Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Just another day at The Office

The other day I was sitting on the first floor of McDonough, eating my bagel at a small table reading "A Farewell to Arms," when I heard a faint pounding, and a very soft "help." I didn't take much notice of it, considering I was reading about a war, and thought that maybe I was only imagining.

A couple minutes later, the entire (or what I imagine to be the entire) force of campus security went running up to the elevators. These were roughly 20 feet from where I was sitting, and I watched. As I continued to munch on my bagel, I gathered that there was someone stuck in the elevator. A female law student:

"Help, I'm stuck." -Muffled voice

"M'am. M'am. Are you ok in there?" -one of five campus security guards

"Beep, beep, beep" - elevator

"M'AM?!? Are you alright?" -nervous guards in unison

"Beep, beep, beep, ding" - elevator

"I'm still stuck in here. Help" - increasingly distressed muffled voice

"Are you uncomfortable in there?" - confused guards

"What was that" - dls (distressed law student)

"ARE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE?" - guards pounding on door

"Beep, beep, beep" - elevator

"Huh?" - guards- "OH, the elevator is still going up and down with her in it!"

"Beep, beep, ding" - elevator

"We've called the elevator technician and he'll be here momentarily" - guard who had yet to say anything at this point

.....20 minutes......

"He's here!" - guards

"He's here!!" - my thought

"I'm here" - elevator technician

......5 minutes.....

"I am never getting in an elevator in this school again." - frazzled (but no longer distressed) law student

"Mmmm, this is a good bagel. I should pack my lunch and eat at this table more often." - my thoughts

......2 hours.....

"Elevators on the east side of the building will be closed until further notice." - Email notification

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Everything's better in Fun Size

As far as holidays go, I think Halloween is pretty useless.

There are, however, a few perks:

Fun sized candy. I think Milky Ways and Reeses are even better when they're small. Maybe it's just because things also taste better when they're in the shape of a pumpkin, or maybe it's because I can justify having 3 or 4 at once. Maybe it's a question as old as how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop. The world may never know.

Sales on candy starting the day after Halloween (can you see a trend developing here). $1.88 for a gigantic bag of mixed FUN-SIZED candy? I'll take 5.

Dinner parties and pumpkin carving with friends. Destiny had a dinner party at her house where she made dinner in a pumpkin. Literally, in a pumpkin. It was delicious. She and Tom also worked on their costumes. They made the most amazing Spartan cheerleader uniforms I've ever seen. I don't think I've laughed so hard in a long time.

Nightmare on M Street. Even though Halloween isn't generally a holiday that I enjoy, DC does it right. I live in a prime location to be able to walk over to Georgetown on Halloween and not get stuck in traffic.

This year I made reservations a month in advance. A group of 10 of us had dinner at Clydes and then walked around through the mayhem. This year I think that (overwhelmingly) the most popular costumes were the Joker for men and Sarah Palin for women. Not going to lie, not all Sarah Palins are created equally...

Don't spread it around too much, but I think I may be warming up to Halloween. It still doesn't compare to Thanksgiving, Christmas or the 4th of July...but I'm slowly being convinced that it deserves to be called a holiday.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Guess who just had the best week ever....

Not Barack or Joe.

Not John or Sarah.

(Though this week could change that for a pair of them)

BLAKE and RACHEL had the best week ever.

Here's why:

I got a dream job offer. I start on Wednesday at Georgetown Law working in their Academic Services offices. My boss is amazing. The pay is above and beyond what I even dreamed of. And, the best thing about it is that I (after a year of working there) will get free tuition at Georgetown. I could potentially get a master's degree from Georgetown for the low low price of...FREE. AND, Blake could --if wants to take on more schooling-- get an MBA.

It's so great it's almost unreal. I can hardly believe my good luck.

It's been a really tough time being unemployed. I never realized before how much of my self worth is wrapped up in my ability to be productive in a work environment. Even though I hope I never have to go through that situation again, it makes me all the more excited and thankful for my job and for the way things turned out. (Everything's always better in hindsight, isn't' it?)

Secondly, but no less importantly:

Blake got a job offer at the Department of Justice! I know it's poor form to brag, but I'm just so excited/proud I could burst. There were an extraordinary number of applications this year at the DOJ, and they only hired two people. It doesn't surprise me that they hired Blake, but it's definitely an honor.

Maybe it's because I'm living my lawyer dreams out vicariously through Blake, but I get tingles every time I think about his graduating and starting work so soon. It's a very exciting time and I couldn't be more thrilled.