Saturday, August 28, 2010

8-28-2010 Restoring Honor Rally

Today we (Travis, Chad, Renee, Sara Beth, Larry, Jan and yours truly), along with 5hundredthousandmillion people, went into DC to see Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Alveda King and others talk about Restoring Honor in America. Renee, Chad, Travis and I had been planning this since GB announced it MONTHS ago. Renee and I even got matching t-shirts. The guys got new t-shirts, but they didn't match. wierdos. :)

Our day started at the Metro station where the lines and crowds were an indication that we were gonna get smooshed on the train. We got there and had to run back to the house (about a 10 minute drive) to pick up Fastpasses because the lines to buy day passes were so huge (wrapped around the parking structure was one line, and another was inside the parking structure) that it was faster to run to the house and pick up Anisa's Metro passes. :) She is our little hero. :)

We got onto the train, chatted with the others who were VERY CLOSE TO US on the train. We made several new friends. heehee But, then we had to get off the train halfway between here and DC because of "track work". We decided to take a cab from there since the next train through was gonna be packed and all the people off our first train had to figure out how to squish into the next few trains coming through. The cab was a GREAT decision and we got to the Lincoln Memorial in no time. When we got there, we attempted to find another friend who had gotten there before us, but gave up and went to get a seat somewhere that we could at least see one of the jumbo tv screens.

We got a good seat and saw and heard the speakers and their messages. It was really fun. The Restoring Honor website had stressed that this was not going to be a political rally and it honestly wasn't (although, I've already read some of the liberal press turning it into something sad). They talked a lot about our country getting back to basics, turning back to God, doing what our forefathers did. For me, as a Christian, it was motivational. Besides the great speakers, I was there with my friends, and Victor, a friend we met at one of the political rallies, met us there!

The weather cooperated kind of. The humidity was pretty low today, so that was REALLY nice, but it was still hot and I think I sweat about 5 gallons! It was pretty icky. After the rally was over, we walked over to Rosslyn, about 2.5 miles to find someplace to eat. After finding our first choice was closed, our second choice was a 45 minute wait, we decided to go to Chipotle, which should have been our first choice. :) We finished lunch and headed back to metro. It was almost as crowded as the morning, but we were just happy to finally be going home. We were all tired, hot, sweaty, sticky and stuffed. :) Now I have to find our next rally to go to! :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

So You're Not Bored. :)

Hi everyone. :) Well, ok, the couple of people who actually see this blog. :) Today is kind of a hot day, compared the last couple of days that were pretty nice and low humidity. This morning it was 72 in the house and outside, but with the humidity outside, it still felt much hotter outside. Now it's in the 80s and icky again. oh well. I'm sitting inside with my wonderful A/C and fans on.

This Saturday we're heading into DC with friends to see Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Jo Dee Messina, Alveda King (MLK's niece) and others. I hope it stays on task to celebrate America's heroes and troops. It should be very fun. Besides, we'll be with our friends, and that's ALWAYS fun.

On Sunday I went to pick up my friend Joe (an 83 yr old guy I pick up for church) and there was a really cute turtle in his front yard. The woman he rents a room from said in the 40something years she's lived here, she's never seen a turtle just walking around outside. I told her we have saved about 5 turtles. I don't know if this is the "year of the turtle", but there sure are a lot of them.

Anisa's Italy trip is coming up. If anyone has any good trip tips, let us know. We're busy collecting stuff she needs. She'll be there for 3 months, so I'm sure we'll be sending a box of stuff in the middle of her trip, or sending stuff with Travis when he goes.

Anyway, this is just a basic, nothing-to-it post, just figured I'd say hi to anyone visiting and tell you to have a great day! :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

random stuff

I have been telling people that I would update my blog, but I haven't...until now. :)

My blog would not be complete if I didn't have a picture of a squirrel. But I am also including, as a bonus, a cicada! This little buggy guy just hatched from his little shell. Now he is living in the trees singing his little summer Cicaday song. :) They can be really loud when they're all singing in their little choir, but it's the sound of summer here. I used to not really like it, until I saw three of these little guys hatch by my garage door. Now, I think they're cute and I appreciate their music more.

We had Shana out from WI for a week. That was fun. We did a little shopping, went to VA Beach, went into DC, enjoyed Jumbo Slice with Sammi, Anand and Kayley and she even got to watch WSHS Dance Team practice. Here are some highlights from her visit.

Anisa is leaving for Italy in a little over a month. I can't believe it's coming so fast. Still happy and nervous feelings going through the house. I hope this will be an amazing trip for her and a growing/maturing experience for my baby. I can't believe my "baby" is almost 20! yikes. She has been cooking candy like a madwoman at school. We've had truffles, caramel, brittle and even some cakes... here are her cakes. Ok, I'm not sure why blogger has turned the anniversary cake sideways, but I've downloaded it twice. so, it stays. :)

I just finished 2 quilts for the dance coaches. The block is Card Trick and there is a little triangle in the top corner of each quilt with a Joker on it. The theme last year was Dark Knight (Batman) and the Joker had a big part in it along with cards. Their colors were purple and green.

Sara started dance practice again, so summer is officially over. School starts after Labor Day for her. I can't believe she'll be a Junior this year. I hope to get some quilting done when our schedule is back to a semi-normal. I'm also hoping for a camping trip, just Travis and me, to Gettysburg this fall. But that's another blog post! :)