Sunday, May 31, 2009

Coupons

I am glad to report that I got some coupons in my newspaper today.

I ordered a subscription to the Washington Post so I could get the coupons in the Sunday paper and last Sunday, no coupons came. I was pretty annoyed. But today, I got some. And that is great because our grocery store is tripling manufacturers coupons this week.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Public transportation

Because we left our car in Utah this summer, Evan and I have been trying to figure out how to use the public transportation system here. Though there are a lot of buses and the subway is pretty good, I don't think public transportation will ever really replace cars unless parking spots are eliminated.

This is why:

To get to my job, I get on our apartment shuttle at 6:00am and arrive at the subway station at about 6:12am. I wait at the subway station for about 5 minutes and ride the subway across town where I transfer to another subway line. I ride that for a few more minutes and get off around 6:51am. I can either walk through a questionable neighborhood or wait 5 more minutes to ride a bus that will take me a mile up the road. It will drop me off a half mile from my work, putting my arrival time around 7:15 or 7:20. That is 15-20 minutes late and there are no earlier routes I can take. Plus, it costs me $9.25 round trip. And I live less than 10 miles from work.

In addition, to go to church on Sunday, we walked ten minutes, waited 30-40 minutes for a bus, and rode a little less than 10 minutes for a bus to take us 2 miles away.

I had an appointment the other day and I had t leave work an hour and 40 minutes early to get to my appointment that was less than 10 miles away from work.


However,

I have found public transportation to be very helpful in a few cases. For example, my first day of work was an orientation downtown and I got off the subway, walked up the escalator, and right in front of me was the building I needed to go to. Plus, there was nowhere to park, so the subway worked well in that situation.

I have also found that riding a light rail helps when going to large events because you don't have a billion people trying to drive to and from the same place at the same time.


If I were going to do it all again, I would probably bring a car, despite the fact that traffic is pretty bad around here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Visiting DC: Day 1

(This picture is not Photoshopped)

So Shanna and I have been in Virginia now for a week, and we took one day last week to go into the city and do some touristy stuff. First of all, we found where Shanna would be reporting to on Tuesday for her first day of work. That turned out to be a tougher task than I originally thought because where we came out of the Metro there was tons of construction which forced you out one door and in one of two directions. It turns out that there is a better exit right next to the building Shanna needed to find, which we found after about 15 minutes of walking around.

After finding that building, we walked over to the mall and then East to the Capitol Building. I had never been inside of the Capitol before and we wanted to get a tour while we were there. Luckily they give out tickets about every 15 minutes in the Visitors’ Center. So to the Visitors’ Center we went only to find about 15 8th Grade class field trips lined up to get in. The lady told us we could go in and not wait as long as we had no food, drink, sprays, or candies and as long as we vowed not to sit on the floor (an arrest-able offence in the Capitol Building). This was all fine and dandy, except for the fact that we brought a lunch, and it was 9:20 in the morning. So we ate lunch at 9:30 and went into the Capitol.

We did the tour of the Capitol which was pretty cool. The tour lady was having problems with her microphone transmitter and we started way later than expected. So when she asked for questions, she would only wait about a half of a second before walking to the next place. Our legs got pretty tired, but luckily we remembered to not sit on the floor, and we avoided being arrested. I did see a few familiar faces while on the tour though. First was Shanna’s. I looked over my shoulder once to catch a glimpse of this.


The second familiar face I saw was Nancy Pelosi’s. She was coming out of the House Meeting room and towards the Speaker of the House Quarters. I hurriedly snapped a photo, but the man next to her stepped in front of her with perfect timing to ruin my shot. But you can see her leg.


The third familiar face was Brother Brigham Young’s. I didn’t know, but there is a statue of him inside of the Capitol. Each state was asked to send two statues to the Capitol of famous people or influential people from their state. I guess one of Utah’s was Brigham Young. I thought that was pretty cool. The Representatives can walk out into the little room we were in and contemplate, “What would Brother Brigham do in this situation?”…




Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Almost ready to go

We are moving to DC next Tuesday and here are some things we are leaving behind in Utah that I am going to miss:

Mountains
Crock Pot
All the rest of our stuff that doesn't fit in our suitcases
Friends
Close proximity to family

We have been working on packing for the last few weeks and we are getting pretty close to being done. Our storage unit is getting pretty full, but we packed everything really well so we think it will all fit. My last day of work is Friday. We are moving all the big stuff out on Saturday and then cleaning up and stuff on Monday. Then Tuesday morning we are heading out.

Friday, May 1, 2009

House Plants for Rent

I've decided to rent my house plants while we are gone for the summer. I even posted it on Craig's List.

http://provo.craigslist.org/hsh/1148669576.html

Anyone interested?