My view right now as I embark on a jam-packed afternoon:
But before I drown in all the homework that is leaving me sleepless, I want to write about the weekend! Hopefully I can write it all down because I’m trying to do it quickly 🙂 I haven’t been able to sleep much because of my workload lately, which I’m really not used to, so hopefully I will learn how to manage my time a little better. Let’s hope I make it to Thanksgiving break alive!
Anyways, here we go!
The group of us left Thursday morning at 8am. We all met up at 7:30am and then after stopping at Dunkin Donuts, we hit the road! It was a long, long car ride (about 10 hours) because we went over the Tappan Zee bridge not once, not twice, but THREE times! It also snowed while we were driving through Connecticut! Everyone hated it but I thought it looked pretty.
It was a frustrating and long drive, but we made it to the Hyatt Regency at Bethesda around 6:30pm. After getting all our stuff into the hotel and changing into clothes for the first conference, we were debating until 10:15. At this point I was STARVING, and thankfully everyone else was too! We went to a 24-hour diner (I’ve only ever seen those in the movies!) and I got chocolate chip pancakes, AT. 11. PM. Craziness, I tell ya. The food was great but the staff seemed pretty annoyed by all of us. After thinking about it, I probably would be the same way if it was midnight and ten loud, hungry college kids came in!
People stayed up for a while when we got back, but I headed straight to bed and fell asleep at 1am.
Friday my day started at 6am with a 4 mile run in the hotel gym! I love love love being awake when everyone else is sleeping and having the whole world to myself. It’s so relaxing to me and it felt great to get a workout in. I figured I’ll be tired this whole weekend anyways, so why not throw in a few early runs? The treadmills the hotel had had really cool screens that made it look like you were running anywhere in the world you wanted! A virtual trail, whaaat! You could be running in a course through Thailand, or the streets of Tokyo, it was so, so cool. It made me actually enjoy treadmill running. (That doesn’t happen often). The only issue was that if the screen was turning a corner in the trail, I would turn in real life too (I almost fell off the treadmill once), but I got used to it after a few scares.
They had cold towels that I loved for after running.
Afterwards, I went to get at La Madeleine. It was a really adorable place, and the food looked ahhhhmazing. Too bad I’m a girl on a budget, so I just got the coffee.
Friday was a long day in the committee and was filled with a lot of coffee runs and pizza for dinner. At night we would take the train into Washington D.C.! It was a 25 minute subway ride and we were able to see the Lincoln Memorial, the FDR Memorial, the MLK Memorial, the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial! I had only been there before as a 6th grader and I thought everything was boring at the time. This time, I was so excited! It was a lot of walking, but it was fun to see so much in one night. It was also fun being there at midnight because not many people were around. We had D.C. to ourselves! The Jefferson Memorial was my favorite, and I loved how most of our group all had different favorites. It seems like the monuments are all very unique in their own way. I also think it is so aesthetically-pleasing how D.C. was planned out!
The only kink in Friday night was the fact that we thought the subway continued to 3am, but it apparently it stops at midnight! On a Friday! We ended up taking Ubers all the way back to the hotel (luckily UMass paid for it), and got home at 2:30am. I am not used to going to bed so late, so my stomach felt really bad the next day.
Maybe the Oreo hot chocolate from Dunkins Donuts didn’t help… It did taste great though! You should try it, it’s amazing.
I felt exhausted in committee and unfortunately I didn’t talk much until the later session.
On a break, Molly, Amanda and I walked to the Farmer’s Market to look around. Amanda bought amazing-smelling hand soap and Molly got a really pretty post card. I wish I hadn’t forgotten to take a picture of it.
After a lot of water, a run, and a nap, I was good to go again! I had to be ready to go because the conference rented out a club for all of the committees to go to. We went around 10:30 and stayed until 1am. Someone was turning 21 and was taking shots with anyone who asked, he was having so much fun but passed out at 11pm! Poor guy.
It was so fun dancing all night and seeing all the people I met in committee out of the conference room. We left on Sunday at noon and I struggled through a 9.5 hour car ride back to UMass. It shouldn’t take that long but there was traffic from accidents and the rain. Now I’m trying to catch up on a lot of homework I couldn’t do while I was there, and it’s proving to make this week really tough.
Luckily, running in the morning (although it may be frigid) is keeping me sane. I ran 6 miles yesterday and 6 miles today! It feels like I’m letting all my stress out on those runs, it’s the best. I should probably stop wearing shorts when it is 30 degrees out and invest in some running gloves! I ran by someone yesterday who told me they were going to bring me flowers in the hospital when I catch hypothermia… Okay dude, got it!
All in all it was a great weekend with some cool people 🙂