Sunday, August 31, 2008
A very specific, very neglected monument, but beautiful nonetheless. And it's no surprise that I feel a particular pull toward this, as its Grecian design is quite like a certain other beloved structure.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
It took us around downtown, and then directly into the Potomac for a little river cruise. And it ended with complimentary quackers, which we wasted no time putting to use.
But the fun didn't stop there. We saw the Japanese WWII Memorial, had lunch, saw the Navy Memorial, and then set off for the National Archives, Joey's first visit. I was very excited this time to see the Treaty of Paris, which officially goes on view in October.
We made a quick stop by the White House to call on George and Laura, and then headed for the Nats v. Braves game, my first Nats game at night.
I should be happy they won, but you can't undo 15 years of vicariously cheering for them through the brother. It was still a good game though, even though we narrowly missed death by a scary fast line drive.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Carolina kids with the Wright Brothers plane at the Air and Space Museum on Sunday.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
It was my first visit to the Kennedy Center, which was beautiful, and the orchestra was great. Good mix of instruments and some a cappella. And since Elizabeth took Serbian at UNC, I even got to understand some of what they were saying.
Lots of flags:Ooh, shiny.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
ETA: I HATE THEM. I still haven't even found the right words as to how much I dislike the message, the story, the characters, the writing, etc.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Sadly, no sign of my favorite justice, Ruth Bader G. I also later read in front of the Capitol, which has far lusher grass than I've been able to find elsewhere, and obviously, a stunning view.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Please no comment on the differing shades of wood, I was very upset when I realized this. And yes, the roommate and I have a lot of movies, including every romantic comedy and horror movie ever made. Guess which set belongs to who(m).
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I went in search of some much-needed new jeans, and naturally couldn't leave the mall without browsing for a few tops, which led to me purchasing my first ruffly/puffy shirt. (More ruffly than puffy, I hope.) Now to just make sure it doesn't look like I have a growth when I wear it. Or look like this:
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
It is bright in the mornings and I wear my glasses for all the outside portions, and push them to the top of my head for the inside parts. However, today it was early and I was sleepy and I just didn't have the energy to push them up and down, so I wore my sunglasses on the metro whilst underground. But at least I was clean and not creepily-grinning and not dating someone one-third of my age.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Some of them were awful, some gave me an unnecessary double chin, and some were just kind of creepy. The highlights:
1950 and 1956
1960 and 1968
I like 1974 because it's only two years after my Mom graduated and looks a lot like her hair in her picture. (Sorry, Mom, the 1972 person had a bob.) I like the 1950s and 1960s ones the best. I would totally have been ok in those decades as long as I could be an angry feminist turned hippie. And maybe see the Beatles live, too.
Monday, August 18, 2008
I'm not going to lie, it could be cool to need something and have to wheel out the old rack. Or it could be a real hassle, as it has already meant sacrificing the nook in my room to storage. I really should cut back on my wardrobe. Probably. Or not.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Something that will definitely be remembered for 100 years and beyond, Michael Phelps winning eight golds at one Olympics. And I saw every one of them, including his final one tonite. I also got to watch some of this year's Olympics with Mom for the first time.
Maybe not the most traditional of new things, but I watched all of his races in 2004, and again this year, with the same kind of heart-pounding anticipation I only experience during Carolina basketball. And I just was never quite sure I'd get to see history made like this.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I frequent the King Street Bruegger's so to have them finally give something back to me was quite nice. Even if I was weary at first of taking food from a stranger, at the Metro. But her uniform and bageled out car convinced me. That, and the fact that I'm not dead. And, I mean, free food!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
- Demetri Martin
Oh, Demetri, your witty observations always ring so true in my life. Only I fell up a metro escalator…for about 15 seconds. Which feels like an hour and a half when juggling a laptop bag and purse, and trying to keep my Rainbows on while struggling to stand upright. Which will be difficult for the next few days as my left knee is twice the size of my right. (Well, two and a half times the size as my right side is bigger than the left anyway.) Can I please win the lottery now before I kill myself on public transportation?
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
I tried to pick out likely call girls, but they were disguised well. And sadly I was not able to hit the gift shop for my "I went to the Mayflower and all I got was a political scandal, 9 million hits on my MySpace, and this t-shirt*," t-shirt. Next time.
The Mayflower: Me, presenting the lobby?
Karey, silently judging the politicians and call girls, or me? Probably a little bit of both. :-)
*Copyright BEC 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Of all the obsessions I write about in this blog, this is one of my oldest and fiercest loves. So proud am I of my Olympic devotion, I don't even call it a nerdy obsession. It's not nerdy or dorky, it's AWESOME. To kick off this year's Olympic season, my fellow Olympic fiend friend, Elizabeth, came over. I provided "international" appetizers for a mini-Olympic party as we watched the Opening Ceremonies. I tired to represent every continent, even if my interpretation of their food was often quite loose. It was still fun and a great way to kick off the next two week!
USA cookies, which prompted one of my favorite quotes of the night, from E: "I don't want to eat the 'Bronze' one, I feel like it won't be as good." My cookies, complete with USA, medals (G, S, B) and favorite events. And yes, that is an interlocking NC for UNC in the corner. Lots of alums in the games, after all!
The spread, as follows:
United Kingdom: English toffee
Brazil: Chips and salsa
China: Chinese noodles and mixed vegetables
Switzerland: Swiss cheese spread
Iraq: Hummus and pita bread
South Africa: Wine
Australia: Shrimp (on the barbie) (Not pictured because I didn't make it for fear of making too much. But considering all the food and the fact that it was just the two of us, we still devoured quite a lot, and probably could have handled the shrimp too.)
Thursday, August 7, 2008
And how did I decide which ones to buy? Two important factors. One: the cheapest. Two: the prettiest labels. (Who wouldn't buy wine with a purple giraffe on it?!)
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
First, the lyrics to "Learning to Fly," by Tom Petty, and where the title of this blog comes from.
The lyrics to one of my favorite U2 songs, "Stuck in a Moment."And finally, I have a document on my computer full of UNC quotes that I've collected over the years, and that I still add to. Here it all is in a word cloud. (Select to make bigger.)
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Sadly, it tasted more like freezer burn, and less like chocolatey caramel goodness. That's what I get for living in the past.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Giving some tips to Robert E. Lee.
Attempting to take a bullet for President Lincoln. Only I kept giggling. I'm just not cut out for Secret Service, sorry Abe.Don't let the grin fool you, it was a tough interrogation. For Hoover.
Me and George. Sigh.Preview of things to come?
Yeah, it had to be done.
I also played press secretary and gave the evil eye to Yoko, while Karey mocked Tom Cruise and hung out with Churchill. And of course we both got FIERCE with Tyra. Just another Saturday in the city.