Since I now have the sleep machine, I've been trying to cut back on my consumption of diet coke. I had one early this morning, and now I'm feeling the dip in energy.
Recently I've been slammed with work. The pace quickened while I was in Bangkok, surged during the week of International Women's Day, and has not lessened. It's true that I'm working with another office for technical reviews, which requires a four hour meeting block for each country. Also we've had some surprise engagements. On Friday we were asked to give a briefing to a group of Senate staffers on Monday, so most of Friday was spent prepping for that meeting. I did check with a friend on the Hill about what to wear, and while I could've convinced MoBob to accompany me on an emergency shopping trip to Nordstrom's, I didn't. In fact, we were more formally dressed than the staffers, who all looked like they were under 30.
I'd been to a couple of Congressional offices before, but this was my first visit to the Senate. I guess when there's only a 100 of you, you get bigger and nicer digs. My favorite feature was the huge Alexander Calder sculpture. According to this Smithsonian article, it's an unfinished work.
Most staffers skew young; that's even more true in the House.
As far as I can work out, having only interned there briefly, the dress code in most offices is pretty casual on days that Congress is not in session. Once Congress is in session, however, most offices expect staff to turn up dressed for business, as it were.
As an intern, I always wore a jacket and tie when the House was in session, on the off-chance that my supervisors would send me onto the floor to track down our Member. Never happened in my time, but being comfortable in a necktie sets you apart from the interns (and a lot of staffers).
I was kind of horrified by the staffers that visited us. They are not in DC where you can get away with many things I didn't know you could get away with! They were in DRC, where they should have brought longer skirts and things that didn't need to be dry cleaned... I was much more dressed up than they were, particularly in the field.