Birthday girl getting her philosophical thinking on at the National Gallery of Art.
Posts Tagged ‘National Mall’
The biggest news these days is: flowers! Awhile back we had a several consecutive days of 70-80 degree weather, which basically moved our spring up by a month. The cherry trees in DC bloomed unexpectedly early as a result, which caught many would-be tourists off guard. Instead of being overrun with selfie-stick-holding Japanese citizens, the Tidal Basin was surprisingly quiet for about a week. (Because who books travel for early March?) This was heard secondhand, because I didn't get the chance to make it downtown in the short window before the scramble and mad rush.
Mayhem. Chaos. Anarchy. This is what most of the country expects from DC right now. Frankly, we expect it of ourselves. And not without cause: this could very well be the second largest blizzard in DC's documented history. (We'll have to beat out the current 2nd place record of 20.0 inches.) But beyond that, our city is unlike other snow-laden cities. Our roadways are an expansive spiderweb of thoroughfares and bursting-at-the-seams side streets. Our traffic is unbearably thick, where commuters skillfully (desperately?) execute seconds-saving maneuvers to counterbalance guaranteed extensive delays. The point? Clearing and preparing these roadways is, to say the least, challenging and disruptive. The nice thing is, we DO get occasional snow days. The city that influences the world is given permission to rest. Well, right after raiding the stores for all their remaining pasta noodles, space heaters and toilet paper (true story).
About a month ago Brian and I created a response video in support of Ben Carson's #IamAChristian photo. It was right around the time of the Oregon school shooting, when the gunman killed students based on their profession of the Christian faith. It was also right before the annual Washington Prayer Gathering in DC. There was a lot of chatter on social media, as there always is with anything emotional, political, or spiritual. With all these things swirling around on our feeds and in our minds, it seemed appropriate to take a stand.
Marine One was practicing takeoffs and landings on the White House lawn Saturday evening. We saw it making loops to the Jefferson Memorial and back, so we headed on over to 1600 Penn to check it out.
For the first time in the five years I’ve lived near DC, my parents came to visit! We of course took them to the National Mall. The last time they toured the Mall was about 20 years ago – the first time I met my cousin April, in fact. That’s crazy to think about. The four of us made it to quite a few landmarks: Jefferson, Lincoln, WWII, Washington, MLK, Korean, and Vietnam Memorials. We even walked by the Treasury Dept and toured the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Our feet were hurting by the end of the day!
Let’s be honest: this winter has been terrible. For the last two months the Northeast has had more than its fair share of fluctuating temperatures, rain/snow/fog/ice combinations, and persistent illnesses. We are praying this is the end. Thursday we got a bunch of snow, presumably the last major snowfall of the season. Brian got [reluctant ol’] me out of the house with, “What better thing to do on a snow day than head over to Georgetown and the Mall and take some pictures?”
The weather was too beautiful to stay indoors, so Brian and I took Sasha down to the National Mall.
“If you (who are called by my name) humble yourselves, pray, seek me, and turn from your wicked ways: then I will hear from heaven, forgive your sins, and heal your land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14