In The Library of Congress Jefferson Building is a new exhibit called Books That Shaped America. Over the lunch hour we quickly walked through it following a presentation we saw in the Middle Eastern Section. There are original copies of several favorites, including Gone With The Wind and To Kill a Mockingbird. It is my understanding that the public has an opportunity to voice their opinion and vote for the books they feel had the most impact on them personally or collectively. If you have a chance to see the exhibit, you won't be disappointed. Every time I walk through this magnificent building, it is hard to believe that we can visit it just about any time. As you can imagine, the exhibits are always changing and the subject matter appeals to a lot of folks. I never had this kind of opportunity in previous work places. I can't imagine a lot of others who do.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Over the last week the food trucks are more numerous and varied. Today's new entry was Pepe. It is Spanish, with Sangria, chicken noodle soup, a variety of seared tenderloin, pork and ham sandwiches, as well as eggplant. Lucky for the folks who live and work in the neighborhood to have a choice for lunch. We have never tried any of these venues, because I walk home and in two blocks I am there with lunch waiting. I know I am very lucky, and appreciate it every time I walk out of the office. I much prefer leaving at 5:30 than at noon. But there is no room to complain here. I still wonder what the brick and mortar restaurants think about all if this. Especially when the trucks are parked right outside their front doors.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Our friend retired on Friday and to celebrate we all took a ride to Frederick, Maryland. We stumbled upon The Tasting Room on Market Street two years ago after visiting the so called show house at a farm during the afternoon. I like Frederick because of the Civil War history and the Medical Museum. The downtown is quite charming. If you like antiques, this is the place for you. We took a walk around town passing by City Hall and a house where Lafayette slept and Francis Scott Key wrote a poem. But Church Street struck my fancy this time. The steeples against the blue sky were all shouting for attention. The dinner was great but the company was even better. The ride home was just as fun. At least we can say we have great friends both here and Milwaukee. We consider ourselves very fortunate. All the stuff is just background to the great company and conversation.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
As you pass by the Washington Monument along Independence Avenue, just look to the opposite side. There is an exquisite show of flowers. And the display changes depending on the season. In the Spring are the tulips and bulb varieties. Now there are annual beauties asking to be photographed. There are gardens all over the city, but this one has a map and descriptions for each of the flower beds. And behind it is the Jefferson Memorial and the Tidal Basin. This is one of the reasons we like to drive along Independence Avenue. There is always something new to see- and it is free.
Friday, July 27, 2012
We live on a street where you are bound to run in to just about anyone. Senator Enzi from Wyoming lives a few houses down. We met him when we first moved here at a birthday party for our grandson. The good Senator gave him a Sacajawea coin. If you believe in six degrees of separation, one of my high school friends is somehow connected to one of the Senator's kids. Her best friend is married to one of them or something like that. I saw Senator Enzi walking in front of the house on his way to an early evening event. As I was walking home for lunch today, there was a sign at the Truckers Association Building that there was a luncheon for Senator Rockefeller. I don't know him, but my grandson, who was about six years old at the time, met Senator Rockefeller at a hearing that he attended with a friend of his. This friend's father was being confirmed for a National Security position. When I walked back to work, the black SUV limo with West Virginia license plates was parked out in front of the building, ready to escort the Senator back to wherever he was headed after lunch. I don't recall running in to anyone like this in Milwaukee. And I know that when I was six years old, it was the furthest thing from my mind. I wonder if it will mean anything having had all this exposure to people we hear about and see on the news. I like to think of it as living history, and continue to get lessons on a daily basis.
We live in a neighborhood with exceptional police presence, for obvious reasons. There are Metro police, DC police, and Capitol police circulating around in cars, vans, motorcycles, bicycles, and on foot. Every day at work it feels like I am going through airport security, except for the pat downs. In Milwaukee, we saw a police car once in while, and rarely stopping at a house in the neighborhood- except when we visited back home this month, a police officer stopped to buy some lemonade from the kids. Since we've been back the sirens have been blasting, and the police are ever present. We are even on a list serve that sends several messages a day from the DC Police Department about nonsense happening on Capitol Hill. And it's not so unusual to find not one, but two or three cars in the circle driveway. I don't really want to know why they are there- just glad they get there when they are needed.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
to avoid it at all costs. Usually my husband will walk down
Pennsylvania Avenue to the Post Office, or go just around the corner
to FedEx. This time I thought it might just be easier to use the
services in the Longworth House Office Building. I was introduced to
it via my colleague here at the Library. The interesting thing about
it is that one reaches the destination through the basement, then the
tunnels that connect the buildings on Capitol Hill. The Longworth
Building is reached by first traversing the Cannon Office Building.
Along the way are cobblers, snack shops, the old entrance to the
Capitol Visitor Center, and a lot of Congressional staff. Every once
in a while I see familiar faces from Wisconsin, like Paul Ryan or Gwen
Moore It is very convenient and the errand fit right in to my
afternoon walk. Not a bad thing at all- even if it is a Monday.