Well I know I promised to tell you the surprise about 2 weeks ago, BUT I promise the tardiness will be WELL worth it.
First of all, the thing that I was SO excited for was a Senses Fail concert. They are one of my favorite bands ever and this was my first time seeing them live in concert. I went with my friend Victoria and we absolutely loved it. It was nice to travel to a part of DC that is not typically touristy and to do something fun during the week.
This little side story proves just how small the world actually is. After talking to my friend Alex who is in a local Buffalo band, he just happened to tell me that his band was one of the opening acts for one of the bands that opened for Senses Fail. Ironically, it was the band that Victoria and I took pictures with. You never know how you can be randomly connected to people!
I would have had more time to update this blog if it wasn’t for the fact that we were getting ready for ABA Day– which was last week. As with any huge event, there are always going to be a few snags along the way, but in all I have heard that this was one of the most successful ABA Days in a while! And to be a part of its set up and to help work it just makes me feel more honored to have had this opportunity!
If I could pick out one highlight from the 3 day event, it would HAVE to be meeting Justice Antonin Scalia. Yes, you read that correctly. I MET Justice Scalia. Funny story is that I really wasn’t supposed to! Wednesday night was going to be a simple reception in the Supreme Court (which really wasn’t so simple for me because I had NEVER been in there before) and Justice Scalia was going to give a brief 10 minute introduction before some grassroots awards were presented. When I got to the top of the stairs where the event was being held, I found myself waiting in a long line and started talking to a lawyer from Nevada– who joked that people must really be hungry if the line for the food was this long. Little did we know that the long line was actually a receiving line- a receiving line that NO ONE expected at all! You can ask anyone I talked to after that meeting (or anyone who saw me on the metro coming home after) I was as giddy as a small child! I could not believe that I had an opportunity to meet one of nine people who establishes the supreme law of the land.
During that week, I was able to network with some lawyers who would like me to stay in touch with them, and prove to my boss and department that I will not stop working until a job is completed- something I think they understood after a week of staying at work until 8…
Once my portfolio is done- which is soon because I have to hand it in tomorrow- I will be able to consistently record my final weeks here in DC. =[