I took this pic this morning at 19th and M NW on my way to my doctor’s appointment, while waiting at the crosswalk for the light to change. It was pretty foggy and gray out. I like how, if you squint your eyes, it looks like the glass just disappears, and the top of the building is just an empty frame in the sky.
I took this photo this past Saturday morning while we were wandering around NoMa. We went on a little stroll (Bowser included) over to CVS to get some black-and-white film for the Pentax and I shot off half a roll before realizing the light meter wasn’t moving much and it probably needs a new battery. Sooo, might be some bad pics in there, we’ll see when I get it developed. I ordered a new battery on Amazon today. They only came in packs of 10, so I guess I am set for… EVER. If anyone needs a 1.5V silver oxide battery, hit me up. I have spares.
I also ordered some printer paper, regular envelopes, bubbly wrap envelopes, and green looseleaf tea (had to put it over $25 for the FREE SUPER-SAVER SHIPPING). Whoever is reviewing my order is going to think I’m the lamest person in the world.
Back to the photo though… looking up at the clouds and the glass, pretty hypnotizing if you stared at it long enough, especially since they were moving kinda fast. As mom would say “COOL CLOUD DAY!!!!”
I took this picture yesterday afternoon when I was on my to pick up some things at the grocery. It was close to 60 degrees outside and the sky was all blue and shiny and it felt oddly like spring. It was so warm that I had to take off my scarf and jacket on the walk back home.
And then today — today, I didn’t get out of bed today until about 5 pm…. Feeling pretty poo-ey since late yesterday afternoon after I got home. Energy zapped, fever, headache, blah. I had a really restless sleep last night too, and all sorts of crazy dreams to go with it. The kind of dreams where people you haven’t thought about in FOREVER just show up out of nowhere and hang out with you at a concert.
Anyways, Bowser kept me company in bed all day. We did a little reading (still working my way through the Steve Jobs biography) and then we watched The Red Violin on Netflix — pretty good movie, but the thing that sucks about watching movies alone is when you have so many questions and things to discuss after it’s over. Oh well.
Hopefully tomorrow I will be feeling back to norm.
About a week ago, my brother sent me this article about all of the “do-not-enters” in DC. You can read the article all the way through if you want, but the main idea is that many of DC’s famous landmarks are no longer accessible through the front door. The Supreme Court is just the latest building to close-up it’s grand front steps, requiring visitors, and even the justices, to enter through the side and rear, where security is undoubtedly easier to manage.
There are many points to be made in the argument for and against this do-not-enter issue. My response to my brother was this: “While I don’t like the idea of closing everything off, safety does come first, so I think it makes sense. However, it does lose the symbolic nature of entering through the front steps of the Supreme Court, for example. …while I think precaution is good, only to a certain extent. If someone wants to bomb or destroy something or go on a shooting rampage, they’ll find a way to get in where they want. We shouldn’t just box ourselves up inside our rabbit holes and give up.”
Can you imagine if we had to visit the Lincoln Memorial, say, by taking an elevator up to his statue instead of the stairs? That would suck! So, let’s hope it doesn’t get that far.
The house we’re in the process of buying (fingers crossed!) was originally built in 1901, so it’s got lots of quirky history to it. So while this photo is taken in another alleyway in DC, and not at our place-to-be, it reminded me all the same of the layers of history that you find in so many DC rowhomes. We’ve got a lot of decisions to make coming up as we start to move in and think about what we want to update and what will have to wait, like the partially exposed brick wall that runs up the stair case. Should we knock out the rest of the drywall as it goes down the upstairs hallway to the bedrooms? Our house inspector suggested waiting for a bad day at work, then to come home with a crowbar and go to town. Sounds like good messy fun.
We hope everyone had a nice, long labor day weekend. Weather-wise, it was just gahhh-geous dahhhling. We spent much of it relaxing, doing schoolwork, and watching college football, of course. Matt also found some time to scan the fujichrome sensia 200 slide film that came back in the mail last week. The results include this shot, from an alleyway in Capitol Hill, where we had been wandering sometime last month. I happened to look up and see a few birds perched on the lowest window sill, and then suddenly we realized the whole side of the building was covered in them. It was a very creepy Hitchcockian moment. The birds were all so quiet that we could have passed through the alley, looking at the ground, and never noticed the entire flock staring down at us. Freaky!