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dc greens - lesley siu

Growing up: signing up to volunteer as your birthday activity. I spent the evening volunteering with a nonprofit at their local urban farm. It’s interesting getting into the weeds (literally) of food access and education in DC. I will also be at farmers markets throughout the summer to help low-income community members access fresh produce. With all of the conflict and negativity in the world right now, how could I sit at home waiting for change? I’m looking forward to continuing to take action in my community. Baby steps.

lately: white house weekend


Weekends are delicious. They are so delicious, in fact, that sometimes you just gobble them up and forget to enjoy them. Lately, I’ve been venturing from my usual and making the extra effort to try new things… It’s savoring my time off, in a different way. Whether they are spent volunteering solo or being a tourist in your own city, you have to admit—weekends are pretty sweet.

1. White House Spring Garden Tour
After several years of living in DC, I finally made it to the White House south lawn. This required waking up early on Saturday to get in line for tickets given out at 9:00 a.m. and returning at a later assigned time to enter. But this is the White House, so I made the sacrifice like a true tourist Washingtonian. It was a beautiful day for the self-guided tour. I not-so-secretly wished it had been a garden party instead. Next on my list is getting into the White House, so if anyone has ideas on how to get on that list…

2. Brunch at Local 16
Our garden tour tickets were for entry at 1:30 p.m., so naturally, it was the perfect window for brunch. And a pop tart at Ted’s Bulletin.

3. Volunteering at the Nike Women’s Half Marathon
What’s crazier than volunteering at 6:00 a.m. on a Sunday? Running 13.1 miles. With 15,000 people. I had the important job of handing out water bottles and congratulating runners at the finish line. It was a cool event to see with so much fun, energy and inspiration on Pennsylvania Avenue.