Sunday, September 24, 2017

all creatures great/small

Another sweet kitty all curled up during movie night. 

Since I decided it was too hot to attend the outdoor showing of Aida (Kennedy Center was projecting it at the ballpark for free), took myself to the National Zoo instead. 

Enjoyed watching the panda having a snack~she very deliberately would pick up one stalk at a time and nibble at it. 

Can't decide if I like tamarins or lemurs better~they both have such droll little faces and fun fur markings. 

You can juuust see the ears of this teeny armadillo.  

It was feeding time and these guys got little packages of food wrapped in newspapers. 

He's not very enthralled with the crowds~unlike his neighbor who swung around and hung her bum out against the window and defecated to the shrill horror of all the little kids in the crowd.


The last time I visited here, Josh was 8-9 months old.  You may remember some photos of naughty Giuseppe? 

He's still at it! He came trotting right up to his sleeping friend and rolled into him and kicked around. 

Couldn't not get a reflection, but these mantas must have been 4-5 feet across. Biggest I think I've seen~even in the Florida Keys. 

Someone doesn't seem that interested in lunch. 

I forgot what this is (yes, I really ought to snap the placards so I remember), it was one of the cooler reptiles I saw. 

Pretty sure I need this sparkly glowing fish~it would be a soothing nightlight.

Seemed counterintuitive on this hot/humid day to go into the tropics house, but I'm glad that I did as most of the animals are free-range. 

These two were highly interactive with people~even nipping a baby's toes.

Crackalackin! (If you haven't seen Madagascar, you might enjoy it.  I rarely like animated films, but it's a fun one.) 

This was a vertigo-inducing escalator out of the metro. Haven't seen any this deep since London.

And now you'll know where to find me when the nuclear craziness begins.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

bits of sweetness

caramel French toast to kick off a new season!

Genius idea to hook pulls onto the bins, so one can simply step outside the kitchen and toss things.

Hard to see, but Obsidian is my little shadow.  Here he is all curled up, purring & napping.  In addition to all the great meals I've had this summer, it's been a joy to be with all the household pets as well~Max, Alex, Goldie, Ginger, Guppy, Cinnamon, Ella, Ari, Obsidian, Maurice/Juarez, Chausette, and Cecily. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Still humid and icky, but the leaves are getting SO pretty. 

I was allowed in the kitchen today~cooking is such a meditative and joyful activity for me.  (and yes, I realize that I'm not cranking out three squares a day for picky and/or ungrateful eaters.) There is just a simple and visceral satisfaction in taking raw ingredients and creating something yummy.

Enjoy the alchemy of slicing/dicing/browning/broiling and presenting a meal to share.  Stirring polenta for a good fifty minutes was a very calming way to spend the afternoon.

'Shrooms & polenta.  

Two potential interviews lined up~say a prayer, light a candle, release a balloon.  Something has got to give very soon.

Monday, September 18, 2017


Getting very spoiled with what comes out of my cousin's kitchen~this is a roasted portabello with fresh tomatoes, basil, and wee mozzarellas.

Here's hoping that THIS is the week where I land a job, get an apartment, and collect my worldly goods that are strewn about three counties.  I am going to be EVER so grateful to see the rest of my clothes~when I packed in early June, I had zero idea that I'd still be dressing out of that suitcase.  

Living in Grace.  Or something.

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Scored one of the new Metro cars this morning on my way to church.

Still so hotly humid~even if the sidewalks are looking all autumnal.

So, the quest for free activities with a/c continues~back to the Torpedo Art Factory.  I did peruse a bit of the Alexandria Art Festival, but it was just too hot for crowds.

Happy seagull~if you squint through the haze, you can see the Capitol.

Enormous spread of begonias enjoying the heat.

Gorgeous flower baskets all over town.

Pretty side of a building.