hello! i'm back! and alive! man, i hate it when i just disappear for a week like that. i had so many actual words to say about the inauguration, but i ended up with a massive cold after last weekend's festivities, and i was covering for another coworker all week, so i was sick and miserable and doing far too much work and BLAH BLAH BLAH excuses I SUCK SORRY.
aaaaanyway. first off: i *did* manage to stay warm and toasty for the inauguration. my layering plan went splendidly - i think the wool socks especially were key, as i know many people who complained bitterly about not being able to feel their feet - and the yoga pants ended up being important and wonderful. (they were the slippery kind of nylon fabric, not the cotton kind of yoga pants, so having them under my jeans was not at all bulky in the end.) by the time we were on the mall, there were so many people around that the wind couldn't get to us, which also helped immensely. as you can see from the pictures, i ended up with my hat off and my top layer unbuttoned, because i actually got a little warm. so all in all, it worked out better than anticipated.
then again, i was sick as a dog all last week.. but.. um.. TOTALLY UNRELATED, i'm sure.
the other thing i had worried about were the crowds, because let's face it... 2 million people were bound to get grumpy and pushy and out of hand at some point. but shockingly: it never happened. i have never been in the presence of 2 million more cheerful, good-natured, happy people. everyone was helping each other out; letting people go in front of them; moving out of the way for other people's pictures. one woman stopped me before we took a picture of the three of us with the capitol in the background, because my mascara had smudged and she didn't want the picture ruined. she produced a tissue and a mirror - in the middle of the press of people on the mall - so i could look nice in a picture she knew would be important to me. overall, it was an amazing feeling of camaraderie, hope, and general positivity. it was amazing, really.
so hopefully things are a bit back to normal now, as i'm feeling much better this week and only have my own work to do. i spent the weekend in nyc visiting several good highschool and airline friends, and this weekend i'm headed south to ATL to see another wonderful airline friend, silvia, and meet moo and gray (and bob)! i'm so excited! now i just have the 200 unread blog posts to tackle...