1. Spontaneously bought a ticket to NYC for Saturday and Sunday. Adios, D.C. 

     
  2. Capitol Hill has become  the main driver of my weeks. When in session, crazy busy; when not (like now), next to dead. I like not worrying about wearing a tie for several days in a row, but the days do tick by that much slower. Even if there’s no hearing or big news event, when Congress is in session, I can go up and try to stalk senators for a bit (even though it tends to be the same ones—Rockefeller, Thune, Wicker, Leahy, Pryor, etc.).

    God help me once August hits. At least I have family visiting for part of that month.

     
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    My strange trade publication won a national Society of Professional Journalists award for our coverage of last year’s government shutdown. There was a lot of free alcohol. 

    My strange trade publication won a national Society of Professional Journalists award for our coverage of last year’s government shutdown. There was a lot of free alcohol. 

     
  4. Impulse bought a gigantic supply of Maker’s Mark after a relatively unsatisfying drink out at Local 16 in what may be the most godawful humidity lately. 

    On the other hand, Shenandoah was amazing last weekend. Night swimming may be my new favorite thing. 

     
  5. In case you want to feel not great about D.C. and money, there’s this

     
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    newyorker:

In this video, Sharon Van Etten sings “I Love You but I’m Lost,” from her forthcoming album, “Are We There”: http://nyr.kr/1h71pux
Read Sasha Frere-Jones’s review of the album, in this week’s issue (subscription required): http://nyr.kr/1h7lPDM

Can’t wait to listen to this album soon. She’s coming to the 9:30 Cub in the coming weeks…I’m really tempted to buy a ticket but haven’t yet. Maybe?

    newyorker:

    In this video, Sharon Van Etten sings “I Love You but I’m Lost,” from her forthcoming album, “Are We There”: http://nyr.kr/1h71pux

    Read Sasha Frere-Jones’s review of the album, in this week’s issue (subscription required): http://nyr.kr/1h7lPDM

    Can’t wait to listen to this album soon. She’s coming to the 9:30 Cub in the coming weeks…I’m really tempted to buy a ticket but haven’t yet. Maybe?

     
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    First sunburn of 2014. 

    First sunburn of 2014. 

     
  8. Is it not crazy that the DMV charges $20 to simply change your address online? Criminal. 

    I’m dismantling the final big parts of my room on a Friday night, drinking another Heineken. I’ll actually be moving the big items here on Sunday morning with a couple friends, but I felt I needed to scour the closet, clean off the table, and do the other final touches now, considering I’m supposed to head out to a big barbecue and island festival tomorrow. I feel both oddly productive and yet very depressed to be pulling apart the room and going through parts of my life, in many cases, that I haven’t had to see or consider in years. More than three years here, which is longer than I’ve lived anywhere since before college. 

     
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    The revamped Google Maps really gives Little Miss Whiskey’s such an insane amount of play…like it’s pretty much the only thing in D.C. 

    The revamped Google Maps really gives Little Miss Whiskey’s such an insane amount of play…like it’s pretty much the only thing in D.C. 

     
  10. I ended up walking the upwards of three miles home today in a roundabout way. First off to Tryst to read a bit and enjoy a beer, then up and around through Mount Pleasant, where I ended up buying Korean take-out that’s way more delicious than you’d imagine, before heading the rest of the way back through Columbia Heights and Petworth. It was a good and necessary walk. The coworker trivia I and a couple others have tried to put together fell apart tonight, and I can’t stand spending all night in the skeleton of my old room. Once I move to Columbia Heights, I’m tempted to walk every day.