Life as a Washingtonian – Final Post

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August 12, 2012 by Natasha

Life as a Washingtonian

One last week! Woohoo! This is my last official week here in D.C. I’m super excited and ready to go home. It was a great run here in Washington but I am incredibly ready for some vacation time.

Hope you are doing well and enjoying the final week of the 30th Olympiad as well! Now pause that game of water polo and check out the remainder of my life as a Washingtonian.

———- Monday, August 6, 2012 ———

Only 2 days until my birthday! Woot! To celebrate my last week here at Nat Geo, I’m wearing skirts and dresses all week. Oh yea….

Today I helped to work on a stencil for the Monster Truck vehicle. That’s about it!

———- Tuesday, August 7, 2012 ———

For some odd reason, I wanted to take a photo of the corner of 16th and M st. Not sure why.  Sadly this white car kind of got in my shot.

Today, while finishing the stencil, I worked in an open office on the 5th floor. It was a nice sunny day so… I enjoyed the sunshine!

This is me. In the chair! 🙂

And this is me… in the elevator! hehe!

What was really nice today was that I was able to design two stencils completely from scratch! I can’t wait until the show air so I can see my creations! It’s going to be amazing. So.. I’ll let you know when I find out.

———- Wednesday, August 8, 2012 ———

Happy Birthday to me! Today, marks 21 years that I have been alive. Woot Woot.

They are installing a new exhibit in the Mst building, so they have cleared it out. It’s super open and kind of awesome. The other interns and myself said that we should have a dance party down there.

Aww, throughout the day, the interns gave me notes signed by all of them and Alex. Haha. Thanks guys! By the end of the day, I had a total of 5 cards…so 1 from every intern. It was super sweet.

After work, Jenny and Colin wanted to go to Washington Harbor in Georgetown to see an acoustic concert. So… I went with! I mean, it is my birthday so something exciting should be done! Tomorrow is the super celebration, but I should do something on my birthday as well.

I think these are apartments we saw on the way there.

Down by the boardwalk… down by the seeeaaaaa! Just kidding. That island is Roosevelt Island or something. Cool stuff.

A few months ago, this area was completely flooded so many of the stores are closed. However, a few places were still open for some food and drinks. We, Jenny, Colin and myself, were sitting close to the musician and his pianist. His name was Jason M-something.

Jenny and Colin at Kafe Leopold! ‘Twas a German restaurant in an alley!

Really pretty set up outside.

This was the menu and the drink I got! I got the “gingerita!” These guys were so sweet.. I didn’t have to buy my dinner or my drink.



This was the pink ladies room!

Walking back home, Arlington, Virginia looked really nice across the water!

It was a wonderful night. Thanks everyone for making it awesome!

———- Thursday, August 9, 2012 ———

Today is the last day of internship! So sadd!!!

It was kind of an awesome day because no work was completed. I was like “forget that mess!” So… it was a fun day.

At 11:15, we went to the museum. Afterwards we went straight to the intern luncheon which had amazing Mediterranean wraps from Roti. It was great!

So good!

After the luncheon, they had gifts for us, cupcakes and ice-cream! I had no room in my stomach for anything, but it was cool to just hang out after the presentations.

Dakota and I went down to the equipment room to help Jesse out with whatever he needed. It was really nice to hang out down there with all of the cameras, lenses and other kits that make NG products beautiful!

After this, I bought some stuff from the store then went to partay! Hehe.

This is the only picture I took with my phone tonight. The rest are on my film camera so I am super excited to see how they turn out.

Let’s just say tonight was a good night-a really good night.

———- Friday, August 10, 2012 ———

Today, I had a few errands to run like mailing home my chair and another package.

But I met up with Zoe and Jenny to have lunch at Founding Farmers, and then went to The National Gallery of Art.

One of Zoe’s favorite artists is Joan Miro, I couldn’t take pictures of the exhibit (obviously), but I am fascinated with spiral staircases Isn’t this nice??

There was a giant Alexander Calder mobile hanging in the East museum. I immediately thought of Hank and the Screen/Society at Duke. Shout out to you guys!!

After this, we went to Jazz in the Gardens, which was located in the NGA’s sculpture garden It was nice.

There we hung around the fountain and met up with some other NG interns. They worked in the 17st building with the magazine.  Colin and I hung out with the in Chinatown for dinner.

The beautiful arch at night!


From left to right: Josh, Colin, Josie, Laz and me! Laz’s roommate, Jake, took the picture so… he’s not pictured here.

After dinner (which was 2 spring rolls and a shared drink called a flaming volcano), Josh, Colin, Josie and I hung out by the National Archives.

It was another nice night.

———- Saturday, August 11, 2012 ———

I’m coming home! Yay! Today is the last day I will be here in D.C. After this, my life as a Washingtonian will come to a close.

Me on the plane.

It was super rough to get to the airport and here on the plane… but I am here now and ready to head back to Mississippi.

Thanks so much for joining me on this 3 month journey! I hope you enjoyed the experience equally as much as I did telling it.  Stay tuned for a new chapter of my life… when I will be a New Yorker.

Until that time, stay strong and carry on.

*~*~* We are so much more powerful than we initially think. *~*~*



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