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Last Full Week

The count down begins ...

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I started my last full week of work at the Courthouse today ... It was a short day because Judge Klein is teaching an Evidence at rookie school (new judges school) elsewhere in Virginia tomorrow and had to leave the Court early today. Last week I finished writing my first rough draft of an opinion Mark (another intern) and I are helping Judge Klein write. I am waiting for the input and edit from Judge Klein now. I fully expect it to be torn apart, but it is my first attempt at an opinion so I won't feel too bad if he has a lot of 'suggestions'. As Judge Klein always say 'the person that gets the most red on their writing from him is him'. He reads and re-reads and proofs everything very carefully. It is really good for me to see someone doing that - I'm not the best proof reader in the world and so watching Judge Klein do it has been a helpful lesson for me, and has taught me how to spot things a little better. So in fact I am looking forward to getting corrections from him. Unfortunately I will probably be leaving for SA before any final copy is done so I'll have to see the final when I get back to the States in November. Luckily Mark is helping out, so he'll be able to carry on when I leave ...

Other than work I've been playing a little bit. My sister and her husband were in town this past week. They did a lot of sight seeing while I was working and we had dinner together in the evenings and just generally hung out. Last Tuesday we went to the Army Navy Club with my Aunt and Uncle. It was a beautiful building. They had a great seafood buffet that night. The club is a place where those in the Army and Navy that choose to belong to the Club can go for dinner and it has hotel rooms and a business center where Army and Navy can stay when they are in D.C. It is at I and 17th for those of you who are familiar with the District. The Secret Service was there that night because there was a dinner for the members of the Department of Homeland Security ... La-dee-da. I was also lucky enough to find a copy of my Grandfather's Yearbook from his Senior year at West Point in the library there. The yearbook is called the Howitzer and every senior has a picture and a couple paragraphs caption about them. My Grandfather's was really nice. I made a photo copy. (See below). It was the very first time I'd been at the club and I really enjoyed it. Things around the Army (traditions, places etc.) help me feel closer to my Grandfather since he was career military, so I suppose that's why I liked it, plus the food was great.

On Saturday my sister and her husband left. I took them out to the airport after Jenny and I planned our itinerary (though we left some flexibility so that we could go with the flow a little when we're there) for Europe. I'm really excited for that part of the trip - of course I'm very excited for South Africa too. However, Jenny and I haven't been able to spend much time together growing up because of our age difference. I know we've been a lot closer since she was in college but I'm looking forward to spending that much time alone with her and getting to share the whole experience with her. I think we'll get to know each other a whole different way, so I'm really excited about that. Plus we're both older - she's married now and I'll be getting busy with life stuff (work etc.) soon too so we might not have many more chances when we both have time off from work and can be away from husbands and children etc. for an amount of time like this. The trip is from Madrid through Barcelona and the South of France, through Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome and then flying home. I've never been to any of the places we're going so it should be amazing! I'll post plenty of pictures.

Sunday I went to Arlington National Cemetery again to visit my grandparents. It's a really nice place that they are buried actually. It is part way up the hill near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and in the shade of some huge old trees. There's a Magnolia nearby that was beautiful. I went up to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier while I was there this time as well. I saw the changing of the guards, which I've seen before but I forgot about how amazing it was. The soldiers are so precise and disciplined. It's really quite impressive. After that I went over to the Hoffman Theater and saw the new Indiana Jones movie - it wasn't very good unfortunately. I thought Harrison Ford was just as good as always, but the whole plot was premised on aliens ... those two things just don't really go together - Indiana Jones and Space ... hmm. Then I went down to Pennsylvania Ave. in the District - there was a BBQ festival and the roads were closed off. I saw a free-throw competition, sampled BBQ from chefs all over the city, heard some bands play (none of which I knew), and finally saw some good skateboarding - an expo of sorts. I walked from the 1100 block of Pennsylvania all the way to the White House where two security (secret service maybe) guards scared the crap out of me. They were just sort of lurking in the bushes just inside the fence that separates the White House lawn from the street. I was just walking along when one of them moved and said something about a foot from me and I didn't have any idea they were there until that. Yikes! Anyway then I walked North to Dupont Circle where I checked out some of the stores and then hopped on to the metro and went back home.

Mostly that's all here for now!
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Posted by meblandfor 19:27 Archived in USA

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I can't wait for our trip to Europe! We're going to have so much fun. I hope you are enjoying your last week at the courthouse and with mom and dad. Love you!

by jengleich

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