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?

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3 thoughts on “10 on Tuesday: Weekending

  1. Eileen October 16, 2013 / 9:48 am

    Love all the pictures and stories. Glad y’all managed to have an awesome weekend despite the shutdown.

    Chris and I spent 8+ hours in the car going to and from Ft. Worth for his college buddy Jeff’s wedding.

    First we dropped James with PaPa (Chris’s dad – Dee Dee is visiting great grandma) for bachelor overnight. I’m pleased to say both seemed to have a great time and we are so grateful PaPa was willing to do a solo overnight.

    Chris and I had a good time in spite of the horrific drive. It rained most of the way up to Ft. Worth. And when I say rained, there was one 20 mile stretch where we literally couldn’t see 10 feet in front of the car and we were going 20 mph. It was as bad a “white out” as I’ve ever experienced in a snow storm with many more cars involved. Thankfully we made it okay and all the rain distracted me from the thunder and lightning accompanying it!

    Once in Ft. Worth we got dressed up and headed to the lovely wedding and reception which was a mini UT reunion. And I almost forgot to mention we had a (most unexpected) UT victory over OU to celebrate as well.

    Back at the hotel I slept – all night – without interruption and “slept in” until 8:30 (though we both woke up at 6:20 just like always). And we’d ordered room service so I had breakfast in bed – that I didn’t have to cook or clean up!

    After a long hot uninterrupted shower we headed back to pick up James. I will say Ft. Worth seems charming and I’m sorry we didn’t really have time to see or explore it, so I’ve put it on the short list of nearby places to go back to.

    That was pretty much our weekend. Oh, except for the fact that James fell asleep on the ride home from PaPa’s house. He slept from 4:30-8pm (seriously we tried to wake him more than once to no avail). Must be the boys had a really good time. He woke up hungry at 8 but by 9:30 asked to go back to bed and slept through the night!

    A good weekend was had by all!

  2. the habit of being October 16, 2013 / 11:43 am

    I’m exhausted just reading about your weekend!

  3. Mom October 16, 2013 / 4:08 pm

    Well sure sounds like you all had great weekends! Maggie and Shannon will just have to come again to see all the monuments :).

    I had an uneventful Sat/Sun, but Monday drove up & back to Rochester to see cousins JoAnn & Nick’s new “retirement” digs. They built a lovely home in an area which seems so suited to them and their now nearby daughters and Grandsons. (J&N were Sarah & my traveling companions to Alaska last year). It was so good to catch up with them. The afternoon was lovely and relaxing.

    My 5+ hours in the car was somewhat like E&C’s — rain, fog, mist. Mother Nature had shutout a LOT of disappointed RVers on the Thruway — the supposed-to-have-been-beautiful Fall colors were shrouded in fog or washed out PERIOD!

    Hey, Eileen, maybe we can do Ft. Worth in the spring with two babies, eh???? HaHa!

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