Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mom would call this my "whiney post"

All I seem to do is whine... I promise I'm enjoying myself. I really am.
  • Whine-worthy #1: Internet. As the saying goes, you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. We don't have wifi in our rooms (yet), so surfing the interwebz and working from home has been a big pain in my (shrinking [I've been working out]) patootie. The main lobby has free wifi, but it is clearly more of a thing-to-list-on-the-complex-website than a solidified bragging point. Not only do I have to pray to the WWW gods for a signal, I subject myself to constant scrutiny as is often received in highly public places by people who wear no shoes and don't brush their hair (I wish I could say I've let myself go, but this has been the norm for far too long). Otherwise, I've been surviving by using the apartment computer labs which have questionably sanitary spinny chairs and lack updated plug-ins, making video watching painfully un-fun.
  • Whine-worthy #2: Wardrobe. I used to be an avid shopper. Really. You wouldn't know it now (read above), but it's true. When I came out here, I came to the sad realization that the few things I did have weren't exactly DC couture. I didn't own a single pair of dress pants or sensible, professional, walk-friendly shoes. I was able to get away with that for a couple of casual dress weeks at work, but now that I'm being expected to look somewhat decent, it's become quite the trial. I was actually really proud of myself for whipping this set-up together:
I'm reaaaaaaaally (really) not into that whole take-pictures-of-yourself thing, but I don't have a plethora of friends at my disposal to take pictures for me, and I'm trying to document all aspects of my "DC experience," so here you go. Pictures. Of me. Taken by me. Sigh.
  • Whine-worthy #3: Dieting. I'm obviously doing this one to myself. I'm trying out a new routine: Special K for breakfast, real food for lunch, Slimfast for dinner with snacks and exercise on the side. It seems to be working, though I don't have a scale to confirm that. Though I'm really happy about losing weight, let's go back and read what I've been living on, in case you missed it. CEREAL AND WEIGHT-LOSS SHAKES. EVERY DAY. Monotonous? Beyond. Tasty? Eh. Do I have a not-so-secret stash of chocolate in my bedside dresser for sanity's sake? Naturally.
  • Whine-worthy #4: Feigned loneliness. Not afraid to admit it. I'm not really lonely, but I know I'm supposed to be. I think it's more that I feel obligated to feel lonely because I've been so anti-social, but I don't actually miss it. I'm busy. Super busy. I've always thrived on being busy, taking on more than I can chew, thinking I can do it all, yada yada yada. I've always been that way... I'm realizing more now than ever how lonely I love to be. I clearly have a problem.
In other news, I'm all credential-ified! I can wander about the Capitol building like it's nobody's business. Well, sort of. It's technically a lot of uniformed, paid and awfully buff people's "business," but I like to think that a shiny card with metal bead lanyard is a sign of some sort of significance, however small. Let me have this one thing, people.

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