Wednesday, January 10, 2007

My back hurts.

Sorry I haven't been posting this week yet. Every day it's pretty much same-old, same-old.

Alarm goes off at 7:20am. I ponder for a few minutes whether I really want to go to the archives before deciding that I must. And so I get ready and dash off in time for the 8:26am bus. I meet up with MK, my new archives buddy and we have breakfast together in the cafeteria. (I bring food to eat and buy a tea to get me going.) We head up to start our research. I take many pictures, and then we go for lunch. (I usually bring a sandwich, but today I forgot, so I ate chili instead. Yum.) After lunch I go take more pictures. The day ends and MK and I catch the bus home. Once home I eat dinner, catch up on e-mails, and work on the pictures I took. And then I go to bed. Exciting, eh?

Tomorrow I will hopefully finish the current batch of boxes on working on, and will start on the next ones. Actually, the next bunch coming is a bit of a mystery. I hope they're the ones I want!

Research is fun, but hard on the body.

Yesterday I read the following in the report of an American Red Cross official. He was writing from the Siberian interior during the Russian Civil War, and was clearly feeling a bit isolated: "If there is any news or scandal in Vladi[vostok] let me in on it." I feel this way about Toronto: I want all the gossip!

5 comments:

E :) said...

Aaah, memories... Or nightmares. One of the two...

Rufus said...

While you're in DC, I recommend visiting Ben's Chili Bowl. It's a DC landmark and the atmosphere is great. The chili isn't bad either.

http://www.benschilibowl.com/

Also, it's across the street from the African American Civil War memorial and museum.

And if it's still open, the Burrito Brothers near the archives is also great:
http://www.burritobrotherscapitolhill.com/

Enjoy DC!

ec said...

silly jen. life in the annex stops without you, jp. we have to force ourselves to do 'crazy' things in order to have some semblance of gossip to bring forth to you. take more pictures!

Anonymous said...

It's true. Archive research is boring. Even in Rome where the cappuccino is less than a euro. It's all that I can do to stay awake.

Jen P. said...

Thanks for the food suggestions, Rufus. Sounds yummy. I will have to remember those....