Flashback Friday: Washington DC

* NaBloPoMo: Day 11 *

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“My first wish … is the see the whole world in peace, and the Inhabitents of it as one band of brothers, striving who should contribute most of the happiness of mankind” ~ George Washington, 1785

 

Kinda taking an easy way out today, and also with a nod to our amazing Veterans on Veteran’s Day … I’m going to share some old photos of the time we went to Washington DC. it was Memorial Day weekend in 2008, which meant there were lot of fun little things happening in DC that weekend, some we were able to photograph and some not. We got to witness the Rolling Thunder Run as it passed Arlington National 10398549_55268772746_3013144_nCemetery and that was just plain awesome. There was a giant Folk Music Festival on the Mall as well as the big concert at The Capitol and another big memorial event at Arlington National Cemetery where the President spoke. We didn’t plan any of it, but it turned out that Memorial Day Weekend is a pretty cool weekend to go to DC.

A highlight for me was visiting the World War II Memorial. I had been to DC before, but this wasn’t around then, and World War II is one of my favorite subjects, so I was so excited to see it, and it didn’t disappoint. I love the shot of Jamison sitting at the Freedom Wall. A wall with 4,048 gold stars on it, each star representing 100 Armed Services personnel that died or are listed as missing from World War II. Powerful. 10398549_55268627746_5523279_n

We visited all of the other memorials as well, including the Vietnam War Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. Every one of them just as sobering as moving as the other. We happened upon a Navy Memorial Service totally by accident and it was pretty sweet to see. J got to get a photo with some of the honor guard.

In addition to all of the war related memorials, we did the requisite tourist stuff and visited every possible museum and building and memorial possible. We walked our asses off and it was an amazing weekend. I love Washington DC and if you have never visited, you need to do it. It can be done reasonably inexpensively, the train system will get you anywhere you need to go at a decent price and you don’t have to try to drive in the madness that is DC traffic, and there is more to see than you could expect.

I really hope to get back again soon with the kids, now that they are older they will have a whole new appreciation for much of city. From somber memorials to amazing art galleries. From fun tourist trap locations to just wandering the side streets and looking at some amazingly beautiful architecture. From the fantastic National Zoo to the parks and walking paths. It’s most definitely one of my favorite places in the country.

 

NaBloPoMo 2016

Because I seem to love to find ways to motivate myself and then immediately fail at all of it … I’ve “signed up” for NaBloPoMo 2016.

WTF is that, you may ask. Well, I think most people have heard of NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – when people take their entire November and attempt to write a Novel. I’ve tried that one a few times. The best I ever did was about 5,000 words of nonsense. Writing a novel is just not for me. I’m much better suited to just spout nonsense and share stories about my ridiculous life. Nonsense and ridiculousness come much more naturally to me. And while I do tend to live in a fantasy world most of the time … converting that into something that would be entertaining or appealing to anyone other than myself is just not something I seem capable of at this point. So I’ll stick with what I do here and just try to do that better instead.

NaBloPoMo is National Blog Posting Month and I am doing it through the wonderful BlogHer platform.  BlogHer is part of She Knows Media, a women’s lifestyle digital media company. Not to sound like Captian Obvious, but BlogHer is a community for women bloggers. So yeah, pretty self explanatory. Go check ’em out. They do great stuff.

The goal is to write a blog post every day in November. So far I am short one post, as I didn’t think about this until the 2nd and therefore, missed the first day. But whatevs, in my continued attempts to turn myself into a more chill person … just gonna let that one go and move on to the next one.

So if you see the NaBloPoMo picture on my sidebar and wonder what it is for, now you know. This is also your chance to check up on me and my progress. Will I be able to hang with this and post every day? Who the hell knows. In the past I have not been able to make it happen, and I may not this year either, but I’m gonna try at least and we’ll see. Yes, some days you may only get some stupid Meme or other lame attempt at a post. But hey, this is my blog and I make up my own rules. And you never know, I could surprise even myself and actually pull it off! I have been known to surprise myself in the past. God knows I surprise everyone else on a daily basis.

Side note – this is my SECOND post for today. Boom!

#overachiever

I Need a Muse

Any available Muses, please apply within.

I have hit a serious ass dry spell. My creativity has all but vanished and my only creative output these days seems to be finding ridiculous shit on Pinterest and re-posting it on Facebook. Lame.

I have tons of crap happening in my life … kinda … so it would seem I should have something to say. But nothing is coming. So, in the absence of any kind of creative thinking or amusing stories. Here’s something ridiculous I found on Pinterest.

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Creek Life

13658964_10153724600722747_4726603674037489535_nI spent a portion of this past weekend, surviving the sweltering temperatures and heat advisories, by walking in the woods. More specifically, by walking in the water.

I’ve always said that Highbanks Metro Park reminds me so very much of growing up and the land behind my house. I grew up in a house nestled in the woods. Behind it, was large area with winding dirt paths, a deep, wooded ravine with a creek running through. A big old waterfall with a sort of a cave underneath. Rope swings and log crossings and general good times. I loved my “backyard” at home and miss it very much. 13775628_10153724600582747_310236962300977465_n

I went to Highbanks on Friday evening and realized how easy it was to get to the creek at one point on the path. So, I ventured down and played in the water a bit. On Sunday, I put on my water/trail shoes and went back. I hit the creek close to the Nature Center and followed it to the river, then walked in the river as far as I could, until I had to get back on t13620161_10153724600677747_6758577885989405491_nhe trail again.

It was wonderful.

I enjoyed it so much, I went and did the same thing at Blendon Woods. Walked a trail until I got to the creek, went off trail in the water until I found some trail again. Now, my goal is to hit up all the Metro Parks and find more water. It was peaceful, fairly cool considering, and just a great way to spend a day.

If you need me. I’ll be playing in the creek.

How I Spent My Saturday

I found myself with a free day today, and after the traditional Saturday chores and housecleaning, I decided to tackle some replanting of some houseplants I have.

Back in the Spring/Summer, I put together a small succulent garden for in my kitchen. The plants were all small-ish at the time, but one of them has turned into this monstrosity and needed it’s own home. So my daughter and I hit up some of the local garden stores and I found a couple more small plants, a larger pot for my giant plant, and then headed home for some re-potting.

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The big plant on the left is the one that outgrew his home. The center planter is where all of these plants were trying to live together before today. I took out the big cabbage-type succulent on the left and put him in his own, much larger home. I also took out the Kalanchoe on the right and put her in her own little planter. In the center planter, the little guy on the left is new and joined my other smaller plants.

These two got new homes of their own!

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Now I have this little fella who needs a roommate. I have a planter ready for him, and need to find him a friend and then all my little plants will be happy in their new homes.

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I absolutely adore succulents. They are super cool, some of them are downright weird, and I really like that about them.

Once I find a friend for my solo plant, my next project will be a “fairy garden” type thing. Alexa and I had fun today, out in the frigid February temperatures, wandering through greenhouses and looking at amazing plants. There are some really fun fairy garden themes and accessories, and I’m looking forward to planning that out.

Here’s to a Saturday spent with one of my best friends, looking at amazing plants, finding some cute greenhouse cats, and having a generally good day.