Last week I was given the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C. for a work conference.  I love travel in all forms, but especially when I’m not paying for it 🙂  The conference itself was actually very educational.  I took away quite a bit of case management information that I’ll be able to use in my own job.  And I really can’t say enough good things about my co-workers.  They’re all intelligent, insightful, and just plain hilarious.  I always look forward to spending some time with them (we all work out of separate offices around the state, so we only get to see each other 4 or 5 times a year).

A few of my co-workers and me in front of the Potomac in Alexandria, VA.

It was pretty rainy all week, and I didn’t do as much sightseeing as I would have liked (I think that would require a few weeks in D.C.), but I did get the chance to go to a few museums.  I went to the Museum of American History and got to see the original Star Spangled Banner and Lincoln’s top hat, among many other things.  The next day I went to the Holocaust Museum, and that was sobering.  If anyone has ever gone there, you know what I’m talking about when I say you leave with a hollow feeling in your stomach.  They do a great job of walking you through the timeline of events, starting from how Hilter came in to power through the years after WWII ended.  I think the item that affected me most was a train car that had hauled countless people to concentration camps.  I can’t really describe the chill that went through my body as I passed through the car.  Unfortunately, neither museum allows photography inside, so there are very few pictures from my trip.  At the end of the week, I was able to stay an extra day so Eric’s parents made the two and a half hour trip up to go to the Braves/Nationals game with me.  Eric’s sister Leslie ended up finding us some really great seats in right field above the bull pen.

Denny, Lois and I with "Thomas Jefferson"

It was so great to see them (it’s been over a year since I last saw them).  The weather even ended up cooperating with us that day.  Like I said, it had rained all week, and it wasn’t looking good that day, either.  The game had even been postponed 15 minutes, but right as it was scheduled to start, the rain subsided and the sun came out.  It was a gorgeous night for a game and my Braves ended up winning (although they couldn’t pull it off for the rest of the series…figures).

The view from our seats (Chipper Jones is at bat...just take my word for it)

On top of having a great trip, we found out our conference will be in Boston next year.  I love my job.