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Goals & Gratitude 6/24/19

Monday, June 24, 2019

Yesterday was a very long day. I got up early and went to the Russian Orthodox Cathedral (St. Nicholas Cathedral) here in D.C. for church. I took Lyft for the first time as I was going to have to take two buses and I was worried that I would get lost. It was so easy and worth the price. The church was incredibly beautiful. It was built in the 1930s and is fairly small on the inside, but really tall. They have frescos from floor to ceiling. The left side of the church is scenes from the life of St. Nicholas and the right side is scenes from the life of Christ. The pillars and front of the church are of many different male and female saints, many of whom I know nothing about. I got to meet the priest, Fr. George, before the start of the service and he was very nice. I was there for the early English service. They had a later Slavonic service as well. I stayed for breakfast and coffee hour and met some very nice people. There was one very interesting woman, C., who I talked with for a good hour and a half. She was an art major in college, got a job at the CIA doing facial recognition of pictures for 30+ years, and she recently retired and is learning iconography. We traded information. She is going to mail me some books. I told her that if I don't take them, I will pass them out to others at my church, as books always get snatched up.

I left in the afternoon and went to the convention center where the ALA conference was. I spent the rest of the day on the exhibit floor, as well as all this morning. Publishers are there, and they pass out advance reader copies of books that are due to be published soon. You can't sell these copies, but librarians take them to pass out as prizes or to give away. I went around collected mysteries for myself and fiction books for my friend B. I got a couple signed by the author, which was cool. There were mostly kids books, which I'm not so interested in, though I did pick up a couple of YA books that sounded interesting. I also won a free vegetarian cookbook and got a free vegan cookbook. Always good! All told, I think I picked up about 15 free books. The publishers set out piles of books on Monday for people to take because the publishers don't want to ship them back to the office. They set up a post office in the convention center, and they give out priority mail boxes and tape, so I mailed home two big boxes. I should get them in about a week. I'm very excited as a lot of the books looked really interesting. The only downfall was I stood in line an hour and a half this morning to mail books before the post office closed. But I did make it to the front of the line.

I got to go to the National Portrait Gallery and American Museum of Art this afternoon. We saw a very interesting exhibit on the Vietnam War, I saw part of the modern American portraits, and we walked through the hall of American presidential portraits. It was really lovely. We ran out of time, though, and had to leave to go back to the convention center for something. We decided to come home after that, and we have been at the Airbnb for the last hour and a half. Everyone else is taking a nap, and I am going to go downstairs to get dinner from the Japanese restaurant in a few minutes. I'm not sure what we're going to do tomorrow-- hopefully another Smithsonian Museum. Then I leave on Wednesday morning. It's been a fast but wonderful trip!

I'm keeping caught up on my homework. I'm 1/3 of the way through my Business Law homework for the week. I'm planning on reading chapters 2 and 3 tonight. I need to also start reading for Management this week, as I haven't started for that class. Nothing is due until next Sunday, so I have time. I just know I will be really busy at the end of this week getting everything done. I like my classes so far and I am doing well in them. My grades haven't posted for my accounting classes from last quarter yet, so I emailed my professors today to find out my grades. I know I got a C in one, but I don't know the grade in the other.

Today I'm Grateful For...
1) An evening in to relax. Vacation can be exhausting, and I've been walking a minimum of 4 miles a day for the last 4 days.
2) That there are lots of vegan and vegetarian food options in D.C.
3) That I got all my books mailed today, except for two that I am taking on the plane.
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