Woke up this morning and realized I didn't have a bath mat, shampoo, body wash, hair product. The worst aspect of this was the lack of hair product. Crazy curly hair + DC humidity = AFRO. I have never used so much hairspray in my life trying to make it look half way decent (I use mousse to make it look all pretty normally). So I "showered" (the best I could do without shampoo OR soap) and realized I didn't have food at the house either. I decided it was more important to get to Rockville on time than attempt to buy food in Tenleytown, so I headed to the metro wearing nice black pants, a dress shirt and kitten heels (which are itty bitty high heels for those unaware to women's footwear).
I make it to Rockville pretty uneventfully. I get to the building and am directed downstairs to meet up with the person showing me around. This is when the excessive walking began. I was taken to the building next door for some paperwork. She then informs me that I need to go to the Main Campus which is in Bethesda. So I walk back next door because some other people were going to the main campus. We then walk the 2 blocks to the metro. Once at the NIH they just walk in because they have badges. I, on the other hand, go through airport-like security. The only I didn't have to do was take off my shoes. Once through there, I begin walking. I think I need to go to building 2... FAIL. Nope. So then I try walking around to find building 31 thinking that is where I need to go... FAIL. NOPE. Then I find out I REALLY need to go to building 10. I take a bus (YUP, the NIH is so big, they have buses to take you places) to building 10. I get my name badge FINALLY. Which back to the beginning I mentioned that I was lacking hair product... this resulted in a frizzy looking photo.
After getting my badge, I needed to get my SmartCard for the metro. Which I then realize is in building 31, the one I had JUST been in. So I hop BACK on a bus and go to building 31. I realized the people I asked for directions to building 10 from, where the people giving me my SmartCard. After getting my metro card, I am distressed. Honestly, I walked so far in those darn kitten heels. I thought they would be comfortable. NOPE.
At this point I call the lab in Rockville and ask if I can go home to do the required online training at home instead of at the lab. So I have finally gotten back to Tenleytown. A little sweaty and with many blisters from my NIH Main Campus adventure.
I NEED A NAP.