National Cathedral and the Air Force Memorial

  • Posted on May 28, 2007 at 7:32 pm

On Sunday, day three of the King’s visit, we drove up Wisconsin Avenue to the National Cathedral. Even if you aren’t religious, the Cathedral is still an awe-inspiring sight–I especially love the gothic architecture and the gardens. And I learned, after taking the “30 minute” tour (which was waaaaayyyyy longer than 30 minutes–more like over an hour) that you can go up to the 7th floor observation deck, which provides a great view of the city. Check it out sometime on a clear day.

National Cathedral Ceiling

Entry way to the Cathedral

What Time is IT?

Sundial in the gardens of the Cathedral

After some meandering and wandering through the city in the giant blue minivan, we ended up at the new Air Force Memorial. This is also an awe-inspiring sight, but I have to admit that the memorial kind of looks like some sort of UFO-docking station. Being so close to the Pentagon, I suspect that this giant metal marvel serves more than one purpose. Either a) the Pentagon has a giant UFO, and in case of inter-galatic war, it has a place close to the Nation’s Capital to recharge; or b) the Pentagon higher-ups are in cahoots with the aliens, and they have built it as a charging pad for when they come to visit.**

Evening Silhouette of the AF Memorial

Silhouette of the AF Memorial

Straight Up

UFO docking station
**(I mean no disrespect to the Air Force–I have an awesome uncle who is an officer. I love my uncle and the US Air Force.)

The Ducky Song

  • Posted on May 28, 2007 at 5:56 pm

My (edit: LARRY’S mother) singing her ducky song.

Doggie Drinking Fountain

  • Posted on May 27, 2007 at 11:11 am

We saw this dog trying to drink from the lawn sprinkler by the Washington Monument. Hilarity ensued.

Tourmobile and Biker Vets on the Mall

  • Posted on May 27, 2007 at 11:02 am

Yesterday, after a delicious breakfast at the Original Pancake House, we took Larry’s parents and sister to on the metro to Union Station and then hopped on the Tourmobile for a day of sight-seeing. For those of you that don’t know, the Tourmobile is a handy-dandy tour bus (narrator included) that drives around the mall, stopping at all the major monuments and museums. You can hop off at each stop, look around, take pictures and hop on the next bus, or you can stay on the bus and just do drive-by sightseeing. It’s a great way for your out-of-town guests to see the major tourist attractions.

For the most part, we just stayed on the bus, but we did get off at the Washington Monument:

Two Flags

We also stopped at the Lincoln Memorial, where we had a little encounter with about 400,000 veterans and bikers. They are in town for the big Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally to honor American Veterans and MIAs. It was a big change from the types of rallies I normally see on the mall with hippies and war protesters. The bikers looked intimidating, but they were actually quite nice. And while the hippies are normally in my face, pleading their cause and shoving flyers down my throat, this group was calm and unobtrusive. Dennis, my father-in-law, even made a new friend:

Making Friends at the Lincoln Memorial

It was so dog-gone hot all day, though.

Dog Finds Water

I don’t think that Larry’s mom and dad really enjoyed the metro all that much, and they especially disliked the escalators. So today, we’ll be driving.

Graduation

  • Posted on May 26, 2007 at 10:33 pm

Larry received his Masters of Science in Information Architecture and Interaction Design from the University of Baltimore this past Friday! Congrats, hubby, you big smarty pants!

His parents and sister came to DC from Indiana for the graduation ceremonies and to do a little sightseeing. After the ceremony on Friday, we all ate dinner at Amiccis in Baltimore’s Little Italy. We then had dessert at Vaccaro’s, an amazing Italian pastry shop that serves the biggest servings of gelato that I have ever seen. It was a great graduation evening, even though all the Italian food and dessert put me into a food coma.

Lookin' all smart

Cream Puff Dream

Gelato

Photography Assignment #3: Portraits

  • Posted on May 20, 2007 at 6:20 pm

For this week’s photography assignment, the teacher asked us to experiment with portraits. Since dear husband is still neck-deep in thesis writing, (and he hates being the subject in pictures), I enlisted my friend Martin to be my model. We went to Georgetown on Saturday afternoon for the big photoshoot, and Martin even scaled a stone wall on the canal for the sake of my art (thanks Martin!). Here are some of my favorite shots:

Blues Alley

Havin' a Good Ole Time

Seriously

Balancing on the Ledge

You can see the rest of the pictures on Flickr.

I *HEART* NYC

  • Posted on May 18, 2007 at 10:14 pm

My trip to NYC confirmed what I already knew–I love the city. Love it. As in the “if I wasn’t already married to Larry, I would want to marry NYC” kind of love it. But as I mentioned, I already knew that. And all the rumors were so untrue. Stinky? Nah, France is much stinkier, even in May. Dangerous? Heh, try Marseilles. Rude? Hell no, DC is much ruder. Expensive? Well, maybe, but not much more than where I live now, and HELLO, it’s Manhattan. It’s worth it.

Two days is not enough to see it all. I need to go back.

I did see Times Square, Greenwich Village, Central Park, Little Italy, the Meatpacking District (where we had a late dinner at the amazing Spice Market, a restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the man who invented the molten lava chocolate cake), Rockefeller Center, and the International Center for Photography. Here are a few highlights, in photos:

Street in the Village

Chocolates at La Maison du Chocolate

Motion

Waiter, Carnegie Deli

Gummy Bears on Flickr

  • Posted on May 18, 2007 at 9:37 pm

I’ve received a lot of feedback on my gummy bear photo series. People just love gummy bears.

Gummy Bear Army Looking Fierce

I guess I wasn’t the only one to think of it–today, Flickr featured a post about gummy bears on the Flickr Blog! But before you get all excited, I have to say that my gummy bear pictures were not included in the post. How could they have left me out? (Ok, ok, the other pictures are really great too.)

Weekend in NYC and the Spice of Life

  • Posted on May 11, 2007 at 12:30 am

I’m going to New York this weekend, finally, after 29 freakin’ years. I CANNOT WAIT. It’s going to be a fun weekend before I start at a brand spankin’ new client on Monday morning. Which is kind of like starting a new job, especially since I was at my last client for two and a half years. I’m excited about that, too–change makes life spicy. Well, as spicy as it can get as a consultant.

Any hoosier…NYC or BUST!!!

MySpace–I’m in

  • Posted on May 11, 2007 at 12:19 am

So yeah, I’m a bit late, but I finally created a MySpace page.

http://www.myspace.com/bethanyll22

Add me as your friend so I can look cool. Right now I’ve only got Tom.