A few of my thoughts as I try to recover from a week of walking, standing, eating, laughing, and sleeping:
- Why did no one tell us that it was National Field Trip Week at the Smithsonian? If I never see another teenager again, I won't complain.
- I am definitely not a fan of the humidity. Yech. I don't like walking around in soupy air that's almost thick enough to drink. However, I'm a bit disappointed that my hair was too short to fully experience the ramifications of humidity on frizzy, wavy hair. I'll admit, I was a little curious to see what that would look like on me.
- Easterners are a lot more dignified than Westerners.
- They also seem to be in a huge hurry all the time. It took us a couple of days to get used to people trying to surge past us on the escalators. I thought the whole point of those was to save you the trouble of walking down the stairs?
- The metro provides excellent people-watching entertainment.
- Using our "Muggle cards" to get through the metro gate things was quite fun.
- The prettiest view from the plane was when we were flying over the Rocky Mountains.
- These historic monuments and documents are a lot more glamorous on TV. But much more powerful in person. Even better, I've already had 2 "I've been there!" moments that I couldn't boast of a week ago.
- I'm not sure the large amount of walking we did made up for the large amount of food we consumed.
- The church really is true no matter where you go. It was amazing the peaceful going-home feeling we all felt as we drove into the DC temple parking lot.
- The DC temple is absolutely stunning from the outside, although I would have to say that the inside of the Provo wins in my book.
- It's awesome going on a vacation when the baby of the family is 15. We all had our ornery hours (except perhaps my mom), but there were very few selfish moments.
- And I thought traffic in Salt Lake was bad.
- It's a good thing there were so many gorgeous trees surrounding us in DC, because otherwise I might have fallen off the face of the earth without my mountains to hold me in.
- Chinatown was lame. And so was all the construction.
- From a distance, the mysterious man in the Jefferson Memorial looks like a scary monster.
- DC birds are much less annoying than seagulls.
The return home was even less hobbit-esque than our adventure was, but it was something we all looked forward to. I would have looked forward to it less if I knew what was waiting for me though:
- Apparently Mother Nature didn't get the message I sent her, politely requesting that the weather be fixed by the time I got back.
- I returned home to an empty apartment. A bit depressing, and really weird, after spending every second of the last week with my family.
- The next day I discovered that my car wouldn't start. It was nice to see you, too, stupid car.
- I got a new calling at church. You know, sometimes I really don't mind being forgotten about . . .
- My first attempt to jumpstart my car didn't go so well. Pretty much a waste of effort, actually.
- I didn't get to stay up late last night because I actually had responsibilities to see to the next day. Harsh reality check.
- I had to get up early today so I could jumpstart my car before Danielle left for work. This time, my car managed to live through the experience. I hope it's still strong enough to face many more days.
- I got to work to see 140 emails cluttering my 2 work email addresses, many of which contained links to many articles. Catching up on my reading is going to be awesome.
- Why am I still so tired? The two-hour time difference totally works in my favor here.
So now I am on to my next adventure: recovering from vacation. It was exciting and educational seeing a different part of the world and being 3,000 miles away from home. I bring with me lots of pictures and wonderful memories, but I think I've had enough of public bathrooms and planning my life around a train schedule. As excited as we were to take this vacation, it didn't quite match the excitement we felt when we stepped off the plane in Salt Lake City.
I guess that qualifies as a hobbit-esque ending.