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18 August 2017 @ 11:33 pm
Zipping along...  
Our vacation in Washington DC is nearing its end, and the whole thing has gone by very quickly—except for those times when it's so hot and muggy that it feels as if time is standing still. This weather—ugh, what a challenge.

You may have noticed that two Idol entries went up yesterday. Trying to write two entries while on vacation visiting family was a real challenge! I'm hoping to stay in this a little longer, and have a chance to write further entries where I can focus, so please read and vote if you're so inclined. All entries for this week are linked at the bottom of those stories.

The writing struggle, apart from the time in which to do it... I've been having trouble staying awake at night in this time zone (so, no long stints there), and in the mornings I'm just stupid. We've been getting up at the equivalent of my 5:30 am, and I normally get up around 8:00. Just getting my head together enough to shower or go to the gym is a struggle. My brain is muddled until about 11:00.

We've spent a good amount of time with our daughter, when she hasn't been working. On her birthday, we visited the Supreme Court and the Jefferson Library of Congress (wow), and saw Dunkirk.

Saturday, we went to the Newseum (really good, so much better than I expected. The Pulitzer Prize photo exhibit was terrific, but there was also a 1989 Berlin Wall exhibit, historic newspapers and printings, and exhibits on 9/11, civil rights, and chasing terrorists. Of the ones we visited). Sunday was the National Zoo (panda butts! Happy elephants! Cute children! Also the fattest fish I've ever seen). Tuesday we did the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (i.e., about 4 hours of space stuff plus the Wright Brotherz exhibit, because HalfshellHusband and our son and I are space geeks). Wednesday was The Capitol, the National Archives (i.e., actual copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights), and a night tour of several of the monuments and memorials. Thursday was the Smithsonian Natural History Museum (dinosaurs!) and a brief and disappointing visit to the Museum of American History. Today, we saw the White House exterior from a distance (it's all barricaded off), the Jefferson, F.D.R., and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials (the King one is really nice), and part of the National Art Gallery-- with a speed round through the Impressionists, since the museum closed sooner than we expected. Well worth it, though.

It's been around 90-degrees and humid here the last few days. Weather-wise, that translates to sweating ALL through your clothes and then sweating some more. UGGGGggghhh. And thanks to hotel discount deals, we're also staying at a very nice hotel and having to do our laundry in the sink, like peasants. Not for the first time... \o?

More later, but in general the people in D.C. are really nice, and the Metro system is awesome. :D

 
 
 
Direst Ryl: Spooky Chickryl on August 19th, 2017 01:10 pm (UTC)
Jealous, party of me.

One of the main goals of my life is to go to DC and spend about a week hitting all the Smithsonians I can get to. I've done the zoo, Natural History, and American History. I really want to go to the American Indian and Holocaust museum (with a pallet load of Kleenex) and the art gallery.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2017 01:55 pm (UTC)
I'm such a museum-geek that this is like heaven for me! I'm just sorry we couldn't spend more time at the National Art Gallery, but then again... our son doesn't like art, so he spent the entire time sitting on a bench playing with his phone. Which still entertains him, so no burden there. Mainly, "Why are you closing this museum at 5:00!?!"

The F.D.R. memorial is mysteriously huge and not as impressive as you might expect. Plus, tarnished by the Japanese internment, which is contradiction to many of the quotes there. But the M.L.K. one... really well designed.
kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatrebleodswean on August 19th, 2017 04:35 pm (UTC)
So impressed, K, that you were able to write not one, but two, entries on vacay! It is so humid there, but it sounds as though you guys are doing the town right. Nice end to the summer!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 20th, 2017 01:38 am (UTC)
The weather is just miserable-- you get soggy, with no relief. But we've seen some great stuff, most of all our daughter. :D
the middle of the road's fine with no cars aroundnoodledays on August 19th, 2017 06:34 pm (UTC)
I love the metro system in DC - made it so easy to get around! but I hear you on the weather - humidity makes both the hot and cold so much harder to take for those of us not used to it. :o

will you make it to Arlington Cemetery - I think it's well worth a visit.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 20th, 2017 01:40 am (UTC)
The metro is wonderful, though our hotel is on a line they're doing maintenance on this month, so they single-track on weekends and the trains come only every 20 minutes in each direction. Which is still pretty good!

No chance to make it to Arlington, though we went to Mt. Vernon today. SO hot. But beautiful. :)
swirlsofblueswirlsofblue on August 20th, 2017 10:13 am (UTC)
Sounds like a fun holiday.

Well done for getting two Idol entries done during it *props to you*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 20th, 2017 01:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Apart from the heat and humidity, it has been really terrific! But oh-- the hottest day, we hit a "real feel" of 106 while we were walking around in the sun, and at home, that's a temperature where you don't even try to go two blocks! More the sweating than whether you can. I mean, sure, you'll make it, but you'll be disgusted with your condition when you do. :)
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 20th, 2017 02:37 pm (UTC)
just the thought of that weather makes me wilt, but i'm still super jealous. you saw so much cool shit! (panda butts and fat fish, hee.) so much museum geekery. i'm also really impressed you wrote two lj idol entries on vacation!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2017 06:01 pm (UTC)
Is Boston weather nicer? I.e., usually less hot and less humid? Because, ughhhh. I hate to be sweaty unless I'm exercising, and it was like the sweating never stopped. You'd be soaked and still sweating! Probably because it doesn't evaporate, thanks to the humidity. I don't know how people go out running in that climate. :O
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 22nd, 2017 01:52 am (UTC)
boston can be hot, but we don't get the same kind of humidity for the same length of time that dc does. i mean, boston wasn't built on a swamp. what were they thinking, the folks who decided dc would be the country's capital? had they ever spent a whole summer there?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2017 05:37 am (UTC)
I wonder that about Virginia, too, where Washington's home was. Imagine living there, with no A/C, in a time when people wore skirts and petticoats, or jackets and trousers. They must have been so uncomfortable! And smelly...