Crazy weather. Crazy.

Oh, you didn’t lose 42 degrees of warmth today?  Lucky you.
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The zoo

I love our zoo.  Always have.

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I even go when it’s cold enough to need earmuffs so furry that people think I work there.

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I know we’re spoiled by having such an awesome zoo, with awesome exhibits.

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So…today was the day to renew my zoo pass!  Yup, I’ve had a zoo pass for as long as I can remember.  Today, though, I felt like a real adult and added my husband to my zoo pass.  He’s a niece-and-nephew-carrying extraordinaire, which comes in extra handy now that they’re getting extra heavy.

Go get your pass and support the zoo!

D.C.

This time last week we were having a blast in Washington, D.C. visiting a good friend.  It was good company, good food, great weather (50 degrees!) and… it was inauguration weekend.

Having planned our trip a while back, we thought MLK, Jr. Day would make for a great long weekend.  About two weeks before we left we somehow crawled out from under our rock and realized it was also going to be the weekend of the inauguration.  Oops.  Luckily we were driving in (no crazy airports to deal with) and we were staying in Leesburg, Virgina (so no crazy hotels to deal with).

Day One.
Old Post Office, Natural History Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Castle, dinner in Georgetown.

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In addition to being our personal paparazzi for the weekend, our host was testing equipment before he heads to Nicaragua next month to document some mission work there.  We were happy to be test subjects.

If we’re fb friends, check out his handiwork at https://www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=10151414363937628″ width=”1280″ height=”720″ frameborder=”0″></iframe

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Strategic planning at lunch…

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Our hosts getting the hands-on experience at the National Portrait Gallery.

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No one took us up on an interview.  We weren’t standing close enough to the news vans, I guess.

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…and my handsome husband.

Day Two.
Jefferson, FDR, and MLK memorials, Native American Museum, Union Station, the Capital, American History Museum, THE METRO, dinner at Clyde’s.

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Appropriate to be handing out smoothie samples at the memorials?  Not sure.  But we took one.

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It was a busy weekend at the MLK, Jr. memorial for both the holiday and inauguration.  The monument is beautiful, and I’m glad we got to see the controversial quote before it gets fixed.

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The Native American Museum is a beautiful building and was built for a prismatic light show every afternoon in their rotunda.

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I love dogs, especially working dogs.  I’m always impressed by them and often like them more than I like certain people.

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I also love trains. The Metro was a trip highlight, obviously.

Additionally, the trip was characterized by Port-A-Lets being everywhere in preparation for the parade and my apparent unapproachable appearance on Sunday as “a bush pilot or something” in my Katniss boots, furry scarf, long coat, hat, and sunglasses.  I’ve been called worse.

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Then we dance partied home for seven and half hours in the mighty Scion.

 

Momo

This Is Colossal aggregates very cool, beautiful stories on artists and other fun things that I can’t help but read.

For example, who wouldn’t want to view a post (with gorgeous accompanying photos) titled, Can You Find the Dog in Each of these Photos? Meet Momo, the Most Elusive Puppy on Instagram?

Straws

I love chocolate.  Chocolate-anything, really.  Especially cold chocolately goodness, which is why this fabulous little product has made itself a daily fixture around 3:00PM.  No endorsement here, just my love of this delicious sugar jolt at the office.

So, behold, the taunting of the tiny little straw attached to the package:
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I was incredulous that the fine folks at Silk could have given me a waywardly tiny straw (it couldn’t possibly be tall enough for that package!).

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Behold, the telescoping straw.  I’m a nerd at heart and love to use any variation on the word “telescope,” so you can imagine my joy at finding such a small specimen attached to my favorite drink. I know, I know – apparently I’m light years behind the curve in juice box packaging technologies.  Whatever.  The ritual of my afternoon sugar fix now includes me delightedly telescoping the straw out to full length, slowly enough to hear the audible click as it snaps into place.

Nerdy, I know.  You should ask my poor co-workers.

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