Thursday, July 29, 2010
AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA. Why thank you! I had my super cute hot pink peeptoe heels that I purchased at New Look in London (London's version of Forever 21). They were super cheap, like $20 or something, and I have gotten so many compliments on them its amazing. You'd think they were $800 Jimmy Choos or something. I guess everyone loves a fun pink shoe!
You want to make a woman's day great...stop her and comment on her shoes!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Location: Washington, DC.
Warrior Transition Unit population: 598
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, DC, is the Army's flagship medical center. It serves more than 150,000 active and retired military members from all services and their families. Walter Reed is not only a focal point for care of wounded warriors, it also has a medical research center and medical student, intern and resident instructional programs. Its 113 acres are scheduled for other use when the current installation consolidates with the Bethesda Naval Hospital to form the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in 2011.
I volunteered with an non-profit called CAUSE in which I helped with their Message and Reike night. I helped man the sign up sheet and drum up some business to fill the empty slots. But it was awesome to see and talk to the Soldiers/Marines and their families. It was amazing to see how well some of them were doing after hearing they had only been there for a short time. I saw all kinds of physical injuries: wheelchairs, amputees (hands, legs, feets, arms), eye patches, burns, braces, the whole gambit; along with many many more non-physical injuries such as PTSD and severe depression. But the only thing that stuck out to me was their positive attitudes and smiles. Kind of makes you re-evaluate your life problems, no?
But you might be thinking....Marines and Soldiers and messages and yoga don't mix...well it does. According to their website: "The military is using massage, Reiki, yoga and other complementary and alternative modalities to ease combat stress and the effects of PTSD. The demand for these modalities far exceeds the current military capacity. Cause programs are helping to meet this critical need; the participating practitioners and instructors meet all relevant state credentialing requirements and have attended workshops addressing the special needs of military wounded." Ha, it was funny watching some of their faces when we came up and asked them if they wanted to get a message. It was like we had asked them to eat something gross. Well, take that back...they probably would have had a better reaction to that ;) Think of if you asked a little girl to touch a worm...yeah, THAT face! The EEEEEEEWWWWWWW face.
They also have a DVD Entertainment Library (kind of a mock Blockbuster) where the Soldiers/Marines can rent DVDs or video games for some entertainment. From what I gather there's not much to do around the base and things can get boring for the ones who don't have any family around. "Apparently in addition to being popular entertainment, video games also have therapeutic value. Recent studies have shown that playing video games can activate the parasympathetic nervous system and reduce heightened tension related to stress. There is even research showing that playing Tetris, a puzzle video game, may reduce PTSD flashbacks." Interesting. If you'd like to donate, you can support the library with a donation or by sending DVDs or video games to Cause at 6315 Bren Mar Drive, Suite 175, Alexandria, VA, 22312.
I look forward to volunteering again. I can't really explain why I want to volunteer here but let's just leave it at that I'm building future Karma.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
So much fun!
Half time shennanigans inside the stadium. Kind of hard to see but super exciting to experience!
I cannot even come up with the words to describe how amazing going to Convention for the first time was! This has been a dream of mine for quite some time now; I was out of the country living in England both past years (06 and 08) so I wasn't able to attend. One check off from the Lifetime Bucket List. I was able to go as the Tidewater Alum delegate so at least some of the cost was offset...boy, its expensive to go! But it was all worth it in the end :)
Next up: San Antonio! Sign me up for more sweating July 3-7, 2012! What is it with these ladies picking sweltering hot locations in the middle of summer?!?!? (Must be good discounts because no one in their right mind is going to a resort in 115 degree heat!)
I give up trying to put these photos in order. So here goes:
Monday, July 12, 2010
Ah one thing off my Life Long Bucket List :) I also get to make a small pit stop to see my family for a day and a half before I head off to make a gazillion new friends!!!!
People may laugh at me for still being active, but its a fun way to network. Look at all the girls and women from around the US who could potentially help me find a job one day. I mean, seriously! I'm not sure how many women attend a convention but it’s in the hundreds.
I can't wait to see all of my friends and make many, many more!
We started off the weekend accomplishing another task on my list: Jazz in the Garden. Every Friday night from 5:00-8:30 there is a free jazz concert at the National Gallery of Art. You can bring a blankey and some friends to enjoy a nice relaxing start to the weekend. It made for some great people watching. Some of the people were horrifically dressed while others I was practically salivating on their wardrobe choices! I must say that I really enjoyed this event and I look forward to going again! Thanks Melissa for such a great suggestion!
Crystal in front of the Navy memorial sign.
Jazz in the Garden! Bucket list check off :)
Where all the magic happens!
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
A little history lesson for you:
Originally, the area known as Gravelly Point was where Captain John Alexander built a home called Abingdon in 1746. Abingdon was purchased in 1778 by John Parke Curtis, the adopted stepson of President George Washington. It was the birthplace of Washington’s beloved granddaughter, Elanor Parke Custis. Abingdon was destroyed by fire in 1930 and the ruins stabilized. In 1998, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority preserved the site and created an exhibit of artifacts found there in the Exhibit Hall, located in Terminal A of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
It was kind of amazing to run around the corner from my house and see the Capitol building and the Washington Monument. Side note, running in 90 degree weather IS NOT FUN!!!! I've signed up to run two half marathons with my dad. One in Richmond in November and one up here in DC next March! A bit ridiculous but I needed something to kick me in the butt and get me back into shape! Stay tuned for my progress!!!!!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Three words...FAT KID HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nikki (who was in town for the weekend...YAY!) and I treked out to Georgetown Cupcake for a tastie one before I sent her off on Monday. Click on the link to view the AMAZING menu choices! Wow, how different M street is during the week! Well, then again it was like 10am....give it a few and I bet it would have been crazy. We got right in and only waited for like 5 minutes for our treat, but thankfully we got there when we did because the line started to expand out the door (it was before 11am). Guess there are other crazies who also want a sugar fix in the morning. Or, like us, just wanted to beat the massive amount of people. I've seen the line pretty damn long and I bet people were waiting in line for at least an hour. Some people have dedication...and I'm one of them! There is also a new TLC show premiering next week called DC Cupcakes and its all about Georgetown Cupcake. Click here to learn more about the show. Not sure if they are tring to compete with Carlos' Bakery (Cake Boss show on TLC) which, coicidentally, I've also been to. Guess I'm a fat kid at heart! I can't see any big shennanigans happening...they aren't a big crazy Italian family! Who knows, maybe it will be good?
Friday, July 2, 2010
Here's a few pictures to get me through the long days and nights until the next world cup....