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WEEKS 2 AND 3: Dedicated to Sarah Birdwell :)

So, yes, I do realize that I have been slacking and it has been two weeks since I’ve posted!! The reason this post is dedicated to my sweet Sarah, is because she is the one who told me I need to post to keep her entertained at work!!

SOOOOOOO much has happened in the past 2 weeks that I have to post about!

First, on Tuesday, January 18, I had the extreme honor of attending Governor Perry and Lt. Governor Dewhurst’s inauguration ceremony! It was so amazing! I got to hear the FIGHTIN’ Texas Aggie Band, sing the War Hymn on the Capitol steps, hear Governor Perry WHOOP! while the cannon shot off (unfortunately, not the Aggie Cannon), see the Ross Volunteers, and listen to their inaugural addresses. Oh, not to mention, the stage was decked out in maroon! 🙂

That Saturday, I went home to Aggieland to watch the Men’s Basketball team BTHO Kansas State. I got a tour of campus from Cristen, my Chief of Staff, who is a former student. I also went to Bonfire Memorial for the first time! I know, that’s awful. 😦 We went to Wing’s and then went to the game and had an awesome time. I forget how cool the basketball games are!

The past week was pretty slow in the office but we went out of the week with a BANG, literally. Part of the legislative experience is attending all of the different events. On Friday, we traveled to Fort Hood to go experience the military life and training. The day started off by getting acquainted with everything that Fort Hood offers to the Killeen and Texas economy. Afterwards, we actually went on Fort Hood and participated in some of the training exercises the Army actually uses! The first thing my group did was fly on the Blackhawk helicopters!!! We got to view Fort Hood from the air, and see how big it really is! I had NO IDEA how big Fort Hood really is! It is like it’s own little city in the front and the back is where all of the training occurs. The Blackhawks then dropped us off in an Iraqi village. Literally. The Army has created a village that is exactly like an Iraqi village and has hired actors to portray the people. They did an exercise for us and were actually shooting bullets and “bombs” really went off. It was so neat to see what actually happens overseas. We then got to interact with the soldiers and actors. From there, we flew back to the main part of the Fort Hood and had lunch with soldiers. It was really neat to hear all of their stories throughout the day. After lunch, we did more training exercises. We shot a lot of simulated guns, the guns they actually use to train, got to do some driving of humvees and we even got to drive tanks! Fake, simulated ones of course, but it was still so so awesome! I am AWFUL at driving humvees, by the way. It was amazing to me at how “ok” they are with being deployed.One soldier that was assisting us in the tank simulation was being deployed in 8 days and didn’t even seem worried! I have a new, so so so so so so so much greater appreciation for the military, the soldiers, and their families. So thank you to all of my friends who are soldiers, military wives and family. I know I cannot name you all but a few of them are Jeff Johnson, David Alvarez, Stephen Peterson and Fiancee Laura Benton,and Drew, Danielle, and Naomi Curtice. I really cannot thank you all enough.

Saturday, was my day to relax and catch up on sleep. 🙂 I got up around 8 and just moved downstairs to the couch 🙂 I got sucked in to watching Hope Floats. I believe that was the first time I have watched it from beginning to end. What a great movie!! After that I got up and attempted to go on a jog with Murphy, my aunt and uncles yellow Lab. Lets just say he isn’t quite a jogger!! We ended up walking most of it or I was dragging him along! When we left, I noticed my back passenger side door wasn’t closed all the way and thought that it was strange but then thought nothing else of it. When we got back from the “jog”, I needed to fun some errands so I went to go get in my truck and noticed my drivers door wasn’t closed all the way and thought that was EXTREMELY strange because I always close my doors all the way. I opened the door and my console was open. I knew that I hadn’t been in there so something was wrong. I looked in my back seat and a roadside travel bag my mom had gotten me was scattered all in my backseat. From there, I knew that someone had been in my truck. Fortunately, there was nothing in my truck for them to take and they didn’t. My aunt said that they have had some reports of this happening and that their police don’t really do anything about it if nothing has been taken. So, that was that. I will NEVER forget to lock my truck and will be parking in the driveway from now on. Later that day I went on my SECOND run, this time a real run, of the day!! WOO HOO!! GO me! 🙂

For those of you who don’t know, Austin has the WORST allergies EVERRRR!!! And after my two runs yesterday, they attacked in full force last night! I woke up with a sore throat, headache, runny nose, you know all of those symptoms!!! Needless to say, I won’t be running today.

When I get back to College Station, Sarah Birdwell and I, have decided that we are going to run a 5k and then train for a half marathon! Hopefully, we will actually stick to it this time!! 🙂

So, now that I have blown off doing my scholarship, I MUST do it now!

Hope all of you have a fabulous week and hopefully I won’t slack off on my blogging duties.

peace, love, and happy legislative session!


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WEEK 2: 136 days to go…

As many of you probably know, Tuesday 1/11/11, kicked off the first day of the 82 Legislative Session! I finally got to meet Representative Chisum, aka my boss, and he is so so so nice. I couldn’t have hand-picked a better office to work for! This week was not too busy, so I don’t have too much to post about. Good news, I didn’t get lost finding my truck at all this week 🙂 I’m still very much in the learning process and anticipate that I’ll learn almost everything just in time to complete my internship!

It’s funny to me to realize how much of a 180 my life took with this internship! I read CNN, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post instead of People and the likes. I wake up at 5:30 a.m. and go to bed at 9 p.m., when it used to be the other way around! I drive an hour to work instead of 10 minutes. It’s a special occaision that I’m wearing a t-shirt, not that I’m dressed up. I work 12 hours and sleep 8 (maybe), instead of working 8 and sleeping 12. I definitely miss my sleep so I pretty much sleep all weekend. I’m adapting pretty well to the new schedule, thankfully, though!

I was really starting to miss my dogs but I got to come home this weekend and visit them!!! And my parents, grandma and sister. The thing I just love about dogs is that they are ALWAYS happy to see you! I also got to have lunch with Stephanie who said she would keep me updated with everything that happens in College Station this semester!! 🙂

I can’t believe I’ve already been working 2 weeks! If time keeps going this fast, I’ll be done before I know it!!

Hope you all have had a good week! ❤


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WEEK ONE: Lessons of a Legislative Intern.

It’s ALMOST safe to say I have learned just about everything I need to know to survive in Austin in my first week. I learned many lessons and a few times was “that girl”, “the new intern”. Here are a few lessons I learned and experienced my first week at work in the Capitol. And one experience, I learned a LOT of lessons from. I’ll start with that one 🙂 

After a VERY good first day at work, I was getting ready to leave about 5:30. I knew exactly where I was parked. 12th and San Jacinto. Well, when I walked out of the Capitol I thought, key word thought, I knew where I was going. I walked out, got to 12th street, started walking towards what I thought was my parking garage, and realized after about 2 or 3 blocks that I was NOT going the right direction. I got my map out, that I had just gotten because I got a new parking permit, and realized I was at the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of where I needed to be! In Austin, there are numbered streets that run one way and the other streets are the names of Texas rivers. What they forget to tell you, is that 12th, 13th and 14th streets literally go through the middle of the Capitol. So instead of being able to just go down 12th street the opposite way, I had to go to 3 blocks to 15th street, walk probably 8 blocks or so to San Jacinto, then go BACK to 12th street. When I got to 15th and San Jacinto, I thought oh ok, I’ll just keep walking and I’ll end up at my garage. Wrong, took the wrong road again! I kept walking down 15th instead of San Jacinto. So, I turned down Trinity, which runs on the other side of my garage and then basically zig-zagged until I got to my garage. It took me 45 MINUTES TO FIND MY TRUCK!!! So, of course, I looked cute on my first day and wore heels. Well, when I got dressed that morning I was looking for my “business” heels that are not so tall and wayyyy more comfortable than my boots. Well, my lovely mother, thought they were hers while we were in Waller and put them in her closet and they did not make the trip to Austin! So I had to wear my super tall boots (that I already don’t like because they are SUPER painful) because they were the only other appropriate shoes I had. As I’m walking around lost, my feet are hurting SO bad and I ended up taking off my shoes. When I got home, I had a blister bigger than a quarter on the ball of my foot!! I was soooo not happy! I finally got on the road and made it home and slept VERY well that night!

Lessons:

  • The Capitol mirrors itself. You WILL get lost.
  • ALWAYS, ALWAYS bring a pair of flat shoes to walk to and from your vehicle in.
  • Check, Double Check, and Check Again to make sure you have EVERYTHING that you’ll need!!
  • I’m really not supposed to live in the city. I was definitely made country for a reason!

As many of you know, I try really hard to work out and eat healthy to watch my weight. My aunt and uncle that have so graciously let me live with them, have started to cook (yes, this is different for the two of them) and I have tried to make good choices at lunch. My uncle does Crossfit and I’m hoping to join him as much as my work schedule will allow. I went for the first time and really liked it! It was much different than the workout that I’m used to but it went well. I will realize how much I’m eating!! After all of this, I didn’t really feel bigger or like I had gained weight. Well, I had my first reality check when I put my jeans on. ONE WEEK in, they are ALREADY feeling tighter!! I was a bit discouraged by this but have just decided I need to make really good food choices and, when possible, work out.

My other big reality check is traffic. I hate it. It’s everywhere. It takes me an hour to get home! Definitely not used to that. Oh well. Hopefully I’ll get used to it! Also, Capitol food is EXPENSIVE! I’m going to have to take my lunch or something because I definitely do not want to pay $8-$10 a day for lunch!

I’m really starting to miss my dogs! 🙂

I hope everyone is having a great new year! Miss you all.


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Newbie :)

Here it is. My first post. I really don’t have a clue as how to work this but I can type so I figured my blog will just be EXTREMELY boring. 🙂 I’m hoping to blog about once a week just so my family and friends can keep up with what I’m actually doing here in Austin. I forget to tell some people parts and not others, so this will give everyone the same story. Hope you all enjoy!