Sure, high-profile meetings with international leaders are fun to brag about at a dinner party. But when two of your constituents are Buzz and Woody – now that’s pretty cool.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) August 11, 2014
Of course, governing’s not all glitz and glamour. Sometimes you have to get your hands dirty – literally. Here’s what Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., did during his day-long stint as on Freund’s Farm:
… At least he has a sense of humor.
While Murphy shoveled shi – er – explored the agribusiness industry, Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., ventured into high-tech:
— Bill Foster (@RepBillFoster) August 11, 2014
And Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., delved into arachnology. Back away from the spider, Madam Congresswoman. Meanwhile, animal-loving Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, threw a birthday bash for his puppies:
(He has three real kids, by the way.)
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., warmed up for an interview on Iraq in his son’s America-themed fort…
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) August 8, 2014
… Rep. Illeanna Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., snuggled her brand-new grandbaby …
… And Rep. Hartzler celebrated her 30th wedding anniversary with a #TBT-worthy shot of her and her groom.
Today is Lowell and I’s 30th Wedding Anniversary! So thankful for him. We haven’t changed a bit! pic.twitter.com/FViejBXdgS
— Rep. Vicky Hartzler (@RepHartzler) August 11, 2014
But if you thought members of congress were all stodgy suits, think again. Some wear costumes…
…Some don uniforms…
… And some ditch the shirt entirely.
(He’s only a little proud of those abs.)
Other congressional fitness buffs kept their twelve packs under wraps. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who lost his mother to multiple myeloma, biked to raise money for cancer research.
82 miles in – just finished trek up Reynolds Rd. These great volunteers were a welcome sight. Keep it up riders! pic.twitter.com/AN0BGnHLjK
— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) August 9, 2014
Al Franken, D-Minn., angled to play catch on the Vikings practice field.
And Cory Booker scaled a rock wall (you just scored major uncle points there, Sen. Booker).
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 8, 2014
Some lawmakers were not so healthy-minded. In fact, self-proclaimed chocaholic and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, served as a guest judge on TLC’s new pastry show, Next Great Breaker.
But one of the biggest recess crazes: congressional selfies. #potatoeheadselfie #bovineudderselfie #corybookerselfie #whyareyouwearingashirt,aaron? #selfieobsessed.
And lest you think the August recess is all fun and games — Former opthomologist Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., for example, “restored vision” to three pro-bono patients in his home district.
ABC News’ Scott Wilson contributed to this report.