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Weekending/Make a List

Stormtroopers at the Capitol!
Stormtroopers at the Capitol!

When on staycation — especially when there is a holiday in the mix — it’s hard to decide where the weekend begins, but for the purposes of this post, I’m going with Friday.

  • Enjoyed some quiet snuggle time with my nephew G., when he snuck upstairs to see if I was awake yet. (I was.)
  • Had my favorite breakfast of the year: apple pie and stuffing, a/k/a Thanksgiving leftovers.
  • Cracked up watching Baseball Bloopers with my nephews and brother.
  • Discovered that chocolate goldfish crackers with tiny, cereal-style marshmallows exist, courtesy of my cousin Susan’s legendary snack tray.
  • Spent many hours catching up with Susan and her family.
  • Marveled at how adult my nieces are becoming. How can that be happening?
  • Forgot to take any family photos.
  • Watched my Caps squeak out yet another shootout win.
  • Listened to my brother share depressing stats about how few actual, regulation wins the Caps have.
  • Drove home, too tired and too late, but made it safely.
  • Spent a whole day in my pajamas, being unspeakably lazy.
  • Got up early to go see Stormtroopers — and, as it turned out, Darth Vader — down by the Capitol with my nephews and sister-in-law. (They were filming a promotional piece for a proposed Museum of Science Fiction.)
  • Checked out the Capitol Christmas tree.
  • Took my nephews on their first visit to what I call “the bouncy walkway” at the National Gallery of Art. (It’s the unusually springy moving sidewalk between the East and West buildings, and also a piece of installation art called Multiverse.)
Bouncing along!
Bouncing along!
  • Saw an exhibit on Byzantine art (because D. wanted to see something “very old”) and stopped by the Calder mobiles.
  • Ate brunch at one of my favorite neighborhood joints, the Argonaut.
  • Did the boring weekend things: laundry, dishes, etc.
  • Considered buying a Christmas tree, decided to wait until next weekend.
  • Watched PBS’s new Downton Abbey recap episode to get ready for season four.
  • Tuned in for a little bit of the Sunday night football game, wherein the two teams I like were playing each other, with the goal of determining which is actually the worst in the NFC East.
  • Stayed up later than planned.

What did you do this weekend — no matter when it started for you?

Blogging along with Amanda, on both her Weekending them and her December prompts.

10 on Tuesday: Weekending

Yes, yes… I am cheating by combining two weekend-centric blog themes (Amanda’s “weekending” and Carole’s “10 on Tuesday” topic for the day), but given how exhausting the weekend was, I don’t have the energy to  write two posts — though certainly more than enough happened.

Why so hectic? My friend Shannon came to town for the weekend with her 12-year-old daughter Maggie, who was making her first-ever trip to DC. The government shutdown/furlough closed most of the usual DC tourist attractions, so we (along with our other local friend Joanne and her kids, much of the time) had to get a little creative to make sure she had a good visit.

1. We clowned around at Madame Tussauds, the (vaguely creepy) wax museum.

Shannon and Maggie, hanging out at the theater with President Lincoln.
Shannon and Maggie, hanging out at the theater with President Lincoln.
The closest Maggie got to meeting the Obamas this weekend.
The closest Maggie got to meeting the Obamas this weekend.
I couldn't pass up the chance to pose with WaxOvi.
I couldn’t pass up the chance to pose with WaxOvi.

2. And though I took no photos there, we also had a good time at the International Spy Museum.

(Worth noting that, while we had fun, neither of these museums came close to being as entertaining as the Smithsonian’s American History or Natural History museums. Stupid shutdown.)

3. We semi-accidentally drank margaritas as big as our heads.

When the waitress asks if you want the big margaritas, it's worthwhile to ask "How big?' before saying yes.
When the waitress asks if you want the big margaritas, it’s worthwhile to ask “How big?’ before saying yes.

4. I took Shannon and Maggie to their first-ever NHL game, and they were lucky to see a high-energy team with stellar goaltending. Unfortunately, that team was the Colorado Avalanche and not the home team. (The Caps lost 5-1.)

5. Sunday morning, I shared two of my favorite traditions with my friends — brunch on 8th Street (Ted’s Bulletin, natch) and a stroll through Eastern Market.

6. We spent the rest of Sunday doing something I didn’t even know was possible: Joanne toured us around the Pentagon, which is kind of a huge museum to the armed forces on the inside. Each service has different exhibits, and we saw lots of model planes, ships, and submarines, along with historic uniforms, weapons, and the like. No pictures, though — cameras are (understandably) verboten.

7. After we toured inside, we stopped by the 9/11 Memorial, which was beautiful, but wrenching.

The 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon.
The 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon.

8. I took advantage of my evening alone at home to catch up on some tv I’ve been hoarding on my DVR, and am now almost caught up on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which I liked very much.

9. By Monday, it had stopped raining (Oh, I didn’t mention the rain? We got something like five or six inches of rain over the last week. It was a mess.) so we decided to hit the Mall — where the pathways were open, though the monuments were not, so Maggie could at least get some of the traditional tourist experience.

I spent much of this part of the weekend running around with Joanne’s five-year-old, who is far too action-oriented for strolling around. And when I say running, I mean literally running… and I can hardly walk today as a result. Ow, ow, ow.

Joanne's kids, saying hello to the Obamas through the fence.
Joanne’s kids, saying hello to the Obamas through the fence.
The government shutdown makes kids sad.
The government shutdown makes kids sad.
Our final tourist stop on a weekend full of them.
Our final tourist stop on a weekend full of them.

10. Last but not least, as Joanne deposited Shannon and Maggie at the airport, I met up with my sister-in-law for dinner and another hockey game. The Caps played better this time and came out with the win.

Caps game #2 for the weekend was a win... But Jason Chimera wanted to get the hell off the ice anyway.
Caps game #2 for the weekend was a win… But Jason Chimera wanted to get the hell off the ice anyway.

Lawd, I am exhausted all over again just writing it all down. So tell me, people who had relaxing weekends, how much rest did you get? Was it lovely?