It has been a while and a lot has happened since I last wrote one of these posts.
Robby and I moved from Seattle to Santa Barbara, for the summer, and then to Washington, D.C.
The summer was great. Nice weather, family, friends and all that. We visited the Reno area and spent the rest of the summer in Santa Barbara. Rob interned at the District Attorney's office and applied to Georgetown Law as a transfer student. He got in. Yay! So off to D.C. we went.
As some of you may know, I interned and lived in D.C. for two summers, one during college and one the semester after, before I moved to Santa Barbara to become a newspaper reporter. One of my internships was for a congressman, now senator, on Capitol Hill, and the other was for a news website. So I have lots of friends here! I've already spent lots of time with friends from our reporter days in Santa Barbara, Carolyn and Katie. It's great to be here with them.
Robby is doing great in school, loving it already, and super, super busy. He's accepted a summer job position at a prestigious law firm in Los Angeles, so we'll see you again soon, West Coast!
After moving into our fabulous new apartment in DC, we lucked out by finding some really nice furniture, including some stuff we bought from people leaving our building. We decorated intentionally and feel like real grown ups now! (Also, our building has a rooftop pool with a great view of the Capitol, so that's pretty neat.)
We also went to Manhattan about a week before school started. Rob and I had a great time checking out Grand Central Park, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and seeing a Broadway show - Les Miserables. We hung out at this really cool rooftop lounge and ate fancy macaroni and cheese cupcakes. We enjoyed the amazing view of the city.
I also had the pleasure of meeting my literary agent for the first time in real life! Up to this point, we had only emailed and talked on the phone. It was a lot of fun checking out the Curtis Brown office and having lunch with her!
I've continued my regular magazine writing, so keep your eyes peeled for September's issue of American Survival Guide on newsstands. (They can usually be found monthly at Safeway, Smith's and those kind of stores, as well as at Barnes & Noble and Walmart.) I also have an article coming up next month in Doomsday, a magazine from the makers of ASG that focuses on major, end-of-the world-type scenarios. My article is on toxic spills that happen when trains derail or factories have accidents.
Speaking of end of the world - I'm completely obsessed with The Walking Dead. I started watching it and finished all five seasons in less than two weeks. I also started watching and am all caught up with the AMC spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead. I can't wait until October 11 when Walking Dead starts up again, so I also started watching The Talking Dead, in which, you guessed it, people talk about The Walking Dead. (Sometimes the actors come on the show and talk about it, too.) Oh, and I also went into a comic book store for the first time and bought The Walking Dead Volume I: Days Gone By. If you see me or talk to me, chances are The Walking Dead is the only thing I'll want to talk about, so start watching it immediately.
Rob and I are having fun, not just hanging out with our friends (did I mention our friend from Seattle, Jacob, moved here, too? Well, he did.). We've also been playing tourists. We checked out the National American History Museum and the Newseum. I enjoyed the Newseum especially, since last time I was there in summer 2011 I had no idea that the next time I visited I would have had a career as a journalist at a newspaper and become a freelance writer for magazines. Little did I know then that I'd soon meet a handsome photojournalist who would later become my husband and then take us to law school in D.C.
We've taken selfies outside the White House fence and attended a political rally. This is a great place to be, and we are excited to see all the excitement continue as the presidential race nears.
Keeping up with a blog isn't something I hate doing - it's just that I don't know that anyone wants to read it. And I don't get paid to write this thing, so it's difficult to justify spending time on this rather than on other forms of writing. This is also why I don't journal (or do so only rarely), even though I think journaling is an important thing to do. So, it may be a while before I post again, but we can always keep in touch by text, phone, Facebook and a number of other ways. I'd love to hear from you!