so courageously brought a few tears to my eyes. I really think that during this crisis, the journalists acted as true heroes and really shed the most light on the problems associated with the relief effort in the days following Katrina’s wake.

Also, there was a wall of the exhibit that had the front pages of newspapers that showed the timeline of the hurricane and its devastation. I was engrossed in reading the stories and seeing the unbelievable images, only partly paying attention to which newspaper was publishing which article. All of the sudden, I saw a word from another article on one of the pages I was reading pop out to me. The word: Kildeer.

ABOVE: Me standing in front of The Daily Herald front page on display after Katrina’s wake.

My short little self immediately glanced up to the top of the broadsheet page, and low and behold, there was The Daily Herald’s masthead. Wow! It was such a cool experience that my hometown newspaper was one of the newspapers from the entire country that was chosen in this exhibit to show the emotional toll that this hurricane took on our country.

After finishing the Newseum on the second day, I went to the National Portrait Gallery. I’ve heard it’s one of the best Smithsonian exams. Going there by myself was slightly eerie because a lot of the museum was empty and it was a weird time to go. Honestly, it was so much fun. It was like I was discovering an entire museum by myself. I know that sounds laughable but it was like I was solving a mystery, exploring the museum on my own terms.

ABOVE: A hallway in the National Portrait Gallery. How cool!

My favorite part of the entire museum was a special collection they had installed of Norman Rockwell paintings from the collections of both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. This was my favorite one. It really spoke to me. The expression on the little girl just kills me. So cute. It’s like you just want to tell her to hold on and wait.

ABOVE: Little Girl Observing Lovers on the Train – Norman Rockwell – 1944

All in all, this weekend was a supreme success and my work week has flown by! It’s getting closer and closer to the election and I just can’t get enough of all the excitement and nervousness around this city– it’s addicting!


Paper Thin Hymn

ABOVE: Me in front of Bobby Kennedy’s gravesite and memorial at the Arlington National Cemetery. RFK is one of my favorite politicians to study so visiting his gravesite and paying my respects was unforgettable.

Hi all,

I thought I would give everyone an update about my internship. As you know, I’m interning at The Hill newspaper. You can read about the newspaper’s history here.

My experiences at The Hill have been invaluable to my college learning experience thus far. It has honestly taught me so much about the workings of a newspaper, from reinforcing the importance of accuracy to just getting an inside look at the production aspect of the publication (which is fascinating to me).

My main responsibility is updating and editing The Hill’s Congress Blog which you can read here. The Congress Blog is a hub for senators, representatives, organization leaders and academics to contribute editorials about important or newsworthy issues that they have strong opinions on.

I feel like I am learning something new every day from the amount of information I read, edit, and proof every day. The blog covers myriad issues and events so just reading that in itself is a great way to ingest the news every day.

Interns also help with different assignments that editors and reporters are working on. It’s fun be a part of the beginning steps of the paper. For instance, today I was on the phone with former governors and congress people asking them about their opinions on an issue my editor is researching. Yesterday, I was doing background research for another editor there. Next week, I’m doing a restaurant review of a sushi restaurant downtown.

One of the most important parts of my job is being informed about current events. Another intern and I were talking about how amazing we think journalism is just because you get to know about so many topics and issues that you otherwise wouldn’t have had a reason to know about– just because you simply need to know what’s going on to be prepared to do background research or interview someone.

From this moment on, I really don’t know what I would do without knowing current events. If I go one day without reading the entire News Pulse on CNN, I feel cut off from the world. I always thought I was pretty informed before this internship, but this is a whole new level for me and I can’t picture myself ever going back. I just feel like I know more. It sounds simple but it has opened my mind so much.

We’re in the midst of everything in this city. All the issues that matter to me in the Midwest are actually decided here, and the best part is that I get to be a part of them in a unique and distinct way.

For instance, I was actually at the U.S. Capitol, standing outside the Senate Chamber with the rest of the journalists, when the Senate voted on the 2011 Defense Authorization Bill (better known to everyone as the potential repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell). I still can’t believe I was that close to history in action, interviewing Senators next to people from just about every news organization that you’ve ever heard of.

As journalists, we are responsible for the issues and the events in that we are trusted with informing the rest of America (and the world) about them. Hopefully we do this in the most objective way possible, but that is the unique challenge of journalism. Objectivity, fairness and accuracy are the most important parts of our job, but as humans, it’s impossible to be 100 percent objective. I strive with all my might to uphold these standards. I know I am still learning, too, but even as a student journalist, upholding these three values are extremely important.

Student journalists have the unique treat and responsibility that we get to practice our trade before graduating. And now, with the influx of social media and its gained importance and presence in our lives, the average person can practice citizen journalism. So these three standards have become even more important.

Working at The Hill has renewed my love for journalism. I honestly can’t say where my career will take me, but I do know that for the rest of my life, I will look for objectivity in the news I consume and do my best to uphold these values in all aspects of my life.


A few weekends ago, my friends Katie, Christy, Amanda and I flew to Boston on part two of our East Coast adventure! My roommate had a friend in Boston that we could stay with, Boston is one of my favorite cities and tickets from Hotwire are unreal amounts of cheap, so it seemed like the perfect travel plans!

We had an amazing time in Boston. The history is amazing, the architecture is great, the food is “to die for” and the Metro transit system is amazing!

We did so many things on our weekend trip there that I was honestly surprised that we were still functioning by the end of it! We really packed everything in during such a short span of time!

Something that I would recommend to anyone traveling to Boston is making sure to walk through the entire Freedom Trail. The Freedom trail (http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/) is a historical trail that tourists can take to see all the historic sites that were important leading up to (and throughout) the American Revolution. During my last trip to Boston, I visited most of these sites, but since I was there the last time more than seven years ago, I obviously welcomed the refresher.

Here is a brief description of the trail from the official website.

“The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites, every one an authentic American treasure. Preserved and dedicated by the citizens of Boston in 1958, when the wrecking ball threatened, the Freedom Trail today is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.”

We tried to take pictures along most of the 16 sites! Below are the photos with captions! I think I only missed one or two!

ABOVE: The Boston Common: The girls and I at the Boston Common, a beautiful park. This is where the tour started and it was easily accessible to the Metro.

ABOVE: The State House: View from the Boston Common to The State House.

ABOVE: Park Street Church: This isn’t technically the church, but it is the nearest picture to it that I have from this trip. We tried to walk in and got in trouble because pre-school was going on…haha!

ABOVE: Granary Burying Ground: The first picture is Christy, Amanda and I in front of Mr. and Ms. Franklin’s Graves (Ben’s Parents). We all kind of passed it and didn’t care at first, and then finally realized the significance they had! Sorry Franklins! 🙂 The second picture is me in front of Sam Adams’ grave!!

ABOVE: King’s Chapel: The first is the view from the back of the church aisle. The second is the view of the original prayer books/bibles from a pew.

King’s Chapel Burying Ground: Didn’t take a picture of this! I wasn’t particularly enthralled for some reason I guess!

ABOVE: Benjamin Franklin Statue/Boston Latin School: The first picture is me in front of the Ben Franklin Statue, and the rest are us in the Boston Latin School courtyard. FYI: There is a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse there now, ha..

Old Corner Book Store: The Old Corner Book Store is now not a bookstore 😦 We went there for about thirty seconds and were a little disappointed.

ABOVE: Old South Meeting House: Inside and outside.

ABOVE: Old State House: Front door and outside.

Site of the Boston Massacre: No pictures, it is only marked by something small.

ABOVE: Faneuil Hall: Inside.

ABOVE: Paul Revere House: Outside.

The Old North Church: No pictures, the lighting was horrible and I couldn’t get anything worthwhile!

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground: No pictures.

ABOVE: Bunker Hill Monument: Funny, this looks exactly like the Washington Monument!

ABOVE: USS Constitution: Katie tried to stand and get a picture of the ship from a higher view because there was a fence in front of it and got yelled at by the guards. I happened to get the perfect picture! Such a funny moment!

During our first full day in Boston, we started off walking the entire Freedom Trail, then ended up going to Mike’s Pastries for cannoli and to the Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park. I have only been to Fenway Park one other time in my life and that didn’t even involve a baseball game! Since my immediate family is from the North side of the Chicago suburbs, we are avid Chicago Cubs fans (no matter how saddening it always is). Being a Cubs fan is extremely important to me just because it gives me great memories of going to the Beanie Baby days with my parents when I was little and watching the games with my dad.

ABOVE: Katie and I at the Red Sox game.

I think there are a lot of Cubs fans who also love the Boston Red Sox. I don’t really know what the connection is, but it probably has something to do with how loyal the fans are. Loyal fans appreciate loyal fans, especially when it may not always be easy to be loyal when your team doesn’t constantly (or ever…) win the World Series!

Anyways, I had a great time at the game and enjoyed just being in the park at the very least!

We took a crowded Metro back to where we stayed for the weekend at one of my roommate’s friend’s house in the Boston College neighborhood and immediately fell asleep when we arrived! It was a full day!

The next day we slept in and got up in time to leave for lunch. We visited my favorite restaurant in Boston, Durgin Park, which is right by a bunch of historic landmarks! I have fantasized about that cornbread for seven years, and it was just as unbelievable as I remembered! I got the Pot Roast as my entree which made me think about why I don’t make Pot Roast more. Sure it takes some effort, but it’s always worth it!

ABOVE: Me and my buddy, Amanda, at Durgin Park 🙂

The next day we went to Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass. Honestly, it was such a great experience. There is something so relaxed about the Harvard campus that I really didn’t expect. Not that I expected it to be stuffy or overbearing on the opposite side of things, I just didn’t expect it to be so cool! I could totally picture any of my friends who were thinking about law school or graduate school to look into it! What an awesome place and I’m sure I didn’t even see the half of it!

ABOVE: Katie and I standing at a gate on the Harvard campus.

The whole experience just reminded me of the television show Gilmore Girls (even though Rory’s character ended up attending Yale). I never had visited Harvard or had much interest in it but just being in that atmosphere just made me gawk at the beauty of such an old, traditional and historic campus!

After Harvard, we went to the Cheers bar set in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. It was so cool and such a fun place to visit, even if it was only for a photo op! The area of Beacon Hill is beautiful and was totally worth the visit.

We finished the trip up by going to a get together my roommate’s friend wanted to bring us to at night with his friends from school. Even though Amanda, Christy and I didn’t know anyone that went there, it will still a good experience to see how the Boston College campus looked.

And, of course, in the company of friends, hilarity always ensues over something or other!

Thanks for reading, friends!

xoxo Hayleigh


There is honestly nothing that I have done so far during my short stint as a D.C. inhabitant that has been more memorable to me than my trip to see the monuments at night (besides my short “vacation” here with my family of course).

If anyone reading this ever visits Washington from now until eternity, this is such a timeless, astonishing, and inspiring thing to do that literally any American can appreciate.

Around 10 p.m., a group of five of us girls from Butler departed from the 5th floor of 2807 Connecticut Ave NW and ventured by foot and by Metro to take a tour of the D.C. monuments. Here is a picture of us before leaving:

ABOVE: Girls before leaving for the nighttime monument tour. From left: Christy, Amanda, Hayleigh, Katie, Olivia.

The tour started with the Washington Monument. My family and I didn’t really spend much time at this monument, only bothering to take a few pictures in front of it. Honestly, the reason why is because I really just don’t find it that exciting during the day. I’ve never really felt a connection to it, for whatever reason. Wow, did this monument trip change that.

The nighttime air was crisp, it was uncharacteristically windy, and the sky was beyond clear. Walking up to the monument, I just felt this rush of unbelievable awe come over me and all of the sudden I realized it: I was smack dab in the middle of our nation’s capital, and I got to stay there for however long I wanted to.

No matter how many pictures I took of this experience, none could fully convey how beautiful it was. Even after 10 pm, there were still plenty of people there, laying on the benches that were below the circle of crisp, red, glowing American flags that were blowing wildly in the wind and staring up at the proud and tall Washington Monument, one of the city’s most well-known symbols.

Because none of the pictures were turning out quite as I wanted them, I decided to videotape the experience. Below is a video of us at the Washington Monument followed with some photos. It was really windy like I said, so I apologize about any wind sounds coming through your computer speakers!


The rest of our stops went in the following order: (First, The Washington Memorial), The Lincoln Memorial, the WW2 Memorial, the Vietnam War memorial, the Korean War memorial, the FDR memorial, and the Jefferson memorial.

My favorite out of all of them was probably the Washington Memorial just because I have such vivid video to remember it by and because it was the first one that I saw at night, but it would definitely be followed closely by the Lincoln Memorial (obviously), the FDR memorial, and the WW2 memorial. Ahh– Also the Jefferson memorial! As you can see, they all really did leave a lasting impression.

The most emotional of the monuments was definitely the Vietnam War memorial because of its solemnness. There is just something about the WW2 memorial that is glorious and hopeful, likely because the Allies won the war, that the Vietnam War memorial doesn’t exist. It’s solemn, it’s somber. There is too much loss to even think about. We mostly didn’t speak during that part of the tour, just ran our fingers quietly along the engravings of the seemingly endless rows of the names of men and women that America lost during that time.

To move along to a more uplifting note, the Jefferson memorial was beautiful and extremely uplifting! It was a trek to get to unlike the others that are for the most part clustered somewhat together. My Foreign Policy professor told our class that the Jefferson Memorial was designed so that the White House would have an unobstructed view of it from one of the windows so as to inspire future presidents to the great presidents of America’s past. He also joked (for the Jefferson non-enthusiasts) that if you hated Jefferson, you could just look out the window and be inspired by what not to do! Either way, it works! And it’s definitely cool that the White House has an unobstructed view of it considering it REALLY is pretty far away.

Personally, I really like Jefferson as a president, mostly because he is very quotable, and because in middle school, everyone picked their favorite presidents, and I haphazardly and arbitrarily decided mine was going to be Jefferson, so I feel like I still have to hold true! (Much like me deciding at an early age to myself that my favorite number was going to be 19 because it’s the date that my sister was born in February…Oh, the arbitrary random decisions children make for no reason!)

Anyways, because of my fondness for Jefferson, when I entered into the white, circular, open-air monument with a massive statue of Jefferson in the middle, I immediately read the Jefferson quotes that were inscribed on the wall since I ended up loving the ones at the Lincoln memorial so much!

I love this quote from Jefferson, that was on one of the monument walls facing South. Jefferson is standing in front of it so you have to walk around to the back of the monument to see.

Here it is:

“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.” -Thomas Jefferson

As a journo, I don’t like to display my political bias, but I don’t really think this quote can really peg me as a supporter of any one political party, rather, it shows my love for progress, the Constitution, our founding fathers, and the history behind the story of this country which most if not all Americans share with me!

Here are some more pictures from the tour:

ABOVE: The Vietnam War Memorial. It goes on for a very long time, this is just a segment. You can see the Washington Monument in the background.

ABOVE: The Lincoln Memorial at night. Look at Honest Abe just hanging out in the middle! Imagine how huge that statue is and how minuscule compared to the rest of the monument! Perspective if I’ve ever seen it!

ABOVE: The girls in front of Abe. Now you can finally see the size of how big Abe is and do some comparing!

ABOVE: Katie and I blowing FDR a kiss on the cheek! As my Foreign Policy professor says, “Everybody loves FDR!”

ABOVE: The statue of Thomas Jefferson at the Jefferson Memorial.

ABOVE: A picture I captured from the other side of the Jefferson Monument of the girls sitting on a bench while I was reading the quotes. Look how tiny they are in comparison to the rest of the monument!! It amazes me!

I hope you enjoyed the video and pictures! Now it’s time to get off to bed so that I have energy tomorrow morning!



Feel the Tide Turning

ABOVE: The Butler Collegian’s beautiful new computers– how I miss them!

I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in the past two weeks! Every day, I always jot something down that I would like to blog about, and then once I get home I can never find the time.

In my last entry, I spoke about an exciting development in my future that I was looking forward to but I couldn’t speak of just yet. Well, after two weeks of extremely grueling, detail-oriented work, I can proudly say that the online version of The Butler Collegian is finally in its final stages of completion! Whew! I wasn’t entirely sure that the site would be ready when I last posted so I didn’t want to prematurely start publicizing the new site.

That actually turned out to be a good decision, because there have been a few bumps and bruises along the way and back on the 9th, it was nowhere near where it is today.

I would like to take a moment to thank the people who were most instrumental in helping make the site happen. First and foremost, Dr. Nancy Whitmore, director of the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism at Butler University, has been such a helpful, efficient, and eager leader of this whole project and it frankly would not have been possible without her help and openness to staff’s desire to upgrade our site.

I would also like to thank Arika Herron, the current editor-in-chief of The Butler Collegian, for being a sounding board and great partner for me within each and every stage of the site’s development, on top of being in charge of the editorial and content sides of the newspaper.

The Collegian has come such a long way in the past year, and I look forward to continuing to grow as a staff and a newspaper. I think we keep proving to people that we may be small, but we are mighty. The 14 awards we won in 2009 from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association are a marker of that.

In any case, I am extremely proud of the website we helped build, and looking forward to many more upgrades in the coming year.

Brand New Orange

ABOVE: Picture of me, Katie, and Amanda before leaving for work on Katie’s first day at C-SPAN!

New definition of happiness: when your work phone rings and the Caller-ID says “US CAPITOL”

Before this semester, I had considered starting and keeping up with a blog for more than a year, but I always got sidetracked or discouraged. Thoughts like “What do I really have to say?” and “My life isn’t that interesting” popped up in my head whenever the urge to blog would come up. So, it should come as no surprise that while I so looked forward to my Washington, D.C. semester because of the internship experience, experiences of being in a new city, and discovering the history of this country, one of the other things that excited me most was this one thought: I finally have something worthwhile to blog about!

Even though my family and friends would pat me on the back and say “Oh Hayleigh, you’re so interesting, regardless of D.C.,” there is something about being in this city that just makes me feel truly lucky and interesting—and that makes me want to write, write, write EVERYTHING I’m thinking or feeling down.

I would like to dedicate this post to the things that I’ve learned or noticed about this city– even in my short time of being here! Even if they might seem obvious to the common person, I don’t want to leave out anything because I feel like there is so much that is unique about this city that goes BEYOND just traveling to a new place.

For example, of course there are differences between Indianapolis and Chicago that I have noticed, but the culture is generally pretty similar. However, I have a biased view because it’s not like I live in the downtown area of Chicago and I DO live in the metropolitan area of Indy.

Regardless of all this, D.C. is a world away from Chicago OR Indy and here is what I’ve learned so far that other current or future D.C. interns should know.

1) Metro etiquette is the most hardcore, unspoken system, EVER. And everyone knows it. I don’t know how long it’s been like this, but there is such an etiquette and certain way to ride the Metro here in D.C. I’m sure it’s something that D.C. interns learn quickly, and I’m sure it is glaringly obvious to notice who lived in the district permanently versus who is here for a short time just by the way they act on the Metro.

The two main rules I’ve noticed? The left side of all Metro escalators is for WALKING traffic, not standing as the escalator goes up or down. That is the right side. Do NOT mix up the two, otherwise you will screw up the entire system and–especially in the morning– people will be MAD.

The second rule is that you absolutely, positively have to GET OUT OF THE WAY when the Metro doors open to let anyone coming out come out. Those doors have like a 5-second rebound rate and then they close. If you’re blocking the door, people aren’t going to be able to get in or out as fast as they need to and the door WILL close on them.

2) Attention plastic-lovers…Have plastic AND cash on you at all times. The worst thing is when you’re trying to go somewhere, you’ve already walked the distance from your apartment to the closest Metro, you go downstairs to buy a ticket, and the credit card function (or cash function) isn’t working. You’re out of luck and will have to walk back up the escalator. For anyone that gets on or off at Woodley Park Zoo/Adams Morgan like I do, you know what I’m talking about it. According to my Foreign Policy professor, we live by the steepest entrance to any metro stop in D.C. You don’t want to have to do that more than once.

SmartGirl trick- In order to avoid ATM fees if you don’t bank in the area, I get “cash back” whenever I pay with my Debit card at CVS or the grocery. ATM fees add up!

3) Grocery shopping for ONE is a TWO person job. Pick your grocery buddy immediately. Mine is  my apartment-mate Amanda. Grocery shopping is tricky in the city. I don’t have a little black wire rolling cart that all cute, city girls should have because I’m only technically a city girl for a semester, so I have resorted to carrying my grocery bags with my own two hands and the help of Amanda (and a very large, durable Kenneth Cole duffle-like purse). I know, I know–back to the dark ages! Just kidding.

But I don’t think anyone could argue with the fact that when your nearest grocery store is more than 10 city blocks away and you live on the fifth floor of your apartment building, you get tired slightly faster than the short walk from your car to your house.

SmartGirl trick- After a long, tiring day at the office or sightseeing, grocery buddies can always be bribed with always-on-sale mini Haagen-Dazs or Ben&Jerry’s ice cream cups in the freezer section. They are usually a buck each and a worthwhile reason to make the trek!

4) As a DC intern, there’s always an eye and an ear on you. You know that rude, petty, or gossipy conversation you had with your friend on the Metro on the way to the office this morning? Well, just take one visit to the popular DC Interns blog and I bet you will think twice before having that conversation. Metros are close quarters, people can hear you, and believe it or not, what you say in what you see as a danger-free zone actually could have an effect on the relationships you build with your intern peers, coworkers, or supervisors and actually does have an effect on the way interns are viewed in the district. Remember, you are in a city surrounded by people whose jobs are more related to yours than you would think– they basically ALL are in some way related to the U.S. government or something to do with politics. It’s a huge city, but it sure is easy to find someone with something in common here. Use it to your advantage by being a smart, professional intern, NOT a sloppy one.

That’s all for now, folks. As the semester goes on, I will revisit this post and perhaps write more intern/DC newbie advice that I have picked up along the way.

I potentially have an exciting night ahead of me– I won’t lay out here what it is in case it doesn’t happen, but let’s just say it involves me and my favorite thing to do EVER- JOURNALISM WORK! 🙂

I’ll explain tomorrow or the next day if my plans ended up happening– and why I couldn’t share more fully now!

Have a great night!

Ordinary Day

Hello everyone!

I have been living in D.C. for just about a week now and I love it so much! In the past week, so much has changed—I’ve started living in a new apartment, started my reporting internship at The Hill newspaper, and made great new friends!

The five other ladies I am living with are fabulous and we have had so much fun romping around in our new space and in our new little homey neighborhood! Today, since it is a Friday and we don’t have to go to our internships, Katie, Amanda and I went to the International Spy Museum and explored China Town a little and ate some great Chinese food at Ming’s Restaurant. Supposedly it’s one of the nation’s 100 best Chinese food places so we walked in, but then we saw the same sign on a few other places….so we think that was a lie. But it was good!

Yesterday night we went to see Eat Pray Love (time #2 for me!) in Friendship Heights, which is a cute area near Adams Morgan with a mall and lots of familiar box clothing stores and chain restaurants.

Our plans for tonight are visiting all the monuments at night (WW2, Vietnam War, Lincoln, Washington) because Katie says they are at their most beautiful at night! I can’t wait to see them!

OK, so here are a few photos of my apartment that I promised I would put up. It’s the cutest thing.

My internship has been going smoother and smoother every day that I’m there. On day 1 (which was Tuesday), I was seriously overwhelmed! Anyone that talked to me on Tuesday knows that I was seriously anxiety-ridden. For example, I made Katie walk to the Metro with me about 40 minutes before I even had to get there, and the place is only two stops away! She was laughing because I was truly just so excited and nervous to start.

Basically, the point of my job at The Hill is to post and edit blogs from Congress members and other influential individuals and post them on The Hill’s website on the Congress Blog. Getting the hang of it has been kind of tricky, but it does get easier and easier every day.

Ok, today seriously tired me, not to mention the unbelievably tiring week, so I’m signing out to go take a nap!