that’s capitol

We spent a lot of time lounging around, playing games, checking up on social networking, email, etc.  I uploaded my pictures from the previous day and proceeded to friend everyone in the group on facebook.  We finally left the house mid-afternoon and discovered how humid it was, thankful we went and saw the monuments the day before.

We rode the metro into D.C. in our “fancy” clothing since we were planning on sitting in on a house of representatives meeting.  Fortunately, our metro station dropped us off right in front of Taylor’s dad’s office so we didn’t have to endure the humidity too much.  We entered another beautiful marble building and walked through the long hallway and up a spiral staircase.  Apparently when Jeff, Taylor’s dad, started his job and was trying to find his office, he was told that it doesn’t exist.  He’s also had at least one tour group walk in, not realizing it was an office.  He told us his plan for the afternoon, gave us visitor badges, and we were off.

All the buildings on Capitol Hill are connected by a series of tunnels that allow staff members to easily access them.  Jeff had advised that we not take purses and try to minimize the amount of stuff we carried to make it easier to move around.  We were all pretty hungry at that point and so he took us to the staff cafeteria, which was about to close for the day.  After finishing our meal, we made our way back towards the Capitol.

Throughout our walking tour we passed through a lot of the same rooms.  And rather than bore you with describing the places we saw, I’ll show you the pictures.

first view inside the Capitol

first view inside the Capitol

standing in the center of the crypt, a room below the Rotunda

standing in the center of the crypt, a room below the Rotunda

beautiful chandelier, a floor above the previous picture

beautiful chandelier, a floor above the previous picture

look, it's the Washington Monument!

look, it’s the Washington Monument!

Chris, the monster

Chris, the monster

and here we go around

and here we go around

and around

and around

the Rotunda, beautiful

the Rotunda, beautiful

and back to it

and back to it

hang in there

hang in there

yup, there's more

yup, there’s more

i really wanted you to get the full affect

i really wanted you to get the full affect

really feel like you're there, you know?

really feel like you’re there, you know?

you feeling it yet?

you feeling it yet?

almost there

almost there

and done

and done

pioneers of Women's Suffrage

pioneers of Women’s Suffrage

just an artsy shot

just an artsy shot

here's that chandelier closer up

here’s that chandelier closer up

the Rotunda as seen from the underground visitor's center

the Rotunda as seen from the underground visitor’s center

Statue of Freedom

Statue of Freedom

and from another angle

and from another angle

a tram for employees

a tram for employees

from outside, yes it was humid

from outside, yes it was humid

and there we are, mere feet from men with rifles.

and there we are, mere feet from men with rifles.

ah, so beautiful

ah, so beautiful

As before, you can see more pictures here.

After we got home and had dinner – the chili and cauliflower – Taylor and I got to work making the pies.  It was a little bit of a challenge since we didn’t have a big food processor, which is what I use to make the pie, but a little handheld one.  We figured out a good system and managed to make two yummy looking pies.  Because they were made from tofu we had to let them harden in the fridge before consuming.  After we finished, it was time to relax, play some games and just hang out before bed.

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