Since it was July 3rd, the office closed at 1PM. This was nice in some ways, and made even nicer by lunch plans with the other interns. We walked to the north-west side of Dupont Circle (I think?) to a place called ShopHouse, which is like an Asian-inspired version of Chipotle. The newest intern and I paired up and talked along the way, because it wasn't feasible or polite for so many people to walk in a glob and take up the entire sidewalk, and it was interesting to learn about him. He goes to Law school in Ireland, and he's from Russia, which makes for a neat accent. Although Russia and Ukraine are very, very different, his Slavic accent made me miss Ukraine.
After lunch my officemates and I decided to go to the botanical gardens after changing out of work clothes, but by the time I was on the return metro trip with Roommate #2 to go meet them we got an emergency alert text (you can sign up for those here!) that said a severe thunderstorm alert was in progress and to seek shelter. My Miami girl didn't think it was a big deal ("Another Tuesday afternoon..."), and neither did I, so we went ahead and began walking towards the gardens... bad idea. We turned around a couple of blocks later because we were being assaulted with Lubbock-style winds, and the sky didn't look particularly cute and cuddly. We looked at each other and decided that perhaps in DC, "severe" means precisely what it sounds like. Halfway back to the metro it began to rain, but we made it without drowning.
With our plans canceled for the day due to the inclement weather that is traveling ahead of Hurricane Arthur, we've settled into our respective corners of the living room to munch on the cookies that were intended for the consumption at the pre-4th-of-July concert this evening. Looks like that's off, too.